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  • LA boys fall in first round to Robertson

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had turnover trouble in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Invitational tournament Thursday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers were looking for their first win of the season against a team that was also seeking its first win, the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals.
    But the Cardinals came out the victor Thursday in Albuquerque. The Cardinals outscored the Hilltoppers 22-9 in the first quarter and never looked back, winning 54-31.
    Los Alamos has struggled early on in the season to find its footing on the offensive end. Los Alamos has only managed to score 40 points once this season and has been held to the low-30s in scoring each of the last three games.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his team had some chances but were not connecting with its shots, then struggled holding on to the ball.
    “I could tell in warm-ups that they were not ready,” Kluk said of the contest. “After halftime the offense performed better and the defense was a bit more intense. We played them even in the second half.”
    The Hilltoppers fell behind big by the break, trailing 39-17. The Hilltopper defense was much better in the third quarter, limiting Robertson (1-4) to just five points. Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it only managed four points in that frame.

  • 'Toppers lose for first time this year

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    Los Alamos went up by as many as 10 points in the first half and had chances late in its contest against the Los Lunas Tigers, but the Tigers prevailed in overtime.
    Los Lunas’ Jordan Holland drove down the middle of the lane with one second remaining in overtime to give the Tigers a 61-59 victory Thursday at Albuquerque Academy.
    Just prior to Holland’s bucket, the Hilltoppers had possession, but turned the ball over before getting a shot off.
    It was a disappointing loss for the Hilltoppers, who slipped to 5-1 on the year, after beating a pair of Class 5A opponents just heading into the Los Lunas contest.
    With the loss, Los Alamos goes into the consolation bracket of the tournament. It was scheduled to face West Mesa today — the Class 6A Mustangs (1-4) lost in the opening round to Academy’s Chargers, 44-33.
    Los Alamos and Los Lunas have seen each other several times in the recent past and Los Lunas has generally had Los Alamos’ number.
    Thursday, the Hilltoppers were paced by Amber Logan. Logan, who had a monster game against Hope Christian, was again effective from the outside Thursday.

  • 'Topper hockey will host Santa Fe in home opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team ended its unbeaten streak just ahead of this weekend’s home opener.
    Los Alamos will finally get its home season going Friday when it takes on the Santa Fe Blue Jackets. Los Alamos, which plays at the county’s outdoor arena, must wait for conditions to be suitable for playing before it can get its season going and, as such, is almost invariably the last team to get its home schedule started.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m.
    Prior to the game, however, there will be a ceremony honoring former Hilltopper head coach Craig Wermer. Wermer was a longtime coach of the team before this season, when he was replaced by his former assistant, Kevin Brake.
    Wermer coached current Hilltopper seniors Hudson Davenhall, Jason Martinez and Trevor Matuszak, throughout the prep careers until this season.
    The Hilltoppers were originally supposed to play three games this weekend at home to get their schedule rolling, but Saturday’s game, against Rio Rancho, was postponed due to standardized testing. That game has tentatively been rescheduled for February.
    Sunday, Los Alamos will host archrival Taos. Game time is 11 a.m.

  • LA teams head to seperate tourneys

    Both the Los Alamos boys and girls basketball teams will have tournaments in Albuquerque starting Thursday.
    Usually, Los Alamos’ boys and girls would be heading to the same tournament this week, but not this season. Los Alamos’ girls will take part in the Joe Armijo Invitational at Albuquerque Academy, while, this season, the Hilltopper boys will go to the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ boys will be hoping to turn things around, at least a little bit, after a 0-4 start. Los Alamos had shown some flashes in two of those ballgames, but those flashes were few and far between in big losses to Valencia and, most recently, St. Michael’s.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his young team has been shying away from physicality down low and has been paying the price for it. St. Michael’s, which is by no means a big squad, dominated in the paint in its 56-32 victory Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Thursday, Los Alamos will play Las Vegas Robertson in the opening round of the Sandia Prep tournament. That game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
    Prior to this year, Los Alamos had been usual guests to Academy’s home tournament. Interestingly, though, another team that has made fairly regular appearances at Academy, Española Valley, also will be playing at Sandia Prep.

