• Nukes come back to top Las Cruces

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club came back from a halftime deficit to knock off Las Cruces at home Saturday.
    The Nukes trailed by 3 points at the break, but outscored Las Cruces 17-5 in the second half to win 29-20 at Sullivan Field.
    Las Cruces is a relative newcomer to U19 rugby, but Nukes coach Demetrio Cardiel said his team had to overcome more than the halftime deficit.
    “Those guys are huge,” Cardiel said. “They have this guy who was 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds and a bunch of other kids who were nearly that size.”
    After figuring out how to deal with Las Cruces’ size, Los Alamos was able to take advantage of its opponent’s lack of experience.
    Mateo Cardieo scored three tries in the game for the Nukes, while Caleb Johnson tacked on a pair of tries and Diego Cardiel made a pair of conversions.
    Los Alamos is hoping to build on its win when it hosts Santa Fe at 7 p.m. April 3. Admission to the Nukes’ home games is free.
    “We just played great defense,” coach Cardiel said. “We were able to tackle their big galoots. We played with a lot of passion and played some good rugby.”

  • Big third inning rally sinks ’Toppers

    ALBUQUERQUE — A 10-run second inning on the road sank the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team in a big Class 4A match-up Tuesday.
    The St. Pius X Sartans pounded out 8 hits in a huge third inning rally, knocking Los Alamos starter Jordan Hammock out of the ballgame. The first eight hitters of the inning safely reached base and Los Alamos couldn’t stop the bleeding.
    The huge rally propelled the Sartans to an 11-0 win. The Sartans closed out the game in 4-1/2 innings.
    Tuesday’s loss is one that could very well come back to haunt the Hilltoppers following the regular season. The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-5 against Class 4A competition and could cause their stock to drop if they are in need of an at-large bid to get into the postseason.
    In the bottom of the third, St. Pius first baseman Kaitlyn Archibeque hit a sharp single to left-center to drive in two runs and get the rally going. Three of the next four batters also came through with base hits and the problems for Los Alamos mounted with a big throwing error on a routine ground ball that allowed another run to score.
    “We were hoping to get through that inning without having to switch pitchers,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “I was thinking about making the switch because they seemed dialed in on Jordan.”

  • LA girls are 2nd at Las Cruces invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity tennis team finished second at last weekend’s Mayfield/Las Cruces Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos was one of seven teams taking part in the tournament, co-hosted by the reigning Class 5A champ, the Mayfield Trojans.
    The team tournament consisted of three singles flights and two doubles flights. Los Alamos rotated four players into the No. flight in the tournament, going 4-2 in those contests.
    The Hilltoppers met the Trojans in the fifth round of the tournament, losing a close 3-2 decision. In that round, Los Alamos swept the doubles matches, with Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido taking its No. 1 doubles contest and Hannah Cunningham/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff winning in the No. 2 doubles flight.
    Los Alamos swept opponents Alamogordo 5-0, Las Cruces 4-0, Gadsden 5-0 and earned a 3-1 victory over Oñate, all Class 5A schools.
    Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, Madeline Margevicius and Fitzsimmons were all straight-set winners at No. 1 singles for the Hilltoppers last weekend, while Lucido and Nasim Andrews earned straight-sets wins playing at No. 2 singles.

  • LA rallies to top Academy at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to knock off the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Tuesday.
    Los Alamos allowed a run in the top of the fifth to go down 3-2, but came up with the rally in the bottom of the inning to earn a 5-3 victory at Bomber Field.
    The win was the biggest of the season for the Hilltoppers (4-8) who were in need of a victory over another Class 4A opponent — Los Alamos was 2-5 against 4A teams heading into Tuesday’s game — prior to a key nondistrict doubleheader Saturday against Miyamura.
    It was the second victory in a row for Los Alamos, which opens District 2-4A play at Bernalillo next week.
    Academy (4-5) started off the season just 1-4 but had won three straight prior to Tuesday. Academy this season has allowed just 39 runs (4.33 per game), an outstanding total for a prep-level team, but has scored an anemic 31 runs (3.44 per game) in 2013.
    With only a week to go before the start of the District 2-4A season, Los Alamos has the second-best win total of any 2-4A team — Española Valley is 6-2 — and has played by far the toughest schedule of any of those squads. Santa Fe has won three games while both Bernalillo and Capital are winless.

