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  • Senior-loaded softball team hopes to end on high note

    With 10 seniors on its roster, the Los Alamos softball team has plenty of experience to lead the team this season.
    Los Alamos graduated its No. 1 pitcher from last year, Jordan Hammock, but everyone else has returned.
    “We have like 10 graduating seniors, so our hope is to make our last season the best we can,” Madeline Lockhart said.
    After pitching in the No. 2 spot last year, Lockhart will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher this season. “There’s some pressure, but I’m excited,” Lockhart said.
    Seniors Morgan Hohner, Makaela Jones, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Shelby Chavez, Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica also return with a lot of experience on the diamond.
    Lockhart, Chavez, Anaya, Jaramillo and sophomore catcher Jordan Jaramillo are the team’s captains.
    The team began its season Wednesday against Class 6A power Cleveland. The ’Toppers hit well, but the team’s defense struggled with the wind.
    Several balls dropped in front of, or sailed over the heads, of the ’Toppers. Several ground balls also found holes in Los Alamos’ infield for base hits.
    “I’m a little disappointed today with our defense,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We didn’t adjust well to the wind.”

  • Hockey falls to Cibola in finale

    The Los Alamos hockey team dropped below .500, losing to first-place Cibola 6-3 in both teams’ regular-season finale Friday.
    Los Alamos slipped to 8-9-4 with the loss while Cibola stayed close to perfect. Cibola is now 20-0-1 with its lone tie coming against Los Alamos.
    Friday, Cibola jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Los Alamos responded. Jake Rutten assisted John Charles to cut the lead in half. Cibola, however, added two short-handed goals after that to go up, 4-1.
    Los Alamos responded with a power-play goal. Ben Rees and John Charles assisted ChrisBond.
    After that, Cory Schramm assisted Griff Matuszak for a four-on-four goal to cut Cibola’s lead to 5-3, but Los Alamos wouldn’t get any closer.
    Cibola ended up outshooting Los Alamos by a single shot, 27-26.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 21 saves in the game for Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season in seventh place, but the Hilltoppers can still win the championship.
    The state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Taos.
     

  • LA baseball splits with PV

    The Los Alamos baseball team began its season Saturday at Ricketts Park in Farmington, taking on perennial power Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos scored a 5-2 win the first game of the doubleheader, but Piedra Vista fought back and won the second game, 12-2.
    Both teams are now 1-1.
    This week, Los Alamos will play three more games at St. Pius X’s tournament.
    Los Alamos will begin the tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday against Albuquerque High School.
    The contest will be the Bulldogs’ first game of the year.
     

  • LA girls win state-wide tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team brought home a first-place team trophy from the February State-Wide Invitational tournament held in Albuquerque over the weekend.
    The girls scored 166 team points to win the tournament, followed by Mesilla Valley Christian (142), Farmington (116), St. Pius X (110), St. Michael’s )102), Piedra Vista (76), Bosque (43) and Silver (0).
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff won the No. 1 singles bracket to lead Los Alamos.
    She beat Farmington’s Riley Coleman, 6-0 and 6-2, in the championship.
    Hsieh-Ratliff and Lauryn Anaya also won the No. 1 doubles’ crown. The duo beat Farmington’s Halie Nygren and Coleman in the finals, 8-3, to go 4-0 at the tournament.
    Anaya also went 2-2 in the No. 1 singles bracket.
    Maia Menefee and Michelle Alexander went 2-2 at No. 1 doubles.
    Anna Lemke and Rachelle Stokes won the No. 2 doubles crown. They beat Farmington’s Anita Briody-Pavlik and Isabel Zamarriego 8-4 in the championship to also finish 4-0 at the tournament.
    At No. 3 singles, Menefee went 2-2.
    Lemke and Mackenzie Cook both went 2-0 at No. 5 singles.
    At. No. 7 singles, Stokes and Serena Bimbaum both went 3-1.

  • Española Valley stays on top of district

    ESPAÑOLA — The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team came out firing Friday in the District 2-5A championship game. The Española Valley Sundevils, however, were able to withstand Los Alamos’ early onslaught to win the game, 73-63, and defend their district title.
    Early on, however, Los Alamos’ aggressive play had the ’Toppers out in front.
    After trading the lead in the first quarter, Makaela Jones sunk a 3-pointer to put Los Alamos ahead, 7-6.
    The Sundevils went back on top, but Kayla Salazar drained a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 Los Alamos run and the ’Toppers took an 18-14 lead into the second quarter.
    Los Alamos stayed in front most of the second quarter on the strength of four 3-pointers. Salazar, Ashlynn Trujillo and Jones made early 3’s in the quarter. Trujillo then made a basket as she was falling to the ground after getting fouled. She missed the free throw, but Katya Skurikhin grabbed the offensive board and Ahsley Logan made a long-2 to put Los Alamos up eight, 31-23.
    Española fought back to tie the game at 33, but Jones sunk her second 3-pointer of the quarter, and third of the half, just two seconds before the buzzer to give the ’Toppers a 36-33 halftime-lead.

