• Alford signs 10-year deal to stay at UNM

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Steve Alford loves New Mexico and New Mexico loves Steve Alford.
    Those simple facts made Wednesday, the eve of the second round of the NCAA tournament, as good a time as any for the Lobos to announce they’ve given their coach a new, 10-year contract that could be worth up to $2 million a year counting base salary and bonuses.
    The deal calls for Alford to be in Albuquerque through 2023.
    With the third-seeded Lobos getting ready to play No. 14 Harvard on Thursday in a West regional game, Alford’s contract was the hot topic in his day-before news conference.
    Alford, who was directed to Albuquerque by his former coach, Bob Knight, is 155-51 over six years at New Mexico. The Lobos are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.
    “I think we have started to put our imprint on our program and we’ve got things in place to be successful,” Alford said. “We have put a great product out there, won games, won championships and now we’re trying to take that to another level.”
    The new contract comes months before Alford’s son, Bryce, is set to play for his father with the Lobos. Bryce Alford is the second-leading scorer in New Mexico prep history.

  • Addison Richie earns four medals at state


  • JV girls results from Storm meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Cleveland junior varsity girls track and field meet March 13:

    3200 meters

    Eliana Riciputi, 13:56.53; Allie Cunningham, 15:33.23.

    400 relay

    Los Alamos (Roxanne Grieggs, Jordan Henson, Becky Mahlin, Amanda Schulz), 57.33.

    100 hurdles

    Destiny Fellers, 19.88.

    100 meters

    McKenna Nadeau, 14.48; Amanda Schulz, 15.13; Elisa Koskelo, 15.20; Eugenia Trost, 15.39; Miranda Honnell, 15.90.

    1600 meters

    Haley Butler-Moore, 6:10.15; Katie Bowman, 7:13.38; Chloe Keilers, 7:16.09; Bella Saeger, 7:25.75; Erin Kennison, 7:30.29.

    800 relay

    Los Alamos (Elisa Koskelo, Eugenia Trost, McKenna Nadeau, Miranda Honnell), 2:06.51.

    400 meters

    Roxanne George, 1:11.80; Jordan Henson, 1:13.75; Becky Mehlin, 1:14.00; Amanda Schulz, 1:24.00.

    300 hurdles

    Destiny Fellers, 56.18.

    800 meters

    Allie Parker, 2:59.41; Katie Bowman, 3:15.03; Erin Kennison, 3:21.31; Bella Saeger, 3:21.89.

    1600 medley relay

    Los Alamos (Becky Mehlin, Eugenia Trost, Miranda Honnell, Allie Cunningham), 5:49.57.

    200 meters

    Jordan Henson, 31.05; McKenna Nadeau, 31.20; Roxanne Grieggs, 31.70.

    1600 relay

  • 'Toppers thumped at home, 15-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was hammered at home by the Los Lunas Tigers.
    The big-hitting Tigers scored 9 runs in their first three at-bats before the Hilltoppers got on the board at Bomber Field. The Tigers added 4 runs in the top of the fifth to close out the game early, 15-2.
    Tuesday’s game was the second time this season the two teams had faced off, with Los Lunas (8-4) winning both games by identical scores.
    Los Lunas is averaging better than 8 runs per contest and is a perfect 4-0 against District 2-4A teams — it shut out Bernalillo in both ends of a doubleheader March 2.
    For the Hilltoppers (2-6), they have dropped four of their last five contests including the two losses to the Tigers.
    They will face Durango, Colo., in the opening round of the Piedra Vista Invitational Thursday. That tournament, which will be played at Ricketts Park in Farmington, continues through Saturday.

  • Sports Briefs 03-20-13

    Freeride team hosting dinner Saturday

    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is hosting a fundraising dinner and movie Saturday.
    The event, which will help send team members to the USASA national championship event, will be at Pajarito Mountain. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
    Saturday’s event will also include a movie premier of team highlights and an after-movie dance party.
    Price for admission is $10. Donations may also be made by emailing pajaritofreerideteam@gmail.com or dropping them off at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Nukes host Las Cruces Saturday at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host Las Cruces in a home match Saturday.
    The Los Alamos-Las Cruces match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Admission is free.
    The Nukes participated in the High Desert Classic last weekend at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. They dropped three contests, falling to El Paso (Texas) Cathedral 17-5, Las Cruces 17-12 and Volcano Vista 23-3.

    Elk hunting deadline is tonight

  • LA earns shutout win against Elks

    Tuesday was Emilee Jones’ 17th birthday and she was being pretty stingy with the party favors she was giving out to the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Jones, a pitcher for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team, threw six innings of shutout ball against the Elks in their game at Overlook Park. Jones limited Pojoaque Valley to just three hits and didn’t allow a runner past second base.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper bats got hot, thanks in no small part to the added offensive firepower from Erin Kirk, Kiana Zerr and Krista Salazar, just returning to the team from basketball, as the Hilltoppers closed out the Elks 10-0 in 6 innings.
    Los Alamos broke open a tight ballgame in the fifth inning, pushing 3 runs across, then closed out the game in the sixth inning with a 4-run rally.
    Meanwhile, Jones quelled Pojoaque Valley’s offense, which had scored 20 runs in a doubleheader against Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rival Santa Fe last weekend. She worked the inside corner of the plate for much of the game, working in both fastballs and breaking balls to keep Pojoaque Valley’s hitters guessing.
    “We were focused a lot on our spots and hitting our spots,” Jones said. “I was using the curve against this team. It felt good.”

