• Jaguars blank ’Toppers, 10-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team couldn’t get much going on offense in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.
    Los Alamos, which had been swinging the bat pretty well during a key stretch to end the 2014 regular season, managed only three hits the first round of Friday’s game against the Valencia Jaguars. The No. 12-seeded Hilltoppers fell in the first round contest 10-0 to the Jaguars.
    Valencia, the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A tournament, will now move on to the double-elimination round of the tournament, which starts Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers’ season is finished. They went 14-13 in 2014.
    Valencia scored four runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the fourth to put Los Alamos on the brink of elimination. Los Alamos couldn’t find any runs in the top of the fifth against Valencia pitcher Amber Baca to extend the game. Baca struck out seven of the 17 batters she faced Friday night to earn the victory.
    For the Hilltoppers, it was the final game in the careers of seniors Krysta Salazar, Kiana Zerr, Alyssa Mojica and Emilee Jones.

  • LA sweeps Centennial to advance

    It wasn’t often the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team got into trouble this weekend.
    But when it did, Los Alamos was able to work its way out.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 7 seed for the Class 4A playoffs, earned a two-game sweep over the 10th-seeded Centennial Hawks at Bomber Field. The 2-0 sweep in the best-of-3 first round series puts the Hilltoppers into the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Thursday in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos took game one 15-5, closing that one out in five innings Friday night. Saturday was a tighter contest, but Los Alamos earned the sweep with an 8-4 win.
    Hilltopper star Jared Mang won Friday’s game one, throwing a complete five innings, then entered Saturday’s game in a tight spot in the fifth inning with the Hawks threatening.
    “Coming into the game, I told coach I was ready to go,” said Mang, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and gave up just one hit in the final two innings against a big-hitting lineup. “My arm felt going coming into the game today. Just needed to get it done and I was ready.”
    This will be Los Alamos’ second straight appearance in the quarterfinals. Los Alamos swept Aztec in the first round at home in 2013.

  • LA softball bounced in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was closed out early in Los Lunas Friday night, falling to the Valencia Jaguars.

    The Jaguars (18-9) scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth to close that contest out in five innings, winning 10-0.

    Los Alamos is now wrapped up for the year. It finishes with a mark of 14-13.

    Los Alamos never got much going offensively. It was held to just three hits in the ballgame off sophomore pitcher Amber Baca, who fanned seven Hilltoppers in five innings.

    The Jaguars, the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, will now move on to play in the quarterfinals of the 4A tournament, which start Thursday in Rio Rancho.

  • 'Toppers win big in game one against Hawks

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team will take a 1-game advantage into the conclusion of today's first round playoff series with the Centennial Hawks.

    The Hilltoppers (21-6) scored eight times in the first inning of Friday evening's ballgame against Centennial, taking full advantage of five Hawk errors in the inning, as they won 15-5. The Hilltoppers won the game in five innings.

    Zealand Walterscheid had a two-run double in the first inning and Trevor Pacheco had a run-scoring single in the first and a leadoff triple in the second, coming around to score one batter later on a Wes Moss RBI groundout, among the big Los Alamos hits in Friday's game.

    Los Alamos chased Centennial pitcher Zack Gonzales out of the contest after just a third of an inning - Gonzales gave up several big hits, but got zero help from his defense and could've gotten out of the first inning after giving up just one or two runs.

    The Hilltoppers can advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round with a win in either of two potential games today, while the Hawks (17-10) must sweep both games to move on.

    Game two is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Bomber Field. Game three, if necessary, will start at approximately 1 p.m.

  • 'Topper boys, girls hosting district championship meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams will both be looking to grab their 15th consecutive District 2-4A titles this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will host the district meet at Sullivan Field. Day one was scheduled for today and competition will resume Saturday at 10 a.m.
    The Hilltopper boys are the clear favorites to win this weekend. On the girls side, however, the Hilltoppers will have quite possibly their toughest challenge for the district title since joining 2-4A.
    The Santa Fe Demons, who sport some of the top overall athletes in the state, could give Los Alamos a run for its money for this year’s team title.
    Although Santa Fe has a lot of top talent — not the least of which are sprinters Tiffany Garcia and Akeisha Ayanniyi, two of the top-rated sprinters in the state — Los Alamos has a big depth advantage, as evidenced by its victory in last weekend’s Los Alamos Invitational. The Hilltoppers won the team competition with nearly double the Demons’ score, although Garcia sat out that meet.
    The top two finishers in each event at the district meets, regardless of mark, will advance to next week’s state Class 4A meet. The state meet is set for May 16-17 in Albuquerque.

  • Hsieh-Ratliff advances to 4A semifinal


    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff advanced to the Class 4A girls tennis semifinals, but ran into to the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.

    Hsieh-Ratliff was topped in the semifinal by Grants’ Paris Corley in Thursday afternoon’s semifinal. Corley, who went on to win the state 4A title over Dani Apodaca of Albuquerque Academy, knocked off Hsieh-Ratliff 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinal round.

    Prior to her loss, Hsieh-Ratliff defeated Maddie Andersson of Mesilla Valley Christiain three sets, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.

