• Williams' grand slam helps clinch LA's 5th straight title

    ESPAÑOLA — With one crack of the bat, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team busted open what early on appeared to be another tight ballgame between it and arch-rival Española Valley.
    Hilltopper first baseman Steven Williams belted a grand slam home run over the wall in left-center during the top of the second inning. Williams’ blast helped propel the Hilltoppers to their fifth consecutive District 2-4A title.
    Los Alamos routed Española Valley’s Sundevils in the opener of the two-game set in the valley, 17-3, then prevailed in the second game, 7-3.
    The win in the opener clinched the 2013 district title for Los Alamos (16-9), which has just one game remaining on its schedule, that coming Wednesday against lowly Capital.
    Los Alamos skipper Mike Gill has steered the team through all five straight district titles. He said the Hilltoppers, who were hungry for another district title all season long, didn’t panic after a big bottom of the first inning by the Sundevils.
    “Our goal is to win each inning,” Gill said. “They scored three, but we still won the inning. Whether you win it by four runs or by one run, it’s still a win.”

  • Stewart named girls basketball coach

    Los Alamos High School took the interim tag off Ann Stewart’s title Monday.

    Stewart, who took over the Hilltopper girls basketball program at midseason last season is now the full-time coach at the school.

    With Stewart at the helm, the team advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinal round for the first time in three seasons. Los Alamos defeated Deming in the first round of the playoffs, on the road, to advance to the quarterfinals.

  • MDS leaves big impression on Reader

    Having to deal with insane heat, temperature swings of nearly 100 degrees, hard-to-navigate terrain and more didn’t seem to faze Garth Reader one bit.
    In fact, it couldn’t have worked out a lot better.
    Reader, 50, a local ultra-runner, finished in the top three among United States competitors and No. 9 in his age group at this month’s Marathon Des Sables, held in the western Sahara Desert in the country of Morocco.
    Reader finished the race in 30 hours, 55 minutes, 57 seconds to finish 110th overall in the competition which featured more than 1,000 competitors.
    “I exceeded all expectations going in,” said Reader of the nearly weeklong competition in northwestern Africa. “I thought I ran a pretty smart race. I ran a little conservative, not knowing what to expect.”
    The race cuts right through the desert and is separated into five stages of varying length. Despite the race being run in one of the harshest environments in the world, it is well organized with volunteers and medical staff and the course is well marked so competitors don’t take a wrong turn somewhere.
    In the race, along with having to deal with temperatures which peaked at 125 degrees and dropped down into the 30s, competitors are responsible for bringing along their own food and carry it with them.

  • On Schedule 04-28-13


    Golf: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.


    Softball: Capital at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: East Mountain at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys JV, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: District 2-4A championship (Capital), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos Quad, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: District 2-4A championship (Capital), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 04-28-13

    Gold buying event will support LAHS athletics

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department is hosting a gold buying event May 5.
    A certified and accredited gold buyer will be on hand between noon-4 p.m. that day to purchase unwanted gold, silver and platinum.
    A portion of the proceeds from the buying event will go to benefit LAHS athletics and activities.
    The gold purchase will be in the administration area of LAHS.
    More information can be found by visiting golddoesgood.com.

    Bower 5K race will benefit research for Alzheimer’s disease

    A race to raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease research is scheduled for May 11.
    The Jerry Bower Memorial Run will begin at 9 a.m. May 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Price for participation is $25. T-shirts are available to participants.
    Race registrations forms are available at several locations throughout Los Alamos County.
    Registration forms may also be downloaded at atomicrunners.com.
    More information is available by calling 672-1639.

  • LA clinches baseball title with win

    ESPANOLA – The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team overwhelmed the Española Valley Sundevils in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
    Steven Williams blasted a grand slam home run as Los Alamos scored in every inning of game one to win 17-3. The win clinched the District 2-4A championship for the Hilltoppers for the 2013 season, the team’s fifth straight title.
    The win also secured a playoff spot for Los Alamos in the upcoming 4A postseason. Brackets will be announced May 5.
    More information on this week’s sports action will appear in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor and at LAMonitor.com.

  • Going Up Top

    Members of the Los Alamos Nukes and the Volcano Vista Hawks battle it out during an April 20 game at Sullivan Field. 

  • Pittman is best predictor at the Pace Race

    Emily Pittman was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race with a near perfect prediction.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday.
    The 1- and 3-mile races started at Brewer Arena rodeo grounds on North Mesa.
    Pittman finished the race with a 1-second prediction error. Pittman needed a good prediction to top Bob Weeks, who was just 3 seconds off his finish time.
    Christie Kelly, who was just 9 seconds off her predicted time, was the fastest runner on the 1-mile course (10:27), followed by Weeks (13:29).
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was again Ted Romero (20:28). Nikol Strother was the fastest female runner (21:28).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Race time is 6 p.m.
    More information can be found about the race or the Atomic City Roadrunners by visiting the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or calling 672-1639. 

  • 'Topper Notes 04-24-13

    Baseball team is No. 10 in MaxPrep ratings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is ranked No. 10 in Class 4A, according to the most recent MaxPreps.com ratings.
    The website’s rankings, which have been sporadic at best this season, were released Sunday.
    Heading into Wednesday’s game against Santa Fe, Los Alamos was the only District 2-4A team to crack the top 10. Española Valley (15-5 overall, 5-2 in 2-4A) was in the No. 14 spot and Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Capital were the Nos. 23, 24 and 26 teams in the 26-school class.
    Piedra Vista (12-8) was the No. 1 team in 4A this week, ahead of Goddard (13-3) and Farmington (15-7). Los Alamos and Española Valley were the two lowest-ranked teams in the state with above-.500 records.

    Piedra Vista tops softball rankings, LA is 12th

  • LA earns season sweep over Santa Fe with 9-5 win

    Both Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen went long Wednesday as the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team downed the Santa Fe Demons.
    Micaela Christensen hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first and Los Alamos broke the game open with a 4-run fifth inning. Los Alamos cruised to a 9-5 victory, sweeping Santa Fe for the 2013 season.
    Santa Fe, which has put up some good offensive totals this season, had just one big inning, the top of the sixth, against Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock. Santa Fe had a pair of doubles off Hammock as it tried to stay in the ballgame, but Hammock, who threw 101 pitches in the contest, was able to finish out the inning and pick up the victory.
    “Santa Fe always has good batters,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “I wasn’t surprised to see them put the ball in play the way they did.”
    Offensively, Micaela Christensen was 3-for-4 and drove in 5 runs, while Erin Kirk went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Kristin Christensen scored twice and batted in a pair of runs for the Hilltoppers (11-11 overall, 7-2 in 2-4A).
    Los Alamos travels to Española Valley for a District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.