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Today's Sports

  • LA lacrosse eliminated in first...

    The New Mexico High School Lacrosse Association expanded its playoffs this year from four teams to six teams.
    After finishing fourth in the regular-season standings with a 9-5 record, that meant Los Alamos had to play and extra playoff game and begin its state tournament in the quarterfinals instead of the semis.
    The top-two seeds, Santa Fe Prep (14-1) and Sandia Prep (10-2) got byes into the semis while No. 4 Los Alamos had to take on No. 5 Rio Rancho (7-7) and No. 3 Sandia (9-4) had to play No. 6 Coronado (Texas) (4-7) in the quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos and Rio Rancho split their series during the regular season, one game apiece.
    The ’Toppers won the first match, 11-10, but Rio Rancho won the re-match, 14-13.
    The rubber match Tuesday at Overlook Park would not only give the winner the season series victory, it would also give it spot in the semifinals.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, Rio Rancho scored a 10-5 upset to against the Hilltoppers to end Los Alamos’ season.
    Rio Rancho will now take on Santa Fe Prep for a spot in Saturday’s championship game.
    Sandia beat Coronado 1-0 in the other quarterfinal. Sandia will now play Sandia Prep in the semifinals.

  • LA tennis players score all-...

    Two Los Alamos doubles teams and one singles player earned all-state honors Thursday at the Class 5A tennis championships.
    Both Los Alamos squads had a doubles team place third at the tournament while Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff scored her second-straight all-state honor in girls’ singles. After finishing third last year, Hsieh-Ratliff reached the third-place match again this year.
    Doubles teams Katya Skurikhin and Lauryn Anaya and George Margevicius and Andrew Tang also made it into the third-place matches this year.
    Singles players Thomas Chadwick and Junseo Kim and doubles team Alex Csanadi and Andrew Aboshousha were all one win away from placing, but got eliminated in the quarterfinals.
    To reach the third-place match, Hsieh-Ratliff, the No. 3 seed, won her first round match against Goddard’s Noor Osmani in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
    In the quarterfinals, Hsieh-Ratliff took on No. 6 Elise Ballard of Farmington. The first set was tight, but Hsieh-Ratliff managed to win it 7-6 (4). After the long first set, Hsieh-Ratliff shut out Ballard in the second set, 6-0, to move on to the semifinals.

  • LA baseball, softball ready to...

    New Mexico will crown its final state champions of the school year over the next two weeks.
    This weekend, the chase for the blue trophies in baseball and softball both begin.
    The No. 7 seeded Los Alamos baseball team will host No. 10 Moriarty in the first round, beginning at 4 p.m. today.
    The No. 11 Los Alamos softball team, meanwhile, will travel to Gallup to take on the No. 6 seeded Miyamura Patriots.
    The structure of each tournament, however, is completely different.
    In baseball, the first round is a best-of-three showdown. After that, the tournament turns into a single-elimination bracket.
    Softball is run almost the opposite way. The first round is single elimination and then the bracket turns into double elimination. After the first round, the winners move on in the championship bracket while the losers can still fight their way back through the consolation bracket to win the state championship.
    Both Los Alamos teams start with tough tests in the first round.

  • Foley commits to NMHU

    Los Alamos senior Sierra Foley signed her national letter of intent Tuesday to play college volleyball for New Mexico Highlands University. Foley led Los Alamos with 313 kills last year, averaging 4.1 kills per set. She also served 38 aces and blocked 28 shots to help Los Alamos finish 19-4 and reach the Class 5A state quarterfinals. She’ll join teammate Brianna Montaño on Highlands’ volleyball team.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club reaches the...

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club scored a pair of playoff wins Saturday to earn a spot in the state finals.
    The Nukes beat El Paso Cathedral, 27-22, and then the Cibola Cougars, 17-5, in the semifinals.
    Los Alamos will now play the San Juan Spartans in the 10-man final at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
    San Juan is a new a club this year, comprised of players from Farmington, Aztec, Piedra Vista and Shiprock.
    The two squads met earlier in the season and Los Alamos pulled out a 12-5 victory.
    Now they’ll play for the blue trophy. The game will be streamed online on Rugby Saturday USA’s website.
     

  • Softball secures second place

    The Los Alamos softball locked up second place in District 2-5A Saturday by splitting its doubleheader against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos won the first game 6-5 in 10 innings and lost the second game, 13-3.
    “I was a little disappointed that we lost the second game, but the main thing was we needed to split to get second place and we did that,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the first game, Los Alamos scored one run in the third and two in the fifth.
    Del Norte, however, rallied late. The Knights scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie it, 3-3, and send the contest into extra innings.
    Neither team scored in the first two extra innings, but then Del Norte put the pressure on Los Alamos with a pair of runs in the top of the tenth.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos scored three runs to get the key victory. Taylor Collins drove in the winning run for Los Alamos.
    “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we have been hitting lately, but we got key hits when we needed them,” Anaya said.
    Madeline Lockhart pitched all 10 innings for Los Alamos to get the win. She struck out 13 batters while only walking one.
    Makaela Jones had an RBI and scored three times. Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and scored once.

