• 'Toppers baseball ready for second season

    After going 20-6 during the regular season, Los Alamos’ baseball team will essentially wipe its record clean and it start its second season on Friday.
    The team’s winning percentage and quality wins against the likes of Albuquerque Academy, Valencia and Española Valley helped Los Alamos earn the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state championships.
    Once the playoffs, begin, however, records and previous accomplishments won’t mean much. Teams just have to win that day and they’ll move on and get to play another day.
    “We’re happy to be in the position we’re in, but everybody is 0-0 again,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The ’Toppers will host Aztec (12-12, 5-3 District 1-5A) in the best-of-three first round series.
    The Tigers finished third in its district, behind the reigning champion Piedra Vista (21-4, 8-0) and Farmington (11-15, 5-3).
    “That’s one heck of a 14-seed,” Gill said. “Aztec is pretty darn tough. They’re generally very athletic and strong, so we got to go play.”
    Jared Mang will start on the mound for the ’Toppers in Friday’s game. Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Nick Sgambellone will also be ready if needed.

  • Duane and Jackie Marr lead runners at pace race

    In the week’s pace race, Duane and Jackie Marr were the best predictors in the 1-mile race, missing their predictions by 0.3 and 4 seconds.
    In the 2.8-mile race, Ted Romero was 8 seconds off his prediction and Roxana Candia was 10 seconds off.
    Tuesday’s pace race was held on paved roads in Pajarito Acres, between rain showers, and it started on Acoma Lane.
    Other good predictors for the 1-mile course were Anders and Zachary Medin, both 9 seconds off their guesses.
    Eddie Gartz (9:15) and Norah Gartz (9:16) were the fastest runners for on the mile course.
    Ted Romero (18:21) and Laura Woodroffe (19:20) were the first finishers on the 2.8-mile course.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start at the beginning of the trail to Canada Bonito, between the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge and Camp May.

  • Championships begin today

    Championship season is here.
    Los Alamos won five district titles last week. It also had five teams and numerous individuals qualify for the state championships.
    They’ve made the dance, now it’s time to see which teams and athletes are among the best in the state.
    Los Alamos’ tennis teams will kick off the state competition season today with 16 athletes competing in the first round of singles and doubles competition. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches will all take place Thursday.
    On Friday, the tennis team competitions will begin.
    With No. 3 seeds, both Los Alamos tennis teams received first-round byes.
    The girls will play Roswell in the quarterfinals at Sierra Vista, beginning with doubles at 4:30 p.m. Friday and following up with singles at 6 p.m.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, will play Centennial at Sierra Vista beginning at 2 p.m.
    The team semifinals and championships will both take place Saturday at Jerry Cline.
    After a fourth-place finish during the regular season, Los Alamos’ lacrosse team snagged the final spot in the state playoffs. The Hilltoppers will take on the regular season champs, Sandia, in the first-round of the playoffs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Balloon Fiesta Park.

  • Hilltopper golf teams take district gold

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls golf teams both defended their District 2-5A championships Monday at the Santa Fe Country Club.
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 360 to take first. Del Norte (421) finished second, followed by Española Valley (424) and Capital (429).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, shot a 427. They were the only girls squad to post a team score.
    “Both the boys and girls golf teams won the district tournament for the second year in a row, which really shows the effort our kids are putting in at the golf course,” coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Los Alamos claimed both individual championships as well. Jonathan Osden got off to a slow start, but rebounded on the back nine to take the boys championship with an 83.
    “Johnny has been consistent throughout his career at Los Alamos and it was great for him to end his district career by finally winning the district championship,” Ainsworth said. “I’m super proud of Johnny for hanging in there and for making such a strong comeback.”
    Malorie Apgar won the girls championship with a 90.
    “Malorie Apgar stepped up her game by shooting her low round of the season at the most important event that we have had this year,” Ainsworth said.

  • LA softball reaches state playoffs

    Los Alamos’ softball team needed a split with Del Norte Saturday to take second in District 2-5A. Both games were decided by a single run, but Los Alamos prevailed in the second contest to finish second in the district.
    Del Norte won the first game 4-3 and Los Alamos won the second game 8-7.
    A Los Alamos run in the fifth inning tied the first game 2-2, but Del Norte scored two runs in the sixth to go back ahead. Los Alamos scored one run in the seventh, but its rally came up short.
    In the second game, Del Norte jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Los Alamos responded with a five-run second inning and a three-run third inning. Del Norte came back and two runs in the sixth got it within a run of the ’Toppers, but Los Alamos was able to close out the game.
    After the doubleheader, Los Alamos was 12-14 overall and 7-5 in District 2-5A.
    The ’Toppers then got the No. 14 seed for the state playoffs and will begin the tournament against the District 4-5A champs and No. 3 seed Roswell (18-7, 9-3 District 4-5A) Saturday at 11 a.m.
    Only two teams from the District 2-5A made the state playoffs. The district champions, Bernalillo, got the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Goddard in the first round.
    Centennial got the No. 1 seed, Aztec is seeded second and Piedra Vista took the No. 4 seed.

