• LA tennis teams finish third at Academy

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both placed third at the Albuquerque Academy Tennis Invite over the weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys finished third, competing in the red group with Albuquerque Academy, Bosque High School and Piedra Vista. Los Alamos played all three teams in best-of-nine matches, which included six singles and three doubles matches.
    The boys played fourth-ranked Piedra Vista to start the tournament Friday. After the six singles’ matches, the two teams were tied, 3-3.
    Los Alamos, however, quickly rebounded and swept the doubles matches to win the match, 6-3.
    Later Friday, the Hilltopper boys beat Bosque, 8-1, before falling to Albuquerque Academy, 9-0.
    On Saturday afternoon Los Alamos played St. Michael’s High School for third place. The Hilltopper boys raced out to a 2-1 doubles lead going into singles, dropping the No. 1 doubles match in three very close sets. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang went up 7-5 to win the first set, dropped the second 6-2 and quickly went up in the third set 5-2. Margevicius and Tang played the better match from start to finish, but were unable to close out the match.
    The Hiltopper boys rebounded and won three of the six singles matches to beat St. Mike’s, 5-4, to take third.

  • LA track teams win Jaguar Invite

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams both finished first at Capital’s Jaguar Invite Saturday.
    The Hilltopper girls scored over twice as many points as the second-place team, Santa Fe, to win their second team title of the season. The Hilltopper girls finished first with 250.5 points, followed by Santa Fe (120), St. Michael’s (95.5), Taos (82.5), Santa Fe Prep (47.5), Bernalillo (31.5), Española Valley (29), Santa Fe Indian (26), Desert Academy (20.5), Pecos (16) and Capital (13).
    “It was a good day with many season-best marks,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won their first team title of the season with 169 points, followed by Taos (124.5), Capital (78.5), Española Valley (74), St. Michael’s (74), Pecos (61.5), Bernalillo (55), Santa Fe (42), Santa Fe Prep (39.5), Desert Academy (13) and Santa Fe Indian (10).
    Both Los Alamos squads were led by a state-qualifying performance.
    Elena Abeyta won the 400-meter race in 1 minute, 1.47 seconds to qualify for state.
    Hayden Walker, meanwhile, won the 800 with a state-qualifying run of 2:00.13.
    The Hilltopper girls had seven other first-place finishes and nine second-place place finishes.

  • Baseball moves into tie for first

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed unbeaten in District 2-5A with a pair of wins over Bernalillo Saturday.
    Los Alamos beat the Spartans 10-3 and then 15-5 to improve to 4-0 in 2-5A and 11-7 overall. Tonight, Los Alamos will play the other 4-0-team in the district, Del Norte. The game will begin at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    Saturday, Los Alamos got off to a slow start and fell behind 2-0 to the Spartans. Only two ‘Toppers reached base in the first three innings, and Bernalillo’s catcher picked both of them off.
    A Los Alamos error and a mental error (nobody covered first base on a bunt), meanwhile, helped Bernalillo score its first two runs.
    In the fourth, Jarrett Genero sparked a huge inning for Los Alamos, driving a ball deep over the centerfield fence for a long, solo homerun. After Genero got Los Alamos on the scoreboard, the ‘Toppers added seven more runs in the inning to take control of the game.
    Saunders walked and then Kyle Hutton and Zealand Waltersheid hit back-to-back hard shots that the Bernalillo couldn’t handle to put Los Alamos up, 3-2. Antonio Gonzales hit an RBI ground-rule double over the right field fence and scored on Travis Gonzales bloop single. Hunter Eaton walked and then Connor Mang hit a two-RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch to put Los Alamos up, 8-2.

  • LA lacrosse defends home turf

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team stayed perfect at home Tuesday, taking down Cibola 13-8.

    The Hilltoppers are now 2-3 overall.

  • Snow is top predictor in opening Pace Race

    Mary Snow was only 7 seconds off her predicted time in the first pace race of the season, which was held on the Canyon Rim Trail Tuesday.
    Other accurate predictors were Duane Marr with an 18 second differential, Zach Medin was 28 seconds off and Lynn Bjorklund recorded a 31 second difference.
    In the one-mile race, Tamara Jurado was the top finisher with a time of 10 minutes, 30 seconds. Brothers Anders Medin, age 6, and Adrian Medin, age 5, recorded times of 13:47 and 14:14, respectively, to be the best male finishers.
    In the one-and a-half mile run, Brian Newnam recorded a 16:27 to be the fastest finisher while Heather Hughes was the best female finisher in 18:57.
    On the two-mile course, Kyle Carr had a time of 22:54 to finish first. Annika Cunningham finished in 26:59 to be the first female finisher.
    Ted Romero had the best time in the three-mile distance — 20:09. Laura Woodroffe recorded a 20:59 to lead the women.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held start at 6 p.m. The race will begin on the access road to the pollution processing plant, on NM 502 just past the junction to White Rock. One and three-mile distances will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

