Today's Sports

  • Española coach says he was...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A boys’ basketball coach says he’s been placed on leave for praying with his team.
    Española Valley High School coach Richard Martinez told KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/1Mma6Xb) he prayed with the athletes he coaches and was suspended as a result. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the job.
    Española’s Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez declined to comment on personnel matters, but said Martinez was notified Monday.
    The team won a state championship less than two weeks before the suspension.
    Martinez said the team winning the school its second state basketball title was like entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • Golf teams finish fourth

    Los Alamos’ boys’ and girls’ golf teams both finished fourth at the Albuquerque Public School’s Invitational held Monday at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 377 to finish fourth.
    Nicholas Quartieri and Brandan Duran both shot a round of 89 to lead the team.
    Henry Poston shot a 95, Davis Johnson shot a 96, Jacob Benelli shot a 97 and Nick Koskelo shot a 100.
    Cleveland had the top three golfers and cruised to a team title with a 303.
    Eldorado finished second, 49 shots behind the Storm. Manzano (358) finished third. Albuquerque High (384) finished fifth, followed by Del Norte (388), Sandia (405), and Rio Grande (466) while Atrisco Heritage and West Mesa competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Cleveland’s Alejandro Armijo shot a 72 to win the tournament while two of his teammates tied for second at 76.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 417 to finish fourth.
    St. Pius X won the girls’ title with a 357, followed by Cleveland (375), Sandia (403), the Hilltopper girls and Rio Grande (576).
    Six other girls’ teams participated, but did not post team scores.

  • UNM, NMSU alumni all-stars to...

    Last year, fans over 10,000 strong came out to WisePies Arena and witnessed the UNM Alumni Game, which was put together through the efforts of former Lobo Cameron Bairstow as a part of his Cameron Bairstow Basketball camp.
    Bairstow once again will host the camp. And the alumni game? It’s going to be bigger. It’s going to be The Battle of the Rio Grande, as alumni from The University of New Mexico will take on alumni from New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.
    While teams will be announced later, fans of New Mexico will see Danny Granger, Alex Kirk and Dairese Gary take on former New Mexico State Aggies Tshiliszi Nephawe, Daniel Mullings and Sim Bhullar.
    Pro players of this caliber have not all played together on The Pit floor since 1996 when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls squared off in a preseason game.
    The inaugural Lobo All-Star game brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years.
    Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game last year, as well.
    “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.”
    The game featured impressive dunks, lots of 3s and very little D.

  • Golfers swing away at Los Altos

    The Los Alamos golf team competed at the Manzano/Del Norte Invite last Thursday at the Los Altos Golf Course in Albuquerque.
    As a team, the Hilltopper boys finished fifth out of the 10 teams that participated. Los Alamos’ team score was 356.
    Eldorado took first with a 328, followed by Manzano (340), Albuquerque Academy (354), Los Alamos, Del Norte (387), Sandia Prep (391), Albuquerque High (394) and Sandia (431). West Mesa and Bosque Prep competed, but didn’t post a team score.
    Eighth grader Henry Poston led Los Alamos with an 86. Two other eighth graders also competed for Los Alamos. Jacob Beneli shot a 91 and Davis Johnson shot a 93.
    Nicholas Quartieri had the second-best round for Los Alamos, shooting a 89. Nick Koskelo shot a 90 and Brandan Duran shot a 94.
    Manzano’s Bo Davis won the tournament with a 74. Academy’s Whit Vinson and Eldorado’s Nick Melville tied for second at 78.
    None of the Hillltoppers shot a state-leg at the tournament.
    Los Alamos returned to action Monday at the Sandia Invitational, which was held at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper girls also began their season the Sandia Invitational.
    See Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for those results.

  • Hilltoppers named all-district...

    District 2-5A recently released the all-district basketball teams.
    Los Alamos had two players named to the boys’ and girls’ first teams and three others earn second-team honors.
    Ashlynn Trujillo made the girls’ first team. The senior helped lead Los Alamos to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. She averaged 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.0 assists per game. Trujillo will continue her basketball career in college at New Mexico Highlands University.
    Jack Stewart represented Los Alamos on the all-district boys’ first team. Stewart’s athleticism made him a constant threat to score and he was almost always Los Alamos’ leading scorer.
    Kayla Salazar, Ashley Logan and Antonio Trujillo were all selected to district’s second teams.
    The other players named the girls’ first team were Española Valley’s Kaitlynn Romero, Alexis Lovato and Leah De Arguero, Del Norte’s Alicia Arms and Malakah Martinez, Bernalillo’s Dominique Garviso and Capital’s Kyannah Cole.
    Romero was also named the district player of the year. Del Norte’s David Medina was named the girls’ coach of the year.

  • Pajarito suspends season after...

