• Sports Briefs 3-19-15

    Freeride fundraiser
    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team is going to the USASA National Championships.
    To raise money to help pay entry fees and travel costs, the team is hosting a pizza party, movie premier and silent auction. The fundraiser will take place 7 p.m. March 21 at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.
    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from any team member. For more information, email PajaritoFreerideTeam@gmail.com

    Spring volleyball
    The YMCA spring volleyball session, for third through sixth graders, is open for registration until April 10.
    This is a developmental program focused on teaching and improving proper volleyball skills and providing participants the foundation to play and compete for years to come.
    Third and fourth graders will be grouped together and fifth and sixth graders will be grouped together.
    The session will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 14 - May 21.
    Cost is $40 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members

  • Pajarito crowns king and queen

    Lots of skiers and snowboarders competed on the slopes during Pajarito Mountain’s Skiesta Saturday.
    After all of the competitions, however, 10-year old Steven Boone was honored as the mountain’s king while 56-year old Robi Mulford was crowned as Pajarito’s queen.
    Below is a list of the other Skiesta winners:
    Pinhead Challenge
    Men: Clay Moseley.
    Women: Sanna Sevanto.
    Jump Contest
    0-10 girls: Maddie Ovaska.
    0-10 boys: Trey Wenicke.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Neill.
    11-19 boys: Lars Snyder.
    20-49 women: Tiffany Hinojosa.
    20-49 men: Daniel Nix.
    50+ women: Robi Mulford.
    50+ men: Kevin Mertes.
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Niell.
    11-19 boys: Wakei Hettinga.
    20-49 women: Lisa Hecker.
    20-49 men: Sean Rielly.
    50+ men: Orby Mulford.
    Sloppy Slalom
    0-10 girls: Hailey McDonald.
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Neill.
    20-49 men: James Miller.
    50+ women: Robi Mulford.
    50+ men: Guy Jackson.
    Rail Jam
    0-10 boys: Diego Hinojosa (snowboarder).
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone (skier).

  • Los Alamos lacrosse looking to make a title run

    With some of the best lacrosse players in the state wearing forest green and gold jerseys this year, Los Alamos has its sights set high.
    “We’re going to try and make a run for a state title,” Los Alamos coach James Miller said. “We have a small team, but we’re very powerful.”
    This year, eight teams will be battling for the state title.
    Los Alamos will compete with Santa Fe Prep, Sandia, Sandia Prep, Cibola, Bosque, Rio Rancho and Coronado (Texas).
    Santa Fe Prep won the title last year, but Los Alamos stole two of Griffins’ best players — Hudson and Reider Davenhall.
    Charlie Christensen and Wesley Skidmore will join the brothers on Los Alamos’ attack, giving the ’Toppers numerous offensive weapons.
    Los Alamos has 16 players on its roster this season and only four of them are new to the sport.
    Many of the newer ’Toppers will play defense.
    “Offensively we’re going to score a lot of goals, we just need to get the defense solidified and be working as a team,” Miller said.
    Most of the league has already played a few games this season, but Los Alamos will get its first competition this weekend.
    “We have to deal with snow up here so we’re a little behind the 8-ball,” Miller said.

  • Fishing Report 3-18-15

    Abiquiu Lake: There were a few anglers on the lake this past week but we had no reports of success.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 397 cubic feet per second (cfs).
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was good using salmon eggs, wax worms, bead-head pheasant tails and egg patterns for trout.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using hot dogs, musky flies, swim baits and jerk baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 50 cfs and 97 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair for anglers using small midge patterns, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers for trout. Fishing below El Vado was slow to fair with a few brown trout caught by anglers using wooly buggers.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few northern pike caught by anglers using Rapala husky jerks.
    El Vado Lake: As of Monday there was still a thin layer of ice on the lake and it was closed to fishing. Contact the State Park office at (575) 588-7247 for updated ice conditions.

  • LA track and field athletes hit state marks

    Numerous Los Alamos athletes hit state-qualifying times or distances in the team’s second track meet of the season, the Cleveland Kickoff, on Saturday.
    The boys team had two individuals and its 4x400-meter relay hit state-qualifying marks.
    Skyler McCall cleared 6-feet even in the high jump, winning the event while punching his ticket to the state championships.
    Jonathan Shueler also qualified in discus with a fifth-place throw of 132-feet, 6-inches.
    Alexi Ortega, Buddy Weaver, Cameron Staples and Miroslav Betts, meanwhile, combined forces to qualify in the 4x400. They finished second in 3 minutes, 32.35 seconds.
    Two Hilltopper girls also qualified for state. Chelsea Challacombe won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.69 to qualify.
    Sophia Galvez qualified with a 12:06.27 in the 3200. She finished fourth in the event.
    The meet had 16 teams competing in it, and the majority of them were from Class 6A schools.
    The Hilltopper girls finished seventh with 25 points, placing ahead of 5A foes Albuquerque Academy (12th, 12 points) and Del Norte (14th, 4 points).
    Cleveland (91) finished first, followed by La Cueva (64), Eldorado (53), Volcano Vista (53), Cibola (39) and Rio Rancho (30).

