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  • Basketball coach resigns

    Another January, another sudden basketball coaching departure.
    Los Alamos High School announced Monday afternoon that boys head basketball coach Fil Dominguez resigned his post earlier in the day.
    Dominguez cited work responsibilities and the health of a family member as his reasons for leaving the team.
    Longtime Los Alamos assistant coach, Mike Kluk, was named the interim head coach of the Hilltopper boys. Athletic director Vicki Nelms made the announcement to the team prior to their morning practice.
    Kluk, who has been a top assistant on both the boys and girls teams for better than 20 years, said he felt a little “shell-shocked” by the announcement of Dominguez’s departure.
    “This all happened so fast, but the rest of us coaches are going to try to pick it up,” Kluk said. “We’ll make some changes as we go. There probably won’t be any big changes, it’s a little late in the year for that, but maybe some little changes.”
    A message left for Dominguez wasn’t returned as of press time.
    Dominguez leaves a program that has struggled for several seasons and, in recent games, has been knocked around considerably.

  • Belen holds on in 2nd half to top LA Saturday, 47-35

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team again came up with a big defensive quarter coming out of the locker room for the second half this weekend.
    Unfortunately, this time, the Hilltoppers couldn’t take advantage on the other end.
    Los Alamos, playing on the road Saturday afternoon, held the Belen Eagles to just four points in the third quarter as it attempted to get back into the game. However, Los Alamos managed just eight points itself in the quarter.
    In the fourth quarter, the Eagles’ offense got back on track, dropping in 15 points as they picked up a 47-35 win in a Class 4A contest in Belen.
    Belen (6-2) has played tough at home this season, going 3-0.
    The Hilltoppers got hot in mid- to late December, winning four of five contests, got the new year off on the right foot, topping West Las Vegas on the road last Thursday 55-39 before dropping Saturday’s game.
    Los Alamos (6-7) has a big game set for Friday night when it hosts arch-rival St. Pius X, which has looked very good in the nondistrict season.
    Kiana Zerr had 10 points to lead Los Alamos against Belen, while Amber Logan, who had a hot hand for the Hilltoppers at the Goddard Holiday Tournament two weeks ago, finished with 8 points.

  • LA tops Franklin at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team went 1-2 in the Taos Showcase Tournament this weekend, but its win there was a big one.
    Los Alamos knocked off El Paso (Texas) Franklin 3-2 in the second game of its three-game set at the tournament last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers, along with all the other New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League teams, took part in the tournament, hosted by the Taos Ice Tigers. There was also one interloper at the tournament, the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes, which walloped the Hilltoppers in their opener.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers (5-3) grabbed the upset win over Franklin, which until Saturday’s match-up had only lost one game on the season, that against its cross-town rival El Paso Coronado.
    Tanner Kennedy tallied the game-winning goal for Los Alamos against Franklin and Tristen Roach finished with two assists in the contest. Between the pipes, Isaac Dunwoody stopped 17 shots in 19 chances, outdueling Kelsi Byrd of Franklin, who saved 16 of 19 Los Alamos shots.
    At the tournament, the Hilltoppers faced all three teams there from Texas. Odessa blanked the Hilltoppers 6-0 Friday night and Coronado dropped the Hilltoppers 5-2 in their Sunday morning contest.

  • Dominguez steps down from boys basketball team

    Los Alamos High School announced Monday that head boys basketball coach Fil Dominguez has stepped down from his position.

    Effecitive immediately, longtime assistant coach Mike Kluk will take over on an interim basis.

    Dominguez cited work responsibilities, plus the health of a member of his family, as reasons for his resignation. Dominguez took over as head coach prior to the 2011-12 season.

    More information will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 01-05-14

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

    Friday
    Girls basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, varsity, JV, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 01-05-14

    Junior wrestling starting up at YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Junior Wrestling program.
    Registration is open to boys and girls in grades K-6, as well as beginning wrestlers in grades 7-8. The program is limited to 20 students.
    Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the YMCA’s gymnasium from 4:15-5:30 p.m. The season runs from Jan. 14-April 25.
    Price for each session is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers.
    There are also separate competitive tournaments going on during the season.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit its website, laymca.org.

