• Sports Briefs 4-3-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • ’Toppers lose battle with Santa Fe Prep

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team played the defending state champs, Santa Fe Prep, tight for a second time in a week on Thursday. The ’Toppers, however, came up short against the Griffins both times, losing the second contest 18-14.
    “That was a hard-fought game,” Los Alamos coach James Miller. “They’re definitely our rival.”
    Los Alamos led the game for most of the first half.
    Trevor Matuszak and Christopher Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 2-0 early in the game.
    Prep tied it at 2.
    Then Wesley Skidmore found Charlie Christensen open in front of the net. Christensen caught the ball, spun to create a clean angle and then scored to put Los Alamos back on top.
    Prep tied it at 3 and then at 4.
    Los Alamos’ Ryder Davenhall got an open look after that and tried to flip it in. His first shot got blocked, but he picked up the rebound and scored on his second try.
    The ’Toppers had to play a man down after a penalty and Prep took a 6-5 lead.
    Hudson Davenhall helped Los Alamos get the lead back right away.
    First he assisted Matuszak to tie it.

  • Doubles tennis the difference in losses to Robertson

    After a lot of close sets and long points, Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams both came up short against Las Vegas Robertson on Wednesday.
    The Hilltopper girls lost to the Cardinals 5-4. The boys fell 8-1.
    The Hilltopper girls split the singles matches with the Cardinals, but Robertson’s 2-1 advantage in doubles proved to be the difference.
    The Cardinals boys, meanwhile, swept the doubles matches to jump out to a big lead heading into singles.
    “Dropping all three doubles was bad news,” boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “As a tennis team, you can’t do that —that’s the bread and butter.”
    At No.1 doubles, George Margevicius and Andrew Aboshousha came close to sending their match into the third set. Margevicius scored back-to-back points with a huge hit and then a great angled shot. Aboshousha then scored on a good return, but Robertson was able to close out the match before the duo could catch up.
    Donald Poston won Los Alamos’ only match against the Cardinals. In the third set, he won the tiebreaker, 10-8, to take the match.
    The Hilltopper boys were without their No. 1 and No. 3 players.
    “That made it a tough task,” Wilton said.
    Without them, nobody older than a sophomore played for the Los Alamos boys.

  • LA baseball dominates District 2-5A opener

    The Los Alamos baseball team opened its District 2-5A season in dominating fashion on Wednesday. The ’Toppers easily took down Capital, 17-3.
    “It was just a good day,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We played well.”
    Los Alamos scored four runs in the first and second innings, two in the third and the fourth and then added five more in the fifth inning to put the mercy rule into effect.
    “It was a good team day at the plate,” Gill said, noting that nine different Hilltoppers had base hits in the game.
    Connor Mang led the offensive charge by smacking a home run and a pair of triples.
    Jared Mang went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, three singles and a sacrifice fly.
    Lane Saunders hit a triple and two singles. Nick Sgambellone went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.
    With a week until the Los Alamos’ next contest, Gill used three different pitchers in the game — getting them all some live action while kind of resting them all too.
    Jared Mang, Saunders and Sgambellone all pitched in the win.
    Los Alamos is now 10-5 overall and 1-0 in 2-5A, which is the best record in the district. Bernalillo is 8-6-1 and 1-0 in 2-5A. Española Valley is 8-4, 0-0. Del Norte and Capital are both 3-10, 0-1.

  • Softball scores a mercy-rule shutout against Capital

    Three innings was all it took for the Los Alamos softball team to rack up a win Wednesday at Capital in its District 2-5A opener.
    After scoring three runs in the first inning, Los Alamos had a huge second inning and scored 11 times.
    The ’Toppers then scored four more runs in the third to put the game out of reach and finish on top, 18-0.
    “It was a short game, but that was good for us,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We needed something like that.”
    Madeline Lockhart threw a lot of first-pitch strikes to get ahead of batters. Her curve ball was also really effective, Anaya said. She only gave up two hits while striking out four and walking none.
    Behind her, Los Alamos’ defense didn’t make an error.
    On offense, nine different ’Toppers scored in the game.
    Shelby Chavez hit a 2-RBI double and scored three times.
    Michaela Robertson came up to bat with the bases loaded and hit a triple to bring all three runners home.
    Jordan Hammock hit a 2-RBI double and scored once. Hannah Mojica also hit a 2-RBI double and scored once.
    Morgan Hohner, Jordan Jaramillo and Makaela Jones all scored three times in the game. Jones also had a RBI.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Taylor Collins and Robertson also scored in the game.

