• YMCA hosts junior wrestling

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its junior wrestling program starting Jan. 5.
    The program is for boys and girls in grades 1-6, although those in grade 7 and 8 with no previous wrestling experience are also welcomed.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. For information, call 662-3100.

  • Ski Report 12-18-14

    Angel Fire
    23-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    9-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 12 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    No base report. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 20 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    25 inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    42-inch base. 8 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 3 lifts open.

    46-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 22 trails and 8 lifts open.

    Chama XC
    18-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest XC

    12-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Saturday.

  • 'Topper boys, girls return to action at home this weekend

    After getting a little bit of time off for finals, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will get back to action this weekend.
    Neither Los Alamos team has had a scheduled contest since Saturday, which was the final round of their two tournaments in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ boys will host the Rio Grande Ravens Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Then, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Hilltopper girls will host Artesia.
    This will be the second consecutive year the Hilltoppers and Bulldogs have played each other. Last season, Los Alamos’ last game at the Joe Armijo Invitational in Albuquerque was nixed due to travel conditions, leaving the team scrambling to find another game to fill a hole in its schedule.
    The only taker for Los Alamos’ rescheduled game was Artesia, which is in the extreme southeast part of the state. For last season’s game, the two teams split the travel difference and played that contest in Vaughn.
    This year, the Bulldogs are making the long trek to Griffith Gymnasium.
    So far, the Bulldogs are 4-1 heading into their Friday night contest at Belen. They have wins over two different Class 5A opponents, including having beaten Santa Teresa twice, as well as Moriarty.

  • 'Toppers earn two wins on home ice

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team picked up two wins in its first two home games of the season last weekend.
    Los Alamos, the last New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey team to open its home schedule — it has to wait for the ice to be ready at the county’s ice rink — started off the home season well. It topped Santa Fe 6-4 Friday night to debut at home, then earned a 4-2 victory over its archrival, Taos, Sunday morning.
    With those two victories, the Hilltoppers improved to 7-1 on the season. Immediately prior to their two wins last weekend, the Hilltoppers lost to the Cibola Cougars, their only loss to date.
    Los Alamos will be off until after the new year. Only a handful of games are scheduled for this weekend, all of them in Texas. Amarillo will play Odessa Saturday and the La Cueva Bears, the only New Mexico team involved, will play both of those teams in Amarillo.
    The Hiltoppers are second in overall team standings following the two wins.
    They trail only the undefeated Franklin (Texas) Cougars, who are idle this weekend as well.
    Odessa’s Permian Basin is third in the league standings at 6-3.

  • Hipwoods honored with proclamation at meeting

    Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have their day today in Los Alamos County.
    The Hipwoods, two of the most successful coaches in the history of New Mexico prep sports, were given a proclamation Tuesday night at the Los Alamos County Council meeting. Councilor David Izraelevitz awarded the proclamation, which announced that today was “Rob and Kathy Hipwood Day” in the county.
    The proclamation recognized the duo as being named the top coaches in the country earlier this year. In June, the Hipwoods earned the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Coaches of the Year honor in the sport of cross country.
    Los Alamos’ girls program, as it often has, followed that honor up for the Hipwoods by winning the 2014 state championship in Class 5A.
    It was the sixth consecutive team title for the Hilltopper girls and the 12th girls team title under the Hipwoods’ tutelage.
    As an added bonus, Los Alamos’ boys earned their third consecutive title last month as well.

