• Hilltopper tennis teams set to begin season

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will be the first spring teams to taste competition this year. The two squads will travel to Texas this weekend to begin their seasons at the El Paso Austin tournament.
    With snow on the ground in many places in Los Alamos, however, the teams have been working out in the gym, lifting weights and doing plyometrics as well as getting out on the court.
    “A lot of their work in the off season is showing in these early practices,” boys’ coach Lloyd Wilton said. “They look like they’re sharpening up quicker. I’m really happy about it.”
    Both teams are still waiting on a few athletes who are playing winter sports or doing extra-curricular activities, but they have most of their players out.
    Both squads also seemed poised to make a deep run at the state championships this year.
    Last year, the boys and girls both reached the Class 5A state semifinals before being eliminated.
    The vast majority of those players are returning to the court this year — both teams only lost two seniors.
    Both teams’ No. 1 players, George Margevicius and Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff are also back to lead the squads again.

  • LA girls blow by Capital

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team doubled up Capital Friday, beating the Jaguars 76-38.
    Los Alamos led 17-10 after the first quarter and took a 41-24 lead into halftime. The Hilltoppers kept the pressure on in the third, winning the quarter 23-10, and then cruised to victory.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar, who lead the district in scoring according to MaxPreps, led Los Alamos’ offense in the game. Trujillo finished with a double double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the game while Salazar added 16 points.
    Eight other ’Toppers scored as well, including Ashley Logan with nine points and Makaela Jones with six.
    Salazar currently leads the district with 17.0 points per game. Trujillo is second with 16.7 PPG, but she leads the district in steals (4.1), rebounds (8.1) and assists (4.0).
    Los Alamos is now 18-5 overall and 4-1 in District 2-5A. Capital slipped to 4-19, 0-5.
    The Hilltoppers’ next game will be Saturday at Española Valley. Española (18-4, 3-1) was scheduled to play Del Norte (11-10, 3-1) Tuesday in a battle between the other two teams tied for first in the district.

  • Capital beats LA to hold on to first place in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team welcomed the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars to town Saturday. Los Alamos made it a game early, but the Jaguars dominated the second half to win the game, 65-34, and hold on to first place in District 2-5A.
    The first half featured big runs by both teams. Capital had a slim, 9-7 lead in the first quarter. The Jaguars then sunk a pair of 3-pointers and added some transition buckets to go on a 12-0 run and eventually take a 21-9 lead into the second quarter.
    Capital made the first two field goals of the second quarter, but then Los Alamos roared back and scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points.
    Antonio Trujillo started the rally by draining a three. Cade Gasway added a bucket and then Jack Stewart made a turnaround jumper, a three and another field goal. Trujillo also added a pair of free throws and Los Alamos was able to claw its way back into the game.
    After trailing by 16, Los Alamos headed into halftime only down 29-23.
    The second half, however, belonged to the Jaguars. Capital picked up the pressure on defense and forced Los Alamos to make lot of hurried passes into traffic. The Jaguars then turned many of those turnovers into quick, transition baskets.

  • Taos hangs on to North Star trophy

    Los Alamos and Taos squared off for the second time this season Friday with the North Star trophy on the line.
    Taos beat Los Alamos in their first meeting to take the trophy away from the Hilltoppers. Taos then scored a second win in the series, 3-2, Friday to keep the trophy.
    A fast start helped the Ice Tigers win the game. Early in the first period, Los Alamos couldn’t clear the puck out of its territory. The puck was bouncing around in front of its goal and Taos smacked it in the net. Taos added a second goal at the end of the period to go up 2-0.
    Los Alamos picked up the pace in the second period, out shooting Taos 12-3 to cut the lead in half.
    Los Alamos had a two-on-one opportunity early in the second. Griff Matuszak charged down the ice with the puck and then passed to a teammate for a one-timer, but the shot was saved.
    Carson Schramm then took a pass in front of the net and fired a shot. The shot was saved right before Schramm and a Taos defender crashed through the goal.
    The ’Toppers kept applying pressure and eventually Cory Schramm was able to score. Schramm knocked a loose puck in the goal.

  • LA swim teams dominate district meet

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the District 1 championships Friday and Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
    The Hilltoppers won 14 of the 24 contested events and had an athlete finish in the top-three in every other event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 630 points to easily win the team race. Santa Fe High School finished second with 252 while Piedra Vista took third with 238.5.
    The Hilltopper boys won their team title with 514.5, followed by Santa Fe Prep (297) and Farmington (231).
    While it was the Hilltopper girls’ strength in numbers that helped them score so many points (in some events they had four of the top five finishers), Sarah Lott had a standout day, breaking district records in two individual events and swimming on two relays that also set new records.
    The individual district records Lott broke were her own.
    In the 100-yard freestyle, Lott won the race in 52.98 seconds, breaking her record of 53.72 that she set in 2014. Kaitlin Bennett (second, 66.72) Sydney Schoonover (fourth), and Niamh Short (fifth) helped Los Alamos pile up the points by claiming four of the top five spots.

