Today's News

  • ’Toppers blank Del Norte, improve to 4-1 in district

    It wouldn’t seem going into Wednesday’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team would have much trouble with the Del Norte Knights, but apparently no one told the Knights that.
    The game was tighter than expected most of the way, with the key difference being a couple of early miscues by the Knights that allowed four runs to come home. Those runs were all the offense the Hilltoppers could muster Wednesday.
    Fortunately for Los Alamos, Jared Mang and the Hilltopper defense were up to the challenge. Mang threw a complete game gem and Los Alamos made some key plays behind him to back him up as the team came away with a 4-0 victory.
    Mang was in command all day long. He was ahead of virtually every hitter in the game through the first four innings and allowed just one hit through six.
    The only inning he found himself in any serious trouble was in the seventh inning. Mang allowed a walk and a hit in the inning, giving the Knights some life, but he would end up getting Dom Levy to tap out softly back to the mound to end the game.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers improve to 4-1 in District 2-5A play (13-6 overall) and keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in the chase for the top spot in the district.

  • ’Toppers have backs against the wall after loss to Del Norte

    Despite base runner after base runner getting into scoring position, the Los Alamos softball team only managed to get one run on the board Wednesday in a tough, 2-1 loss to Del Norte’s Knights.
    “This one hurts,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities throughout the game, we just couldn’t get a timely hit.”
    The ’Toppers had a runner reach third base in the first five innings of the game, but none of them were able to score.
    After seeing four girls stranded at third and two innings end with the bases loaded, Anaya tried to manufacture a run in the fifth inning.
    Shelby Milligan got hit by a pitch, then Hannah Mojica ripped a pitch.
    Milligan probably would’ve been able to score on the long ball, but it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing her to stop at third.
    Anaya then tried to get Milligan home with a squeeze play. Rebecca Luster laid down a bunt, but Del Norte’s pitcher Leticia Tavarez fielded the ball, checked the runner and got the out at first. When Tavarez threw to first, Milligan took of for home. Del Norte’s first baseman, however, fired home to keep Los Alamos off the scoreboard by turning the double play.

  • Five-run first catapults Isotopes to fourth straight win

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (5-2) used a five-run first inning, highlighted by a Brandon Barnes leadoff home run, to win their fourth-straight game with a 7-6 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (2-5) Wednesday night. Catcher Ryan Casteel also tacked on three RBI.

    DECIDING MOMENT: The Rainiers tied the game at six with a one-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth. After three walk-off wins in their first six games, the Isotopes have come much accustomed to the late inning dramatics. Leading off the home half of the eighth, Ben Paulsen was plunked on the elbow. An Angelys Nina single to center put runners on the corners for catcher Ryan Casteel. The 23-year-old backstop grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Paulsen to score the go-ahead run.

    CASTEEL’S DEAL: Catcher Ryan Casteel started his third game behind the dish for Albuquerque and turned in a vital 1-for-3 night with three RBI. In his three appearances this season, Casteel is batting .417 (5-for-12) with one run scored, one double and four RBI.

  • Isotopes win third straight on Wheeler homer

    Six games into the young season and the Albuquerque Isotopes (4-2) already have three walk off wins, including two walk off home runs in as many days. Right fielder Tim Wheeler smashed a line drive home run over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Isotopes a 6-5 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (2-4). It is their third-straight victory.
    DECIDING MOMENT: Back-to-back doubles by the Rainiers in the top of the ninth tied the game at five, but the Isotopes were all too familiar with the late inning heroics. Tim Wheeler stepped in the box to lead off the home half of the ninth and blasted a 1-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for the Isotopes’ second walk off in as many nights.
    HELL ON WHEELERS: Tim Wheeler mashed his first two home runs of the 2015 seasons Tuesday night, a two-run blast in the sixth and a solo shot in the ninth. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He is also the second-consecutive Albuquerque player to mash two homers in a game after Dustin Garneau’s two-homer performance Monday night.

  • Romero has perfect prediction in pace race

    Ted Romero had a perfect prediction in the weekly pace race held on the Waste Treatment Plant road in lower Bayo Canyon. His predicted time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds the 3-mile distance was also the fastest time. There were three runners that had a 4 second differential: David Kratzer, Laura McClellan and Linda Vance. Sanna Sevanto was 5 seconds off.
    In the 1-mile race, Maviela Saenz finished first in 10:18 while 6-year-old Billy Strother was the top male runner in 12:30.
    The fastest female on the 3-mile course was Roxana Candia recording a 23:15.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa by the horse stable area on the North end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.

