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  • Prep baseball: LA falls to Las Cruces in St. Pius tourney

    The Los Alamos boys baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius tournament.

    The Hilltoppers fell to Las Cruces High 8-0 in five innings Thursday in Albuquerque.

    The Bulldawgs opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning and one in the second and 2 in the third. They sealed the shutout victory by tallying two more runs in the fifth.

    It was the first time Los Alamos had been shutout since March 24, 2016.

    Los Alamos continues play in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

  • LA tennis claims State Wide Invite

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams dominated their way to a first place finish last weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls claimed the State Wide Invitational Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Los Alamos boys outpaced Carlsbad for the top spot. In singles play, George Margevicius defated Hope Christian and Piedra Vista’s top singles but lost to Carlsbad’s Adam Overstreet.
    Andrew Tang won two singles matches, while Thomas Chadwick swept the No. 3 singles bracket. JD Downing, Junseo Kim, Tim Martin and Donald Poston also helped Los Alamos by winning their respective brackets.
    In doubles play, top doubles team of Tang and Margevicius, who swept top doubles bracket, led the Hilltoppers.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers outmatched the defending Class 5A state champions Albuquerque Academy and runners up Farmington.
    Sidra Hseih-Ratliff went unbeaten in the top singles bracket, while Katya Skurikhin claimed two wins.
    Lauryn Anaya, Maia Menefee, Kayla Parker, Ann Sherrill, Serena Birnbaum, Rachelle Stokes, Alina Bulthuis and Mackenzie Cook all added singles wins for Los Alamos.
    In doubles, Sherrill and Hseih-Ratliff won two matches, while Skurikhin and Anaya won three.
    Los Alamos will partake in the Chapin tournament Friday in El Paso, Texas.

  • Prep baseball: Toppers split season-opening series

    The Los Alamos baseball team will look to get plenty of pitchers on the mound in 2017.
    The Hilltoppers (1-1) used seven pitchers in their season-opening doubleheader against Sandia Prep Saturday in Albuquerque. In the first game, Los Alamos sent four different pitchers on the mound as it dropped a 4-2 decision. In the second game, the Hilltoppers used three pitchers to claim a 21-7 win and earn a series split against the Sundevils.
    “We want to have at least nine pitchers with double digit innings before the district season,” Los Alamos coach Bryan Neal said. “In order to do that, we’re going to rotate guys in and get everyone developed.”  
    Antonio Gonzales got the start in the opener and pitched 2 1/2 scoreless innings. Jake Rutten replaced Gonzales in the third inning and his back-to-back balks put Sandia Prep’s Zech Vick on third base. Rutten threw a wild pitch that sent Vick to home and gave the Sundevils a 1-0 lead.
    The Hilltoppers responded in the following inning when Travis Gonzales’ 2-RBI triple scored Nick Quartieri from second and Cottrell Fox from first to give Los Alamos a 2-1 lead.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA gets No. 14 seed for state tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team received the No. 14 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.

    The Hilltoppers (13-14 overall) will be at No. 3 Farmington in the first round. It'll be Los Alamos' first trip to the state tournament since 2012. 

    The date and time of the first round matchup is yet to be determined. 

