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  • Kubicek looks back, forward as he starts his retirement

    It was inevitable, so Jiri Kubicek decided not to delay his decision to retire any longer.
    “Being in this business for 32 years, it was probably going to be only another year. It’s the right time,” he said.
    And with that, the one of the longest-tenured coaches in the history of Los Alamos High School decided to retire.
    Kubicek has put on his whistle for the last time as the head coach of the Los Alamos Hiltopper girls soccer team for the last time. He officially vacated his position Saturday, a position he’s held since 1991.
    During that time, he helped cement the Hilltoppers’ place as one of the top programs in the state. He guided the program to a nearly .700 winning percentage over a 23-year career and two state championships.
    One of the sweetest memories Kubicek said he had during his career was when his daughter, Jessica, knocked in the winning goal to upset the Albuquerque Academy Chargers for the 2003 state title.
    Jessica Kubicek, an all-state performer for the Hilltoppers on defense, capped off what had been a remarkable run in the state playoffs, made all the more impressive by the fact Los Alamos struggled most of that season and was lightly regarded heading into the postseason.

  • LA earns first 2-4A win by downing Capital

    With time winding down in the first half, it looked like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball was in trouble.
    But a couple of late buckets in the first half gave the team some momentum that it carried into the third quarter.
    Los Alamos trailed the Capital Jaguars by as many as 9 points with about a minute and a half remaining before the break, but Los Alamos, which felt going into Friday night’s game it could outrun the Jaguars up and down the floor, got its fast break offense going from that point on.
    Hilltopper Skyler Veenis scored in transition with only about a second left in the half and Los Alamos dropped in 8 fast-break points in the third quarter, which swung the tide of the contest.
    Los Alamos would hold on to win late, earning a 40-38 victory at Griffith Gymnasium for its first win of the District 2-4A season.
    That long-awaited win snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Hilltoppers (2-19 overall, 1-3 in 2-4A).
    Since the start of district, Los Alamos has had some close calls. It hung with Bernalillo through most of their Jan. 22 meeting before the Spartans pulled away at the end, then was victimized by cold shooting late in both its games against Santa Fe and district-leading Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers have been hungry for a positive outcome, but finally found it Friday.

  • On Schedule 02-02-14

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

  • LA nips Capital to pick up 2nd win of year

    After a couple of weeks of knocking on the door, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke through with a victory Friday night.

    Los Alamos struggled in the first half but was down by only five points, then used an effective transition game in the second half to upend the Capital Jaguars 40-38.

    The Hilltoppers had to sweat through the final two minutes of the ballgame, with both teams missing out on chances, but two late free throws by Skyler Veenis sealed the win.

    It was the first victory for the Hilltoppers since mid-December.

    For more on the game, see Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • People In The News 01-31-14

    Hipwoods named state Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by national federation

    The National Federation of High Schools selected Los Alamos Hilltopper head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood as its Coaches of the Year in girls cross country for the 2013 season.
    The NFHS is the official national coaches association and honors coaches at the state, sectional and national level.
    This season, the Hipwoods, who are now the longest-serving coaches at Los Alamos High School, led the girls team to its fifth consecutive state championship. Los Alamos finished with 53 team points to top runner-up Albuquerque Academy at the 4A championship meet, held in November.
    The Los Alamos girls cross country team is the most successful girls program in the history of the state, having won 17 team titles, 15 of them under the Hipwoods.

    Baca inducted into NMTCCCA Hall of Fame

  • Lo breaks another state swim record

     The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club placed eight swimmers among the high-point athletes at its home swim meet.
    The Aquatomics co-hosted the Los Alamos Invitational last weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Aquatomics entered 67 swimmers in the meet. In all, more than 230 athletes from around the state took part.
    Among the top performers for the Aquatomics Andy Corliss in boys 9-10 and Ming-Yuan Lo in boys 8 and under.
    Additionally, Lo set a state record in the boys 8 and under 200-meter individual medley. Lo’s time in the race of 2:56.93 was nearly half a second better than the previous record, set in 2010.
    Lo owns another individual record, the 100-meter butterfly he set last October and was part of the Aquatomics’ record-setting 100 freestyle relay from 2012.
    The other top performers from Los Alamos included Kalen Melton (second in girls 9-10), Niamh Short (second in girls 13-14), Alana Goodwin (third, girls 13-14), Max Corliss (third, boys 11-12), Nikolai Nelson (third, boys 8 and under) and Savannah Kimball (third, girls eight and under). 

