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  • Character, heroics help LA reach...

    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.

  • Nukes win state title

    Trailing San Juan by 17 points in Saturday’s state championship game, the Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club pulled together and started playing as a team.
    “I’m really proud of the kids,” coach Demitrio Cardiel said. “It would have been easy to roll over; everything was going wrong.”
    By consolidating better, the team started letting the ball do the movement instead of trying to do too much individually. Overall, they started playing technically sound rugby and rallied back to win the championship game, 36-29.
    “It takes brains to play rugby,” Cardiel said. “The kids buckled down and started thinking about the process. They had to adapt to win that game and they had to come together.”
    Besides being a smart group, Cardiel attributed the team’s title to their passion.
    In the championship game for Los Alamos, Joey Sorenson scored two tries, Preston Brown scored two tries and two conversions while Quinton Brown scored two tries and one conversion.

  • LA wins with walk-off grand slam...

    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, in game one of their first-round state baseball series Friday.

    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 drew a walk to bring in the tying run. Connor Mang then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and put an exclamation point on the game. Mang smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to end the game with Los Alamos on top.

    Before that, the Fighting Pintos had made some big plays to put themselves in a position to win the game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Moriarty scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Moriarty then put the pressure on Los Alamos with a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead.

    Los Alamos, however, kept fighting to win the game.

    Runs were hard to come by for most of the game.

  • LASG gymnasts score team title...

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics girls’ team attended the Xcel USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships recently and many of the team’s competitors ended their season on a high note.
    In all, the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics gymnasts brought home a team championship, 10 all-around medals and 37 individual event medals. All four of its upper-level gymnasts also qualified for the regional championships.
    The silver-level team won the team competition bringing home the first-place trophy. It was a rewarding meet and season end for the girls and their coach, Svetlana Skurikhin, as their day-to-day hard work paid off big.
    Anika Lovato was Los Alamos’ high scorer in the silver division. She netted a 37.05 all around total, putting her in second place in the juniors’ age division.
    Lovato took more gold than just the team award — she finished first on two events. Her 9.45 on beam and a 9.20 on uneven bars both resulted in gold medals. She also won bronze on both vault and floor with a 9.20 on each.
    Teammate Chantel Biebeault finished right behind her, scoring a 37.00 all-around and taking bronze in the same age division. Biebeault also won a gold medal on vault with 9.45, and silvers on both the floor and beam with 9.45 and 9.30, respectively.

  • LA golfers head to state Monday

    The Los Alamos girls’ golf team will compete in the Class 5A state championships Monday and Tuesday at Farmington’s Piñon Hills Golf Course.
    Jenner Necker, who shot seven state-qualifying legs this season, will also be competing for an individual title.
    Joining Necker in the state championships are teammates Emily Moulton, Malorie Apgar, Leah Mountain and Faith Koh.
    Moulton and Mountain also shot state-qualifying legs this year.
    Los Alamos shot five state-qualifying legs this year, two more than the required three, to reach the championships. The Hilltopper girls shot two of those legs at the Los Alamos Golf Course, two at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course and one leg at the Ladera Golf Course.
    The ’Toppers will now compete against Artesia, who shot a state-qualifying leg in all 11 tournaments the team played in the this year, Goddard, Albuquerque Academy, Lovington, Piedra Vista and St. Pius X.
    St. Pius X had nine state-qualifying legs while Goddard and Lovington each had eight.
    Three of Los Alamos’ state-legs came in the fall, but Los Alamos shot two consecutive legs on its home course to end its regular season April 26 and 27.

  • Doubles duos take third at state

    Los Alamos’ top boys’ and girls’ doubles teams both placed third at the Class 5A state championships Thursday.
    Lauryn Anaya and Katya Skurikhin won a bronze and so did George Margevicius and Andrew Tang.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff also reached the third-place match in girls’ singles, but finished fourth.
    After losing to eventual champs, Centennial’s Alberson and Alberson, in three sets during the semifinals, Anaya and Skurikhin took on another duo from Centennial in the third-place match, Raess and Benitez.
    Anaya and Skurikhin won the first set, 7-5, but Raess and Benitez battled back to win the second set, 6-4.
    The deciding third set was also close, but Anaya and Skurikhin finished strong to win the set, 6-4, and the match.
    Margevicius and Tang also lost to the eventual champs, Albuquerque Academy’s Hootman and Hootman, in the semifinals.
    The Los Alamos team then squared off with Piedra Vista’s Halgryn and Aligarbes in the third-place match.
    Piedra Vista started strong and won the first set, 7-6. Margevicius and Tang, however, rallied back and won the second set, 6-4, to force a third set. Margevicius and Tang then closed out the match with a 6-4 win in the third set to win the bronze.

  • New golf course manager begins...

    Sam Logan will begin his tenure as the Los Alamos Golf Course manager Monday.
    Logan comes to Los Alamos with nearly 20 years of golf course management experience, which includes work with the PGA Tour/Tournament Players Club, the International Management Group, Troon Golf and Four Seasons resorts.
    He has been named the “Most Admired Operator in the Golf Business” by Golf Inc. magazine.
    He also earned the “Best New Facility” award from Troon during his seven years with them.
    His pre-golf career included a full career in the United States Army.
    He comes to Los Alamos with customer service ideas gleaned in the private sector.
    He is also a PGA member.
    Logan was selected for the position several weeks ago and is moving here from Columbia.
    His wife and son will join him this summer after the school year finishes.
     

  • 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.