• Softball gets big win

    The Los Alamos softball team passed Del Norte in the District 2-5A standings Wednesday, taking down the Knights 11-6.
    With the win, Los Alamos (8-10, 2-3 District 2-5A) moved into third place in the district behind Bernalillo (15-3, 6-0) and Española Valley (11-11, 4-2).
    Del Norte (6-11, 2-3) has the same district record as Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers now hold the head-to-head advantage. The two teams will play twice more. Los Alamos will also play Española and Capital twice more, so it can still move into second place in 2-5A.
    The win also snapped a three-game skid for Los Alamos.
    “Overall, I’m very happy we won — the girls played hard,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get this win and get back on the winning track.”
    Nine different Hilltoppers scored Wednesday against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the second and once more in the third. Del Norte rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Los Alamos scored runs in each of the last four innings, as well.
    “The girls just continued to hit the ball,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos went back up by four with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

  • LA baseball grabs sole possession of first place

    When the Los Alamos baseball team began its district schedule, its coaches started preaching about getting off to good starts and finishing strong.
    Wednesday Los Alamos completed its first-round of district games, and it has certainly got off to a good start in the league. Los Alamos and Del Norte both entered the contest with 4-0 district marks, but Los Alamos shut out the Knights, 10-0, to grab sole possession of first place.
    Now Los Alamos will try to finish strong in its remaining seven district games to stay on top.
    “We’re just trying to get better,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “5-0 doesn’t win the district and it doesn’t get you to state.”
    Los Alamos has scored at least 10 runs in all of its district games so far. After the Española Valley win, however, the team made a conscious effort to start hitting the ball harder. The adjustments it made have been working — Los Alamos scored 35 runs in three games against its top competitors in the league, Del Norte and Bernalillo.
    “After the Española game, we weren’t pleased how hard we were hitting the ball,” Gill said. “We made some adjustments and they obviously seem to be paying off.”

  • Aggie Caravan coming to LA

    LAS CRUCES — The Aggie Caravan will hit the road once again as announced by the New Mexico State Athletic Department. This year’s caravan is slated to begin Tuesday and will be making stops in Farmington, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
    Aggie fans are encouraged to attend the free event to meet and interact with NM State coaches and administrators to get an inside look into the past season, updates on the spring sports and preview of the 2016-17 season.
    A variety of coaches and administrators will be in attendance at the Aggie Caravans, including but not limited to: head football coach Doug Martin, head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies and two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mark Trakh.
    “It is imperative for us to meet our fans face-to-face,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “We can’t do our job from behind our desks in Las Cruces and I’m looking forward to these visits. I’m very proud of our events this year in Rio Rancho (men’s basketball game), El Paso and Roswell (baseball games), Phoenix (NCAA women’s basketball) and Santa Fe (legislative basketball game).”
    Farmington will be the first stop in the Aggie Caravan on Tuesday at the St. Clair Winery.

  • Stokes named new LAHS volleyball coach

    The Los Alamos Athletic Department has hired Diana (Dee Di) Stokes as its new head high school girls’ volleyball coach for the 2016-17 school year.
    Stokes has coached for over 20 years and has previously spent a combined six years at the helm for the ’Toppers. With Los Alamos, she has an overall record of 87-33.
    Stokes replaces Sharleen Espinoza who coached Los Alamos the last two seasons. Last year, Espinoza led the ’Toppers to a 19-4 record, a District 2-5A championship and a spot in the state quarterfinals. Los Alamos went 32-15 in Espinoza’s two seasons.

  • Competitors Run for Her Life

    The Atomic City Roadrunners hosted the sixth annual Run for Her Life Sunday. The race, which is a benefit for breast cancer research, attracted 69 runners for its 5K and 10K, held at East Park.
    Daniel Santistevan ran the fastest 5K in 20 minutes, 24 seconds.
    Tammie Nelson led the women in the 5K in 22:33.
    In the 10K, Erica Baron had the fastest time of 42:13.
    Mike Engelhart led the men in the 10K with a time of 43:22.
    Below are the complete results, separated by age and gender.
    Men 5K, 19 and under
    1. 43:41 Emmitt Tibbitts Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 20-29
    1. 20:24 Daniel Santistevan Santa Cruz
    2. 39:44 David Carlson Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 30-39
    1. 39:01 Matthew Schmidt Los Alamos
    2. 39:15 August Keksis Los Alamos
    3. 46:13 R.J. Montano Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 40-49
    1. 28:12 Neil Henson Los Alamos
    2. 58:22 James Harrison Los Alamos

    Men 5K, 50-59
    1. 28:13 Sven Rudin Los Alamos
    2. 33:12 John Underdahl Jemez Springs

    Men 5K, 60-69
    1. 49:41 James Nesmith Los Alamos

    Women 5K, 19 and under
    1. 39:02 Olivia Schmidt Los Alamos
    2. 39:03 Sophie Schmidt Los Alamos
    3. 55:48 McKenzie Gerlicher Los Alamos

