• LA girls tennis team goes 3-1 at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished in second place behind the Farmington Scorpions at last weekend’s Taos Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos was second in the five-team tournament, hosted by former district rival Taos Saturday. Los Alamos finished ahead of Santa Fe Prep, Taos’ Tigers and Española Valley.
    As they have been doing much of the season, the Hilltoppers liberally shifted around their lineup throughout the tournament, using four different players in the No. 1 singles slot. Three of the four players, Laura Whicker, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, posted straight-set victories at No. 1.
    In the tournament, Los Alamos finished 4-1, losing only to three-time defending champion Farmington. Farmington and Los Alamos split the singles matches and won the No. 2 doubles match with Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido defeating Riley Coleman/Sydney Schumacher 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), but Los Alamos fell in the other two doubles contests, giving the Scorpions a 5-4 victory.
    Farmington waltzed to its three consecutive Class 4A titles but the Scorpions and the Hilltoppers have been involved in close contests this season.
    Against Farmington, Hsieh-Ratliff, an eighth grader, came back from an opening set loss to defeat sophomore Liza Briody-Pavlik 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to keep the match close.

  • LA picks up home sweep over Miyamura Saturday

    With a big sweep at home, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is heading into District 2-4A play on a high note.
    Los Alamos took two games from the Miyamura Patriots Saturday.
    In a rematch from the 2012 first round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Hilltoppers were victorious, taking the first game 3-2 and earning a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
    The two games were the last two for the Hilltoppers prior to the start of the 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will face the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    But with the sweep and a nondistrict win last Tuesday over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Los Alamos may be showing it has turned a corner after a rough start the 2013 season.
    There is still plenty of work to be done, however.
    Los Alamos didn’t get much going in five of its six at-bats in the first game. A three-run rally, spurred by two Miyamura errors in the fifth inning, was all the offense the team could muster.
    The usually sure-handed Patriot defense committed three other big errors in the second game leading to three Hilltopper runs, two in the first inning and another in the sixth.

  • LA softball wins one at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team went 1-2 in last weekend’s Kristin Griego Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos lost to host Rio Rancho in the opening round. It came back top Navajo Prep to move into the fifth-place game of the tournament before losing to Churchill, a team from Eugene, Ore.
    The three tournament games were the final three games for the Hilltoppers before they start District 2-4A play. The Hilltoppers will be at Bernalillo Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos (3-9) fell to Rio Rancho 17-9 Friday morning. In that contest, Los Alamos pounded out 11 hits, one of its best totals of the season, but even that wouldn’t be enough to hang with the Rams (8-8), who are averaging about 8.2 runs per game.
    The Rams scored 6 runs in the third inning and 4 in the sixth to win.
    In the late game Friday, Los Alamos won 11-1 over Navajo Prep, a Class A-2A school to advance to the fifth-place contest. But Churchill’s Lancers (5-3) took Los Alamos’ final tournament game handily, earning a 12-2 win.
    Los Alamos has dropped four of its last five contests and six of its previous eight heading into Wednesday’s game with Bernalillo. Bernalillo (5-0-1) is unofficially ranked No. 7 among Class 4A teams in the state and is the highest rated District 2-4A team in the statewide rankings.

  • Results from Cleveland Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team was fifth in Saturday’s Cleveland Relays.
    Both Los Alamos teams took part in the Cleveland Relays in Rio Rancho. Several events were scored as relays, with competitors’ marks combined to give a team total. At that same meet, the Hilltopper girls were in line for a third-place finish behind the host Storm and La Cueva, although team scores weren’t available in their competition.
    Los Alamos’ Zak Kennison, Colin Hemez and Nick Hill ran a sub-10 minute 3200 meters Saturday, taking the Nos. 2, 4 and 6 slots in that race and making a total of four Hilltoppers who have qualified for the state meet in that event.
    On the girls side, the team of Talia Dreicer, Amanda Mercer and Nica Vasquez finished first in the 9600 relay with a combined time of 36 minutes, 36.44 seconds.
    In all, Los Alamos’ girls won four events.
    The Hilltopper 400 relay team of Laura Wendelberger, Celeste Levy, Hayley Schake and Amy Neal won the event and also earned a state qualification mark. Los Alamos won the event at the state meet in 2012.

