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  • Swimmers qualify for state ahead of district meet

    As the Los Alamos swimming and diving teams prepare for this weekend's District 1 championships, several of the athletes have already secured a spot at the state championships with qualifying times.
    For the rest of the team, the district championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe's Genoveva Chavez Community Center, will be the last chance to earn a spot at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls, however, already have at least one swimmer in every event that's qualified for state.
    Sarah Lott has led Los Alamos' charge by qualifying in six individual events. Lott's highest state seed so far is in the 100-yard freestyle. Lott's time of 52.21 seconds is the No. 3 fastest seed time. The University of Utah commit has also qualified for state in the 50 free (fourth, 24.11), the 200 free (fourth, 1:56.76), the 200 individual medley (ninth, 2:17.82), the100 butterfly (fifth, 1:00.70) and the 500 free (eighth, 5:22.64).
    Several other Hilltopper girls have qualified in those events and some others, as well.
    Also qualified in the 200 free are Kaitlynn Bennett (17th, 2:03.51) and Isabelle Runde (25th, 2:05.90).

  • Sports Briefs 1-29-16

    Free throw contest
    All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
    The local competition will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free and it will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.
    Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.
    All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and winners from each age division and gender will be presented with a trophy.
    The winners will then advance to the district free throw competition to be held Feb. 21, also at LAHS’ Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.
    International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
    All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions.
    Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.

  • Opportunity for alumni to strap football cleats on again

    Many former athletes that played football in high school or college have wondered what it would be like to step out on that field one more time.
    Well, Gridiron Alumni is granting their wish and also helping raise money for charity.
    Alumni football is coming to Los Alamos. Gridiron Alumni, a national company, is planning several full contact alumni football games in the area.
    Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other. Since its inception in 2010, hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time.
    Gridiron Alumni does not discriminate against smaller schools and rivalries. If anyone has ever wanted to get out on that field, now is the time.
    Players from the local area are invited to register and play. The first 40 players on each team get to play.
    The team that gets 25 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for the spring and summer. Gridiron Alumni has all of the equipment needed to play, rents the field and arranges for the officials to make your game special.
    People interested in putting on the pads one more time are encouraged to go to gridironalumni.com to locate their school and register. For questions, call Chris at 530- 410-6396 or go to the website.

  • LA, Española game comes down to final seconds

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball game against Española Valley Wednesday had everything a fan would expect from a rivalry game featuring the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class 5A. There was tough defense, great shots from both sides, momentum changes and on outcome that wasn't decided until the final buzzer.
    The visiting Sundevils, however, had a one-point lead when that buzzer sounded, winning the contest 76-75.
    No. 3 Española improved to 15-4, 1-1 District 2-5A with its win while No. 4 Los Alamos moved to 15-5, 1-1.
    Los Alamos led after a tight first quarter, 13-12, but the Sundevils used a dominant second quarter to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos then scratched its way back into the game with tough defense and a Sienna Ahlers rebound and put back tied it at 64 halfway through the fourth.
    Los Alamos then stole the ball from Española and an Ashlynn Trujillo layup gave the 'Toppers their first lead since early in the second quarter, 66-64.
    Española scored the next four points, but Ashley Logan sunk two free throws to tie it at 68.

  • LA boys give Española Valley tough test

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team came out with a ton of energy and gave the visiting Española Valley Sundevils a tough game Tuesday. Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
    Los Alamos (6-13, 0-2 District 2-5A) started hot and built a 20-12 first-quarter lead. After Los Alamos went up 10-5, Española Valley (14-5, 2-0) showed its athleticism to finish some fast breaks with style and tie the game at 12. Jack Stewart sparked an 8-0 run to make sure Los Alamos finished the quarter on top. After snagging an offensive rebound, Stewart scored with a turn around jumper. After Isaac Fason added a pair of free throws, Stewart pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass to Michael Naranjo for a transition bucket. Just before the quarter ended, a Sundevil blocked a Stewart shot, but Stewart stayed with the play, went back up and got the bucket on his second attempt.
    Española picked up the pace after that and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
    The Sundevils then kept their foot on the gas to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Los Alamos put 25 points on the scoreboard to win the final quarter, thanks to sinking 14 of its 15 free throw attempts, but Española kept making plays to finish on top.

