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  • Hilltopper hockey scores three wins in El Paso

    The Los Alamos hockey team won three of the four games it played in El Paso, Texas, last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers split two games with the defending composite champs, Franklin. Los Alamos then took two games from Coronado.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers moved up into fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League with an 8-6-3 overall record.
    Against Franklin, which is currently sitting in second with an 11-7 record, Los Alamos won the first game, 5-3, despite being out shot 36-20 in the contest.
    Franklin, which has the top two scores in the league, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cory Schramm and Ben Roback, however, scored to tie the contest.
    In the second period, Brett Ireland scored to put Los Alamos on top, but Franklin was able to tie it back up.
    Later in the second, Jacob Rutten scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Los Alamos. Brett Ireland then added an insurance goal in the third.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 33 saves for a .917 save percentage in the win.
    The two teams squared off again Saturday morning, but this time Franklin rallied to score a 10-7 win.
    Griffin Matuszak, Jacob Dunwoody and Chris Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 3-0 in the second period. Franklin responded with three goals, but a Roback goal put Los Alamos back in front heading into the third period.

  • Leonard commits to Western

    Wednesday was national signing day and many of the top high school athletes from across the country committed to the universities where they’ll compete at the next level.
    Los Alamos had several athletes commit to colleges during the early signing period. Ashlynn Trujillo (New Mexico Highlands University, basketball), Brianna Montaño (New Mexico Highlands, volleyball), Sarah Lott (University of Utah, swimming), Lane Saunders (Eastern New Mexico University, baseball) and Connor Mang (University of New Mexico, baseball) all signed early.
    Like them, Charlotte Leonard had already made up her mind that she would be attending Western State Colorado University after graduating from Los Alamos.
    On Wednesday, however, Leonard made it official. The mid-fielder signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Mountaineers next year.
    “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.”
    Leonard, who also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero, said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman.
    He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp.

  • Pajarito reopening Townsight after rat attack

    Last Saturday, the crew at Pajarito Mountain went over to the Townsight lift and tried to fire the lift up for the weekend. There was a problem, however, and the lift didn’t move.
    “That baby wouldn’t go,” Pajarito’s General Manager Tom Long said.
    After some trouble shooting, Pajarito’s crew found out was wrong with the lift — a pack rat had climbed up the top tower and chewed up all of the safety wires.
    “We had to totally re-wire the tower,” Long said.
    He said they finished rewiring it last Sunday and it will be spinning this weekend. They also got the problem rat out of the tower.
    “The lift is all set to go and we’ll run it Saturday and Sunday,” Long said.
    In roughly the last decade, Long said that this is the third incident of a pack rat climbing a tower and chewing up the wires. Additionally, the rats carry leaves and sticks up and make nests in the towers.
    When the Townsight lift reopens this weekend, however, people won’t be thinking about rats.
    They’ll be thinking about the 10 inches of new snow that’s just been sitting there.
    A storm hung around on the ski area Sunday night through Tuesday, when the ski area was closed. When it reopened Wednesday, a line of people was waiting for first tracks.

  • LA boys lose nail biter against Del Norte

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team nearly knocked off Del Norte Wednesday night. In the end, however, the Knights were two points ahead of the ’Toppers, and won the game 67-65.
    Del Norte jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, but Los Alamos fought back and won the next two quarters. The ’Toppers outscored the Knights 17-14 in the second and 22-15 in the third to take a 51-50 lead into the fourth.
    Los Alamos couldn’t sustain the lead, though.
    The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers moved to 8-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A after Wednesday’s defeat.
    Del Norte improved to 9-11, 2-2.
    Also on Wednesday, Bernalillo beat Española Valley 47-45.
    Bernalillo also beat Capital while Los Alamos and Del Norte both defeated Bernalillo.
    After one round of district games, Capital remains in first place with a 19-3, 3-1 record. Bernalillo, Española Valley and Del Norte are all 2-2 in the district.
    With as much parity as there is in the district, however, Los Alamos could easily move up in the final standings.
    Los Alamos’ next game is Saturday. The ’Toppers will host Capital at 7 p.m.
     

  • LA girls move into three-way tie for first

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team completed its first round of District 2-5A games Tuesday, beating Del Norte 45-30.
    Del Norte had previously beaten Española Valley, the team that gave Los Alamos its lone district loss. Now all three of those squads share the lead in the district standings.
    "It was huge," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "Now we have a three-way tie and it's whoever wants it. There's a lot of parity between those three teams."
    The game was a low-scoring, defensive battle. Both teams utilized a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    "To hold a team like Del Norte to 30 (points), that's phenomenal," coach Trujillo said.
    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • Registration opens for Jemez Mountain Trail Races

    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21 this year. Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open.
    These races fill up quickly.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15 miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    Register soon at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.
    For more information about running, or volunteering for this event, visit the race’s website: highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.
     

