• '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.

  • Sports Briefs 1-21-15

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13 with a variety of events offered.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games which will be held in Roswell in June.
    Registration forms are available at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.  Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information on the local games, call 662-3526.

    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

  • 'Toppers struggle on offensive end

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was held to just single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of Tuesday’s District 2-5A opening contest Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored just five points in the second quarter and just four in the third quarter as the Capital Jaguars moved out to a big advantage. Capital earned at 52-28 victory at Griffith Gymnasium in the first game of 2-5A play.
    Capital, which was on a 4-game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s opener, took control early thanks to a big run to end the first quarter.
    Los Alamos hit some quick buckets in the first quarter and led 8-7 after Adam Paulson’s tip-in off a missed free throw chance.
    For the balance of the quarter, however, Capital dominated.
    Capital had little trouble picking off several long skip passes in the backcourt that led to easy baskets on the other end.
    After the 3:09 mark of the quarter, the Jaguars went on an impressive 8-0 run to take over control and Los Alamos wasn’t able to mount any kind of offense to try to work itself back into the game.
    The Hilltoppers (2-15 overall) were held without a field goal for more than 8 minutes following Paulson’s tip-in.
    Paulson, a sophomore post player, was one of the few bright spots on offense Tuesday.

  • 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.