• LA girls’ tennis team wins the Capital City Quad

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team beat Capital, St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High School to win the Capital City Quad Saturday.
    Against Capital, Los Alamos used an entirely different lineup than it did in its other two matches and still pulled out the victory, 6-3.
    Serena Bimbaun scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles. Mary Brug and Abby Schmalz lost close matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, but Mykyla Hanawalt, Janalle Pena and Christie Djidjev pulled out victories.
    Los Alamos also won two of the three doubles matches against Capital.
    Against St. Michael’s, Los Alamos put its top players on the court and scored a 9-0 victory.
    At No. 1 -6 singles, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, Lauryn Anaya, Katya Skurikhin, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Kayla Parker all won their matches in straight sets.
    In doubles, Hsieh-Ratliff and Skurikhin won at No. 1, Anaya and Menefee won at No. 2 while Anna Lemke and Rachelle Stokes won at No. 3.
    Against Santa Fe, Los Alamos won five the six singles matches to win the match. Doubles weren’t played.
    Hsieh-Ratliff scored another win at No. 1 to improve to 6-0 overall.
    Anaya, Skurikhin, Alexander and Parker also won their singles matches to lock up the team win.

  • Hilltoppers fall to Santa Fe in extra innings

    The Los Alamos baseball team fought back from an early deficit Tuesday against Santa Fe High School, but ended up losing the game in extra innings, 6-5.
    Santa Fe scored two runs in the first inning and held onto the lead until the sixth. A solo homerun extended the Demons’ lead to 3-0 in the third, but then Los Alamos started chipping away.
    Connor Mang singled and scored in the third.
    After another Santa Fe run, Los Alamos responded with a two-run fourth.
    Los Alamos then tied the game in the sixth inning. Lane Saunders started the inning with a double and later scored on a Rutten single.
    Santa Fe didn’t get a hit in the seventh, but a walk and an error helped it score another run to take a 5-4 lead.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos tied things up to send the game into extra innings. Mang doubled and then Jarrett Genero brought him home with an RBI single.
    In the eighth, Santa Fe’s leadoff batter got hit by a pitch and later scored what proved to be the game-winning run. The ’Toppers were retired in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 4-4 overall while Santa Fe improved to 2-3.

  • Skiesta taking place Saturday at Pajarito

    Snow may be getting sparse at the top and bottom of Pajarito Mountain, but the ski area still has enough white stuff to hold its annual Skiesta.
    The spring festival will take place Saturday and after a series of contests, Pajarito will crown a new king and queen of the mountain.
    The competitions will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Pinhead Challenge — a race up and down the mountain.
    At 10 a.m., the Giant Slalom race will take place on Aspen. The best of two runs will count.
    At 11 a.m., the sloppy slalom will be held on West Beginner.
    At noon, the competitions will switch from speed to style for the rail jam, which will also be held on West Beginner.
    At 1 p.m., the final race will take place — the Moguls Mash — on Aspen. Skiers and snowboarders will get two runs in the moguls competition and their fastest run will count.
    At 2:30 p.m., the action will move back over to the beginner area. In plain view of the lodge, competitors will compete in the Big Air Jump Contest.
    A retro costume and parade will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the lodge deck and the king and queen of the mountain will be crowned at 4 p.m.
    Registration begins at 8 a.m.

  • Hilltopper lacrosse wins home opener with late goal

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team scored a tight, 11-10 win Wednesday against the Rio Rancho Raptors.
    The contest was tied eight times and had seven lead changes, but Los Alamos scored the last two goals to win the game.
    Trailing 9-10 to start the fourth quarter, Charlie Christensen scored for Los Alamos to tie the game at 10.
    The team’s defense then made some big plays to keep the game tied.
    Goalkeeper Garron Burgess stopped a hard shot.
    Then, with Rio Rancho on a power play, David Vigil got Los Alamos possession back. A Raptor had the ball behind the goal and was looking for someone to pass to, but Vigil pushed him out of bounds to force a turnover.
    The last 6 minutes of the game was played with a running clock as it began getting dark outside, but Los Alamos scored the game winner at the 4:15 mark. Ryder Davenhall hit the back of the net with on a fairly long shot to put Los Alamos up for good, 11-10.
    The Raptors had a few late chances to score, but couldn’t capitalize.
    Los Alamos improved to 1-1 with the win. The ’Toppers lost their season opener to the defending state champion, Santa Fe Prep, 16-3, last week.
    Wednesday, both teams had an answer every time its opponent scored.

  • Hilltoppers turn softball season around

    When the Los Alamos softball team began its season 1-4, manager Roger Anaya said he challenged the girls. Looking at the schedule, he knew the team had some winnable games ahead of it. The team had been hitting well, but it had been inconsistent on defense. By putting an extra emphasis on defense during practices, the ’Toppers have rose to the challenge.
    Los Alamos beat Moriarty, 4-0, and then St. Pius X, 11-2.
    Tuesday, the Hilltoppers won their third straight game to get to .500. The Hilltoppers beat Pojoaque Valley, 13-5, to improve to 4-4 overall.
    Getting a third win in a row wasn’t easy, however. Los Alamos had to overcome a 5-run deficit to score the victory against Pojoaque.
    “I told the girls I was proud that they didn’t panic,” coach Anaya said.
    “We knew we had the ability to comeback,” senior Shelby Chavez said.
    The Elkettes started the second inning with four base hits to take a 2-0 lead. A fielder’s choice and a strikeout had Los Alamos close to getting out of the jam, but an error extended the inning and helped Pojoaque plate a couple more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
    “We’ve been trying to keep our composure,” Chavez said. “If we mess up, just let it fall out of our mind.”

