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  • Hilltoppers win district opener over Knights

    Thanks to an outstanding pitching performance by Arthur Steinkmap and Antonio Gonzales, and production throughout the lineup, the Los Alamos High School baseball dominated its district opener, taking down Del Norte High School 15-5. 

    There was a slight delay at the beginning of Thursday’s game, as the Knights’ bus broke down on the way to Bomber Field. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., but Del Norte did not arrive until 3:55 p.m. 

    After an abbreviated warm-up period, the game got underway at 4:25 p.m. 

    Steinkamp mowed through the Knights’ order for the first three innings, allowing only one base runner while striking out four batters. 

    On offense, LAHS remained patient, while facing a pitcher who was dealing with control issues. 

    The Hilltoppers drew four walks in the first inning and scored 2 runs, and then repeated it in the second inning, drawing three walks and scoring 2 more runs to make the score 4-0 Hilltoppers. 

    LAHS busted the game open in the third inning, scoring 5 runs. 

  • Five LAHS basketball players named All-District

    Though basketball season may have been a disappointment for the teams at Los Alamos High School, several individuals on the teams have earned honors for being All-District performers.

    Two girls and three boys from LAHS earned All-District honors in District 2-5A. A total of 18 girls and 17 boys were honored across the district, which includes Española Valley, Capital, Del Norte and Albuquerque Academy.

    For the girls, Becca Green and Natalie Gallegos were named first team all-district performers. The duo provided a mismatch for the Hilltoppers in nearly every game throughout the season, and continued to improve as the season moved along.

    At times, both showed an ability to overpower opponents on the offensive end of the floor, and an ability to shut down inside scoring threats on defense, picking up blocks and defensive rebounds.

    Green and Gallegos are both only sophomores this year and should continue to improve as they move through high school.

    The boys were honored with three second-team all-district recipients: Michael Naranjo, Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo. All three were seniors this season.

  • Hilltoppers put on a show at LAHS invite

    Hosting its first home meet of the year, the Los Alamos High School track and field teams put together strong performances, leading to a pair of runner-up finishes.

    Eight teams came to Los Alamos Friday afternoon from around the state: Capital, Cleveland, Española Valley, Hope Christian, Los Lunas, McCurdy, Pecos and Pojoaque Valley.

    Cleveland took home first place in the boys and girls competitions. On the boys’ side, Cleveland earned 173.5 points, while on the girls side the team earned 195 points.

    Los Alamos earned second place in both competitions, as the boys earned 95 points and the girls earned 122 points.

    The boys put together one of their strongest meets of the season, as 16 Hilltoppers set new personal records and three of the relays had their best times of the season.

    One of the big winners of the day for LAHS was Arturo Rodriguez, who qualified for the state meet in the shot put and increased his state qualifying mark in the discus. He earned first place with his efforts in the discus and second place in the shot put.

  • School of Gymnastics hosts Snowflake Invite

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics played host to seven New Mexico teams in their annual Snowflake Invitational.  Los Alamos won the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond competition. The Los Alamos Silver team took third and the Los Alamos Bronze team was also third.

    Anika Lovato was Los Alamos' high scorer of the day, winning the Platinum individual competition with a score of 37.05. Lovato took gold on bars (9.40), beam (9.30) and floor (9.35). Team mate Megan Brown took silver on vault (9.20) and bars (9.10).  Colette Bibeault took silver on beam (9.20) and Sara Gardner took silver on floor (9.25). Dani Trellue's high finish was fourth on vault (9.10). 

    In the Gold juniors competition Layla Warner captured the gold in the all around with 36.70.  Layla also took gold on bars (9.65) and floor (9.35).  Her vault was an 8.60 for the silver medal and beam was a 9.10 for bronze. Also competing in the gold juniors division was Kylee Lovato, who totaled 34.95 for the bronze medal. Kylee also medaled silver on the beam (8.65) and bronze on bars (9.20).  Caris Hatler took silver on floor (8.75) and bronze on vault (8.70).  Ellie Reass, who moved up to gold mid season, was fifth in the all around.

  • LAHS baseball picks up big non-district win

    Heading into Thursday’s game against Belen High School, the Los Alamos High School baseball team appeared to be stuck in neutral and searching for an identity. By defeating one of Class 5A’s top teams 8-3, the Hilltoppers may have found it: strong pitching and timely hitting.

    Belen came into the game against the Hilltoppers with an 11-3 record, and was ranked as one of the top five teams in Class 5A. LAHS, on the other hand, had lost three games in a row and was ranked outside of Class 5A’s top 10.
    And early on, it appeared those trends were going to continue.

    Belen worked a pair of walks in the first inning against LAHS starting pitcher Arthur Steinkamp, and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Carlos Espinoza.

    But LAHS escaped without further damage as the next batter smashed a hard line drive right back to Steinkamp, who grabbed the ball out of midair to end the inning.

    After being retired in order in the bottom of the first inning, the Hilltopper offense came to life in the second inning.

    Antonio Gonzales and Walker Eaton reached base with a walk and a single, and both scored when Luke Kirkland smashed a double into the outfield.

    Kirkland came around to score when James Neal reached base on an error by the shortstop, giving LAHS a 3-1 lead heading into the third inning.

