• LA softball blows by St. Pius X

    The first time Los Alamos played St. Pius X, the Hilltoppers needed an extra inning to take down the Sartans, 10-8.
    Saturday in the rematch, Los Alamos used two big innings to blow by the Sartans, 11-2.
    The ‘Toppers jumped out in front with three runs in the bottom of the first.
    St. Pius X cut Los Alamos’ lead to 3-2 in the third. In the bottom half of the inning, however, Los Alamos’ offense erupted for seven runs.
    The ’Toppers scored once more in the fourth inning for the final tally.
    Los Alamos had 11 base hits in the win while the team committed two errors.
    St. Pius X had seven hits in the game, but the Sartans also made seven errors.
    Los Alamos improved to 3-4 with the win while St. Pius X slipped to 0-8.
    UPDATE: Los Alamos rallied from a 5-0 defecit to beat Pojoaque Valley, 13-5, Tuesday and get to 4-4. See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor to read about that game.

  • Hilltopper track shakes off rust in Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams competed at the Rio Rancho Rust Buster Saturday.
    The eight-team meet was mostly comprised of Albuquerque schools, but the ’Toppers held their own and had a few more athletes qualify for the state track meet.
    The Hilltoppers girls finished second with 106.5 points behind Volcano Vista (122.5). Rio Rancho (99) placed third, followed by Eldorado (35), Manzano (32), Del Norte (30), Atrisco Heritage (8) and Rio Grande (3).
    The Hilltopper boys finished fifth as a team with 54.66 points. Volcano Vista (103.66) won the boys’ meet as well, followed by Rio Rancho (88.33), Eldorado (88), Atrisco Heritage (59), Los Alamos, Manzano (38.66), Del Norte (15.66) and Rio Grande (3).
    The Hilltopper girls qualified for state in three events.
    Sophia Galvez qualified in the 3200-meter race with a winning time of 11 minutes, 48.04 seconds.
    Talia Dreicer won the 1600 in 5:26.37 to qualify for state.
    Liz Lockhart, Alissia Haagenstad, Emily Mercer and Sophie Wood qualified in the 4x100 with a time of 51.38. They finished second in the event.
    Liam Johnson had the best result for the Hilltopper boys. Johnson cleared 13-0 in the pole vault to qualify for state. He placed second in the event.

  • Hilltoppers end season with pure hockey championship

    TAOS — Los Alamos and Taos squared off on the ice for a third time this season Saturday.
    Taos won the first two contests, 3-1 and 3-2, but Saturday’s contest was for the league’s pure hockey championship.
    “It’s definitely love-hate,” Los Alamos senior goalie Isaac Dunwoody said about his relationship with Taos. “We grew up playing hockey together so we all know each other. It’s like a battle of brothers.”
    Taos may have won the first two games, but Los Alamos will get to hold on to the North Star trophy until next year.
    The ’Toppers won the tight championship game, 2-1.
    “It was a perfect way to end the season,” Dunwoody said. “I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It was a battle and those are the games you remember.”
    Excellent goaltending on both sides highlighted the contest. Booth team’s goalies saved over 92 percent of the shots they faced. After two periods and 41 shots on goal, the game went into third period scoreless.
    “It’s one of the most nerve-wracking things in the world,” Dunwoody said. “You’re just waiting for something to happen.”
    While there weren’t any goals scored in the first couple of periods, there was plenty of action.

  • LA baseball starting to find its rhythm

    After losing to El Paso High School in a game that Los Alamos didn't play well in, the Hilltoppers have started to turn things around.
    "We weren't playing aggressive, at the plate or in the field," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    One thing that helped change the baseball team's course was a discussion about the standard it has set for itself over the past few years. That standard isn't about winning, it's about doing things right, from laying down a bunt to fielding a ground ball, everyday. Winning just usually happens to be a byproduct of doing the small things the right way.
    The 7-2 loss against El Paso at the St. Piux X tournament dropped Los Alamos' record to 1-3 overall.
    Since then, Los Alamos has won three straight games.
    More impressively, Los Alamos won all three of those games by the 10-run mercy rule.
    "We came back the next day versus Gallup and changed things — we had better focus," Gill said. "Something switched on for us."
    Los Alamos beat Gallup, 12-1, to begin their winning streak.
    The 'Toppers made it two in a row by beating the defending state champion, Albuquerque Academy, 12-2, on Tuesday.
    "Connor (Mang) pitched five innings and completely shut them down," Gill said.

