• 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.

  • LA, Goddard square off in quarters

    The Class 4A baseball tournament gets going again Thursday, and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are right in the thick of things.
    Los Alamos will make its second consecutive trip to the quarterfinal round Thursday when it faces the Goddard Rockets. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
    This will be a big test for the Hilltoppers, the No. 7 seed in the tournament. Goddard is the No. 2 seed and had a very good argument, based on its 2014 outcome for the No. 1 seed.
    However, if Los Alamos slips past Goddard, it will face either St. Pius X or Farmington in the semifinal round, a winnable game for the Hilltoppers regardless of which team they face.
    The trick, however, will be getting past the Rockets.
    Goddard ended the regular season with a Class 4A-best record of 22-4. Of its four losses on the season, three were to Class 5A teams and its only loss to a team came in late March against St. Pius X, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament.
    As expected, the Rockets rolled through their first round series with Santa Teresa. The Rockets outscored Santa Teresa’s Warriors 19-1 in two games Friday and Saturday to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal.

  • 'Topper girls finish 5th in state tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team picked up one spot following its showing in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos was sitting in sixth place in the six-team tournament, played Monday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque. But while the Hilltoppers struggled against cold, windy conditions Tuesday, so did the rest of the field, including the Artesia Bulldogs.
    With their round of the 400, the Hilltoppers slipped past the Bulldogs to take fifth place in the tournament. The Hilltoppers finished with a two-day team score of 792 strokes, which ended up being six strokes better than Artesia and good enough for fifth place.
    Los Alamos’ Tuesday score ended up being 8 shots behind what it managed on Monday, which was not an ideal day weather-wise but considerably better than Tuesday.
    Emma Haines, who shot a 90 on the first day and a 95 on the second day, finished tied for ninth place in the final individual standings.
    Haines, a senior, was invited to fill the walk-on position for California State-Monterey Bay girls golf team next season.
    It was actually Faith Koh, however, that had the low round of day two for the Hilltoppers. Koh earned a 93 Tuesday, a score that was actually 5 shots better than her Monday score.