• LA girls' golf takes fourth at state

    The Los Alamos girls' golf team finished fourth at the Class 5A state championships, held Monday and Tuesday at Farmington's Piñon Hills golf course.
    The Hilltoppers shot a 419 on the first day, which also had them in fourth-place, one shot ahead of Goddard. Both of teams shot considerably lower scores on the second day, but Los Alamos was able to pull away from the Rockets with a 402. Los Alamos' two-day total was 821, six shots ahead of Goddard.
    Artesia and St. Pius X tied for first at 750, but Artesia claimed the championship after winning a one-hole playoff. Lovington shot a 792 to take third. Albuquerque Academy finished sixth at 867 and Piedra Vista took seventh with an 871.
    Jennifer Necker led Los Alamos with a 176. After day one, Necker was in 11th place after shooting a 95. On the second day of the tournament, however, Necker knocked 14 strokes off her score to pass numerous golfers and finish in sixth place overall, giving her a second-straight all-tournament honor. Necker also finished sixth in the state last year.
    Faith Koh had Los Alamos' next best score, shooting a 98 and a 102 to finish with a two-day score of 200. The 200 gave her the 18th best score at the tournament.
    Leah Mountain also scored both days for Los Alamos, shooting a 111 and 110 to finish with a 221 for Los Alamos.

  • Mang coming on strong for UNM

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has been coming on strong lately for the University of New Mexico baseball team.
    Against New Mexico State on May 3, Mang had his first really big game as a Lobo. Mang went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in all three of New Mexico’s runs, helping UNM beat the Aggies, 3-2, and win the Rio Grande rivalry series, three games to one.
    Mang followed up that performance with a 3-for-5 outing with two RBI against UNLV May 6.
    He went 1-for-5 and scored a run in the second game against UNLV, but concluded the series by going 2-for-4 and knocking in another pair of runs.
    Mang is now batting .283 for UNM. He’s also scored 29 runs and drove in 25 more runs so far this season for the Lobos.
    The Lobos are currently 32-18 overall and 17-7 in the Mountain West Conference. That 17-7 conference mark has them in first place heading into this week’s series against third-place Nevada (27-20, 16-8 MW).
    The Lobos will host the Wolf Pack at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
    Nevada is currently riding a nine-game winning streak.
    The Lobos will close out their regular season at Air Force the following weekend and then return home to host the Mountain West championships May 25-29.

  • Track teams capture district championships

    High winds affected some of the times and distances at the District 2-5A track meet Friday, but it didn’t stop Los Alamos from continuing its reign on top of the district.
    The Hilltopper boys won their 24th consecutive district title while the Hilltopper girls won their 17th straight district title at the two-day meet held at Del Norte.
    The Hilltopper boys won their title with 170 points, followed by Bernalillo (105), Del Norte (72), Capital (50) and Española Valley (50).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, scored 255 points to run away with their title. Del Norte finished second with 77 points, followed by Bernalillo (54), Española Valley (23) and Capital (23).
    “It’s a tribute to everyone on the team and everyone contributed to our 17th consecutive team title,” girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    With the top-two finishers in each event at the district meet qualifying for state, the Hilltopper girls will now be represented in every event at the state meet.
    In the 800-meters race, Sydney Schake finished first in 2 minutes, 38.08 seconds to qualify while Maddy Beck also qualified with her second-place finish (2:38.80).
    Emily Mercer finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.02) and also scored a district title in the 300-hurdles (50.29).

  • Softball eliminated in first round of state

    A tough first inning was too much for the Los Alamos softball team to overcome against Miyamura Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state championships.
    Miyamura, the No. 6 seed, scored eight runs in the first inning to jump out to a huge lead and then held on to beat Los Alamos, 11-0.
    The toughest part of the first inning is that Los Alamos had a chance to get out of it without giving up any runs.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out Miyamura’s leadoff hitter. The Patriots then got a bloop single. The batter after that hit a ground ball to third, but Los Alamos was unable to turn it into an out. Later in the inning, before Miyamura had scored, Lockhart got her second strike out. Instead of it ending the inning, however, the Patriots still had the bases loaded and were able to capitalize on the extra opportunity.
    “Once that happened, it was hard to recover,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    After that, Los Alamos limited the Patriots to one run in the third inning and two in the fourth.
    Anaya said most of Miyamura’s hits in the game were bloop singles. With the fence 300 feet deep in centerfield, he had the outfielders purposely playing deep so they could keep everything in front of them. Miyamura only hit the ball hard a couple of times, but their hits were effective.

