• Softball comes up short against Sundevils

    There were plenty of big hits Wednesday when the Los Alamos softball team hosted Española Valley.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it needed a couple more late hits when it had runners in scoring position to catch the Sundevils. Española Valley ended up winning the game, 9-6.
    “It was a tough loss for us, but a lot of credit goes to Española for the game they played,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities to score runs and put pressure on Española, but we didn’t.”
    After Española scored two runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead, Los Alamos rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the second.
    Lauren Harris ripped a hard shot that Española’s shortstop couldn’t handle to reach base. Then, with two outs, Elizabeth Anaya singled into center and Morgan Hohner walked to load the bases. Shelby Chavez, the team’s leadoff hitter stepped up to the plate. After ripping one ball foul, Chavez smacked an opposite field shot over the right fielder’s head for a base-clearing triple.
    Makaela Jones then slugged a triple off the left-field fence to bring home Chavez and tie the game.

  • LA baseball shuts down Española

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a 10-4 win over Española Valley Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers are now 9-7 overall and 2-0 in 2-5A.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, slipped to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in 2-5A.
    Los Alamos jumped out to an early lead in the contest Wednesday before Española rallied to take the lead in the third.
    The ’Toppers, however, added two runs in the fourth to take the lead back and then scored five runs in the sixth to finish comfortably on top.
    Connor Mang had a big day for Los Alamos. Mang hit a pair of triples, scored twice, drove in two runs and pitched the last four innings of the ballgame. On the mound, he struck out nine Sundevils and retired the last 10 batters he faced.
    Mang and Jarrett Genero both singled and scored in the first inning for Los Alamos.
    In the second, Mang put Los Alamos up, 3-0. He smashed a triple and later stole home.
    Española Valley, however, took the lead with a four-run third. Three singles, three walks and an error helped the Sundevils rally.
    Los Alamos answered back in the fourth. Antonio Gonzales got hit by a pitch and then Jake Rutten laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error by Española’s pitcher.

  • High Flyer gymnasts capture state titles

    High Flyers’ gymnasts captured three all-around state titles, eight state event titles and a total of 49 first, second and third-place medals at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic State Championships in March.
    Anabel Irving and Eliana Rodriguez won all-around state championship titles in Level 2 age group competition, while Emily Smith was named the all-around state champion in Level 3.
    Jo Jo Gulley and Kiara Thornton placed second all-around in Level 2, while Sarah Worley placed second all-around in Level 4.
    Level 2 gymnast Isabelle Gill and Level 3 gymnast Siena Rolfe took home third place all-around honors.
    Winning first-place event titles in Level 2 were Jo Jo Gulley (uneven bars and floor exercise), Irving (uneven bars), Rodriguez (vault and balance beam), and Kiara Thornton (bars).
    In addition to her all-around title, Smith won Level 3 event titles in the vault and on the uneven bars with a score of 9.5 on both events.
    Level 2 athletes taking home second-place event medals included Isabelle Gill (uneven bars), Jo Jo Gulley (vault and balance beam), Irving (balance beam) Kailey Posegate (uneven bars and balance beam), Rodriguez (floor exercise), and Kiara Thornton (vault).

  • LA rugby clubs square off with Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos rugby clubs had their first home game of the season Friday against Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls rugby clubs both took on Rio Rancho, but both LA squads came up short.
    Rio Rancho won the boys’ game, 13-5, and the girls’ game, 15-0.
    For those unfamiliar with rugby, it’s essentially a cross between soccer and football. The action is continuous like soccer, but people can carry the ball with their hands and tackle the ball carrier, like football.
    Friday’s games saw every team make lots of big plays.
    The Los Alamos boys’ Nukes Rugby Club was moving the ball down the field early in their contest, but Rio Rancho eventually gained possession of the ball and then sprinted about 70 yards down the sideline to score a five-point try.
    The Nukes responded with a big play of their own, a 60-yard run deep into Rio Rancho’s zone. The Los Alamos ball carrier, however, was dragged down about 10 yards short of the goal. Los Alamos got one more attempt to score before halftime, but the Nuke was tackled just short.
    “The game was ours for the taking, we just didn’t take it,” Nukes’ coach Demetrio Cardiel said.

  • Bradbury named new UNM women’s basketball coach

    Mike Bradbury, previously the head coach at Wright State University for the past six seasons, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach by Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. The hire is pending final HR approval, and Bradbury was introduced at a press conference Thursday at WisePies Arena in the U.S. Bank Club Level.
    Bradbury brings with him to Albuquerque nine successful years as a Division I head coach, the past six with Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. With the Raiders, Bradbury led his squad to five 20-win seasons, including each of the last three seasons. In the last three seasons, Wright State has amassed a 75-28 record, the best amongst the 13 Division I programs in the state of Ohio.
    “I am excited to have Mike Bradbury lead our women’s basketball program,” said Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs. “We looked at a lot of candidates, and Mike rose to the top with his past successes, both as a head coach at Wright State and Morehead State and as an assistant. Mike has a great reputation as a recruiter, as a coach and as an educator, and I’m proud to welcome him, his wife Christy and his two children Alex and Sena Nicole to the Lobo family.”