  • Sports Briefs 3-11-16

    Little League registration ongoing
    Time is running out to register for Los Alamos County Little League baseball and girls’ softball.
    Little League registration goes through March 15 at LALittleLeague.org for boys and girls ages 4 through 16. The league is for all residents of Los Alamos and White Rock.
    The cost to participate is $75, which includes a hat and jersey.
    The league includes tee ball for boys and softball tee ball for girls, ages 4-7.
    The next step for boys’ is Minors B, which features a pitching machine, for players 7-9.
    Girls 7-11 move up to coach pitch softball.
    The older athletes will face pitchers their own age.
    For more information call LACLL President, James Chrobocinski at 695-3400 or email at james@ziarealtygroup.com

    Pace Race season upcoming
    The 43rd season of the Pace Race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin at 6 p.m. April 5.
    The first race will be start at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot, across from the Los Alamos Co-operative Market on East Road (NM 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.

  • Hilltopper softball wins second straight

    The Los Alamos softball team shut out Moriarty, 4-0, to score its second win of the season Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored three runs in the first inning to pull ahead and added an insurance run in the sixth for the final tally.
    Morgan Hohner, Mariah Muaro, Jayde Tucker and Hannah Mojica scored Los Alamos’ runs in the game.
    Taylor Jaramaillo had two RBI and Jordan Jaramillo knocked in one run for the ’Toppers.
    Pitcher Madeline Lockhart only gave up two hits and two walks while striking out nine Fighting Pintos in six innings to get the win.
    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 with the win.
    Its next game is against the other team it has beaten, St. Pius X. Los Alamos will host that rematch Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • LA places third at Chapin

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team finished third out 17 teams last weekend at the Chapin tournament in El Paso, Texas. Coronado, Texas, placed first followed by Farmington.
    Leading the ’Toppers were Lauryn Anaya and Maia Menefee at No. 1 doubles.
    The duo won all five of their matches to finish first. In the final, they took down Hobbs’ Carlie Shooonover and Taylor Jones, 6-7, 6-0 and 6-3.
    Playing at No. 1 singles were Anna Lemke and Kayla Parker. Both players went 3-2 at the tournament.
    This weekend, Los Alamos will take on a trio of Santa Fe schools at Capital, including the Jaguars, St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High School.

  • ’Toppers unable to take down Sundevils at state

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the Class 5A quarterfinal contest between the Hilltopper girls and the Española Valley Sundevils had the makings for another epic showdown.
    The fourth time, however, wasn’t the charm for the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team. Española Valley beat Los Alamos once again, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers’ season.
    The game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.
    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils’ lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.
    “When the girls lose like that, it’s the coach,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “The adjustments I made didn’t work.”
    One adjustment Los Alamos made on defense was trying a 2-2-1 press. Coach Trujillo hoped the added pressure on the ball would lead to some turnovers. Española’s guards, however, seemed unfazed by Los Alamos’ traps and were able to deal with the pressure, dish the ball to open teammates and get some easy baskets.

  • Hockey rallies at year-end tournament

    Los Alamos played some of its best hockey of the season over the weekend at the year-end tournament in Taos.
    Los Alamos scored three wins and lost one game, proving its one of the best teams around.
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas), 8-2, El Paso Franklin, 9-5, and La Cueva, 4-3, but then fell to league’s top team, Cibola, 5-1.
    Against Permian Basin, Los Alamos scored first, but the Pump Jacks came back and tied the contest, 1-1. Los Alamos, however, scored the next five goals to cruise to the first-round victory.
    The contest against Franklin was much closer. The game was tied 3-3 and 4-4, but the Hilltoppers scored five third-period goals to pull away late.
    A big third period also helped the ’Toppers beat La Cueva. Los Alamos trailed 3-1 to start the third, but scored three goals in the final period to win the contest. Charlie Christensen scored the game-winning goal with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the contest.
    Cibola, however, solidified its spot at the top of the league in the tournament. Cibola beat Santa Fe 10-1, Taos, 7-1 and then Los Alamos, 5-1 to secure its spot in the composite championship.

  • Four Hilltoppers qualify for state at first track meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams began their season Saturday at the Chili Quad, and four Hilltopper athletes already punched their tickets to the state championships.
    Liz Lockhart made sure she’ll get a chance to defend her state title in the triple jump. She qualified for state, and won the meet, with leaps totalling 34 feet, 3.5 inches.
    Talia Dreicer won the 800-meter race with a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
    Maddy Foley also qualified for state in the 3200 with a time of 12:13.81, which was good enough for third at the meet.
    Liam Johnson was the lone Hilltopper boy to qualify for state. Johnson won the pole vault with a state-qualifying leap of 12-3.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls won the meet with 96 points, followed by St. Pius X (78.5), Albuquerque Academy (64) and Sandia Prep (32.5).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished second with 96 points behind Albuquerque Academy (102). St. Pius X finished third (75) and Sandia Prep was fourth (13).
    Los Alamos had several other first-place finishes at the meet.
    Celeste Levy won the 100-meter dash in 13.55.
    Sophia Galvez won the 1600 in 5:31.05.
    Fiona Rogers cleared 5-8 to win the high jump.
    Zoe Challacombe won both the shot put (30-9) and the discus (83-4).