• 'Topper girls track wins in first outing

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track teams blasted out of the blocks to start its season Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Chili Quad.
    Girls head coach Paul Anderson said it was “a great meet to start the season — great weather and great competition.”
    The Hilltopper girls won the meet with 109.5 team points, followed by Albuqueque Academy (73), St. Pius X (63) and Sandia Prep (24.5).
    “We won the meet thanks to a great effort by everyone,” Anderson said.
    The Hilltopper boys finished tied with St. Pius X for second with 79 points. Academy won the meet with 115 and Sandia Prep finished fourth with 15.
    Liz Lockhart punched her ticket to the state championships in the first try of her season. She won the triple jump with an automatic state-qualifying distance of 33 feet, 7 inches.
    A few other girls also had first-place finishes.
    Sophia Galvez won the 3200-meters race in 12 minutes, 21.64 seconds.
    Chelsea Challacombe won the 100-meter hurdles (17.64), the long jump (16-5.5) and the shot put (31-0.25). Ashley Land won the discus (87-4) and the 4x400 relay team comprised of Emily Mercer, Matilde Jacobson, Jessica Moore and Lizzie Smeltz also finished first (4:33.4).

  • LA drops 2 of 3 to open 2015 season

    After losing its first game of the St. Pius X tournament 1-0 against Las Cruces, the Hilltoppers came back strong to beat Centennial 4-0 on Friday. Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the third and once more in the fourth.
    In the team’s third game of the tournament, however, the Hilltoppers lost another 1-run ball game. Los Alamos fell 2-1 to Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Lunas scored in the first two innings to take the slim lead. The Hilltoppers cut the lead in half with a run in the fourth inning, but they weren’t able to get the tying run home.
    The tournament was Los Alamos’ first competition of the season. Its games against Piedra Vista Feb. 28 were cancelled because of snow.

  • LA hockey beats Taos in championship tourney

    Los Alamos took the North Star trophy back from Taos in their first meeting this season and hasn’t let it go since. The Hilltoppers beat the Ice Tigers for the third time on the year, 3-0, Saturday during the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s championship tournament.
    Taos goalkeeper Roy Madrid, made save after save in an early flurry. Soon after that, however, Trevor Matuszak got Los Alamos on the scoreboard. A Taos defender went down to try and block Matuszak’s shot, but the puck deflected off of him and into the goal.
    Later in the period, Hud Davenhall put a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    The penalty box was a popular destination for both teams in the second period, but neither team could capitalize on a power play.
    In the third period, Davenhall gave Los Alamos some insurance with a short-handed goal that proved to be the final margin.
    Zealand Walterscheid made 25 saves to get the shutout. Los Alamos, meanwhile, finished with 30 shots on goal.
    All four of the tournament’s top seeds advanced to the third round of the winner’s bracket.
    The No. 2 seeded Hilltoppers took on No. 3 Coronado (Texas) in the third round. Franklin (Texas) and Durango (Colo.) played in the other championship third round.

  • 'Toppers beat Goddard, advance to The Pit

    Tough defense and a couple of hot hands helped the Los Alamos girls basketball team take down Goddard 66-47 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs Friday.
    “As a coach, to see them evolve and play their best basketball at this time of the season is what you want,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “They played like a team.”
    Los Alamos’ defense kept the pressure on Goddard with a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    The Hilltoppers forced a lot of bad passes and tipped away numerous other balls by getting hands in Goddard’s passing lanes.
    Ashley Logan, Hannah Sledzik, Trujillo, Logan and Makaela Jones all had multiple steals or forced turnovers for Los Alamos. Sledzik and Jones also blocked shots in the game.
    “The defense was spectacular,” Trujillo said. “If we play defense like that, we can play with anybody in 5A.”
    Los Alamos’ offense didn’t score for the first three-and-a-half minutes. Then the team’s captains took over. Amber Logan made a 3-pointer — her first of six in the game. Right after that Ashlynn Trujillo snagged a rebound and took it coast-to-coast for a layup that tied the game at 5.

  • Snow report, 3-6-15

    Angel Fire
    70-inch base. 5 new inches of snow in past 48 hours reported. 77 of 78 trails open.

    39-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 of 44 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    55-inch base. 3 inches in 48 hours. 58 of 58 trails open.

    Sandia Peak
    31-inch base. No new snow reported. 37 of 37 trails open.

