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  • 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.

  • Pajarito ski passes on sale now

    Mountain officials at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area are busy gearing up for summer mountain biking and lift rides, yet they still have snow on the brain.
    The 2015-2016 Season Pass Sale is underway now through May 15. Skiers and snowboarders can purchase season passes at the lowest prices of the season — saving up to 45 percent over in-season rates.
     “We’re offering some amazing benefits to season passholders who purchase the Power Pass before May 15,” said Stacey Glaser, Director of Ski Area Marketing.
    Benefits that come with the new Power Pass that expire on May 15 include two free Purgatory lift tickets to share with friends and family, and one free Purgatory Total Adventure ticket with access to five activities per day during the summer season.
     The new Power Pass is one of five distinct season pass products now on sale.
    “For the first time in the history of Pajarito Mountain, guests can get unlimited access to four mountains: Purgatory, Pajarito Mountain, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Arizona Snowbowl,” Glaser said.
    Power passholders get discounted summer chairlift rides at Pajarito Mountain, plus bonus lift tickets at partner ski areas, including Taos Ski Valley, Monarch Mountain and Loveland.

  • LA lacrosse reaches title game

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team will get to play for a state championship Saturday.
    The 'Toppers will take on Santa Fe Prep, the defending 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 15-7 on Thursday. Sandia beat the 'Toppers twice during the regular season, but Los Alamos got goals from seven different players, 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 gotten a lot better since then," Miller said.
    Santa Fe Prep beat Rio Rancho 11-7 in the other semifinal.
    Saturday's contest will be the game that matters most, with the most on the line.
     

  • ’Toppers win one individual medal at state tennis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos had one player win a medal Saturday in the individual state tennis championships.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff led the ’Toppers with a third-place finish in the girls singles.
    To win the medal, Hsieh-Ratliff had to beat the two best singles players from the top-tanked team in Class 5A — Farmington.
    In the quarterfinals Thursday morning, she was able to take down Farmington’s Sydney Shumacher in three sets. Hsieh-Ratliff took the first set, 6-1, but then Shumacher changed up her game plan in the second set and took it, 6-3.
    In the third set, Hsieh-Ratliff countered with a change in strategy of her own.
    “I wanted to move her around and come in take the ball on the rise,” Hsieh-Ratliff said. The strategy worked and Hsieh-Ratliff was able to close out the match with a 6-2 win in the third set.
    In the semis, Hsieh-Ratliff lost to the eventual champion, Albuquerque Academy’s Melissa Pick, 6-0, 6-0. “She’s an awesome player,” Hsieh-Ratliff said.
    After the loss, Hsieh-Ratliff knew she’d have another tough opponent in her third-place match.
    “I played both of them (in the other semifinal) before and lost, but I’m hoping to pull it out this time,” she said. “Anything can happen at state.”

  • Four 'Toppers advance at tennis championships

    After day one of the state tennis championships, a handful of Los Alamos individuals were still in the running for singles and doubles championships.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff and George Margevicius both advanced in singles. In doubles, Laura Whicker and Katya Skurikhin advanced and so did Andrew Tang and Andrew Aboushousha.
    In girls doubles, Whicker and Skurikhin, the No. 3 seed, beat Piedra Vista’s Benally and Baker in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
    They were set to face the No. 6 seed from Farmington, Coleman and Nygren, in the quarterfinals. The duo had some success against Farmington earlier this season and scored Los Alamos’ only win against the Scorpions in match play.
    No. 5 seeded Tang and Aboushousha lost their first set, 7-5, to Lovington’s Crawford and Crawford.
    The duo, however, fought back and won the next two sets 6-3, 6-4, to make it to the quarterfinals against the No. 4 seed from Farmington, Hall and Merrion.
    Hsieh-Ratliff, the No. 4 seed, beat Santa Teresa’s Salma Lopez 6-1, 6-0 to set up another Los Alamos / Farmington quarterfinal contest with No. 5 seeded Sydney Schumacher.
    Margevicius, the No. 8 seed, beat Lovington’s Luis Aceves 6-1, 6-1 to get a shot at the No. 1 seed, Centennial’s Jackson Sosin.