    Pajarito Mountain had hoped to stay open until April this season. The ski area had even announced extended daily operations to include all of March and the first three days of April to give Los Alamos and Albuquerque spring breakers ample opportunities to ride.
    Mother Nature, however, had other ideas.
    This week, the ski area suspended its operations and possibly closed for the season.

    Red River Resort and Angel Fire Resort both closed for the season Sunday.

    Sunny day after sunny day, and only two snowstorms since the beginning of February, gave Pajarito's aspirations some trouble.
    For the last few weeks, more and more patches of dirt and grass had been appearing on the ski area’s slopes.
    The mountain’s terrain parks had melted out and closed while skiers and snowboarders had to take re-routes to avoid the grass and get back to the mountain’s lifts.
    After the ski area’s biggest festival of the winter, Skiesta on Saturday, the mountain stayed open one more day and then closed.
    If a snowstorm rolls through the area, Pajarito says it will reopen the mountain. It will need enough snow to improve conditions.

  • UNM fires Sanchez

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After five seasons and an ouster from the Women's Basketball Invitational this week, New Mexico fired women's basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez.
    Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced the decision at a press conference Friday and said it came after he didn't see a "trend" toward a championship for the team.
    New Mexico (17-15) fell in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational 75-67 to Weber State on Wednesday. They finished the regular season with a fifth place finish (9-9) in the Mountain West.
    Sanchez had a 77-81 record in five seasons as New Mexico's head coach.
    She joined the staff in 2000.

  • Hilltoppers split first two at...

    The Los Alamos baseball team lost its opening game at the Piedra Vista Invitational, 8-5 to Pueblo West on Thursday, but the 'Toppers came back to beat Durango, 4-3, Friday.
    "The games we've been losing, I feel like we could have won," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "The little things are adding up."
    The things that have been hurting Los Alamos are small enough that they don't show up in box scores, but when added up they've been costly.
    One thing that Los Alamos is doing right, however, is they're working hard.
    "We're playing really hard," Gill said. "The effort is awesome, we just have to clean up the little things and we'll be okay."
    Against Pueblo West, Los Alamos had 14 hits and every 'Topper in the lineup had at least one base hit. Connor Mang went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Hunter Eaton went 2-for-4 with an RBI while James Neal went 3-for-3 with two RBI.
    Mang also started on the mound. He pitched five innings, striking out seven and giving up just two earned runs.
    "He pitched plenty good enough to get the win," Gill said.
    With Lane Saunders and Jake Rutten resting their arms after pitching Tuesday against Santa Fe, Mike Clegg came in to relieve Mang.

  • LA girls’ tennis team wins the...

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team beat Capital, St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High School to win the Capital City Quad Saturday.
    Against Capital, Los Alamos used an entirely different lineup than it did in its other two matches and still pulled out the victory, 6-3.
    Serena Bimbaun scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles. Mary Brug and Abby Schmalz lost close matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, but Mykyla Hanawalt, Janalle Pena and Christie Djidjev pulled out victories.
    Los Alamos also won two of the three doubles matches against Capital.
    Against St. Michael’s, Los Alamos put its top players on the court and scored a 9-0 victory.
    At No. 1 -6 singles, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, Lauryn Anaya, Katya Skurikhin, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Kayla Parker all won their matches in straight sets.
    In doubles, Hsieh-Ratliff and Skurikhin won at No. 1, Anaya and Menefee won at No. 2 while Anna Lemke and Rachelle Stokes won at No. 3.
    Against Santa Fe, Los Alamos won five the six singles matches to win the match. Doubles weren’t played.
    Hsieh-Ratliff scored another win at No. 1 to improve to 6-0 overall.
    Anaya, Skurikhin, Alexander and Parker also won their singles matches to lock up the team win.

  • Hilltoppers fall to Santa Fe in...

    The Los Alamos baseball team fought back from an early deficit Tuesday against Santa Fe High School, but ended up losing the game in extra innings, 6-5.
    Santa Fe scored two runs in the first inning and held onto the lead until the sixth. A solo homerun extended the Demons’ lead to 3-0 in the third, but then Los Alamos started chipping away.
    Connor Mang singled and scored in the third.
    After another Santa Fe run, Los Alamos responded with a two-run fourth.
    Los Alamos then tied the game in the sixth inning. Lane Saunders started the inning with a double and later scored on a Rutten single.
    Santa Fe didn’t get a hit in the seventh, but a walk and an error helped it score another run to take a 5-4 lead.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos tied things up to send the game into extra innings. Mang doubled and then Jarrett Genero brought him home with an RBI single.
    In the eighth, Santa Fe’s leadoff batter got hit by a pitch and later scored what proved to be the game-winning run. The ’Toppers were retired in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 4-4 overall while Santa Fe improved to 2-3.