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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • ’Topper tennis teams advance to...

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams both won their quarterfinal contests Friday at the Class 5A state tennis championships. Both wins, however, were pretty narrow.
    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys beat No. 6 Centennial by a single match, 5-4.
    The Hilltopper girls had a little more breathing room in their victory, but not much. They beat No. 6 Roswell 6-3.
    Both teams took on the No. 2 seed in the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys squared off against Farmington. The Scorpions beat No. 7 Artesisa 8-1 in its quarterfinal.
    No. 1 Albuquerque Academy, which had five of the eight place winners in the singles and doubles competition, played No. 4 Piedra Vista in the other semifinal. The Chargers beat Santa Teresa 9-0 and while No. 4 Piedra Vista took down No. 5 Lovington in the other quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls took on Albuquerque Academy in its semifinal. The Chargers have a strong lineup at the top, which won state titles in singles and doubles, so the bottom matches were key for Los Alamos.
    No. 1 Farmington took on No. 5 Centennial in the other semifinal.
    Farmington beat beat No. 8 St. Pius 8-1 in its quarterfinal while Centennial beat the No. 4 seed Belen 8-1 to reach the semis.

     

  • LA lacrosse plays for title

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team will get to play for a state championship Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will take on Santa Fe Prep, the defending state champs, in the finals at 1 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park.
    Los Alamos snagged the fourth, and final, playoff spot after winning five of its last six regular season games. Los Alamos then upset the undefeated No. 1 seed Sandia in the semifinals Thursday, 15-7.
    Sandia beat the Hilltoppers twice during the regular season, but Los Alamos got goals from seven different players Thursday, including three by Wesley Skidmore, to end Sandia’s season.
    “Our offense was humming all around,” Los Alamos head coach James Miller said.
    Goalie Sam Flemming made save after save and “basically stood on his head,” Miller said, to shut down Sandia’s offense.
    Santa Fe Prep has also beat Los Alamos twice this season, but the two teams haven’t played in over a month.
    “We’ve gotten a lot better since then,” Miller said.
    Santa Fe Prep beat Rio Rancho 11-7 in the other semifinal.

  • Pajarito ski passes on sale now

    Mountain officials at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area are busy gearing up for summer mountain biking and lift rides, yet they still have snow on the brain.
    The 2015-2016 Season Pass Sale is underway now through May 15. Skiers and snowboarders can purchase season passes at the lowest prices of the season — saving up to 45 percent over in-season rates.
     “We’re offering some amazing benefits to season passholders who purchase the Power Pass before May 15,” said Stacey Glaser, Director of Ski Area Marketing.
    Benefits that come with the new Power Pass that expire on May 15 include two free Purgatory lift tickets to share with friends and family, and one free Purgatory Total Adventure ticket with access to five activities per day during the summer season.
     The new Power Pass is one of five distinct season pass products now on sale.
    “For the first time in the history of Pajarito Mountain, guests can get unlimited access to four mountains: Purgatory, Pajarito Mountain, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Arizona Snowbowl,” Glaser said.
    Power passholders get discounted summer chairlift rides at Pajarito Mountain, plus bonus lift tickets at partner ski areas, including Taos Ski Valley, Monarch Mountain and Loveland.