• Hilltoppers 1-2 after some weird baseball games

    The Los Alamos baseball team has had a weird beginning to its season.
    In its win, Los Alamos didn't have a single base hit and its two losses, Los Alamos actually out-hit its opponents.
    The Piedra Vista doubleheader was especially odd, while Los Alamos' 2-1 loss to Albuquerque High to start the St. Pius X tournament Thursday was more a matter of missed opportunities.
    Splitting against perennial power Piedra Vista, however, was a good start to Los Alamos' season, even if it came in an unconventional way.
    "It was a very weird doubleheader," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "It was a good opening series to go 1-1 with Pedra Vista, but I don't read too much into it. Both teams are going to get better."
    Connor Mang threw four scoreless innings and didn't give up a base hit before he reached his early-season pitch count.
    Lane Saunders then closed out the game, giving up two hits and two runs.
    Los Alamos' offense, meanwhile, was aided by some uncharacteristic Piedra Vista errors.
    "We put a ton of balls in play," Gill said. "We did a good job putting pressure on them."
    Los Alamos applied enough pressure to win the game, 5-2.

  • Mang cracks the Lobos’ starting lineup

    The University of New Mexico baseball team has jumped out to a 6-1 start, and Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has already made an impact for the Lobos.
    The freshman has started all seven games for UNM so far and showed his power a few times already. So far, four his seven hits have gone for extra bases, while his batting average is .226.
    In his first game as a Lobo, versus Hawaii, Mang ripped a double. He then finished the four-game series by smacking a pair of home runs, in the third and fourth games. His two homers are tied for the team’s lead.
    He’s also scored nine runs, including four in UNM’s 17-7 win over Wichita State, and has knocked in seven more RBI.
    The Lobos won three out of four against Hawaii and then swept Wichita State in the three-game series.
    Today through Sunday, the Lobos will be hosting a three-game series against Dallas Baptist at the Santa Ana Star Field, formerly known as Lobo Field.

  • LA boys' tennis show depth at state-wide tournament

    The Los Alamos boys’ tennis team won four of the eight brackets, two in singles and two in doubles, at the February State-Wide tournament held over the weekend in Albuquerque.
    “The boys did really well,” coach Lloyd Wilton said. “We were without our best player (George Margevicius), but we showed that we have depth. I think we have 12 guys who can compete at state. It’s a really deep team. It’s nice to have that depth.”
    In the No. 1-2 doubles bracket, Andre Aboshousha and Andrew Tang won the title, beating a Farmington duo in the final.
    Isaiah Martin and Tim Martin teamed up to win the No. 3-4 doubles bracket.
    Isaiah Martin also had a successful singles tournament, winning the No. 5-6 bracket.
    Thomas Chadwick won the other bracket for Los Alamos. Chadwick finished first in No. 3-4 singles.
    Another player who did well at the tournament was Alex Csanadi. The senior decided to give tennis a shot this spring and made it into the third-place match in his bracket before falling to his teammate.
    “He played way up,” Wilton said.
    Ten Hilltopper boys competed in the tournament and this weekend a lot of different boys will compete again in El Paso. Three of Los Alamos’ top four players have other commitments and won’t make the trip down to Texas.

  • Senior-loaded softball team hopes to end on high note

    With 10 seniors on its roster, the Los Alamos softball team has plenty of experience to lead the team this season.
    Los Alamos graduated its No. 1 pitcher from last year, Jordan Hammock, but everyone else has returned.
    “We have like 10 graduating seniors, so our hope is to make our last season the best we can,” Madeline Lockhart said.
    After pitching in the No. 2 spot last year, Lockhart will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher this season. “There’s some pressure, but I’m excited,” Lockhart said.
    Seniors Morgan Hohner, Makaela Jones, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Shelby Chavez, Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica also return with a lot of experience on the diamond.
    Lockhart, Chavez, Anaya, Jaramillo and sophomore catcher Jordan Jaramillo are the team’s captains.
    The team began its season Wednesday against Class 6A power Cleveland. The ’Toppers hit well, but the team’s defense struggled with the wind.
    Several balls dropped in front of, or sailed over the heads, of the ’Toppers. Several ground balls also found holes in Los Alamos’ infield for base hits.
    “I’m a little disappointed today with our defense,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We didn’t adjust well to the wind.”

  • Hockey falls to Cibola in finale

    The Los Alamos hockey team dropped below .500, losing to first-place Cibola 6-3 in both teams’ regular-season finale Friday.
    Los Alamos slipped to 8-9-4 with the loss while Cibola stayed close to perfect. Cibola is now 20-0-1 with its lone tie coming against Los Alamos.
    Friday, Cibola jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Los Alamos responded. Jake Rutten assisted John Charles to cut the lead in half. Cibola, however, added two short-handed goals after that to go up, 4-1.
    Los Alamos responded with a power-play goal. Ben Rees and John Charles assisted ChrisBond.
    After that, Cory Schramm assisted Griff Matuszak for a four-on-four goal to cut Cibola’s lead to 5-3, but Los Alamos wouldn’t get any closer.
    Cibola ended up outshooting Los Alamos by a single shot, 27-26.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 21 saves in the game for Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season in seventh place, but the Hilltoppers can still win the championship.
    The state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Taos.

