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Today's Sports

  • Hilltoppers split pair of games...

    Looking to continue its strong start to District 2-5A play, the Los Alamos High School softball team played a doubleheader Saturday against Albuquerque Academy, losing the first game 8-7 and winning game two 10-8.

    The Hilltoppers had plenty of momentum going into the doubleheader, winning two games in a row, including the district opener against Del Norte 20-0 last week. 

    With senior Reyna Lucero on the mound for LAHS, things appeared to go smooth early on. Lucero allowed only 1 run through the first three innings as the Hilltoppers jumped on top 3-1. 

    However, things began to unravel in the fourth inning, as Lucero allowed 6 runs to score, putting Academy in front 7-3 midway through the game. 

    LAHS fought all the way back, though, picking up 2 runs in the fifth inning and another 2 runs in the seventh inning, tying the score 7-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh. 

    The Hilltoppers could not complete the comeback, however, as Academy scored 1 run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn an 8-7 victory. 

  • UNM softball breaks losing...

    For the first time since April 4, 2014, The University of New Mexico Lobos topped the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday night with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from junior Monica Salas. The 4-3 victory breaks Fresno State’s 11-win streak over UNM.

    With the win, the Lobos improve to 9-24 on the season, 3-4 in Mountain West play, while Fresno State (17-15) is now 2-2 in league competition.

    Sophomore Jensen Main started in the circle and pitched six effective innings before allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. She gave up just five hits in 6.1 innings and looked to be headed for her second career shutout before the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Senior Krissy Fortner closed out the final two outs in the top of the seventh with the Lobos down one to claim the win.

    The Lobos were leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh before a one-out, two-RBI double off the wall from Fresno State’s Hayleigh Galvan. Galvan drove in second-baseman Miranda Rohleder, who led off with a double, and pinch-runner Dolly Stevens to tie it up, 2-2.

  • Atomic City Update: District...

    With the non-district portion of baseball and softball season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to see what the teams at Los Alamos High School are really made of. 

    For both teams, it was a very up-and-down start to the season, as consistency was hard to come by. 

    I have watched both teams quite a bit, and they can be very exciting. It’s fun to see Arthur Steinkamp and Jacob Rutten pitch for the baseball team, and Reyna Lucero brings a ton of excitement to the mound for the softball team. 

    But with the baseball team standing at 7-7, and the softball team at 7-6, the hope is that they are able to string some wins together now that district play is underway. And if that’s possible in any district, it’s 2-5A. 

    This year is similar to previous years, where LAHS tries to challenge itself during non-district play, only to roll through the district schedule with relative ease. Last year, the softball team entered district play with a record of 6-6, and then went 11-1 to claim the district championship behind an explosive offensive attack that feasted on lesser pitching. 

  • High Flyers win state...

    Five High Flyers gymnasts won state championship titles and 11 others placed either second or third in the New Mexico USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships this month. The five first place winners included Lauren Evenhus, Level 2 uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around champion, River Irving, Level 3 vault champion, Anna Kirkland, Level 4 vault champion, Gianna Rolfe, Level 2 vault champion, and Siena Rolfe, Level 5 balance beam champion. In total, 34 gymnasts competed for High Flyers in the March state championships in Levels 2 through 6. Competing in Level 6, Gianna Benelli won third place on floor exercise. Sarah Worley placed fifth on floor exercise and seventh all-around.

    In Level 5 competition, Siena Rolfe placed second on uneven bars and was second all-around, Sarah Newman took second on balance beam, and Megan Martinez placed third on vault, balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around.  

    Elaina Irving placed fourth on balance beam and was fifth all-around, while Emily Smith finished in sixth place.

    Four gymnasts competed in the Level 4 championships. In addition to her first place win on vault, Anna Kirkland placed second on balance beam, third on uneven bars, and was second all-around. Mairen Hoch placed third on vault.  

  • LAHS softball dominates Del...

     If Wednesday’s District 2-5A opener is any indication, the Los Alamos High School softball team is in good shape to make a return to the state playoffs. 

    Facing Del Norte High School at Overlook Park, the Hilltoppers dominated, winning 20-0 and ending the game via the mercy rule after three innings. 

    Del Norte entered the game struggling, losing consecutive games to Albuquerque High And Valley, giving up 15 runs in both games and only managing to score one run combined. 

    Those struggles carried over for the Knights against LAHS, as the Hilltoppers jumped on top 6-0 in the first inning. 

    The first six batters of the game all reached for LAHS, including four walks, all of which came around to score. Jordan Jaramillo picked up the first big hit of the game for the Hilltoppers, as she doubled to score 3 runs. 

    Already holding a commanding lead entering the second inning, LAHS never took the foot off the gas.

