• 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.

  • Sports Briefs 1-14-15

    Boys basketball games
    rescheduled for next month

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has rescheduled its game against St. Pius X to Feb. 7.
    The Los Alamos-St. Pius game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather.
    C team and junior varsity games were also rescheduled for that date. Game times will be 11 a.m. for the C team, 12:30 p.m. for the JV and 2 p.m. for the varsity.

    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 to participants, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    Winners at the local level in each age and gender category are eligible to compete at the district level later this year.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Martial arts offered at YMCA

  • Dermer wins bracket at St. Michael's

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had a very good showing from one of its upper-weight wrestlers, but a relatively ho-hum showing as a team.
    The Hilltoppers finished 10th in the team standings at this weekend’s Al Salazar Invitational tournament, that hosted by St. Michael’s. The Hilltoppers finished with 71 team points, 9 points behind Kirtland Central and Window Rock, Arizona, which tied for eighth.
    Cleveland, to the surprise of no one, ran away with the team title. Its ‘A’ team finished with 282.5 points, more than 100 points better than runner-up Cobre.
    For its part at the two-day tournament, Los Alamos picked up a pair of medals, including one championship medal earned by John Dermer.
    Dermer, wrestling at 220 pounds and seeded first in that bracket, scored two pins to reach the championship round, then earned a major decision over Monroe Singer of Window Rock. Singer fell behind early, but didn’t go down quietly, catching Dermer with a head-and-arm throw and nearly putting Dermer on his back.
    But the senior survived that trouble and went on to grab a 13-5 decision and the tournament win.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said it was a good victory for Dermer at the tournament, but the rest of his team looked slower than he’d hoped, but wasn’t terribly surprised about.

  • Belen roughs up LA in 2nd quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has had trouble avoiding big, disastrous quarters this season and couldn’t prevent another one against Belen Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers played nearly even with the Eagles through three quarters of Saturday’s game at Belen, but the second quarter was a different story. The Eagles romped the Hilltoppers 23-2 in that second quarter to cruise to a 58-33 victory.
    Los Alamos has now lost three straight games and slips to 2-12 on the year. It was scheduled to be at home tonight to take on a very tough opponent, the St. Pius X Sartans, but due to weather conditions, that game has been postponed until Feb. 7.
    Largely on the strength of that second quarter, Belen (7-6) led at the half 38-9. Los Alamos actually outscored Belen in the second half, but not enough to work itself back into the ballgame.
    Antonio Trujillo was Los Alamos’ leading scorer Saturday, dropping in 12 points, going 50 percent from the floor. No other Hilltopper finished with more than 5 points.
    The lopsided quarters the Hilltoppers have experienced this season have become all-too-common in recent games. In a Jan. 3 loss to Taos, Los Alamos was outscored 19-5 in the second quarter, which may have cost it a chance at a victory with Taos winning by 11 points.

  • ’Topper girls fall in semifinal round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped its second contest of the season Friday afternoon at the Sandia Prep Invitational.
    Los Alamos struggled throughout the weekend at the tournament putting points on the board, a problem it hasn’t faced much this season. Those struggles caught up with the Hilltoppers in Friday’s game against the Belen Eagles.
    Belen held Los Alamos to a season-low 29 points as the Eagles topped the Hilltoppers 32-29 in the second round of the tournament at Sandia Prep. The Hilltoppers would come back, however, to drop the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the third-place game Saturday, winning another low-scoring contest, 35-31.
    Both of the Hilltoppers’ losses this season have been in tournaments, both coming against Class 5A teams. The Hilltoppers lost to one of Belen’s district rivals, Los Lunas, in mid-December at a tournament at Academy.
    The Hilltoppers are currently 12-2 on the year. In the newest MaxPreps rankings, the Hilltoppers dropped out of the top-four and are currently sitting at No. 5.
    Just two days before the start of the tournament, Los Alamos put up 62 points in a win at St. Pius X, but didn’t break 40 points in last weekend’s tournament.
    Tonight, the Hilltoppers are scheduled to be on the road, taking on the Taos Tigers.

  • Busy Weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team faced off against two of its toughest opponents this weekend, taking on the Coronado T-Birds Saturday and the Franklin Cougars Sunday at the county’s ice rink. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers dropped all four games this weekend at home.

  • On Schedule 1-10-15

    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Artesia, JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

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

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 10:30 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Highland at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Lovington, JV, 2 p.m., varsity, 3:30 p.m.

  • A Leg Up

    Los Alamos’ Aaron Hinojos tries to keep control of his opponent during the Al Salazar Invitational tournament Saturday morning in Santa Fe.

  • LA escapes 1st round game vs. Pintos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team avoided being upset by the Moriarty Pintos in the opening round of its tournament in Albuquerque Thursday, but just barely.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t shake the Pintos, a team they beat handily in the early part of the season. Moriarty trailed by just 1 point at the break and kept Los Alamos’ high-powered offense largely in check.
    But Los Alamos was able to keep Moriarty off the board as well, and got by the first round of the tournament with a 37-32 victory.
    The tournament, which is being hosted by Sandia Prep, continues through Saturday.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Belen, another team it faced in the early part of the season, this afternoon. The winner would advance to Saturday evening’s championship game.
    Despite the struggles, Los Alamos still improved to 11-1 on the year, which is now the best record of any team in Class 5A. All other 5A teams have at least two losses.
    The Hilltoppers did it the hard way, however.