  • Softball comes up short against Sundevils

    There were plenty of big hits Wednesday when the Los Alamos softball team hosted Española Valley.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it needed a couple more late hits when it had runners in scoring position to catch the Sundevils. Española Valley ended up winning the game, 9-6.
    “It was a tough loss for us, but a lot of credit goes to Española for the game they played,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities to score runs and put pressure on Española, but we didn’t.”
    After Española scored two runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead, Los Alamos rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the second.
    Lauren Harris ripped a hard shot that Española’s shortstop couldn’t handle to reach base. Then, with two outs, Elizabeth Anaya singled into center and Morgan Hohner walked to load the bases. Shelby Chavez, the team’s leadoff hitter stepped up to the plate. After ripping one ball foul, Chavez smacked an opposite field shot over the right fielder’s head for a base-clearing triple.
    Makaela Jones then slugged a triple off the left-field fence to bring home Chavez and tie the game.

  • LA baseball shuts down Española

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a 10-4 win over Española Valley Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers are now 9-7 overall and 2-0 in 2-5A.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, slipped to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in 2-5A.
    Los Alamos jumped out to an early lead in the contest Wednesday before Española rallied to take the lead in the third.
    The ’Toppers, however, added two runs in the fourth to take the lead back and then scored five runs in the sixth to finish comfortably on top.
    Connor Mang had a big day for Los Alamos. Mang hit a pair of triples, scored twice, drove in two runs and pitched the last four innings of the ballgame. On the mound, he struck out nine Sundevils and retired the last 10 batters he faced.
    Mang and Jarrett Genero both singled and scored in the first inning for Los Alamos.
    In the second, Mang put Los Alamos up, 3-0. He smashed a triple and later stole home.
    Española Valley, however, took the lead with a four-run third. Three singles, three walks and an error helped the Sundevils rally.
    Los Alamos answered back in the fourth. Antonio Gonzales got hit by a pitch and then Jake Rutten laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error by Española’s pitcher.

  • High Flyer gymnasts capture state titles

    High Flyers’ gymnasts captured three all-around state titles, eight state event titles and a total of 49 first, second and third-place medals at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic State Championships in March.
    Anabel Irving and Eliana Rodriguez won all-around state championship titles in Level 2 age group competition, while Emily Smith was named the all-around state champion in Level 3.
    Jo Jo Gulley and Kiara Thornton placed second all-around in Level 2, while Sarah Worley placed second all-around in Level 4.
    Level 2 gymnast Isabelle Gill and Level 3 gymnast Siena Rolfe took home third place all-around honors.
    Winning first-place event titles in Level 2 were Jo Jo Gulley (uneven bars and floor exercise), Irving (uneven bars), Rodriguez (vault and balance beam), and Kiara Thornton (bars).
    In addition to her all-around title, Smith won Level 3 event titles in the vault and on the uneven bars with a score of 9.5 on both events.
    Level 2 athletes taking home second-place event medals included Isabelle Gill (uneven bars), Jo Jo Gulley (vault and balance beam), Irving (balance beam) Kailey Posegate (uneven bars and balance beam), Rodriguez (floor exercise), and Kiara Thornton (vault).

  • LA rugby clubs square off with Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos rugby clubs had their first home game of the season Friday against Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls rugby clubs both took on Rio Rancho, but both LA squads came up short.
    Rio Rancho won the boys’ game, 13-5, and the girls’ game, 15-0.
    For those unfamiliar with rugby, it’s essentially a cross between soccer and football. The action is continuous like soccer, but people can carry the ball with their hands and tackle the ball carrier, like football.
    Friday’s games saw every team make lots of big plays.
    The Los Alamos boys’ Nukes Rugby Club was moving the ball down the field early in their contest, but Rio Rancho eventually gained possession of the ball and then sprinted about 70 yards down the sideline to score a five-point try.
    The Nukes responded with a big play of their own, a 60-yard run deep into Rio Rancho’s zone. The Los Alamos ball carrier, however, was dragged down about 10 yards short of the goal. Los Alamos got one more attempt to score before halftime, but the Nuke was tackled just short.
    “The game was ours for the taking, we just didn’t take it,” Nukes’ coach Demetrio Cardiel said.

  • Bradbury named new UNM women’s basketball coach

    Mike Bradbury, previously the head coach at Wright State University for the past six seasons, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach by Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. The hire is pending final HR approval, and Bradbury was introduced at a press conference Thursday at WisePies Arena in the U.S. Bank Club Level.
    Bradbury brings with him to Albuquerque nine successful years as a Division I head coach, the past six with Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. With the Raiders, Bradbury led his squad to five 20-win seasons, including each of the last three seasons. In the last three seasons, Wright State has amassed a 75-28 record, the best amongst the 13 Division I programs in the state of Ohio.
    “I am excited to have Mike Bradbury lead our women’s basketball program,” said Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs. “We looked at a lot of candidates, and Mike rose to the top with his past successes, both as a head coach at Wright State and Morehead State and as an assistant. Mike has a great reputation as a recruiter, as a coach and as an educator, and I’m proud to welcome him, his wife Christy and his two children Alex and Sena Nicole to the Lobo family.”