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Today's Sports

  • LA golfers compete at state

    Two Los Alamos golfers competed in the Class 5A state championships, which were held Monday and Tuesday at the Spring River Golf Club in Roswell.
    Jennifer Necker shot an 83 on day one and an 86 on day two to finish sixth in the girls competition with a two-day total of 169.
    Her sixth-place finish was good enough to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
    On the boys side, Jonathan Osden shot an 81 and then an 84 for a two-day total of 165. He finished 19th overall in the boys’ competition.
    Katie Allen won the girls championship with a 149 while Ben Albin shot a 141 to win the boys title.
     

  • Angel Fire Bike Park kicking off...

    After being named the No. 1 bike park in the Southwest for the second year in a row by MTBParks.com, Angel Fire Bike Park is now working to expand its trails for this upcoming season to over 100 miles and is launching a new Global Gravity Season Pass.
    Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest mountain biking destinations in the country, Angel Fire Bike Park is continuing its efforts to ramp up their trails, offer special deals and clinics to those new to the sport and add more races and events to the summer calendar.
    “Our goal has always been to create the most authentic trails for beginner and experienced riders to get excited about,” explained Hogan Koesis, Angels Fire’s bike park director. “Our equal mix of man-made versus natural trails on our mountain is what most people who come to check us outcompliment us on. This season we’re spending more time developing our cross-country trail network and adding mileage and improvements to our existing downhill network.”
    New this season:

  • Hilltoppers hang on to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team held on through a nail-biter this morning to advance to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led 7-2 after 5 innings, but in the top of the sixth, Española Valley came through with 4 runs — Jesus Chavez had a three-run triple to put the Sundevils right back into the ballgame.
    But the Hilltoppers, who came back from two runs down early, got a 2-run single in the third from designated hitter Colin Maddox, one of the Hilltoppers’ first round heroes, to put them up 5-2 at the time. Maddox knocked in 5 of Los Alamos’ runs.

    Los Alamos won by a final of 7-6.
    Jared Mang came on in relief on the mound of his younger brother, Connor in the fourth inning and pitched the rest of the way to earn the victory.

    -Special thanks to KRSN radio for its help with this report

  • LA softball goes down in first...

    The Los Alamos softball team had a tall order in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The No. 14 seeded Hilltopper girls traveled to Roswell to take on the third-seeded Coyotes Saturday, but were shut out 11-0 to get eliminated from the tournament.
    Only four of Roswell’s 11 runs were earned. The Coyotes had eight base hits and walked five times, but Los Alamos also committed three errors in the game.
    Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica and Makaela Jones had Los Alamos’ only base hits in the game.
    Roswell scored twice in the first inning, four times in the second inning and five times in the fourth to end the contest after four-and-a-half innings.
    There weren’t many upsets in the first round. No. 11 Farmington beat No. 6 Los Lunas 4-2 and No. 9 Artesia won at No. 8 Miyamura 19-4, but the higher seeds won the rest of the contests.
    No. 7 Bernalillo, the District 2-5A champs, beat No. 10 Goddard 7-3.
    With the loss, Los Alamos finished its season with a 12-15 record and as the district runners up.

     

  • Los Alamos track teams run away...

    The Los Alamos boys and girls track teams ran away from the competition Saturday in Bernalillo at the District 2-5A championships. The Hilltopper boys won their 23rd consecutive district title with 212 points — more than the next three teams combined. Española Valley (67) finished second, followed by Capital (61), Bernalillo (53) and Del Norte (48).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, won their 16th consecutive district title with 216 teams points — more than the rest of the district combined. Del Norte (112) took second, Bernalillo (44) finished third, Española Valley (35) came in fourth and Capital (24) was fifth.
    Both teams won 12 district championships. The Hilltopper boys also qualified for state in an additional 12 events with top-two finishes while the Hilltopper girls qualified in 11 more events.
    The Hilltopper girls will now take 20 athletes to the state championships, which is the third most in Class 5A, while the Hilltopper boys qualified the most athletes in 5A with 23.
    In 10 events, Los Alamos qualified for state by winning a district championship.
    Sisi Ahlers won the 800 meters race in 2 minutes, 31.84 seconds.
    Ashley Land won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 10 inches to qualify. Land also won the discus (101-5).

  • Hilltopper tennis teams finish...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis seasons both ended in Class 5A state semifinals on Saturday. A spot in the finals, however, wasn’t too far out of either team’s grasp.
    The Hilltopper girls lost to Albuquerque Academy 5-2 in the semifinals, but when the match ended, Astrid Hengartner and Lauryn Anaya were up a set while Laura Whicker and Katya Skurikhin were tied 6-all with the doubles champions.
    A couple close singles matches proved to be the difference.
    Hengartner won at No. 5 singles and Skurikhin won at No. 6 singles.
    Lauryn Anaya, who had previously only won one game against Stacy Pollack, took the first set, 7-6, but eventually fell in three sets at No. 3.
    Lauren Fugate also won a set in a close match, but she eventually lost to Lily Dang in three sets for the third time this season.
    “Overall, I think we scared them,” Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said. “Everyone had their best performances of the season (against Albuquerque Academy).”

  • LA lacrosse finishes second in...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.
    “We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game,” Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. “It was fun. I liked it even though we didn’t win.”
    The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.
    Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the ’Toppers up 1-0.
    Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.
    Right before the quarter ended, however, the Blue Griffens took the lead back.
    Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.
    “We settled down and got our confidence back,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. “We finally realized we could play with them.”

  • LA lacrosse finishes second;...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.

    Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.

    "We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game," Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. "It was fun. I liked it even though we didn't win."

    The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.

    Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the 'Toppers up 1-0. Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.

    Right before the quarter ended, however, the Griffens took the lead back.

    Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.

    "We settled down and got our confidence back," Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. "We finally realized we could play with them."

  • ’Toppers win 2 straight, head to...

    A pair of big pitching performances combined with some less-than-spectacular defense and baserunning propelled the Los Alamos Hilltoppers into the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs.
    Los Alamos swept the best-of-3 series over the Aztec Tigers this weekend at Bomber Field. Los Alamos took Friday’s game over the Tigers 7-4, then won a nail-biter in game two Saturday morning, 3-1.
    The Hilltoppers, the No 3 seed in the 5A tournament, will play the sixth-seeded Española Valley Sundevils in Thursday’s second round — the Sundevils swept their home series this weekend.
    The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled to be played at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
    To cap off the win, Connor Mang had a monster game Saturday. Mang not only came up with the complete-game win, giving up just one hit through his 7 innings of work, he also scored 2 of Los Alamos’ 3 runs.
    Mang launched a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the third inning, breaking the scoreless tie at the time, then had a bloop triple down the right field line in the fifth, eventually coming around to score on an error.
    For Aztec (12-14), the weekend was fraught with blunders that cost it in both games.

  • Sports Briefs 5-10-15

    Soccer tryouts
    The Los Alamos Youth Soccer League will have competitive and pre-competitive team tryouts from May 12-21 for boys and girls in third through eighth grades.
    Visit laysl.org for schedule and more information.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Road Runners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will start at the beginning of the trail to Canada Bonito, between the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge and Camp May.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.
    Registration open for
    Jemez trail races
    The 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races will take place on May 23.
    The mountain trail races include options to run a half-marathon, a 50-kilometer race or a 50-mile race.
    All races start and finish at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa and take runners on Los Alamos County’s trails.
    All runners receive a race T-shirt and race poster. All 50k and 50-mile finishers receive handmade pottery made by the Toya family of the Jemez Pueblo.
    Half-marathon finishers will receive a handmade pottery medallion.
    Runners can register at highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm.