• 'Toppers win by 35 over Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Monday night.
    Los Alamos had a 15-point lead at the half, then removed all doubt about the game in the third quarter. The Hilltoppers scored a 74-39 victory Monday at Griffith Gymnasium to pick up their second District 2-5A win of the season.
    Monday’s game was a make-up from a snowed-out contest that was originally scheduled for Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers went into the game off their first loss of the district season. They fell at home to the Española Valley Sundevils Jan. 27 51-48.
    Despite going into that game on something of a down note, Los Alamos (18-3 overall, 2-1 in 2-5A) wasn’t expected to have much trouble with the Spartans, who have won just 5 games all season.
    Los Alamos is currently 1 game behind the Sundevils in the 2-5A standings as it approaches the halfway point in the district season. It will have a tough game scheduled for Wednesday, however, to finish off the first half of 2-5A play when it heads to Del Norte.
    The Knights (11-8, 2-1) have won 4 of their last 5 games — their only loss during that stretch was to Española Valley — and 7 of their last 9. The Knights are also 6-1 at home this season.

  • McDonald to play ball in Colorado

    One of the top scorers in the recent history of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will be taking her game to the next level.
    Former Hilltopper Catie McDonald signed her National Letter of Intent Monday to play soccer for Colorado College, which is located in Colorado Springs.
    McDonald will be a senior in high school for the 2015 season, but shortly after the conclusion of the 2014 season, she moved to Virginia, where she is scheduled to play prep soccer this coming fall.
    Before her departure, however, she made a big mark on the Hilltopper program.
    “I’m so proud of her. She’s a great player,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “She was a great leader for the Hilltoppers. She had a great year last year. When it comes to her college, she chose a quality program.”
    McDonald had been a starter with Los Alamos since her freshman season. She was a two-time All-State selection and likely would’ve been a three-time selection had she not suffered a devastating injury midway through the 2012 season.
    In 2012, McDonald ran full-speed into a metal post during an attack and missed the rest of the season.
    It took McDonald nearly a year to recover from the incident before she could play competitive soccer again.

  • On Schedule 2-1-15


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


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


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


    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque (West Mesa pool), boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team 10 a.m.; JV, 11:30 a.m.; varsity, 1 p.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 2-1-15

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13 with a variety of events offered.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games which will be held in Roswell in June.
    Registration forms are available at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos. Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information, call 662-3526.

    Field users meeting is Feb. 11

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5.
    Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.
    Those planning to attend are asked to bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.
    For more information, call Kim Trujillo at 662-8159.

  • Thursday's basketball results

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque 60, Rio Grande 57
    Cleveland 60, Cibola 55, OT
    Gallup 75, Aztec 52
    Kirtland Central 70, Wingate 56
    Mesilla Valley Christian 61, Artesia 46
    Piedra Vista 75, Miyamura 37
    Sandia 64, Valley 48
    Shiprock 67, Zuni 63
    Taos 65, Santa Fe Prep 53

    Girls basketball

    Del Norte 38, Moriarty 35
    Dexter 41, Capitan 35
    Escalante 43, Dulce 33
    Eunice 57, Jal 30
    Hope Christian 53, St. Pius 38
    Jemez Valley 48, Dora 47
    La Cueva 79, Eldorado 35
    Sandia 47, Valley 42
    Tularosa 75, East Mountain 38
    Valencia 61, Grants 56

  • LA girls slip 1 slot in 5A poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team slipped one spot to No. 6 in the MaxPreps.com rankings Thursday after falling to the Española Valley Sundevils earlier this week.
    The rankings are done twice per week during the basketball season. Rankings are calculated based on record, strength of schedule and other factors.
    Los Alamos dropped its home contest to Española Valley 51-48 Tuesday, its third loss of the year.
    Heading into the game, the Hilltoppers were ranked No. 5 in the state, one slot behind the Sundevils.
    With their win, the Sundevils (18-2 overall) moved up to the No. 3 spot in Thursday’s poll.
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos fell one spot to No. 6, its lowest ranking of the season.
    In Tuesday’s game, Los Alamos led by as many as 9 points in the first half and had an 8-point lead at the break before Española Valley came back in the second half, putting up big numbers from the foul line.
    Interestingly, the team that leapfrogged Los Alamos was the 6-loss Lovington Wildcats. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Hilltoppers still have one of the five best records in Class 5A.
    Once again this week, the Gallup Bengals are the No. 1 team in 5A, as they have been for most of the season. They are followed in the top five by Roswell, the Sundevils, Los Lunas and Lovington.

  • Hockey team returns to action Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will host the Cibola Cougars Friday night at the county ice rink. Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m.
    Los Alamos tied the La Cueva Bears 5-5 last week, then dropped two games on the road to Durango, Colorado. Los Alamos is currently 10-7-1 and is third in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.

  • LA falls hard to the Sundevils, 73-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team took it on the chin Wednesday night at Edward Medina Gymmasium.
    Los Alamos fell in a big hole early and never recovered against the Española Valley Sundevils. The Sundevils scored 9 straight points to start the game and never looked back, winning big, 73-30.
    The game turned into a rout early in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers (2-17 overall, 0-2 in 2-5A) were held to just 6 first quarter points and things never got a lot better for them.
    Española Valley, which needed a win to avoid getting into trouble early on in the district season Wednesday, controlled the tempo from the tip. Española Valley’s run-and-gun game sucked Los Alamos in immediately and helped force 20 first half turnovers to put the game away early.
    Things got slightly better for Los Alamos in the second half, although not nearly enough to get back into the ballgame. The Sundevils took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half and Los Alamos settled into a half-court offense that was more productive for it than in the first half — the Hilltoppers actually scored fewer points in the second half than in the first, but that was mostly because the game switched to a running clock midway through the third quarter.

  • LA can't hold on to first half lead Tuesday

    A quick barrage put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team up early in the first quarter, but a quick third quarter rally erased that advantage Tuesday night.
    The Hilltoppers faced off against the Española Valley Sundevils in the first of two big regular season contests at Griffith Gymnasium and a leg-up in the early District 2-5A race.
    Los Alamos threatened to turn the game into a rout early, but Española Valley bounced back in the second half after being held to just 2 first half field goals.
    But in that second half, Los Alamos racked up fouls in big numbers and Española Valley took advantage, heading to the foul line 37 times in the game. Española Valley would prevail in Tuesday’s game, 51-48.
    The free throw disparity caught the attention of Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo, whose own team went to the line only 11 times.
    While the majority of calls going against the Hilltoppers were correct ones, there were also some odd no-calls on the other end of the court. Trujillo said he wasn’t unhappy with the officiating Tuesday night. Moreover, he was pleased with his team’s performance against a tough competitor.

  • 'Toppers fall in first game against Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped its first of two regular season games to the Española Valley Sundevils Tuesday.
    The Sundevils came back from a 26-18 deficit at the break to knock off Los Alamos 51-48 at Griffith Gymnasium in a battle of two top-5 teams in Class 5A.
    Los Alamos got big showings from its stars, Amber Logan and Ashlynn Trujillo, but the Sundevils regrouped from a terrible first half to win it.
    More information will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.