  • Knights of Columbus free throw contest is Sunday

    All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
    The local competition will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free and it will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.
    Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.
    All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and winners from each age division and gender will be presented with a trophy.
    The winners will then advance to the district free throw competition to be held Feb. 21, also at LAHS’ Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.
    International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
    All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions.
    Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.
    For additional information, please contact: Roger Anaya, Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator, at 670-6717 or rogelioanaya@q.com.
     

  • High School baseball practice begins Monday

    While the winter sports seasons are entering the thick of their seasons, the spring sports seasons are just around the corner.
    The Los Alamos’ baseball team will have its first official practice of the new season Monday.
    With snow on Bomber Field in Los Alamos, the team will begin its practices in White Rock. The first practices will take place at Overlook Park’s Virchow Field.
    Monday’s practice will take place from 3:40-6 p.m.
    Athletes will need to have an up-to-date physical on file at the high school before participating.
    For more information about the upcoming season, contact Los Alamos manager Mike Gill at mrgill21@msn.com.
     

  • LA wrestlers go 2-3 at Aztec

    At the High Country Chevy Tiger Duals in Aztec, the Los Alamos wrestling team won two of the five duals it wrestled Saturday.
    Los Alamos beat Española Valley for the third time in a week while also scoring a win against Shiprock.
    The ’Toppers, however, came up short against Aztec, Bloomfield and Monticello, Utah.
    “We didn’t get some of the wins we wanted, but none of them were embarrassing,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “We’re one match away from winning a lot more; that’s encouraging.”
    Los Alamos won 12 of the 14 weights against Shiprock while a short-handed Española Valley squad wasn’t able to challenge the ’Toppers for the dual win.
    At 182 pounds, Lane Saunders had an opponent challenge him for one of the first times this season.
    Squaring off against the returning Class 4A state runner up, Bloomfield’s JD Robinson, Saunders scored a 5-1 victory in one his only matches that has lasted the full six minutes.
    “Lane finally had a good match; he got pushed by the Bloomfield guy,” Hatt said. “He’s getting back in that rare form.”

  • Academy pulls away from Hilltoppers in fourth

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team’s hopes of making it into the Class 5A state playoffs took a hit Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos started the week as MaxPreps’ No. 17 ranked team, right on the bubble of earning one of the 16 spots in the playoffs.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, passed Los Alamos in the rankings with a 55-41 win Saturday, giving the ’Toppers a bad loss to the 4-13 Chargers.
    Los Alamos is now ranked No. 19 in Class 5A, one spot behind Albuquerque Academy.
    The Chargers built a 15-9 first quarter lead, but Los Alamos won the second quarter, 12-8, to only go into halftime trailing 23-21. Academy won a tight third quarter by one point to extend its lead to lead to three heading into the fourth.
    The Chargers then finished strong, outscoring the ’Toppers 21-10 in the fourth to win the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 6-12 overall. Los Alamos is also 0-1 in District 2-5A. The ’Toppers are scheduled to play Española Valley (13-5, 1-0 2-5A) tonight (Jan. 26).
    Los Alamos will need to do well in the remainder of its District 2-5A season if it’s going to raise its state stock.
    The district has shown a lot of parity already.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 24-30

    On Wednesday night, the No. 4 ranked Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the No. 3 ranked Española Valley Sundevils to town in a huge District 2-5A contest.
    Española is the reigning district champion, but Los Alamos has stepped up its game this year and has several players capable of scoring in the double digits whenever a matchup favors them.
    Los Alamos' depth will be key since the team will likely be without Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo suffered an injury last week at practice and expected to be out two-to-four weeks. Without Trujillo in Los Alamos' district opener against Capital last week, the 'Toppers scored a season-high 88 points. Española, however, should be a much tougher opponent that the 3-12 Jaguars.
    Española had a 14-3 overall record heading into its district opener Friday night at Del Norte (8-8).
    Los Alamos is currently 15-4.
    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team (6-11) will also host Española Valley (12-5) Tuesday.
    Both contests will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.

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