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  • LA's late comeback try falls short vs. St. Pius X

    With a late comeback attempt, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had a chance to erase a disastrous fifth inning Tuesday.
    Los Alamos, which trailed by 6 runs going into its final at-bat, scored three times and had the tying run at the plate against St. Pius X and pitcher Katie Johnson.
    But Johnson, who labored through the final three innings, got Alyssa Mojica to ground out with two runners on in the seventh to preserve a 12-9 victory over the Hilltoppers at Overlook Park.
    Los Alamos put four of its first five batters of the seventh inning on board and Kiana Zerr and Shelby Chavez came through with RBI singles in the inning before Johnson finally got out of the jam.
    “They showed a lot of fight, even during that last inning,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said afterward. “We had one bad inning…but every girl who came up to bat, they were all eager. You always look forward to being the hero and today we had a lot of girls who wanted to be the hero.”
    Los Alamos and St. Pius, of course, have played tight contests in the past and Tuesday’s game might have even been tighter if not for a disastrous fifth inning for the Hilltoppers.

  • Softball game will be delayed today

    Los Alamos High School announced that this afternoon's softball game has been delayed for approximately 45 minutes.
    St. Pius X, the Hilltoppers' opponent for today, had a bus breakdown and will be delayed on the way to the game.
    The game was originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in White Rock.

  • Nukes crush Gallup in opener

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club rolled over Gallup in its season opener Saturday afternoon.
    Mateo Cardiel scored a whopping 47 points as the Nukes blasted Gallup 97-10 at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos will next take on Rio Rancho at 5 p.m. Saturday, also at home.
    In all, six Nukes scored tries against Gallup, including Cardiel’s five tries and Derek Selvage’s four tries. Cardiel also added 8 conversions and a pair of penalty kicks to his total.
    Los Alamos’ head coach, Demetrio Cardiel, said Gallup fought tooth-and-nail to the end — Gallup scored with about 10 minutes remaining in the contest — but he feels his team has a chance to do very well this season and displayed that this weekend.
    “The main things were our open play and our tackling,” he said. “We were doing extremely well and preventing them from gaining much ground. We were really taking advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
    Also scoring tries for Los Alamos were Michael Miller and Dominic Chiri who came up with two tries each, while Caleb Biggs and Diego Cardiel got the Nukes on the board.

  • Boys are 2nd in track

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up a runner-up finish in team competition in Albuquerque this weekend.
    Los Alamos earned 79 team points at the Buddy Robertson Invitational, which was hosted by the Albuquerque Public Schools. That total put the Hilltoppers in second place overall.
    The Hilltopper girls were third in the girls standings with 91 points. The Cleveland Storm won both ends of the meet, crushing all comers on the boys side with 206.5 points while taking the girls competition by 15 points over La Cueva.

  • LA drops contests to PV and Durango

    After a first round victory Thursday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped its final two games of the Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.
    Los Alamos opened up the tournament on a high note, knocking off Fruita (Colo.) Monument, 2-1, its fourth win in a row. Unfortunately, Los Alamos couldn’t follow up, dropping an 8-6 decision to Piedra Vista and a 2-1 decision against Durango, Colo., in the third-place game.
    The two losses placed the Hilltoppers fourth in the tournament.
    The Hilltoppers’ win over Monument Thursday was their fourth straight 1-run victory and gave them a chance to score their first victory of the year over Piedra Vista, which swept them in a doubleheader to start the season.
    However, Piedra Vista (9-3) would take its third straight decision over Los Alamos this season and would go on to beat Farmington 4-1 in the tournament championship Saturday.
    In its contest against Durango’s Demons, Los Alamos limited the Demons to just five hits in the ballgame. However, Los Alamos (6-6) only came up with three hits of its own.
    Los Alamos’ only run came in the sixth inning, which tied the score at 1-1, but Durango (4-2) answered in the bottom half of the inning and was able to shut Los Alamos out in its final at-bat.

  • LA picks up wins over Jags, Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won a pair of matches against District 2-4A opponents this weekend in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ girls, mixing up their lineups this week, topped both Capital and Bernalillo at the Jaguar Quad. Los Alamos blanked Capital 9-0 Friday and knocked off Bernalillo 6-3 Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, who improve to 4-2 in team competition, are once again the favorites to win the 2-4A championship, something they haven’t failed to do since 2000.
    Against Capital, Los Alamos didn’t drop a single set. Capital’s best chance to take sets in that dual came at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, but Ashley Thurgood held off Helen Marin 7-5 in set one in the singles contest and Thurgood and partner Serena Birnbaum earned a first set 7-5 decision in the opening set in doubles play.
    Katya Skurkhin, playing at No. 1 singles, picked up a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Sabina Coto of Capital to set the tone, while Madison Mas blanked Kristen Sisneros in both their sets at No. 5 singles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos won four of the six singles contest and two of the three doubles contests to earn the win over Bernalillo’s Spartans.
    Laura Whicker played at No. 1 singles and swept Rachel Layden of Bernalillo 6-3, 6-4, while Lauryn Anaya shut out Missy Hopkins in two sets at No. 2 singles.

  • Espinoza named new volleyball coach

    It’s been a busy week for coaching hires at Los Alamos High School.
    Just two days after the announcement of the hiring of the boys basketball coach, LAHS announced it had filled another big job vacancy.
    Sharleen Espinoza, a three-year assistant with the Hilltopper volleyball team, was named as the new head coach Friday.
    Espinoza has worked under both Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds. When she officially takes over in the fall, she will be the Hilltoppers’ third head coach in three years.
    At some point last season, Espinoza coached the C team, junior varsity and the varsity programs, sitting in the captain’s chair when he was unavailable.
    Espinoza said she feels she’s very familiar with the program and the personnel and is quite prepared to take over the reins.
    “I’m ready to do the things we need to do,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with the coaches at the middle school and the high school and developing young players. I’m excited to be doing that type of work with (the program).”
    In its one year under Reynolds, Los Alamos posted a record of 13-9, which included a 5-3 district record.

  • On Schedule 03-23-14

    Tuesday
    Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Boys track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Miyamura, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA. 

  • Espinoza named new volleyball coach

    Los Alamos assistant volleyball coach Sharleen Espinoza was promoted to the top job in the program today.
    Los Alamos High School made the announcement this afternoon.
    Espinoza has been an assistant with the program since 2011. She is a 2006 graduated of LAHS and has coached at the local club level.
    See Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Sports Briefs 03-21-14

    Bombshells, Nukes open sesaon at home

    The Los Alamos Bombshells and the Los Alamos Nukes rugby clubs will host their first games of the season Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Bombshells, the girls high school team, will face an Albuquerque-area team starting at noon Saturday. The Nukes will play a team from Gallup at 2 p.m., also at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the games is free.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will host a pitching and fielding camp for youth ages 7-13 in Los Alamos. The camp is scheduled for March 29 at Overlook Park.
    The camp will be led by former professional players Ryan Brewer and Lauro Felix.
    Price for participation is $65 per player, $5 of which will be donated to the Justin Solomon Cancer Fund.
    For registration, visit ababaseball.com. Questions may be directed to Brewer by calling 505-730-6979 or emailing abacademy@qwestoffice.net.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open