• Altmann kicks ski at FWT Andorra

    Garrett Altmann was smacking the snow with his pole out of frustration halfway down his run Friday morning.
    In Freeride World Tour's opening event in Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra, Altmann started his run on the feature-packed mountain face with a line through a tight chute. Altmann slid into the opening of the chute and then stepped into position for a double drop that he pointed it through.
    Lower on the course, however, Altmann ran into trouble.
    In a rocky chute above cliffs and a narrow choke, Altmann kicked his left ski as he approached the exit. Altmann then smacked the snow with his ski and shook his fists at the sky, knowing that losing his ski would result in no score.
    Altmann was one of eight skiers who didn't get a score after losing a ski or needing ski patrol's help to get down the run. Norway's Dennis Risvell double ejected after big cliff huck. Other skiers didn't clear the rocks in the landings and ended up doing cartwheels upon impact. Another skier kicked his ski without even falling.
    With so many riders not posting scores, Altmann ended up tying for 19th in the event, giving him 565 tour points.

  • PEEC offering snowshoe hike

    Would you like to explore our forests by snowshoe? If so, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a beginning snowshoe hike from Pajarito ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
    PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead participants along a showshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and point out ecological features of the winter forest. This family-friendly hike will cover three miles and about 300 feet of elevation change.
    This is a free hike. Participants will need to bring snowshoes, warm clothes, water and a snack. Participants can rent snowshoes from the Los Alamos County by going to the recreation office at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Advance registration is required. To register, visit PeecNature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.
    It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to the area’s canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.

  • Tough stretch too much to overcome against Capital

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played MaxPreps’ No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars even for most of the contest Wednesday. One big drought at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, however, was too much for Los Alamos to overcome.
    Capital scored 14 straight points in that stretch and went on to win the game, which was both teams’ District 2-5A opener, 63-47.
    Before Los Alamos got cold and gave Capital some easy transition buckets by turning the ball over, the ’Toppers led late in the first quarter, 15-12.
    Los Alamos then won the third quarter by three points and lost the fourth quarter by three points.
    The second quarter, however, was the difference in the ball game.
    Jack Stewart had a hot hand for Los Alamos in the game, draining five 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 29 points.
    Antonio Trujillo added six points while Ivan Balakirev scored five.
    The game was Los Alamos’ sixth contest in a seven-day span. After winning two of the first three games of the streak at home, Los Alamos lost the final three games on the road. The ’Toppers (6-11) also lost to Goddard Tuesday, 64-41.
    Capital improved to 17-2 with the win.

  • ’Topper girls win district opener

    Six different Hilltoppers scored double-digit points in the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team’s District 2-5A opener Tuesday against Capital.
    The ’Toppers were without one their most potent weapons, Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo is expected to miss two-to-four weeks after rolling her ankle at a recent practice.
    The ’Toppers, however, got flurries of points from several different players throughout the game and scored a season high 88 points to easily beat Capital, 88-53.
    Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 15 points while Katya Skurikhin (10 points), Ashley Logan (11), Makaela Jones (13), Shannon Irwin (13) and Sophia Roybal (14) also got into the double digits while Elena Abeyta finished with nine.
    Capital’s Kyannah Cole led all scorers with 21 points.
    Los Alamos struggled to find a rhythm early, but a Jones bucket broke a 4-4 tie ended a three-minute scoring drought for the team. Roybal then hit three straight field goals to help Los Alamos take a 15-11 lead into the second quarter.
    Los Alamos didn’t have much trouble scoring after that, putting up 24 points in the second quarter, 30 in the third and 19 from the bench in the fourth.
    After the slow start, the ’Toppers steadily pulled away in the second quarter.

  • Freeride World Tour begins in Andorra Friday

    The first stop of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour in Vallnord-Arcalís has been moved up a day and is now scheduled to take place Friday morning.
    Due to recent fresh snowfall and excellent conditions on the competition face, the date was shifted to ensure the best possible experience for the riders
    Spectators around the world can catch the on freerideworldtour.com, dailymotion.com, and youtube.com. Online viewers will be able to follow the lines of every athlete with commentator Dave Mailman (USA) and expert freeride analyst Martin Winkler (AUT).
    After an extremely successful event in 2015, freeriders will once again have a chance to put on their best show on the incredible terrain in the Pyrenees that this hidden gem of a ski resort has to offer.
    New riders and returning champs will compete on this evolving venue that has a rich history of competition originating from the 4-star FWQ stop known as El Dorado Freeride.
    Los Alamos’ Garrett Altmann will be competing on the tour for the third consecutive season this year.
    Last season, Altmann finished 15th overall in the male skier’s division, making the cut for the Alaska competition, but coming up short of a spot in the finale held at Verbier Switzerland’s Bec des Rosses.

