• 'Toppers crush Sundevils at home

    It was a rough day to be an Española Valley Sundevil Wednesday.
    Along with playing on the road in chilly conditions against arch-rival Los Alamos, the Sundevil batters got hit by pitches four times in Wednesday’s game.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers pounded out 16 hits, 6 for extra bases, as they won a key early season District 2-4A softball game at Overlook Park.
    Los Alamos scored in every innings and multiple runs in all but one inning to thump Española Valley 15-5 in six innings.
    The win over Española Valley gives Los Alamos no worse than sole possession of second place – the result of Wednesday’s Bernalillo-Capital game hadn’t been reported as of press time – with Los Alamos just a doubleheader against Capital away from reaching the halfway point in the district season.
    The Sundevils (7-6 overall, 2-2 in district) have been very much up-and-down this season and it was hard to know exactly what to expect from the team, but Los Alamos liked its chances going into the match-up.

  • Sports Briefs 04-10-13

    Reader continues ultramarathon

    Local runner Garth Reader finished third stage of his Marathon Des Sables race in 4:53.43 Tuesday.
    Reader is participating in the race in southern Morocco. The race continues through Monday.
    Tuesday’s race was 38 kilometers long.
    He finished Sunday’s stage one in 4:34.26 and Tuesday’s second stage in 4:39.17. Going into today’s stage, Reader was in 141st place overall and was 15th in his age group.

    Baseball postponed until Thursday

    Los Alamos High School announced Wednesday’s scheduled baseball game against Española Valley has been postponed. The two teams will make up the game Thursday at 4 p.m.
     The game will be played at Bomber Field.
    Los Alamos’ softball team had its regularly scheduled game today in White Rock.

  • Swimming state short course results

     Here are the results for individual Los Alamos-area swimmers at the state short course meet March 7-10. Results are listed by name, team name, age group, event, place, time.


    (LAA: Los Alamos Aquatomics; PAC: Pajarito Aquatic Club; CA: Charger Aquatics; T: Taos-LA)


    Jillian Bennett (LAA, girls 11-12)


    50 freestyle, 19, 30.88; 100 breaststroke, 12, 1:22.80; 200 breaststroke, 9, 2:56.22; 50 breaststroke, 8, 37.97.


    Julia Chen (PAC, girls 10 and under)


    100 freestyle, 19, 1:16.96; 200 individual medley, 18, 3:11.99; 100 backstroke, 9, 1:22.81; 200 freestyle, 18, 2:49.61.


    Olivia DeCroix (LAA, girls 10 and under)


    100 backstroke, 29, 1:29.87.


    Katherine Elton (CA, girls 10 and under


    100 breaststroke, 7, 1:34.18; 100 freestyle, 26, 1:20.42; 100 individual medley, 17, 1:29.30; 50 breaststroke, 7, 43.65.


    Alana Goodwin (LAA, girls 11-12


    500 freestyle, 10, 6:10.45; 50 backstroke, 8, 33.71; 200 individual medley, 11, 2:41.93; 50 freestyle, 14, 29.70; 100 backstroke, 8, 1:12.52; 100 individual medley, 21, 1:17.55; 200 backstroke, 11, 2:31.94.


  • LA takes 5th at tournament

    Los Alamos No. 1 singles player Astrid Hengartner bounced back from an opening round loss to win three straight matches at Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational girls tennis tournament.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished sixth overall at the Los Alamos Invitational, which was played at Capital High School in Santa Fe. Farmington won the tournament with 28 team points, more than doubling the total of runner-up Hope Christian.
    Los Alamos finished with 5 team points at the tournament. The team playing their invitational — which was played at Capital because it has more useable courts available in one area than does Los Alamos — short-handed due to the start of spring break.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ top finishers were the doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff, a senior, and eighth grader Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff. The duo finished as the runner-up in the No. 1 doubles draw.
    Hsieh-Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff took three straight contests in straight sets before falling 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to Farmington’s Molly Merrion/Danielle Nguyen.

  • Boys No. 1 doubles earns pair of wins

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis doubles squad of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith picked up a pair of wins in consolation play Saturday.
    Los Alamos competed in the Española Valley Invitational, played at Santa Fe High School. Los Alamos’ players picked up at least one win in the three singles and two doubles draws at the tournament
    Belooussov/Smith knocked off Garrett Howington/Lane Heisey of Hope Christian and Miguel Tarango/Jacob Romero of Monte del Sol in its final two contests to earn a win in the consolation side of the bracket. Belooussov/Smith came back from a 1-set deficit against Allen Palmer/Marcus Hofer-Curl of Taos, but Palmer/Hofer-Curl would rally to win the third set tiebreaker.
    Hilltopper No. 1 single Forrest White split contests, topping Griffin Merians of Santa Fe Prep 6-2, 7-5, but falling to Farmington’s Matt With 6-4, 6-1. George Margevicius went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, while eighth grader JD Downing topped Bryan Rivera of Española Valley in a third-set tiebreaker.
    At No. 2 doubles, Steven McCrory/Cameron Wilson went 1-2, topping Jared Lucero/Harsch Bhundiya of Santa Fe Prep in the first round of consolation play.

