• 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
  • LA golfers lower scores at Canyon Club

    The Los Alamos boys and girls golf teams competed at Eldorado’s APS Invitational Monday. The tournament was held at Canyon Club.
    “The team showed improvement from our first outing of the spring a couple of weeks ago,” boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “We improved by 17 shots to finish in the middle of the pack.”
    Freshman Sean Rau shot an 85 to lead Los Alamos. Jonathan Osden finished one shot behind Rau at 86. Hunter Gustafson shot a 90, Nick Quarteri shot a 93 and Nick Koskelo finished at 95.
    The golfers combined to shoot a 354, which was good enough for fifth place. Fourteen boys teams competed in the tournament, but only 10 posted team scores. Hope Christian (305) took first.
    Next, Los Alamos will host its spring invite on April 13.

  • 'Toppers take two from Miyamura

    The Los Alamos baseball team finished its non-district schedule by sweeping Miyamura in a doubleheader on Saturday. The ’Toppers beat the Patriots 7-3 and 10-0.
    More important than getting the wins to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill was how the ’Toppers played against Miyamura, especially after they struggled in a win against Moriarty earlier in the week.
    “We went back to who we are,” Gill said. “We want to be a process driven team, not a result driven team, and if the byproduct of that is a win — awesome.”
    Lane Saunders and Nick Sgambellone pitched the first game for Los Alamos. Then Connor Mang shut the Patriots down to win the second game.
    Mang struck out eight batters in the first three innings and finished with 10 strikeouts. In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings Miyamura only managed to get one runner in scoring position, and Mang got an easy ground-ball out to get out of that inning.
    The team’s bats were equally impressive on the day.
    “That was probably the best two games we’ve put together hitting the ball as a team,” Gill said.
    After the team’s 7-run performance in the first game, its bats were wide-awake for the second game.

  • Storm-y Friday

    Hilltopper tracksters Skyler McCall and Michaelle Sutton were among the Los Alamos contingent at Friday’s Cleveland Storm Relays.

  • LA wins with walk off double

    RIO RANCHO — Los Alamos’ Shelby Chavez stepped up to the plate with her team down by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday against Cleveland’s junior varsity. Jordan Hammock was on second base and Morgan Hohner, the potential go-ahead run, was on first base.
    Chavez had already hit two triples, scored three times and knocked in three RBIs during the game.
    Cleveland called time out as Chavez walked up to the plate. She thought they were going to intentionally walk her. When they decided to pitch to her, she said she was “so happy.”
    “I was hitting the ball really good all day so I was really confident,” Chavez said.
    After a couple of balls, Cleveland threw her a fastball. Chavez drove the pitch deep over an outfielder’s head.
    Hammock rounded the bases and scored. Then Hohner came charging around third. Earlier in the game, Cleveland had thrown Hohner out at the plate.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya didn’t stop the speedster at third though. He sent her home again.
    “I decided to be aggressive and make them throw her out,” Anaya said.
    Another play at the plate ensued, but this time Hohner was safe, ending the game by a 10-9 score in favor of Los Alamos.

  • They've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

    Members of the Los Alamos High School cheer team is taking part in the state championship competition this weekend in Albuquerque. The team will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at WisePies Arena.

  • Los Alamos baseball holds on to beat Moriarty

    The Los Alamos baseball team improved to 7-5 overall with a 5-3 victory over Moriarty (1-10-1) on Thursday.
    “It was OK,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We’ll take it.”
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in the first inning and one more in the second.
    Jared Mang went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
    Trevor Pacheco went 2-for-4, scored once and had a RBI.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out 11 batters, walked two, beaned one and gave up three hits and 1 earned run.
    “He was sharp yesterday,” Gill said.
    The team’s defense also had a “decent” game, Gill said.
    The infield didn’t make any errors. In the catcher’s spot, Pacheco did a lot of good things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like fielding curve balls intentionally thrown in the dirt.
    “Trevor had a really good game behind the plate,” Gill said.
    Moriarty scored once in the first inning, once in the third and once in the fourth.
    In the fourth inning, however, the Fighting Pintos were starting to rally when Los Alamos’ defense came up big.

  • Slow start hurts LA softball against Roswell

    Some early errors put the Los Alamos softball team in a 10-0 hole against Roswell Thursday in the first round of the Kristin Griego tournament in Rio Rancho.
    The ’Toppers eventually settled down on defense and got their bats going to score some runs, but they couldn’t catch the Coyotes and eventually fell, 13-5.
    “We got off to a slow start and made some key errors early on — a couple of mistakes to keep innings going,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the third inning, the ’Toppers were able to get some momentum going for themselves.
    Morgan Hohner reached base on an infield single.
    Shelby Chavez then hit a triple over the right fielder’s head to bring Hohner home.
    Chavez then scored Los Alamos’ second run. She finished with two triples, two RBIs, two runs and two walks.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some help from its bench to close the gap a little more.
    Chavez and Taylor Jaramillo both walked. Rebecca Luster came in the game as a pinch runner for Jaramillo. Hannah Mojica then hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez.
    After that Shelby Milligan stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and came through for Los Alamos with an RBI-single to score Luster.