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Today's Sports

  • ’Toppers beat Hope by 10-run...

    The Los Alamos baseball team beat Hope Christian by the mercy-rule, 12-2, in five innings Thursday.
    Center fielder Jarrett Genero made the play of the game in the first inning for Los Alamos.
    Hope Christian’s Casey Karler was in scoring position after getting a single and then stealing second. Tanner Larson then hit a Lane Saunders pitch into shallow center. Karler took off running as soon as he saw where the ball was going.
    Genero, however, got a great jump on the ball, sprinted in and made a diving catch. Genero then threw to second for an easy double play.
    The Hilltoppers also came through with their bats, scoring more runs against Hope than they had their previous four games combined.
    They scored twice in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the third, twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth inning.
    Smart base running also gave the Hilltoppers numerous extra bases throughout the game.
    In the first inning Connor Mang walked and took second on a passed ball. Jared Mang then walked and the brothers advanced on a double steal.
    Connor scored on a Trevor Pacheco RBI ground out that also helped Jared get to third.

  • Sports Briefs 3-12-15

    Deadline approaching for big-game hunting licenses
    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters that March 18 is the deadline to apply for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina and Barbary sheep licenses.
    The department expects more than 160,000 applicants for about 60,000 licenses.
    Hunters must complete their applications before 5 p.m. March 18. All applicants previously must have created an online account at onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us

    Freeride fundraiser
    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team is going to the USASA National Championships.
    To raise money to help pay entry fees and travel costs, the team is hosting a pizza party, movie premier and silent auction. The fundraiser will take place 7 p.m. March 21 at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from any team member.
    For more information, email PajaritoFreerideTeam@gmail.com

  • Pajarito ready to celebrate...

    Who’s the best skier at Pajarito Mountain? This Saturday, a costume-clad king and queen will emerge during the ski area’s annual Skiesta.
    To win the king or queen moniker, participants must compete in the costume contest, the sloppy slalom and the jump contest.
    Additionally, they’ll have to race in either the Pinhead rondo, the giant slalom or through moguls on the Aspen headwall.
    Skiers and snowboarders of all ages will compete against each other to be mountain royalty, and for bragging rights.
    Pajarito general manager Tom Long said some of the competitions during Skiesta are serious, but most of them are just for fun.
    People can register for any competition, or for all of them, Saturday in Pajarito’s lodge. There’s no entry fee for any of the competitions, participants just need to buy a lift ticket.
    For people not wanting to compete, they can sit back and watch some of the shenanigans from the lodge with an adult beverage in hand.
    Pajarito will build the jump for the contest right in front of the lodge.
    Participants will be able to catch a few feet of air on the jump, or send it huge if they want.
    The jump contest will take place at 2 p.m.

  • LA girls eliminated in state...

    ALBUQUERQUE— Defense is what got the Los Alamos girls basketball team to The Pit and for most if its quarterfinal contest against Roswell, it kept the game pretty even. One bad quarter, however, helped the Coyotes take a double-digit lead that they held on to the rest of the way, winning the game 53-41 to bump Los Alamos out of the state tournament.
    “We started out really strong — we came out with a lot of confidence and heart,” senior captain Amber Logan said. “They got ahead in the second (quarter) and it was hard to come back.”
    Seven steals and three blocked shots helped the Hilltoppers take a 10-5 lead into the second quarter. Hannah Sledzik stole a pass on Roswell’s first possession. Then Ashley Logan ended the quarter by chasing down a Roswell player and slapping her shot away.
    After Los Alamos’ pressure defense gave Roswell tons of trouble in the opening quarter, the Coyotes started finding some open seams in the defense, getting past the press to score points in the paint. The ’Toppers also committed their seventh team foul just 40 seconds into the quarter, sending Roswell to the free-throw line for every infraction after that.
    Los Alamos forced one turnover in the second quarter, and scored 1 point, while Roswell chalked up 16 points to take control of the game.

  • Hilltoppers hang on for softball...

    In the seventh inning, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was up by 8 runs and was just one out from victory.
    Then things got more interesting.
    Down to their last out, the Moriarty Fighting Pintos put together a big rally, and within about 5 minutes of elapsed time, had the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run on second.
    Moriarty came up with four hits and took advantage of a couple of walks and a couple of misplays by the Hilltopper defense to score 7 runs.
    But Los Alamos’ Madeline Lockhart, coming on in relief of Jordan Hammock in that final inning, got Moriarty’s Morgan Ware to ground out to end the game and give the Hilltoppers a 9-8 victory at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    Prior to the seventh, the game had been all Los Alamos. Los Alamos jumped on Moriarty early, scoring twice in the home half of the first and four times in the second to take command.
    In the second, center fielder Shelby Chavez came through with a 2-run single down the third base line and Jordan Jaramillo had an infield hit to drive in another run, giving the Hilltoppers a 6-0 edge.
    Los Alamos pushed another two runs across in the third with Lockhart scoring on a Moriarty error and Chavez scoring as part of a delayed double steal.

