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  • Sports Briefs 12-26-14

    Junior wrestling program returning

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is now accepting registrations for its junior wrestling program.
    The program is scheduled to run between Jan. 5-April 17.
    Workouts will be at the YMCA’s gymnasium Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m.
    Kids in grades 1-6 can participate, as well as those in grades 7-8 if they have no previous wrestling experience.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. There are optional competitive tournaments for those interested at additional cost.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Pajarito still waiting for snow

    As of Friday morning, Ski Pajarito was reporting two additional inches of snow from Thursday night’s snowstorm.
    Currently, the ski area is reporting a 15-inch base mid-mountain, which is still not enough to open for the season.
    Pajarito is one of just two ski areas in New Mexico that has yet to open. Sandia Peak, which is reporting a 13-inch base, is the other.
    Among the ski areas in northern New Mexico, Taos was reporting a 42-inch base and Ski Santa Fe has 39 inches.

  • LA plays Goddard to open Poe Corn

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will face one of the two host teams for the upcoming Poe Corn Invitational Tournament.
    Los Alamos will take on the Goddard Rockets at the Poe Corn tournament, one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the state, Monday night at Goddard.
    The Poe Corn is an annual event played in Roswell. Los Alamos is a fixture at the tournament, which has been around since the 1950s.
    Monday’s game will be the first for Los Alamos since Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers fell at home to the Rio Grande Ravens, 52-42. That loss put the Hilltoppers at 1-7 on the season.
    While Los Alamos hasn’t yet been able to find that second win of the season, it has looked better in recent outings. Los Alamos lost to Valencia by a 10-point margin as well, that coming Dec. 13, which was far better than the nearly 50-point cushion Valencia had earlier in the year at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Against Rio Grande, Los Alamos gave itself some chances on the offensive end, many of those coming in transition.
    However, the Hilltoppers struggled to finish, misfiring on several makeable shots that cost them a chance at pulling off an upset over the Class 6A Ravens.
    Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said practices heading up to the Roswell tournament would involve plenty of shooting.

  • LA guard Logan named top player of week in Class 5A

    One of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s top players was named one the top players in New Mexico by a statewide prep website.
    Amber Logan, a senior point guard, was tabbed as the top player of the week by NMPreps.com. The website’s “main purpose is to get our players in the state of New Mexico the national exposure they deserve,” according to founder Kyle Henderson.
    While Los Alamos had just one game last week, it was a big win for the team. The Hilltoppers downed the Artesia Bulldogs 64-29 at home Saturday for its third win in four chances against a Class 5A opponent.
    And Logan was at the forefront of that big game, as she has been for most of the past two seasons with the Hilltoppers. Logan finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and finishing with 10 assists to lead Los Alamos to the big win.
    The season has gone swimmingly for the Hilltoppers so far with eight wins in nine tries. A sizeable chunk of their success has been due to the 1-2 punch of Logan and Ashlynn Trujillo.
    While Trujillo is one of the best players in the state off the dribble, she has had lots support from the outside. Logan has shot at or near the 50-percent mark from the 3-point arc in several games this season.

  • LA throttles Artesia at home, 64-29

    It was a long way to go for the Artesia Bulldogs this weekend, and the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made it a long bus ride home.
    Los Alamos trounced Artesia Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, 64-29.
    Los Alamos broke open Saturday’s contest in the second quarter, outscoring Artesia 21-8 to spark the rout. Ashlynn Trujillo scored three buckets, while Makela Jones and Jordan Duran combined for 8 more points in the second quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 32-13 edge at the break.
    The Hilltoppers never looked back.
    With Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-1 on the season and, perhaps more importantly, improved to 3-1 against Class 5A opponents. It was Los Alamos’ third straight win since falling to Los Lunas in the opening round of a tournament at Albuquerque Academy the previous week. 
    Artesia, of course, is in the extreme southeastern corner of New Mexico, approximately 265 travel miles away from Los Alamos.
    The Bulldogs (4-3) wisely bundled two games in two days as they made the long trip north. They also faced Belen Friday night, but that game didn’t turn out any better than Saturday’s game at Los Alamos, with the Bulldogs falling 61-34 in Belen.

  • LA outscored by 10 at home Friday

    Things are starting to improve for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, but there is still plenty that needs to be corrected.
    Los Alamos had some chances on the offensive end Friday night, hosting the Class 6A Rio Grande Ravens, but the team couldn’t get many makeable shots to drop.
    Except for a few defensive breakdowns, most of them occurring near the basket, Los Alamos contained Rio Grande’s offense and gave itself some chances on the other end. But Los Alamos missed out on converting too many of those chances and the Ravens held on for a 52-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, who appeared to get a shot of momentum off their first win of the year the previous weekend over East Mountain, got the ball inside near the hoop, taking advantage of its speed at the top of the key.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers misfired too often from 8 feet and in, many of those shots missing off the front of the iron.
    “We couldn’t finish,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We missed a lot of pretty easy shots. We had some problems executing our offense and we had some problems with turnovers.”
    Los Alamos lost the ball 25 times in the game, 14 of those coming in the first half.

  • Keeping Control

    Hilltopper Chris Romero works from off the top of his bout last week at Capital. Los Alamos’ wrestling team will be back in action Saturday when it heads to a tournament hosted by Piedra Vista. Piedra Vista is a top program in Class 5A.

  • 'Topper girls finish fourth in first 5A hoops rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team finished fourth in the first rankings of Class 5A teams for the 2014-15 season Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which is 7-1 heading into a game Saturday with the Artesia Bulldogs, is grouped with some quality company in the first rankings. Those top four teams have a combined three losses between them.
    The Hilltoppers lost their first game of the year Dec. 11 when they fell to the Los Lunas Tigers, which, heading into today actually haven’t played enough games on the year to qualify for a ranking, according to the website.
    Los Alamos actually picked up two wins on the heels of that loss in the second and third rounds of the Joe Armijo Invitational last weekend.
    The Gallup Bengals, who are a perfect 8-0, had the No. 1 ranking in the first poll of the season. Their bets win of the year, however, may have come in the first game of the season when they downed Shiprock 80-66 Nov. 22.
    Nevertheless, Gallup is the only girls team in the state that is currently undefeated.
    Following Gallup is Española Valley, ranked No. 2. The Sundevils are 7-1 so far and defeated the third-ranked Valencia Jaguars earlier this week, handing the Jaguars their only loss of the season.

  • Thoma invited to combine

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout soccer player Andy Thoma has been invited to participate in the 2015 Major League Soccer combine.
    The MLS, the top professional soccer league in the country, will hold its combine Jan. 9-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The country’s top collegiate soccer talent will have the opportunity to make an impression in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs ahead of the 2015 SuperDraft, which is held for top college talent in the country.
    Thoma was the Class 4A Player of the Year in 2010 following the Hilltoppers’ state championship, their first since the mid-1980s.
    Following his career at Los Alamos, he played at the collegiate level, eventually transferring to the University of Washington, where he earned several honors from the Pac-12 conference, playing both at the wing and in the defensive third.
    He was named a second team All-Pac 12 performer and third-team All-American following the 2014 season.
    The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.
    The MLS played its first season in 1996. The league will start its regular season in March.

  • 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.

    Pajarito
    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.

    Sipapu
    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.

    Taos
    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.