• LA golfers return to links in first spring tournament

    The Los Alamos boys and girls golf teams played in its first tournament of the spring Monday. The golfers competed in La Cueva’s tournament, which was held at Albuquerque’s Arroyo del Oso course.
    “We were definitely knocking some rust off as we have had a very limited two weeks of practice heading into the event,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “I was happy with the way we competed as a team. I believe we will be a much-improved team this spring.”
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 371 to finish sixth as a team.
    Sean Ray led Los Alamos with an 86. Jonathan Osden shot a 91, Nicholas Quartieri shot a 94 and Nick Koskelo rounded out Los Alamos’ score with a 100. Hunter Gustafson also competed and finished at 106.
    Hope Christian’s boys won the tournament with a 297. La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy tied for second at 302.
    Academy’s Ben Albin won the individual title with a 69.
    Twelve boys teams competed in the event, but only eight posted team scores.
    Even though the tournament was Los Alamos’ first of the spring, Jonathan Osden has already qualified for the state championships. He qualified during the fall golf season. Rau shot one qualifying leg in the fall, now just needs one more this spring to make it to state.

  • LA baseball team wins in extras

    It took some extra time, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team got back one of the games it lost early this season Tuesday at Bomber Field.
    Los Alamos, taking on a tough opponent in the Los Lunas Tigers, scored in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win. Hilltopper Jared Mang, who drew a walk to lead off the ninth, came around to score on a wild pitch to give his team a 5-4 victory.
    Mang, who either scored or drove in four of the Hilltoppers’ five runs Tuesday, led off with a walk in the ninth. He went to third on a throwing error after Lane Saunders attempted to sacrifice him to second, then scored the game-winner standing up on the wild pitch from Los Lunas reliever Kenneth Peña, who came on in the top of the inning but failed to record an out.
    Tuesday’s meeting was the second between the two teams this season and both have been decided by one run. Los Lunas got the better of Los Alamos in the final round of the St. Pius X Invitational earlier this month, winning that contest 2-1. There was only 7 total hits in that ballgame.
    In Tuesday’s game, however, both teams held a lead in the latter innings and both squandered chances for big innings.

  • LA softball wins third straight

    JACONA — The Los Alamos softball team scored its third straight win Tuesday, beating Pojoaque 8-2.
    “It feels nice to finally start winning and be playing as a team,” captain Elizabeth Anaya said. “It’s nice to be on track.”
    Madeline Lockhart pitched a complete game for the ’Toppers, striking out seven and seeming to get more and more confident as the game went on. She retired 12 of the last 13 batters she faced.
    “I felt good,” Lockhart said. “I knew my defense had my back if they hit anything.”
    Los Alamos never trailed in the game. Back-to-back doubles by Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica put Los Alamos up 1-0 in the first inning.
    Pojoaque tied the game with two singles and a walk in the bottom of the first, but Jaramillo helped Los Alamos get out of the inning by snagging a foul ball behind the plate.
    Pojoaque threatened again in the second after a leadoff double, but left fielder Rebecca Luster caught a fly ball and turned two. Then shortstop Makaela Jones made a running catch in the hole to end the inning.
    “Our defense is getting better and better every day,” Los Alamos Head Coach Roger Anaya said.

  • Hilltoppers win pure hockey championship

    SANTA FE — After battling teams with players from multiple high schools all season, Los Alamos and Taos stepped on the ice to decide who was the best pure team in the state on Saturday.
    For the fourth time this year, the answer was Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers beat Taos for the fourth consecutive time, 4-1, to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division’s state championship.
    “It’s an awesome way to finish,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school.”
    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest.
    “(Taos) came out harder than they had all season this game,” senior Hudson Davenport said. The rivalry between the two teams made the win “way more fun,” he said.
    Up 2-1, Los Alamos goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid turned into a brick wall, stopping shot after shot.
    “There were times this year when he was unbeatable and I think you saw that tonight,” Blake said. He took away several goals with his glove hand,”
    Eventually Los Alamos was able to put the game out of reach.

  • 'Toppers beat Taos in pure division championship

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos hockey team beat Taos 4-1 to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division's state championship on Saturday.

    "It's an awesome way to finish," Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. "This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school."

    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest. With 2 minutes, 23 seconds left, however, Hudson Davenport got out of the penalty box, swooped in and got the puck, then skated as hard as he could to get behind Taos' defense and scored an insurance goal for Los Alamos.

    One minute later Tristen Roach centered the puck in front of Taos' goal and Trevor Matuszak scored with a back hand.

    Los Alamos also scored the first two goals of the game. Late in the first period Matuszak assisted Charlie Christensen. Then 1:07 into the second period Isaac Dunwoody and Davenhall led an odd-numbered rush. Dunwoody took the puck down the ice, then passed it to Davenhall who finished it.

    The Ice Tigers then came alive, putting shot after shot on goal. Zealand Walterscheid, however, was nearly perfect in goal for Los Alamos.

  • LA softball hits stride, beats St. Pius X

    Shelby Chavez hit a home run, Los Alamos' defense played solid and the Hilltoppers beat St. Pius X 5-1 on Saturday.

    "It went really well," Los Alamos head coach Roger Anaya said. "The defense played probably its best game all year."

