• Hilltoppers open Kristen Griego with close loss

    The Los Alamos softball team had the go-ahead runner on base in the fifth inning Thursday against Los Lunas.
    A pop out, however, ended the threat and Los Lunas added a pair of late insurance runs to beat Los Alamos, 7-3, in the first round of the 28-team Kristen Griego tournament in Rio Rancho.
    The teams traded runs in the first inning. Los Lunas then scored once in the top of the second and once in the top of the third.
    Trailing 3-1, Los Alamos scored in the bottom of the third to cut Los Lunas' lead in half.
    Los Lunas, however, scored runs in the fourth and fifth inning to go up, 5-2.
    In the bottom of the fifth, Los Alamos had the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead runner at first.
    Jayde Tucker and Makaela Jones both reached base. Shelby Chavez then smacked a double down the first-base line to bring home Tucker and cut Los Lunas' lead to 5-3.
    With Chavez at second and Jones at third, the next two batters struck out. Taylor Jaramillo walked to load the bases, but a pop out to first base left all three runners stranded.
    "We were within striking distance," Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. "It was a great game against a great team."
    After getting out of the jam in the fifth, Los Lunas scored two more insurance runs in the sixth.

  • Trujillo named all-state

    The honors keep rolling in for Ashlynn Trujillo.
    Earlier this week, Trujillo landed on the District 2-5A first team for basketball.
    Now coaches around the state are also recognizing her efforts on the court.
    Trujillo has been named to the Class 5A all-state first team.
    She's also been selected to represent the North in the Class 5A/6A North-South All-Star game.
    This is the third time Trujillo has been named an all-state basketball player, but the first time she's made the first team.
    Last year, Trujillo earned a spot on the all-state second team.
    In 2014, while playing for Española Valley, Trujillo also earned second team all-state honors.
    Joining Trujillo this year on the all-state first team are Gallup's Ni'Asia McIntosh, Roswell's Jaedyn De LA Cerda, Los Lunas' Jordan Holland and Piedra Vista's Nikki Benally.
    Second team honors went to the District 2-5A player of the year — Española Valley's Kaitlynn Romero, as well as Valencia's Destinee Vigil, Los Lunas' Cera Chavez, Roswell's Gali Sanchez and Moriarty's Alyssa Adams.
    Trujillo will also get to play one more high school basketball game before taking her talents to New Mexico Highlands University where she'll continue playing ball.

  • Moriarty's Fighting Pintos shut out Hilltoppers

    At times, Los Alamos' pitching was dominant against Moriarty's Fighting Pintos Thursday. Other times, Los Alamos' pitching was wild.
    Moriarty only managed to get three base hits in the game and didn't have more than one hit in an inning. Moriarty, however, scored all three of its runs on either a wild pitch or a passed ball, helping the Fighting Pintos score a 3-0 win against the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos' bats, meanwhile, didn't do much to help its pitchers out. Los Alamos hit the ball hard at times, but Moriarty's gloves silenced the 'Toppers and limited Los Alamos to just three base hits in the game.
    Connor Mang started the game for Los Alamos and struck out 10 batters in five innings.
    He ran into some trouble in the second inning, however. Moriarty got an infield hit to start the inning. The next batter hit a ground ball back to the pitcher and Mang tried to get the lead runner out at second. His throw, however, went into centerfield and both runners reached safely. A balk moved the runners to second and third base, but Mang struck the next two batters out and seemed like he'd get out of the inning unscathed. A wild pitch and a passed ball, however, helped Moriarty score twice and take a 2-0 lead.

  • Sports Briefs 3-25-16

    Fishing Derby
    Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Lakes is holding a spring fishing derby on April 9.
    The derby will last from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The fisherman who lands the largest trout will win $1,000. The second-place trout will land $500 and the third biggest trout will be worth $250. The biggest fish landed that’s not a trout will win $100.
    The cost to participate is $30 per ticket/rod.
    Call 505-852-4211 for more information, Monday through Friday.

    Pace Race season upcoming
    The 43rd season of the Pace Race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin at 6 p.m. April 5.
    The first race will be start at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot, across from the Los Alamos Co-operative Market on East Road (NM 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call, 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Tennis teams shut out Cibola, fall to Academy

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams both beat Cibola, 9-0, last Friday. On Saturday, however, both squads lost to Albuquerque Academy. The Chargers won the boys’ match, 9-0, and the girls’ match, 8-1.
    Against Cibola, the Hilltopper girls won every match in straight sets except one. At No. 4 singles, Michelle Alexander lost her first set, 3-6, but rallied to win her next set, 6-3 and then took the third set 1-0 (10-1) to win the match.
    The rest of the Hilltopper girls won their matches fairly comfortably.
    At No. 1 singles, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff beat Samantha Lambrecht 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 singles, Lauryn Anaya won 6-1, 6-0.
    Katya Skurikhin scored a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3.
    At No. 5, Maia Menefee won 6-1, 6-0 while Serena Birnbaum won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6.
    In doubles, Skurikhin and Hsieh-Ratliff won at No. 1, 6-2, 6-0.
    At No. 2 doubles, Anaya and Menefee and scored a 6-0, 6-1 win.
    At No. 3 doubles, Alexander and Birnbaum won 6-3, 6-3.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won every match in straight sets to shut out Cibola.
    At No. 1 singles, George Margevicius beat Dylan Pfeiff, 6-2, 6-1.
    At. No. 2, Andrew Aboshousha won his match, 6-1, 6-2.
    Thomas Chadwick scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3.
    Andrew Tang won both of his sets by a 6-0 score at No. 4.

