• Extra innings needed to decide softball series

    ESPAÑOLA — Entering the top of the eighth inning of game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Los Alamos softball team and Española Valley were tied 16-16.
    The Sundevils won the first meeting between the teams earlier in the season, 9-6, but Los Alamos rallied to win first game of the doubleheader, 11-10, to even the series.
    Now, the rubber match to decide second place in District 2-5A needed an extra inning.
    Just an inning earlier, however, it looked like Los Alamos would easily lock up the game. The ’Toppers led 16-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
    No lead, however, proved to be safe Saturday.
    In the second game of the doubleheader, Los Alamos jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Española fought back to tie it, 8-8, and later took a 9-8 lead in the fifth.
    Los Alamos responded with four runs in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to pull back ahead.
    Down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh, the Sundevils scored four runs, including a game-tying two-RBI triple, to send it into extra innings.
    After scoring 27 runs already in the day, Los Alamos still had some pop in its bats.

  • Hilltoppers lacrosse runs by Bosque

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team didn’t have much trouble taking down Bosque Thursday. The Hilltoppers scored their most lop-sided victory of the season against the Bobcats, 12-4.
    With the win, Los Alamos moved into fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4 overall record.
    The three teams ahead of Los Alamos — Santa Fe Prep, Sandia and Sandia Prep — only have one loss apiece, so the ’Toppers have some work ahead of them if they want to move up in the standings some.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Sandia Saturday morning at Sullivan Field and will also host Santa Fe Prep at Overlook Park Monday. The Santa Fe Prep game will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    The Griffins beat Los Alamos in their season opener, 16-3.
    The ’Toppers have been playing better ball since then, winning four of their last five contests to steadily move up the standings.
    Monday’s game is also a re-match of last year’s state championship.

  • Candia has perfect prediction

    Roxana Candia had a perfect prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race, held on the North Mesa trail by the horse stables. Candia predicted a time of 24 minutes, 0 seconds on the three-mile course and finished exactly on the target.
    Other accurate predictors were Nick Parra-Vasquez with a 5-second differential, Brian Newnam at 9 seconds off and Jesse Woodroffe with an 11-second difference.
    The top finisher on the one-mile course was 6-year-old Anders Medin with a time of 10:50.
    The fastest female was his grandmother, Aurea Rojas, with a time of 10:52.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer finished first in 21:53. The top female finisher was Laura Woodroffe, crossing in 22:59.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held in the Western area, beginning in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
    One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Big blasts help LA softball down Academy

    A homerun and three triples helped the Los Alamos softball team score an 11-1 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday.
    Taylor Jaramillo went deep in the first inning, helping Los Alamos jump out to a 7-0 lead.
    Los Alamos never looked back.
    The ’Toppers added one run in the second and three more in the third to eventually enact the mercy rule after five innings.
    Jaramillo had a pair of RBIs with her homerun.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored.
    Jayde Tucker also hit a triple, drove in two runs and scored twice.
    Michaela Robertson and Morgan Hohner both scored twice.
    Lizbeth Guarello and Jordan Jaramillo each scored one.
    Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and Lauren Harris knocked in one.
    Mojica also threw a complete game for Los Alamos to earn the win. She struck out three batters and only gave up two hits in five innings of work. The run Albuquerque Academy scored was unearned in the second inning. After that, Mojica kept them off the scoreboard to preserve Los Alamos’ 10-run lead and end the game early.
    The win helped Los Alamos improve to 11-10 overall while the Chargers dropped to 3-16.
    Next, Los Alamos will play arguably its biggest series left on its schedule.

  • LA boys tennis gives Robertson its first loss

    The Los Alamos boys tennis team gave Robertson its first loss of the season Tuesday. The ’Toppers took down the defending A-4A state champion, 6-3.
    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, however, gave the Hilltopper girls just their third loss of the season, 6-3, to stay undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark.
    The Fulgenzi family led both Robertson squads and played in eight of the nine matches Robertson won Tuesday.
    Warren Fulgenzi beat George Margevicius 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
    At No. 2 singles, Andrew Aboshousha won his first set against Andres Garcia, 6-4, but Garcia came back and won the next two sets to take the match.
    Besides those two matches, the Hilltopper boys won the rest of the singles contests and two of the three doubles matches to take down the Cardinals.
    Andrew Tang scored a 7-5, 6-1 win against Dylan Moore at No. 3 singles.
    Thomas Chadwick beat Ali Shabaneh in three sets at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
    At No. 5, Junseo Kim beat Gabe Gregory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
    At No. 6 singles, JD Downing shut out Deandre Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0.
    Fulgenzi and Garcia teamed up to beat Margevicius and Tang at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 doubles, Aboshousha and Chadwick beat Moore and Shabaneh, 6-2, 6-3.

