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  • ’Topper tennis teams advance to semifinals

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both won their quarterfinal contests Friday at the Class 5A state tennis championships. Both wins, however, were pretty narrow.
    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys beat No. 6 Centennial by a single match, 5-4.
    The Hilltopper girls had a little more breathing room in their victory, but not much. They beat No. 6 Roswell 6-3.
    Both teams took on the No. 2 seed in the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys squared off against Farmington. The Scorpions beat No. 7 Artesisa 8-1 in its quarterfinal.
    No. 1 Albuquerque Academy, which had five of the eight place winners in the singles and doubles competition, played No. 4 Piedra Vista in the other semifinal. The Chargers beat Santa Teresa 9-0 and while No. 4 Piedra Vista took down No. 5 Lovington in the other quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls took on Albuquerque Academy in its semifinal. The Chargers have a strong lineup at the top, which won state titles in singles and doubles, so the bottom matches were key for Los Alamos.
    No. 1 Farmington took on No. 5 Centennial in the other semifinal.
    Farmington beat beat No. 8 St. Pius 8-1 in its quarterfinal while Centennial beat the No. 4 seed Belen 8-1 to reach the semis.

     

  • LA lacrosse plays for title

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team will get to play for a state championship Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will take on Santa Fe Prep, the defending state champs, in the finals at 1 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Los Alamos snagged the fourth, and final, playoff spot after winning five of its last six regular season games. Los Alamos then upset the undefeated No. 1 seed Sandia in the semifinals Thursday, 15-7.
    Sandia beat the Hilltoppers twice during the regular season, but Los Alamos got goals from seven different players Thursday, including three by Wesley Skidmore, to end Sandia’s season.
    “Our offense was humming all around,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said.
    Goalie Sam Flemming made save after save and “basically stood on his head,” Miller said, to shut down Sandia’s offense.
    Santa Fe Prep has also beat Los Alamos twice this season, but the two teams haven’t played in over a month.
    “We’ve gotten a lot better since then,” Miller said.
    Santa Fe Prep beat Rio Rancho 11-7 in the other semifinal.

  • Pajarito ski passes on sale now

    Mountain officials at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area are busy gearing up for summer mountain biking and lift rides, yet they still have snow on the brain.
    The 2015-2016 Season Pass Sale is underway now through May 15. Skiers and snowboarders can purchase season passes at the lowest prices of the season — saving up to 45 percent over in-season rates.
     “We’re offering some amazing benefits to season passholders who purchase the Power Pass before May 15,” said Stacey Glaser, Director of Ski Area Marketing.
    Benefits that come with the new Power Pass that expire on May 15 include two free Purgatory lift tickets to share with friends and family, and one free Purgatory Total Adventure ticket with access to five activities per day during the summer season.
     The new Power Pass is one of five distinct season pass products now on sale.
    “For the first time in the history of Pajarito Mountain, guests can get unlimited access to four mountains: Purgatory, Pajarito Mountain, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Arizona Snowbowl,” Glaser said.
    Power passholders get discounted summer chairlift rides at Pajarito Mountain, plus bonus lift tickets at partner ski areas, including Taos Ski Valley, Monarch Mountain and Loveland.

  • LA lacrosse reaches title game

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team will get to play for a state championship Saturday.
    The 'Toppers will take on Santa Fe Prep, the defending champs, in the finals at 1 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Los Alamos snagged the fourth, and final, playoff spot after winning five of its last six regular season games. Los Alamos then upset the undefeated No. 1 seed, Sandia, in the semifinals 15-7 on Thursday. Sandia beat the 'Toppers twice during the regular season, but Los Alamos got goals from seven different players, including three by Wesley Skidmore, to end Sandia's season.
    "Our offense was humming all around," Los Alamos head coach James Miller said.
    Goalie Sam Flemming made save after save and "basically stood on his head," Miller said, to shut down Sandia's offense.
    Santa Fe Prep has also beat Los Alamos twice this season, but the two teams haven't played in over a month.
    "We gotten a lot better since then," Miller said.
    Santa Fe Prep beat Rio Rancho 11-7 in the other semifinal.
    Saturday's contest will be the game that matters most, with the most on the line.
     

  • ’Toppers win one individual medal at state tennis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos had one player win a medal Saturday in the individual state tennis championships.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff led the ’Toppers with a third-place finish in the girls singles.
    To win the medal, Hsieh-Ratliff had to beat the two best singles players from the top-tanked team in Class 5A — Farmington.
    In the quarterfinals Thursday morning, she was able to take down Farmington’s Sydney Shumacher in three sets. Hsieh-Ratliff took the first set, 6-1, but then Shumacher changed up her game plan in the second set and took it, 6-3.
    In the third set, Hsieh-Ratliff countered with a change in strategy of her own.
    “I wanted to move her around and come in take the ball on the rise,” Hsieh-Ratliff said. The strategy worked and Hsieh-Ratliff was able to close out the match with a 6-2 win in the third set.
    In the semis, Hsieh-Ratliff lost to the eventual champion, Albuquerque Academy’s Melissa Pick, 6-0, 6-0. “She’s an awesome player,” Hsieh-Ratliff said.
    After the loss, Hsieh-Ratliff knew she’d have another tough opponent in her third-place match.
    “I played both of them (in the other semifinal) before and lost, but I’m hoping to pull it out this time,” she said. “Anything can happen at state.”

  • Four 'Toppers advance at tennis championships

    After day one of the state tennis championships, a handful of Los Alamos individuals were still in the running for singles and doubles championships.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff and George Margevicius both advanced in singles. In doubles, Laura Whicker and Katya Skurikhin advanced and so did Andrew Tang and Andrew Aboushousha.
    In girls doubles, Whicker and Skurikhin, the No. 3 seed, beat Piedra Vista’s Benally and Baker in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
    They were set to face the No. 6 seed from Farmington, Coleman and Nygren, in the quarterfinals. The duo had some success against Farmington earlier this season and scored Los Alamos’ only win against the Scorpions in match play.
    No. 5 seeded Tang and Aboushousha lost their first set, 7-5, to Lovington’s Crawford and Crawford.
    The duo, however, fought back and won the next two sets 6-3, 6-4, to make it to the quarterfinals against the No. 4 seed from Farmington, Hall and Merrion.
    Hsieh-Ratliff, the No. 4 seed, beat Santa Teresa’s Salma Lopez 6-1, 6-0 to set up another Los Alamos / Farmington quarterfinal contest with No. 5 seeded Sydney Schumacher.
    Margevicius, the No. 8 seed, beat Lovington’s Luis Aceves 6-1, 6-1 to get a shot at the No. 1 seed, Centennial’s Jackson Sosin.

  • '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.