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Today's Sports

  • Storm-y Friday

    Hilltopper tracksters Skyler McCall and Michaelle Sutton were among the Los Alamos contingent at Friday’s Cleveland Storm Relays.

  • LA wins with walk off double

    RIO RANCHO — Los Alamos’ Shelby Chavez stepped up to the plate with her team down by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday against Cleveland’s junior varsity. Jordan Hammock was on second base and Morgan Hohner, the potential go-ahead run, was on first base.
    Chavez had already hit two triples, scored three times and knocked in three RBIs during the game.
    Cleveland called time out as Chavez walked up to the plate. She thought they were going to intentionally walk her. When they decided to pitch to her, she said she was “so happy.”
    “I was hitting the ball really good all day so I was really confident,” Chavez said.
    After a couple of balls, Cleveland threw her a fastball. Chavez drove the pitch deep over an outfielder’s head.
    Hammock rounded the bases and scored. Then Hohner came charging around third. Earlier in the game, Cleveland had thrown Hohner out at the plate.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya didn’t stop the speedster at third though. He sent her home again.
    “I decided to be aggressive and make them throw her out,” Anaya said.
    Another play at the plate ensued, but this time Hohner was safe, ending the game by a 10-9 score in favor of Los Alamos.

  • They've Got Spirit, How...

    Members of the Los Alamos High School cheer team is taking part in the state championship competition this weekend in Albuquerque. The team will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at WisePies Arena.

  • Los Alamos baseball holds on to...

    The Los Alamos baseball team improved to 7-5 overall with a 5-3 victory over Moriarty (1-10-1) on Thursday.
    “It was OK,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We’ll take it.”
    The ’Toppers scored four runs in the first inning and one more in the second.
    Jared Mang went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
    Trevor Pacheco went 2-for-4, scored once and had a RBI.
    Mang also pitched a complete game for Los Alamos. He struck out 11 batters, walked two, beaned one and gave up three hits and 1 earned run.
    “He was sharp yesterday,” Gill said.
    The team’s defense also had a “decent” game, Gill said.
    The infield didn’t make any errors. In the catcher’s spot, Pacheco did a lot of good things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like fielding curve balls intentionally thrown in the dirt.
    “Trevor had a really good game behind the plate,” Gill said.
    Moriarty scored once in the first inning, once in the third and once in the fourth.
    In the fourth inning, however, the Fighting Pintos were starting to rally when Los Alamos’ defense came up big.

  • Slow start hurts LA softball...

    Some early errors put the Los Alamos softball team in a 10-0 hole against Roswell Thursday in the first round of the Kristin Griego tournament in Rio Rancho.
    The ’Toppers eventually settled down on defense and got their bats going to score some runs, but they couldn’t catch the Coyotes and eventually fell, 13-5.
    “We got off to a slow start and made some key errors early on — a couple of mistakes to keep innings going,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the third inning, the ’Toppers were able to get some momentum going for themselves.
    Morgan Hohner reached base on an infield single.
    Shelby Chavez then hit a triple over the right fielder’s head to bring Hohner home.
    Chavez then scored Los Alamos’ second run. She finished with two triples, two RBIs, two runs and two walks.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some help from its bench to close the gap a little more.
    Chavez and Taylor Jaramillo both walked. Rebecca Luster came in the game as a pinch runner for Jaramillo. Hannah Mojica then hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez.
    After that Shelby Milligan stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and came through for Los Alamos with an RBI-single to score Luster.

  • In the NCAAs, time doesn't...

    The whistle sounds. The horn blows. And the madness grinds to a halt.
    Another stoppage in play. Another lengthy timeout. Another chance for folks at home to grab something from the fridge or be subjected to the 50th iteration of Samuel, Charles and Spike's geography fail across the U.S. on their way to the Final Four.
    If it seems like time stands still during the NCAA Tournament, maybe that's because it does.
    The television breaks are stretched to a seemingly interminable 2 minutes and 30 seconds, a good half-minute longer than the regular season. And that doesn't include the 20-minute halftimes — five minutes longer than usual — or the additional 15 seconds or so the guys in the TV truck occasionally request to fit in one more commercial that helps CBS recoup the billions the company invested to televise the magic of March.
    What you don't see at home? Coaches milling about talking among themselves. Players trying to stay focused. Benchwarmers taking in the band or the crowd when they're not serving as de facto student managers.
    Yeah, for nearly all involved, the tournament is the biggest moment of their athletic lives. And during those all-too-frequent lulls, it's kind of a drag.

  • Special Olympian steals show at...

    Not that a pick me up was needed at the fourth practice of the 2015 Spring Season, but it was most certainly delivered. It was delivered in the form of Special Olympian Abe Assaad, and he was the definitive highlight of the days events.
    The second practice of the week, and the fourth of the spring, started much like all the others, with some special teams periods and a good team stretch. After that stretch, Coach Davie brought the team together, and brought in Abe into the huddle.
    Abe, along with many other Special Olympians, took part in the Mayor’s Invitational, which was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 21, and is a part of Special Olympics New Mexico. The UNM football players went down and served as judges, timers, coaches, cheerleaders and anything else for the event, getting to meet all of the Special Olympians, including Abe.
    As a thanks, Abe sent the following note to UNM head coach Bob Davie.
    “Dear Coach Davie,

  • Change to extra points likely in...

    The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.
    While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May.
    “There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year,” said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Falcons.
    McKay’s committee will “develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote” in two months in San Francisco.
    Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a 2-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a 2-point try.
    McKay described the discussions as “lively, with lots of ideas ... it’s time to make this a football play.”
    “A couple coaches said they favor just lining up on the 2 and going for the 2-point play,” he said. “Or move the ball to the 1 1-2 for two points, or kick from the 15 for one, your choice.”

  • Sports Briefs 3-26-15

    Pace race season near
    The 42nd season of the pace race series, conducted by the Atomic City Road Runners Club, will begin on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Trailhead parking lot across from the Co-operative Market on East Road (N.M. 502).
    The club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

    Hall of fame nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach (head, assistant or volunteer from middle or high school), and a contributor to LAPS athletics. A contributor could include, but is not limited to an educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer coaches.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by August 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • High-flying gymnasts win at...

    Emily Smith became the first member of High Flyers Gymnastics to win an all-around state championship March 7 in Albuquerque. Smith finished first in the level 2 Junior Olympic meet, winning the vault and floor exercise to catapult her to the all-around title.
    Three other high flyers also won state championships in individual events. Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez both placed first on level 2 balance beam in their age groups while Sofia Enriquez won the level 3 uneven bars title with a score of 9.45.
    There were 22 gymnasts from High Flyers who competed in the championship meet, which included both level 2 and Level 3 age group competitions.
    In level 2, Ashley Hammond took second place all-around. She finished second on the floor exercise with 9.025, had a third-place finish on balance beam and fourth-place finishes on both the vault and uneven bars.
    Despite fighting a stomach virus, Elizabeth Merrill competed and finished in fifth place all around.
    Other Level 2 all-around results included Anna Kirkland’s fourth-place finish. Megan Martinez placed fourth all-around and third on the bars with a 9.15. Kwan Jemu Lopez Moya placed fifth all around. Cammie Pressett finished sixth. Ashley Smith took fifth. Aubrianna Telchy placed fifth. Valarie Valdez took third on the bars and fourth all around.