• LA has tough schedule to open 2014

    While the weather may not be playing ball right now, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are.
    The season has begun for the Hilltopper baseball program. The team opened up its season this weekend with a doubleheader at Piedra Vista, its usual season-opening jaunt.
    And this will hardly be the only road trip Los Alamos has in its immediate future.
    “We’re definitely going to be road warriors, that’s for sure,” said Hilltopper manager Mike Gill.
    Los Alamos has just one home game set for the month of March, that will be March 12 against Hope Christian.
    Expectations are fairly high right now for the Hilltoppers, who have several returning veterans, lots of arms in the bullpen, and good power at the plate.
    The Hilltoppers sport one of the dominant players in Class 4A, junior Jared Mang, who has been hitting No. 3 in the batting order since his eighth grade season.
    Mang, who plays shortstop when he’s not pitching, had a big season in 2013. Mang hits for power, he hits for average and is a solid No. 1 in the Hilltoppers’ pitching rotation.
    Gill, heading into this weekend’s doubleheader with the mighty Piedra Vista Panthers, said he wasn’t sure exactly who was going to throw this weekend, but was planning to get as many pitchers in as the games would allow him to.

  • Santa Fe wins 2-4A tournament crown

    The Santa Fe Demon girls basketball team came back after trailing most of the game Friday night to top the Española Valley Sundevils.
    The Demons forced overtime and then prevailed in the extra period to win 51-48 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    With the win, Santa Fe captured the 2-4A tournament title and remains in line for a possible No. 1 seed in the upcoming state tournament. Santa Fe (26-2) earned the 2-4A regular season title last Monday in Los Alamos, topping the Sundevils by 19 points.
    The Sundevils (21-7) had two shots at grabbing a share of the title this season, but couldn’t get over the final hump.
    They were the only Class 4A team to beat the Demons this season.
    Santa Fe’s Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage had 21 points and veteran Jackie Martinez finished with 13.
    Despite the two losses to Santa Fe this week, Española Valley has an excellent chance to host a first round home game in the playoffs. 

  • Postseason fields will be out today

    It’s an annual source of speculation and belly achin’ around New Mexico, and it returns today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association announces the selection and seeding for the upcoming state basketball playoffs. The selections will be announced at 6 p.m. on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Los Alamos fans will be waiting anxiously to see where exactly the Hilltopper girls end up.
    The Hilltopper girls aren’t locks to get into the playoffs, but it’s not likely they will get frozen out, either. The Hilltopers have been ranked in the 12-15 range in 4A most of the year and were No. 15 heading into the District 2-4A championship tournament.
    Head coach Ann Stewart said after Thursday’s loss to the Española Valley Sundevils that she thought Los Alamos might end up with something in the neighborhood of a No. 14 seed based on its 2013-14 record.
    Los Alamos finished 13-15 on the regular season, but, more importantly to the selection committee, was 6-11 against other 4A teams. Five of those losses came at the hands of Santa Fe and Española Valley, the Hilltoppers’ top two district opponents.
    Santa Fe won the 2-4A tournament title, knocking off Española Valley 51-48 in overtime Friday night.

  • Hockey playoffs start tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will open the Year End Tournament tonight in Rio Rancho, taking on the La Cueva Bears.
    Los Alamos (8-9-1) earned the No. 6 seed for the Year End Tournament, which features nine teams from the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, which will be played at Blades Ice Arena in Rio Rancho, the Hilltoppers will meet the Taos Ice Tigers March 8 for the pure team championship game. That game will be played in Taos.
    Los Alamos had a chance to improve its seed for the tournament last weekend, but fell to the St. Pius X Sartans 3-0 in Albuquerque. Los Alamos controlled the tempo most of the way but couldn’t find the back of the net, while St. Pius had few opportunities but capitalized on what it was given.
    The Hilltopper-Bear game is set for 5:45 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos and La Cueva, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, split their two contests this season, with each holding serve on its home ice.
    The winner of tonight’s game will play the winner between the seventh-seeded Sartans and the second-seeded El Paso (Texas) Franklin Cougars Saturday afternoon, also at Blades.

  • State swim meet final results

    Here are the results from the finals of the state championship swimming and diving meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Eldorado, 332.5; 2. La Cueva, 262; 3. Los Alamos, 218.5; 4. Las Cruces, 189.5; 5. Sandia, 184; 6. Albuquerque Academy, 159.5; 7. Clovis, 125; 8. Albuquerque, 116; 9. Rio Rancho, 103; 10. Volcano Vista, 99.

