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  • 'Toppers, Sundevils square off tonight

    The battle for the early edge in the District 2-5A girls basketball race is set for tonight.
    Los Alamos will host the Española Valley Sundevils at 7 p.m. today at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The two teams are both ranked in the top 5 in Class 5A, according to MaxPreps.com. Moreover, the two teams have been tabbed as the front-runners in 2-5A since the start of the district season.
    Following Los Alamos’ win Friday night over the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, head coach Nestor Trujillo said his approach to tonight’s game wouldn’t be any different than any other game.
    Los Alamos, which currently has the best record in the classification at 17-2, didn’t look sharp Friday night, however. Its offense, one of the most productive in the state for most of the season, was hampered by Robertson’s 2-3 zone.
    Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, their top shooter from the perimeter, Amber Logan, had a big game. Logan hit 4 3-pointers in the first half, then hit another 3-pointer and two key free throws to finally seal the win.
    As for Española Valley (15-2), it won its 2-5A opener with a win over the only other team expected to give the Sundevils or Hilltoppers a run for their money, the Del Norte Knights.

  • Late rally lifts Chargers over 'Toppers

    For three quarters Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung right with the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    In the fourth quarter, however, the game got away from the Hilltoppers, putting an end to a chance to grab some momentum before the team gets into the meat of its district schedule.
    But Academy, after a sluggish offensive start to both the first and second quarters, almost couldn’t miss in the second half. Academy was 11 of 12 from the floor and 18 of 23 from the foul line as it pulled away in the final 8 minutes to win 63-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos (2-16) actually led after one half, playing an efficient game on offense.
    The Hilltoppers were able to work the ball around until it got someone loose.
    In the first half, Los Alamos connected on 10 of 18 from the field, one of its best shooting halves of the season.
    Academy, which missed its first 7 shots of the game and first 8 shots of the second quarter, stayed with Los Alamos largely on the strength of its domination on the boards. Academy grabbed 7 offensive rebounds in the first half and had plenty of second- and third-chance points, which helped it stay within striking distance.

  • On Schedule 1-25-14

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Friday

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.

  • Biscuit In the Basket

    Hilltopper Ben Roback watches his shot scoot into the goal during Friday night’s game against the La Cueva Bears.

  • LA comes out with win in tough game vs. Robertson

    It didn’t seem on paper the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ basketball game Friday night would be much more than a game the team had to get through, but it ended up being a nail-biter.
    Los Alamos thrived on its shooting from the perimeter in the first half, but when its opportunities became fewer in the second half, the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals took advantage.
    Robertson trailed by as many as 8 points in the first half, its deficit at the break, but erased that deficit in just a little over 2 minutes to start the third quarter.
    The two teams battled neck-and-neck the balance of the way, but the Hilltoppers escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 46-42 victory.
    Amber Logan came up huge for Los Alamos Friday night, particularly after the Cardinals (6-11) keyed on Ashlynn Trujillo and the Hilltopper big girls down low, limiting their chances throughout.
    Logan hit a huge 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, giving Los Alamos a 41-37 edge at the time, then, with under 6 seconds left and the teams separated by just 2 points, connected on two huge free throws that finally sewed up the victory.
    Logan finished with 21 points, 14 of those in the first half as she came up with 4 3-pointers.

  • Sports Briefs 1-23-15

    Girls stay put in rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team stayed put at No. 5 in this week’s MaxPreps online rankings.
    Los Alamos, which plays tonight at home against Las Vegas Robertson, had been ranked as high as No. 3 this year, but dropped down to the No. 5 spot following its loss to Belen two weeks ago.
    Heading into this weekend’s play, the Hilltoppers have the best won-loss record in 5A at 16-2. They trounced both Class 6A Highland and District 2-5A opponent Capital in their last two outings.
    Gallup, which has been at or near the top of the 5A rankings all season, remained No. 1 in the state, followed by Roswell, Los Lunas and the Hilltoppers’ biggest foe, Española Valley.
    The Sundevils (14-3) open 2-5A play Saturday against Del Norte.
    In the boys 5A rankings, the Hilltoppers (2-15) remained at No. 23 in the 24-team classification, ahead of only winless Chaparral.
    Centennial remained at No. 1 this week. Gallup, which has the best record in 5A at 16-1, is No. 2.