  • LA comes back to stun Hope in 4th Q

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned an improbable come-from-behind win in the fifth-place game of this weekend’s Joe Armijo Invitational tournament.
    With 12.6 seconds remaining in the game, the Hilltoppers trailed the Hope Christian Huskies 37-33, but the Hilltoppers scored five points in that time to earn the victory and the fifth-place finish.
    Los Alamos point guard Amber Logan hit a long 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining. Then the Hilltoppers forced a turnover on the ensuing throw-in which bounced to reserve guard Elena Abeyta right under the basket. Abeyta hit a layup at the buzzer to give Los Alamos a wild 38-37 win at Albuquerque Academy.
    The crazy end to Saturday’s game gave Los Alamos a 2-1 finish at the tournament and two straight victories after losing for the first time of the season in the first round to Los Lunas.
    Los Alamos lost in the opening round of Academy’s home tournament Thursday in overtime to the Los Lunas Tigers, but came back nicely Friday, downing the Class 6A West Mesa Mustangs, 61-51.
    Los Lunas’ Tigers ended up finishing second at the tournament. After a dominating defensive performance Frday in a 34-19 win over Academy, the Tigers (4-1) lost to Mayfield, last year’s big-school runner-up, 54-32.

  • Saunders is top wrestler at Capital

    Lane Saunders had another big outing for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team his second week out Saturday.
    Saunders, wrestling at 182 pounds, not only grabbed the 182-pound title at Saturday’s Capital Jaguar Invitational, he was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for the upper-weight classes.
    The Outstanding Wrestler title is one awarded by a vote of the head coaches of participating teams.
    His showing was the highlight of the day for Los Alamos at the Jaguar invitational, which is hosted by the Hilltoppers’ District 2-5A rival.
    Los Alamos nipped the favored Capital team for the district title last season and early projections suggest that they may go head-to-head for that title once again.
    However, the HIlltoppers were too short-handed to make a run at a team title at Capital. The Jaguars, who have many top wrestlers returning from last season’s team, won the tournament title, topping two other solid Class 5A schools, Valencia and Los Lunas.
    In all, 11 teams took part in the tournament.
    Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said he’s known his program will be something of a project until district time.

  • Pregame Pep Talk

    Former Los Alamos High School teacher and Hilltopper superfan Gary Houfek chats with the members of the Los Alamos hockey team prior to the team’s game with the Santa Fe Blue Jackets Friday night. That game was the first of the season for the Hilltoppers at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

  • 'Toppers earn win at home

    It was a good night on the ice for the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team as it opened its home schedule with a victory.
    Los Alamos, which plays in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, a high-school level league, had its season opener Friday night when it faced off against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets.
    Because the Hilltoppers play on an outdoor rink, as opposed to the rest of the league’s teams, which have indoor ice, they are the last team to get a home game.
    But the Hilltoppers made the most of it Friday.
    Los Alamos, which had won five consecutive games to start the season before a loss last Saturday to Cibola, grabbed a solid 6-4 victory over the Blue Jackets (3-9).
    The Hilltoppers controlled the contest early, going up 3-0 and holding that advantage through a period and a half, but the Blue Jackets scored at about the halfway point of the second period to tighten up the game.
    But Los Alamos responded in a big way, scoring two goals in quick succession just minutes after the Santa Fe goal to blow the game open.
    Today, Los Alamos will host its archrival, Taos, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is set for 11 a.m.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Taos’ Ice Tigers 2-1 in the first game of the season Nov. 8. That game was played in Taos.

  • LA boys knock off T-Wolves

    It took some time, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally got over the hump.
    Los Alamos earned its first win of the season Friday in the consolation round of the Sandia Prep Invitational tournament. Los Alamos tripped up East Mountain High School, a relatively new Class 4A team from the foothills of the Sandias.
    With that win, the Hilltoppers advanced to play in the fifth-place game of the Sandia Prep tournament Saturday. Results of that game hadn’t been reported as of press time.
    Los Alamos has struggled throughout the early part of the 2014-15 season, dropping five straight before Friday’s win.
    The 46 points scored by Los Alamos was its best offensive output of the season. Going into the game, the Hilltoppers had been held to 32 points or less in each of their previous three contests, including a 54-31 loss in the opening round of the tournament to Las Vegas Robertson, which itself won for the first time with Thursday’s victory.
    East Mountain (2-6) had a chance to tie the game and force overtime Friday, but the Timberwolves’ last second 3-pointer clanged off the back of the iron.
    Friday’s victory was just the third going back to last season and the second for the team under head coach Mike Kluk.