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  • Hilltoppers 1-2 after some weird...

    The Los Alamos baseball team has had a weird beginning to its season.
    In its win, Los Alamos didn't have a single base hit and its two losses, Los Alamos actually out-hit its opponents.
    The Piedra Vista doubleheader was especially odd, while Los Alamos' 2-1 loss to Albuquerque High to start the St. Pius X tournament Thursday was more a matter of missed opportunities.
    Splitting against perennial power Piedra Vista, however, was a good start to Los Alamos' season, even if it came in an unconventional way.
    "It was a very weird doubleheader," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "It was a good opening series to go 1-1 with Pedra Vista, but I don't read too much into it. Both teams are going to get better."
    Connor Mang threw four scoreless innings and didn't give up a base hit before he reached his early-season pitch count.
    Lane Saunders then closed out the game, giving up two hits and two runs.
    Los Alamos' offense, meanwhile, was aided by some uncharacteristic Piedra Vista errors.
    "We put a ton of balls in play," Gill said. "We did a good job putting pressure on them."
    Los Alamos applied enough pressure to win the game, 5-2.

  • Eagle Nest closed for ice fishing

    Abiquiu Lake: Anglers reported fair to good fishing for walleye using Rapalas.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 468 cfs.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was excellent using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs, worms and homemade dough baits for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using Kastmasters.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 79 cfs and 77 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, egg patterns and midge patterns for trout.
    Water release from the lakes can alter fishing conditions. The best fishing is on those days when the flow has been consistent for a period of time.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Closed to ice fishing effective Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
    Fishing pressure was very light and our only report was of a few perch caught by anglers using meal worms and small ice jigs. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594.

  • Santa Fe High out of state...

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe High School basketball team will not be competing in the upcoming state tournament after an onboard bus incident left a player with a broken nose.
    Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd says head basketball coach David Rodriguez has been placed on leave while the district investigates hazing allegations at the high school.
    The investigation stems from a Feb. 5 incident while the boys basketball team rode from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe.
    Boyd says surveillance video from the bus ride shows young players on the team being punched repeatedly while coaches ride up front with no intervention.
    Boyd says the surveillance video caused the team to be withdrawn from the tournament.
    The Demons went 9-17 and would have been the No. 16 seed.
    Eldorado (9-18) will take Santa Fe’s place in the tournament for a first-round game Saturday.
    They’ll take on No. 1 Oñate (23-4).

  • Sun Belt Conference to drop New...

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to drop New Mexico State from its football conference beginning in 2018.
    The New Orleans-based conference announced Tuesday that its presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference and not renew agreements with New Mexico State and Idaho.
    Both football teams will play in the conference until 2017.
    New Mexico State President Garrey Carruthers says the school is disappointed but respects the conference’s decision.
    The Sun Belt includes Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy, Texas State, Arkansas State, Appalachian State, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, South Alabama and Coastal Carolina..
    New Mexico State remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for non-football sports.
    The university is currently evaluating options for football.
    The Aggies went 3-9 last year and 3-5 in the Sun Belt Conferemce.
    One of those wins was against Idaha, 55-48.
    Idaho is reportedly considering joing the Big Sky Conference, which would make them one of the first FBS teams to drop down to the FCS level.

  • Mang cracks the Lobos’ starting...

    The University of New Mexico baseball team has jumped out to a 6-1 start, and Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has already made an impact for the Lobos.
    The freshman has started all seven games for UNM so far and showed his power a few times already. So far, four his seven hits have gone for extra bases, while his batting average is .226.
    In his first game as a Lobo, versus Hawaii, Mang ripped a double. He then finished the four-game series by smacking a pair of home runs, in the third and fourth games. His two homers are tied for the team’s lead.
    He’s also scored nine runs, including four in UNM’s 17-7 win over Wichita State, and has knocked in seven more RBI.
    The Lobos won three out of four against Hawaii and then swept Wichita State in the three-game series.
    Today through Sunday, the Lobos will be hosting a three-game series against Dallas Baptist at the Santa Ana Star Field, formerly known as Lobo Field.
     

  • LA boys' tennis show depth...