  • LA girls take second, boys finish third at Robertson meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team held off Rio Rancho for a runner-up finish at the Buddy Robertson Invitational Saturday at Milne Stadium.
    Despite being short-handed Saturday, the Hilltoppers grabbed 83.5 points, a point better than Rio Rancho, a Class 5A school. Eldorado won the girls competition with 93 points.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos finished in third place behind Rio Rancho and Highland. Los Alamos was the only Class 4A entry on the boys side and one of just two 4A teams on the girls side.
    The weather conditions were tough Saturday, with gusting wind and cold temperatures throughout the day.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers persevered.
    For the second week in a row, the Hilltopper boys went 1-2-3 in the 3200 meters, this time with an entirely new lineup. Orion Staples was the winner of the event, finishing in 10:24.96, just a little over one second ahead of Mike Walker, while Daniel Romero was third.
    Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher in the 3200 last week, was the top finisher in the 1600 Saturday, while Sean Reardon won the 800 meter competition. Skyler McCall earned his first win of the season in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.

  • Softball, baseball both in action today

    LA, St. Pius square off in softball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will be on the road for a big Class 4A match-up with a longtime rival.
    The Hilltoppers (2-5) will take on the St. Pius X Sartans in Albuquerque.
    So far this season, the Hilltoppers are 1-4 against Class 4A opponents and may not be able to afford a nondistrict loss to another 4A opponent if they have their eye on hosting a first round playoff game.
    The Sartans (4-8) lost four of their first five contests this year, but have won two of their last three outings before being romped 15-4 against Valley at last weekend’s Metro Invitational.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, shut out Pojoaque Valley 10-0 in its most recent outing last Tuesday. Pitcher Emilee Jones threw six shutout innings and Erin Kirk, in her first appearance of the season, went 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in a run.
    Today’s game, which is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.

    ’Topper baseball team faces Chargers at home

  • Roadrunners kicking off 40th year of racing

    Unlike longtime member Stan Kosiewicz, the Atomic City Roadrunners’ running club doesn’t mind keeping count how long it’s been around.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. It officially kicks off its 40th season April 2.
    The Roadrunners host the Pace Race, which is a weekly 1- or 3-mile race at various spots around Los Alamos County, held during daylight-savings-time hours.
    The Pace Races are every Tuesday night and winners aren’t judged by who crosses the finish line first but who can most closely predict their actual finish time.
    The club’s president – a title he’s not completely comfortable with even though he’s been the contact person for 10 years – is longtime member Ted Williams. Williams, who is one of the longest-tenured competitors in the club, said he still has a lot of fun even after all this time.
    “We have people in their 80s doing this and we have little kids in strollers,” Williams said. “I never tire of it. I never get bored. I’m very enthusiastic about it and I hope to do this for a long time.”
    The Roadrunners started their weekly events in 1974. The Pace Race was set for Tuesdays, which happened to be a convenient time for the most number of people.

  • On Schedule 03-24-13


    Baseball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 4:30 p.m.


    Track and field: LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.


    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.


    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

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

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.

  • Running Down a Dream

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track teams will look to build on their hot start to the 2013 season Saturday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

  • Sports Briefs 03-22-13

    Freeride team hosting dinner Saturday

    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is hosting a fundraising dinner and movie Saturday.
    The event, which will help send team members to the USASA national championship event, will be at Pajarito Mountain. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
    Saturday’s event will also include a movie premiere of team highlights and an after-movie dance party.
    Price for admission is $10. Donations may also be made by emailing pajaritofreerideteam@gmail.com or dropping them off at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Nukes host Las Cruces Saturday at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host Las Cruces in a home match Saturday.
    The Los Alamos-Las Cruces match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the match is free.