    200 medley relay

    1. Eldorado, 1:46.22; 2. Sandia, 1:47.83; 3. La Cueva, 1:49.85; 7. Los Alamos (Isabelle Runde, Jessica Moore, Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett), 1:55.47.

    200 freestyle

    1. Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 1:52.64; 2. Sarah Lott, 1:53.68; 3. Zofia Niemczak, Volcano Vista, 1:57.00.

    200 IM

    1. Lauren Atkins, St. Pius, 2:05.07; 2. Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 2:05.35; 3. Madison Gordley, Hope Christian, 2:09.96; 5. Isabelle Runde, 2:16.09.

    50 freestyle

    1. Madison Burns, Alamogordo, 23.48; 2. Amanda Key, Sandia, 24.10; 3. Ellie Rivenbark, Eldorado, 24.41; 12. (tie) Sydney Schoonover, 25.82; 14. Kaitlin Bennett, 25.92.

    1 meter diving

    1. Natasha Dark, St. Pius, 494.00; 2. Lauren Martinez, 464.80; 3. Meaghan Martinez, Eldorado, 419.80; 8. Madeline Le Scouarnec, 339.65; 9. Annika Bronkhorst, 329.40.

    100 butterfly

  • LA knocked out of tourney semifinals by Sundevils, 61-48

    ESPAÑOLA – The second meeting between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils played out very much like their first meeting did.
    And, unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, the result was the same as well.
    Los Alamos advanced to the District 2-4A girls basketball semifinals to take on the Sundevils and, for the third time in as many go-rounds, the Sundevils prevailed.
    Española Valley jumped out to a big early lead, going up by as many as 13 points in the first half, then survived a second half comeback attempt by Los Alamos to prevail 61-48 Thursday at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    The loss knocks the Hilltoppers out of the district tournament. They now must wait until Sunday evening to see if they’ve done enough to qualify for the state tournament.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart believes her team will get into the playoffs, but probably on the lower end of the bracket.
    “Based on our record, we’re probably going to get a 14 seed,” she said.

  • LALL accepting sign-ups

    Registration is now open for the 2014 Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball seasons.
    LALL is accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Registration continues through March 15.
    For more information, visit lalittleleague.org or email info@lalittleleague.org.

  • 'Toppers meet Sundevils tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will take on the Española Valley Sundevils for the right to advance to the District 2-4A tournament championship game.
    Los Alamos will hit the road to face the Sundevils. The Hilltoppers will not only have to deal with the Sundevils, who are among the top teams in the state, but a likely hostile crowd at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    Game time is 7 p.m.
    This will be the third meeting of the season between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Española Valley won both previous games and both by 9-point margins, including a 57-48 win in Española late last month.
    The Hilltopper-Sundevil series has been dominated by Española Valley in recent years. Española Valley has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two.

  • LA tennis teams will take on Farmington, PV this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams will head to their third contest of the young spring season Friday.
    Los Alamos will take part in the Farmington Quad tournament, which is hosted by Farmington’s Scorpions through Saturday.
    Along with the Hilltoppers and Scorpions, the Scorpions’ cross-town rivals, the Piedra Vista Panthers, are also expected to participate.
    The Hilltopper girls are entering this season as the defending state Class 4A champions. Last May, the Hilltoppers stunned the Scorpions in the final round of the state tournament to earn their eighth victory in program history.
    But Los Alamos lost several players to graduation off that team, most notably its top doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, as well as one of its top singles players, Colleen Fitzsimmons.
    The Hilltopper girls team has 18 players on its current roster, including returners Laura Whicker and Astrid Hengartner.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys have a good chunk of their personnel returning this season, most notably senior Nikita Belooussov and freshman George Margevicius.
    Los Alamos advanced a pair of doubles teams to last year’s state 4A tournament,

  • LA advances with win over Bernalillo

    One of the big challenges facing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team this season is putting together four solid quarters.
    But that’s what Los Alamos has been shooting for here at the end of the season, and in its last two games, it has gotten closer.
    Los Alamos opened up its District 2-4A tournament run Tuesday night at home with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans. Los Alamos survived a big bump in the road at the tail end of the first half to bounce back in the second half.
    The Hilltoppers’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr had big performances in the second half, with Logan taking control of the game when her team needed her most, to earn a 72-62 decision over the Spartans.
    Logan dropped in 10 of her 14 points after the break to lead the Hilltoppers back after what could’ve been a game-changing run by the Spartans in the second quarter.
    Logan said Los Alamos is playing with the mindset that it must still earn its way into the playoffs and survive as long as it can to make its best argument with the selection committee.
    “We felt like we have to win if we want to get into the state tournament,” the junior point guard said. “In the second half, we came out and worked our butts off.”