  • Atomic City Update: Gimmicks and promotions make Minor League Baseball more fun

    This week, the Albuquerque Isotopes announced plans to participate in the “Copa de la Diversión,” Minor League Baseball’s way of celebrating Hispanic culture this baseball season.

    In select games throughout the season, the Isotopes will transform into the “Mariachis de Nuevo México” and Isotopes Park will become “The Plaza.”

    Sure, this is a huge gimmick. But it’s also a lot of fun. It will be great to see this idea play out, and see other teams participate. For example, the Memphis Redbirds will become the “Memphis Música” and the Oklahoma City Dodgers will be come the “Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City.”

    A total of 33 teams are participating across all levels of Minor League Baseball, and there are 165 games scheduled as part of the “Copa de la Diversión.

    While some people may think adding gimmicks like this to Minor League Baseball is meaningless, I actually disagree. The minor leagues should be a place where the teams can have some fun and do crazy things. The stakes aren’t nearly as high as they are at the major league level, and other draws besides the play on the field are needed to get people to the ballpark.

  • LAFC continues strong start

    The Boys U12 LAFC Pumas have gone 3-0 in Duke City Soccer League this spring, winning 4-2 against the AYSO United Vipers, 5-0 over the Rio Rapids Silver, and 2-0 against the Albuquerque United Red. They play the Amarillo Lightning - also undefeated - this Saturday in Bernalillo at the NM State Soccer Complex.

    The Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers defeated the Westside United Bears 3-1 in a hard fought match for their third win in three games.  Dhruv Thulasidasan initiated the Lasers first goal by stealing the ball from a Bears midfielder and passing to James Ito who dribbled down the right side of the field and drilled a shot to the far post past the goalie into the side netting.

    In the second half, Taelin Stanfield intercepted a Bears goal kick off his chest, dribbled around two defenders, and placed the ball calmly into the back of the net to put the Lasers up 2-0.  

    The Bears then stepped up their intensity with a half dozen shots on goal. Goalie Liam Cunningham made several key saves, and central defender Michael Witkowski sacrificed his body on several occasions to stop shots on goal.  

  • Lacrosse loses home opener to Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos High School girls’ lacrosse team played its first home game of the season Tuesday night against Rio Rancho, falling 15-2 against the high-powered offensive attack of the Rams.

    LAHS fell behind early in the contest, and struggled to gain control of the ball in the early minutes.

    Taking advantage, Rio Rancho sprinted out to a 7-0 lead before the Hilltoppers had time to react.

    After slowing the pace down and gaining control of the ball, LAHS got on the scoreboard as Allina Bergemann sprinted down the field and snuck a shot past the goalkeeper to make the score 7-1.

    Minutes later, Marie Lee added another tally for the Hilltoppers, as she earned a penalty shot after being fouled attempting to put a shot on net.

    Her shot from eight yards out was perfect, sneaking right past the goalkeeper into the back of the net to make the score 7-2.

    However, LAHS got no closer. Rio Rancho added another goal before halftime to go up 8-2, and scored 7 unanswered goals in the second half to claim a 15-2 victory.

    The Hilltoppers will return home to Dara Jones Field in White Rock April 3 to take on Bosque at 5 p.m.

    The boys’ team will make its home debut the next day, taking on Cibola/Bosque at 5 p.m. April 4.

     

  • LAHS soccer player signs with Colorado School of Mines

    For four years, Tristan Semelsberger dazzled onlookers with his impressive ball-handling skills and highlight-reel goals on the soccer field for Los Alamos High School. Now he will get a chance to do it at the collegiate level, signing with the Colorado School of Mines to join the team in the fall.

    Colorado School of Mines is an NCAA Division II school located in Golden, Colorado, that plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2017, it dominated the RMAC, finishing 17-4-1 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Mines has been to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons, and has finished with a winning record every season since 2009.

    Semelsberger said he is excited to join such a talented team, and is happy to have the opportunity to continue playing the game he loves. He also said there is a certain amount of pressure joining such a talented team, but that he is ready for the challenge.

    “It’s great, because I get to continue my journey as a soccer player and the way I see it, the sky’s the limit,” Semelsberger said. “So I just want to keep playing, keep working my hardest.”

    When deciding on a school, Colorado School of Mines checked off all the boxes Semelsberger had in mind.

  • Belen dominates LAHS softball

    After three games in a row where nearly everything went right for the Los Alamos High School softball team, the opposite was true Friday night against Belen High School, as the Hilltoppers fell 16-2.

    LAHS came into the game riding a streak of outstanding pitching, allowing 1 or fewer runs three games in a row, highlighted by the no-hitter thrown by Reyna Lucero against St. Pius X High School.

    However, that streak came to an end in a hurry against the Eagles, again with Lucero in the pitching circle.

    Control issues plagued Lucero throughout the game, starting in the first inning.

    After striking out the leadoff batter, she walked a batter and hit two more with a pitch. With the bases loaded, a pitch got away from Jayde Tucker, the LAHS catcher, allowing a run to score, putting Belen up 1-0 without getting a hit.

    The Hilltoppers answered right back in the bottom of the first inning, as Alicia Gonzales led off the game with a long home run to left field, tying the score 1-1.

    She drove in both of LAHS’ runs in the game, adding an RBI double in the second inning.

    The Eagles took the lead for good in the second inning, as three walks and a hit batter loaded the bases and scored a run, and a double scored 2 more runs, making the score 4-1.