  • 'Toppers hang on vs. Hope Christian

    It was a game of misses for both teams Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Fortunately for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, though, they made just enough plays when they needed them.
    Los Alamos was playing perhaps its toughest opponent of the season to date at home Tuesday when it took on the Hope Christian Huskies. Hope Christian, from Albuquerque, is among the most athlete-rich small-schools in the state and has had plenty of success in girls basketball.
    Hope Christian had the big height advantage inside and dominated in the boards in the first half, but Los Alamos was able to keep the Huskies in check on the other end.
    Los Alamos led by as many as 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Huskies came back to make things interesting before the Hilltoppers put the game away, winning 57-52.
    It was tougher to earn than expected, but it was Los Alamos’ fifth straight win to start the year.
    Los Alamos had plenty of chances to put the contest away, but was hampered by some unfortunately-timed turnovers and more struggles from the foul line. Los Alamos shot a dreadful 8 of 22 at the stripe Tuesday.

  • LA takes fourth in its season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team went 4-1 in duals contests to open its season Saturday.
    Los Alamos finished second in the four-team pool it was in at Saturday’s Valencia Invitational. Then, in a three-way battle for fourth place in the tournament following the pool round, Los Alamos knocked off both its competitors.
    It was a solid start to the season for the Hilltoppers, who have several solid returning wrestlers and some others it’s hoping to bring along by year’s end.
    For the Hilltoppers, veterans John Dermer, Mateo Cardiel and Lane Saunders, a state champion last season, went undefeated on the weekend.
    In its pool, Los Alamos finished behind Los Lunas. After handily defeating longtime foe and district opponent Española Valley and topping Las Cruces Centennial, which is a Class 5A school, Los Alamos dropped a tough match to the Tigers.
    In their 10 common weight classes, the Hilltoppers and the Tigers evenly split bouts, but the Hilltoppers gave up four forfeits at vacant weight classes that proved to be the difference.

  • 'Toppers roll to big win over Pintos

    If the mission of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was to get off to a fast start Saturday night, mission accomplished.
    Los Alamos got off to a blazing-hot start in a big contest against a solid Class 5A team, the Moriarty Pintos.
    Amber Logan hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and Makela Jones appeared to hit another, although it was only counted as a 2-point basket, as Los Alamos bombed the Pintos early.
    The Hilltoppers scored 27 points in the opening quarter, one of their most productive quarters in recent history, to jump out to a big lead.
    The two teams played fairly even most of the rest of the way, but the Hilltoppers cruised after the first period to win 64-40 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Jones hadn’t realized until after the game that her shot from the deep right corner was only credited for 2 points, but she was barely concerned with it following the big win.
    “We made it more of a team effort than just one person,” Jones said, talking about the team’s big offensive performance. “Once we opened up Amber and made some other adjustments, that opened up everyone else.”

  • On Schedule 12-7-14

    Monday
    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls basketball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Thursday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Las Vegas Robertson (Sandia Prep Invite), varsity 2 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas (Academy Invite), varsity, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep Invite, TBA.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, TBA.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Invite, 8 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep Invite, TBA.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

  • Christmas Lights Run set for Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will be hosting its annual Christmas Lights Runs from now until Dec. 22.
    Runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday during that time.
    The next run will be Monday starting at the North Mesa soccer fields. Run time is 6:15 p.m.
    Runs are not competitive and there is no charge for participation.They are designed to be fun for all participants and paced so that runners can admire Christmas lights around the neighborhoods.
    Runners are encouraged to wear light clothes or reflective material for safety purposes. Runs will take place during active snowstorms but not if courses become icy.
    For more information or for late-change announcements, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org.

  • ’Toppers thumped at home Friday

    A rough second quarter led to a huge defeat at home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Friday night.
    After a decent start to the contest, Los Alamos was outscored 20-3 in the second quarter by the St. Michael’s Horsemen. St. Michael’s guard Andrew Griego hit 3 3-pointers in the second period to lead the charge.
    Los Alamos didn’t fare a lot better in the third quarter, but came back a bit in the fourth quarter, although not nearly enough to get back into the ballgame.
    The Horsemen prevailed Friday night, 56-32.
    For the Hilltoppers, it was their fourth consecutive loss at home to start the season. The win by St. Mike’s came in its season opener.
    It was the second straight time the Hilltoppers had been held to 32 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his team struggled to respond to the St. Mike’s defense, which was good at switching and disguising its strategy.
    “We’re glad St. Mike’s made us play our press break,” he said. “We don’t quite understand that yet. I want to get better at that. Our chemistry’s not good right now. We’ve got to get a lot better.”