Today's Sports

  • Skiers, snowboarders go big in...

    Challenging snow limited the terrain available for this year’s Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos Ski Valley, but athletes aspiring for a spot on the Freeride World Tour didn’t hold back.
    The snowy early season provided enough coverage for the competition to go off, even though it has barely snowed in New Mexico since the beginning of February.
    The dry month restrained the venue to the first section of the West Basin, from Stauffenberg to Waterfowl.
    Typically the first day of the competition stretches all the way to the big lines down Heavy Timber and Bamboo before the finals move over to Kachina Peak.
    The hard-packed snow and limited terrain didn’t hinder the quality of the competition.
    The most crowd-pleasing lines included back flips and 360s thrown off of cliffs, linked with as much other air as the riders could find on their way down.
    A triple air down the looker’s left side of Staffenberg was a popular line for the athletes to link some big airs with steep, relatively open landings.
    One skier ventured into WaterFowl, a forest that dead-ends with some mandatory big air, in the final. He dropped off a small cliff and almost immediately off of a second, bigger cliff. He stomped the double drop and the crowd erupted with applause as he flew out of the trees.

  • Hockey rallies at year-end...

    Los Alamos played some of its best hockey of the season over the weekend at the year-end tournament in Taos.
    Los Alamos scored three wins and lost one game, proving its one of the best teams around.
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas), 8-2, El Paso Franklin, 9-5, and La Cueva, 4-3, but then fell to league’s top team, Cibola, 5-1.
    Against Permian Basin, Los Alamos scored first, but the Pump Jacks came back and tied the contest, 1-1. Los Alamos, however, scored the next five goals to cruise to the first-round victory.
    The contest against Franklin was much closer. The game was tied 3-3 and 4-4, but the Hilltoppers scored five third-period goals to pull away late.
    A big third period also helped the ’Toppers beat La Cueva. Los Alamos trailed 3-1 to start the third, but scored three goals in the final period to win the contest. Charlie Christensen scored the game-winning goal with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the contest.
    Cibola, however, solidified its spot at the top of the league in the tournament. Cibola beat Santa Fe 10-1, Taos, 7-1 and then Los Alamos, 5-1 to secure its spot in the composite championship.

  • Four Hilltoppers qualify for...

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams began their season Saturday at the Chili Quad, and four Hilltopper athletes already punched their tickets to the state championships.
    Liz Lockhart made sure she’ll get a chance to defend her state title in the triple jump. She qualified for state, and won the meet, with leaps totalling 34 feet, 3.5 inches.
    Talia Dreicer won the 800-meter race with a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
    Maddy Foley also qualified for state in the 3200 with a time of 12:13.81, which was good enough for third at the meet.
    Liam Johnson was the lone Hilltopper boy to qualify for state. Johnson won the pole vault with a state-qualifying leap of 12-3.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls won the meet with 96 points, followed by St. Pius X (78.5), Albuquerque Academy (64) and Sandia Prep (32.5).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished second with 96 points behind Albuquerque Academy (102). St. Pius X finished third (75) and Sandia Prep was fourth (13).
    Los Alamos had several other first-place finishes at the meet.
    Celeste Levy won the 100-meter dash in 13.55.
    Sophia Galvez won the 1600 in 5:31.05.
    Fiona Rogers cleared 5-8 to win the high jump.
    Zoe Challacombe won both the shot put (30-9) and the discus (83-4).

  • LA girls eliminated by Española...

    The third time wasn't the charm and neither was the fourth time for the Los Alamos girls' basketballl team. The Española Valley Sundevils beat Los Alamos once again, this time in the Class 5A quarterfiinals, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers' season.

    Los Alamos finished 22-8 overall. Half its losses were to the Sundevils.

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the quarterfinal contest had the makings for another epic showdown, but the game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.

    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils' lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.

    Española made 18 of its 26 first-half field goal attempts for a 69 percent shooting percentage. Los Alamos, meanwhile, made eight of its 32 field goal attempts in the first half, a 25 percent shooting performance.

    Los Alamos actually won the second half, 29-28, but the it didn't make much of a dent in the 51-23 deficit it took into halftime.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for more.

  • Girls' basketball moves on...

    With just over a minute left in their first-round state playoff game, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team led Goddard by a single point, 58-57.

    Los Alamos led by 11 points to start the quarter, 46-35, but the Camaryn Villalpando and the Rockets surged time and time again in the fourth.

    Villalpando scored Goddard's first 12 points of the quarter and the Rockets cut Los Alamos' lead to 50-49.

    Los Alamos then surged. Ashlynn Trujillo got fouled scoring and added the free throw. Makaela Jones made a pair of free throws and then sunk a 3-pointer to put Los Alamos up 58-51.