    Jordan Hammock struck out seven batters for the 'Toppers, and her defense also helped her get out of some jams.

    Los Alamos scored twice in the second inning, Chavez hit a solo home run in the third and then the 'Toppers scored twice more in the fifth.

    St. Pius scored its lone run in the third inning, and Madeline Lockhart was almost able to gun the runner out at home.

    Elizabeth Anaya went 2-3 with an RBI. Taylor Collins also hit a triple for Los Alamos.

    After losing its first five games of the season, Los Alamos is now 2-5.

    "Up to this point we were struggling, but a few days of practice really helped us," coach Anaya said. "Now we're starting to hit well and the girls are getting comfortable."

  • Altmann, FWT ready to take on Alaska’s steeps

    For the first time in its history, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) is taking on Alaska’s infamous steep and technical terrain.
    Freeriders and film crews flock to Alaska every spring to ride the spines and gnarly terrain on Alaska’s mountains.
    Now the world’s best freeriders will show what they can do on the terrain.
    The fourth stop on this year’s world tour is taking place in Haines between March 14-22, as soon as weather permits.
    Los Alamos resident Garrett Altmann is one of the 16 male skiers who earned a right to compete in Alaska.
    After the first three events, the men’s ski field was cut in half. After the Alaska competition, there will be another cut before the tour’s final stop in Verbier, Switzerland.
    Altamann put together his best run of the season to make the first cut and get to compete in Alaska.
    He began the season with a 24th-place finish at France’s Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.
    At the next stop in Vallnord Arcalis-Andorra, Altmann finished 23rd.
    With the pressure on, Altmann put together a fifth-place finish at the Fieberbrunn Kitzbueheler Alpen stop, which was actually staged in Andorra because of avalanches in Austria.

  • Local athletes preparing for LA senior Olympic games

    It’s not too late to register for the Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games.
    Registrations will be accepted at The Family YMCA one day in advance of each event.
    Fees, which include a T-shirt and ticket to the Celebration of Athletes luncheon, are $25.
    All participating local athletes qualify for the state games in their events. The state games will be held in Roswell, June 3-6.
    Participants do not have to reside in Los Alamos County to participate, but they do need to register in their home county in addition to Los Alamos. Athletes need to be 50 years old by Dec. 31 to participate.
    Competitions in basketball free throws, 3-point shots and frisbee accuracy kicked off the games Friday, but they’re are still 14 other events that seniors can participate in over the next three weeks.
    On March 19, the swimming competitions will takes place, followed by pickle ball March 20 and a 5k/10 run and race walk on March 21.
    There are also competitions in table tennis,, shuffleboard, bowling, disc golf, track and field, air gun rifle, dance, talent, horse shoes, huachas and 8-ball pool taking place in the next few weeks.
    For more information on the events, contact assistant coordinator, Ann ReVelle, at laseniorolympics@gmail.com or 662-3526.

  • State semifinal basketball scores

    Boys basketball scores

    Class 6A semifinals
    Cleveland 81, Albuquerque High 60
    Hobbs 99, Rio Rancho 76

    Class 5A semifinals
    Centennial 80, Española Valley 53
    Gallup 70, Grants 36

    Class 4A semifinals

    Hope Christian 70, Portales 46

    West Las Vegas 51, Taos 39

    Class 3A semifinals
    Laguna-Acoma 89, Clayton 72
    Mesilla Valley Christian 70, Santa Fe Prep 67

    Class 2A semifinals
    Magdalena 78, Mora 65
    Logan 66, Escalante 63

    Class 1A semifinals
    Cliff 48, Quemado 29
    Hondo 67, Springer 62

    Girls basketball scores

    Class 6A semifinals
    Cibola 50, Mayfield 40
    La Cueva 52, Clovis 31

    Class 5A semifinals
    Gallup 78, Española Valley 52
    Los Lunas 51, Roswell 40

    Class 4A semifinals
    Hope Christian 48, Shiprock 40
    Portales 36, St. Michael’s 29

  • Los Alamos tennis teams take down Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both beat Santa Fe High School on Thursday.
    The girls won 7-2 while the boys secured a 5-4 win in its final match of the contest.
    The Hilltopper girls won at No. 1-5 singles and No. 1 and 2 doubles to take their first dual match of the season.
    At No. 1 singles, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff beat Dakota Haraden 6-3, 6-3.
    Laura Whicker beat Alyssa Peralta 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
    At No. 3 singles, Annie Smith took down Lily Farr 6-3, 6-2.
    Michelle Alexander then beat Tara Varnum 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4.
    Maia Menefee also won at No. 5, defeating Megan Varnum 6-3, 6-2.
    At No. 6, Esperanza Tapia came up short against Nattaput Cheenglab, 6-1, 6-1.
    In doubles, two of the matches needed tie breakers to be decided.
    Hseih-Ratliff and Whicker beat Haraden and Farr at No. 1, 6-1, 2-6 and 11-9.
    At No. 2, Smith and Menefee defeated Varnum and Peralta 6-3, 4-6 and 10-7.
    At No. 3, Santa Fe’s Dannie Britt and Jessie Szabat got the win against Serena Birnbaum and Rachelle Stokes, 6-1, 6-3.
    “We still need more match play and practice playing at the net in doubles, but all in all I was happy how people played,” girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said.