• Sports Briefs 3-11-16

    Little League registration ongoing
    Time is running out to register for Los Alamos County Little League baseball and girls’ softball.
    Little League registration goes through March 15 at LALittleLeague.org for boys and girls ages 4 through 16. The league is for all residents of Los Alamos and White Rock.
    The cost to participate is $75, which includes a hat and jersey.
    The league includes tee ball for boys and softball tee ball for girls, ages 4-7.
    The next step for boys’ is Minors B, which features a pitching machine, for players 7-9.
    Girls 7-11 move up to coach pitch softball.
    The older athletes will face pitchers their own age.
    For more information call LACLL President, James Chrobocinski at 695-3400 or email at james@ziarealtygroup.com

    Pace Race season upcoming
    The 43rd season of the Pace Race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin at 6 p.m. April 5.
    The first race will be start at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot, across from the Los Alamos Co-operative Market on East Road (NM 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.

  • Hilltopper softball wins second straight

    The Los Alamos softball team shut out Moriarty, 4-0, to score its second win of the season Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored three runs in the first inning to pull ahead and added an insurance run in the sixth for the final tally.
    Morgan Hohner, Mariah Muaro, Jayde Tucker and Hannah Mojica scored Los Alamos’ runs in the game.
    Taylor Jaramaillo had two RBI and Jordan Jaramillo knocked in one run for the ’Toppers.
    Pitcher Madeline Lockhart only gave up two hits and two walks while striking out nine Fighting Pintos in six innings to get the win.
    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 with the win.
    Its next game is against the other team it has beaten, St. Pius X. Los Alamos will host that rematch Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • LA places third at Chapin

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team finished third out 17 teams last weekend at the Chapin tournament in El Paso, Texas. Coronado, Texas, placed first followed by Farmington.
    Leading the ’Toppers were Lauryn Anaya and Maia Menefee at No. 1 doubles.
    The duo won all five of their matches to finish first. In the final, they took down Hobbs’ Carlie Shooonover and Taylor Jones, 6-7, 6-0 and 6-3.
    Playing at No. 1 singles were Anna Lemke and Kayla Parker. Both players went 3-2 at the tournament.
    This weekend, Los Alamos will take on a trio of Santa Fe schools at Capital, including the Jaguars, St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High School.

  • ’Toppers unable to take down Sundevils at state

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the Class 5A quarterfinal contest between the Hilltopper girls and the Española Valley Sundevils had the makings for another epic showdown.
    The fourth time, however, wasn’t the charm for the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team. Española Valley beat Los Alamos once again, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers’ season.
    The game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.
    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils’ lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.
    “When the girls lose like that, it’s the coach,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “The adjustments I made didn’t work.”
    One adjustment Los Alamos made on defense was trying a 2-2-1 press. Coach Trujillo hoped the added pressure on the ball would lead to some turnovers. Española’s guards, however, seemed unfazed by Los Alamos’ traps and were able to deal with the pressure, dish the ball to open teammates and get some easy baskets.

  • Hockey rallies at year-end tournament

    Los Alamos played some of its best hockey of the season over the weekend at the year-end tournament in Taos.
    Los Alamos scored three wins and lost one game, proving its one of the best teams around.
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas), 8-2, El Paso Franklin, 9-5, and La Cueva, 4-3, but then fell to league’s top team, Cibola, 5-1.
    Against Permian Basin, Los Alamos scored first, but the Pump Jacks came back and tied the contest, 1-1. Los Alamos, however, scored the next five goals to cruise to the first-round victory.
    The contest against Franklin was much closer. The game was tied 3-3 and 4-4, but the Hilltoppers scored five third-period goals to pull away late.
    A big third period also helped the ’Toppers beat La Cueva. Los Alamos trailed 3-1 to start the third, but scored three goals in the final period to win the contest. Charlie Christensen scored the game-winning goal with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the contest.
    Cibola, however, solidified its spot at the top of the league in the tournament. Cibola beat Santa Fe 10-1, Taos, 7-1 and then Los Alamos, 5-1 to secure its spot in the composite championship.

