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  • LA wrestling wins opener

    The Los Alamos wrestling team began its 2016-17 season with a 69-6 win against Tierra Encantada on Friday at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym. Pictured is 132 pound Los Alamos wrestler Neil Deherrera against Marq Gallegos. The Hilltoppers also competed in the Tom Torres Tiger Duals in Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Alamos will face Pojoaque Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Pojoaque. RALPH ALLEN/Monitor

  • LA hockey splits with Durango

    The Los Alamos hockey team split a doubleheader against Durango on Saturday and Sunday in Durango, Colorado.
    On Saturday, the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 win, but dropped a 4-1 decision on Sunday.
    In the win, Emily Moulton scored a goal and Ben Rees scored his second game-winning goal of the season. In Sunday’s loss, Rees scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers.
    Rees now leads Los Alamos with goals this season.
    The Hilltoppers are now 2-1 on the season and will travel to face Amarillo on Saturday and Sunday.
     

  • Prep boys hoops: ’Toppers upend Horsemen

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 59-50 win against St. Michael’s on Friday night in Santa Fe. It was also the first time Los Alamos defeated the Horsemen since 2009.
    “It’s huge for them to get off to a 3-0 start,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is just a big confidence booster for us. We didn’t really play all that well, but we proved that we can play with a quality program like St. Mike’s.”
    During the Hilltoppers 3-0 start, Los Alamos has been without Antonio Trujillo, who was expected to be the team’s starting point guard before the season started. Junior Ramon Roybal has given the Hilltoppers quality minutes in replace of Trujillo. Roybal continued his impressive campaign with an 11-point performance against St. Michael’s.
    “I’m really happy with Ramon,” Kluk said. “He has stepped up and run the point guard for us. He’s handled the ball and he’s handled the pressure. It’s been huge that Ramon has been doing well. Being without Antonio these first three games has gotten Ramon better. It’s just going to pay off down the stretch.”

  • LA girls basketball splits a pair of games

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team split a pair of games in a span of three days.
    On Thursday, the Hilltoppers went on the road and defeated Belen 35-25. But Los Alamos couldn’t carry the momentum into Saturday, as the Hilltoppers fell to Valencia 32-24 at Griffith Gym.
    After the pair of games, Los Alamos fell to 3-3 on the season, and hosted Santa Fe High on Tuesday (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline).
    The 25 points allowed against Belen was a season low for the Hilltoppers on defense. But against Valencia, the Hilltoppers 24 points scored was a season low on the offensive side.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos struggled to knock down shots and started the game 0 of 6 from the floor and didn’t make a field goal in the first quarter, as the Jaguars took a 9-2 lead after the opening eight minutes.
    Los Alamos didn’t convert a field goal until Anna Lemke knocked down a shot with 5:23 left in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers added three more points during the second quarter, as Valencia led 16-7 at halftime.

  • LA sports briefs 12-2-12

    The Los Alamos hockey team will travel to Durango, Colorado to face Durango Area Youth Hockey in a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Hilltoppers are coming off a 2-1 victory against rival Taos on Nov. 18. It will be Los Alamos' second and third games of the season.

    Durango has faced Cibola twice and Amarillo twice so far this season.

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    The Los Alamos wrestling team will begin its 2016-17 season at 4 p.m. tonight by hosting Tierra Encantada at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym.

    Los Alamos will be looking to win its second consecutive season opener against Tierra Encantada.

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    The Los Alamos swimming and diving teams will compete in the APS Invitational on Saturday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

    Both Hilltopper teams (boys, girls) are coming off a second place finish at the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays, the opening meet of the season.

    Los Alamos is expected to compete against Albuquerque High, Atrisco Heritage, Cibola, Del Norte, Eldorado, Highland, Manzano, Rio Grande, Sandia, Valley, Volcano Vista, West Mesa, Cleveland, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque Academy and Las Cruces High.

