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  • LA lacrosse blows away Cibola

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team had a shutout going for most of its game Friday against Cibola. The ’Toppers scored the first 14 goals in the game and cruised to a 17-1 victory.
    Griffin Matuszak put Los Alamos up 1-0 right away, scoring on a bounce shot just minutes into the contest.
    After that, Cibola was able to put some pressure on Los Alamos goalkeeper Sam Flesner, but it couldn’t get anything by him.
    Late in the first, Ryder Davenhall and Hudson Davenhall scored to give Los Alamos some breathing room.
    The second quarter belonged to Los Alamos. Charlie Christensen assisted five goals to four different players, controlling the ball behind the net and then hitting streaking players in front of the net. He assisted Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmoreand Matuszak once apiece and Ryder Davenhall twice in the period. Skidmore also scored a second goal in the quarter, which gave Los Alamos a 9-0 lead.
    Los Alamos was almost as dominant in the third quarter. Trevor Matuszak and Ryder Davenhall each had two goals and Peter Janke scored one as the ’Toppers built an insurmountable lead before Cibola even scored.
     

  • Sports Briefs 4-24-15

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant, or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Atomic Tumblers compete in state championships

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers travelled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics last month to compete in the men’s New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.
    Daniel Fryer competed in the level-6 session.
    For the third consecutive year, Fryer qualified for the Region 9 Championships.
    This is his third year competing in United States men’s gymnastics, and his third level of accomplishment.
    During the 2012-2013 season, he won a state championship for his age division in level 4 and qualified for regionals, which were held in Albuquerque that year.
    The next year, he won another state championship in his age division in level 5, qualifying for the regional championships in Salt Lake City.
    This year, he qualified for the level-6 regional championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs at the men’s Olympic Training Center.
    Fryer is finding level 6, which is a fairly advanced level of gymnastics, to be more of a challenge than the previous levels he competed in.
    At the state championships this year, his highest finish earned him a bronze on vault with a 10.10 (receiving some bonus points that are allowed in men’s gymnastics). Fryer finished seventh all-around, taking the final regional qualifying spot.
    He’s looking forward to competing in level 6 again, next year.

  • LA ready to host Española Valley in key games

    The District 2-5A baseball championship will be all but decided on Saturday at Bomber Field.
    The top two teams in the district, Los Alamos and Española Valley, have distanced themselves from the rest of the league, going a combined 12-0 against the rest of the district. Now they’ll square off for the final two times this regular season to see who gets to enter the final stretch of games in the top spot.
    Los Alamos (15-6, 6-1 District 2-5A) will host the district leading Española Valley Sundevils (15-4, 7-0) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    To take over the lead, Los Alamos will need to win both games.
    Española won the first contest between the two teams at home, 4-0. Los Alamos had plenty of chances to score in the game, but couldn’t get a timely hit and ended up leaving nine runners stranded on base, including runners in scoring position in each of the first six innings.
    The ’Toppers have won five straight since then, learning from the loss by being more aggressive at the plate and taking care of business on a daily basis.
    Española pitcher Jesus Chavez, however, has more movement on his balls than anyone Los Alamos had played since then. He should give the ’Toppers a good challenge.

  • LA rugby ready for final game before state

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host its final regular season game Friday at Sullivan Field at 6:30 p.m.
    The Nukes will take Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, which is mostly comprised of players from Atrisco Herritage.
    “They’re a big, powerful team,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I expect a really good game.”
    After the game, Los Alamos will compete in the state tournament. All 16 teams are invited to the state tournament, but the top-eight teams will play in one bracket and the bottom eight teams will compete in a separate bracket.
    Cardiel said he expects his team to be in the top bracket. The Nukes are currently 3-1 overall.
    The Nukes won their last game, 38-19, against Oñate on April 18. Joey Sorenson led the team’s offense, scoring four tries in the game. James O’Brien and Mateo Cardiel each scored one try in the game. Cardiel also went 5-for-6 on two-point conversions.
    On April 11, Los Alamos lost its only contest of the year, 34-24, against El Paso.
    “They were a really big team,” coach Cardiel said. “I was really proud of (my team). We weren’t even supposed to compete with them.”
    Cardiel scored three tries in the game and was 5-for-5 on conversions. Derek Selvage also scored a pair of tries.

  • Woodroffe finishes just two seconds off prediction

    Jesse Woodroffe had the top prediction in this week’s pace race, which was held on North Mesa by the rodeo arena. Woodroffe was only two seconds off his predicted time.
    Lauraine Maness was next with a three-second differential while Jessica Baumgaertel was just four seconds off her predicted time.
    Cecilia Rivenburgh and Ted Romero both missed by seven seconds.
    In the one-mile course, Reid Rivenburgh finished first in 9 minutes, 56 seconds.
    Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 12:51.
    In the three-mile distance, Romero finished first in 20:33. Nikol Strother won the female category with a time of 21:43.
    Next Tuesday’s race will take place on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    The race will start at 6 p.m. One and three mile courses will be available.
     

