• JV softball team tops Elks, hosts tourney this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team opens a home tournament today following a big win Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored 8 runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on 5 more in the bottom of the third as it blasted Pojoaque Valley 13-0 in five innings at Overlook Park.
    The Hilltoppers (3-0) pounded out 19 hits in the game, in which 12 players who appeared at the plate had hits and seven of those had multi-hit games.
    Leading Los Alamos against Pojoaque Valley was Shelby Chavez, who went 3-for-3.
    Los Alamos’ Katelynn Thorn, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica, Taylor Jaramillo and Taylor Collins all had two hits.
    Mojica started the game and picked up the victory. She struck out three hitters while Madeline Lockhart struck out two hitters in relief. They combined to give up just four hits.
    Los Alamos’ home tournament continues through Saturday in White Rock. The Hilltoppers were scheduled to face Los Lunas and Pecos today. 

  • LA baseball team drops an 8-6 decision to Durango

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was nipped by the Durango (Colo.) Demons in the first round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Durango topped Los Alamos 8-6 in Thursday’s first round game, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington. The loss by the Hilltoppers (2-7) moves them into the consolation bracket. They were scheduled to face the Miyamura Patriots today.
    The Patriots, whom Los Alamos lost to in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs, fell in the first round of the tournament to Piedra Vista 10-0, in a rematch of the Class 4A title game last season.
    Also at the tournament, Farmington defeated Bayfield, Colo., 4-3 and will play Fruita, Colo., in the semifinal round. Fruita dropped Valencia 11-3 Thursday.
    The Piedra Vista Invitational continues through Saturday. 

  • Steering Toward College

    High school rodeo competitor Jake Trujillo is congratulated by Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms (front) as he signs his National Letter of Intent to compete with Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. Trujillo is one of the top New Mexico prep steer wrestlers. He competed at the National High School Rodeo Championships last summer. Trujillo signed his NLOI during a noon ceremony Monday. 

  • Alford signs 10-year deal to stay at UNM

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Steve Alford loves New Mexico and New Mexico loves Steve Alford.
    Those simple facts made Wednesday, the eve of the second round of the NCAA tournament, as good a time as any for the Lobos to announce they’ve given their coach a new, 10-year contract that could be worth up to $2 million a year counting base salary and bonuses.
    The deal calls for Alford to be in Albuquerque through 2023.
    With the third-seeded Lobos getting ready to play No. 14 Harvard on Thursday in a West regional game, Alford’s contract was the hot topic in his day-before news conference.
    Alford, who was directed to Albuquerque by his former coach, Bob Knight, is 155-51 over six years at New Mexico. The Lobos are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.
    “I think we have started to put our imprint on our program and we’ve got things in place to be successful,” Alford said. “We have put a great product out there, won games, won championships and now we’re trying to take that to another level.”
    The new contract comes months before Alford’s son, Bryce, is set to play for his father with the Lobos. Bryce Alford is the second-leading scorer in New Mexico prep history.

  • Addison Richie earns four medals at state


  • JV girls results from Storm meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Cleveland junior varsity girls track and field meet March 13:

    3200 meters

    Eliana Riciputi, 13:56.53; Allie Cunningham, 15:33.23.

    400 relay

    Los Alamos (Roxanne Grieggs, Jordan Henson, Becky Mahlin, Amanda Schulz), 57.33.

    100 hurdles

    Destiny Fellers, 19.88.

    100 meters

    McKenna Nadeau, 14.48; Amanda Schulz, 15.13; Elisa Koskelo, 15.20; Eugenia Trost, 15.39; Miranda Honnell, 15.90.

    1600 meters

    Haley Butler-Moore, 6:10.15; Katie Bowman, 7:13.38; Chloe Keilers, 7:16.09; Bella Saeger, 7:25.75; Erin Kennison, 7:30.29.

    800 relay

    Los Alamos (Elisa Koskelo, Eugenia Trost, McKenna Nadeau, Miranda Honnell), 2:06.51.

    400 meters

    Roxanne George, 1:11.80; Jordan Henson, 1:13.75; Becky Mehlin, 1:14.00; Amanda Schulz, 1:24.00.

    300 hurdles

    Destiny Fellers, 56.18.

    800 meters

    Allie Parker, 2:59.41; Katie Bowman, 3:15.03; Erin Kennison, 3:21.31; Bella Saeger, 3:21.89.