  • Wrestlers take down Knights, Sundevils

    The Los Alamos wrestling team scored a pair dual meet wins Wednesday against District 2-5A foes Del Norte and Española Valley.
    Los Alamos beat Del Norte in a close dual, 40-38, and then took down Española Valley, 57-24.
    Del Norte also beat Española Valley, 54-24.
    “If I was satisfied I’d be a horrible coach,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “You always want more, but they did good and fought had. I really have no complaints.”
    The two wins improved Los Alamos’s District 2-5A record to 3-1. Last week, Capital beat Los Alamos by nine points, 45-36, but Los Alamos took down Bernalillo, 45-33.
    The Del Norte dual was a big one for Los Alamos, needing a big win to keep its District 2-5A dual meet championship hopes alive. Three Del Norte pins in the last three matches, however, all but closed that possibility.
    “Last time we beat Del Norte by two points so it’s still a dog fight there,” Hatt said.
    The match went back-and-forth early before some forfeits put Los Alamos ahead.
    Del Norte started the match with a pin at 138 pounds, but Damien Sundby tied the dual with a third-period pin at 145 pounds.

  • LA girls win third straight

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team blew by its third straight opponent Saturday, beating Highland 64-42 in Albuquerque.
    The win comes on the heels of a 33-point win over Taos and a 34-win over Robertson. Those wins ended the three-game skid the ’Toppers suffered at Aztec’s Rumble in the Jungle tournament.
    On Saturday, Ashley Logan led Los Alamos’ offense, scoring a team high 14 points.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar each scored 10 while Makaela Jones added nine. The starters, however, rested most of the fourth quarter while Los Alamos’ bench finished off the Hornets.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 14-4 while Highland slid to 4-8.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to begin its District 2-5A season at home Tuesday against Capital (3-11).

  • Hilltoppers split first four of busy stretch

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has had an incredibly busy week making up for the contests that were cancelled during Roswell’s holiday tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will conclude the stretch tonight, playing their sixth game in the seven days at Capital to begin their District 2-5A season.
    “It’s fast and furious,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We’ll see if their legs hold up. We’re getting conditioning and playing time all in one.”
    The ’Toppers split the first four games of the busy stretch, avenging an earlier loss to Moriarty, 43-40, last Thursday and also beating Miyamura, 47-43, Saturday. Artesia, however, beat Los Alamos on Friday, 57-53, and Monday, 56-46.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Tuesday afternoon at Goddard.
    “It’s good for us to get these teams we’ve been playing,” Kluk said. “We’re all grouped together so it will give the state selection comittee something to look at — that’s the hope.”
    Los Alamos was 6-9 overall after Monday’s loss, but beating a Fighting Pinto squad who previously beat the ’Toppers by 11 points was a definitive sign the team is improving.

  • LA gymnasts continue to compete

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Precision Gymnastics in Albuquerque for the annual New Mexico Judges Cup Nov.22.
    Megan Brown had the high score of the day for the Los Alamos team. She took first all around in the silver younger division with 36.30 points.
    Brown also placed first on floor (9.05) and tied for first on vault (9.20). Teammate Dani Trellue took third in this division with 36.00 all around. Trellue also took first on bars with 9.40. Sara Gardner was seventh all around with 35.60. Gardner tied with Brown for first on vault.
    In the silver older division, Cyra Bishop was sixth with 35.80.
    Sarah Hutchens was eighth in this division with 34.95 and took the gold medal on vault with a 9.05. Aria Warner was 11th with 34.85.
    In the gold division, Addie Richie placed first with 35.85. She also placed first on vault (9.00) and bars (9.10). On beam and floor she was second with 8.85 and 8.90 respectively.
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took second with 36.25. She placed first on bars (9.45), second on floor (9.05) and third on beam (8.70). Anna Clark placed sixth all around (34.00) and third on vault (9.25).

  • Late 3’s propel Pojoaque past LA

    Trailing by one point with 11 seconds left in the contest, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team had a chance to take the lead Tuesday against Pojoaque.
    A Hilltopper made a good move to get to the hoop for an open look, but he missed the layup that would have been the go-ahead basket.
    Pojoaque added a free throw at the other end and eventually finished on top of Los Alamos, 48-46.
    “We had too many missed opportunities,” Los Alamos head boys’ coach Mike Kluk said. “Either team could have won it.”
    The missed shot at the end was just one of several close-range misses in the game for Los Alamos. Kluk said the team missed about eight shots from five feet and in during the contest, including about five in the second half.
    Pojoaque, meanwhile, hit some clutch shots from beyond the arch in the fourth quarter to help it take the lead.
    The Hilltopper boys took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against the Elks. Down the stretch, with Los Alamos up by six points, Pojoaque shot four consecutive 3-pointers and sunk three of them to go on top.
    To limit Pojoaque to 48 points, Los Alamos played well defensively for much of the contest. “I thought we did a good job forcing turnovers,” Kluk said.