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Today's News

  • Prep boys basketball: LA tops Academy in district tourney 1st round

    The opponent likely played a big part in the Los Alamos boys basketball team's offensive improvement.     

    Nonetheless, even without starting point guard Antonio Trujillo, the Hilltoppers cruised to a 63-39 win against Albuquerque Academy Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.

    "We didn't try to force as many crazy passes underneath," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We only had five turnovers the first half and that helped us get our lead. Hopefully we'll have another game (tonight) where we cut down on those turnovers." 

    Los Alamos advanced to play Del Norte in the second round at 5:30 tonight in Albuquerque.

    "Del Norte is good and quick offensively," Kluk said. "But defensively, we just kill ourselves when we play them. If we can be in control offensively and hit the big guys, we should be alright."

    In the Hilltoppers final two regular season games, the offense was sped up and was forced to make several mistakes by Capital and Espanola Valley's full-court press.

    Academy doesn't possess the same speed as the Jaguars and Sundevils, which allowed Los Alamos to set its offense and get the ball inside early and often.

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  • Community Calendar 2-19-17

    TODAY
    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    PEEC Nature Center is open  10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Nature Center. This geology program is for youth ages 5-9. Cost is $95 for non-members, $80 for PEEC members.

    Community Night: Local Wildlife Photography at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover the art of nature photography. Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Laura Loy, director of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Internship Collaboration, will speak about this partnership.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Artist Ruth Tatter and Michelle Griffin of the Los Alamos Museum of Art will be the speaker.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way, a class for parents of grade-school children, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Free. To register, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

  • Births 2-19-17

    Jan. 15 — A boy. Lincoln Edward Disterhaupt. Born to Jennie and Jason Disterhaupt.
    Jan. 31 — A boy. Waylon Knox. Born to Victoria and Lee Knox.
    Jan. 31 – A girl. Isabella Kaylee Neukirch. Born to Amanda and Levi Neukirch.
    Feb. 1 — A boy. Robert Joseph Lopez. Born to Tammy and Robert Lopez.
    Feb. 8 — A girl. Riley Grace Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Quinn Sebastian Argo-Mitchell. Born to Sylvan Sierra Argo and Albert James Mitchell.

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  • LAHS to offer overnight guided tour to Trinity Site

    Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society will offer a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
    The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.  
    Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
    Bonuses include a visit to the young (5,000-year-old) lava flows of Valley of Fires, and the New Mexico Space Museum overlooking the Tularosa Basin, Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range.
    This excursion aboard a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach includes experienced tour direction is by Buffalo Tours, leading its 14th trip to Trinity.  
     The cost for Historical Society members is $350/person double occupancy; $400 for non-members, with a $50 single supplement for either. The price includes a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Prep basketball: District 2-5A tourney 1st round set for Monday

    The Los Alamos boys baketball team will host Albuquerque Academy at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round the District 2-5A tournament.

    The winner will advance to play Del Norte on Tuesday in the second round in Albuquerque.

    The Los Alamos girls basktball team will play Capital in the first round at 4 p.m. Monday in Santa Fe.

    Capital and Espanola Valley boys basketball will play a tiebreaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Los Alamos (Griffith Gym) to decide the top-seed for the district tournament. The winner will host the District 2-5A champioship on Friday night. The loser will host the semifinal on Thursday night.

  • Prep girls basketball: Toppers drop regular season finale at Capital

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team couldn't avoid a last-place finish in District 2-5A.

    In the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell to Capital 42-32 Saturday in Santa Fe and fell to last place in the District 2-5A standings. Capital's win puts the Jaguars in fourth place and gives them a home game in the district tournament, where they'll face Los Alamos at 4 p.m. Monday in the first round.

    "You have to back to the drawing table," Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. "Some of the adjustments we made were good adjustments."

    Los Alamos just didn't have enough offense to close the gap late in the fourth quarter. While the Hilltoppers struggled on the offensive end, the Jaguars made the best of their opportunities to put the game away.

    Rachel Friend hit a pair of free throws to extend Capital's lead to 36-27 with 5:10 left in the game. Savannah Lucero gave Los Alamos a glimpse of hope by hitting a triple to cut the Jaguars lead to 38-31 with 3:42 remaining. But that as close as the Hilltoppers got and Friend sealed the win with two free throws in the final minute.

  • Prep wrestling: LA can't get past semis, finishes 14th in state

    The Los Alamos wrestling team got three wrestlers into Saturday's semifinal rounds at the Class 5A state championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, all three fell in their semifinal bouts.

    District 2-5A had three representatives in the 106-pound semifinals. In the first match, Los Alamos eighth-grader Devin Atencio met up with district champion Frankie Baca of Del Norte. Baca pinned Atencio to earn a championship bout against Capital's Jonathan Romero. Baca won the state title after downing Romero in a 6-5 decision.

    At 113, Donovan Atencio fell to eventual state champion Ryan Romero of Capital.

    Los Alamos sophomore Sam Harvey couldn't derail the expected all-Roswell final in the 195-pound weight class. Harvey was pinned by Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez, who earned a final matchup against Goddard's Andres Villa. In the final, Villa claimed an 8-2 decision to complete his undefeated season.

    Harvey went on to win in the consolation bracket but eventually fell in the third place bout.

    Devin Atencio placed fourth, while Donovan Atencio lost his two consolation bouts to finish in sixth.

    The three placers helped Los Alamos finished 14th in the team standings.

  • Prep swimming and diving: LA girls place 4th at state meet, boys 8th

    The Los Alamos girls swimming team finished in fourth place at the state championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium.

    After having some success in the preliminaries Friday, the Hilltoppers scored 205 team points in the finals and were led by the 200-yard medley relay team of Sara Shiina, Jillian Bennett, Jessica Moore and Kaitlin Bennett, which finished second and .15 seconds ahead of Albuquerque Academy.

    Elizabeth Lockhart placed third in the 1-meter dive, while Sara Shiina gave Los Alamos a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Kaitlin Bennett was only one second behind the winning pace in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in third behind La Cueva's Natalie Jones and Acdemy's Sara Vianco.

    The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth, while the 400-yard freestyle relay completed the meet and placed sixth.

    Moore had an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

    The Hilltoppers finished 19 points behind third-place Eldorado.

    As expected, Academy and La Cueva ran away with the top-two spots in the team standings. But it was the Chargers who outpaced the Bears 368-317 to win their first state title since 2012.

    The Los Alamos boys swimming struggled to get swimmers in the finals.