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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Hilltoppers put on a show at...

    Hosting its first home meet of the year, the Los Alamos High School track and field teams put together strong performances, leading to a pair of runner-up finishes.

    Eight teams came to Los Alamos Friday afternoon from around the state: Capital, Cleveland, Española Valley, Hope Christian, Los Lunas, McCurdy, Pecos and Pojoaque Valley.

    Cleveland took home first place in the boys and girls competitions. On the boys’ side, Cleveland earned 173.5 points, while on the girls side the team earned 195 points.

    Los Alamos earned second place in both competitions, as the boys earned 95 points and the girls earned 122 points.

    The boys put together one of their strongest meets of the season, as 16 Hilltoppers set new personal records and three of the relays had their best times of the season.

    One of the big winners of the day for LAHS was Arturo Rodriguez, who qualified for the state meet in the shot put and increased his state qualifying mark in the discus. He earned first place with his efforts in the discus and second place in the shot put.

  • UNM falls in NIT Sweet 16

    In a game that had some eerie similarities to UNM’s last loss, a poor third quarter allowed TCU to race back from down seven at the break to take a lead they would hold the rest of the way, as the Horned Frogs defeated New Mexico 81-72, ending UNM’s season at 25-11, one win short of a school record.

    The Lobos were looking for a third quarterfinal appearance in the WNIT all-time in six trips, but a 3-for-16 third quarter just couldn’t be overcome.

    The loss was similar to UNM’s 69-66 Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal loss to Wyoming in which the Lobos shot 1-for-14 in the third quarter, losing a 15-point lead.

    It started out well, the UNM shooting 50 percent in the first half, opening at one point a 34-20 lead, its biggest of the game.  A strong opening quarter saw Tesha Buck score eight and Cherise Beynon seven, with Beynon having to deal with two early fouls.

    Up 24-17, UNM went on a 10-3 run which ended on a Laneah Bryan three in the corner.

    However, after a TCU basket and a UNM miss Beynon was whistled for a very late foul, sending her to the bench, and

    TCU was able to whittle the lead down to seven at the break as UNM scored just one field goal the rest of the second quarter.

  • School of Gymnastics hosts...

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics played host to seven New Mexico teams in their annual Snowflake Invitational.  Los Alamos won the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond competition. The Los Alamos Silver team took third and the Los Alamos Bronze team was also third.

    Anika Lovato was Los Alamos' high scorer of the day, winning the Platinum individual competition with a score of 37.05. Lovato took gold on bars (9.40), beam (9.30) and floor (9.35). Team mate Megan Brown took silver on vault (9.20) and bars (9.10).  Colette Bibeault took silver on beam (9.20) and Sara Gardner took silver on floor (9.25). Dani Trellue's high finish was fourth on vault (9.10). 

    In the Gold juniors competition Layla Warner captured the gold in the all around with 36.70.  Layla also took gold on bars (9.65) and floor (9.35).  Her vault was an 8.60 for the silver medal and beam was a 9.10 for bronze. Also competing in the gold juniors division was Kylee Lovato, who totaled 34.95 for the bronze medal. Kylee also medaled silver on the beam (8.65) and bronze on bars (9.20).  Caris Hatler took silver on floor (8.75) and bronze on vault (8.70).  Ellie Reass, who moved up to gold mid season, was fifth in the all around.

  • LAHS baseball picks up big non-...

    Heading into Thursday’s game against Belen High School, the Los Alamos High School baseball team appeared to be stuck in neutral and searching for an identity. By defeating one of Class 5A’s top teams 8-3, the Hilltoppers may have found it: strong pitching and timely hitting.

    Belen came into the game against the Hilltoppers with an 11-3 record, and was ranked as one of the top five teams in Class 5A. LAHS, on the other hand, had lost three games in a row and was ranked outside of Class 5A’s top 10.
    And early on, it appeared those trends were going to continue.

    Belen worked a pair of walks in the first inning against LAHS starting pitcher Arthur Steinkamp, and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Carlos Espinoza.

    But LAHS escaped without further damage as the next batter smashed a hard line drive right back to Steinkamp, who grabbed the ball out of midair to end the inning.

    After being retired in order in the bottom of the first inning, the Hilltopper offense came to life in the second inning.

    Antonio Gonzales and Walker Eaton reached base with a walk and a single, and both scored when Luke Kirkland smashed a double into the outfield.

    Kirkland came around to score when James Neal reached base on an error by the shortstop, giving LAHS a 3-1 lead heading into the third inning.

  • Atomic City Update: Gimmicks and...

    This week, the Albuquerque Isotopes announced plans to participate in the “Copa de la Diversión,” Minor League Baseball’s way of celebrating Hispanic culture this baseball season.

    In select games throughout the season, the Isotopes will transform into the “Mariachis de Nuevo México” and Isotopes Park will become “The Plaza.”

    Sure, this is a huge gimmick. But it’s also a lot of fun. It will be great to see this idea play out, and see other teams participate. For example, the Memphis Redbirds will become the “Memphis Música” and the Oklahoma City Dodgers will be come the “Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City.”

    A total of 33 teams are participating across all levels of Minor League Baseball, and there are 165 games scheduled as part of the “Copa de la Diversión.

    While some people may think adding gimmicks like this to Minor League Baseball is meaningless, I actually disagree. The minor leagues should be a place where the teams can have some fun and do crazy things. The stakes aren’t nearly as high as they are at the major league level, and other draws besides the play on the field are needed to get people to the ballpark.