  • LA girls hold off Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well Saturday at Bernalillo, but the ‘Toppers found a way to win the game, 54-51.
    Playing without co-captain Ashlynn Trujillo and head coach Nestor Trujillo (sick), Kayla Salazar stepped up on the court while Tarah Logan took over the head coaching duties for the game.
    Salazar led Los Alamos with 28 points in the game, sinking 12 of her 25 field goal attempts and adding four free throws.
    The rest of the team, however, only made nine of their 52 shots from the field.
    Makaela Jones scored 12 points and Shannon Irwin added eight. Irwin also led Los Alamos with nine rebounds.
    Los Alamos used a strong second quarter to take control of the game. After the Spartans led 13-12 after the first quarter, Los Alamos won the second quarter 21-10 to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
    Bernalillo, who was looking for its first home win and second win overall, won the third and fourth quarters by five points and two points, respectively, but couldn’t quite catch Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A with the win.
    Los Alamos is also 2-0 in games played without Ashlynn Trujillo, who was on crutches for the contest against Capital, but returned for the Española Valley game.

  • Hilltopper boys playing good ball, score two wins

    Fast starts and different players getting hot helped the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team score a pair of wins this last weekend.
    Los Alamos won its first District 2-5A contest of the year by taking down Bernalillo Friday, 76-63.
    The ’Toppers then blew by Aztec, 85-53, Saturday.
    In both games, Los Alamos had a double-digit lead after the first quarter.
    Against a Bernalillo squad that upset the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars, 51-46, the prior week, Los Alamos battled from start to finish to take down the Spartans.
    Antonio Trujillo scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to help Los Alamos grab a 17-7 lead.
    In the second quarter, the Spartans fought back and tied the game at 25. Los Alamos, however, used a 6-0 run to pull away again. Ivan Balakirev found himself in foul trouble, getting his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second quarter, but another big man, Cade Gasway, made sure Los Alamos didn’t miss a step.
    Jack Stewart started the run with a bucket. Los Alamos then forced a turnover and Gasway assisted Troy Hammock. Gasway then stole a pass and Michael Naranjo scored a quick transition bucket to put Los Alamos up 31-25. The teams traded baskets after that, but a late reverse layup by Kyle Newell helped Los Alamos take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the District 2-5A leading Del Norte Knights to town. Del Norte is a perfect 3-0 in the district, and 10-8 overall. The Knights have scored wins against the other three district team it has faced — Española Valley, 36-29, Bernalillo, 42-32, and Capital, 72-52.
    The Hilltopper girls, who are scheduled to play Bernalillo this weekend, began district play with a win over Capital, 88-53, before suffering a one-point loss to Española Valley, 75-75.
    A win Tuesday could help Los Alamos earn a share of the district lead. The game will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.
     

    This week's games:

    Tuesday
    Girls’ Basketball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Swimming and Diving: Los Alamos at District 1 championship, varsity, TBD

    Hockey: Taos at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:45 p.m.

  • Storm on its way to Pajarito

    February is typically the snowiest month of the year, and Pajarito Mountain looks like it will begin the month with a storm that's expected to peak on Monday.
    Snow is in Pajarito Mountain's forecast for the next few days. The National Weather Service is reporting a 50 percent chance the mountain will get fresh snow tonight (Jan. 30). On Sunday, the probability increases to 70 percent. It hits 90 percent Monday and then goes down to 70 percent Monday night and there's 50 percent chance the mountain will get more snow Tuesday.
    The ski area has received 78 inches so far this season, enabling it to open almost all of its terrain, including the runs under the Townsight lift for the first time since the 2010 season. In 2011, the Las Conchas fire burned the top terminal of the area, as well as several acres along the eastern edge.
    Pajarito plans on spinning the Townsight lift every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the season.
    The ski area also has events planned for the first three weekends of February.
    On Feb. 5-7, K2 Women's Weekend will take place, featuring on-hill clinics, demos, a silent auction and a Blizzard of AAAHHs dance party.
    The event benefits the Anita Salas Memorial Fund.
    Also taking place during the K2 Women's Weekend is a Beer and Bands event on Feb. 6.