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  • LA drops contests to PV and...

    After a first round victory Thursday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped its final two games of the Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.
    Los Alamos opened up the tournament on a high note, knocking off Fruita (Colo.) Monument, 2-1, its fourth win in a row. Unfortunately, Los Alamos couldn’t follow up, dropping an 8-6 decision to Piedra Vista and a 2-1 decision against Durango, Colo., in the third-place game.
    The two losses placed the Hilltoppers fourth in the tournament.
    The Hilltoppers’ win over Monument Thursday was their fourth straight 1-run victory and gave them a chance to score their first victory of the year over Piedra Vista, which swept them in a doubleheader to start the season.
    However, Piedra Vista (9-3) would take its third straight decision over Los Alamos this season and would go on to beat Farmington 4-1 in the tournament championship Saturday.
    In its contest against Durango’s Demons, Los Alamos limited the Demons to just five hits in the ballgame. However, Los Alamos (6-6) only came up with three hits of its own.
    Los Alamos’ only run came in the sixth inning, which tied the score at 1-1, but Durango (4-2) answered in the bottom half of the inning and was able to shut Los Alamos out in its final at-bat.

  • LA picks up wins over Jags,...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won a pair of matches against District 2-4A opponents this weekend in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ girls, mixing up their lineups this week, topped both Capital and Bernalillo at the Jaguar Quad. Los Alamos blanked Capital 9-0 Friday and knocked off Bernalillo 6-3 Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, who improve to 4-2 in team competition, are once again the favorites to win the 2-4A championship, something they haven’t failed to do since 2000.
    Against Capital, Los Alamos didn’t drop a single set. Capital’s best chance to take sets in that dual came at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, but Ashley Thurgood held off Helen Marin 7-5 in set one in the singles contest and Thurgood and partner Serena Birnbaum earned a first set 7-5 decision in the opening set in doubles play.
    Katya Skurkhin, playing at No. 1 singles, picked up a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Sabina Coto of Capital to set the tone, while Madison Mas blanked Kristen Sisneros in both their sets at No. 5 singles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos won four of the six singles contest and two of the three doubles contests to earn the win over Bernalillo’s Spartans.
    Laura Whicker played at No. 1 singles and swept Rachel Layden of Bernalillo 6-3, 6-4, while Lauryn Anaya shut out Missy Hopkins in two sets at No. 2 singles.

  • Espinoza named new volleyball...

    It’s been a busy week for coaching hires at Los Alamos High School.
    Just two days after the announcement of the hiring of the boys basketball coach, LAHS announced it had filled another big job vacancy.
    Sharleen Espinoza, a three-year assistant with the Hilltopper volleyball team, was named as the new head coach Friday.
    Espinoza has worked under both Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds. When she officially takes over in the fall, she will be the Hilltoppers’ third head coach in three years.
    At some point last season, Espinoza coached the C team, junior varsity and the varsity programs, sitting in the captain’s chair when he was unavailable.
    Espinoza said she feels she’s very familiar with the program and the personnel and is quite prepared to take over the reins.
    “I’m ready to do the things we need to do,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with the coaches at the middle school and the high school and developing young players. I’m excited to be doing that type of work with (the program).”
    In its one year under Reynolds, Los Alamos posted a record of 13-9, which included a 5-3 district record.

  • On Schedule 03-23-14

    Tuesday
    Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Boys track and field: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 8 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Miyamura, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA. 

  • Stanford bounces UNM out Friday

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chasson Randle scored 23 points and No. 10 seed Stanford made an impression in its first NCAA appearance since 2008, leading almost start to finish in a 58-53 victory over seventh-seeded New Mexico on Friday.

    The Cardinal (22-12) built an early 16-point lead then held on after New Mexico rallied to tie it midway through the second half. They got four crucial free throws from reserve Robbie Lemons and Randle in the final half-minute after New Mexico had cut the deficit to two points. They will play the Eastern Kentucky-Kansas winner on Sunday in the third round.

    Cameron Bairstow had 24 points and eight rebounds but the Lobos (27-7) got off-days from their other top threats. Kendall Williams and Alex Kirk, who together average 30 points, combined for just six.

    New Mexico has been one and done the last two seasons, losing as the No. 3 seed to Harvard last year under coach Steve Alford and now as the No. 7 under Craig Neal.

    Stanford got away with an off-day from Dwight Powell, who missed all eight shots, fouled out and scored three points. Powell averages 14.2 points, second on the team.