    Also Thursday, the Hilltopper doubles team of Hannah Cunningham/Astrid Hengartner was also knocked out of the girls tournament by the eventual state champion. Cunningham/Hengartner lost to Santa Fe’s Brandee Fulgenzi/Greta Miller 6-0, 6-0.

    Fulgenzi/Miller, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated top-seeded Melissa Pick/Stacy Pollack in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, to earn the girls doubles title.

  • Boys knocked out in 1st round

    ALBUQUERQUE — Piedra Vista’s Brandon Adair didn’t go into the Class 4A boys singles draw seeded in the top eight. Perhaps that was an oversight.
    Adair, the first round opponent of Los Alamos’ Nikita Belooussov, displayed not only a solid first serve, but made some acrobatic shots in Wednesday night’s contest at the 4A state tournament.
    Despite some solid play from Belooussov, the No. 5 seed in the draw, Adair proved to be too much, knocking off Belooussov in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
    Los Alamos advanced Belooussov and the doubles team of Forrest White/George Margevicius to the 4A tournament this season, but neither survived the first round at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center Wednesday.
    In singles competition, Adair scored what would be a key break in the first set, giving him a 5-4 edge over Belooussov and gave him a chance to close out that set, which he did, with a scorching ace.
    Then, in the second set with Adair up a pair of breaks, he made two big shots at 3-0 to hold his serve.
    Adair’s best shot of the match, however, came on a point he lost. Adair did a full body stretch to get a racket on a strong passing shot attempt by Belooussov. Belooussov had to scramble to get to Adair’s shot, which hit the baseline, but Belooussov’s next pass was successful.

  • Hsieh-Ratliff, doubles advance in 4A tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — Say this about the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team: it likes to keep things interesting.
    On the first day of the Class 4A state championship tournament, the Hilltopper doubles team of Hannah Cunningham/Astrid Hengartner went down to the wire in set one and dropped set two to set up a big third set against a team from Albuquerque Academy.
    But the duo prevailed and advanced in the 4A doubles draw, which is scheduled to conclude this evening at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers advanced three singles players, along with Cunningham/Hengartner into the championships this season.
    At the conclusion of Wednesday’s play, the Hilltopper doubles team and No. 1 player Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff were left standing.
    Hsieh-Ratliff, who garnered a No. 4 seed in the singles tournament, outlasted a tough opponent from Del Norte, Shelby Harrison. Harrison was able to dig out many tough shots throughout their two sets, but Hsieh-Ratliff prevailed 6-2, 6-4.
    With Harrison making some tough returns on the other side, Hsieh-Ratliff went to the baseline and made Harrison go laterally until she had an opening.
    “I felt like I needed to hit the corners,” Hsieh-Ratliff said. “She was able to get everything back, so I felt like I had to play a little better.”

  • Sports Briefs 05-07-14

    Run the Caldera attracts more than 300 runners

    A pair of runners from Albuquerque were the top finishers at last weekend’s Run the Caldera marathon.
    Mike Rahmer and Erin Churchill, both of the Duke City, were the winners in the 26-mile race.
    The Run the Caldera, hosted by Valles Caldera National Park, was in its eighth year this year. More than 300 runners took part in the 10K, half-marathon and marathon events.
    Rahmer finished the marathon in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 21 seconds to take top honors, while Churchill, the women’s champ, completed the race in 4 hours, 24 minutes, 24 seconds.
    A pair of Los Alamos runners, Ryan McNiff and Heather McNiff, won the 10K race, with Ryan running the course in 40:56 and Heather in 47:18.
    Brian Bolser, also of Los Alamos, won the men’s half-marathon. His time was 1:38:25. Stephanie Lynn of Farmington was the women’s half-marathon champion, coming in at 1:49:21.

    LAHS needs votes in national poll

  • 'Toppers win boys, girls 2-4A tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team is on a roll heading into the Class 4A state tournament, as evidenced by its performance Monday.
    The Hilltoppers won a big victory in the District 2-4A championship tournament, played at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers shot a 357, which placed them 35 strokes below the pace they needed to earn their fifth leg of the 2013-14 season.
    Los Alamos’ girls were paced by Emma Haines. Haines earned the 2-4A individual medalist honors with her round of 84, two shots ahead of teammate and 2-4A runner-up Jennifer Necker.
    Both Los Alamos’ girls and boys were in action Monday. The Hilltopper boys also earned the district team title, topping Santa Fe in a first-hole playoff.
    Los Alamos and Santa Fe both shot 357s during regulation before Los Alamos prevailed in the playoff.
    In the tournament, Los Alamos was paced by Sean Rau. Rau, an eighth grader, finished with a score of 86, which placed him tied for third on the leaderboard.
    In the individual competition, Santa Fe’s Cisco Gonzales finished with an 81 and Jacob Fernandez, also of Santa Fe, was second, two shots behind.
    Also for Los Alamos’ boys, Matt Frye finished with an 88, followed by Jonathan Osden’s 90, Elliott Clay’s 93 and Noah Marriott’s 101.