• ’Toppers ready for big district ball games

    Los Alamos’ baseball and softball teams will get their first true tests in District 2-5A on Wednesday.
    Both teams blew out the last-place Capital Jaguars in their district openers last week.
    Now they’ll take on one of the teams they’re battling at the top of the standings, Española Valley.
    In both baseball and softball, Los Alamos, Española Valley and Bernalillo are all undefeated in district contests.
    Both Española Valley teams took two games from Del Norte last week while Bernalillo’s clubs took one game from Del Norte and two from Capital.
    The undefeated teams will now play each other in the next week to see who gets the early lead at the top of the district standings after the first round of contests.
    Los Alamos will travel to Española Valley Wednesday for 4 p.m. games. Then on Saturday, both Los Alamos teams travel to Bernalillo for doubleheaders beginning at 11 a.m.
    The Hilltopper boys are trying to win their seventh consecutive district title. Right now, they’re 10-5 overall and 1-0 in District 2-5A. Española Valley, meanwhile, is 10-4 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A.

  • Herrera steps down as soccer coach

    A.J. Herrera has stepped down as the head coach of the Los Alamos girls soccer team.
    In his only season at the helm of the Hilltopper girls, Herrera led Los Alamos to a 14-7 overall record and a District 2-5A championship with a perfect 6-0 league mark.
    Los Alamos earned a No. 3 seed and first-round bye in the Class 5A state tournament, but fell to Albuquerque Academy, 1-0, in the quarters.

  • Nukes rugby club blows up Gallup

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club dismantled Gallup 38-7on Saturday, March 28.
    Derek Selvage scored two tries, which are worth 5 pointes apiece.
    Joey Sorenson scored one try.
    Quinton Brown scored one try.
    Captain Mateo Cardiel also scored one try and was 5-for-5 kicking 2-point conversions. Cardiel also scored once on a penalty kick.
    “All of my new players did really well,” coach Demetrio Cardiel said. “I’m proud of the underclassmen, they’re picking up the game really quick.”
    The Nukes next game will be at 7 p.m. on April 11 under Sullivan Field’s lights.

  • Thoma begins pro career with Timbers II

    After being drafted in Major League Soccer’s second round by the Portland Timbers this year, Los Alamos’ Andy Thoma didn’t have to wait to start getting professional game-time experience.
    Thoma has been playing for the Timbers 2, which competes in the United Soccer League (USL PRO). He has started in the Timber 2’s first two games as a defender.
    In the team’s first game of its inaugural campaign this season, Thoma helped the Timbers 2 pull out a victory against fellow expansion club, the Real Monarchs SLC. In addition to playing defense, Thoma assisted a goal in the game. He crossed the ball and teammate Rundell Winchester knocked it in the goal with a diving header. The Timbers 2 won that game, 3-1.
    On Thursday, the Timbers 2 beat the reigning USL Pro champions, Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1, to improve to 2-0-0.
    Wednesday the team will have its first road game in a rematch with the Real Monarchs SLC.
    Even though Toma has been playing for the Timbers 2, he’s still on the MLS Timbers roster and can be moved up at any time. He’s one of five Timbers on loan to the Timbers 2,

  • Sports Briefs 4-3-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    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 August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • ’Toppers lose battle with Santa Fe Prep

    Los Alamos’ lacrosse team played the defending state champs, Santa Fe Prep, tight for a second time in a week on Thursday. The ’Toppers, however, came up short against the Griffins both times, losing the second contest 18-14.
    “That was a hard-fought game,” Los Alamos coach James Miller. “They’re definitely our rival.”
    Los Alamos led the game for most of the first half.
    Trevor Matuszak and Christopher Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 2-0 early in the game.
    Prep tied it at 2.
    Then Wesley Skidmore found Charlie Christensen open in front of the net. Christensen caught the ball, spun to create a clean angle and then scored to put Los Alamos back on top.
    Prep tied it at 3 and then at 4.
    Los Alamos’ Ryder Davenhall got an open look after that and tried to flip it in. His first shot got blocked, but he picked up the rebound and scored on his second try.
    The ’Toppers had to play a man down after a penalty and Prep took a 6-5 lead.
    Hudson Davenhall helped Los Alamos get the lead back right away.
    First he assisted Matuszak to tie it.