    45-inch base. 2 new inches in past 48 hours. 41 of 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    33-inch base. 3 new inches of snow in last 48 hours. 7 lifts and 52 of 55 trails open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    57-inch base. 1 new inch in last 48 hours. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    83-inch base. 2 inches in last 48 hours. 113 of 113 trails and 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    12-inch base. 5 inches in last 48 hours. 5 of 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    82-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    50-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 of 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 of 8 trails open.

  • LA baseball drops opener, 1-0

    One unearned run was all Las Cruces could score Thursday against Los Alamos, but it was enough to win the game, 1-0.
    Connor Mang struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings and only gave up four base hits for Los Alamos. “He threw awesome,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.
    In the sixth inning, however, a Las Cruces batter reached base on a dropped-third-strike, advanced into scoring position on a bunt and then scored the game’s only run on a base hit.
    Los Alamos had opportunities to score as well, but left eight runners stranded on base. “We had our chances, we just didn’t come through,” Gill said. “We had some hard contact, just nothing to show for it.”
    Las Cruces’ centerfielder ran down a few balls that could have been hits for extra bases to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard, Gill said.
    Even though Los Alamos lost its opener, Gill was happy that his team didn’t make any mental mistakes. They made a couple physical ones, but Gill said those can be fixed.
    “For the first time out, I was pretty pleased how we played,” Gill said. “We’ll see if we can build on it today.”
    The Hilltoppers will take on Centennial today in the second round of the St. Pius X tournament.

  • LA track teams return numerous placers

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams have brought home plenty of state team trophies over the years.
    Last year, the boys team finished third in the state while the girls were only one spot away from a team trophy in fourth place.
    The vast majority of the girls who scored team points last year are back to help Los Alamos make another run.
    Unlike the Hilltopper girls, most of the boys who scored at last year’s state meet graduated.
    At this point in the season, however, Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams are just trying to get in shape and figure out which events are the best fit for its athletes.
    “Right now we’re trying to get in shape without hurting anyone,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We’ll focus on individual events, how to compete and how to compete as a team and the results will come,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will be one of the team’s leaders. Last year she placed in the maximum five events at state. She placed in the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the triple jump, the shot put and the was on the 4x100 relay that finished 6th.

  • 'Toppers, Rockets clash in first round of playoffs

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium.
    The No. 6-seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    “Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit,” captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos’ game Monday. “We’re not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that).”
    “Everything we’ve gone through this season is preparation for state,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. “At the end of the day our success isn’t defined by a loss to Española. It’s defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families.”
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).

  • Softball opens with loss to Cleveland

    The Los Alamos softball team lost its season opener, 16-1, against Cleveland on Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Katelynn Thorn knocked in Taylor Collins.
    Morgan Hohner, Rebecca Luster and Shelby Chavez also got base hits for Los Alamos.
    Chavez and Hannah Mojica each had three put outs defensively, but the Hilltoppers had a hard time containing Cleveland’s offense.
    The Storm scored 9 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and 4 more in the fourth inning to win the game. Seven of those runs were unearned.
    The Hilltoppers continue their busy start to the season this weekend at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge.
    They’ll take on Cobre and San Juan (Utah) Friday and then play Bloomfield and Piedra Vista Saturday.

  • LA hockey No. 2 seed at championships

    It’s time to decide who the best hockey team around is.
    Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado will are all vying for this year’s New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League title over the next two weekends.
    The championship tournament is taking place at Albuquerque’s Outpost Arena this week.
    The Los Alamos hockey team earned a first-round bye after finishing with the second most wins in the league.
    The Hilltoppers (15-7-1) will take on the winner of the Taos (8-10-3) and Santa Fe (4-18-1) game on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in the second round.
    Hud Davenhall has led the Hilltoppers offense this season, scoring 26 goals and assisting 12 more goals.
    Trevor Matuszak and Cory Schramm have also scored double-digit goals this season, with 12 and 11 scores, respectively.
    Tristen Roach, meanwhile, has assisted 13 ‘Topper goals.
    In goal, Zealand Walterschield finished with the second best save percentage in the league. He stopped 311 of the 343 shots he faced during the regular season for a .907 save percentage.
    The Hilltoppers biggest competition will come from El Paso clubs Franklin and Coronado.