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  • Los Alamos sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed to win one of Saturday’s games to stay ahead of Española Valley in the District 2-5A standings.
    The ’Toppers took some hot bats into the game, however, and dominated both contests — winning 11-1 and then 13-3.
    “We just hit the ball really well,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Getting two wins puts us in a really good spot for districts.”
    A nine-run second inning put Los Alamos comfortable ahead in the first game.
    Hannah Mojica started the inning by pulling a double over third base, the first of five Los Alamos doubles in the inning. Taylor Jaramillo brought Mojica home, smashing a ground-rule double over the center field fence. Taylor Collins hit a RBI single to score Jaramillo.
    Los Alamos scored its next seven runs with two outs.
    Shelby Chavez hit a RBI double. Makaela Jones and Jordan Jaramillo hit RBI singles. Mojica then hit another double to bring home a run and then Taylor Jaramillo hit her second ground-rule double of the inning to score Mojica again.
    After all of the doubles, Española Valley’s outfielders started playing deep and Chavez hit a bloop single to bring home another run.

  • LA back on top of district after dramatic win

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.

  • 'Toppers baseball and softball each take two from Española

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams each won a pair of games against District 2-5A rival Española Valley Saturday.

    While the Hilltopper girls beat Española twice by the mercy rule, 11-1 and 13-3, both baseball games were tight and tense throughout.

    Los Alamos won the first baseball game 3-0 and the second game 6-5 in extra innings.

    "That was a blast," Los Alamos head baseball coach Mike Gill said.
    "We just held in there and got the job done."

    After winning the first game, Los Alamos struck first in the second game with a two-run second inning.

    Española cut the lead in half in the third and then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

    Los Alamos responded by taking the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, but Española rallied again in the sixth to take the lead once again, 5-4.

    Down to its final out in the seventh, Zealand Waltersheid hit an RBI single, scoring Jarrett Genero and sending the game into extra innings.

  • On Schedule 4-26-15

    Tuesday
    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at home quad, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Sandia at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Cibola, varsity, 4:30 p.m.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club bangs with top team

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club took on the favorites to win state this year, Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, in its regular season and home finale Friday night at Sullivan Field.
    A couple Los Alamos players didn’t show up for the game, which made the challenge even tougher for the Nukes since they had to play a man down.
    Quick passes and explosive running, however, helped the Jr. Varks take a 29-12 lead into halftime and eventually win the game, 39-22.
    “We had a lapse in the first half,” Los Alamos head coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “We got intimidated.”
    Once the Nukes settled down, they matched up pretty well with the Jr. Varks.
    Albuquerque scored the first try of the second half. Los Alamos had the ball carrier wrapped up, but just before he went down he tossed the ball to a teammate, who came sprinting in out of nowhere, and rushed into the goal area and touched it down for the score.
    Los Alamos answered back. After a handful of starts deep in Albuquerque’s territory, Mateo Cardiel caught the Jr. Varks off guard.
    As soon as the ref blew his whistle, Cardiel sprinted forward and dove past the goal line to score the try. Cardiel then kicked the 2-point conversion.

  • LA lacrosse blows away Cibola

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team had a shutout going for most of its game Friday against Cibola. The ’Toppers scored the first 14 goals in the game and cruised to a 17-1 victory.
    Griffin Matuszak put Los Alamos up 1-0 right away, scoring on a bounce shot just minutes into the contest.
    After that, Cibola was able to put some pressure on Los Alamos goalkeeper Sam Flesner, but it couldn’t get anything by him.
    Late in the first, Ryder Davenhall and Hudson Davenhall scored to give Los Alamos some breathing room.
    The second quarter belonged to Los Alamos. Charlie Christensen assisted five goals to four different players, controlling the ball behind the net and then hitting streaking players in front of the net. He assisted Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmoreand Matuszak once apiece and Ryder Davenhall twice in the period. Skidmore also scored a second goal in the quarter, which gave Los Alamos a 9-0 lead.
    Los Alamos was almost as dominant in the third quarter. Trevor Matuszak and Ryder Davenhall each had two goals and Peter Janke scored one as the ’Toppers built an insurmountable lead before Cibola even scored.
     

  • Sports Briefs 4-24-15

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on American Spring’s road, which is 1.5 miles from the back gate at the junction of N.M. 4 and N.M. 501. (West Jemez Road) up in the Jemez.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant, or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Atomic Tumblers compete in state championships

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers travelled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics last month to compete in the men’s New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.
    Daniel Fryer competed in the level-6 session.
    For the third consecutive year, Fryer qualified for the Region 9 Championships.
    This is his third year competing in United States men’s gymnastics, and his third level of accomplishment.
    During the 2012-2013 season, he won a state championship for his age division in level 4 and qualified for regionals, which were held in Albuquerque that year.
    The next year, he won another state championship in his age division in level 5, qualifying for the regional championships in Salt Lake City.
    This year, he qualified for the level-6 regional championships, which will be held in Colorado Springs at the men’s Olympic Training Center.
    Fryer is finding level 6, which is a fairly advanced level of gymnastics, to be more of a challenge than the previous levels he competed in.
    At the state championships this year, his highest finish earned him a bronze on vault with a 10.10 (receiving some bonus points that are allowed in men’s gymnastics). Fryer finished seventh all-around, taking the final regional qualifying spot.
    He’s looking forward to competing in level 6 again, next year.

  • LA ready to host Española Valley in key games

    The District 2-5A baseball championship will be all but decided on Saturday at Bomber Field.
    The top two teams in the district, Los Alamos and Española Valley, have distanced themselves from the rest of the league, going a combined 12-0 against the rest of the district. Now they’ll square off for the final two times this regular season to see who gets to enter the final stretch of games in the top spot.
    Los Alamos (15-6, 6-1 District 2-5A) will host the district leading Española Valley Sundevils (15-4, 7-0) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    To take over the lead, Los Alamos will need to win both games.
    Española won the first contest between the two teams at home, 4-0. Los Alamos had plenty of chances to score in the game, but couldn’t get a timely hit and ended up leaving nine runners stranded on base, including runners in scoring position in each of the first six innings.
    The ’Toppers have won five straight since then, learning from the loss by being more aggressive at the plate and taking care of business on a daily basis.
    Española pitcher Jesus Chavez, however, has more movement on his balls than anyone Los Alamos had played since then. He should give the ’Toppers a good challenge.

  • LA rugby ready for final game before state

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host its final regular season game Friday at Sullivan Field at 6:30 p.m.
    The Nukes will take Albuquerque’s Jr. Varks, which is mostly comprised of players from Atrisco Herritage.
    “They’re a big, powerful team,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I expect a really good game.”
    After the game, Los Alamos will compete in the state tournament. All 16 teams are invited to the state tournament, but the top-eight teams will play in one bracket and the bottom eight teams will compete in a separate bracket.
    Cardiel said he expects his team to be in the top bracket. The Nukes are currently 3-1 overall.
    The Nukes won their last game, 38-19, against Oñate on April 18. Joey Sorenson led the team’s offense, scoring four tries in the game. James O’Brien and Mateo Cardiel each scored one try in the game. Cardiel also went 5-for-6 on two-point conversions.
    On April 11, Los Alamos lost its only contest of the year, 34-24, against El Paso.
    “They were a really big team,” coach Cardiel said. “I was really proud of (my team). We weren’t even supposed to compete with them.”
    Cardiel scored three tries in the game and was 5-for-5 on conversions. Derek Selvage also scored a pair of tries.