  • LA hockey goes 1-2 in...

    After beating Taos 3-0 in the second round, the Hilltoppers lost their next two games to be eliminated from the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey championship tournament.
    Los Alamos and Taos, however, will play again for the league's pure division championship at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at Santa Fe's Geneva Chavez Community Center
    In the championship bracket's semifinal on Saturday, the No. 2 seeded Hilltoppers squared off against No. 3 Coronado (Texas).
    Coronado struck first in the second period, but Hud Davenhall scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 1. Coronado took the lead back, but then Tristan Roach assisted Davenhall to end the period tied.
    Coronado, however, took the lead back and then added an insurance goal with two minutes left in the game to win the contest, 4-2.
    In the loser's bracket, Los Alamos took on La Cueva. The Hilltoppers led 2-0 after the first period.
    La Cueva got hot in the second period and scored five unanswered goals and held on to beat Los Alamos, 6-3.
    La Cueva then lost to Durango, 5-3, and Durango beat Coronado in a shootout, 5-4, to advance to the league's composite championship game against Franklin (Texas).
    Franklin beat Durango earlier in the tournament, 7-3. Durango, however, led that game, 3-1, heading into the third period.
     

  • LA basketball knocked out in...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team's season came to end in The Pit Tuesday against Roswell.

    Seven steals and three blocked shots helped the Hilltoppers take a 10-5 lead into the second quarter.

    Los Alamos, however, only managed to score 1 point in the second quarter while Roswell chalked up 16. The third and fourth quarters were even, but Los Alamos couldn't catch the Coyotes. Roswell went on to win the game, 53-41.

    "We started out really strong — we came out with a lot of confidence and heart," senior captain Amber Logan said. "They got ahead in the second (quarter) and it was hard to come back."

    After Los Alamos' pressure defense gave Roswell tons of trouble in the opening quarter, the Coyotes found some open seams in the defense during the second quarter to score in the paint.

    The Hilltoppers came out scrappy after halftime and forced six turnovers in both the third and fourth quarters. Ashlynn Trujillo also got hot and scored 16 of her game-high 17 points after the break. The Coyotes, however, managed to stay comfortably ahead.

    "Hats off to Roswell, they executed and showed a lot of poise," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said.

  • 'Toppers win in extra...

    The bases were loaded and the game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Los Alamos' Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate.

    The lefty took a strike. On the next pitch, he squared up to bunt. Connor Mang got a huge jump from third base and when Saunders put the ball in play he sprinted home to score the game-winning run.

    "It was awesome execution," Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.

    For a few innings before that, however, the Hilltoppers struggled against Albuquerque Academy. At one point someone in the dugout even commented that the Hilltoppers had done everything they could to lose the game.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jared Mang ripped a ball over the left-field fence with his brother, Connor, on second base. In the third inning Jared brought his brother home again. After Trevor Pacheco bunted Connor into scoring position, Jared slapped an RBI base hit into centerfield.

    Then Los Alamos kicked a ball, dropped a ball and overthrew the ball to give Academy 3 unearned runs that tied the ball game.

    Even though Academy had all of the momentum, Los Alamos fought back. With two runners on in the eighth, Los Alamos turned a dropped-third-strike into a double play.

  • At The Pit

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team warms up prior to its game this morning against the Roswell Coyotes in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs at WisePies Arena, also known as The Pit. It was the second trip for the Hilltoppers to The Pit, the home of the University of New Mexico’s Lobos, in three years, but it didn’t turn out as well as Los Alamos was hoping, as the team fell 53-41 to the Coyotes.

  • Mushers embark on new Iditarod...

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Iditarod mushers began their 1,000-mile trek across Alaska along a new route Monday after poor trail conditions forced organizers to push the race’s start north, bypassing a mountain range.
    Canadian rookie Rob Cooke, who hails from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, was the first musher to leave Fairbanks as fans looked on from the starting gate and along the expressway.
    The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race usually kicks off 225 miles south in Willow. But because of a lack of snow this year, officials shifted the entire route around the Alaska Range and an area that left many mushers bruised and bloodied last year.
    This is only the second time Fairbanks has hosted the official start; similar low-snow conditions moved the Iditarod there in 2003.
    The finish line remains in Nome, on the state’s wind-whipped western coast.
    The route change eliminates mountainous terrain and a treacherous gorge. But the race now will be run on about 600 miles of river ice, and that can create a whole new set of obstacles.
    Some mushers have hinted the new path might benefit Pete Kaiser, a young musher who recently won an all-river ice sled dog race in southwest Alaska.
    Kaiser disputed that Monday.