• Hilltoppers go down swinging in semis against Goddard

    RIO RANCHO — Friday was a cold, windy and rainy day. After a two-weather delay, however, Los Alamos’ baseball team stepped on the field to take on Goddard in the Class 5A state semifinals.
    Both teams committed four errors in the contest. Goddard, however, turned Los Alamos’ errors into big innings while the Hilltoppers left the bases loaded three times and stranded five other runners on base in the game.
    Goddard eventually won the game 9-4.
    “Missed opportunities” stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after the game. “We had plenty of them,” he said.
    Two errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball helped Goddard take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
    After stranding a runner at third in the first and then leaving the bases loaded in the second, Los Alamos got back in the game in the third inning.
    Jarrett Genero walked and the Connor Mang singled to start the inning. A Goddard balk moved both runners into scoring and then Colin Maddox hit a bloop single down the right-field line to bring them both home.
    “As bad as it got, they never stopped fighting,” Gill said.
    Goddard responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to go up 5-2.
    Two Goddard errors on one play helped Jared Mang score and cut the lead back to two.

  • Seven Hilltoppers place on first day of state meet

    ALBUQUERQUE —After day one of the Class 5A state track meet, a handful of Los Alamos athletes had already earned all-state honors.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ highest finish on the rain and lightning-shortened first day. Ahlers cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump to take second in the event. Ahlers came close to clearing 6-4 in all three of his attempts, but couldn’t quite get over the bar.
    Jonathan Schueler started the day with a third-place finish in the discus. His heave of 127-10 earned him a spot on the podium.
    Chelsea Challacombe also had a third-place finish. In the long jump, Challacombe leaped 18-1 1/4 to take third and score four team points.
    Two Hilltopper boys placed in the pole vault. Liam Johnson cleared 13-0 to take third and Sean Reynolds cleared 12-6 to tie for sixth.
    In the girls high jump, Fiona Rogers tied for fifth by clearing 4-8.
    Ashley Land also made it onto the podium. Land threw the discus 104-4 to take fifth in the event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored in all three of Friday’s event finals and were in third place as a team with 7.5 points. Aztec (19) was in first, Roswell (9) was second and Piedra Vista, St. Pius X and Los Lunas were all tied for fourth (7).

  • Hilltoppers advance to semifinals

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are headed to Class 5A's state baseball semifinals.

    "It feels good," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "This is our third straight year in the quarters and we finally got past that hump."

    Los Alamos played district rival Española Valley in the quarterfinals.
    "All four games were good ball games," Gill said. "We know each other pretty well. Obviously there was more meaning to it. The emotions were higher than in districts."

    Los Alamos led 7-2 at one point and held on to win the game 7-6.
    "It's always been a dog fight between us," Colin Maddox said. "Throughout the game we never let our guard down."

    Maddox was the latest 'Topper to step up at the plate and get some big hits when the team needed one. He went 3-for-3 in the game with 5 RBI.

    "I was seeing it really nice," Maddox said. "My team helped me pull through my struggles."
    Maddox hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 2-2.

    In the third, Jared Mang tripled and Jerrett Genero brought him home with a single that turned into an error-assisted triple. Connor Mang then got hit by a pitch and Maddox hit another 2-RBI single.

  • Sports Briefs 5-14-15

    Soccer champs
    The under-14 boys Atomic City Football Club (ACFC) won its bracket in the Durango Shootout soccer tournament, which was held May 9-10.
    In round robin play, ACFC lost its first game, which was played in the snow, to Moab, Utah, 2-1.
    In the second game they beat the Durango Fusion 4-0 with goals from Jared Carnes, Jaryn Newman and two from Cade Cummins. Goalkeeper Malcolm Carr recorded the shutout.
    In the team’s third game, ACFC fell behind early to Grand Junction, Colo., 1-0, but came back and won the game 3-1. Carnes, Dima Tretiak and Jesse Prime scored in the win.
    The gold-medal game ended up being a re-match with Moab, but this time ACFC prevailed 3-1.
    Christopher Koh scored twice and Cummins scored the team’s other goal in the win.
    After the tournament, the team voted Carnes as its offensive MVP and Wyatt Watson as its defensive MVP.

