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  • Prep wrestling: Toppers advance 3 to state semis

    The Los Alamos wrestling team had three wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals of the Class 5A state meet.

    The championship semifinals will be Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Devin Atencio at 106 pounds, pinned Belen's Raul Sisneros and topped Deming's Frankie Lucero to earn a semifinal matchup against District 2-5A foe Frankie Baca of Del Norte.

    Donovan Atencio reached the 113-pounds semifinals by getting wins against Farmington's Alex Rodriguez and St. Pius' Steven Sanchez. He'll face District 2-5A champion Ryan Romero on Saturday.

    Hilltoppers sophomore Sam Harvey made his way to the 195-pound semifinals after downing Kirtland Central's Cadyn Hartsfield and Grants' Paris Salvador. Harvey's two wins set up a tough match up against Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez.

    Los Alamos had other wrestlers win in the first round and in the consolation bracket.

    Trevor Brown (145 pounds) started with a first round win against Drew Smith of Bloomfield but fell in the quarterfinals to Belen's Chris Robinson. In the consolation bracket, Brown will face Kirtland Central's Brandon Silago.

  • ’Toppers girls hoops fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team didn’t have an answer for Alexis Lovato.
    Lovato scored 24 of Española Valley’s 34 second-half points to lead the Sundevils to a 64-32 win against the Hilltoppers Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “You can’t ensure anything with a loss like this,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “They’re not defeated. Overall you can’t measure success on just wins and losses. The success coming out of this is that the drama between Los Alamos and Española is officially over.”
    Española improved to 17-6 overall and 6-1 in District 2-5A and is one step closer to clinching the regular season district title and the top-seed for next week’s district tournament. The Sundevils just need a regular season finale win vs. Del Norte to clinch both.
    Los Alamos fell to 6-19 overall and 1-6 in district play. The Hilltoppers remained in last place but a win against Capital on Saturday would give them the No. 4 seed and the right to host the first round of the district tournament.
    “That’s going to be crucial because Capital does have a win on us. We both only lost one game in district. This game is going to reflect who gets that first district game,” Archuleta said. “That’s crucial for us.”

  • Prep boys basketball: Española Valley blasts Los Alamos

    This time, the defending state champions didn't allow Los Alamos to play its game.

    Española Valley avenged its earlier loss to the Hilltoppers by claiming a 68-36 win Tuesday in Española.

    "They did what they had to do to beat us," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We just didn't match their intensity and their aggressiveness. Credit (Española), they pushed us out of our rhythm and didn't let us get into our offenses."

    The Sundevils improved to 18-6 overall but more importantly moved to 5-2 in District 2-5A and is a regular season finale win against Del Norte away from assuring at least a share of the regular season district title. The loss moves Los Alamos to 11-13 overall and 3-4 in district, which puts it out of the running for the top-seed in next week's district tournament.

    Los Alamos will need to beat Capital on Friday and have Del Norte lose to Española in order to claim the third spot in District 2-5A.

  • Prep girls hoops: ’Toppers host Española Valley tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will look to build some momentum in the final week before the District 2-5A tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight at Griffith Gym. It’s Los Alamos’ final home game of the regular season, as Sienna Ahlers, Isabell Larribas, Casey Trujillo, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin could be playing their last game at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into tonight’s matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-5 District 2-5A record and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Los Alamos, which is tied with Capital in last place of the district standings, is playing for district tournament implications. A win could put the Hilltoppers ahead of Capital in the district standings.
    The Sundevils (16-6 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) will go into the game in first place in the district with a half game lead of Albuquerque Academy. A win will continue to put Española in the driver’s seat for the district tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Sundevils are coming off a 52-38 win against Capital, after falling to Class 6A contender 54-44 on Feb. 7.

  • Pajarito still battles burn scars

    Damages from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire still poses a problem for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    Most recently, a damaged tree broke and struck the Mother Lift, which provides access to Pajarito’s expert-level runs. The Mother Lift was closed for a month, as mountain officials were cautious about fixing the lift due to height restraints and snowfall that hit the mountain.
    “It made a challenging project for us to do,” Pajarito general manager Tom Long said. “The project was 32 feet in the air and everything to do the work was heavy. I didn’t feel comfortable putting my staff up 32 feet in the air during a snowstorm. So we had to pick and choose when we were going to work on it. But we were able to fix the problem.”  
    After completing successful test runs Wednesday and Thursday, the Mother Lift began to operate normally Friday.  
    Despite being almost six years since the Las Conchas Fire burned thousands of acres at Pajarito Mountain, the ski hill still battles with the aftermath, especially when it comes to aesthetics and grooming of the mountain.