  • LA, Bernalillo face off to open 2-4A

    It could be a crapshoot in District 2-4A baseball and softball this season, but both Los Alamos Hilltopper teams have as good a shot as anyone.
    Both the Hilltopper baseball and softball teams open district play Wednesday, playing approximately 100 yards from each other. The teams will take on Bernalillo’s Spartans in single contests Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    The district season consists of 12 games per team, with each head-to-head matchup consisting of a doubleheader hosted by one team and a single game hosted by the other team.
    The Hilltopper baseball team was four games under .500 heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against Miyamura — results from those games weren’t available as of press time — but, despite managing just a 4-8 record, still have more wins than Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Capital put together.
    District 2-4A could be shaping up to be a two-team race between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils (8-2). The Sundevils who play Aztec Monday before opening their district season Wednesday against Santa Fe, have outscored their opponents nearly 2-1 this season.

  • On Schedule 03-31-13


    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Track and field: LAMS at Pecos Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.


    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • LA baseball sweeps Miyamura in twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team swept a big doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field.

    Los Alamos scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning of the first game against the Miyamura Patriots to win the opener 3-2, then broke open a tight ballgame in the nightcap with a three-run sixth inning, an inning which included an inside-the-park home run by Jared Mang for a 7-2 victory.

    The Patriots are a dangerous Class 4A program that beat the Hilltoppers earlier this season, but the Hilltoppers with the wins claim the season tiebreaker.

    Lane Saunders, who came on in relief of starter Steven Williams in the fifth inning, earned the victory and Connor Mang picked up the save in game one. Jared Mang threw a complete game to earn the win in game two.

    More information on the doubleheader will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Iram-Bent, Gonzales win state free throw titles

    A pair of local competitors won the Knights of Columbus state free throw championship.
    The K of C contest was held March 23 in Grants.
    Among the winners were Eli Iram-Bent, who was the top finisher in the 10-year-old boys competition and Alicia Gonzales, who won the 11-year-old girls competition.
    For Gonzales, this was his her second consecutive free throw contest title. She was the state’s best free throw performer in last year’s 10-year-old contest.
    With the wins, Iram-Bent and Gonzales are eligible to compete in the national K of C championship.
    Also at the state meet, 11-year-old Wilhelm Schmidt, also a local competitor, finished second in that division.

  • JV softball goes 1-3 at home tournament

    The Los Alamos junior varsity softball team went 1-3 at its home tournament last weekend.
    Los Alamos topped the St. Michael’s Horsemen 15-5, but fell to the Piedra Vista Panthers 10-2, the Los Lunas Tigers 16-1 and the Pecos Panthers 9-6.
    The tournament was won by Los Lunas, who posted a 4-0 record, while the two Piedra Vista JV teams went 3-1 in the tournament.
    Los Alamos scored 11 runs in the second inning in its big win over St. Michael’s. Los Alamos had 7 hits in the four-inning game, led by Elizabeth Anaya, who was 2-for-3.
    Hannah Mojica earned the win, tossing a complete game and striking out 7 batters.
    Against Piedra Vista, Taylor Jaramillo went 2-for-3 and Shelby Chavez was 2-for-4. Chavez also had a multi-hit game against Pecos, going 2-for-3.
    Piedra Vista scored 5 runs in the first inning and tacked on 4 more in the sixth to win the contest going away.
    Against Pecos, the Hilltoppers went up 6-5 after two innings but the Panthers came right back to score three runs in the top of the third and blanked the Hilltoppers the rest of the way.

  • Bueck, Ulrich earn Level 5 state titles

    Lilly Bueck and Charlotte Ulrich became the New Mexico state all-around champions in their divisions for their performances at the Level 5 State Gymnastics Meet in Albuquerque March 2.
    The Atomic Tumblers Level 5 team, consisting of 8 gymnasts, earned a total of 22 medals, including 11 gold, 6 silver, and 5 bronze.
    Bueck competed in the Junior C Division, becoming the state champion in vault (9.0), uneven parallel bars (9.3), and all-around (37.075). Bueck earned silver medals on beam (9.55) and floor (9.225) and was the top all-around scorer across all divisions.
    Ulrich captured the state title on vault (8.9), floor (9.175), and all-around (35.925) in the Junior B Division, earning her highest all-around score of the season. Ulrich took bronze on bars with an 8.85 and placed fourth on beam (9.0).
    Anna Clark was the silver all-around medalist in the Junior A division, with a 35.85, her highest score of the season.
    Clark also earned silver on vault (8.8) and bars (9.0), bronze on beam (9.2), and placed fourth on floor (8.85).
    Earlier in this competitive season, Clark earned the all-around championship in the Xcel gymnastics program.
    Katie Wingo, in the child division, was the bronze all-around medalist with her highest score of the season, 35.15.