  • LA golfers compete at state

    Two Los Alamos golfers competed in the Class 5A state championships, which were held Monday and Tuesday at the Spring River Golf Club in Roswell.
    Jennifer Necker shot an 83 on day one and an 86 on day two to finish sixth in the girls competition with a two-day total of 169.
    Her sixth-place finish was good enough to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
    On the boys side, Jonathan Osden shot an 81 and then an 84 for a two-day total of 165. He finished 19th overall in the boys’ competition.
    Katie Allen won the girls championship with a 149 while Ben Albin shot a 141 to win the boys title.

  • Angel Fire Bike Park kicking off its summer season

    After being named the No. 1 bike park in the Southwest for the second year in a row by MTBParks.com, Angel Fire Bike Park is now working to expand its trails for this upcoming season to over 100 miles and is launching a new Global Gravity Season Pass.
    Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest mountain biking destinations in the country, Angel Fire Bike Park is continuing its efforts to ramp up their trails, offer special deals and clinics to those new to the sport and add more races and events to the summer calendar.
    “Our goal has always been to create the most authentic trails for beginner and experienced riders to get excited about,” explained Hogan Koesis, Angels Fire’s bike park director. “Our equal mix of man-made versus natural trails on our mountain is what most people who come to check us outcompliment us on. This season we’re spending more time developing our cross-country trail network and adding mileage and improvements to our existing downhill network.”
    New this season:

  • Hilltoppers hang on to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team held on through a nail-biter this morning to advance to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led 7-2 after 5 innings, but in the top of the sixth, Española Valley came through with 4 runs — Jesus Chavez had a three-run triple to put the Sundevils right back into the ballgame.
    But the Hilltoppers, who came back from two runs down early, got a 2-run single in the third from designated hitter Colin Maddox, one of the Hilltoppers’ first round heroes, to put them up 5-2 at the time. Maddox knocked in 5 of Los Alamos’ runs.

    Los Alamos won by a final of 7-6.
    Jared Mang came on in relief on the mound of his younger brother, Connor in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the way to earn the victory.

    -Special thanks to KRSN radio for its help with this report

  • LA softball goes down in first round

    The Los Alamos softball team had a tall order in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The No. 14 seeded Hilltopper girls traveled to Roswell to take on the third-seeded Coyotes Saturday, but were shut out 11-0 to get eliminated from the tournament.
    Only four of Roswell’s 11 runs were earned. The Coyotes had eight base hits and walked five times, but Los Alamos also committed three errors in the game.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica and Makaela Jones had Los Alamos’ only base hits in the game.
    Roswell scored twice in the first inning, four times in the second inning and five times in the fourth to end the contest after four-and-a-half innings.
    There weren’t many upsets in the first round. No. 11 Farmington beat No. 6 Los Lunas 4-2 and No. 9 Artesia won at No. 8 Miyamura 19-4, but the higher seeds won the rest of the contests.
    No. 7 Bernalillo, the District 2-5A champs, beat No. 10 Goddard 7-3.
    With the loss, Los Alamos finished its season with a 12-15 record and as the district runners up.


  • Los Alamos track teams run away with district titles

    The Los Alamos boys and girls track teams ran away from the competition Saturday in Bernalillo at the District 2-5A championships. The Hilltopper boys won their 23rd consecutive district title with 212 points — more than the next three teams combined. Española Valley (67) finished second, followed by Capital (61), Bernalillo (53) and Del Norte (48).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, won their 16th consecutive district title with 216 teams points — more than the rest of the district combined. Del Norte (112) took second, Bernalillo (44) finished third, Española Valley (35) came in fourth and Capital (24) was fifth.
    Both teams won 12 district championships. The Hilltopper boys also qualified for state in an additional 12 events with top-two finishes while the Hilltopper girls qualified in 11 more events.
    The Hilltopper girls will now take 20 athletes to the state championships, which is the third most in Class 5A, while the Hilltopper boys qualified the most athletes in 5A with 23.
    In 10 events, Los Alamos qualified for state by winning a district championship.
    Sisi Ahlers won the 800 meters race in 2 minutes, 31.84 seconds.
    Ashley Land won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches to qualify. Land also won the discus (101-5).

  • LA lacrosse finishes second in the state

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.
    “We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game,” Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. “It was fun. I liked it even though we didn’t win.”
    The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.
    Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the ’Toppers up 1-0.
    Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.
    Right before the quarter ended, however, the Blue Griffens took the lead back.
    Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.
    “We settled down and got our confidence back,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. “We finally realized we could play with them.”