• Los Alamos track teams win the Capital City Invite

    For the second track meet in a row, Los Alamos swept the team titles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ boys and girls both finished first out of 16 teams at Santa Fe High’s Capital City Invite.
    “The weather was not ideal, but I felt the Los Alamos athletes did a great job not letting that bother them,” boys’ head coach Steven Montoya said.
    The Hilltopper girls, led by a pair of state-qualifying performances, scored 112.33 points to win their team title. Moriarty (68.5) finished second, followed by Los Lunas (49.33), St. Michael’s (45.33) and Santa Fe Prep (30.5) in fifth.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, scored more than twice as many points as any of their competition. The Hilltopper boys finished first with 97.75 points, followed by Taos (48.25), Capital (46), Moriarty (40.5) and East Mountain in fifth (36).
    Individually, Sydney Schoonover cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and qualify for state in the event.
    The team’s 4x200-meter relay also qualified for state with a first-place finish. Celeste Levy, Claire Ticknor, Sienna Ahlers and Elena Abeyta finished in 1 minute, 48.20 seconds to punch their ticket to state.
    The team’s 4x100 relay also improved their previous state-qualifying time with a first-place finish. Abeyta, Ticknor, Emily Mercer and Levy finished in 59.95.

  • Hilltopper baseball stays in control of district

    SANTA FE — After a slow offensive start in its first game against Capital Saturday, the Los Alamos baseball team erupted for a 10-run inning to end the first game and an 18-run inning to start the second game of the doubleheader.
    The ’Toppers went on to win both games by the mercy rule, 11-0 and 25-2.
    With the wins, Los Alamos improved to 14-7 overall and 7-0 in District 2-5A.
    In the first game, Lane Saunders threw five innings of shutout ball to earn a complete game victory.
    The game, however, was tight until Los Alamos’ big fifth inning; it was scoreless for the first three innings.
    In the fourth, Los Alamos took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Hutton doubled to left and later scored on a double by Antonio Gonzales.
    The Hilltoppers, however, left two runners stranded in scoring position and Capital stayed close.
    Aggressive base running, however, helped Los Alamos blow the game open in the top of the fifth.
    Connor Mang hit a double with one out. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, hit a ground ball to Capital’s shortstop. Mang took off running as soon the ball was hit and when Capital’s shortstop threw to first, Mang sprinted home to score Los Alamos’ second run. Genero also beat the throw to first base to reach safely on the play.

  • High school golf postponed

    Los Alamos’ golf teams were scheduled to host their final regular-season tournament of the year Monday.
    A fresh blanket of wet snow, however, forced the tournament to be postponed.
    The tournament will now take place at the Los Alamos Golf Course Tuesday. The following day, Los Alamos will host the District 2-5A championships.

  • Aggie caravan postponed

    LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State Athletic Department is postponing its Aggie Caravan that was set to start this week with stops in Farmington, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
    The postponement is result of the recent vacancy for the head men’s basketball coach position as Director of Athletics, Mario Moccia will begin a national search immediately.
    “With the developments over the weekend regarding our men’s basketball program, it is necessary to postpone the four scheduled events this week. The search for our next men’s basketball coach is a process that must start immediately and take priority until the position is filled. It is our goal to reschedule our caravan series in the coming months once we have our men’s basketball coach in place to introduce him to Aggie Nation.”
    New dates and times will be announced at a later time by the athletics department.
    Coach Marvin Menzies left NM State to coach at UNLV.

  • Sports Briefs 4-17-16

    Aggie Caravan
    New Mexico State University’s Aggie Caravan is coming to Los Alamos Wednesday. The caravan will head to Cottonwood on the Green, located at the Los Alamos Golf Course, beginning at noon.
    Aggie fans are encouraged to attend the free event to meet and interact with NM State coaches and administrators to get an inside look into the past season, updates on the spring sports and preview of the 2016-17 season.
    A variety of coaches and administrators will be in attendance at the Aggie Caravans, including but not limited to: head football coach Doug Martin, head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies and two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mark Trakh.
    The event will have appetizers along with a cash bar.

  • Derby Dames accepted as WFTDA apprentice

    The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) recently announced that the Los Alamos Derby Dames have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
    “After five years of bringing roller derby to the community of Los Alamos, LADD is proud to be included in the Apprentice program hosted by our governing body, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. This will lead to increased training opportunities and gameplay as well as bring increased national exposure to our small town. We look forward to working hard through this process and are grateful for all the support our community as show us along the way so far,” said Brandi Engeman, League President
    As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Los Alamos Derby Dames join the ranks of more than 300 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
    WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

  • Bjorklund has top prediction

    Heidi Bjorklund was only 5 seconds off her predicated time in Tuesday’s Pace Race, which was held on the pollution plant service road at the bottom of Main Hill.
    Other accurate predictors included Sonja Behnke and Allison Chan, tying at 8 seconds off.
    Lyle Cunningham recorded a 15 second differential, and Roxana Candia was 25 seconds off her predicated time.
    On the one-mile distance, Tamara Jurado was the fastest finisher in 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Six-year-old Anders Medin was the fastest male with a time of 11:05.
    The top three-mile finishers were Zach Medin, recording a 23:16, and his wife, Roxana Candia, at 23:35.
    Next Tuesday’s run will start at 6 p.m. on North Mesa, down the horse stables service road on the trail just north of the Brewer Rodeo Arena.
    One-and three-mile distances will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Road Runners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Cowboy shoot Saturday

    On Saturday, there will be a “Cowboy Shoot” at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits starting at 9 a.m.
    This SASS ruled event will occur every third Saturday (weather permitting).
    The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, “Old West” style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required / encouraged to shoot in these events.
    Courses of fire are shot in stages that change each month, firing on fixed or reactive steel targets.
    Scoring is based on accuracy and overall time used to shoot each stage.
    If this is something anyone thinks they might be interested in, they are welcome to come and observe the event. The club will show them what it’s all about and let them try shooting some of the guns (eye and ear protection required) after the match.
    More information about Cowboy Action Shooting can be found on the LASC website, la-sc.org, under “Programs/Pistol” or by clicking on the “Cowboy Action Match” on the Calendar of Events.

  • LA’s win-streak snapped

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team took on the top team in the league so far this season Tuesday — Sandia Prep.
    Los Alamos limited Sandia Prep to just six goals, but only managed to score twice itself.
    The Sundevils stayed undefeated, improving to 7-0 with the win.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, dropped to 4-4.
    The loss also ended a three-game winning streak for the ’Toppers. Los Alamos swept Midland, Texas (2-9) in a doubleheader Saturday, 11-7 and 8-7.
    Saturday, Los Alamos will take on Coronado, Texas in Albuquerque.
    The ’Toppers will have three straight home games after that, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Bosque.

  • Softball gets big win

    The Los Alamos softball team passed Del Norte in the District 2-5A standings Wednesday, taking down the Knights 11-6.
    With the win, Los Alamos (8-10, 2-3 District 2-5A) moved into third place in the district behind Bernalillo (15-3, 6-0) and Española Valley (11-11, 4-2).
    Del Norte (6-11, 2-3) has the same district record as Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers now hold the head-to-head advantage. The two teams will play twice more. Los Alamos will also play Española and Capital twice more, so it can still move into second place in 2-5A.
    The win also snapped a three-game skid for Los Alamos.
    “Overall, I’m very happy we won — the girls played hard,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get this win and get back on the winning track.”
    Nine different Hilltoppers scored Wednesday against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the second and once more in the third. Del Norte rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Los Alamos scored runs in each of the last four innings, as well.
    “The girls just continued to hit the ball,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos went back up by four with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth.