The games go on: ’Toppers head to all-star games

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By Cody Olivas

All of the state championships have been decided, but there are still a handful of contests to be played.
The top teams have proven themselves, but now the games turn into regional battles. Does the North or South have a tougher crop of seniors?
On June 10, five of the eight Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star classics will be played.
Los Alamos will be represented in three of them that weekend and one more in July.
Two ‘Toppers scored spots on the North all-star baseball team. Connor Mang and Lane Saunders will both represent the North in the 5A/6A series.
The baseball teams will play one game at 7:30 p.m. June 10 and then play twice more June 11.
The baseball series is taking place at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces.
Ashlynn Trujillo will represent Los Alamos in the 5A/6A all-star basketball game. That contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center, following the 1A/2A all-star game.
Michelle Alexander will also represent the North in the all-star tennis classic June 10 and 11. One unique thing about the tennis all-star classic is that boys and girls play together on the same team, unlike the high school season where they usually compete at the same tournaments, but on separate teams.
The tennis all-star games will give the players a chance to play mixed doubles, as well as singles and doubles.
Brianna Montaño is the other Hilltopper that was selected to represent the North. She earned a spot in the all-star volleyball game July 25. The location of that game will be decided later.
Los Alamos also had a handful of athletes compete in track’s all-star showcase, the Marilyn Sepulveda Track Meet, which took place April 18 during the season.
Liam Johnson cleared 13 feet, 0 inches in the pole vault to take fifth.
Elena Abeyta ran the 400 in 1 minute, 0.29 seconds to finish fifth.
Hayden Walker finished sixth in the 800 (1:59.58).
Talia Dreicer finished sixth in the 800 (2:22.43).
Sophia Galvez finished ninth in the 1600 (5:28.55).
All of those athletes later earned all-state honors at the state track meet.
No Hilltoppers were selected to play in three of the all-star games — football, softball and boys’ basketball.