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  • Registration opens for Jemez Mountain Trail Races

    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21 this year. Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open.
    These races fill up quickly.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15 miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    Register soon at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.
    For more information about running, or volunteering for this event, visit the race’s website: highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.
     

  • LA girls hold off Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well Saturday at Bernalillo, but the ‘Toppers found a way to win the game, 54-51.
    Playing without co-captain Ashlynn Trujillo and head coach Nestor Trujillo (sick), Kayla Salazar stepped up on the court while Tarah Logan took over the head coaching duties for the game.
    Salazar led Los Alamos with 28 points in the game, sinking 12 of her 25 field goal attempts and adding four free throws.
    The rest of the team, however, only made nine of their 52 shots from the field.
    Makaela Jones scored 12 points and Shannon Irwin added eight. Irwin also led Los Alamos with nine rebounds.
    Los Alamos used a strong second quarter to take control of the game. After the Spartans led 13-12 after the first quarter, Los Alamos won the second quarter 21-10 to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
    Bernalillo, who was looking for its first home win and second win overall, won the third and fourth quarters by five points and two points, respectively, but couldn’t quite catch Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A with the win.
    Los Alamos is also 2-0 in games played without Ashlynn Trujillo, who was on crutches for the contest against Capital, but returned for the Española Valley game.

  • Hilltopper boys playing good ball, score two wins

    Fast starts and different players getting hot helped the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team score a pair of wins this last weekend.
    Los Alamos won its first District 2-5A contest of the year by taking down Bernalillo Friday, 76-63.
    The ’Toppers then blew by Aztec, 85-53, Saturday.
    In both games, Los Alamos had a double-digit lead after the first quarter.
    Against a Bernalillo squad that upset the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars, 51-46, the prior week, Los Alamos battled from start to finish to take down the Spartans.
    Antonio Trujillo scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to help Los Alamos grab a 17-7 lead.
    In the second quarter, the Spartans fought back and tied the game at 25. Los Alamos, however, used a 6-0 run to pull away again. Ivan Balakirev found himself in foul trouble, getting his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second quarter, but another big man, Cade Gasway, made sure Los Alamos didn’t miss a step.
    Jack Stewart started the run with a bucket. Los Alamos then forced a turnover and Gasway assisted Troy Hammock. Gasway then stole a pass and Michael Naranjo scored a quick transition bucket to put Los Alamos up 31-25. The teams traded baskets after that, but a late reverse layup by Kyle Newell helped Los Alamos take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the District 2-5A leading Del Norte Knights to town. Del Norte is a perfect 3-0 in the district, and 10-8 overall. The Knights have scored wins against the other three district team it has faced — Española Valley, 36-29, Bernalillo, 42-32, and Capital, 72-52.
    The Hilltopper girls, who are scheduled to play Bernalillo this weekend, began district play with a win over Capital, 88-53, before suffering a one-point loss to Española Valley, 75-75.
    A win Tuesday could help Los Alamos earn a share of the district lead. The game will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.
     

    This week's games:

    Tuesday
    Girls’ Basketball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Swimming and Diving: Los Alamos at District 1 championship, varsity, TBD

    Hockey: Taos at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:45 p.m.

  • Storm on its way to Pajarito

    February is typically the snowiest month of the year, and Pajarito Mountain looks like it will begin the month with a storm that's expected to peak on Monday.
    Snow is in Pajarito Mountain's forecast for the next few days. The National Weather Service is reporting a 50 percent chance the mountain will get fresh snow tonight (Jan. 30). On Sunday, the probability increases to 70 percent. It hits 90 percent Monday and then goes down to 70 percent Monday night and there's 50 percent chance the mountain will get more snow Tuesday.
    The ski area has received 78 inches so far this season, enabling it to open almost all of its terrain, including the runs under the Townsight lift for the first time since the 2010 season. In 2011, the Las Conchas fire burned the top terminal of the area, as well as several acres along the eastern edge.
    Pajarito plans on spinning the Townsight lift every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the season.
    The ski area also has events planned for the first three weekends of February.
    On Feb. 5-7, K2 Women's Weekend will take place, featuring on-hill clinics, demos, a silent auction and a Blizzard of AAAHHs dance party.
    The event benefits the Anita Salas Memorial Fund.
    Also taking place during the K2 Women's Weekend is a Beer and Bands event on Feb. 6.

