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  • Angel Fire Bike Park kicking off its summer season

    After being named the No. 1 bike park in the Southwest for the second year in a row by MTBParks.com, Angel Fire Bike Park is now working to expand its trails for this upcoming season to over 100 miles and is launching a new Global Gravity Season Pass.
    Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest mountain biking destinations in the country, Angel Fire Bike Park is continuing its efforts to ramp up their trails, offer special deals and clinics to those new to the sport and add more races and events to the summer calendar.
    “Our goal has always been to create the most authentic trails for beginner and experienced riders to get excited about,” explained Hogan Koesis, Angels Fire’s bike park director. “Our equal mix of man-made versus natural trails on our mountain is what most people who come to check us outcompliment us on. This season we’re spending more time developing our cross-country trail network and adding mileage and improvements to our existing downhill network.”
    New this season:

  • Hilltoppers hang on to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team held on through a nail-biter this morning to advance to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led 7-2 after 5 innings, but in the top of the sixth, Española Valley came through with 4 runs — Jesus Chavez had a three-run triple to put the Sundevils right back into the ballgame.
    But the Hilltoppers, who came back from two runs down early, got a 2-run single in the third from designated hitter Colin Maddox, one of the Hilltoppers’ first round heroes, to put them up 5-2 at the time. Maddox knocked in 5 of Los Alamos’ runs.

    Los Alamos won by a final of 7-6.
    Jared Mang came on in relief on the mound of his younger brother, Connor in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the way to earn the victory.

    -Special thanks to KRSN radio for its help with this report

  • LA softball goes down in first round

    The Los Alamos softball team had a tall order in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The No. 14 seeded Hilltopper girls traveled to Roswell to take on the third-seeded Coyotes Saturday, but were shut out 11-0 to get eliminated from the tournament.
    Only four of Roswell’s 11 runs were earned. The Coyotes had eight base hits and walked five times, but Los Alamos also committed three errors in the game.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica and Makaela Jones had Los Alamos’ only base hits in the game.
    Roswell scored twice in the first inning, four times in the second inning and five times in the fourth to end the contest after four-and-a-half innings.
    There weren’t many upsets in the first round. No. 11 Farmington beat No. 6 Los Lunas 4-2 and No. 9 Artesia won at No. 8 Miyamura 19-4, but the higher seeds won the rest of the contests.
    No. 7 Bernalillo, the District 2-5A champs, beat No. 10 Goddard 7-3.
    With the loss, Los Alamos finished its season with a 12-15 record and as the district runners up.

     

  • Los Alamos track teams run away with district titles

    The Los Alamos boys and girls track teams ran away from the competition Saturday in Bernalillo at the District 2-5A championships. The Hilltopper boys won their 23rd consecutive district title with 212 points — more than the next three teams combined. Española Valley (67) finished second, followed by Capital (61), Bernalillo (53) and Del Norte (48).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, won their 16th consecutive district title with 216 teams points — more than the rest of the district combined. Del Norte (112) took second, Bernalillo (44) finished third, Española Valley (35) came in fourth and Capital (24) was fifth.
    Both teams won 12 district championships. The Hilltopper boys also qualified for state in an additional 12 events with top-two finishes while the Hilltopper girls qualified in 11 more events.
    The Hilltopper girls will now take 20 athletes to the state championships, which is the third most in Class 5A, while the Hilltopper boys qualified the most athletes in 5A with 23.
    In 10 events, Los Alamos qualified for state by winning a district championship.
    Sisi Ahlers won the 800 meters race in 2 minutes, 31.84 seconds.
    Ashley Land won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches to qualify. Land also won the discus (101-5).

  • LA lacrosse finishes second in the state

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.
    “We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game,” Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. “It was fun. I liked it even though we didn’t win.”
    The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.
    Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the ’Toppers up 1-0.
    Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.
    Right before the quarter ended, however, the Blue Griffens took the lead back.
    Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.
    “We settled down and got our confidence back,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. “We finally realized we could play with them.”

  • LA lacrosse finishes second; tennis teams eliminated in semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.

    Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.

    "We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game," Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. "It was fun. I liked it even though we didn't win."

    The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.

    Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the 'Toppers up 1-0. Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.

    Right before the quarter ended, however, the Griffens took the lead back.

    Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.

    "We settled down and got our confidence back," Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. "We finally realized we could play with them."

  • ’Toppers win 2 straight, head to 5A quarterfinals

    A pair of big pitching performances combined with some less-than-spectacular defense and baserunning propelled the Los Alamos Hilltoppers into the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs.
    Los Alamos swept the best-of-3 series over the Aztec Tigers this weekend at Bomber Field. Los Alamos took Friday’s game over the Tigers 7-4, then won a nail-biter in game two Saturday morning, 3-1.
    The Hilltoppers, the No 3 seed in the 5A tournament, will play the sixth-seeded Española Valley Sundevils in Thursday’s second round — the Sundevils swept their home series this weekend.
    The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled to be played at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
    To cap off the win, Connor Mang had a monster game Saturday. Mang not only came up with the complete-game win, giving up just one hit through his 7 innings of work, he also scored 2 of Los Alamos’ 3 runs.
    Mang launched a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the third inning, breaking the scoreless tie at the time, then had a bloop triple down the right field line in the fifth, eventually coming around to score on an error.
    For Aztec (12-14), the weekend was fraught with blunders that cost it in both games.

  • Sports Briefs 5-10-15

    Soccer tryouts
    The Los Alamos Youth Soccer League will have competitive and pre-competitive team tryouts from May 12-21 for boys and girls in third through eighth grades.
    Visit laysl.org for schedule and more information.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Road Runners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will start at the beginning of the trail to Canada Bonito, between the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge and Camp May.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
    Registration open for
    Jemez trail races
    The 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races will take place on May 23.
    The mountain trail races include options to run a half-marathon, a 50-kilometer race or a 50-mile race.
    All races start and finish at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa and take runners on Los Alamos County’s trails.
    All runners receive a race T-shirt and race poster. All 50k and 50-mile finishers receive handmade pottery made by the Toya family of the Jemez Pueblo.
    Half-marathon finishers will receive a handmade pottery medallion.
    Runners can register at highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm.

  • ’Topper tennis teams advance to semifinals

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both won their quarterfinal contests Friday at the Class 5A state tennis championships. Both wins, however, were pretty narrow.
    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys beat No. 6 Centennial by a single match, 5-4.
    The Hilltopper girls had a little more breathing room in their victory, but not much. They beat No. 6 Roswell 6-3.
    Both teams took on the No. 2 seed in the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys squared off against Farmington. The Scorpions beat No. 7 Artesisa 8-1 in its quarterfinal.
    No. 1 Albuquerque Academy, which had five of the eight place winners in the singles and doubles competition, played No. 4 Piedra Vista in the other semifinal. The Chargers beat Santa Teresa 9-0 and while No. 4 Piedra Vista took down No. 5 Lovington in the other quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls took on Albuquerque Academy in its semifinal. The Chargers have a strong lineup at the top, which won state titles in singles and doubles, so the bottom matches were key for Los Alamos.
    No. 1 Farmington took on No. 5 Centennial in the other semifinal.
    Farmington beat beat No. 8 St. Pius 8-1 in its quarterfinal while Centennial beat the No. 4 seed Belen 8-1 to reach the semis.

     

  • LA lacrosse plays for title

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team will get to play for a state championship Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will take on Santa Fe Prep, the defending state champs, in the finals at 1 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Los Alamos snagged the fourth, and final, playoff spot after winning five of its last six regular season games. Los Alamos then upset the undefeated No. 1 seed Sandia in the semifinals Thursday, 15-7.
    Sandia beat the Hilltoppers twice during the regular season, but Los Alamos got goals from seven different players Thursday, including three by Wesley Skidmore, to end Sandia’s season.
    “Our offense was humming all around,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said.
    Goalie Sam Flemming made save after save and “basically stood on his head,” Miller said, to shut down Sandia’s offense.
    Santa Fe Prep has also beat Los Alamos twice this season, but the two teams haven’t played in over a month.
    “We’ve gotten a lot better since then,” Miller said.
    Santa Fe Prep beat Rio Rancho 11-7 in the other semifinal.