• Genero, Salazar commit to play college ball

    Two more Hilltoppers signed letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic careers in college.
    Baseball player Jarrett Genero signed with New Mexico Highlands University and Kayla Salazar signed on with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to play basketball for the Grizzlies.
    The two schools compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.
    Both players also transferred to Los Alamos as upperclassmen and made immediate impacts for the Hilltoppers.
    Genero came to Los Alamos as a junior and gave the ’Toppers a steady glove in the outfield and some extra power with his bat.
    This year, Genero switched to a middle infielder where he was in a position to make more plays.
    He also continued getting big hits, including a 2-RBI double in the state quarterfinals against Centennial and a four-RBI performance against Moriarty in the first round of state.
    The Los Alamos baseball team finished 20-9 this year, losing to Centennial in the quarterfinals, 5-4. Centennial went on to win the state championship, beating St. Pius X 13-1 in the semis and Goddard 5-4 in the championship game.
    Salazar transferred from Española Valley to Los Alamos this year and gave the ’Toppers a strong outside shooting threat.

  • Hilltopper girls take second at state track meet

    ALBUQUERQUE— Thirteen Hilltopper girls got to step on the podium at the Class 5A state track and field championships, helping Los Alamos finish second as a team.
    “It was an amazing weekend,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said. “The girls far exceeded expectations and did everything that was possible in order to win the runner-up trophy. We went in to the meet as 40-point underdogs and finished only nine points out of first.”
    Los Alamos scored 69 points to take second while Piedra Vista won with 78. Los Lunas (36), Roswell (33) and St. Pius X (30) rounded out the top five.
    Eight Hilltopper boys also stepped on the podium as the Los Alamos boys’ team finished 13th with 18 team points. Albuquerque Academy won the boys’ title with 55.5 points, followed by Farmington (52), Lovington (51), Piedra Vista (32) and Belen (31).
    Besides bringing home a red team trophy, the Hilltopper girls also scored some gold, silver, bronze and other-colored medals at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls had two first-place finishes, both in relays.
    Los Alamos won the 4x100-meter relay and the 1600-medley relay, scoring 10 points apiece for the girls.
    In the first race Saturday, the 4x100, Los Alamos set the tone for the rest of the day.

  • LA loses battle with Centennial in quarters

    ALBUQUERQUE — The No. 7 Los Alamos baseball came close to knocking off the second seeded Centennial Hawks Thursday at Eldorado High School. Centennial’s only lead of the game came in extra innings, but Los Alamos was unable to even things up after that and ended up falling, 5-4, in the quarterfinals.
    “What a battle,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “They fought. We fought. A lot of the runs didn’t come easy for either team.”
    Los Alamos led 1-0 and 2-0 before Centennial tied the game in the fourth. The ’Toppers then took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth, but Centennial was able to tie the contest once again in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
    After Centennial scored a run in the eighth, things looked bleak for Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers caught a break. After two ’Toppers struck out, James Neal hit a high pop up in the infield. Three Hawks could have caught the ball, but Centennial’s second baseman called for it. The ball hit his glove, but bounced out to keep Alamos in the game. Los Alamos then loaded the bases —Connor Mang reached on an error after a hard hit and Jarrett Genero got hit by a pitch.
    With the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second, Los Alamos grounded out to Centennial’s second baseman to end the game.

  • Hilltoppers taking full rosters to state track meet

    Los Alamos will be well represented at the Class 5A state track and field championships today and tomorrow at the University of New Mexico.
    In the girls’ championships, Los Alamos will have at least one athlete competing in all 19 events.
    The Hilltopper boys will have a competitor in 13 of the 19 events.
    Entering the championships with the top seeds will be the Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ 1600-meter medley relays.
    The girls’ 1600 medley relay enters the state tournament with the fastest time in Class 5A so far — 4 minutes, 18.89 seconds, which 1.3 seconds faster than the next best time, Albuquerque Academy’s.
    Sienna Ahlers (200), Sophie Wood (200), Elena Abeyta (400) and Talia Dreicer (800) ran that time at the Los Alamos Invite.
    The boys’ 1600 medley team will take the second-fastest time into state, a 3:38.10, which is just .33 seconds behind St. Pius X’s time. Kevin Maresca (200), Ben Schauer (200), Koby Cotter (400) and Hayden Walker (800) ran that time at the District 2-5A championship last weekend.
    Los Alamos has four other relays that can score points, too.
    The girls’ 4x100 ranks No. 3 in 50.06 seconds.
    The girls’ 4x200 is No. 6 with a 1:48.20 while its 4x400 ranks fourth at 4:11.92.

  • LA girls' golf takes fourth at state

    The Los Alamos girls' golf team finished fourth at the Class 5A state championships, held Monday and Tuesday at Farmington's Piñon Hills golf course.
    The Hilltoppers shot a 419 on the first day, which also had them in fourth-place, one shot ahead of Goddard. Both of teams shot considerably lower scores on the second day, but Los Alamos was able to pull away from the Rockets with a 402. Los Alamos' two-day total was 821, six shots ahead of Goddard.
    Artesia and St. Pius X tied for first at 750, but Artesia claimed the championship after winning a one-hole playoff. Lovington shot a 792 to take third. Albuquerque Academy finished sixth at 867 and Piedra Vista took seventh with an 871.
    Jennifer Necker led Los Alamos with a 176. After day one, Necker was in 11th place after shooting a 95. On the second day of the tournament, however, Necker knocked 14 strokes off her score to pass numerous golfers and finish in sixth place overall, giving her a second-straight all-tournament honor. Necker also finished sixth in the state last year.
    Faith Koh had Los Alamos' next best score, shooting a 98 and a 102 to finish with a two-day score of 200. The 200 gave her the 18th best score at the tournament.
    Leah Mountain also scored both days for Los Alamos, shooting a 111 and 110 to finish with a 221 for Los Alamos.