  • 'Toppers, Demons split doubleheader

    SANTA FE — After getting next-to-nothing going offensively in game one, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team righted the ship to pick up game two and split a District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos scraped together a pair of runs, one in the third and one in the fifth, against the Santa Fe Demons at Demon Field, but got little else going in game one of their doubleheader.
    In the second game, however, Los Alamos rallied for 6 runs in the third inning to pick up the split.
    Santa Fe scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth along with a 3-run rally in the fourth to win the opener 7-2 before Los Alamos grabbed a 12-2 win in the nightcap.
    With the split, Los Alamos (8-9 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) has sole possession of second place in the early stages of the district race, one game behind Española Valley (11-3 overall, 3-0 in 2-4A). Los Alamos and Española Valley face off Wednesday at Bomber Field.
    The Demons (4-12, 1-2) are currently in third place. They will face the Hilltoppers in the season rubber-match April 24 in Los Alamos.
    In game one, Steven Williams started the game and pitched 4 innings, taking the loss. Lane Saunders came in to throw the fifth and Connor Mang pitched the sixth.
    Saunders and Collin Kitts scored the two runs in game one.

  • LA picks up big sweep over Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Following a disappointing District 2-4A opening loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was in serious jeopardy of falling into a deep early hole.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers picked up a big district sweep on the road and are back in the thick of things.
    Los Alamos scored 4 unanswered runs in the opening game against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday, then exploded for 8 runs in the top of the fifth of game two to win that contest going away.
    The Hilltoppers took the first game 5-3 then picked up a 14-5 win in the nightcap. The two wins put the Hilltoppers (6-10 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) in a tie for second place with the Española Valley Sundevils, whom the Hilltoppers will host Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ Kiana Zerr, who had thrown limited innings during the nondistrict season, earned victories in both games.
    Zerr threw a complete game in the opener, giving up just three hits and two earned runs. In game two, Zerr came on in the fifth in relief of Jordan Hammock, setting down 9 of the 11 batters she faced.
    In the first game, Zerr had to pitch her way around trouble in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Santa Fe rallied for 3 runs in the fourth getting doubles in the inning from KK Porras and Destiny Chavez.
    That would be the last hurrah in that game for the Demons, however.

  • On Schedule 04-07-13


    Girls track and field: LAMS at Pojoaque Valley Invite, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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


    Track and field: LAMS at West Las Vegas Invite, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.; Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.

  • Cory and Brian Geyer compete in national wrestling tournment

    The top wrestling tandem for Los Alamos High School, brothers Cory and Brian Geyer got some tough draws early on at the National High School Wrestling Finals.
    Brian Geyer, the state champion at 182 pounds this year, was knocked out of the finals Friday.
    The national finals are being held this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.
    Brian Geyer lost to a state placer from California — that state has just one individual champion for each weight class — and the state champion from New York.
    Cory Geyer, the state runner-up at 160 pounds this season, was still alive heading into Saturday’s competition, though he lost an early-round match-up to a two-time California state placer.
    Only the top individual placers from prep competition are nvited to the national tournament.

  • LA girls are 2nd at home meet Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams hosted their first of two home appearances of the season Friday at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second behind the Cleveland Storm at Friday’s Los Alamos Invitational, while the Hilltopper boys took third in the five-team meet.
    As usual, the Cleveland Storm dominated both ends of the meet. Albuquerque Academy finished second in the boys team competition.
    Along the way to its finish, the Hilltopper girls picked up five event victories. Amy Neal dominated the pole vault competition, clearing a season-best 9 feet, 9 inches. Also winning for Los Alamos were Laura Wendelberger in the 100 meter hurdles (16.30) and Jordan Ahlers, who with her jump of 33-4, is about two feet ahead of where she was jumping one year ago.
    “It’s really a big relief,” said Ahlers, who qualified for the state Class 4A meet with the jump. “Earlier this season I had problems with gettings the steps right. Now, I can focus on the running events.
    Los Alamos’ girls were also winners in the 400 and 800 relays.
    On the boys side, Seth Drop had a season-best finish in the pole vault by a foot, clearing 12 feet, and Brady Stokes broke his season best in the javelin with a throw of 157-0.