  • Los Alamos wins important softball game in Albuquerque

    Los Alamos’ softball team had a must-win game against a fellow Class 5A squad, Albuquerque Academy, on Wednesday.
    The ’Toppers jumped on the Chargers early, however, and continued scoring runs in bunches to run away with the game, 18-1.
    “The win was important,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We’re trying to get into position to make the (state) tournament so it’s important to get these wins versus 5A schools.”
    In Maxprep’s latest rankings, the Hilltoppers sit in Class 5A’s No. 16 spot — just inside the playoff bubble. The Chargers were ranked No. 20, so a loss to Albuquerque Academy would have hurt Los Alamos’ playoff hopes.
    “We were happy to come down here and get a win,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos grabbed the momentum right away in the first inning. The team’s leadoff hitter, Shelby Chavez, got a base hit to start the game. Makaela Jones then reached on a bunt single. With the two runners on base, Hannah Mojica went deep, smacking a three-run home run to put the Hilltoppers up 3-0.
    Los Alamos added five more runs in the second inning, then its pitcher, Madeline Lockhart, got a huge out in the bottom half of the inning.

  • Runners compete for good cause in annual Run for Her Life

    The fifth annual Run For Her Life 5k and 10k races were held Sunday at East Park.
    In the 5k, the top female was Leanne Smith with a time of 21 minutes, 47 seconds. The first male and overall winner was Daniel Santistevan (20:33).
    The first female finisher in the 10k was Sanna Sevanto (49:50) while Tad Hughes was the top male and fastest finisher overall (48:11).
    All of the proceeds from the races will be donated to breast cancer research.
    Below are the complete results from all of the races in the different age groups:

    Men’s 5k, 19-and-under
    1 —27:35.4, Daniel Chertkov
    2— 52:28.0, Emmitt Tibbitts
    3—52:37.4, Asher Maranenbaum
    4—52:38.1, Aron Maranenbaum
    5—57:50.5, Owen Masser

    Men’s 5k, 20-29
    1—20:33.7, Daniel Santistevan

    Men 5k, 30-39
    1—33:59.1, Daniel Maranienbaum
    2—57:51.4,Thomas Masser

    Men’s 5k, 50-59
    1—28:19.8, George Brooks
    2—30:08.8, William Pyle
    3 —33:54.1, James Harrison

    Men’s 5k, 60-69
    1 — 46:33.8, Ed Martin

  • Hilltopper boys run away with Capital City Invite

    Snow didn’t slow Los Alamos’ track teams down on Saturday in Santa Fe. The Hilltopper boys set 27 personal records (PRs) en route to winning the Capital City Invite with 112.5 team points, almost 45 more than second-place Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second out of 12 teams with 84 points, just two points behind Taos.
    “(Twenty-seven) PRs on the day prove we can get it done even on a cool, breezy day,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We finished second and the girls competed very well,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was a good meet coming off of Spring Break and a good tune up going in to the end of the season.”
    Ralph Archbold won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.97 seconds, just missing the state-qualifying time of 16.20 seconds because of the hand-timer conversion (which rounds the time up to the nearest tenth of a second and then adds .24 seconds).
    Chris Parker won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.31 seconds, which was also close to a state-qualifying time.
    The Hilltopper boys also got first-place finishes from Skyler McCall in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches), Liam Johnson in the pole vault (12-3) and its medley relay team comprised of Miroslav Betts, McCall, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples (3:45.20).

  • Hilltoppers get a pair of big district victories

    At this point in the season, every game is important. For Los Alamos’ softball team, which is fighting to get into the postseason, the margin for error is even less.
    Needing wins, the Hilltopper girls took care of business on Monday against Capital. The ’Toppers scored 35 runs in just seven innings to score a pair of mercy-rule victories, 19-2 and 16-1.
    “Those are two wins that we needed to have,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get back in the win column and get back in the race.”
    In the first game, Makaela Jones went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. “She had a great day,” Anaya said.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-4, Elizabeth Anaya hit a 2-run triple and Jordan Jaramillo also doubled for Los Alamos.
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in both the first and second innings and six in the third. Up by 12 in the fourth, Shelby Milligan singled with the bases loaded to end the game. Mariah Mauro and Jordan Hammock scored on her hit and Katelynn Thorn scored on an overthrow.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out six and walked two to get the win.
    In the second game, Hammock only gave up three hits to get the win.