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  • LA baseball and tennis teams fall

    Baseball

    The Los Alamos baseball team was unable to give Fruita-Monument (Colo.) its first loss of the season Friday in the semifinals of Piedra Vista tournament. The ’Toppers fell to the Wildcats, 7-3.
    Fruita (7-0) hit five doubles in the game to take down Los Alamos (6-4).

    Tennis

    The Los Alamos girls tennis team lost a close match against La Cueva Friday, 5-4.
    The ’Toppers got wins at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff beat Janelle Lee 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1.
    Laura Whicker took down Riley Cook, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2.
    At No. 3 singles, Lauryn Anaya won against Corrine Vaughan 7-6, 1-6 and 0-0 (1-0).
    La Cueva, however, won at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles and then took two of the three doubles matches to win the contest.
    Lauren Fugate and Astrid Hengartner both lost hard-fought matches in the three sets.
    Whicker and Katya Skurikhin won at No. 2 doubles for Los Alamos, 6-3, 7-5 against Vaughan and Alex Mosey.
    The dual loss was the Hilltopper girls first of the season.
    Los Alamos’ boys tennis team also lost to La Cueva, 9-0.
    No. 2 singles player George Margevicious was the only Hilltopper to boy to win a set against La Cueva, but lost his match 7-5, 1-6 and 0-0 (10-6) to Joe Cooper.

  • Altmann, world tour on hold in Alaska

    The Freeride World Tour (FWT) stop in Haines, Alaska, has turned into a balancing act of patience and alertness.
    The big mountain competition originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
    All of the competitors hopped in a helicopter for a 30-minute ride to a staging area. Then they jumped in another helicopter for a 10-minute ride to the peak where the competition will take place on, aptly named The Venue.
    Then clouds rolled in and the event was postponed because of the flat light.
    On Thursday the forecast looked promising, so once again the competitors made their way to the start. After waiting on the top of The Venue for four hours, however, the visibility showed no sign of improving so the event was postponed again.
    On Friday the forecast looked good and the competitors were optimistic they’d finally be able to compete.
    The helicopter rides up to The Venue were once again in vain.
    With a new storm in Alaska’s forecast, the event’s organizers are now shooting for a Sunday or Monday start.
    It was originally scheduled to take place before March 22. That date has been pushed back, keeping the ambitious Alaska dream alive.

  • Fourteen is the new 12 at NCAA tournament

    The heart-pounding first full day of the tournament was headlined by two No. 14 seeds taking down two No. 3 seeds before the day was even half over.
    Trendy Final Four pick Iowa State lost to UAB, 60-59, and Georgia State edged Baylor, 57-56.
    Northeastern nearly made it a clean sweep for the three 14s in action on Thursday when it put a scare into Notre Dame before falling 69-65.
    Georgia State and UAB had two of the five one-point victories on the day, the most ever for a single day in the tournament and as many as the previous two tournaments combined.
    Now at least one 14-seed has beaten a 3 in each of the last three tournaments. It was the first time since 1995 that two No. 14s have advanced.
    Conventional wisdom when filling out brackets includes always picking a 12 seed to beat a No. 5. It happens practically every year.
    But this time around, Utah beat Stephen F. Austin and Arkansas beat underdog Wofford to make the No. 5s 2-0 on the day.
    There is one more 14 seed waiting to play. Albany will play No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday.

  • Pajarito closing for the ski season Sunday

    With four new inches of snow Friday morning, skiers and snowboarders will get to end their ski season at Pajarito with a few more powder turns.
    The mountain will close for the winter season on Sunday.
    “It sure made the ski area look really pretty,” Pajarito’s General Manager Tom Long said.
    The new snow was wet and heavy. It blanketed the trees in white and covered some areas on the mountain that were getting thin.
    There’s a small chance the mountain could get another trace of snow tonight, but not much more than that and not enough to justify staying open any longer.
    “The 22nd seems like the prudent choice to close for the year,” Long said.
    Long added that Pajarito’s sister resorts — Sipapu, Purgatory (Colo.) and Arizona Snowbowl — are still open, giving its pass holders some other options to get more spring skiing in.
    “We had a tough year here,” Long said. “The quantity (of snow) has been OK, but the timing has been off.”
    Pajarito wasn’t able to open until late January, missing the Christmas crowds. After that, however, the mountain had some good spurts business wise during the President’s day holiday and Texas’ spring break.

  • 'Toppers win first game at Piedra Vista tournament

    The Los Alamos baseball team started the Piedra Vista tournament with a 7-4 win against Valencia on Thursday.
    “It was a good team win,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said. “Everyone contributed.”
    The team’s defense was solid once again and Gill said almost every player made a defensive play in the game.
    It was a 1-run contest heading into the fifth inning. With Los Alamos hanging on to a 4-3 lead, Jared Mang gave Valencia a big blow — he smacked a 3-run home run to give the ’Toppers some breathing room.
    Valencia scored one more time in the seventh, but it couldn’t catch Los Alamos.
    Both teams scored one run in the first inning. Connor Mang singled and then scored for Los Alamos.
    In the second inning, Lane Saunders hit a 2-RBI single and Los Alamos scored 3 runs to take the lead. Valencia countered with 2 runs in the fourth, but Jared Mang’s home run the next inning kept the Jaguars from catching up.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out four, walked three and gave up nine base hits in seven innings. He also forced Valencia to leave five runners stranded on base.
    “He threw well,” Gill said. “He hit spots and used his off-speed pitches to keep them off balance.”