  • Four Hilltoppers qualify for state at first track meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams began their season Saturday at the Chili Quad, and four Hilltopper athletes already punched their tickets to the state championships.
    Liz Lockhart made sure she’ll get a chance to defend her state title in the triple jump. She qualified for state, and won the meet, with leaps totalling 34 feet, 3.5 inches.
    Talia Dreicer won the 800-meter race with a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
    Maddy Foley also qualified for state in the 3200 with a time of 12:13.81, which was good enough for third at the meet.
    Liam Johnson was the lone Hilltopper boy to qualify for state. Johnson won the pole vault with a state-qualifying leap of 12-3.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls won the meet with 96 points, followed by St. Pius X (78.5), Albuquerque Academy (64) and Sandia Prep (32.5).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished second with 96 points behind Albuquerque Academy (102). St. Pius X finished third (75) and Sandia Prep was fourth (13).
    Los Alamos had several other first-place finishes at the meet.
    Celeste Levy won the 100-meter dash in 13.55.
    Sophia Galvez won the 1600 in 5:31.05.
    Fiona Rogers cleared 5-8 to win the high jump.
    Zoe Challacombe won both the shot put (30-9) and the discus (83-4).

  • LA girls eliminated by Española Valley

    The third time wasn't the charm and neither was the fourth time for the Los Alamos girls' basketballl team. The Española Valley Sundevils beat Los Alamos once again, this time in the Class 5A quarterfiinals, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers' season.

    Los Alamos finished 22-8 overall. Half its losses were to the Sundevils.

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the quarterfinal contest had the makings for another epic showdown, but the game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.

    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils' lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.

    Española made 18 of its 26 first-half field goal attempts for a 69 percent shooting percentage. Los Alamos, meanwhile, made eight of its 32 field goal attempts in the first half, a 25 percent shooting performance.

    Los Alamos actually won the second half, 29-28, but the it didn't make much of a dent in the 51-23 deficit it took into halftime.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for more.

  • Girls' basketball moves on to quarterfinals

    With just over a minute left in their first-round state playoff game, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team led Goddard by a single point, 58-57.

    Los Alamos led by 11 points to start the quarter, 46-35, but the Camaryn Villalpando and the Rockets surged time and time again in the fourth.

    Villalpando scored Goddard's first 12 points of the quarter and the Rockets cut Los Alamos' lead to 50-49.

    Los Alamos then surged. Ashlynn Trujillo got fouled scoring and added the free throw. Makaela Jones made a pair of free throws and then sunk a 3-pointer to put Los Alamos up 58-51.

    Then the Rockets scored six unanswered points to get back within one of Los Alamos.

    The 'Toppers, however, hit some clutch free throwsdown the stretch on one-and-ones. Trujillo made a pair and then Kayla Salazar made a pair to put Los Alamos up 62-57 with 36 seconds left.

    Goddard sunk a 3-pointer to make it a one basket game with six seconds on the clock. Trujillo, however, made two more free throws and then Jones sealed the deal. Jones stole an inbound pass, got fouled and sunk two free throws to help Los Alamos finish on top, 66-60.

    Jones finished with 12 points and was one of four 'Toppers in double digits. Trujillo led Los Alamos with 18 points. Sophia Roybal scored 15 and Salazar scored 11.

  • Hilltoppers 1-2 after some weird baseball games

    The Los Alamos baseball team has had a weird beginning to its season.
    In its win, Los Alamos didn't have a single base hit and its two losses, Los Alamos actually out-hit its opponents.
    The Piedra Vista doubleheader was especially odd, while Los Alamos' 2-1 loss to Albuquerque High to start the St. Pius X tournament Thursday was more a matter of missed opportunities.
    Splitting against perennial power Piedra Vista, however, was a good start to Los Alamos' season, even if it came in an unconventional way.
    "It was a very weird doubleheader," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "It was a good opening series to go 1-1 with Pedra Vista, but I don't read too much into it. Both teams are going to get better."
    Connor Mang threw four scoreless innings and didn't give up a base hit before he reached his early-season pitch count.
    Lane Saunders then closed out the game, giving up two hits and two runs.
    Los Alamos' offense, meanwhile, was aided by some uncharacteristic Piedra Vista errors.
    "We put a ton of balls in play," Gill said. "We did a good job putting pressure on them."
    Los Alamos applied enough pressure to win the game, 5-2.

  • Mang cracks the Lobos’ starting lineup

    The University of New Mexico baseball team has jumped out to a 6-1 start, and Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has already made an impact for the Lobos.
    The freshman has started all seven games for UNM so far and showed his power a few times already. So far, four his seven hits have gone for extra bases, while his batting average is .226.
    In his first game as a Lobo, versus Hawaii, Mang ripped a double. He then finished the four-game series by smacking a pair of home runs, in the third and fourth games. His two homers are tied for the team’s lead.
    He’s also scored nine runs, including four in UNM’s 17-7 win over Wichita State, and has knocked in seven more RBI.
    The Lobos won three out of four against Hawaii and then swept Wichita State in the three-game series.
    Today through Sunday, the Lobos will be hosting a three-game series against Dallas Baptist at the Santa Ana Star Field, formerly known as Lobo Field.