    The first seven batters of the second inning all reached base and scored, including doubles by Jordan Jaramillo, Terri Jaramillo and Reyna Lucero. 

  • Hilltoppers win district opener...

    Thanks to an outstanding pitching performance by Arthur Steinkmap and Antonio Gonzales, and production throughout the lineup, the Los Alamos High School baseball dominated its district opener, taking down Del Norte High School 15-5. 

    There was a slight delay at the beginning of Thursday’s game, as the Knights’ bus broke down on the way to Bomber Field. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., but Del Norte did not arrive until 3:55 p.m. 

    After an abbreviated warm-up period, the game got underway at 4:25 p.m. 

    Steinkamp mowed through the Knights’ order for the first three innings, allowing only one base runner while striking out four batters. 

    On offense, LAHS remained patient, while facing a pitcher who was dealing with control issues. 

    The Hilltoppers drew four walks in the first inning and scored 2 runs, and then repeated it in the second inning, drawing three walks and scoring 2 more runs to make the score 4-0 Hilltoppers. 

    LAHS busted the game open in the third inning, scoring 5 runs. 

  • NFL owners approve simplified...

    Maybe it’s too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears.

    No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions.

    Team owners unanimously approved the new language Tuesday, with basically three elements defining a catch:

    —having control of the ball;

    —getting two feet down or another body part;

    —making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball.

    “We wanted to simplify and provide clarity,” Pittsburgh coach and longtime competition committee member Mike Tomlin said. “It was time to do so after we got caught up in language that didn’t do that. The language was obscure and confusing.”

    The committee cited overturned receptions by tight ends James and Miller last season among the dozens of plays they reviewed “dozens of times,” according to committee chairman Rick McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons.

    The James call was particularly impactful because the Steelers wound up losing to New England in a December game that determined home-field advantage for the playoffs. The Patriots got it and wound up in the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh lost its first postseason game to Jacksonville.

  • NMSU basketball star earns...

    New Mexico State senior forward Jemerrio Jones was named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention on Wednesday, and became just the fifth Aggie men’s basketball player to earn AP All-America accolades.

    Jones also became the ninth Aggie player to earn All-America status ever and the third-straight NM State player to achieve AP All-America Honorable Mention status. The Memphis, Tenn., product joins James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014), Pascal Siakam (2016) and Ian Baker (2017) as the only players to have earned AP All-America honors.

    The reigning WAC Player of the Year finished his senior season averaging 11.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 13.2 boards per game this year was good for second-most in the nation while his 450 total rebounds leads all players in the NCAA heading into the Final Four. In addition, his 9.50 defensive rebounds per game topped all Division I players while his 3.74 offensive rebounds per game is good for 10th-best in the country.

    His 21 double-doubles tied him for sixth-most in the NCAA while his lone triple-double tied him for third. Jones then became just the third Aggie to record a triple-double when he posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Eastern New Mexico.

  • Five LAHS basketball players...

    Though basketball season may have been a disappointment for the teams at Los Alamos High School, several individuals on the teams have earned honors for being All-District performers.

    Two girls and three boys from LAHS earned All-District honors in District 2-5A. A total of 18 girls and 17 boys were honored across the district, which includes Española Valley, Capital, Del Norte and Albuquerque Academy.

    For the girls, Becca Green and Natalie Gallegos were named first team all-district performers. The duo provided a mismatch for the Hilltoppers in nearly every game throughout the season, and continued to improve as the season moved along.

    At times, both showed an ability to overpower opponents on the offensive end of the floor, and an ability to shut down inside scoring threats on defense, picking up blocks and defensive rebounds.

    Green and Gallegos are both only sophomores this year and should continue to improve as they move through high school.

    The boys were honored with three second-team all-district recipients: Michael Naranjo, Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo. All three were seniors this season.

  • Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins...

    Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.

    Though the 2018 NCAA Tournament produced the biggest upset in the history of the event along with a seemingly endless string of wild finishes and unexpected results, the Final Four will look very much like it has over the last handful of seasons.

    In one of next Saturday’s semifinals, it’s a barnburner of a matchup between top-seeded programs with rich histories: Villanova vs. Kansas.

    In what will quickly become known as the “other” semifinal, it’s an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan .

    Remarkable as Loyola’s run — and this tournament — have been, this marks the fifth time over the last six seasons that three teams seeded 1 through 4 have been joined by another seeded 7 or higher.

    The four previous times, the underdog has bowed out in the semifinal.

    “Why not us?” Ramblers coach Porter Moser said, repeating his team’s oft-used mantra this month — one he hopes can lead to yet another history making upset. “You have to have high-character guys that believe to truly do that.”

    The teams will have trouble topping the show Kansas and Duke put on Sunday with the last spot in San Antonio up for grabs.