  • Ski Report 3-19-15

    Angel Fire
    50-inch base. 3 new inches of snow in past 24 hours. 72 trails and 7 of 7 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    22-inch base. No new snow reported. 21 trails and 2 lifts open. The mountain is scheduled to close for the season March 22.

    Sandia Peak

    Closed for the season.

    Red River
    50-inch base. 2 inches in 24 hours. 58 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 38 of 41 trails and all 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    34-inch base. No new snow reported. 55 of 55 trails and all 9 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    48-inch base. 1 inch in last 24 hours. 77 of 77 trails and 6 of 7 lifts open.

    Taos
    72-inch base. 5 inches in last 24 hours. 117 of 117 trails and all 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    Temporarily closed.

    Chama XC
    64-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    15-inch base. No new snow reported. 30 of 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    3-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 of 8 trails open.
     

  • Sports Briefs 3-19-15

    Freeride fundraiser
    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team is going to the USASA National Championships.
    To raise money to help pay entry fees and travel costs, the team is hosting a pizza party, movie premier and silent auction. The fundraiser will take place 7 p.m. March 21 at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.
    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from any team member. For more information, email PajaritoFreerideTeam@gmail.com

    Spring volleyball
    The YMCA spring volleyball session, for third through sixth graders, is open for registration until April 10.
    This is a developmental program focused on teaching and improving proper volleyball skills and providing participants the foundation to play and compete for years to come.
    Third and fourth graders will be grouped together and fifth and sixth graders will be grouped together.
    The session will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 14 - May 21.
    Cost is $40 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members

  • Pajarito crowns king and queen

    Lots of skiers and snowboarders competed on the slopes during Pajarito Mountain’s Skiesta Saturday.
    After all of the competitions, however, 10-year old Steven Boone was honored as the mountain’s king while 56-year old Robi Mulford was crowned as Pajarito’s queen.
    Below is a list of the other Skiesta winners:
    Pinhead Challenge
    Men: Clay Moseley.
    Women: Sanna Sevanto.
    Jump Contest
    0-10 girls: Maddie Ovaska.
    0-10 boys: Trey Wenicke.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Neill.
    11-19 boys: Lars Snyder.
    20-49 women: Tiffany Hinojosa.
    20-49 men: Daniel Nix.
    50+ women: Robi Mulford.
    50+ men: Kevin Mertes.
    Moguls
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Niell.
    11-19 boys: Wakei Hettinga.
    20-49 women: Lisa Hecker.
    20-49 men: Sean Rielly.
    50+ men: Orby Mulford.
    Sloppy Slalom
    0-10 girls: Hailey McDonald.
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone.
    11-19 girls: Joanna O’Neill.
    20-49 men: James Miller.
    50+ women: Robi Mulford.
    50+ men: Guy Jackson.
    Rail Jam
    0-10 boys: Diego Hinojosa (snowboarder).
    0-10 boys: Steven Boone (skier).

  • Los Alamos lacrosse looking to make a title run

    With some of the best lacrosse players in the state wearing forest green and gold jerseys this year, Los Alamos has its sights set high.
    “We’re going to try and make a run for a state title,” Los Alamos coach James Miller said. “We have a small team, but we’re very powerful.”
    This year, eight teams will be battling for the state title.
    Los Alamos will compete with Santa Fe Prep, Sandia, Sandia Prep, Cibola, Bosque, Rio Rancho and Coronado (Texas).
    Santa Fe Prep won the title last year, but Los Alamos stole two of Griffins’ best players — Hudson and Reider Davenhall.
    Charlie Christensen and Wesley Skidmore will join the brothers on Los Alamos’ attack, giving the ’Toppers numerous offensive weapons.
    Los Alamos has 16 players on its roster this season and only four of them are new to the sport.
    Many of the newer ’Toppers will play defense.
    “Offensively we’re going to score a lot of goals, we just need to get the defense solidified and be working as a team,” Miller said.
    Most of the league has already played a few games this season, but Los Alamos will get its first competition this weekend.
    “We have to deal with snow up here so we’re a little behind the 8-ball,” Miller said.

  • Fishing Report 3-18-15

    Abiquiu Lake: There were a few anglers on the lake this past week but we had no reports of success.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 397 cubic feet per second (cfs).
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was good using salmon eggs, wax worms, bead-head pheasant tails and egg patterns for trout.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using hot dogs, musky flies, swim baits and jerk baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 50 cfs and 97 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair for anglers using small midge patterns, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers for trout. Fishing below El Vado was slow to fair with a few brown trout caught by anglers using wooly buggers.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few northern pike caught by anglers using Rapala husky jerks.
    El Vado Lake: As of Monday there was still a thin layer of ice on the lake and it was closed to fishing. Contact the State Park office at (575) 588-7247 for updated ice conditions.