  • LA girls get No. 5 state seed

    After going 21-7 and finishing second in District 2-5A, the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team was awarded the No. 5 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    The ’Toppers will now host No. 12 Goddard (13-14) in the first round at 6 p.m. Friday.
    The Rockets also finished second in their district, 4-5A, behind the No. 2 seed, Roswell (23-2).
    The two teams haven’t met this season, but they’ve played three of the same teams.
    Española Valley, who beat Los Alamos by one point, two points and 10 points, also beat Goddard twice, 54-35 and 60-48.
    Both teams beat Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos beat the Chargers 47-33 and Goddard beat them 36-33.
    Both teams also beat Artesia. Los Alamos beat the Bulldogs, 71-62, while Goddard beat them 56-27 and 52-30.
    Katherine Kolker is the Rockets’ leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game.
    If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will see a familiar face in the quarterfinals. They’d play the winner of the first-round game featuring two other District 2-5A teams. Española Valley (23-4) and Del Norte (13-13) will meet once again in the first round. The Sundevils got the No. 4 seed in the state tournament, behind No. 1 Gallup (25-0), No. 2 Roswell and No. 3 Los Lunas (21-7).

  • LA's run ends in Española

    Los Alamos' run in the District 2-5A boys' basketball tournament came to an end Thursday at Española Valley.
    The Sundevils took a big lead into halftime and eventually beat the 'Toppers, 77-56.
    "Everybody was pretty disappointed with the way it ended last night," Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. "We were expecting to play better."
    Los Alamos was pretty even with Española in the first quarter, but then mistakes started snowballing for the 'Toppers in the second quarter.
    "The second quarter killed us," Kluk said. "We started turning the ball over and Española got some transition buckets."
    Once the 'Toppers fell behind, they tried to catch up too fast with some quick shots that actually fueled Española's run.
    Española led by about 20 points at the break and never relinquished the lead.
    "We calmed down a little at halftime and the second half was pretty even, but the damage was already done," Kluk said.
    The loss will most likely end Los Alamos' season.
    The state brackets will be released Sunday, but the 10-19 'Toppers will probably be on the wrong side of the bubble.
    "It's going to be tough for us to be in that top-16." Kluk said.

  • LA girls reach district finals

    The first two times the Los Alamos girls' basketball team beat Del Norte, the team's defense carried it past the Knights. Los Alamos limited Del Norte to 30 points and 33 points while the 'Toppers scored 45 and 46 to win those games.
    Thursday in the District 2-5A semifinal game, Los Alamos' defense played strong again, and its offense also showed what it's capable of.
    Los Alamos won the semifinal, 67-37, to advance to the championship game Friday at Española Valley.
    The game was close at the beginning, but Los Alamos made good plays at both ends of the court to take an early lead.
    Kayla Salazar swished a 3-pointer. Then Los Alamos' press forced a turnover that led to an Ashlynn Trujillo bucket.
    Del Norte scored to get within one of Los Alamos, 5-4, but Makaela Jones blocked a shot on Del Norte's next possession to keep the 'Toppers in front.
    Later in the first, with Los Alamos still up by one, Jones pulled down an offensive rebound and Salazar sunk her second 3-pointer of the quarter. Jones then made a pair of free throws to put Los Alamos up, 12-6.
    Del Norte scored four points at the end of the quarter to go into the second only trailing 12-10.

  • LA girls reach finals; boys eliminated

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team blew by Del Norte, 67-37, Thursday night in the District 2-5A semifinals. During one stretch in the second and third quarters, Los Alamos outscored the Knights 31-4.

    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar both scored 17 points to lead the 'Toppers.

    The Hilltopper girls will now play at Española Valley in the district championship game. The championship will take place at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 26).

    Boys eliminated

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team also played in the District 2-5A semifinals Thursday. After winning its first two games in the tournament, Los Alamos' run came to an end at Española Valley. The Sundevils beat Los Alamos, 77-56.

    The state brackets will be released Sunday, but the loss will most likely end the Hilltopper boys season.

  • Local ballers advance to state free throw competition

    The Knights of Columbus District free throw contest was held Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Los Alamos Sacred Heart council No. 3137 champions competed against three other northern New Mexico Knights of Columbus councils: Taos, Española, and Peñasco.
    At the end of the competition, three local champions won their respective divisions and will be advancing to the state championships. The state competition will be held at Albuquerque’s Manzano High School March 20.
    Local ballers Mika Stanfield won the girls ‘10-year old division, Cody Rosson won the 11-year old boys’ division and Antonio Gonzales was crowned champion in the boys’ 14-year old bracket.
    Two local competitors also finished as runner-ups: Lena Chavez took second place in the 11-year old girls’ division and Lucario Chavez was the runner-up in the 13-year old boys’ bracket.