    The Los Alamos boys’ tennis team won four of the eight brackets, two in singles and two in doubles, at the February State-Wide tournament held over the weekend in Albuquerque.
    “The boys did really well,” coach Lloyd Wilton said. “We were without our best player (George Margevicius), but we showed that we have depth. I think we have 12 guys who can compete at state. It’s a really deep team. It’s nice to have that depth.”
    In the No. 1-2 doubles bracket, Andre Aboshousha and Andrew Tang won the title, beating a Farmington duo in the final.
    Isaiah Martin and Tim Martin teamed up to win the No. 3-4 doubles bracket.
    Isaiah Martin also had a successful singles tournament, winning the No. 5-6 bracket.
    Thomas Chadwick won the other bracket for Los Alamos. Chadwick finished first in No. 3-4 singles.
    Another player who did well at the tournament was Alex Csanadi. The senior decided to give tennis a shot this spring and made it into the third-place match in his bracket before falling to his teammate.
    “He played way up,” Wilton said.
    Ten Hilltopper boys competed in the tournament and this weekend a lot of different boys will compete again in El Paso. Three of Los Alamos’ top four players have other commitments and won’t make the trip down to Texas.

  • Senior-loaded softball team...

    With 10 seniors on its roster, the Los Alamos softball team has plenty of experience to lead the team this season.
    Los Alamos graduated its No. 1 pitcher from last year, Jordan Hammock, but everyone else has returned.
    “We have like 10 graduating seniors, so our hope is to make our last season the best we can,” Madeline Lockhart said.
    After pitching in the No. 2 spot last year, Lockhart will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher this season. “There’s some pressure, but I’m excited,” Lockhart said.
    Seniors Morgan Hohner, Makaela Jones, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Shelby Chavez, Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica also return with a lot of experience on the diamond.
    Lockhart, Chavez, Anaya, Jaramillo and sophomore catcher Jordan Jaramillo are the team’s captains.
    The team began its season Wednesday against Class 6A power Cleveland. The ’Toppers hit well, but the team’s defense struggled with the wind.
    Several balls dropped in front of, or sailed over the heads, of the ’Toppers. Several ground balls also found holes in Los Alamos’ infield for base hits.
    “I’m a little disappointed today with our defense,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We didn’t adjust well to the wind.”

  • Hockey falls to Cibola in finale

    The Los Alamos hockey team dropped below .500, losing to first-place Cibola 6-3 in both teams’ regular-season finale Friday.
    Los Alamos slipped to 8-9-4 with the loss while Cibola stayed close to perfect. Cibola is now 20-0-1 with its lone tie coming against Los Alamos.
    Friday, Cibola jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Los Alamos responded. Jake Rutten assisted John Charles to cut the lead in half. Cibola, however, added two short-handed goals after that to go up, 4-1.
    Los Alamos responded with a power-play goal. Ben Rees and John Charles assisted ChrisBond.
    After that, Cory Schramm assisted Griff Matuszak for a four-on-four goal to cut Cibola’s lead to 5-3, but Los Alamos wouldn’t get any closer.
    Cibola ended up outshooting Los Alamos by a single shot, 27-26.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 21 saves in the game for Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season in seventh place, but the Hilltoppers can still win the championship.
    The state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Taos.
     

  • LA baseball splits with PV

    The Los Alamos baseball team began its season Saturday at Ricketts Park in Farmington, taking on perennial power Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos scored a 5-2 win the first game of the doubleheader, but Piedra Vista fought back and won the second game, 12-2.
    Both teams are now 1-1.
    This week, Los Alamos will play three more games at St. Pius X’s tournament.
    Los Alamos will begin the tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday against Albuquerque High School.
    The contest will be the Bulldogs’ first game of the year.
     

  • LA girls win state-wide tennis...

    The Los Alamos girls’ tennis team brought home a first-place team trophy from the February State-Wide Invitational tournament held in Albuquerque over the weekend.
    The girls scored 166 team points to win the tournament, followed by Mesilla Valley Christian (142), Farmington (116), St. Pius X (110), St. Michael’s )102), Piedra Vista (76), Bosque (43) and Silver (0).
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff won the No. 1 singles bracket to lead Los Alamos.
    She beat Farmington’s Riley Coleman, 6-0 and 6-2, in the championship.
    Hsieh-Ratliff and Lauryn Anaya also won the No. 1 doubles’ crown. The duo beat Farmington’s Halie Nygren and Coleman in the finals, 8-3, to go 4-0 at the tournament.
    Anaya also went 2-2 in the No. 1 singles bracket.
    Maia Menefee and Michelle Alexander went 2-2 at No. 1 doubles.
    Anna Lemke and Rachelle Stokes won the No. 2 doubles crown. They beat Farmington’s Anita Briody-Pavlik and Isabel Zamarriego 8-4 in the championship to also finish 4-0 at the tournament.
    At No. 3 singles, Menefee went 2-2.
    Lemke and Mackenzie Cook both went 2-0 at No. 5 singles.
    At. No. 7 singles, Stokes and Serena Bimbaum both went 3-1.