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  • LAFC U11 teams start spring seasons strong

    The Los Alamos Football Club is off to a strong start this season, with the boys U11 club winning its first two games, and the girls U11 club earning a promotion to the Duke City Soccer League Premiere Division.

    The U11 girls earned the promotion by defeating the Rio Rapids Northern SC Black Widows 3-1 in the first game of the season March 10.

    Margaret Steinkamp, Estella Remillieux and Tirryn Sutherland all scored goals. Molly Castille had an outstanding performance as goalkeeper.

    After a successful Fall season in the Challenge One bracket, this victory officially moves the LAFC Lasers 07 into the top bracket of competition, where they will compete with the best teams in the state for their age group. This is an extraordinary achievement for their first year playing in the competitive Duke City Soccer League.

    The U11 boys have begun the season on a roll, picking up 3-1 victories over the AYSO United EM Elements and the Clovis White soccer team.

    In the opener against AYSO, the Lasers began with a sequence of crisp passes starting with Dhruv Thulasidasan across field to Liam Cunningham, over to Sammy Brown, through to Taelin Stanfield, who then centered it to James Ito, who scored a nice far-post goal. Goalie Hayden Watkins made several key saves to keep the score 1-0 at halftime.  

  • Atomic City Update: High school basketball can produce some madness of its own

    March is the month that college basketball takes center stage in the minds of nearly every sports fan. For three weekends, the top teams in the country face off to crown a champion, and every small school in America dreams of taking down one of the bluebloods in the sport in a moment that will be remembered forever.

    Every college basketball fan remembers when Middle Tennessee State took down Michigan State in 2016, when Lehigh defeated Duke in 2012 and when Northern Iowa defeated Kansas in 2010.

    The drama of an unbelievable upset in college basketball is hard for any sport to top, because it is the ultimate story of David vs. Goliath.

    This year, however, I think I witnessed the most drama I will see on a basketball court all month when I attended the championship games of the New Mexico high school state basketball tournament. The emotion of those games was more than I had seen in a long time, and reminded me of what makes basketball such a special game.

    My main motivation for attending these games was to watch Española Valley High School in the Class 5A championship game. All year, the Sundevils were dominant, especially against Los Alamos High School, and lost just once during the regular season.

  • Softball continues hot streak on the mound

    Sometimes, good pitching seems to be contagious. That is the case right now for the Los Alamos High School softball team, as Katie Wimer put together the third great outing in a row for the Hilltoppers in a 12-1 victory over Pojoaque Valley High School Tuesday night.

    The streak of great pitching began in last Saturday’s doubleheader against St. Pius X High School, when Reyna Lucero pitched a no-hitter and Savana Luster gave up only one hit and 1 run.

    Wimer picked up right where her teammates left off, dominating and overwhelming the Elkettes from beginning to end, giving up 1 run in five innings of work, and only allowing two base hits.

    In the first inning, Wimer picked up her first strikeout of the game, and worked around a walk to get out of the inning without any damage being done.

    The LAHS offense got right to work in the bottom of the first inning, as Alicia Gonzales reached first base after being hit by a pitch and Lauren Harris drew a walk. Both came around to score, as Terri Jaramillo lined a single into the outfield to score Gonzales, and Harris scored on a wild pitch to put LAHS up 2-0 after the first inning.

    The Hilltoppers took complete control of the game in the second inning, sending 12 girls to the plate, and scoring 8 runs.

  • LAHS baseball sweeps doubleheader

    In Monday night’s doubleheader against Sandia Prep, the Los Alamos High School baseball team showed why it will be a force to reckoned with when district play rolls around. The first game featured an offensive explosion, while the second game featured outstanding pitching and defense, and timely hitting, as LAHS swept the two games 15-8 and 4-3.

    The players on both sides came out swinging early in the first game, as Sandia Prep jumped on LAHS starter Luis Bojorquez in the first inning, striking for three hits and three runs to put the Sundevils up early.

    However, the Hilltopper answered right back, as Arthur Steinkamp drew a leadoff walk and Hunter Swavely reached on an error, putting both runners in scoring position. They both scored, as James Neal grounded out to score Steinkamp, and Vincent Marciano singled to score Swavely, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

    After Sandia Prep added 2 more runs in the second inning, the LAHS offense took over. In the bottom of the second, the Hilltoppers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 7 runs.

    The big hits came from Tyler Neal, who doubled to drive in the first run, and Swavely, who tripled to score two runs.

    When the inning was over, LAHS led 9-5 and never looked back.

  • Track and field teams set personal bests at Rust Buster

    The Los Alamos High School track and field teams traveled to Rio Rancho last weekend for the Rio Rancho Rust Buster, with both teams having standout performances and multiple personal bests.

    For the boys, senior captain Ben Schauer was the leading point-earner, with second-place finishes in the triple jump and the high jump, earning 9.5 points for the Hilltoppers.

    Steven Strevell earned the only first-place finish of the meet for LAHS, winning the 1,600-meter dash with a time of 4:41.82.

    Freshman Rafael Sanchez was also impressive in the 1,600-meter dash, earning fourth place with a time of 4:44.52, which is less than one second away from the all-time LAHS freshman record set back in 1998 by Brad Skidmore.

    Elijah Velasquez impressed in the 800-meter dash, with a time of 2:03.92, which was good for second place.

    In total, the Hilltoppers had 19 new personal records, and earned 50.83 points as a team.

    For the girls, Becca Green was once again a standout for the second meet in a row. In the shot put, Green easily earned first place with a throw of 38 feet-6 inches.

    In the discus, she earned second place with a throw of 117 feet-3 inches, losing by just 2 feet. The next-closest throw after Green’s was 14 feet shorter.