  • Mang coming on strong for UNM

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has been coming on strong lately for the University of New Mexico baseball team.
    Against New Mexico State on May 3, Mang had his first really big game as a Lobo. Mang went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in all three of New Mexico’s runs, helping UNM beat the Aggies, 3-2, and win the Rio Grande rivalry series, three games to one.
    Mang followed up that performance with a 3-for-5 outing with two RBI against UNLV May 6.
    He went 1-for-5 and scored a run in the second game against UNLV, but concluded the series by going 2-for-4 and knocking in another pair of runs.
    Mang is now batting .283 for UNM. He’s also scored 29 runs and drove in 25 more runs so far this season for the Lobos.
    The Lobos are currently 32-18 overall and 17-7 in the Mountain West Conference. That 17-7 conference mark has them in first place heading into this week’s series against third-place Nevada (27-20, 16-8 MW).
    The Lobos will host the Wolf Pack at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
    Nevada is currently riding a nine-game winning streak.
    The Lobos will close out their regular season at Air Force the following weekend and then return home to host the Mountain West championships May 25-29.

  • Track teams capture district championships

    High winds affected some of the times and distances at the District 2-5A track meet Friday, but it didn’t stop Los Alamos from continuing its reign on top of the district.
    The Hilltopper boys won their 24th consecutive district title while the Hilltopper girls won their 17th straight district title at the two-day meet held at Del Norte.
    The Hilltopper boys won their title with 170 points, followed by Bernalillo (105), Del Norte (72), Capital (50) and Española Valley (50).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, scored 255 points to run away with their title. Del Norte finished second with 77 points, followed by Bernalillo (54), Española Valley (23) and Capital (23).
    “It’s a tribute to everyone on the team and everyone contributed to our 17th consecutive team title,” girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    With the top-two finishers in each event at the district meet qualifying for state, the Hilltopper girls will now be represented in every event at the state meet.
    In the 800-meters race, Sydney Schake finished first in 2 minutes, 38.08 seconds to qualify while Maddy Beck also qualified with her second-place finish (2:38.80).
    Emily Mercer finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.02) and also scored a district title in the 300-hurdles (50.29).

  • Softball eliminated in first round of state

    A tough first inning was too much for the Los Alamos softball team to overcome against Miyamura Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state championships.
    Miyamura, the No. 6 seed, scored eight runs in the first inning to jump out to a huge lead and then held on to beat Los Alamos, 11-0.
    The toughest part of the first inning is that Los Alamos had a chance to get out of it without giving up any runs.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out Miyamura’s leadoff hitter. The Patriots then got a bloop single. The batter after that hit a ground ball to third, but Los Alamos was unable to turn it into an out. Later in the inning, before Miyamura had scored, Lockhart got her second strike out. Instead of it ending the inning, however, the Patriots still had the bases loaded and were able to capitalize on the extra opportunity.
    “Once that happened, it was hard to recover,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    After that, Los Alamos limited the Patriots to one run in the third inning and two in the fourth.
    Anaya said most of Miyamura’s hits in the game were bloop singles. With the fence 300 feet deep in centerfield, he had the outfielders purposely playing deep so they could keep everything in front of them. Miyamura only hit the ball hard a couple of times, but their hits were effective.

  • Hilltopper boys reach state tennis finals

    ALBUQUERQUE — At the beginning of the season, Los Alamos head boys’ tennis coach Lloyd Wilton said his team had a chance to win the state title this year.
    Saturday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center, his squad reached the championship match.
    The No. 2 Hilltopper boys beat No. 7 Artesia 8-1 in the quarterfinals.
    The ‘Toppers then squared off with the third-ranked Farmington Scorpions in the semifinals.
    Los Alamos started the match strong, winning two of the three double matches. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang won at No. 1 doubles while Andrew Aboshousha and Thomas Chadwick won at No. 2 doubles.
    Los Alamos then scored three wins in singles to beat Farmington, 5-3, and advance to the state championship finals against Albuquerque Academy.
    Academy, however, stayed perfect in the team bracket, beating Los Alamos 5-0 to win the Class 5A championships.
    Academy also beat Piedra Vista 5-0 and Centennial 9-0 en route to its title.
    Like the Hilltopper boys, Los Alamos’ girls also entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Academy.
    Los Alamos beat No. 7 Goddard, 7-2, in the quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls also took on Farmington in the semifinals. While every match was tight, Katya Skurikhin’s match at No. 4 singles was a marathon.

  • Character, heroics help LA reach quarters

    The main thing that stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after beating Moriarty in the first round the state baseball playoffs was his team’s character.
    “The character of the whole weekend was awesome,” Gill said.
    Game one of the series never should have went into extra innings, but two Los Alamos errors in the seventh inning helped Moriarty score a run and tie the game, 2-2.
    A throwing error to start the ninth inning then helped Moriarty take a 4-2 lead.
    Los Alamos could have easily thrown in the towel and tried to regroup Saturday to win the best-of-three series. The ‘Toppers, however, had a sense of urgency to take care of business Friday.
    “We preach that it’s what you do after a mistake that’s important,” Gill said.
    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4.
    Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty’s lead to 4-3.
    Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
    James Neal then stepped up to the plate. Eleven pitches later, he drew a walk to bring in the tying run.