  • LA golfers return to links in first spring tournament

    The Los Alamos boys and girls golf teams played in its first tournament of the spring Monday. The golfers competed in La Cueva’s tournament, which was held at Albuquerque’s Arroyo del Oso course.
    “We were definitely knocking some rust off as we have had a very limited two weeks of practice heading into the event,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “I was happy with the way we competed as a team. I believe we will be a much-improved team this spring.”
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 371 to finish sixth as a team.
    Sean Ray led Los Alamos with an 86. Jonathan Osden shot a 91, Nicholas Quartieri shot a 94 and Nick Koskelo rounded out Los Alamos’ score with a 100. Hunter Gustafson also competed and finished at 106.
    Hope Christian’s boys won the tournament with a 297. La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy tied for second at 302.
    Academy’s Ben Albin won the individual title with a 69.
    Twelve boys teams competed in the event, but only eight posted team scores.
    Even though the tournament was Los Alamos’ first of the spring, Jonathan Osden has already qualified for the state championships. He qualified during the fall golf season. Rau shot one qualifying leg in the fall, now just needs one more this spring to make it to state.

  • LA baseball team wins in extras

    It took some extra time, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team got back one of the games it lost early this season Tuesday at Bomber Field.
    Los Alamos, taking on a tough opponent in the Los Lunas Tigers, scored in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win. Hilltopper Jared Mang, who drew a walk to lead off the ninth, came around to score on a wild pitch to give his team a 5-4 victory.
    Mang, who either scored or drove in four of the Hilltoppers’ five runs Tuesday, led off with a walk in the ninth. He went to third on a throwing error after Lane Saunders attempted to sacrifice him to second, then scored the game-winner standing up on the wild pitch from Los Lunas reliever Kenneth Peña, who came on in the top of the inning but failed to record an out.
    Tuesday’s meeting was the second between the two teams this season and both have been decided by one run. Los Lunas got the better of Los Alamos in the final round of the St. Pius X Invitational earlier this month, winning that contest 2-1. There was only 7 total hits in that ballgame.
    In Tuesday’s game, however, both teams held a lead in the latter innings and both squandered chances for big innings.

  • LA softball wins third straight

    JACONA — The Los Alamos softball team scored its third straight win Tuesday, beating Pojoaque 8-2.
    “It feels nice to finally start winning and be playing as a team,” captain Elizabeth Anaya said. “It’s nice to be on track.”
    Madeline Lockhart pitched a complete game for the ’Toppers, striking out seven and seeming to get more and more confident as the game went on. She retired 12 of the last 13 batters she faced.
    “I felt good,” Lockhart said. “I knew my defense had my back if they hit anything.”
    Los Alamos never trailed in the game. Back-to-back doubles by Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica put Los Alamos up 1-0 in the first inning.
    Pojoaque tied the game with two singles and a walk in the bottom of the first, but Jaramillo helped Los Alamos get out of the inning by snagging a foul ball behind the plate.
    Pojoaque threatened again in the second after a leadoff double, but left fielder Rebecca Luster caught a fly ball and turned two. Then shortstop Makaela Jones made a running catch in the hole to end the inning.
    “Our defense is getting better and better every day,” Los Alamos Head Coach Roger Anaya said.

  • Hilltoppers win pure hockey championship

    SANTA FE — After battling teams with players from multiple high schools all season, Los Alamos and Taos stepped on the ice to decide who was the best pure team in the state on Saturday.
    For the fourth time this year, the answer was Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers beat Taos for the fourth consecutive time, 4-1, to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division’s state championship.
    “It’s an awesome way to finish,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school.”
    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest.
    “(Taos) came out harder than they had all season this game,” senior Hudson Davenport said. The rivalry between the two teams made the win “way more fun,” he said.
    Up 2-1, Los Alamos goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid turned into a brick wall, stopping shot after shot.
    “There were times this year when he was unbeatable and I think you saw that tonight,” Blake said. He took away several goals with his glove hand,”
    Eventually Los Alamos was able to put the game out of reach.

  • 'Toppers beat Taos in pure division championship

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos hockey team beat Taos 4-1 to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division's state championship on Saturday.

    "It's an awesome way to finish," Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. "This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school."

    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest. With 2 minutes, 23 seconds left, however, Hudson Davenport got out of the penalty box, swooped in and got the puck, then skated as hard as he could to get behind Taos' defense and scored an insurance goal for Los Alamos.

    One minute later Tristen Roach centered the puck in front of Taos' goal and Trevor Matuszak scored with a back hand.

    Los Alamos also scored the first two goals of the game. Late in the first period Matuszak assisted Charlie Christensen. Then 1:07 into the second period Isaac Dunwoody and Davenhall led an odd-numbered rush. Dunwoody took the puck down the ice, then passed it to Davenhall who finished it.

    The Ice Tigers then came alive, putting shot after shot on goal. Zealand Walterscheid, however, was nearly perfect in goal for Los Alamos.