  • LA clashes with Cibola, Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a pair of games this weekend, including a home game tonight against a struggling opponent.
    Los Alamos will face off against the Cibola Cougars at 8:15 p.m. at the county ice rink.
    The Cougars are the bottom team in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, having won just two of their 15 games on the 2013-14 season.
    Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers will travel to Taos to take on the Ice Tigers, their chief rival. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend, topping the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-1 in Santa Fe. The win by Los Alamos (6-5) also avenged an early season loss to the Blue Jackets (2-9-2) at the county ice rink.
    Currently, Los Alamos is sitting in fourth place in the NMIIHL standings. The two teams in the league from El Paso, Texas, are 1-2, with the La Cueva Bears sitting in third place.
    League leader Coronado is undefeated on the season at 11-0-1, while El Paso Franklin is 10-2, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the Hilltoppers earlier this month.
    For Taos (6-6), it’s going to be a busy weekend. The Ice Tigers play La Cueva tonight, Los Alamos Saturday and St. Pius X Sunday.

  • LAHS to select its first ever Hall of Fame class this year

    The Los Alamos High School athletic department is accepting nominations for its first ever Hall of Fame class.
    The Hall of Fame class will be honored during homecoming 2014, which is scheduled for Sept. 19-20.
    Nomination forms are available from the LAHS athletic office or may be found online at laschools.net. The deadline for nomination is June 1.
    There are three categories for nominations, including former Hilltopper athlete, former coach and contributor to Los Alamos athletics, including assistant coaches, teachers, managers, trainers, members of the media and others.
    Nominees will be evaluated by a committee — which is already in place — to select the first Hall of Fame class. Those selected will be notified by Aug. 1 and will be asked to participate in this year’s homecoming parade.
    For former athlete to be considered, they must have been out of the public school system for five years and have earned state or district recognition. Former coaches should have been out of coaching for two years and earned a postseason award, led a team to a state championship or have led his or her team to multiple district titles.

  • Sports Briefs 01-30-14

    Collegiate eligibility meeting is tonight

    Los Alamos High School will host a meeting for student-athletes and parents of student-athletes interested in learning more about requirements for NCAA and NAIA eligibility.
    The meeting is tonight in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Isotopes’ job fair is returning

    The Albuquerque Isotopes Triple-A baseball club will host its 12th annual job fair Feb. 8.
    Anyone looking to secure a game-day, seasonal position with the Isotopes during the 2014 season is strongly encouraged to attend.
    Positions such as bat boys, cleaning crew, grounds crew and mascots will be interviewed for with the Isotopes. Food and beverage servers will also be interviewed by Ovations Food Services.
    Those interested should fill out an application before attending the Feb. 8 job fair. Applications, as well as more information on the fair, are available at abqisotopes.com.

    Parent meeting for spring sports is set

  • Wrestling heads to Las Vegas

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will head into the final stretch of its regular season schedule Friday.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Las Vegas to take part in the Robertson Invitational. That tournament continues through Saturday.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hilltoppers will host their Bryan Sanchez Invitational tournament, their season finale.
    Robertson is one of the most successful Class 3A programs in state history. Along with the Cardinals, teams expected to compete this weekend include top Class 4A team Piedra Vista, as well as Taos, Aztec and all four of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A opponents.
    Los Alamos will go into this meet off arguably its best showing since the winter break. Los Alamos finished seventh at the Aztec Tiger Duals, topping Shiprock, Kirtland Central and Pagosa Springs, Colo., in head-to-head contests. Los Alamos had disappointing showings at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy and against Academy at a home duals meet Jan. 15.