• Results from 4A championship meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — Here are the results from the Class 4A state championship track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.


    Team scores

    1. Farmington, 64; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 51; 3. Los Alamos, 50.5; 4. Valencia, 31; 5. Moriarty, 30; 6. Piedra Vista, 27; 7. Goddard, 26; 8. St. Pius X, 25.5; 9. Grants, 20; 10. Artesia, 19; 11. Capital, 15; 12. Belen, 14; (tie) Kirtland Central, 14; 14. Los Lunas, 13.5; 15. Aztec, 11.5; 16. Miyamura, 8; 17. Del Norte, 7; 18. Centennial, 6; 19. Gallup, 5; 20. Roswell, 4; (tie) Santa Fe, 4; (tie) Española Valley, 4; 23. Chaparral, 3; 24. Santa Teresa, 1.

    High jump

    1. Avery Rasher, Farmington, 6-4; 2. Cristian Cedano, Centennial, 6-2; 3. Parker Hibbett, Academy, 6-2; 5. (tie) Greg Ahlers, 6-0; Skyler Veenis, 5-10; Skyler McCall, 5-10; Simon Bailey, 5-10.


    1. Christian Mackey, Kirtland Central, 162-2; 2. Colin Nickless, 148-7; 3. Jackson Morris, Academy, 140-4; 4. John Schueler, 139-4.

    Long jump

    1. Daryl Wiggins, Del Norte, 22-3/4; 2. Cassius Corley, Grants, 21-11; 3. Jared Garduño, Española Valley, 21-9.

    Pole vault

  • Sports Briefs 05-22-14

    Soccer camps will start June 9

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer program is hosting a camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two sessions. The first is set for June 9-13 at Urban Park and the second is June 16-20 at Rover Park.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. Registration deadline for the first session is June 2.
    For more information or to download registration forms, visit laschools.net/athletics. Forms are also available at Los Alamos National Bank or by contacting Marsha Parker at 672-1558 or emailing her at pkrmass1@byu.net.

    Athletic Night meeting is Tuesday

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

  • Three LA athletes named All-Stars

    A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper spring sports stars were invited to play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s All-Star contests this summer.
    Hilltoppers Hannah Cunningham, Jake Downs and Kiana Zerr will all take part in the events.
    All-Star series participants must be graduating seniors from around the state. Selection is done by the NMHSCA.
    Cunningham was part of the Hilltopper girls tennis team in 2014. She and doubles partner Astrid Hengartner finished as the runners-up in District 2-4A and advanced to the state Class 4A tournament before falling in the quarterfinal round.
    Along with that finish, Cunningham also helped Los Alamos hold off Santa Fe for the team district title. Los Alamos had never lost in district competition but was the underdog heading into this year’s tournament.
    The Hilltoppers ultimately advanced to the state 4A semifinals before losing to eventual champion Farmington.
    The All-Star tennis series is scheduled for July 28-29. The North All-Stars, which also include Juliana Guerin of Las Vegas Robertson, Caroline Moss of Farmington and Greta Miller of Santa Fe, will not only take on the South All-Stars but also combine with the boys North All-Stars for a round of mixed doubles competition.
    The North team will be coached by Juan Carols Fulgenzi of Robertson.

  • Mang named MVP in district again

    The two selected as this year’s baseball and softball Most Valuable Players for District 2-4A came as a surprise to absolutely no one.
    Demi Madalena of Bernalillo and Jared Mang of Los Alamos were hands down the two dominant forces on the diamond in 2-4A this season.
    The picks for the top players in the district were released last week.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team picked up four first-team spots, along with Mang’s MVP nod, and a second team selection this year.
    For softball, Los Alamos also earned four first-team selections.
    Mang, for his part, has been the district’s leading hitter since his first 2-4A game as an eighth grader. This year, Mang led Los Alamos to its sixth consecutive district title and a perfect 12-0 record against district competition.
    It was Mang’s third consecutive MVP season — a very good case could’ve been make for Mang winning as an eighth grader as well, but his age was likely a factor in his not winning, although he was a first-team selection that season as well.
    In 2014, Mang hit a blistering .605 at the plate, had a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs in 28 games. On the mound, he went 8-2 and was credited with one save.

  • Isotopes score 15 runs Monday

    The Albuquerque Isotopes picked up their second straight road victory Monday night in an attempt to salvage what has been a rough road trip.
    The Isotopes, who won the series finale over the Fresno Grizzlies Sunday to earn a split in that series, pounded out 20 hits in their opener at Salt Lake.
    Albuquerque (21-23) put up crooked numbers in all but three innings to down the Bees 15-9. Along the way, Albuquerque hit 6 home runs, including a pair by right fielder Jamie Romack.
    Along with the 6 home runs, Albuquerque also finished with 6 other extra-base hits to club Salt Lake.
    Prior to its wins Sunday and Monday, Albuquerque had dropped five of its seven road games. The Isotopes are currently on their longest road trip of the season, 12 games, but will only have four games at home when they return Friday night before hitting the road again.
    Salt Lake (14-31) came back on Albuquerque in the ninth inning, scoring six runs off reliever Josh Judy before Judy finally put the game away.