    Anthony Brown added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal and Stefan Nastic had 10 points and five rebounds.

  • Espinoza named new volleyball...

    Los Alamos assistant volleyball coach Sharleen Espinoza was promoted to the top job in the program today.
    Los Alamos High School made the announcement this afternoon.
    Espinoza has been an assistant with the program since 2011. She is a 2006 graduated of LAHS and has coached at the local club level.
    See Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Aggies force Aztecs into OT but...

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — New Mexico State earned a little slice of history by taking San Diego State to overtime.
    Little consolation on a night that was more frustrating than gratifying.
    The Aggies lost 73-69 in the record fourth OT game of the first full day of the NCAA tournament. Kevin Aronis tied the game at 60 with a 3-pointer to force the extra session.
    But the last 5 minutes of Thursday’s game played out a lot like the first 40. Despite all that heart and grit, the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10) didn’t lead once.
    “It’s depressing is what it is,” coach Marvin Menzies said. “To be able to fight that hard the second half and not get over the hump in overtime. I thought we drew up some really good stuff and we just missed some right at the basket.”
    Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three of four free throws at the end of the extra session to help the Aztecs (30-4) advance to Saturday’s third-round West Region game against North Dakota State. Earlier in the day, the Bison beat Oklahoma 80-75 — in overtime, of course.
    Thames had 23 points for the Aztecs, who let a 14-point lead slip away and needed an extra 5 minutes to get the job done.
    “All that matters is we got the win,” Thames said.

  • Sports Briefs 03-21-14

    Bombshells, Nukes open sesaon at home

    The Los Alamos Bombshells and the Los Alamos Nukes rugby clubs will host their first games of the season Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Bombshells, the girls high school team, will face an Albuquerque-area team starting at noon Saturday. The Nukes will play a team from Gallup at 2 p.m., also at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the games is free.

    Pitching, fielding camp coming to White Rock

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will host a pitching and fielding camp for youth ages 7-13 in Los Alamos. The camp is scheduled for March 29 at Overlook Park.
    The camp will be led by former professional players Ryan Brewer and Lauro Felix.
    Price for participation is $65 per player, $5 of which will be donated to the Justin Solomon Cancer Fund.
    For registration, visit ababaseball.com. Questions may be directed to Brewer by calling 505-730-6979 or emailing abacademy@qwestoffice.net.

    Sr. Olympics registration is open

  • Ferreira wins all-around for the...

    Suyana Ferreira, Los Alamos School of Gymnastics level 4 gymnast was the big winner at the Junior Olympic level 4 and 5 New Mexico state championships.
    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque last weekend to compete in the annual championship meet.
    Ferreira’s all-around total of 37.75 was the tops at the meet.
    Ferreira won gold for her score of 9.575 uneven parallel bar routine, while she took silver, with 9.575 on vault, 9.20 on balance beam and 9.40 on the floor exercises.
    Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers took home a total of 19 medals from this meet, including 3 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze.
    Other entrants for Los Alamos in the level 4 meet included Paetyn Miller and Brianna Fryer.
    Miller took away a bronze on bars with 9.10, and was fourth in her age division with 33.90 all-around score.
    Fryer was fifth in her age division with 34.125.
    LASG’s other 13 medals came in level 5 competition.
    A gold was earned by Elyse Phillips on the balance beam. LASG’s level 5 juniors balance beam champion won with a score of 8.725.
    Phillips also eared the bronze on floor exercises with 8.85. She was fourth all-around with 35.15.
    In this same division Ashley Bustos tallied a 35.75 all-around to earn a silver medal.

  • LA tops Fruita Monument in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up yet another 1-run win over another solid team to open the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Jared Mang threw a complete game against a very good hitting team and the defense behind him was spotless Thursday as Los Alamos nipped Monument High School of Fruita, Colo., 3-2, to open the tournament.
    Los Alamos will now advance to face the host Piedra Vista Panthers this afternoon. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
    The Hilltoppers pushed two runs across in the first inning, then answered two Monument runs in the second inning with a run in the third, which proved to be the game-winner.
    As he did last week against Hope Christian, catcher Trevor Pacheco came through with a clutch base hit with two outs in the third to drive in a run which proved to be the game winner.
    “The last three games, we haven’t got a lot of hits, but we’ve gotten a lot of nice, timely hits,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. Los Alamos finished with four hits Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers (6-4) have now won four straight contests, all by 1-run margins.
    Mang stayed out of trouble in every inning but the second when he walked a Monument batter and hit another with a pitch.