  • LA tennis teams take third at Academy tournament

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams each won a trio of matches en route to third-place finishes at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament over the weekend.
    “It was a good, good weekend,” Los Alamos boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “The guys did really well getting third.”
    The Hilltopper girls shut out Piedra Vista 9-0 and Bosque 9-0 to reach the semifinals.
    Albuquerque Academy beat Los Alamos 6-3 in the semis, but the Hilltopper girls came back strong and beat Belen 9-0 in the third-place match.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won three close matches to take third.
    The ’Toppers beat Piedra Vista 5-4 and Bosque 6-3 in the first and second rounds.
    In the semis, Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-1.
    The Hilltopper boys came back, however, and beat Santa Fe Prep 5-4 in the third-place match. Andrew Aboshousha got the final win against Santa Fe Prep to propel the ’Toppers to victory, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend for him in singles play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Katya Skurikhin and Annie Smith both won three singles matches at the Academy tournament while Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff, Laura Whicker, Lauren Fugate, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Astrid Hengartner all won two singles matches.

  • ’Toppers step up game in home tournament

    The Los Alamos golf teams took advantage of playing on their home course Monday. The Hilltopper boys combined to shoot a 337, Los Alamos’ best team score at a tournament in the last two years.
    “I’m proud of the boys for putting in the effort necessary to improve as individual players,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “As the kids improve individually, we are really seeing the sum of the improvements in lower team scores.”
    Los Alamos’ boys finished second as a team, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ 336. Las Vegas Robertson (336) finished third, Followed by Grants (370), Valencia (399), Belen (404), Española Valley (421) and Capital (469). Springer and Santa Fe High also competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Jonathan Osden led the charge for Los Alamos. Osden finished second with a 79, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales.
    Isaac Suazo (85), Hunter Gustafson (86) and Nicholas Quarteri (87) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Los Alamos’ Sean Rau (85), Brandan Duran (91), Niccolo Snyder (95), Nick Koskelo (95) and Corey Evans (100) also played in the tournament as individuals.

  • Homeschoolers to visit Art Center

    This year, an informal group of educators put together a schedule of monthly experiences for families who home school their children.
    This month, Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer a “field trip” experience and the art center is inviting not only the students but their parents as well.
    From 1-3 p.m. Thursday, children are invited to come to the Art Center. Children can attend with or without their parents.
    The introductory part of the afternoon involves taking a quick trip around the gallery to look at the art in the current exhibit “Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies,” and try to see the differences between art created while looking at nature and art created by looking at a photograph of nature.
    The practice of working outdoors and experiencing the fresh air while painting is called “plein-air.” The participants will gather some art supplies and walk over to Ashley Pond where Art Center Director Ken Nebel will teach them how to use their fingers to create “view finders” to frame their scene, and then they will paint.
    The experience is timed near Earth Day to help students gain a different appreciation of how the environment influences lives.

  • Local Briefs 4-15-15

    Meeting on human trafficking set for April 30

    The American Association of University Women will present a discussion of human trafficking April 30 at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting rooms.
    The discussion will be presented by Maria Sanchez-Gagne, the director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division and Lynn Sanchez, program director for Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link.
    Topics such as the United Nations’ anti-human trafficking protocol, New Mexico trafficking laws and outreach are scheduled to be discussed.

    Bear Camp registration is Saturday

    Registration for the 2014 Bear Camp will start Saturday morning at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Bear Camp is a popular day camp program run by Los Alamos County. Registration for the camp is limited and residents often get in line to register in the wee hours of the morning to do so.
    As such, Los Alamos County will open the aquatic center at midnight so those wanting to may wait inside. Registration numbers will be issued for interested participants starting at 6:30 a.m.
    For more information, call the Walkup Center at 662-8173.

    Letters of Interest for committee are due

  • On The Docket 4-15-15

    April 2

    Carol A. Fleming was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (impaired to the slightest degree, first offense) The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.16 or above, first offense).
    Sentencing is deferred, provided probation conditions are met. If conditions of the deferred sentence are met, then the charge will be dismissed, but a record of the charges will still exist. Order will become final April 2, 2016. Defendant was fined $241 and ordered to undergo a year of supervised probation.