    1600 medley relay

    Los Alamos (Becky Mehlin, Eugenia Trost, Miranda Honnell, Allie Cunningham), 5:49.57.

    200 meters

    Jordan Henson, 31.05; McKenna Nadeau, 31.20; Roxanne Grieggs, 31.70.

    1600 relay

  • 'Toppers thumped at home, 15-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was hammered at home by the Los Lunas Tigers.
    The big-hitting Tigers scored 9 runs in their first three at-bats before the Hilltoppers got on the board at Bomber Field. The Tigers added 4 runs in the top of the fifth to close out the game early, 15-2.
    Tuesday’s game was the second time this season the two teams had faced off, with Los Lunas (8-4) winning both games by identical scores.
    Los Lunas is averaging better than 8 runs per contest and is a perfect 4-0 against District 2-4A teams — it shut out Bernalillo in both ends of a doubleheader March 2.
    For the Hilltoppers (2-6), they have dropped four of their last five contests including the two losses to the Tigers.
    They will face Durango, Colo., in the opening round of the Piedra Vista Invitational Thursday. That tournament, which will be played at Ricketts Park in Farmington, continues through Saturday.

  • Sports Briefs 03-20-13

    Freeride team hosting dinner Saturday

    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is hosting a fundraising dinner and movie Saturday.
    The event, which will help send team members to the USASA national championship event, will be at Pajarito Mountain. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
    Saturday’s event will also include a movie premier of team highlights and an after-movie dance party.
    Price for admission is $10. Donations may also be made by emailing pajaritofreerideteam@gmail.com or dropping them off at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Nukes host Las Cruces Saturday at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host Las Cruces in a home match Saturday.
    The Los Alamos-Las Cruces match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Admission is free.
    The Nukes participated in the High Desert Classic last weekend at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. They dropped three contests, falling to El Paso (Texas) Cathedral 17-5, Las Cruces 17-12 and Volcano Vista 23-3.

    Elk hunting deadline is tonight

  • LA earns shutout win against Elks

    Tuesday was Emilee Jones’ 17th birthday and she was being pretty stingy with the party favors she was giving out to the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Jones, a pitcher for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team, threw six innings of shutout ball against the Elks in their game at Overlook Park. Jones limited Pojoaque Valley to just three hits and didn’t allow a runner past second base.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper bats got hot, thanks in no small part to the added offensive firepower from Erin Kirk, Kiana Zerr and Krista Salazar, just returning to the team from basketball, as the Hilltoppers closed out the Elks 10-0 in 6 innings.
    Los Alamos broke open a tight ballgame in the fifth inning, pushing 3 runs across, then closed out the game in the sixth inning with a 4-run rally.
    Meanwhile, Jones quelled Pojoaque Valley’s offense, which had scored 20 runs in a doubleheader against Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rival Santa Fe last weekend. She worked the inside corner of the plate for much of the game, working in both fastballs and breaking balls to keep Pojoaque Valley’s hitters guessing.
    “We were focused a lot on our spots and hitting our spots,” Jones said. “I was using the curve against this team. It felt good.”

  • Girls tennis tops NMMI, St. Mike's this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team improved its 2013 dual record to 6-2 with a pair of wins this weekend.
    The Hilltoppers competed at the Las Vegas Robertson team tournament Saturday. The tournament was played at the Santa Fe and Capital tennis courts.
    In the tournament semifinals, Los Alamos downed New Mexico Military Institute 7-2. Los Alamos then went on to win the championship match, cruising to an 8-1 victory over St. Michael’s.
    In the semifinal, the Hilltoppers took five of the six singles contests to clinch the victory. Nasim Andrews, playing in the No. 1 slot against NMMI, picked up a straight-set victory, surrendering just three games in the two sets.
    Laura Whicker at No. 2 also picked up a straight-set victory, but had to hold on in a tiebreaker to win the second set. Astrid Hengartner, Danielle Ortiz and Maia Menefee were also singles competition winners for the Hilltoppers, while Hengartner/Whicker and Michelle Alexander/Kristen Funsten won in doubles.
    Against St. Michael’s in the final round, Los Alamos swept the Nos. 2-6 singles and took all three doubles contests. Madeline Margevicius, Susana Lucido, Sidra Hseieh-Ratliff, Andrews and Whicker all won their singles contests in straight sets with Whicker dropping just one game at the No. 6 slot.