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  • Battling for the ball
  • Altmann sends it in Alaska

    With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Garrett Altmann didn’t hold anything back, Monday, in Haines, Alaska.
    After three attempts, the conditions finally allowed the Freeride World Tour’s competitors to take on The Venue in Alaska. The tour had been there for nine days, but the wait paid off with sunny skies and fresh snow.
    Altmann started the day in 15th place and needed to move into the top-12 to advance to the tour’s finale in Verbier, Switzerland.
    On the top section Altmann launched off a cliff and was in the air long enough to do a couple of tricks — crossing his skis and then doing what the judges called a “donkey kick.”
    On the bottom section Altmann went big again, tossing a front flip off of a blind rollover. He was unable to land the rick, however, and ended up doing a couple of cartwheels before regaining control.
    Altmann fell once more in a tight spine section and ended up kicking both skis off while tumbling down in his slough.
    The two falls kept him from moving up in the tour’s rankings and qualifying for Verbier, but the good news for Altmann is he’ll get another chance.

  • LA baseball team goes 1-2 at...

    The Los Alamos baseball team took on the defending state champs, Piedra Vista, for a second time this season on Saturday. For the second time Piedra Vista was able to beat the ’Toppers by a 3-2 score, but it needed extra innings to get the win.
    “It was a good ball game,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The Panthers led 2-0 after five innings, but Los Alamos fought back.
    Connor Mang started the top of the sixth inning with a single. Jared Mang hit a single and moved Connor to third base. Lane Saunders then got an RBI with a ground out.
    Los Alamos tied the game in the seventh. Jarrett Genero singled. Zealand Waltersheid laid down a sacrifice bunt to put Genero in scoring position. Then Jake Rutten hit a single into right field to bring Genero home.
    Piedra Vista had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Los Alamos’ defense came through and made a play at the plate. With a runner on second, Piedra Vista hit a single into center field. Jared Mang fielded the ball and threw home. Trevor Pacheco did a good job blocking home, Gill said, and tagged the runner out to send the game into extra innings.
    In the bottom of the ninth, however, two Los Alamos errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Piedra Vista then plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

  • Altmann, world tour on hold in...

    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.

  • Pajarito closing for the ski...

    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.

  • Fourteen is the new 12 at NCAA...

    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.

  • Los Alamos lacrosse looking to...

    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.

  • 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).

  • LA softball wins third straight

    JACONA — The Los Alamos softball team scored its third straight win Tuesday, beating Pojoaque 8-2.
    “It feels nice to finally start winning and be playing as a team,” captain Elizabeth Anaya said. “It’s nice to be on track.”
    Madeline Lockhart pitched a complete game for the ’Toppers, striking out seven and seeming to get more and more confident as the game went on. She retired 12 of the last 13 batters she faced.
    “I felt good,” Lockhart said. “I knew my defense had my back if they hit anything.”
    Los Alamos never trailed in the game. Back-to-back doubles by Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica put Los Alamos up 1-0 in the first inning.
    Pojoaque tied the game with two singles and a walk in the bottom of the first, but Jaramillo helped Los Alamos get out of the inning by snagging a foul ball behind the plate.
    Pojoaque threatened again in the second after a leadoff double, but left fielder Rebecca Luster caught a fly ball and turned two. Then shortstop Makaela Jones made a running catch in the hole to end the inning.
    “Our defense is getting better and better every day,” Los Alamos Head Coach Roger Anaya said.

  • Hilltoppers win pure hockey...

    SANTA FE — After battling teams with players from multiple high schools all season, Los Alamos and Taos stepped on the ice to decide who was the best pure team in the state on Saturday.
    For the fourth time this year, the answer was Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers beat Taos for the fourth consecutive time, 4-1, to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division’s state championship.
    “It’s an awesome way to finish,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school.”
    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest.
    “(Taos) came out harder than they had all season this game,” senior Hudson Davenport said. The rivalry between the two teams made the win “way more fun,” he said.
    Up 2-1, Los Alamos goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid turned into a brick wall, stopping shot after shot.
    “There were times this year when he was unbeatable and I think you saw that tonight,” Blake said. He took away several goals with his glove hand,”
    Eventually Los Alamos was able to put the game out of reach.