  • Baseball sweeps Del Norte to...

    The Los Alamos baseball team just needed to win one game Saturday against Del Norte to win its eighth consecutive district title.
    The ’Toppers won both games, 8-1 and 9-4, to lock up the title.
    Both contests, however, were closer than the final scores.
    The first game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning. Some big hits and a little bit of luck, however, helped Los Alamos score three runs. James Neal walked to start the inning and then Connor Mang hit a triple deep into right field to bring him home.
    The next batter struck out, and then Mang headed home on a pitch. The batter, however, missed the sign to bunt and Mang was trapped in a pickle. It looked as if Mang would be tagged out, but Del Norte’s third baseman overthrew his catcher and Mang was able to run home and put Los Alamos up, 2-0.
    Later in the inning, Lane Saunders scored on a Zealand Waltersheid single and Los Alamos went up, 3-0.
    A throwing error after a dropped third strike helped Del Norte score in the fifth inning.
    In the bottom of the sixth inning, Los Alamos put the game out of reach with five base hits.

  • Hilltoppers shine in home track...

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams defended their home turf Friday, winning both titles at the Los Alamos Invite.
    The Hilltopper girls finished first with 189 points, followed by Santa Fe (78), St. Michael’s (64), Taos (46), Pojoaque (39), Española Valley (12) and Capital (3).
    The Hilltopper boys scored 132 points to take first, followed by Taos (122.5), St. Michael’s (56), Capital (42.5), Española (36), Pojoaque (30) and Santa Fe (15).
    The 1600-meter medley relay led the way for the girls’ team, running the fastest state-qualifying time in Class 5A so far this season.
    Sienna Ahlers and Sophie Wood ran 200s, Elena Abeyta ran the 400 and Talia Dreicer anchored the team in the 800, combining to finish first in 4 minutes, 18.89 seconds.
    Wood also qualified for state in the triple jump, jumping 33 feet, 4 inches to take second behind teammate Elizabeth Lockhart (34-0).
    The boys’ 4x400 relay also punched its tickets to the state championships. Nathaniel Ortega, Hayden Walker, Koby Cotter and Miroslav Betts finished third in 3:31.08 to qualify for state.
    Macklin Cunico also improved his previous state-qualifying mark in the javelin.
    “It feels good to get improvements instead of just plateauing,” Cunico said.

  • Tennis teams score 2-5A titles

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both earned the No. 2 seed at the Class 5A state championships after dominating performances at the District 2-5A championships.
    The Hilltopper boys shut out Española Valley, 9-0, to win the district while the girls beat the Sundevils, 8-1, to win their championship.
    The top-three singles players and doubles duos also qualified for state, and Los Alamos grabbed 10 out of those 12 spots.
    The Hilltopper boys claimed the top-three spots in both the singles and doubles tournaments.
    Thomas Chadwick won the district’s singles title, beating teammate JD Downing in the finals. Junseo Kim finished third to grab the district’s final spot at the state meet.
    In the doubles tournament, George Margevicius and Andrew Tang finished first, beating teammates Andrew Aboshousha and Alex Csanadi in the finals.
    Donald Poston and Martin Naud finished third to also qualify for state.
    The Hilltopper girls had four individual qualifiers, finishing first and third in both the singles’ and doubles’ tournaments.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff won the singles bracket, beating Bernalillo’s Rachel Layden in the finals, 6-4, 6-0.

  • Pajarito gearing up for summer...

    Pajarito Mountain officials touted a successful winter season and announced plans for a robust summer season filled with mountain biking and festivals.
    Pajarito Mountain and its sister resort, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, experienced a combined 23 percent increase in skier visits over the previous year.
    Pajarito opened for ski season on Nov. 27, one of the earliest starts in recent history, operating a total of 87 days, also the most for the resort in recent years.
    Pajarito offered skiers and snowboarders a consistent operating schedule of five days a week, a schedule that will continue again next winter.
    “Going into this winter, our team had several goals: to fill the pond, open Pajarito on ‘White Friday,’ expand our operating schedule and, most importantly, to provide the best skiing possible to every guest that visited this mountain,” Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain, said. “I’m proud to announce we were able to accomplish all of those objectives. While we continue to make huge strides, we only see more opportunities to expand upon those accomplishments and we’re eager to continue taking our operations to the next level at Pajarito.”