  • Pajarito ski collective investing another $10M

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest unveiled plans for additional mountain improvements at Pajarito Mountain, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, Purgatory Resort and Arizona Snowbowl.
    As part of the announcement, it was revealed that the ski area collective is investing an additional $10 million for the 2016/2017 season, continuing the aggressive $10 million multi-mountain improvement campaign for the 2015/2016 season, for a grand total of $20 million over two consecutive seasons.
    In addition, officials also released details on the 2016/2017 Power Pass, available now with no price increase, a new payment plan, and unlimited access to four mountains in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.
    “With an additional $10 million for capital projects this coming year, we continue our commitment to transform the overall mountain experience for all our guests, at our four resorts,” stated James Coleman, managing partner.
    “Adding new lifts, trails, snowmaking, and improving the overall skier experience continues to be our number one priority.”
    In addition to the capital improvements, resort officials released details on the 2016/2017 Power Pass, available now at the lowest guaranteed price of the year with a new optional payment plan.

  • Hilltopper baseball blows by Capital

    The Los Alamos baseball team beat Capital 14-2 in five innings Wednesday to begin its District 2-5A season and improve to 8-7 overall.
    On offense, Los Alamos did a good job putting the ball in play and forcing the Jaguars to make plays. Some of the balls Los Alamos hit seemed to have eyes and dodged Capital’s gloves, leading to some big innings. Los Alamos scored three runs in the first, seven in the second and four more in the fourth to enact the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
    Zealand Waltersheid, who had been playing junior hockey in Oregon, also returned to Los Alamos’ lineup and made his presence felt on both sides of the ball. He had three singles, three RBI and also made some good plays in the infield.
    Mike Clegg, Jarrett Genero and Lane Saunders, meanwhile, shut Capital’s bats down on the mound for Los Alamos.
    Clegg started for Los Alamos. After striking out the first batter he faced with three pitches, a Jaguar smacked a ball into the gusty wind over Los Alamos’ left fielder for a double. Clegg, however, struck out the next batter and then got some help from his defense to get out of the inning. Shortstop Connor Mang showed his range, getting to a ball hit hard up the middle and then he threw a one-hopper to first that Saunders scooped out of the dirt for the third out.

  • LA softball opens district with route

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed three innings to take down Capital, 19-1, Wednesday in its District 2-5A opener.
    After scoring six runs in the first inning, the ’Toppers erupted for 13 runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach and put the 15-run mercy rule in effect after the third.
    Lots of ’Toppers had big days at the plate in the win.
    Shelby Chavez hit a two-run homerun for the ’Toppers.
    Jordan Jaramillo went 2-for-3 at the plate, knocking in three RBI and also scoring three runs.
    Lauren Harris knocked in two runs and scored three times.
    Elizabeth Anaya went 2-for-2, driving home two runs and scoring once.
    Makaela Jones, Mariah Mauro and Breanna Sisneros, meanwhile, ran wild on the bases. All three of the girls scored three runs in the win.
    Hannah Mojica also hit an RBI triple while Jones, Jayde Tucker and Anaya each doubled in the game.
    Mojica pitched for Los Alamos.
    She struck out four Jaguars in three innings and only allowed one base hit and no earned runs.
    The win helped Los Alamos improve to 7-7 overall while Capital dropped to 4-10.
    The Hilltoppers’ next game is Wednesday. The ’Toppers will host Española Valley (5-8) at 4 p.m.

  • Topper tennis keeps momentum rolling against Del Norte

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both cruised past Del Norte Tuesday. Both teams mixed up their lineups and let a lot of different players compete against Del Norte, but neither team had trouble taking down the Knights. The Hilltopper boys won, 9-0, and the Hilltopper girls won, 8-1.
    Jun Kim won the No. 5 singles bracket at Taos over the weekend and bumped up to No. 1 against Del Norte. Kim continued to play well and won his match 6-1, 6-0 against Del Norte’s Adrian McOwiti.
    At No. 2 through No. 6 singles, Tim Martin, Sam Menefee, Martin Naud, Donald Poston and Isaiah Martin also won their matches in straight sets. In those five matches, the ’Toppers only gave up one point.
    The Hilltopper boys were just as dominant in double play.
    Andrew Aboushousha and Alex Csanaadi won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
    Kyle Newell and Tim Martin shut out their opponents, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 while Adam Murrell and Justin Lemke won 8-1 at No. 3.
    The win followed up a first-place finish at Taos for the Hilltopper boys. In addition to Kim’s first-place finish, Aboushousha took first at No. 2 singles and JD Downing won the No. 6 bracket.
    George Margevicius and Andrew Tang won the No. 2 doubles bracket while Aboushousha and Csanadi won the No. 2 bracket.

  • Hilltoppers finish 2-3 at Kristen Griego tournament

    After losing its opening game at the Kristen Griego softball tournament in Rio Rancho, Los Alamos split its last four games over the weekend.
    The ’Toppers scored wins against Shiprock, 8-5, and Cleveland’s JV, 7-6, while falling to Portales, 12-9, and Gallup, 5-0.
    Against Shiprock, Hannah Mojica pitched a complete to get the win for the ’Toppers.
    Shiprock struck first, scoring a run in the top of the fourth. Los Alamos responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but Shiprock scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead back. Trailing 4-1, Los Alamos scored three runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead and then scored three more runs in the sixth to go up, 8-4. Shiprock added a run in the seventh, but couldn’t close the gap.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Mojica went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI while Jordan Jaramillo also ripped a double against Shiprock.
    While Cleveland made the tournament’s championship game against Rio Rancho, its junior varsity team, the only JV team in the tournament, was also scoring wins. Los Alamos, however, overcame an early deficit to beat them.