    County offering skate lessons at ice rink

    There is still space available for the final session of ice skating lessons for the year will start this week.
    Lessons are taught by Los Alamos County staff at the county’s ice rink.
    More information can be found by visiting losalamos.nm.us/rec or calling the ice rink at 662-4500.

    JMTR set for May 24

  • Odessa blanks 'Toppers at Taos tourney

    It was a rough start to a big mid-year tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers fell victim to a pair of quick scoring strikes by the Odessa, Texas, Jackalopes in their first game of the Taos Showcase Tournament.
    Odessa, a traveling midget-level squad — not a high school-level squad like those who play in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League — scored two goals in quick succession in the first period and did so again in the second period to turn the game into a rout.
    Odessa prevailed Friday night 6-0 over Los Alamos. Los Alamos trailed 3-0 after the first period, but played even with the Jackalopes throughout most of the second period until time was winding down.
    Then, with under four minutes remaining, the Jackalopes scored two goals less than a minute apart, one of them by Jason Moore, who had two goals on the game for Odessa.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t get much going in the third period to try to get back into the contest. They were hampered by lack of an effective power play offense, as they had several power-play chances throughout the game.
    For the season, Los Alamos has scored just twice in 31 power play attempts.

  • 'Toppers routed by Chargers

    ALBUQUERQUE — There was more than one parallel between the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s game Monday against Kirtland Central and its game Thursday against the Academy Chargers.
    Chief among those parallels, however, was the presence of a big man down low that the Hilltoppers struggled to stop.
    Academy’s 6-foot-4 senior, Chris Martin, had a dominant showing in the first quarter Thursday, dropping in 10 points and doing virtually anything he wanted against the Hilltoppers.
    Martin gave the Chargers a 13-point advantage after one quarter as Academy rolled to a 58-41 win.
    While Martin played virtually an identical role for the Chargers that Christian Mackey did for Kirtland Central earlier in the week, that was hardly the only similarity between the two losses for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos (1-11), for the second straight game, had a quarter where it managed just two points. Only a field goal by William Steinkamp with 1:45 remaining in the quarter kept the Hilltoppers from being shut out in the period — it was also a bucket by Steinkamp at the buzzer of the second quarter Monday that ended up being the lone points there.
    And once again, Los Alamos had its best quarter of the game in the fourth quarter which, unfortunately, occurred well after the outcome had been determined.

  • Sports Briefs 01-02-14

    Climbing wall open at YMCA Friday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its climbing wall available to the general public Friday at its facility on 15th Street.
    The open wall climb will go from 9 a.m.-noon both days. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. Climbing and gear rental will be $5 for non-YMCA members.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Trail run sign-ups are open

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs’ registration for its 50-mile and 50-kilometer races are now open online.
    The JMTR is scheduled for May 24. The races go up toward Pajarito Mountain and toward the Valles Caldera.
    Registration for the half-marathon, the third of the three-race series, will start Feb. 1.
    To register, visit ultrasignup.com. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons may visit highaltitudeathletics.org.

    LAYSL registration for spring is open

    Registration is now open for the spring 2014 Los Alamos Youth Soccer League season.
    Online registration can be done through Feb. 10.
    For more information or to register, visit laysl.org.

  • LA plays Texas teams at Taos Showcase

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team has a tough slate of games coming up for this weekend’s Taos Showcase Tournament.
    Los Alamos has won three of its last four contests to improve to 4-2 in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, but will have to contend with three teams from Texas in three days, including the top two teams in the league.
    The Hilltoppers will meet Odessa, Texas, Friday, then take on El Paso Franklin Saturday and El Paso Coronado Sunday in Taos.
    All this weekend’s games will be played at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
    The Los Alamos-Odessa contest is set for 7 p.m. Friday. Odessa isn’t a member of the NMIIHL.
    But the Hilltoppers could have their hands full against both El Paso teams. Between them, they have lost just one game, with Coronado topping Franklin in mid-December.
    Currently, Los Alamos is in third place behind the two El Paso teams in the standings. Los Alamos leapfrogged Taos after it knocked off the Ice Tigers 3-1 at home Dec. 20, the final game before the holiday break.
    Saturday’s Los Alamos-Franklin game is set for 6 p.m. and Sunday’s Los Alamos-Coronado game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
    This will be the first time Los Alamos has faced either El Paso team this season.