  • ‘Topper baseball set for season opener at Sandia Prep

    The Los Alamos baseball team begins its 2017 campaign with a tough doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers will visit Sandia Prep Saturday and will play the Sundevils at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    The defending Class 4A state champion Sundevils are coming off a 27-4 season, where they won their second consecutive state title. However, Sandia Prep started the 2017 season with a 12-3 loss against St. Pius Tuesday.  
    Los Alamos lost a lot of talent from its 2016 squad but does have a young rotation of players, combined with eight returners from last year. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 20-9 season and a state quarterfinals appearance.
    James Neal is expected to fill a void in the infield, while Travis Gonzales and Jake Rutton will look to replace last year’s electric starting pitching duo of Connor Mang and Lane Saunders.
    Los Alamos’ top returners will look to guide the team through a challenging schedule that includes participating in two tough regular season tournaments.
    After the season-opening doubleheader, the Hilltoppers will open the St. Pius tournament  March 2 with a matchup against Class 6A contender Las Cruces High. Los Alamos will also play in the tournament the following two days.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA should make state tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2012.
    That should change Sunday when the New Mexico Activities Association announces its 16-team field for the Class 5A state tournament.
    Los Alamos currently stands at 13-14 overall, finished in fourth place in District 2-5A and was ousted by Del Norte in the second round of the district tournament. Not only should the 13 wins be enough to get the Hilltoppers in, but their win at Belen and against Española Valley will standout to the selection committee.
    Playing in Class 5A’s second toughest district will also enhance Los Alamos’ chances of ending its state tournament drought. The Hilltoppers also got a bit of a boost when Taos had to forfeit eight of its nine wins due to playing an ineligible player. One of those forfeited wins was the Tigers’ triumph over Los Alamos on Jan. 10.   
    The Hilltoppers will likely be on the road for the first round, as the top eight seeds will host first round games. Los Alamos is likely to get a 14, 15 or 16 seed and get matched-up with one of the top three seeds.

    Who will LA see in the first round?

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers crash out of district tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team fell in the second round of the District 2-5A tournament to Del Norte Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

    Del Norte's 53-40 win sends the Knights to the district tournament semifinals, where they'll face Española Valley on Thursday in Española. The loss moves Los Alamos to 13-14 overall, which will likely be enough to send the Hilltoppers to the state tournament.

    Seeding selections for the state tournament will be made Sunday.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA falls in 2-5A tourney

    Back-to-back losses to Capital ended the Los Alamos girls basketball season.
    After losing to the Jaguars 42-32 Saturday in the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell in Santa Fe again Monday, dropping a 42-35 decision in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Capital’s win on Saturday assured that it would host the district tournament first round, as Los Alamos fell to last place in the district standings.
    The Jaguars advanced to the second round against Del Norte, while the Hilltoppers end their season with a 6-21 overall record. Capital also topped Los Alamos in the team’s three meetings this season.
    The Hilltoppers will miss the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.
    Los Alamos will lose Elena Abeyta, Isabell Larribas, Sienna Ahlers, Casey Trujillo, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin to graduation.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA tops Academy in district tourney 1st round

    The opponent likely played a big part in the Los Alamos boys basketball team's offensive improvement.     

    Nonetheless, even without starting point guard Antonio Trujillo, the Hilltoppers cruised to a 63-39 win against Albuquerque Academy Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.

    "We didn't try to force as many crazy passes underneath," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We only had five turnovers the first half and that helped us get our lead. Hopefully we'll have another game (tonight) where we cut down on those turnovers." 

    Los Alamos advanced to play Del Norte in the second round at 5:30 tonight in Albuquerque.

    "Del Norte is good and quick offensively," Kluk said. "But defensively, we just kill ourselves when we play them. If we can be in control offensively and hit the big guys, we should be alright."

    In the Hilltoppers final two regular season games, the offense was sped up and was forced to make several mistakes by Capital and Espanola Valley's full-court press.

    Academy doesn't possess the same speed as the Jaguars and Sundevils, which allowed Los Alamos to set its offense and get the ball inside early and often.

  • Prep basketball: District 2-5A tourney 1st round set for Monday

    The Los Alamos boys baketball team will host Albuquerque Academy at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round the District 2-5A tournament.

    The winner will advance to play Del Norte on Tuesday in the second round in Albuquerque.

    The Los Alamos girls basktball team will play Capital in the first round at 4 p.m. Monday in Santa Fe.

    Capital and Espanola Valley boys basketball will play a tiebreaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Los Alamos (Griffith Gym) to decide the top-seed for the district tournament. The winner will host the District 2-5A champioship on Friday night. The loser will host the semifinal on Thursday night.