    Then the Rockets scored six unanswered points to get back within one of Los Alamos.

    The 'Toppers, however, hit some clutch free throwsdown the stretch on one-and-ones. Trujillo made a pair and then Kayla Salazar made a pair to put Los Alamos up 62-57 with 36 seconds left.

    Goddard sunk a 3-pointer to make it a one basket game with six seconds on the clock. Trujillo, however, made two more free throws and then Jones sealed the deal. Jones stole an inbound pass, got fouled and sunk two free throws to help Los Alamos finish on top, 66-60.

    Jones finished with 12 points and was one of four 'Toppers in double digits. Trujillo led Los Alamos with 18 points. Sophia Roybal scored 15 and Salazar scored 11.

  • Hilltoppers 1-2 after some weird...

    The Los Alamos baseball team has had a weird beginning to its season.
    In its win, Los Alamos didn't have a single base hit and its two losses, Los Alamos actually out-hit its opponents.
    The Piedra Vista doubleheader was especially odd, while Los Alamos' 2-1 loss to Albuquerque High to start the St. Pius X tournament Thursday was more a matter of missed opportunities.
    Splitting against perennial power Piedra Vista, however, was a good start to Los Alamos' season, even if it came in an unconventional way.
    "It was a very weird doubleheader," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "It was a good opening series to go 1-1 with Pedra Vista, but I don't read too much into it. Both teams are going to get better."
    Connor Mang threw four scoreless innings and didn't give up a base hit before he reached his early-season pitch count.
    Lane Saunders then closed out the game, giving up two hits and two runs.
    Los Alamos' offense, meanwhile, was aided by some uncharacteristic Piedra Vista errors.
    "We put a ton of balls in play," Gill said. "We did a good job putting pressure on them."
    Los Alamos applied enough pressure to win the game, 5-2.

  • Eagle Nest closed for ice fishing

    Abiquiu Lake: Anglers reported fair to good fishing for walleye using Rapalas.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 468 cfs.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was excellent using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs, worms and homemade dough baits for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using Kastmasters.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 79 cfs and 77 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, egg patterns and midge patterns for trout.
    Water release from the lakes can alter fishing conditions. The best fishing is on those days when the flow has been consistent for a period of time.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Closed to ice fishing effective Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
    Fishing pressure was very light and our only report was of a few perch caught by anglers using meal worms and small ice jigs. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594.

  • Santa Fe High out of state...

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe High School basketball team will not be competing in the upcoming state tournament after an onboard bus incident left a player with a broken nose.
    Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd says head basketball coach David Rodriguez has been placed on leave while the district investigates hazing allegations at the high school.
    The investigation stems from a Feb. 5 incident while the boys basketball team rode from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe.
    Boyd says surveillance video from the bus ride shows young players on the team being punched repeatedly while coaches ride up front with no intervention.
    Boyd says the surveillance video caused the team to be withdrawn from the tournament.
    The Demons went 9-17 and would have been the No. 16 seed.
    Eldorado (9-18) will take Santa Fe’s place in the tournament for a first-round game Saturday.
    They’ll take on No. 1 Oñate (23-4).

  • Sun Belt Conference to drop New...

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to drop New Mexico State from its football conference beginning in 2018.
    The New Orleans-based conference announced Tuesday that its presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference and not renew agreements with New Mexico State and Idaho.
    Both football teams will play in the conference until 2017.
    New Mexico State President Garrey Carruthers says the school is disappointed but respects the conference’s decision.
    The Sun Belt includes Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy, Texas State, Arkansas State, Appalachian State, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, South Alabama and Coastal Carolina..
    New Mexico State remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for non-football sports.
    The university is currently evaluating options for football.
    The Aggies went 3-9 last year and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conferemce.
    One of those wins was against Idaha, 55-48.
    Idaho is reportedly considering joing the Big Sky Conference, which would make them one of the first FBS teams to drop down to the FCS level.

  • Mang cracks the Lobos’ starting...

    The University of New Mexico baseball team has jumped out to a 6-1 start, and Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has already made an impact for the Lobos.
    The freshman has started all seven games for UNM so far and showed his power a few times already. So far, four his seven hits have gone for extra bases, while his batting average is .226.
    In his first game as a Lobo, versus Hawaii, Mang ripped a double. He then finished the four-game series by smacking a pair of home runs, in the third and fourth games. His two homers are tied for the team’s lead.
    He’s also scored nine runs, including four in UNM’s 17-7 win over Wichita State, and has knocked in seven more RBI.
    The Lobos won three out of four against Hawaii and then swept Wichita State in the three-game series.
    Today through Sunday, the Lobos will be hosting a three-game series against Dallas Baptist at the Santa Ana Star Field, formerly known as Lobo Field.