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  • LAHS finishes in top 10 at state swim meet

    Though only one competitor ended up with a top-3 finish, the Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams had a good overall showing at the 2018 state championships.

    Both the boys and the girls teams ended up with top-10 finishes, with the girls finishing in sixth place and the boys finishing ninth.

    The Hilltoppers had four swimmers that qualified for the state meet in two individual events apiece: Jillian Bennett, Andy Corliss, Ian Jaegers and Sara Shiina.

    Shiina had the best showing of the meet for LAHS, finishing in third place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 59.54 seconds. She also finished in eighth place in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:01.65.

    Bennett had a pair of top-5 finishes, earning fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.05 and fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.97 seconds.

    Corliss ended up with a pair of 13th place finishes, in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.77, and in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.03.

    Jaegers was also consistent, finishing in 13th place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.10, and in 14th place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.25 seconds.

  • Atencio wins state championship

    For the first time since 2014, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team has a state champion.

    Devin Atencio, a freshman in the 106-pound weight class, claimed the title by defeating all four of his opponents last weekend at the NMAA State Wrestling Championships. And he did it in convincing fashion, appearing in control throughout every match.

    “It feels amazing,” Atencio said. “I have been working at this for my whole life. It’s just a great feeling.”

    Last year, as an eighth-grader, Atencio finished in fourth place at the championships, easily getting through the first two rounds of the competition before falling in the semifinals and the third-place match.

    This year, he seemed determined to keep that from happening.

    In the first round, he faced Española Valley’s Joey Fernandez, who he defeated for the District 2-5A championship the week prior. Much like the first matchup, Atencio had little trouble defeating Fernandez, pinning him in 1:13.

    The quarterfinal round against Kirtland Central’s Devin Montano was equally dominant for Atencio, as he earned the pin just 32 seconds into the second round to advance to the semifinals.

  • Atomic Tumblers dominate at invitational

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque to compete at the Albuquerque School of Gymnastics, in their annual Black and White Invitational. Over 70 bronze and silver gymnasts competed on Friday night, while gold, platinum and diamond gymnasts competed on Saturday.

    Maya Graves scored the highest all around total of all Bronze competitors, with a 37.25, scoring 9 or above and taking the gold medal on all four events. The last time a LASG gymnast scored this high was Brianna Fryer in a JO level 7 meet last year.

    In the bronze division youngest division, Rafaela Rocha earned three gold medals, in the all-around, the bars and on the floor. She also earned a bronze on the vault.

    Anna Simakov was the standout in the youth division earning a gold on the floor and the bars, and a silver in the all-around and on the beam. She also earned a bronze on the vault.

    In the junior’s division, Meera Nadiga earned gold on the bars, finished with a silver on the vault and finished in a tie for silver in the all-around.  

    In the silver competition Holly Martinez was Los Alamos’ high scorer, earning a gold on the bars and the vault, and finishing with silver on the floor and in the all-around competing in the child’s division.

  • Atomic City Update: New GPA requirements for sports are good idea

    Beginning next school year, no student with an “F” grade in any class will be eligible to compete in sports in New Mexico.

    I, for one, think this is a great idea for the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Until now, students could compete in sports as long as they had a 2.0 GPA and no more than one “F” grade.

    My problem with allowing a student to have an “F” in any class is that they are failing in their main role, as a student. For anyone in high school, that has to be the top priority.

    If competing in sports interferes with a kid’s ability to pass his classes, they no longer need to be on the field.

    Without a quality education, no amount of athletic ability will matter that much in the long run. After all, they are called student-athletes for a reason. The first part has always been far more important than the second.

    Competing in sports in high school is a privilege, something that is earned through hard work in the classroom. With these new rules in place, students will earn that right more than ever before.

  • Hilltoppers find success at first day of state wrestling championships

     

    Though only one person is still in the running for individual championship, every person who competed for Los Alamos High School won at least one match Friday at the first day of the 2018 state wrestling championships.

    Heading into the second day of competition, freshman Devin Atencio has advanced to the semifinal round, defeating both of his competitors Friday.

    Seven other wrestlers, Donovan Atencio, Damian Gonzales, Israel Gellis, Reyes Mendez, Dylan Irish, Milo Light and Gloria Ramos, are still in contention for third place on the consolation side of the bracket.

    Overall, the first round of the tournament was strong for the Hilltoppers, as eight of the 14 wrestlers advanced in their championship brackets. Five of the wins came by pin, as the wrestlers from LAHS overpowered their opponents.

  • LAHS claims 4 wrestling district championships

    After a successful showing at the individual district championships last weekend in Española, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team is sending 14 athletes to the state championships, and claimed four individual district championships.

