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  • LA, Española Valley clash with first place on the line

    Life would be a lot simpler in District 2-5A for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team if it got a break.
    That break came Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos, in a seemingly two-team race for the 2-5A regular season title, had been trailing the Española Valley Sundevils in the standings since its loss to the Sundevils Jan. 27 at home.
    But Tuesday, the Sundevils fell for the first time in the district season. They were knocked off by Del Norte, 46-38, which tied for their lowest offensive output of the year.
    Now, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will be playing the Sundevils for sole possession of first place in 2-5A. That game is slated for Friday night at Española Valley.
    The only downside of that game for Los Alamos is that now, instead of a two-team race for the top, it has become a three-team race.
    Del Norte (13-9 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) was the only team in the district that figured to give either Los Alamos or Española Valley much of a fight in head-to-head competition.
    With its win, Del Norte is right back in the thick of things and will still come up to Griffith Gym to face the Hilltoppers in their regular season finale.

  • LA girls knock off Capital in Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept on pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in District 2-5A with a big win Saturday.
    For the second time this season, the Hilltoppers thumped the Capital Jaguars. The Hilltoppers, who beat the Jaguars by 40 points in their first meeting, nearly equaled that feat Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, winning 66-28.
    Los Alamos wasn’t expected to get much trouble from Capital, but couldn’t afford an off game ahead of its next big challenge.
    Friday, the Hilltoppers will take on the Sundevils in Edward Medina Gymnasium. On the line for Los Alamos is a chance to keep its hopes of a regular season 2-5A championship alive. The Sundevils won the first meeting at Los Alamos late last month.
    With its victory over Capital, Los Alamos picked up its 20th win of the season, one of the biggest regular season totals in the history of the program, that coming in the first year of head coach Nestor Trujillo.
    Española Valley, for its part, will have an interesting contest scheduled for tonight. It takes on the Del Norte Knights, who are currently sitting in third place in the 2-5A standings.

  • 'Toppers go 0-for-3 in 4-day stretch

    It was a rough long weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos dropped all three of its contests this weekend, including a pair of District 2-5A contests on the road, as well as a make-up game against the St. Pius X Sartans at home.
    The Hilltoppers had three games in a four-day span — two of those were rescheduled contests from last month — and now will head into the final stretch of its regular season.
    Friday night, the Hilltoppers were thumped by the Capital Jaguars. The Jaguars went on a 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to take full control of that game in Santa Fe.
    Capital would go on to win 59-26.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted St. Pius, which is among the top teams in Class 5A and has been for much of the season.
    It was another rough second quarter that would end up doing Los Alamos in. However, unlike many of the quarters in which Los Alamos has struggled this season, this quarter had more to do with the St. Pius defense than anything the Hilltoppers might have done wrong.
    St. Pius’ big men down clamped down on Los Alamos, allowing the Hilltoppers virtually no room to shoot or dribble.
    The Hilltoppers were held to just two points in that quarter — 9 for the entire first half — and fell 51-35.

  • On Schedule 2-8-15

    Monday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: West Las Vegas at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship meet (Los Alamos), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Wrestling: District 2-5A championship (Los Alamos), varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Sliding In

    Los Alamos’ Ben Roback watches as his goal attempt gets into the net during a Jan. 23 game at the county ice rink. The Hilltoppers have their final two home games of the season today. They will play the Permian Basin Pump Jacks at 7 a.m., then face the Cibola Cougars at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the games is free.