  • LA softball drops doubleheader to Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos softball team’s hopes of winning a District 2-5A championship took a big hit Friday when the team hosted Bernalillo.
    Bernalillo (14-3, 5-0 District 2-5A) won both games of the doubleheader, 16-1 and 13-11, to tighten its grip on first place.
    Los Alamos (7-10, 1-3) is now in a situation where it will need to win both of its three-games series against Española Valley (10-9, 4-1) and Del Norte (6-10, 2-2) to take second in the district.
    While Bernalillo won both games, the day certainly ended better than it began for Los Alamos. The Spartans needed just four innings to win the first game, but Los Alamos kept the second game close to the end.
    “I told them I was pretty proud of them,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “After the first game, it would have been easy to give up and say we can’t play with this team.”
    Bernalillo jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second game, but Los Alamos fought back and took the lead in the bottom of the third.
    With two outs, Makaela Jones doubled, Jayde Tucker walked and Hanna Mojica walked to load the bases. Lauren Harris then clubbed an opposite-field triple down the right field line to clear the bases and tie the game, 3-3.

  • LA tennis teams finish third at Academy

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both placed third at the Albuquerque Academy Tennis Invite over the weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys finished third, competing in the red group with Albuquerque Academy, Bosque High School and Piedra Vista. Los Alamos played all three teams in best-of-nine matches, which included six singles and three doubles matches.
    The boys played fourth-ranked Piedra Vista to start the tournament Friday. After the six singles’ matches, the two teams were tied, 3-3.
    Los Alamos, however, quickly rebounded and swept the doubles matches to win the match, 6-3.
    Later Friday, the Hilltopper boys beat Bosque, 8-1, before falling to Albuquerque Academy, 9-0.
    On Saturday afternoon Los Alamos played St. Michael’s High School for third place. The Hilltopper boys raced out to a 2-1 doubles lead going into singles, dropping the No. 1 doubles match in three very close sets. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang went up 7-5 to win the first set, dropped the second 6-2 and quickly went up in the third set 5-2. Margevicius and Tang played the better match from start to finish, but were unable to close out the match.
    The Hiltopper boys rebounded and won three of the six singles matches to beat St. Mike’s, 5-4, to take third.

  • LA track teams win Jaguar Invite

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams both finished first at Capital’s Jaguar Invite Saturday.
    The Hilltopper girls scored over twice as many points as the second-place team, Santa Fe, to win their second team title of the season. The Hilltopper girls finished first with 250.5 points, followed by Santa Fe (120), St. Michael’s (95.5), Taos (82.5), Santa Fe Prep (47.5), Bernalillo (31.5), Española Valley (29), Santa Fe Indian (26), Desert Academy (20.5), Pecos (16) and Capital (13).
    “It was a good day with many season-best marks,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won their first team title of the season with 169 points, followed by Taos (124.5), Capital (78.5), Española Valley (74), St. Michael’s (74), Pecos (61.5), Bernalillo (55), Santa Fe (42), Santa Fe Prep (39.5), Desert Academy (13) and Santa Fe Indian (10).
    Both Los Alamos squads were led by a state-qualifying performance.
    Elena Abeyta won the 400-meter race in 1 minute, 1.47 seconds to qualify for state.
    Hayden Walker, meanwhile, won the 800 with a state-qualifying run of 2:00.13.
    The Hilltopper girls had seven other first-place finishes and nine second-place place finishes.

  • Baseball moves into tie for first

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed unbeaten in District 2-5A with a pair of wins over Bernalillo Saturday.
    Los Alamos beat the Spartans 10-3 and then 15-5 to improve to 4-0 in 2-5A and 11-7 overall. Tonight, Los Alamos will play the other 4-0-team in the district, Del Norte. The game will begin at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    Saturday, Los Alamos got off to a slow start and fell behind 2-0 to the Spartans. Only two ‘Toppers reached base in the first three innings, and Bernalillo’s catcher picked both of them off.
    A Los Alamos error and a mental error (nobody covered first base on a bunt), meanwhile, helped Bernalillo score its first two runs.
    In the fourth, Jarrett Genero sparked a huge inning for Los Alamos, driving a ball deep over the centerfield fence for a long, solo homerun. After Genero got Los Alamos on the scoreboard, the ‘Toppers added seven more runs in the inning to take control of the game.
    Saunders walked and then Kyle Hutton and Zealand Waltersheid hit back-to-back hard shots that the Bernalillo couldn’t handle to put Los Alamos up, 3-2. Antonio Gonzales hit an RBI ground-rule double over the right field fence and scored on Travis Gonzales bloop single. Hunter Eaton walked and then Connor Mang hit a two-RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch to put Los Alamos up, 8-2.

  • LA lacrosse defends home turf

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team stayed perfect at home Tuesday, taking down Cibola 13-8.

    The Hilltoppers are now 2-3 overall.