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  • Pajarito set for opening day

    After having to delay its opening day, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now ready to begin its Winter Season.
    Pajarito kicks off ski season Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on the Aspen Lift with access to Bruce’s Boulevard and Lone Spruce. Additional terrain may be available as conditions permit, including beginner terrain.
    “Pajarito picked up eight inches of fresh snow with this latest storm and our snowmaking team has been very productive with our snowmaking efforts recently so we’ll open with top-to-bottom skiing,” said Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito. “Everyone will be ready to kick off Pajarito’s ski season on Saturday.”  
    Pajarito’s Aspen Lift will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Discounted lift tickets are available at Pajarito’s ticket office, lift tickets are $29 for all skiers and snowboarders. Pajarito will temporarily close on Monday to allow its crews to continue making snow with the goal of opening additional terrain. Pajarito will resume mountain operations with lifts turning Dec. 9 through Dec. 11. Pajarito will then be open daily Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 during the holiday season. For additional operating dates beyond Jan. 1, visit skipajarito.com.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers fall at VV

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team fell to 2-2 on the season by dropping its toughest contest so far this season 45-30 against Volcano Vista on Tuesday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers began by matching the Hawks intensity and led 6-5 to finish the first quarter. However, Volcano Vista began to pull away in the second quarter, using a 10-1 run midway through the frame. The Hawks eventually led 22-15 at halftime.
    Los Alamos stayed within distance in the quarter and cut the lead to 26-20. But the Hawks answered and finished the quarter with an 11-5 run to lead 35-27 going into the fourth quarter.
    Volcano Vista clamped down on defense in the fourth frame and only allowed five points during the frame.
    The Hawks outscored Los Alamos 8-5 in the final eight minutes.
    The 45 points was the most Los Alamos has allowed this season, while 30 is lowest its scored on offense.
    The Hilltoppers played Belen on Saturday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.    

     

  • Prep boys basketball: ‘Toppers run past Pintos

    Finishing strong was something the Los Alamos boys basketball team wanted to do better after its season opener.
    An impressive second-half performance led to the Hilltoppers improving to 2-0 after defeating Moriarty 62-37 on Tuesday at Griffith Gym.
    “We came out moving much better in the second half,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “We were able to stretch a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter up to 16 points by the end of the quarter. With Moriarty now having to spread their defense to try to pressure more, we were able to find openings and extended our lead in the fourth.”
    Los Alamos got off to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter and extened its lead to 16-11 with four minutes left in the first half. Moriarty roared back with a 7-4 run to end the second quarter and cut the Los Alamos lead to 20-18 at halftime.
    The Hilltoppers began to pull away in the third quarter by taking a 34-24 lead midway through the frame. Los Alamos scored 10 more points in the quarter to take a 44-28 lead into the final frame. Michael Naranjo was key in the Hilltoppers third quarter success, as the junior forward scored seven points and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the quarter.
    The Hilltoppers doubled up Moriarty 18-9 in the final eight minutes to earn their first 2-0 start since the 2009-10 season.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers outlast Pojoaque Valley

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team gained some needed momentum going into a rough stretch against high-caliber opponents.
    The Hilltoppers (2-1) won their second straight game by defeating Pojoaque Valley 47-43 on Saturday at Griffith Gym. On Tuesday, Los Alamos traveled to face Volcano Vista (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline). Then, in a span of five days, beginning on Saturday, the Hilltoppers will host Valencia, Santa Fe and Cibola.
    Saturday’s win could give Los Alamos some confidence offensively, as it struggled to hit open shots in its first two games. But the Hilltoppers used its defense to find open transition opportunities and in return scored a season-high 47 points. Defensively, Los Alamos continues to press aggressively and capitalize from its team speed.   
    That team defense showed up early against Pojoaque, as the Hilltoppers didn’t allow a point until the 5:05 mark if the first quarter.

  • Prep girl's basketball: ’Toppers tame St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos girl’s basketball team improved to 1-1 on the season with a 39-36 win against St. Michael’s on Tuesday in Santa Fe.
    Senior forward Shannon Irwin gave the Hilltoppers a 37-36 lead, after hitting a free throw. Senior Ashley Logan provided the final points for Los Alamos with a pair of clutch free throws. Logan also came up with a big block in the final defensive stand.
    The Hilltoppers continued to use its strength on the defense, as they only allowed four points in the first quarter and two in the final quarter.
    However, the Horsemen outscored Los Alamos 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead at halftime. St. Michael’s continued to apply pressure taking a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
    In the final eight minutes, Los Alamos outscored the Horsemen 9-2.
    Sienna Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 14 points.