• 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.

  • LA shut out of All-State hoops teams

    Los Alamos wasn’t represented on either the boys or girls All-State basketball teams for the 2012-13 season.
    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association released its All-State selections for the season Thursday night. In all, 13 boys and 11 girls from around the state were picked by New Mexico head coaches.
    Although the Hilltoppers got no All-4A team nods, District 2 was well represented on the teams. Española Valley’s Lauren Quintana made the first team on the girls side, while Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage was a second-team selection. On the boys side, Brandon Saiz of Bernalillo was picked for the first team and Mikey Lopez of Capital made the second team.
    In Class 3A, Pojoaque Valley’s Cheyenne Cordova was a first team girls selection and Matthew Herrera was a second team boys selection.

    Here are the Class 4A All-State teams:


    First team

    Teige Zeller, Los Lunas
    Lauren Quintana, Española Valley
    Natalie Zamora, St. Pius X
    Mariah Forde, Belen
    Sydney Mares, Grants

    Second team

    Tinaya Murphy, Los Lunas
    Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, Santa Fe
    Shanel Begay, Gallup
    Myla Brown, Roswell
    Ni’Asia McIntosh, Gallup
    Amy Horner, Artesia


    First team

  • Nukes come back to top Las Cruces

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club came back from a halftime deficit to knock off Las Cruces at home Saturday.
    The Nukes trailed by 3 points at the break, but outscored Las Cruces 17-5 in the second half to win 29-20 at Sullivan Field.
    Las Cruces is a relative newcomer to U19 rugby, but Nukes coach Demetrio Cardiel said his team had to overcome more than the halftime deficit.
    “Those guys are huge,” Cardiel said. “They have this guy who was 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds and a bunch of other kids who were nearly that size.”
    After figuring out how to deal with Las Cruces’ size, Los Alamos was able to take advantage of its opponent’s lack of experience.
    Mateo Cardieo scored three tries in the game for the Nukes, while Caleb Johnson tacked on a pair of tries and Diego Cardiel made a pair of conversions.
    Los Alamos is hoping to build on its win when it hosts Santa Fe at 7 p.m. April 3. Admission to the Nukes’ home games is free.
    “We just played great defense,” coach Cardiel said. “We were able to tackle their big galoots. We played with a lot of passion and played some good rugby.”

  • Big third inning rally sinks ’Toppers

    ALBUQUERQUE — A 10-run second inning on the road sank the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team in a big Class 4A match-up Tuesday.
    The St. Pius X Sartans pounded out 8 hits in a huge third inning rally, knocking Los Alamos starter Jordan Hammock out of the ballgame. The first eight hitters of the inning safely reached base and Los Alamos couldn’t stop the bleeding.
    The huge rally propelled the Sartans to an 11-0 win. The Sartans closed out the game in 4-1/2 innings.
    Tuesday’s loss is one that could very well come back to haunt the Hilltoppers following the regular season. The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-5 against Class 4A competition and could cause their stock to drop if they are in need of an at-large bid to get into the postseason.
    In the bottom of the third, St. Pius first baseman Kaitlyn Archibeque hit a sharp single to left-center to drive in two runs and get the rally going. Three of the next four batters also came through with base hits and the problems for Los Alamos mounted with a big throwing error on a routine ground ball that allowed another run to score.
    “We were hoping to get through that inning without having to switch pitchers,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “I was thinking about making the switch because they seemed dialed in on Jordan.”

  • LA girls are 2nd at Las Cruces invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity tennis team finished second at last weekend’s Mayfield/Las Cruces Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos was one of seven teams taking part in the tournament, co-hosted by the reigning Class 5A champ, the Mayfield Trojans.
    The team tournament consisted of three singles flights and two doubles flights. Los Alamos rotated four players into the No. flight in the tournament, going 4-2 in those contests.
    The Hilltoppers met the Trojans in the fifth round of the tournament, losing a close 3-2 decision. In that round, Los Alamos swept the doubles matches, with Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido taking its No. 1 doubles contest and Hannah Cunningham/Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff winning in the No. 2 doubles flight.
    Los Alamos swept opponents Alamogordo 5-0, Las Cruces 4-0, Gadsden 5-0 and earned a 3-1 victory over Oñate, all Class 5A schools.
    Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, Madeline Margevicius and Fitzsimmons were all straight-set winners at No. 1 singles for the Hilltoppers last weekend, while Lucido and Nasim Andrews earned straight-sets wins playing at No. 2 singles.