    Devin Atencio, Israel Gellis, Dylan Irish and Milo Light claimed championships in their weight classes, while Donovan Atencio, Damian Gonzales, Aiden Johnson, Reyes Mendez, Ty Nieto, Lewis Harvey, Dmitri Bullock and Arturo Rodriguez placed in the top three, earning automatic berths to the state championships.

    Also advancing are Liam Johnston and Gloria Ramos. After finishing in fourth place in the 126-pound weight class at the district championships, Johnston earned a wild card berth to the state championships.

    Ramos, the only girl on LAHS’ wrestling team, did not compete at the district championships so she could compete in the New Mexico Activities Association’s first-ever girls’ wrestling tournament.

    According to NMAA Associate Director Dusty Young, there will be eight weight classes (101, 106, 111, 121, 131, 143, 160, 185) with eight girls per weight participating in the combined-classification exhibition tournament. A total of 38 high schools will be represented in this event.

  • Hilltopper hockey gets back in win column

    For the first time in nearly two months, the Los Alamos High School hockey team got into the win column, winning two games against the Taos Ice Tigers last weekend.

    The Hilltoppers entered the weekend on a 10-game winless streak, dating back to Dec. 16. Throughout the long drought, defense proved to be a problem for the team, allowing five or more goals eight times.

    Against Taos, however, the defense stepped up in a big way for LAHS, allowing just two combined goals in two games to end the regular season.

    Friday evening, the Hilltoppers started scoring early and did not allow Taos a chance to respond. Just three minutes into the game, Tyler Weiss scored his fourth goal of the season, putting LAHS in front 1-0.

    Ben Rees added on to the score with five minutes left in the period with his 13th goal of the season, putting his team in front 2-0 heading into the second period.

    Weiss and Rees combined on a goal at the beginning of the second period to put the Hilltoppers up 3-0, giving them complete control of the contest.

    Midway through the period, Jacob Dunwoody scored his 13th goal of the season, putting the team up 4-0 after the second period.

  • Nordic ski club dominates in Colorado

    Despite generally low snow this winter, Southwest Nordic Ski Club was lucky to have two different events within reasonable driving distance on the same day and fielded 27 racers between the two venues.

    The larger group headed to Crested Butte, Colorado, for their famous and colorful Alley Loop races now in its 32nd year.

    The distances for Alley Loop range from 1.5K all the way to marathon distance of 42K. Typically all courses start and finish on Main Street and snake through town’s quaint alleys giving the event it’s name.  

    This year, due to lower snow, the race started at the Nordic Center but longer courses were still able to ski through alleys in town. Racers, as well as spectators, dress up in costumes and celebrate the event all day along the course making for colorful and fun photos of the event.

    In the 1.5K race, SWNSC girls swept the podium with Anna Simakov (age 8) in first, Harper Reid (age 7) in second and Samantha Baily (age 6) in third. Liv Niklasson (age 8) raced as well but forgot to put on her timing chip. Her finish would’ve also placed her on the podium had she been counted in the timing.

  • Atomic City Update: District tiebreakers seem unfair for high school athletes

    One of the most confusing aspects of high school sports are the tiebreakers in postseason play, which are often hard for anyone to understand, and don’t always seem completely fair.

    This is especially concerning as the winter sports season draws to a close, with the regular season in basketball set to end next week. With district races as close as ever around New Mexico, many of the tiebreaker scenarios could come into play, and could end up having a significant impact on the state tournament.

    One of the oddest things about this tiebreaker system is that the rules are different if the tie occurs between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed than if the tie occurs between any other seeds.

    In the event that the top two seeds are tied, a winner-take-all playoff game determines the No. 1 seed, which gets a pass directly to the district championship game.

    However, if the tie occurs between lower seeds, or if more than two teams are tied, then an entirely different system is used: point differential.

  • Golf course to open earlier than expected

    Due to the unseasonably warm weather in the area, the Los Alamos County Golf Course will open for the season earlier than expected, on Feb 16.

    The full course will be operational, with tee times scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday, as well as holidays, throughout the rest of February.

    Tee times are available by booking online at least 10 days in advance, or three days in advance by calling the golf shop directly at 662-8139.

    The practice range will have the same hours of operation. Golf carts must be returned to the clubhouse by 4 p.m.

    Season passes will go on sale Feb. 16, and anyone without a pass will pay applicable rates.

    Los Alamos County Golf Course offers a challenging 6,500 yard, par 72, 18 hole layout. The golf course, built in 1947 by the Atomic Energy Commission, is one of the oldest 18 hole golf course in New Mexico.