  • LA soccer begins club season

    The first week of games started in the Duke City Soccer League this past weekend for the Los Alamos Football Club boys’ and girls’ teams.
    In the Under-16 boys Premiere bracket, the No. 3 ranked LAFC Atomic City United defeated the fourth-ranked NM Rush Nero from Albuquerque, 2-1, in a tight match.
    In the U14 boys Challenge 2 bracket, the co-ed LAFC Celtics tied the Santa Fe NM Rush Blue 3-3 in a hard-fought game.
    In U13 boys’ action, the LAFC Juventus Kings lost a close one 2-1 to the NM Rush Cinza.
    The U12 boys’ LAFC Galaxy played a challenge match and won 2-0 against the Rio Rapids Bandits to move up into the Challenge 1 bracket.
    The LAFC boys U11 team, the Green Pumas, had a rough go and lost 5-1 to the Rio Rapids Fuerte.
    The girls’ U12 Lightning played tough defense, but were not able to score, losing 2-0 to the NM Sting Wildcats.

  • LA softball blows by St. Pius X

    The first time Los Alamos played St. Pius X, the Hilltoppers needed an extra inning to take down the Sartans, 10-8.
    Saturday in the rematch, Los Alamos used two big innings to blow by the Sartans, 11-2.
    The ‘Toppers jumped out in front with three runs in the bottom of the first.
    St. Pius X cut Los Alamos’ lead to 3-2 in the third. In the bottom half of the inning, however, Los Alamos’ offense erupted for seven runs.
    The ’Toppers scored once more in the fourth inning for the final tally.
    Los Alamos had 11 base hits in the win while the team committed two errors.
    St. Pius X had seven hits in the game, but the Sartans also made seven errors.
    Los Alamos improved to 3-4 with the win while St. Pius X slipped to 0-8.
    UPDATE: Los Alamos rallied from a 5-0 defecit to beat Pojoaque Valley, 13-5, Tuesday and get to 4-4. See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor to read about that game.

  • Hilltopper track shakes off rust in Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams competed at the Rio Rancho Rust Buster Saturday.
    The eight-team meet was mostly comprised of Albuquerque schools, but the ’Toppers held their own and had a few more athletes qualify for the state track meet.
    The Hilltoppers girls finished second with 106.5 points behind Volcano Vista (122.5). Rio Rancho (99) placed third, followed by Eldorado (35), Manzano (32), Del Norte (30), Atrisco Heritage (8) and Rio Grande (3).
    The Hilltopper boys finished fifth as a team with 54.66 points. Volcano Vista (103.66) won the boys’ meet as well, followed by Rio Rancho (88.33), Eldorado (88), Atrisco Heritage (59), Los Alamos, Manzano (38.66), Del Norte (15.66) and Rio Grande (3).
    The Hilltopper girls qualified for state in three events.
    Sophia Galvez qualified in the 3200-meter race with a winning time of 11 minutes, 48.04 seconds.
    Talia Dreicer won the 1600 in 5:26.37 to qualify for state.
    Liz Lockhart, Alissia Haagenstad, Emily Mercer and Sophie Wood qualified in the 4x100 with a time of 51.38. They finished second in the event.
    Liam Johnson had the best result for the Hilltopper boys. Johnson cleared 13-0 in the pole vault to qualify for state. He placed second in the event.

  • Hilltoppers end season with pure hockey championship

    TAOS — Los Alamos and Taos squared off on the ice for a third time this season Saturday.
    Taos won the first two contests, 3-1 and 3-2, but Saturday’s contest was for the league’s pure hockey championship.
    “It’s definitely love-hate,” Los Alamos senior goalie Isaac Dunwoody said about his relationship with Taos. “We grew up playing hockey together so we all know each other. It’s like a battle of brothers.”
    Taos may have won the first two games, but Los Alamos will get to hold on to the North Star trophy until next year.
    The ’Toppers won the tight championship game, 2-1.
    “It was a perfect way to end the season,” Dunwoody said. “I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It was a battle and those are the games you remember.”
    Excellent goaltending on both sides highlighted the contest. Booth team’s goalies saved over 92 percent of the shots they faced. After two periods and 41 shots on goal, the game went into third period scoreless.
    “It’s one of the most nerve-wracking things in the world,” Dunwoody said. “You’re just waiting for something to happen.”
    While there weren’t any goals scored in the first couple of periods, there was plenty of action.

  • LA baseball starting to find its rhythm

    After losing to El Paso High School in a game that Los Alamos didn't play well in, the Hilltoppers have started to turn things around.
    "We weren't playing aggressive, at the plate or in the field," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    One thing that helped change the baseball team's course was a discussion about the standard it has set for itself over the past few years. That standard isn't about winning, it's about doing things right, from laying down a bunt to fielding a ground ball, everyday. Winning just usually happens to be a byproduct of doing the small things the right way.
    The 7-2 loss against El Paso at the St. Piux X tournament dropped Los Alamos' record to 1-3 overall.
    Since then, Los Alamos has won three straight games.
    More impressively, Los Alamos won all three of those games by the 10-run mercy rule.
    "We came back the next day versus Gallup and changed things — we had better focus," Gill said. "Something switched on for us."
    Los Alamos beat Gallup, 12-1, to begin their winning streak.
    The 'Toppers made it two in a row by beating the defending state champion, Albuquerque Academy, 12-2, on Tuesday.
    "Connor (Mang) pitched five innings and completely shut them down," Gill said.