• Pajarito ready to celebrate spring with Skiesta

    Who’s the best skier at Pajarito Mountain? This Saturday, a costume-clad king and queen will emerge during the ski area’s annual Skiesta.
    To win the king or queen moniker, participants must compete in the costume contest, the sloppy slalom and the jump contest.
    Additionally, they’ll have to race in either the Pinhead rondo, the giant slalom or through moguls on the Aspen headwall.
    Skiers and snowboarders of all ages will compete against each other to be mountain royalty, and for bragging rights.
    Pajarito general manager Tom Long said some of the competitions during Skiesta are serious, but most of them are just for fun.
    People can register for any competition, or for all of them, Saturday in Pajarito’s lodge. There’s no entry fee for any of the competitions, participants just need to buy a lift ticket.
    For people not wanting to compete, they can sit back and watch some of the shenanigans from the lodge with an adult beverage in hand.
    Pajarito will build the jump for the contest right in front of the lodge.
    Participants will be able to catch a few feet of air on the jump, or send it huge if they want.
    The jump contest will take place at 2 p.m.

  • LA girls eliminated in state basketball quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE— Defense is what got the Los Alamos girls basketball team to The Pit and for most if its quarterfinal contest against Roswell, it kept the game pretty even. One bad quarter, however, helped the Coyotes take a double-digit lead that they held on to the rest of the way, winning the game 53-41 to bump Los Alamos out of the state tournament.
    “We started out really strong — we came out with a lot of confidence and heart,” senior captain Amber Logan said. “They got ahead in the second (quarter) and it was hard to come back.”
    Seven steals and three blocked shots helped the Hilltoppers take a 10-5 lead into the second quarter. Hannah Sledzik stole a pass on Roswell’s first possession. Then Ashley Logan ended the quarter by chasing down a Roswell player and slapping her shot away.
    After Los Alamos’ pressure defense gave Roswell tons of trouble in the opening quarter, the Coyotes started finding some open seams in the defense, getting past the press to score points in the paint. The ’Toppers also committed their seventh team foul just 40 seconds into the quarter, sending Roswell to the free-throw line for every infraction after that.
    Los Alamos forced one turnover in the second quarter, and scored 1 point, while Roswell chalked up 16 points to take control of the game.

  • Hilltoppers hang on for softball W

    In the seventh inning, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was up by 8 runs and was just one out from victory.
    Then things got more interesting.
    Down to their last out, the Moriarty Fighting Pintos put together a big rally, and within about 5 minutes of elapsed time, had the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run on second.
    Moriarty came up with four hits and took advantage of a couple of walks and a couple of misplays by the Hilltopper defense to score 7 runs.
    But Los Alamos’ Madeline Lockhart, coming on in relief of Jordan Hammock in that final inning, got Moriarty’s Morgan Ware to ground out to end the game and give the Hilltoppers a 9-8 victory at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    Prior to the seventh, the game had been all Los Alamos. Los Alamos jumped on Moriarty early, scoring twice in the home half of the first and four times in the second to take command.
    In the second, center fielder Shelby Chavez came through with a 2-run single down the third base line and Jordan Jaramillo had an infield hit to drive in another run, giving the Hilltoppers a 6-0 edge.
    Los Alamos pushed another two runs across in the third with Lockhart scoring on a Moriarty error and Chavez scoring as part of a delayed double steal.

  • LA hockey goes 1-2 in championship tournament

    After beating Taos 3-0 in the second round, the Hilltoppers lost their next two games to be eliminated from the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey championship tournament.
    Los Alamos and Taos, however, will play again for the league's pure division championship at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at Santa Fe's Geneva Chavez Community Center
    In the championship bracket's semifinal on Saturday, the No. 2 seeded Hilltoppers squared off against No. 3 Coronado (Texas).
    Coronado struck first in the second period, but Hud Davenhall scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 1. Coronado took the lead back, but then Tristan Roach assisted Davenhall to end the period tied.
    Coronado, however, took the lead back and then added an insurance goal with two minutes left in the game to win the contest, 4-2.
    In the loser's bracket, Los Alamos took on La Cueva. The Hilltoppers led 2-0 after the first period.
    La Cueva got hot in the second period and scored five unanswered goals and held on to beat Los Alamos, 6-3.
    La Cueva then lost to Durango, 5-3, and Durango beat Coronado in a shootout, 5-4, to advance to the league's composite championship game against Franklin (Texas).
    Franklin beat Durango earlier in the tournament, 7-3. Durango, however, led that game, 3-1, heading into the third period.

  • LA basketball knocked out in quarterfinals

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team's season came to end in The Pit Tuesday against Roswell.

    Seven steals and three blocked shots helped the Hilltoppers take a 10-5 lead into the second quarter.

    Los Alamos, however, only managed to score 1 point in the second quarter while Roswell chalked up 16. The third and fourth quarters were even, but Los Alamos couldn't catch the Coyotes. Roswell went on to win the game, 53-41.

    "We started out really strong — we came out with a lot of confidence and heart," senior captain Amber Logan said. "They got ahead in the second (quarter) and it was hard to come back."

    After Los Alamos' pressure defense gave Roswell tons of trouble in the opening quarter, the Coyotes found some open seams in the defense during the second quarter to score in the paint.

    The Hilltoppers came out scrappy after halftime and forced six turnovers in both the third and fourth quarters. Ashlynn Trujillo also got hot and scored 16 of her game-high 17 points after the break. The Coyotes, however, managed to stay comfortably ahead.

    "Hats off to Roswell, they executed and showed a lot of poise," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said.

  • 'Toppers win in extra innings

    The bases were loaded and the game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Los Alamos' Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate.

    The lefty took a strike. On the next pitch, he squared up to bunt. Connor Mang got a huge jump from third base and when Saunders put the ball in play he sprinted home to score the game-winning run.

    "It was awesome execution," Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.

    For a few innings before that, however, the Hilltoppers struggled against Albuquerque Academy. At one point someone in the dugout even commented that the Hilltoppers had done everything they could to lose the game.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jared Mang ripped a ball over the left-field fence with his brother, Connor, on second base. In the third inning Jared brought his brother home again. After Trevor Pacheco bunted Connor into scoring position, Jared slapped an RBI base hit into centerfield.

    Then Los Alamos kicked a ball, dropped a ball and overthrew the ball to give Academy 3 unearned runs that tied the ball game.

    Even though Academy had all of the momentum, Los Alamos fought back. With two runners on in the eighth, Los Alamos turned a dropped-third-strike into a double play.

  • At The Pit

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team warms up prior to its game this morning against the Roswell Coyotes in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs at WisePies Arena, also known as The Pit. It was the second trip for the Hilltoppers to The Pit, the home of the University of New Mexico’s Lobos, in three years, but it didn’t turn out as well as Los Alamos was hoping, as the team fell 53-41 to the Coyotes.

  • '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.