  • ’Toppers softball loses a pair of 1-run games at tournament

    After suffering one of its worst losses of the season to St. Michael’s on Friday, the Los Alamos girls softball team was able to finish the Kristen Greigo softball tournament with some much better showings.
    The team’s tournament, however, ended with a pair of tough, 1-run losses.
    Los Alamos fell to Robertson in extra innings, 9-8, and then lost its final game of the tournament, 3-2, against St. Pius X on Saturday.
    “On Saturday we played really well defensively and our pitching was good,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “They were very tough games. You hate to lose those 1-run games. We won one Friday, We just couldn’t pull it out (Saturday).”
    Against Robertson, Los Alamos took an 8-4 lead into the seventh inning. Robertson, however, rallied to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
    In the eighth, the teams started the inning with a runner at second base, following international play rules. Los Alamos was unable to score in its half of the inning. Robertson then advanced its runner with a ground ball out and then won the contest on a base hit into right field.
    “We let one get away against Robertson,” coach Anaya said.
    Taylor Jaramillo had a double and three RBI in the game.

  • Local basketball players honored

    After a successful season that ended in The Pit, numerous Hilltopper girls basketball player were honored with all-district and all-state honors.
    Ashlynn Trujillo earned a spot on the all-state second team while Amber Logan was selected to represent the North in the annual North-South all-star game later this year.
    Both of those athletes were also named to the District 2-5A first team.
    Makaela Jones and Ashley Logan were both named to the all district second team.
    Sophia Roybal, Hannah Sledzik and Jordan Duran all received honorable mentions from the district.
    Los Alamos boys basketball players Antonio Trujillo and Jack Stewart were also honored.
    They were both named all district second-team members.

  • LA finishes strong at Storm Relays

    The Storm Relays gave Los Alamos’ track and field athletes some unique opportunities to work together last Friday — every single event was turned into a relay.
    The Hilltoppers showed their flexibility with numerous athletes doing events for the first time, helping the team compete in the relays.
    Despite athletes competing in some events for the first time, Los Alamos still shined. The boys scored in every event, except the two it was disqualified in, and finished second in the team race. Cleveland (108) took first, followed by Los Alamos (80), Sandia (72), Taos (63), Hope Christian (63), Eldorado (41), Santa Fe (40), Valley (28) and Sandia Prep (2).
    The Hilltopper boys also won the high jump, the 300-meter hurdles and 3x1600 relays.
    In the high jump, Greg Ahlers cleared 6 feet, 2 inches, Skyler McCall cleared 5-10 and Nathan Scrimshaw cleared 5-6 to take first.
    Cameron Staples finished first overall in the 1600 in 4 minutes, 47.11 seconds. Hayden Walker (4:52.42) and Victor Kim (4:55.30) finished close behind to give Los Alamos the relay victory.
    In the 300-meter hurdles, Ahlers (44.27), Chris Parker (44.29) and Ralph Archbold (44.76) joined forces to win the event.

  • Los Alamos tennis teams dominate district foes

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both scored a pair of lop-sided victories against District 2-5A teams recently.
    The Hilltopper girls beat Española Valley, 8-1, at the Taos Quad over the weekend. On Tuesday, they scored a 9-0 shutout against new district member, Del Norte.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, beat Española Valley 8-1 and Del Norte, 8-1.
    “They did really well,” boys head coach Lloyd Wilton after the Del Norte victory.
    Wilton said he didn’t know anything about the Knights, but decided to take some of his mid-level players to the match and they took care of business.
    Out of the 28 players on his team, he said almost all of them have gotten some varsity match play in this season.
    Marin Naud, Adam Murrell, Justin Lemke, Donald Poston and Sam Menefee won singles matches against Del Norte while Kyle Newell lost a close match at No. 1 singles, 6-4 and 6-4.
    In doubles, Thomas Chadwick and Jun Kim and Poston and Menefee won.
    Both Los Alamos teams also beat Taos over the weekend. The Hilltopper girls shut out the Tigers, 9-0. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, lost all three doubles matches, but played well in singles to beat Taos, 5-4.
    Farmington, however, was able beat Los Alamos at the Taos quad. Both teams fell to the Scorpions by an 8-1 score.

  • LA cheerleaders stand tall at state