  • Doubles tennis the difference in losses to Robertson

    After a lot of close sets and long points, Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams both came up short against Las Vegas Robertson on Wednesday.
    The Hilltopper girls lost to the Cardinals 5-4. The boys fell 8-1.
    The Hilltopper girls split the singles matches with the Cardinals, but Robertson’s 2-1 advantage in doubles proved to be the difference.
    The Cardinals boys, meanwhile, swept the doubles matches to jump out to a big lead heading into singles.
    “Dropping all three doubles was bad news,” boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “As a tennis team, you can’t do that —that’s the bread and butter.”
    At No.1 doubles, George Margevicius and Andrew Aboshousha came close to sending their match into the third set. Margevicius scored back-to-back points with a huge hit and then a great angled shot. Aboshousha then scored on a good return, but Robertson was able to close out the match before the duo could catch up.
    Donald Poston won Los Alamos’ only match against the Cardinals. In the third set, he won the tiebreaker, 10-8, to take the match.
    The Hilltopper boys were without their No. 1 and No. 3 players.
    “That made it a tough task,” Wilton said.
    Without them, nobody older than a sophomore played for the Los Alamos boys.

  • LA baseball dominates District 2-5A opener

    The Los Alamos baseball team opened its District 2-5A season in dominating fashion on Wednesday. The ’Toppers easily took down Capital, 17-3.
    “It was just a good day,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We played well.”
    Los Alamos scored four runs in the first and second innings, two in the third and the fourth and then added five more in the fifth inning to put the mercy rule into effect.
    “It was a good team day at the plate,” Gill said, noting that nine different Hilltoppers had base hits in the game.
    Connor Mang led the offensive charge by smacking a home run and a pair of triples.
    Jared Mang went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, three singles and a sacrifice fly.
    Lane Saunders hit a triple and two singles. Nick Sgambellone went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.
    With a week until the Los Alamos’ next contest, Gill used three different pitchers in the game — getting them all some live action while kind of resting them all too.
    Jared Mang, Saunders and Sgambellone all pitched in the win.
    Los Alamos is now 10-5 overall and 1-0 in 2-5A, which is the best record in the district. Bernalillo is 8-6-1 and 1-0 in 2-5A. Española Valley is 8-4, 0-0. Del Norte and Capital are both 3-10, 0-1.

  • Softball scores a mercy-rule shutout against Capital

    Three innings was all it took for the Los Alamos softball team to rack up a win Wednesday at Capital in its District 2-5A opener.
    After scoring three runs in the first inning, Los Alamos had a huge second inning and scored 11 times.
    The ’Toppers then scored four more runs in the third to put the game out of reach and finish on top, 18-0.
    “It was a short game, but that was good for us,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We needed something like that.”
    Madeline Lockhart threw a lot of first-pitch strikes to get ahead of batters. Her curve ball was also really effective, Anaya said. She only gave up two hits while striking out four and walking none.
    Behind her, Los Alamos’ defense didn’t make an error.
    On offense, nine different ’Toppers scored in the game.
    Shelby Chavez hit a 2-RBI double and scored three times.
    Michaela Robertson came up to bat with the bases loaded and hit a triple to bring all three runners home.
    Jordan Hammock hit a 2-RBI double and scored once. Hannah Mojica also hit a 2-RBI double and scored once.
    Morgan Hohner, Jordan Jaramillo and Makaela Jones all scored three times in the game. Jones also had a RBI.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Taylor Collins and Robertson also scored in the game.

  • ’Toppers softball loses a pair of 1-run games at tournament

    After suffering one of its worst losses of the season to St. Michael’s on Friday, the Los Alamos girls softball team was able to finish the Kristen Greigo softball tournament with some much better showings.
    The team’s tournament, however, ended with a pair of tough, 1-run losses.
    Los Alamos fell to Robertson in extra innings, 9-8, and then lost its final game of the tournament, 3-2, against St. Pius X on Saturday.
    “On Saturday we played really well defensively and our pitching was good,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “They were very tough games. You hate to lose those 1-run games. We won one Friday, We just couldn’t pull it out (Saturday).”
    Against Robertson, Los Alamos took an 8-4 lead into the seventh inning. Robertson, however, rallied to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
    In the eighth, the teams started the inning with a runner at second base, following international play rules. Los Alamos was unable to score in its half of the inning. Robertson then advanced its runner with a ground ball out and then won the contest on a base hit into right field.
    “We let one get away against Robertson,” coach Anaya said.
    Taylor Jaramillo had a double and three RBI in the game.