  • Girls tennis tops NMMI, St. Mike's this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team improved its 2013 dual record to 6-2 with a pair of wins this weekend.
    The Hilltoppers competed at the Las Vegas Robertson team tournament Saturday. The tournament was played at the Santa Fe and Capital tennis courts.
    In the tournament semifinals, Los Alamos downed New Mexico Military Institute 7-2. Los Alamos then went on to win the championship match, cruising to an 8-1 victory over St. Michael’s.
    In the semifinal, the Hilltoppers took five of the six singles contests to clinch the victory. Nasim Andrews, playing in the No. 1 slot against NMMI, picked up a straight-set victory, surrendering just three games in the two sets.
    Laura Whicker at No. 2 also picked up a straight-set victory, but had to hold on in a tiebreaker to win the second set. Astrid Hengartner, Danielle Ortiz and Maia Menefee were also singles competition winners for the Hilltoppers, while Hengartner/Whicker and Michelle Alexander/Kristen Funsten won in doubles.
    Against St. Michael’s in the final round, Los Alamos swept the Nos. 2-6 singles and took all three doubles contests. Madeline Margevicius, Susana Lucido, Sidra Hseieh-Ratliff, Andrews and Whicker all won their singles contests in straight sets with Whicker dropping just one game at the No. 6 slot.

  • LA girls are 3rd, boys are 5th Saturday

     Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams finished among the top five in team competition at Saturday’s Cleveland Kickoff Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls, paced by a monster day from star Laura Wendelberger, finished with 59.5 points, good enough for third place among the 14 competing teams at Cleveland High School Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 38.5 points, which was good enough for fifth place in team competition. The Hilltoppers’ day got started with a bang when they swept the top three spots in the 3200 meters, led by top finisher Nick Hill, who nipped Zak Kennison at the finish line.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school, easily won both ends of team competition Saturday. Los Alamos was one of just two Class 4A teams in attendance.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Wendelberger won the long jump, going 16 feet, 2 inches, and was second in the high jump, clearing 5-4. Wendelberger also finished second in both the 100 hurdles (16.15) and 300 hurdles (48.21) with a pair of state qualification marks. She also led off the 400 relay team, which was third.
    Teresa Sandoval won and qualified in the 3200, while Mikayla Pulliam and Amanda Mercer went 1-2 and both punched their tickets to state in the 1600.

  • Logan, Kirk named 1st team All-District

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a pair of All-District first team seletions.
    The selections were announced Monday.
    Hilltoppers Erin Kirk, a senior, and McKenzie Logan, a junior, both earned All District first team honors this season.
    No Hilltopper boys were named to the first team and only one, Skyler Veenis, made the All-District second team.


    First team
    Ashley Sorenson, Capital
    Ashlynn Trujillo, Española Valley
    Erin Kirk, Los Alamos
    McKenzie Logan, Los Alamos
    Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, Santa Fe
    Kayla Herrera, Santa Fe
    Jackie Martinez, Santa Fe

    Second team
    Rachel Darnell, Bernalillo
    Deanna Lopez, Bernalillo
    Selena Gonzales, Capital
    Alexis Lovato, Española Valley
    Amber Logan, Los Alamos
    Selena Valencia, Santa Fe

    Most Valuable Player
    Lauren Quintana, Española Valley

    Coach of the Year
    Elmer Chavez, Santa Fe


    First team

    Tristan Arnett, Bernalillo
    Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo
    Christian Martinez, Capital
    Nathan Cordova, Española Valley
    Kyle Gaines, Española Valley
    Wyatt Honstein, Santa Fe
    Elliott Nicholas, Santa Fe

  • Erin Kirk named to North All-Star team

    Hilltopper Erin Kirk will represent the northern part of the state in this year’s All-Star girls basketball game.
    Kirk, a standout senior for Los Alamos, was selected for the honor by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Selections were announced Monday.
    To be considered for the All-Star teams, players must be graduating seniors.
    Kirk helped Los Alamos to a 17-13 record this season and a berth in the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos defeated Deming in the opening round before losing in the quarterfinal round to eventual champion Los Lunas.
    This year’s North-South 4A/5A game will be played at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. It’s scheduled for June 7.
    In preparation for the game, Kirk will be working out alongside two longtime District 2-4A rivals. Capital’s Ashley Sorenson and Española Valley’s Lauren Quintana were also picked for the squad.
    In all, five Class 4A players were chosen along with five Class 5A players.
    Along with the three selections for District 2-4A in girls basketball, the 2-4A boys earned two selections. District Player of the Year Mikey Lopez of Capital and last year’s Player of the Year Brandon Saiz of Bernalillo were both honored with selections to the boys All-Star Game.