  • LA tennis teams dominate district championships

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both rolled over the competition Friday and Saturday at the District 2-5A championships.
    Both Hilltopper squads won district team titles and Los Alamos also won both singles and both doubles individual championships.
    Additionally, both teams took all three of the doubles qualifying spots for the state tournament and two of the three singles spots.
    “I think they played well,” Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said. “We got what we thought we’d get.”
    After winning the district team titles, Los Alamos boys and girls teams both earned a No. 3 seed for this week’s state championships.
    After first-round byes, the Hilltopper boys will play No. 6 Centennial and the Hilltopper girls will play No. 6 Roswell in the quarterfinals Friday.
    Albuquerque Academy is the top-seeded boys team and second-seeded girls team. Farmington got the girls top seed and second boys seed.
    Los Alamos’ George Margevicius and Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff both won their district singles brackets.
    “It felt really good,” Margevicius said. “My sister won (districts) and she won state. I took second last year (in doubles) so it was good to finally win the bracket.”

  • LA baseball gets No. 3 state seed

    The Los Alamos baseball team earned the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    Los Alamos, who finished 20-6 overall and clinched its seventh consecutive district title Saturday, will host No. 14 Aztec (12-12) in a best-of-three first round series beginning Friday.
    District 2-5A runner up Española Valley (18-6) got the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Farmington (11-15) in the first round.
    Los Alamos and the Sundevils could meet for the fourth time this season in the quarterfinals.
    The Sundevils won the first contest, but then Los Alamos won a pair of close games to pass them in the district standings, including one game in extra innings.
    Bernalillo (12-13-1) also made the playoffs as the No. 15 seed. The Spartans will play No. 2 Goddard (22-4) in the first round.
    Piedra Vista (21-4) earned the No. 1 seed and will begin its title defense against Roswell (9-17).
    The ’Toppers swept Del Norte Saturday to clinch the District 2-5A title, winning the games 11-3 and then 6-1.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game. Del Norte cut the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning, but Los Alamos added a run in the third, two in the fourth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh to finish comfortably ahead.

  • Baseball, softball brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the postseason brackets for the Class 5A baseball and softball tournaments Sunday.
    Postseason play around the state gets going Friday and Saturday at home sites. Teams that win this coming weekend will advance to the main bracket which commences next week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team was a likely top-6 seed heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Del Norte Knights — results from the doubleheader weren’t available as of press time. Los Alamos had won 18 games during the regular season prior to Saturday and was ranked fifth according to the website MaxPreps, the rankings of which are a big component into determining seeding for prep teams in the state.
    Assuming that remains the case heading into the meeting of the seeding and selection committee today, the Los Alamos baseball team should be getting a home series in the opening round.
    In softball, however, the Hilltoppers’ situation was more tenuous.
    Heading into their doubleheader Saturday against Del Norte, a team that had been on the upswing in the late part of the season, the Hilltoppers were ranked 16th in the state, which would’ve put them just over the bar for getting into the 16-team tournament.

  • 'Toppers take strides in home meet

    The Los Alamos track teams had its final tune up before the district championships Friday at home on Sullivan Field.
    A few ’Topper athletes qualified for state in the meet and some others showed improvement from their previous qualifying marks.
    “We had some really good performances,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltopper boys won the meet with 139 points, followed by St. Michael’s (104), Santa Fe High (55), Española Valley (43) and Capital (14).
    In the girls’ team race, Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were also in a battle for the top spot. The teams were tied late in the meet, but St. Michael’s first-place finish in the final event, the 4x400 relay, helped them take first as a team with 122 points, just 2 ahead of Los Alamos. Santa Fe (82) finished third, Española Valley (19) came in fourth and Capital (3) was fifth.
    Liam Johnson was one of the highlights of the meet again. He broke the sophomore record in pole vault that he set last week, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches to win the event. Sean Reynolds (11-3), Jacob Holesinger (10-9) and Tyler Moore (10-3) finished third through fifth in the event for Los Alamos.

  • Sports Briefs 5-1-15

    Kentucky Derby Party
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos welcomes you to join the fun on Derby day, Saturday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    This year the Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course will host the event, which will include a derby-inspired buffet, mint juleps, cocktails, a derby hat contest, kids activities, large screen viewing and 50/50 betting on the big race.
    All proceeds will benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus across the globe.
    For tickets and more information, email lclough@unm.edu or casadaly@aol.com or call 469-1465