  • Hilltopper hockey scores three wins in El Paso

    The Los Alamos hockey team won three of the four games it played in El Paso, Texas, last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers split two games with the defending composite champs, Franklin. Los Alamos then took two games from Coronado.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers moved up into fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League with an 8-6-3 overall record.
    Against Franklin, which is currently sitting in second with an 11-7 record, Los Alamos won the first game, 5-3, despite being out shot 36-20 in the contest.
    Franklin, which has the top two scores in the league, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cory Schramm and Ben Roback, however, scored to tie the contest.
    In the second period, Brett Ireland scored to put Los Alamos on top, but Franklin was able to tie it back up.
    Later in the second, Jacob Rutten scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Los Alamos. Brett Ireland then added an insurance goal in the third.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 33 saves for a .917 save percentage in the win.
    The two teams squared off again Saturday morning, but this time Franklin rallied to score a 10-7 win.
    Griffin Matuszak, Jacob Dunwoody and Chris Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 3-0 in the second period. Franklin responded with three goals, but a Roback goal put Los Alamos back in front heading into the third period.

  • Leonard commits to Western

    Wednesday was national signing day and many of the top high school athletes from across the country committed to the universities where they’ll compete at the next level.
    Los Alamos had several athletes commit to colleges during the early signing period. Ashlynn Trujillo (New Mexico Highlands University, basketball), Brianna Montaño (New Mexico Highlands, volleyball), Sarah Lott (University of Utah, swimming), Lane Saunders (Eastern New Mexico University, baseball) and Connor Mang (University of New Mexico, baseball) all signed early.
    Like them, Charlotte Leonard had already made up her mind that she would be attending Western State Colorado University after graduating from Los Alamos.
    On Wednesday, however, Leonard made it official. The mid-fielder signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Mountaineers next year.
    “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.”
    Leonard, who also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero, said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman.
    He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp.

  • Pajarito reopening Townsight after rat attack

    Last Saturday, the crew at Pajarito Mountain went over to the Townsight lift and tried to fire the lift up for the weekend. There was a problem, however, and the lift didn’t move.
    “That baby wouldn’t go,” Pajarito’s General Manager Tom Long said.
    After some trouble shooting, Pajarito’s crew found out was wrong with the lift — a pack rat had climbed up the top tower and chewed up all of the safety wires.
    “We had to totally re-wire the tower,” Long said.
    He said they finished rewiring it last Sunday and it will be spinning this weekend. They also got the problem rat out of the tower.
    “The lift is all set to go and we’ll run it Saturday and Sunday,” Long said.
    In roughly the last decade, Long said that this is the third incident of a pack rat climbing a tower and chewing up the wires. Additionally, the rats carry leaves and sticks up and make nests in the towers.
    When the Townsight lift reopens this weekend, however, people won’t be thinking about rats.
    They’ll be thinking about the 10 inches of new snow that’s just been sitting there.
    A storm hung around on the ski area Sunday night through Tuesday, when the ski area was closed. When it reopened Wednesday, a line of people was waiting for first tracks.

  • LA boys lose nail biter against Del Norte

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team nearly knocked off Del Norte Wednesday night. In the end, however, the Knights were two points ahead of the ’Toppers, and won the game 67-65.
    Del Norte jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, but Los Alamos fought back and won the next two quarters. The ’Toppers outscored the Knights 17-14 in the second and 22-15 in the third to take a 51-50 lead into the fourth.
    Los Alamos couldn’t sustain the lead, though.
    The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers moved to 8-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A after Wednesday’s defeat.
    Del Norte improved to 9-11, 2-2.
    Also on Wednesday, Bernalillo beat Española Valley 47-45.
    Bernalillo also beat Capital while Los Alamos and Del Norte both defeated Bernalillo.
    After one round of district games, Capital remains in first place with a 19-3, 3-1 record. Bernalillo, Española Valley and Del Norte are all 2-2 in the district.
    With as much parity as there is in the district, however, Los Alamos could easily move up in the final standings.
    Los Alamos’ next game is Saturday. The ’Toppers will host Capital at 7 p.m.

  • LA girls move into three-way tie for first

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team completed its first round of District 2-5A games Tuesday, beating Del Norte 45-30.
    Del Norte had previously beaten Española Valley, the team that gave Los Alamos its lone district loss. Now all three of those squads share the lead in the district standings.
    "It was huge," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "Now we have a three-way tie and it's whoever wants it. There's a lot of parity between those three teams."
    The game was a low-scoring, defensive battle. Both teams utilized a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    "To hold a team like Del Norte to 30 (points), that's phenomenal," coach Trujillo said.
    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.