• District 2-5A play starts tonight in LA

    There are expectations surrounding both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams heading into the start of District 2-5A play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, those expectations are high. For the Hilltopper boys, not so much.
    Los Alamos’ teams open district this week. Tonight, Los Alamos’ boys will host the Capital Jaguars to get things rolling. Los Alamos’ girls will be at Capital Wednesday night.
    The Hilltopper boys aren’t expected to be in the conversation in the 2-5A mix. For several weeks during the season, four of the five district teams were in or very near the top 10 in Class 5A rankings, while the Hilltoppers were hovering near the bottom of that list.
    Heading into last weekend’s play, the only team in the district with a record at .500 or below was Los Alamos.
    At this point in the season, that doesn’t seem to bode well for the Hilltoppers’ chances, particularly considering they have been on the wrong end of some lopsided scores this entire season.
    There is a little more to that story, however. The Hilltoppers might have been able to hang with most of those teams they’d lost to had it not been for bad stretches during a number of games.

  • Having a Sit-Down

    Hilltopper 220-pounder John Dermer has a seat on top of Isaiah Gurule of Bernalillo during a bout Saturday. Dermer pinned Gurule in the third period of their contest. The Hilltoppers were taking part in a duals meet at Bernalillo.

    Los Alamos won all five of its matches in pool competition Saturday, topping Bernalillo, Grants, Española Valley, Gallup and Roswell in those contest.

    Following the pool competition, Lane Saunders, Mateo Cardiel and Dermer were all undefeated, while Trevor Brown went 4-1.

  • LA drops 1st game of its trip

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped the first game of its long two-game road trip Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers got down early to the Artesia Bulldogs and never recovered. The Bulldogs built up a quick 20-7 lead after just one quarter and didn’t let up, winning Friday’s ballgame 70-38.
    That game was the first game of a doubleheader in the extreme southeastern part of the state.
    Following Friday’s game at Artesia (9-7), Los Alamos had a Saturday game scheduled against Lovington.
    The weekend’s games are the final two before Los Alamos (2-13) opens up District 2-5A play Tuesday at home against Capital.
    For Artesia, Travis Wilkinson had 22 points, 12 of those coming in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 43-18 advantage into the locker room. Ethan Duff had 12 points Friday night.
    For the Hilltoppers, Scott Gasway had 10 points and Jack Stewart finished with 8 points.
    Gasway and Cottrell Fox finished with 3 field goals in the game. No other Hilltopper had more than 2 field goals.
    The score from Saturday’s game against Lovington wasn’t available as off press time.

  • Sports Briefs 1-17-15

    Youth free throw contest is Jan. 31

    The Knights of Columbus will host its local free throw competition Jan. 31.
    The free throw contest if for boys and girls aged 9-14. It will be from 1-3 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Martial arts offered at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently offering several different martial arts programs.
    The programs include Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Shoshin Ryu for both adults and children, and kickboxing.
    Programs run at various times throughout the week. For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • On Schedule 1-17-15


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


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


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


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


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Duals, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • LA starts fast vs. Chargers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team crushed the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the first quarter of their game Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had the hot hand early in the contest and put the Chargers in a big hole almost immediately. Los Alamos had an uneven showing for the rest of the contest, but made the early edge stand up and then some as it won 45-21.
    Thursday’s game, particularly in the opening, was a big turnaround compared to the two teams’ meeting Saturday in the third-place game of the Sandia Prep Invitational. Los Alamos had a sluggish offensive performance and had to survive a tight 35-31 contest to pick up the victory.
    Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo said after Thursday’s victory he wasn’t terribly surprised his team has put forth subpar showings during this stretch of the season, particularly having played five games in eight days and another to come Saturday.
    Thursday, Los Alamos’ Amber Logan scored 15 points in the first half, including a pair of long-range 3-pointers in the first quarter, the second of which came at the buzzer capping a 16-1 run.
    Ashlynn Trujillo had 15 points for Los Alamos. Thursday. For Academy, Sophie Long had 9 points, all of those coming in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

  • Thoma taken in 2nd rd. of MLS draft

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer player Andy Thoma was drafted by the Portland Timbers as the 24th overall player chosen in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday.
    Thoma, who played for the University of Washington as a fullback, was invited to the MLS combine, which was held last week, and was awarded a MLS contract, meaning he was guaranteed to be present on a league team this coming season.

    Portland opens its season Jan. 31.
    More information will be in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Swim results from St. Mike's

    Here are the results from Saturday’s St. Michael’s Invitational swimming and diving meet. Swimmers are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 540; 2. St. Michael’s, 320; 3. St. Pius X, 224; 4. Cottonwood Classic Prep, 199; 5. Santa Fe, 177; 6. Hope Christian, 167; 7. Taos, 163; 8. Socorro, 149; 9. Santa Fe Prep, 102; 10. Desert Academy, 97; 11. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 15.

    200 medley relay

    1. Los Alamos A (Izzy Runde, Kaitlin Bennett, Jessica Moore, Sydney Schoonover), 1:59.21; 2. St. Michael’s 2:02.37; 3. Hope, 2:07.28; 5. Los Alamos B (Jesse Liechty, Jillian Bennett, Sonyia Williams, Kimberly McKinley), 2:14.04;

    200 freestyle

    1. Kaitlynn Bennett, 2:07.42; 2. Marina Guzman, St. Pius, 2:14.66; 3. Katie Ervin, CCPS, 2:21.26; 4. Caemlyn Tripp, 2:28.35; 7. Onnolee Englert-Erickson, 2:39.76.

    200 individual medley

    1. Kirsten Sweers, St. Michael’s, 2:22.26; 2. Caitlin Fitzpatrick, CCPS, 2:29.06; 3. Alana Goodwin, 2:29.26; 8. Sonyia Williams, 2:47.08; 13. Riana Foley, 3:00.76.

    50 freestyle

  • Running Into One Another

    Los Alamos’ Ashlynn Trujillo drives into the lane against Moriarty’s Alyssa Adams during a game at Sandia Prep last week. The Hilltoppers have a rematch tonight against its rival, Albuquerque Academy, in a game also from last week. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

  • LA slips by Taos on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a second straight victory away from home Tuesday.
    Los Alamos knocked off the Taos Tigers 49-42 in Taos.
    Tuesday’s win followed up a lackluster performance for the Hilltoppers at the Sandia Prep Invitational last weekend. The Hilltoppers just scraped by two teams they weren’t expected to have much trouble with, Moriarty and Albuquerque Academy, and lost to Belen, a team the Hilltoppers beat earlier this season.
    A week earlier, Los Alamos had put together one of its best offensive performance of the season, an efficient 62-point effort at St. Pius X, a tough place to win, but was held under 40 points in each of the three games at Sandia Prep’s tournament.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers’ win Tuesday put them at 13-2 on the season, which is tied with Roswell for the best record in Class 5A.
    Coming up Thursday, Los Alamos will be at home for a rematch against Academy. Academy took Los Alamos down to the wire Saturday in the third-place game at Sandia Prep tournament but the Hilltoppers prevailed 35-31.