    NMSU downs
    Grand Canyon

  • 'Topper hockey is at home tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be looking to bounce back tonight from a rough pair of doubleheaders two weeks ago.
    Los Alamos will play three games this weekend, the first of which is tonight at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will face the La Cueva Bears at 8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, Los Alamos will be in Durango, Colorado, for two games against the Durango Devils. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m. and Sunday’s is 11 a.m.
    The Hilltoppers are currently in second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, the spot they’ve been for most of the season, but went winless in four home two weekends ago.
    Los Alamos took on two of the other top teams in the league, the Coronado T-Birds and the Franklin Cougars. Both teams are from the El Paso, Texas, area.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they were swept in both ends of both doubleheaders. With those losses, they dropped four games behind the Cougars in the league standings.
    Franklin, which had been undefeated most of the 2014-15 season, lost its first game of the year to Coronado just a day before the two teams started their games in Los Alamos, opening up a chance for the Hilltoppers to take over first place in the NMIIHL.

  • LA swim teams are 2nd, 3rd at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swim team finished as the runner-up in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos girls finished with 668 points. Albuquerque Academy’s girls finished with nearly 200 more points to take their home meet.
    On the boys side last weekend, Los Alamos took third. The Hilltoppers finished with 395 points, one point ahead of Rio Rancho in fourth place.
    Academy’s boys won the meet going away. The Chargers had 1,056 points on the day, while the Cleveland Storm was a distant second in the final boys standings.

  • LA romps Capital in district opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made light work of the Capital Jaguars in their District 2-5A opener Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers blasted the Jaguars in the opening half at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. In the first quarter, the Hilltoppers crushed the Jaguars 22-3, then took the second quarter 23-8 en route to a 60-20 victory in Santa Fe.
    Capital (1-18 overall) has struggled for the last several seasons and isn’t expected to do much in the 2-5A race. Finishing anywhere other than the bottom of the district standings will be an accomplishment for a squad that has been outscored by a margin of more than 2-1 so far.
    As for Los Alamos (16-2), it is expected to contend for this season’s district title.
    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a nondistrict game against Las Vegas Robertson Friday night, followed by a home contest Tuesday against the team it is likely going to have to defeat for the 2-5A crown, Española Valley.
    Española Valley (14-3) opens its 2-5A season Saturday against Del Norte.
    Del Norte, for its part, won its district opener Wednesday over Bernalillo, 61-51. The Knights have won five of their last six games.

  • LA takes 2nd at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team finished as the runners-up in a duals tournament at Bernalillo Saturday.
    Los Alamos went a perfect 4-0, entirely against Class 5A competition in the pool round to advance to the championship match with Los Lunas. However, Los Alamos came up short in the championship and had to settle for second place.
    It was still a very solid finish for the Hilltoppers, who are getting into the meat of their schedule as the regular season comes to an end.
    This coming Saturday, the Hilltoppers will be at another duals tournament at Aztec, with several of the top teams in the Four Corners area expected to compete.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said the showing at Bernalillo was a considerable step up from the previous two weeks.
    Along the way to the win in the pool round, Los Alamos knocked off Grants, Gallup and two of its District 2-5A foes, Española Valley and the host Spartans. Grants and Gallup are also Class 5A teams and wins over 5A opponents are significant when seeding for the state tournament is announced.
    With wins over Española Valley and Bernalillo, Los Alamos may have assured its wrestlers of favorable seeds in the district tournament, which it will host Feb. 14.
    On the weekend, Los Alamos got more high-quality showings from its top upper-weight wrestlers.