  • Piedra Vista takes baseball, softball titles this weekend

    The Piedra Vista Panthers went 2-for-2 in state championship contests this weekend.
    Piedra Vista’s baseball and softball teams, two of the dominant forces in New Mexico, proved their dominance once again by sweeping this year’s baseball and softball Class 4A championships Saturday.
    The Panther baseball team capped off a big run in the state tournament Saturday afternoon by downing the Goddard Rockets 7-6 in the championship game at Isotopes Park.
    Earlier in the day, the Panther softball team earned its ninth consecutive state title by thumping Aztec 12-3 at Lobo Field.
    In baseball, the Panthers were the No. 1 seed in the 4A draw but they were considered somewhat vulnerable this season — they dropped nine games in the regular season and had several close calls against other Class 4A opponents. Then, in the quarterfinal round, had a tough contest against ninth-seeded Deming before prevailing 5-2.
    The Panthers then rolled to a 9-1 victory over fifth-seeded Albuquerque Academy before the championship game against Goddard.
    Goddard was the No. 2 seed overall and had a fairly good argument for the No. 1 seed, but Piedra Vista won that contest to take its fourth state baseball title in five years. Piedra Vista was upset in the 2013 championship game by St. Pius X.

  • Los Alamos' Class 4A seed marks

    Here are Los Alamos’ seed marks for the Class 4A championship meet. No. 1 seeds are in parentheses:


    400 relay

    Los Alamos, 50.14 (Santa Fe, 47.60)

    100 hurdles

    Chelsea Challacombe, 16.24 (Sarah Root, Aztec, 15.08)

    100 meters

    (Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 11.84)

    800 relay

    Los Alamos, 1:46.43 (Santa Fe, 1:43.04)

    400 meters

    Sienna Ahlers, 1:01.13; Elena Abeyta, 1:01.16; Claire Ticknor, 1:01.94; Hayley Schake, 58.85 (Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 55.36)

    300 hurdles

    Claire Ticknor, 48.01; Emily Mercer, 48.89 (Zhianna Flores, Piedra Vista, 43.54)

    1600 medley relay

    Los Alamos 4:27.54 (Aztec, 4:22.57)

    200 meters

    Hayley Schake, 26.44, Claire Ticknor, 26.60 (Tiffany Garcia, Santa Fe, 24.04)

    3200 meters

    Sophia Galvez, 11:51.58; Mikayla Pulliam, 12:05.42; Amanda Mercer, 12:10.69; Nicola Vasquez, 12:13.82; Madison Foley, 12:17.47 (Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 11:15.23)

    1600 relay

    Los Alamos, 4:07.44 (Del Norte, 4:04.44)

    1600 meters

    Madison Foley, 5:21.22; Sophia Galvez, 5:24.37; Mikayla Pulliam, 5:28.44; Amanda Mercer, 5:32.04; Nicola Vasquez, 5:40.35 (Noel Prandoni, Santa Fe, 5:11.86)

    800 meters

  • LA athletes are among the favorites heading to state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams will open the 2014 Class 4A state tournament Friday morning in Albuquerque.
    Both Los Alamos teams have nearly full slates of competitors for the 4A meet, which will continue through Saturday. The meet will be at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos had a strong end-of-season showing on both the boys and girls side, including winning at home in both the final week of the regular season and the District 2-4A meet.
    The stars usually come out for the state meet for competing teams and, heading into the meet, this season appears to be no different.
    One of the No. 1 sees in the meet for the Hilltoppers is Chelsea Challacombe. Challacombe, who had an outstanding regular season, will be the one to beat heading into the girls 4A high jump.
    This season, Challacombe, Los Alamos’ top athlete, was the only jumper to clear better than 5 feet, 4 inches. She did so at the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions in April, sailing over 5-8, which was easily the best mark posted in all of New Mexico this year.

  • Sports Briefs 05-14-14

    Football meeting set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a meeting for any interested participants and their parents for the 2014 fall season. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. today. It will be in the lower common area at Los Alamos High School.
    Items of discussion at the meeting include spring and summer conditioning, 7-on-7 tournaments, fundraising and Booster Club opportunities.

    LA girls are the state winners in online poll for top program

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls athletic programs won an online poll for the top program in the state.
    Los Alamos will move on to regional competition in the poll, which is sponsored by USA Today. The regional winners will advance to national competition.
    The poll is being conducted at contest.usatodayhss.com.
    Los Alamos was one of the top five vote-getting schools in the country during the first round of polling.

    State events to be streamed live

  • 4A baseball playoff schedule

    (games at Cleveland High School)

    (3) St. Pius X vs. (6) Farmington, 10 a.m.

    (2) Goddard vs. (7) Los Alamos, 1 p.m.

    (1) Piedra Vista vs. (9) Deming, 4 p.m.

    (4) Valencia vs. (5) Albuquerque Academy, 7 p.m.

    (games at Cleveland High School)

    Goddard-Los Alamos winner vs. St. Pius-Farmington winner, 4 p.m.

    Piedra Vista-Deming winner vs. Valencia-Academy winner, 7 p.m.

    Semifinal winners, Isotopes Park, 3:30 p.m.