  • LA baseball splits with PV

    The Los Alamos baseball team began its season Saturday at Ricketts Park in Farmington, taking on perennial power Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos scored a 5-2 win the first game of the doubleheader, but Piedra Vista fought back and won the second game, 12-2.
    Both teams are now 1-1.
    This week, Los Alamos will play three more games at St. Pius X’s tournament.
    Los Alamos will begin the tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday against Albuquerque High School.
    The contest will be the Bulldogs’ first game of the year.

  • LA girls win state-wide tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team brought home a first-place team trophy from the February State-Wide Invitational tournament held in Albuquerque over the weekend.
    The girls scored 166 team points to win the tournament, followed by Mesilla Valley Christian (142), Farmington (116), St. Pius X (110), St. Michael’s )102), Piedra Vista (76), Bosque (43) and Silver (0).
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff won the No. 1 singles bracket to lead Los Alamos.
    She beat Farmington’s Riley Coleman, 6-0 and 6-2, in the championship.
    Hsieh-Ratliff and Lauryn Anaya also won the No. 1 doubles’ crown. The duo beat Farmington’s Halie Nygren and Coleman in the finals, 8-3, to go 4-0 at the tournament.
    Anaya also went 2-2 in the No. 1 singles bracket.
    Maia Menefee and Michelle Alexander went 2-2 at No. 1 doubles.
    Anna Lemke and Rachelle Stokes won the No. 2 doubles crown. They beat Farmington’s Anita Briody-Pavlik and Isabel Zamarriego 8-4 in the championship to also finish 4-0 at the tournament.
    At No. 3 singles, Menefee went 2-2.
    Lemke and Mackenzie Cook both went 2-0 at No. 5 singles.
    At. No. 7 singles, Stokes and Serena Bimbaum both went 3-1.

  • Española Valley stays on top of district

    ESPAÑOLA — The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team came out firing Friday in the District 2-5A championship game. The Española Valley Sundevils, however, were able to withstand Los Alamos’ early onslaught to win the game, 73-63, and defend their district title.
    Early on, however, Los Alamos’ aggressive play had the ’Toppers out in front.
    After trading the lead in the first quarter, Makaela Jones sunk a 3-pointer to put Los Alamos ahead, 7-6.
    The Sundevils went back on top, but Kayla Salazar drained a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 Los Alamos run and the ’Toppers took an 18-14 lead into the second quarter.
    Los Alamos stayed in front most of the second quarter on the strength of four 3-pointers. Salazar, Ashlynn Trujillo and Jones made early 3’s in the quarter. Trujillo then made a basket as she was falling to the ground after getting fouled. She missed the free throw, but Katya Skurikhin grabbed the offensive board and Ahsley Logan made a long-2 to put Los Alamos up eight, 31-23.
    Española fought back to tie the game at 33, but Jones sunk her second 3-pointer of the quarter, and third of the half, just two seconds before the buzzer to give the ’Toppers a 36-33 halftime-lead.

  • LA girls get No. 5 state seed

    After going 21-7 and finishing second in District 2-5A, the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team was awarded the No. 5 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    The ’Toppers will now host No. 12 Goddard (13-14) in the first round at 6 p.m. Friday.
    The Rockets also finished second in their district, 4-5A, behind the No. 2 seed, Roswell (23-2).
    The two teams haven’t met this season, but they’ve played three of the same teams.
    Española Valley, who beat Los Alamos by one point, two points and 10 points, also beat Goddard twice, 54-35 and 60-48.
    Both teams beat Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos beat the Chargers 47-33 and Goddard beat them 36-33.
    Both teams also beat Artesia. Los Alamos beat the Bulldogs, 71-62, while Goddard beat them 56-27 and 52-30.
    Katherine Kolker is the Rockets’ leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game.
    If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will see a familiar face in the quarterfinals. They’d play the winner of the first-round game featuring two other District 2-5A teams. Española Valley (23-4) and Del Norte (13-13) will meet once again in the first round. The Sundevils got the No. 4 seed in the state tournament, behind No. 1 Gallup (25-0), No. 2 Roswell and No. 3 Los Lunas (21-7).

  • LA's run ends in Española

    Los Alamos' run in the District 2-5A boys' basketball tournament came to an end Thursday at Española Valley.
    The Sundevils took a big lead into halftime and eventually beat the 'Toppers, 77-56.
    "Everybody was pretty disappointed with the way it ended last night," Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. "We were expecting to play better."
    Los Alamos was pretty even with Española in the first quarter, but then mistakes started snowballing for the 'Toppers in the second quarter.
    "The second quarter killed us," Kluk said. "We started turning the ball over and Española got some transition buckets."
    Once the 'Toppers fell behind, they tried to catch up too fast with some quick shots that actually fueled Española's run.
    Española led by about 20 points at the break and never relinquished the lead.
    "We calmed down a little at halftime and the second half was pretty even, but the damage was already done," Kluk said.
    The loss will most likely end Los Alamos' season.
    The state brackets will be released Sunday, but the 10-19 'Toppers will probably be on the wrong side of the bubble.
    "It's going to be tough for us to be in that top-16." Kluk said.