  • Swimmers qualify for state ahead of district meet

    As the Los Alamos swimming and diving teams prepare for this weekend's District 1 championships, several of the athletes have already secured a spot at the state championships with qualifying times.
    For the rest of the team, the district championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe's Genoveva Chavez Community Center, will be the last chance to earn a spot at the state meet.
    The Hilltopper girls, however, already have at least one swimmer in every event that's qualified for state.
    Sarah Lott has led Los Alamos' charge by qualifying in six individual events. Lott's highest state seed so far is in the 100-yard freestyle. Lott's time of 52.21 seconds is the No. 3 fastest seed time. The University of Utah commit has also qualified for state in the 50 free (fourth, 24.11), the 200 free (fourth, 1:56.76), the 200 individual medley (ninth, 2:17.82), the100 butterfly (fifth, 1:00.70) and the 500 free (eighth, 5:22.64).
    Several other Hilltopper girls have qualified in those events and some others, as well.
    Also qualified in the 200 free are Kaitlynn Bennett (17th, 2:03.51) and Isabelle Runde (25th, 2:05.90).

  • Sports Briefs 1-29-16

    Free throw contest
    All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
    The local competition will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free and it will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.
    Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.
    All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and winners from each age division and gender will be presented with a trophy.
    The winners will then advance to the district free throw competition to be held Feb. 21, also at LAHS’ Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.
    International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
    All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions.
    Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.

  • Opportunity for alumni to strap football cleats on again

    Many former athletes that played football in high school or college have wondered what it would be like to step out on that field one more time.
    Well, Gridiron Alumni is granting their wish and also helping raise money for charity.
    Alumni football is coming to Los Alamos. Gridiron Alumni, a national company, is planning several full contact alumni football games in the area.
    Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other. Since its inception in 2010, hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time.
    Gridiron Alumni does not discriminate against smaller schools and rivalries. If anyone has ever wanted to get out on that field, now is the time.
    Players from the local area are invited to register and play. The first 40 players on each team get to play.
    The team that gets 25 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for the spring and summer. Gridiron Alumni has all of the equipment needed to play, rents the field and arranges for the officials to make your game special.
    People interested in putting on the pads one more time are encouraged to go to gridironalumni.com to locate their school and register. For questions, call Chris at 530- 410-6396 or go to the website.

  • LA, Española game comes down to final seconds

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball game against Española Valley Wednesday had everything a fan would expect from a rivalry game featuring the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class 5A. There was tough defense, great shots from both sides, momentum changes and on outcome that wasn't decided until the final buzzer.
    The visiting Sundevils, however, had a one-point lead when that buzzer sounded, winning the contest 76-75.
    No. 3 Española improved to 15-4, 1-1 District 2-5A with its win while No. 4 Los Alamos moved to 15-5, 1-1.
    Los Alamos led after a tight first quarter, 13-12, but the Sundevils used a dominant second quarter to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos then scratched its way back into the game with tough defense and a Sienna Ahlers rebound and put back tied it at 64 halfway through the fourth.
    Los Alamos then stole the ball from Española and an Ashlynn Trujillo layup gave the 'Toppers their first lead since early in the second quarter, 66-64.
    Española scored the next four points, but Ashley Logan sunk two free throws to tie it at 68.

  • LA boys give Española Valley tough test

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team came out with a ton of energy and gave the visiting Española Valley Sundevils a tough game Tuesday. Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
    Los Alamos (6-13, 0-2 District 2-5A) started hot and built a 20-12 first-quarter lead. After Los Alamos went up 10-5, Española Valley (14-5, 2-0) showed its athleticism to finish some fast breaks with style and tie the game at 12. Jack Stewart sparked an 8-0 run to make sure Los Alamos finished the quarter on top. After snagging an offensive rebound, Stewart scored with a turn around jumper. After Isaac Fason added a pair of free throws, Stewart pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass to Michael Naranjo for a transition bucket. Just before the quarter ended, a Sundevil blocked a Stewart shot, but Stewart stayed with the play, went back up and got the bucket on his second attempt.
    Española picked up the pace after that and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
    The Sundevils then kept their foot on the gas to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Los Alamos put 25 points on the scoreboard to win the final quarter, thanks to sinking 14 of its 15 free throw attempts, but Española kept making plays to finish on top.