  • Hilltopper boys reach state tennis finals

    ALBUQUERQUE — At the beginning of the season, Los Alamos head boys’ tennis coach Lloyd Wilton said his team had a chance to win the state title this year.
    Saturday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center, his squad reached the championship match.
    The No. 2 Hilltopper boys beat No. 7 Artesia 8-1 in the quarterfinals.
    The ‘Toppers then squared off with the third-ranked Farmington Scorpions in the semifinals.
    Los Alamos started the match strong, winning two of the three double matches. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang won at No. 1 doubles while Andrew Aboshousha and Thomas Chadwick won at No. 2 doubles.
    Los Alamos then scored three wins in singles to beat Farmington, 5-3, and advance to the state championship finals against Albuquerque Academy.
    Academy, however, stayed perfect in the team bracket, beating Los Alamos 5-0 to win the Class 5A championships.
    Academy also beat Piedra Vista 5-0 and Centennial 9-0 en route to its title.
    Like the Hilltopper boys, Los Alamos’ girls also entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Academy.
    Los Alamos beat No. 7 Goddard, 7-2, in the quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls also took on Farmington in the semifinals. While every match was tight, Katya Skurikhin’s match at No. 4 singles was a marathon.

  • Character, heroics help LA reach quarters

    The main thing that stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after beating Moriarty in the first round the state baseball playoffs was his team’s character.
    “The character of the whole weekend was awesome,” Gill said.
    Game one of the series never should have went into extra innings, but two Los Alamos errors in the seventh inning helped Moriarty score a run and tie the game, 2-2.
    A throwing error to start the ninth inning then helped Moriarty take a 4-2 lead.
    Los Alamos could have easily thrown in the towel and tried to regroup Saturday to win the best-of-three series. The ‘Toppers, however, had a sense of urgency to take care of business Friday.
    “We preach that it’s what you do after a mistake that’s important,” Gill said.
    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4.
    Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty’s lead to 4-3.
    Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
    James Neal then stepped up to the plate. Eleven pitches later, he drew a walk to bring in the tying run.

  • Nukes win state title

    Trailing San Juan by 17 points in Saturday’s state championship game, the Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club pulled together and started playing as a team.
    “I’m really proud of the kids,” coach Demitrio Cardiel said. “It would have been easy to roll over; everything was going wrong.”
    By consolidating better, the team started letting the ball do the movement instead of trying to do too much individually. Overall, they started playing technically sound rugby and rallied back to win the championship game, 36-29.
    “It takes brains to play rugby,” Cardiel said. “The kids buckled down and started thinking about the process. They had to adapt to win that game and they had to come together.”
    Besides being a smart group, Cardiel attributed the team’s title to their passion.
    In the championship game for Los Alamos, Joey Sorenson scored two tries, Preston Brown scored two tries and two conversions while Quinton Brown scored two tries and one conversion.

  • LA wins with walk-off grand slam in extras

    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4, in game one of their first-round state baseball series Friday.

    Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty's lead to 4-3.

    Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

    James Neal drew a walk to bring in the tying run. Connor Mang then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and put an exclamation point on the game. Mang smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to end the game with Los Alamos on top.

    Before that, the Fighting Pintos had made some big plays to put themselves in a position to win the game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Moriarty scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Moriarty then put the pressure on Los Alamos with a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead.

    Los Alamos, however, kept fighting to win the game.

    Runs were hard to come by for most of the game.

  • LASG gymnasts score team title at state meet

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics girls’ team attended the Xcel USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships recently and many of the team’s competitors ended their season on a high note.
    In all, the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics gymnasts brought home a team championship, 10 all-around medals and 37 individual event medals. All four of its upper-level gymnasts also qualified for the regional championships.
    The silver-level team won the team competition bringing home the first-place trophy. It was a rewarding meet and season end for the girls and their coach, Svetlana Skurikhin, as their day-to-day hard work paid off big.
    Anika Lovato was Los Alamos’ high scorer in the silver division. She netted a 37.05 all around total, putting her in second place in the juniors’ age division.
    Lovato took more gold than just the team award — she finished first on two events. Her 9.45 on beam and a 9.20 on uneven bars both resulted in gold medals. She also won bronze on both vault and floor with a 9.20 on each.
    Teammate Chantel Biebeault finished right behind her, scoring a 37.00 all-around and taking bronze in the same age division. Biebeault also won a gold medal on vault with 9.45, and silvers on both the floor and beam with 9.45 and 9.30, respectively.

  • LA golfers head to state Monday

    The Los Alamos girls’ golf team will compete in the Class 5A state championships Monday and Tuesday at Farmington’s Piñon Hills Golf Course.
    Jenner Necker, who shot seven state-qualifying legs this season, will also be competing for an individual title.
    Joining Necker in the state championships are teammates Emily Moulton, Malorie Apgar, Leah Mountain and Faith Koh.
    Moulton and Mountain also shot state-qualifying legs this year.
    Los Alamos shot five state-qualifying legs this year, two more than the required three, to reach the championships. The Hilltopper girls shot two of those legs at the Los Alamos Golf Course, two at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course and one leg at the Ladera Golf Course.
    The ’Toppers will now compete against Artesia, who shot a state-qualifying leg in all 11 tournaments the team played in the this year, Goddard, Albuquerque Academy, Lovington, Piedra Vista and St. Pius X.
    St. Pius X had nine state-qualifying legs while Goddard and Lovington each had eight.
    Three of Los Alamos’ state-legs came in the fall, but Los Alamos shot two consecutive legs on its home course to end its regular season April 26 and 27.