  • Golf teams finish fourth

    Los Alamos’ boys’ and girls’ golf teams both finished fourth at the Albuquerque Public School’s Invitational held Monday at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 377 to finish fourth.
    Nicholas Quartieri and Brandan Duran both shot a round of 89 to lead the team.
    Henry Poston shot a 95, Davis Johnson shot a 96, Jacob Benelli shot a 97 and Nick Koskelo shot a 100.
    Cleveland had the top three golfers and cruised to a team title with a 303.
    Eldorado finished second, 49 shots behind the Storm. Manzano (358) finished third. Albuquerque High (384) finished fifth, followed by Del Norte (388), Sandia (405), and Rio Grande (466) while Atrisco Heritage and West Mesa competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Cleveland’s Alejandro Armijo shot a 72 to win the tournament while two of his teammates tied for second at 76.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 417 to finish fourth.
    St. Pius X won the girls’ title with a 357, followed by Cleveland (375), Sandia (403), the Hilltopper girls and Rio Grande (576).
    Six other girls’ teams participated, but did not post team scores.

  • Golfers swing away at Los Altos

    The Los Alamos golf team competed at the Manzano/Del Norte Invite last Thursday at the Los Altos Golf Course in Albuquerque.
    As a team, the Hilltopper boys finished fifth out of the 10 teams that participated. Los Alamos’ team score was 356.
    Eldorado took first with a 328, followed by Manzano (340), Albuquerque Academy (354), Los Alamos, Del Norte (387), Sandia Prep (391), Albuquerque High (394) and Sandia (431). West Mesa and Bosque Prep competed, but didn’t post a team score.
    Eighth grader Henry Poston led Los Alamos with an 86. Two other eighth graders also competed for Los Alamos. Jacob Beneli shot a 91 and Davis Johnson shot a 93.
    Nicholas Quartieri had the second-best round for Los Alamos, shooting a 89. Nick Koskelo shot a 90 and Brandan Duran shot a 94.
    Manzano’s Bo Davis won the tournament with a 74. Academy’s Whit Vinson and Eldorado’s Nick Melville tied for second at 78.
    None of the Hillltoppers shot a state-leg at the tournament.
    Los Alamos returned to action Monday at the Sandia Invitational, which was held at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper girls also began their season the Sandia Invitational.
    See Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for those results.

  • Hilltoppers named all-district in basketball

    District 2-5A recently released the all-district basketball teams.
    Los Alamos had two players named to the boys’ and girls’ first teams and three others earn second-team honors.
    Ashlynn Trujillo made the girls’ first team. The senior helped lead Los Alamos to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. She averaged 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.0 assists per game. Trujillo will continue her basketball career in college at New Mexico Highlands University.
    Jack Stewart represented Los Alamos on the all-district boys’ first team. Stewart’s athleticism made him a constant threat to score and he was almost always Los Alamos’ leading scorer.
    Kayla Salazar, Ashley Logan and Antonio Trujillo were all selected to district’s second teams.
    The other players named the girls’ first team were Española Valley’s Kaitlynn Romero, Alexis Lovato and Leah De Arguero, Del Norte’s Alicia Arms and Malakah Martinez, Bernalillo’s Dominique Garviso and Capital’s Kyannah Cole.
    Romero was also named the district player of the year. Del Norte’s David Medina was named the girls’ coach of the year.

  • Pajarito suspends season after Skiesta

    Pajarito Mountain had hoped to stay open until April this season. The ski area had even announced extended daily operations to include all of March and the first three days of April to give Los Alamos and Albuquerque spring breakers ample opportunities to ride.
    Mother Nature, however, had other ideas.
    This week, the ski area suspended its operations and possibly closed for the season.

    Red River Resort and Angel Fire Resort both closed for the season Sunday.

    Sunny day after sunny day, and only two snowstorms since the beginning of February, gave Pajarito's aspirations some trouble.
    For the last few weeks, more and more patches of dirt and grass had been appearing on the ski area’s slopes.
    The mountain’s terrain parks had melted out and closed while skiers and snowboarders had to take re-routes to avoid the grass and get back to the mountain’s lifts.
    After the ski area’s biggest festival of the winter, Skiesta on Saturday, the mountain stayed open one more day and then closed.
    If a snowstorm rolls through the area, Pajarito says it will reopen the mountain. It will need enough snow to improve conditions.

  • Hilltoppers split first two at PV tournament

    The Los Alamos baseball team lost its opening game at the Piedra Vista Invitational, 8-5 to Pueblo West on Thursday, but the 'Toppers came back to beat Durango, 4-3, Friday.
    "The games we've been losing, I feel like we could have won," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "The little things are adding up."
    The things that have been hurting Los Alamos are small enough that they don't show up in box scores, but when added up they've been costly.
    One thing that Los Alamos is doing right, however, is they're working hard.
    "We're playing really hard," Gill said. "The effort is awesome, we just have to clean up the little things and we'll be okay."
    Against Pueblo West, Los Alamos had 14 hits and every 'Topper in the lineup had at least one base hit. Connor Mang went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Hunter Eaton went 2-for-4 with an RBI while James Neal went 3-for-3 with two RBI.
    Mang also started on the mound. He pitched five innings, striking out seven and giving up just two earned runs.
    "He pitched plenty good enough to get the win," Gill said.
    With Lane Saunders and Jake Rutten resting their arms after pitching Tuesday against Santa Fe, Mike Clegg came in to relieve Mang.