• Los Alamos holds on for key district victory

    ESPAÑOLA — What was nearly a mercy rule-shortened game turned into a game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had to sweat out.
    Los Alamos led by 11 runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in a key early season District 2-5A contest against the Española Valley Sundevils, but the Sundevils mounted a rally to get back into the ballgame in that sixth inning, putting 10 straight runners on base before the Hilltoppers were able to get out of it Wednesday afternoon.
    But relief pitcher Madeline Lockhart was able to get the final six outs of the contest and preserve a 15-10 victory over the Sundevils. Lockhart got out of the sixth inning thanks to a couple of baserunning errors by Española Valley, and then getting leadoff hitter Raylynn Quintana to fly out to center.
    “I told the girls, ‘I’ll take the win,’” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “I think we played well for five innings but after that we kept the ball up (in the strike zone) for them. Española is a very good hitting team.”
    Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock gave up 4 runs — 3 earned — through the fifth, actually setting the Sundevils down in order in the fifth, but Anaya said he thinks she started to run out of gas in the sixth.

  • Starting off the Season

    Participants in Tuesday’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race take off from the start. The first race of the year was at the Canyon Rim Trail. Races are scheduled for every Tuesday evening through early fall. See atomicrunners.com for more information. For Tuesday’s race results, see Sports on Page 8.

  • Pace races begin at Canyon Rim

    Burton Krohn was only 4 seconds off his predicted time in the opening pace race Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail.
    Ted Romero at 5 seconds off, Sue Elkins recorded a 6 second error, and Nikol Strother had an 8 second differential.
    Lauraine Maness was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with a time of 9 minutes, 23 seconds.
    The top male was Paul Elkins (14:26).
    On the 1.5-mile course, Tad Hughes ran a 9:54 and Linda Vance was the fastest female at 14:15.
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero was issued a time of 19:37 and Nikol Strother was the top female in 20:00.
    Next week’s race will be held on 6 p.m. Tuesday, near the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 502, down Main Hill on the road to the County Waste Treatment Plant in lower Bayo Canyon.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.

  • Two champs lead LA at tennis tournament

    Two singles champions, a third-place finish and a pair of fourth-place finishes in doubles helped the Los Alamos girls tennis team finish second in its home tournament Saturday in Santa Fe.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 19 team points to take second out of 14 teams, only 2 behind Farmington and 5 ahead of third-place Las Vegas Robertson. Piedra Vista (7) finished fourth, followed by Santa Fe (6), Roswell (4), Gallup (3), Bernalillo (2), Los Alamos 2 (2), Española Valley (1), Santa Fe Prep (1), Belen (0), Capital (0) and Taos (0).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished fifth out of 12 teams at Española Valley’s tournament Saturday, led by a second-place, a fourth-place and a fifth-place finish.
    Farmington won the boys tournament with 44 points. Las Vegas Robertson (25) took second, followed by Piedra Vista (18), Cleveland (13), the ’Toppers (8), Taos (6) and Santa Fe Prep (4) while Hope Christian, Roswell, Española Valley and Belen did not score.
    Leading the Hilltopper girls were a pair of individual champions. Katya Skurikhin won the No. 2 singles bracket and Michelle Alexander won the No. 3 singles bracket for Los Alamos.

  • ’Toppers ready for big district ball games

    Los Alamos’ baseball and softball teams will get their first true tests in District 2-5A on Wednesday.
    Both teams blew out the last-place Capital Jaguars in their district openers last week.
    Now they’ll take on one of the teams they’re battling at the top of the standings, Española Valley.
    In both baseball and softball, Los Alamos, Española Valley and Bernalillo are all undefeated in district contests.
    Both Española Valley teams took two games from Del Norte last week while Bernalillo’s clubs took one game from Del Norte and two from Capital.
    The undefeated teams will now play each other in the next week to see who gets the early lead at the top of the district standings after the first round of contests.
    Los Alamos will travel to Española Valley Wednesday for 4 p.m. games. Then on Saturday, both Los Alamos teams travel to Bernalillo for doubleheaders beginning at 11 a.m.
    The Hilltopper boys are trying to win their seventh consecutive district title. Right now, they’re 10-5 overall and 1-0 in District 2-5A. Española Valley, meanwhile, is 10-4 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A.

  • Herrera steps down as soccer coach

    A.J. Herrera has stepped down as the head coach of the Los Alamos girls soccer team.
    In his only season at the helm of the Hilltopper girls, Herrera led Los Alamos to a 14-7 overall record and a District 2-5A championship with a perfect 6-0 league mark.
    Los Alamos earned a No. 3 seed and first-round bye in the Class 5A state tournament, but fell to Albuquerque Academy, 1-0, in the quarters.

  • Nukes rugby club blows up Gallup

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club dismantled Gallup 38-7on Saturday, March 28.
    Derek Selvage scored two tries, which are worth 5 pointes apiece.
    Joey Sorenson scored one try.
    Quinton Brown scored one try.
    Captain Mateo Cardiel also scored one try and was 5-for-5 kicking 2-point conversions. Cardiel also scored once on a penalty kick.
    “All of my new players did really well,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I’m proud of the underclassmen, they’re picking up the game really quick.”
    The Nukes next game will be at 7 p.m. on April 11 under Sullivan Field’s lights.

  • Thoma begins pro career with Timbers II

    After being drafted in Major League Soccer’s second round by the Portland Timbers this year, Los Alamos’ Andy Thoma didn’t have to wait to start getting professional game-time experience.
    Thoma has been playing for the Timbers 2, which competes in the United Soccer League (USL PRO). He has started in the Timber 2’s first two games as a defender.
    In the team’s first game of its inaugural campaign this season, Thoma helped the Timbers 2 pull out a victory against fellow expansion club, the Real Monarchs SLC. In addition to playing defense, Thoma assisted a goal in the game. He crossed the ball and teammate Rundell Winchester knocked it in the goal with a diving header. The Timbers 2 won that game, 3-1.
    On Thursday, the Timbers 2 beat the reigning USL Pro champions, Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1, to improve to 2-0-0.
    Wednesday the team will have its first road game in a rematch with the Real Monarchs SLC.
    Even though Toma has been playing for the Timbers 2, he’s still on the MLS Timbers roster and can be moved up at any time. He’s one of five Timbers on loan to the Timbers 2,

  • Sports Briefs 4-3-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 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

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • ’Toppers lose battle with Santa Fe Prep

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team played the defending state champs, Santa Fe Prep, tight for a second time in a week on Thursday. The ’Toppers, however, came up short against the Griffins both times, losing the second contest 18-14.
    “That was a hard-fought game,” Los Alamos coach James Miller. “They’re definitely our rival.”
    Los Alamos led the game for most of the first half.
    Trevor Matuszak and Christopher Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 2-0 early in the game.
    Prep tied it at 2.
    Then Wesley Skidmore found Charlie Christensen open in front of the net. Christensen caught the ball, spun to create a clean angle and then scored to put Los Alamos back on top.
    Prep tied it at 3 and then at 4.
    Los Alamos’ Ryder Davenhall got an open look after that and tried to flip it in. His first shot got blocked, but he picked up the rebound and scored on his second try.
    The ’Toppers had to play a man down after a penalty and Prep took a 6-5 lead.
    Hudson Davenhall helped Los Alamos get the lead back right away.
    First he assisted Matuszak to tie it.