  • Prep boys hoops: ‘Toppers win second straight, down Academy

    Back-to-back wins have put the Los Alamos boys basketball team in position to make a realistic push at the District 2-5A regular season title.
    For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers executed in the post and from the perimeter en route to a 63-53 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “The (post players) finished the ones they needed to,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is the way they have to play. We’re very much an inside-outside team. We need to be going inside and if nothing is there, we throw it back to the outside and guards knock down 3s. If we don’t do that, we’re not near as good.”
    Los Alamos improved to 11-12 overall but more importantly moved to 3-3 in District 2-5A, where the Hilltoppers sit in third place and half a game behind Española Valley.
    “We thought we would be a game or two better than what we are right now,” Kluk said. “If we cant Española to beat Capital again, Capital will have two losses. Then if we could somehow get a win here, everybody will have three losses and then it gets jumbled. But we’ll be in the thick of it.”

  • Prep girls basketball: LA struggles at Academy

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team took another tumble in District 2-5A play.

    The Hilltoppers struggled offensively in their 37-18 loss against Albuquerque Academy Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos fell to 6-18 overall and 1-5 in District 2-5A and is in last place in the district standings. The Chargers improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in district play and got within half a game of first place Española Valley.

    Los Alamos' lone district win came against the Chargers in the team's Jan. 30 meeting, where the Hilltoppers were able to execute early in the game. The Chargers didn't allow that to happen Tuesday, as the Hilltoppers only managed one point in the opening eight minutes.

    And on the other end, Academy's Sophie Long and Savina Romero found creases in the Hilltoppers defense and helped the Chargers take a 17-5 lead at halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to match Academy in the third quarter but the scoring struggles continued in the final frame. The Chargers outscored the Hilltoppers 12-5 in the last eight minutes.

    Los Alamos will host Española at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffith Gym.

         

  • LA girls hoops fall to Del Norte, 50-28

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team continues to struggle in District 2-5A play after falling 50-28 against Del Norte Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After the first half of district play, the Hilltoppers are 1-4 in district and 6-17 overall. Los Alamos faced Albuquerque Academy on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Del Norte took command of the game from the opening tip-off and jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.
    The Knights continued to succeed on offense in the second quarter and outscored Los Alamos 16-9 to take a 31-16 lead at halftime.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t have much success on the offensive end in the second half and only managed four points in the final eight minutes. Meanwhile, Del Norte executed on both ends and sealed its third district win to improve to 3-2 and 12-9 overall.
    Savannah Lucero led Los Alamos with eight points, while Isabell Larribas and Susana Gallegos finished with five points, respectively.
    Del Norte got a game-high 12 points from Breana Desoto, while Victoria Casaus added 11.
    Going into Tuesday’s games, Los Alamos was in last place in district while Del Norte remained in third. Española Valley was atop the standings and Academy was second.

     
     

  • Prep boys hoops: ’Toppers down Sundevils

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team’s district title hopes will depend on what team shows up.
    If the Hilltoppers team that played in the first half of their game against Del Norte Friday shows up, hopes will be slim. But if the second half team and the team that upended defending state champion Española Valley Monday shows up, Los Alamos will be right in the midst of the District 2-5A title talks.
    The Hilltoppers took down the rival Sundevils, 55-48, in front of a ruckus crowd at Griffith Gym. It was Los Alamos’ first win against Española since the 2011-2012 season, ending a nine-game losing streak against the Sundevils.
    “There’s always that stigma of playing Española and trying to beat them,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This team (Los Alamos) has kind of struggled with its identity and its confidence a bit, but hopefully this is a big confidence builder.”
    Los Alamos improved to 10-12 overall and 2-3 in District 2-5A, while keeping pace with the middle teams in the district standings. The win put Los Alamos ahead of 2-3 Albuquerque Academy and one game behind 3-2 Española.

  • 'Toppers make commitments

    Three Los Alamos High School student-athletes have signed Letters of Intent to extend their playing careers at the next level.
    Sienna Ahlers, Jacob Mairson and Tristen Roach partook in signing day festivities Wednesday at LAHS.
    Ahlers signed to play soccer at Wingate University, Mairson signed a proffered walk-on commitment to be apart of the University of New Mexico football program and Roach inked his name to Adam State University’s men’s soccer 2017 recruiting class.
    In three seasons with the Los Alamos girls soccer program, Ahlers became one of the most prolific attacking players in Hilltopper history. She tallied 58 goals and 39 assists during her Los Alamos career.
    In 2016, Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 24 goals and a state-leading 21 assists, which led her to winning District 2-5A’s offensive player of the year and a Class 5A all-state first team selection. She helped Los Alamos to a 16-6 record and state semifinals appearance.
    During her junior season, Ahlers led Los Alamos with 23 goals and 12 assists, while helping the Hilltoppers reach the Class 5A state championship game. In 2014, she amassed 11 goals and finished the season with six assists.
    Ahlers has also been a member of the Los Alamos girls basketball and track and field teams.