  • Pitchers dominate as LAHS sweeps doubleheader

    Behind unbelievable pitching performances by Reyna Lucero and Savana Luster, the Los Alamos High School softball team swept its home-opening doubleheader against St. Pius X High School, winning the first game 6-0 and the second game 16-1.

    Starting the first game, Lucero did not allow a single hit in her complete game shutout, and was in complete control from the first pitch until the game ended.

    The Sartans had trouble making solid contact starting in the first inning when Lucero worked around a hit by pitch by forcing a pair of weak groundouts to the second baseman and a soft lineout.

    Her dominance continued in the second inning, when she struck out her first batter of the game looking on a pitch down in the strike zone.

    She added on more strikeout in the third inning, and two more in the fourth inning, as St. Pius failed to make consistent contact.

    Lucero cruised until reaching the final inning, when her rising pitch count made her pitches harder to execute. In the seventh inning, she walked the leadoff batter before getting two quick outs on popups on the infield.

    With two outs, it was clear she was beginning to tire as she walked her second batter of the inning and putting runners on first and second. It was the only time a runner reached scoring position for the Sartans the entire game.

  • High Flyers gymnasts dominate state championships

    High Flyers gymnasts placed first, second and third at the Level 2 NM USA Gymnastics state championships in Albuquerque in late February.

    Lauren Evenhus was the all-around state champion with a score of 35.85. She also took first place on uneven bars and floor exercise.

    Cora Perkins took second on uneven bars and was second all-around. Gianna Rolfe took first place on vault, second on balance beam and uneven bars and was third all-around. Teammate Caterina Mereghetti took eighth all-around.

    In the older age divisions, Toby Gelfand took second on vault and third on uneven bars finishing in fourth all-around. Ciara Colgan took fourth all-around in the senior 8 division.

    Sonya Pakin placed sixth all around, while Maya Seets placed third on uneven bars and seventh all-around. Emily Dolence competed despite a recent bout with the flu and finished eighth all-around. Abigail Campbell also finished in eighth. Vivian

    Sintay competed out of session and received a score of 35.175. 

    The USA Gymnastics state championships were the final competition of the year for the group.
     

  • Ski club finishes strong in Colorado events

    Southwest Nordic skiers have been fortunate to have events to participate in during this snow-less winter season, including the Leadville Loppet in Leadville, Colorado and Chamalauf, held near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, both held late last month.

    Fourteen skiers headed to Leadville Loppet for their hot blueberry soup, gorgeous Mineral Belt Trail views and costumed events. SWNSC had participants in every distance of the event offered.

    In the 1K, SWN Ski Kids dominated finishing in the top six spots.

    The club had only two racers in the 5K, but with maximum impact as Mila Moseley won the race overall, while Phoebe Reid took fifth overall and second place in the category of girls 10 and under.

    Jean Dewart placed second in her category in the 10k classic. Amber Dagel was the overall winner of the 22K classic race while her husband, Daryl Dagel earned second place and Kevin Reid was third in their respective categories in the same event.

    Clay Moseley and Denny Newell tackled the challenging but scenic 44K freestyle race, which used more of the beautiful Mineral Belt Trail and skied to second and third respectively in their category.

    After Leadville Loppet, Southwest Nordic headed up to Wolf Creek Ski Area for the Chamalauf event.

  • LAHS offense falls flat in loss to Hope Christian

    Facing off against Hope Christian, one of the top teams in Class 4A, the Los Alamos High School baseball team had plenty of opportunities to score.

    However, a lack of execution and some questionable calls by the umpires sent the home crowd home unhappy, as the Huskies defeated the Hilltoppers 5-1 Thursday night at Bomber Field.

    Early on, it appeared the game would be a pitcher’s duel, as the pitchers appeared to be in complete control.

    Jacob Rutten started on the mound for LAHS, and began the game with a pair of looking strikeouts, as the Hope batters looked completely lost at the plate. Rutten worked around a double to get out of the first inning without any damage.

    The Hilltoppers also had problems early on offense, with a pair of weak groundouts and a lazy fly ball in the first inning.

    Rutten picked up another pair of strikeouts in the second inning, both swinging this time, and worked around a walk and a wild pitch.

    Vincent Marciano led off the second inning for the Hilltoppers with a walk, and got into scoring position with a single by Luis Bojorquez.

    It appeared the Hilltoppers would take the lead when Walker Eaton lined a single into the outfield, but a perfect throw to the catcher got Marciano out, ending the threat and keeping the game scoreless.

  • Atomic City Update: Baseball and softball camps heading to LA over Spring Break

    In sports, practice really does make perfect. It doesn’t matter how much natural ability someone has, the people who are truly successful are those who work the hardest.

    A big part of that is going above and beyond, and taking the time to always learn new things.

    This year, over Spring Break, those interested in baseball or softball between the ages of 7 and 14 will have that opportunity.

    On March 26, Ryan Brewer, of the Albuquerque Baseball Academy, and Kelsey Stevens, a national champion from the University of Oklahoma’s 2016 softball team, will host camps at Overlook Park in White Rock.

    This is the fifth year Brewer has held a camp in the area over Spring Break, while Stevens’ camp is a new addition this year.

    One of Brewer’s camps will focus on hitting and defense, while the other will focus on pitching.

    The hitting and defense camp will run from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the pitching camp will run from 1:30-3 p.m. Campers can attend both sessions if they choose.

    Brewer pitched at Texas Tech University, and was signed by the Kansas City Royals after college. He has worked as a pitching coach at Texas Tech and at the University of New Mexico.