  • LA softball gets back to .500

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos fell behind Capital in both games of its doubleheader Saturday, but the ’Toppers responded with several big innings to win both contests, 12-1 and 18-9.
    The two wins helped Los Alamos get back to .500 with a 10-10 overall record and a 4-3 District 2-5A record.
    Capital, meanwhile, slipped to 4-17, 0-8.
    “Overall, we’re happy to get these two wins and get back on track,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We hit the ball really well.”
    After falling behind 1-0 in the first game, Los Alamos scored two runs in the second, three in the third and fifth and four in the sixth to eventually enact the mercy rule.
    Taylor Collins had four RBI in the game and Hannah Mojica had three.
    Los Alamos fell behind 3-0 in the second game, but RBIs by Elizabeth Anaya and Jayde Tucker evened the score in the second. Capital went back up by three in the bottom of the second, but a six-run third helped Los Alamos take the lead for good. Lauren Harris hit a two-RBI double, Jordan Jaramillo singled home a run and then Jayde Tucker stepped up to the plate with the game tied and the bases loaded. Tucker rose to the challenge and smacked a three-RBI double off the left-field to put Los Alamos up, 9-6.

  • LA tennis to take top seeds into districts

    Rain and snow in Santa Fe over the weekend dramatically shortened the pre-district tennis tournament.
    Tennis’ pre-district tournaments are meant to decrease travel by pitting every district team against each other in one tournament, making it so they don’t have to travel to play each other during the regular season.
    Los Alamos, however, had already played most of the teams in its district at various tournaments.
    The Hilltopper girls entered the tournament with an 8-1 win against Del Norte and 9-0 wins against both Española Valley and Capital.
    At the pre-district event, the Hilltopper girls played Bernalillo Friday and scored a 5-0 win after the first five singles matches concluded.
    The team then cancelled its remaining rematches with rain and snow in Saturday’s forecast.
    The Hilltopper girls also bumped up a handful of players up for the competition.
    Kayla Parker played at No. 1 singles and was winning 3-2 in the third set when Los Alamos locked up the team win with its fifth win.
    Los Alamos’ other five singles players won their matches in straight sets.
    At No. 2 singles, Mackenzie Cook won 7-5, 6-1.
    Ann Sherrill won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
    Rachelle Stokes scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.
    At No. 5 singles, Anna Lemke won 6-0, 6-2.

  • Los Alamos track teams win the Capital City Invite

    For the second track meet in a row, Los Alamos swept the team titles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ boys and girls both finished first out of 16 teams at Santa Fe High’s Capital City Invite.
    “The weather was not ideal, but I felt the Los Alamos athletes did a great job not letting that bother them,” boys’ head coach Steven Montoya said.
    The Hilltopper girls, led by a pair of state-qualifying performances, scored 112.33 points to win their team title. Moriarty (68.5) finished second, followed by Los Lunas (49.33), St. Michael’s (45.33) and Santa Fe Prep (30.5) in fifth.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, scored more than twice as many points as any of their competition. The Hilltopper boys finished first with 97.75 points, followed by Taos (48.25), Capital (46), Moriarty (40.5) and East Mountain in fifth (36).
    Individually, Sydney Schoonover cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and qualify for state in the event.
    The team’s 4x200-meter relay also qualified for state with a first-place finish. Celeste Levy, Claire Ticknor, Sienna Ahlers and Elena Abeyta finished in 1 minute, 48.20 seconds to punch their ticket to state.
    The team’s 4x100 relay also improved their previous state-qualifying time with a first-place finish. Abeyta, Ticknor, Emily Mercer and Levy finished in 59.95.

  • Hilltopper baseball stays in control of district

    SANTA FE — After a slow offensive start in its first game against Capital Saturday, the Los Alamos baseball team erupted for a 10-run inning to end the first game and an 18-run inning to start the second game of the doubleheader.
    The ’Toppers went on to win both games by the mercy rule, 11-0 and 25-2.
    With the wins, Los Alamos improved to 14-7 overall and 7-0 in District 2-5A.
    In the first game, Lane Saunders threw five innings of shutout ball to earn a complete game victory.
    The game, however, was tight until Los Alamos’ big fifth inning; it was scoreless for the first three innings.
    In the fourth, Los Alamos took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Hutton doubled to left and later scored on a double by Antonio Gonzales.
    The Hilltoppers, however, left two runners stranded in scoring position and Capital stayed close.
    Aggressive base running, however, helped Los Alamos blow the game open in the top of the fifth.
    Connor Mang hit a double with one out. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, hit a ground ball to Capital’s shortstop. Mang took off running as soon the ball was hit and when Capital’s shortstop threw to first, Mang sprinted home to score Los Alamos’ second run. Genero also beat the throw to first base to reach safely on the play.

  • High school golf postponed

    Los Alamos’ golf teams were scheduled to host their final regular-season tournament of the year Monday.
    A fresh blanket of wet snow, however, forced the tournament to be postponed.
    The tournament will now take place at the Los Alamos Golf Course Tuesday. The following day, Los Alamos will host the District 2-5A championships.