  • LA to make up games with Spartans, Sartans

    It’s a busy next few days for the Los Alamos Hiltopper boys basketball team.
    On the schedule for Los Alamos are three games in four days starting tonight.
    Los Alamos will take on the Capital Jaguars in Santa Fe in a District 2-5A contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.
    This will be the second meeting of the season for Los Alamos and Capital. Capital earned a convincing victory Jan. 20 in Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tonight’s game was supposed to be the first game of the latter half of the 2-5A season for the Hilltoppers (2-18 overall, 0-3 in district), but its game Jan. 31 against Bernalillo was postponed due to inclement weather.
    That game will be made up Monday night in Bernalillo.
    In between the two district games, Los Alamos will make up another game, that scheduled for Saturday afternoon, when it takes on St. Pius X. Saturday’s game will be at 1 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Hockey plays final home games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a make-up game scheduled among its three games this weekend at home.
    The Hilltoppers were snowed out last weekend, but have rescheduled their game against the Cibola Cougars. That game will be played Sunday evening at the County Ice Rink.
    Along with that game, Los Alamos (11-7-1) will face the Permian Basin Pump Jacks (Odessa, Texas) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 7 a.m. Sunday.
    Those three games will be final games of the season on home ice for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers hit a rough patch late in the season, struggling against some of the top teams in the state, but broke a 7-game winless streak last week, thumping La Cueva 7-1.
    Currently, Los Alamos is tied for second with Coronado, Texas, in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. Both teams have 23 points on the season.
    In the top spot once again is Franklin, Texas. The Cougars have lost just once all year and have collected 32 points in 18 games.
    Cibola, which handed Los Alamos its first loss of the year in December, is led on the offensive end by Cam Chiasson, who has 28 goals and 10 assists in 18 games. The 28 goals scored tops the NMIIHL.

  • 'Toppers survive tight road game vs. Knights

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Del Norte Knights girls basketball team came out swinging in the opening half of Wednesday night’s contest against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Del Norte attacked the key in the first half and got some big early buckets to keep the pressure on the Hilltoppers throughout the early part of the game.
    But Los Alamos recovered in the second half. Behind Ashlynn Trujillo, the Hilltoppers pulled away in the fourth quarter and won Wednesday’s big District 2-5A contest, 50-40.
    The Hilltoppers and the Knights were facing off for second place in the district standings, with both trying to keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils. Both teams had already lost to the Sundevils in the first round of the 2-5A season, but both games were relatively close.
    Del Norte actually led 27-26 after the first half, taking advantage of Los Alamos’ struggles to keep them out of the paint. Del Norte’s guards, particularly reserve guard Malakah Martinez, were able to slash to the basket early.
    Martinez in particular proved tough to stop in the first half for Los Alamos. She had 8 of her team-high 11 points before the break.

  • LA has good 1st half but can't sustain it Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played about as good a first half as it had all season Tuesday.
    Unfortunately, that still wasn’t enough to knock off the top team in District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos, led by freshman guard Antonio Trujillo, got off to a fast start against the Del Norte Knights. Trujillo made his first 6 attempts from the floor including two drives into traffic for layups in the first half to help Los Alamos jump out to a quick 9-3 lead.
    But toward the end of the second quarter and on into the third, the Hilltoppers (2-18 overall, 0-3 in 2-5A) were hit by the turnover bugaboo. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 9 times, many of those becoming points for the Knights on the other end.
    Del Norte dominated the third quarter en route to a 64-45 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    It was a disappointing finish for the Hilltoppers after such a good start. The Hilltoppers, who haven’t won in over a month, were able to penetrate virtually at will against Del Norte’s defense early, jumping out to a 16-15 lead after one quarter.
    Los Alamos led for a big chunk of the second quarter as well.

  • 'Toppers win by 35 over Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Monday night.
    Los Alamos had a 15-point lead at the half, then removed all doubt about the game in the third quarter. The Hilltoppers scored a 74-39 victory Monday at Griffith Gymnasium to pick up their second District 2-5A win of the season.
    Monday’s game was a make-up from a snowed-out contest that was originally scheduled for Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers went into the game off their first loss of the district season. They fell at home to the Española Valley Sundevils Jan. 27 51-48.
    Despite going into that game on something of a down note, Los Alamos (18-3 overall, 2-1 in 2-5A) wasn’t expected to have much trouble with the Spartans, who have won just 5 games all season.
    Los Alamos is currently 1 game behind the Sundevils in the 2-5A standings as it approaches the halfway point in the district season. It will have a tough game scheduled for Wednesday, however, to finish off the first half of 2-5A play when it heads to Del Norte.
    The Knights (11-8, 2-1) have won 4 of their last 5 games — their only loss during that stretch was to Española Valley — and 7 of their last 9. The Knights are also 6-1 at home this season.