• 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.

  • LA girls are 14th in poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is in the middle of the pack but the Hilltopper boys are on the tail end of this week’s power rankings.
    Los Alamos’ girls (5-6), who have won four of their last five contests heading into Thursday’s game at West Las Vegas, finished in the No. 14 position in the most recent MaxPreps rankings. Los Alamos is third in the rankings among teams in District 2.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys (1-10) were ranked as the No. 26 team in Class 4A, dead last among boys basketball teams.
    Los Alamos went 0-3 at last weekend’s Poe Corn Invitational and then dropped Monday’s contest to Class 4A Kirtland Central. Prior to those four losses, the Hilltoppers had picked up their first win of the season, that coming at the expense of Bernalillo Dec. 14.
    On top of the 4A girls rankings this week was St. Pius X (6-1), which has quietly put together a solid season. Los Alamos’ district foe, Santa Fe (9-1), finished second overall, followed by Valencia, Roswell, Gallup and Española Valley.
    The Roswell Coyotes, were on top of the boys 4A ratings. The Coyotes are the lone undefeated team in the classification.
    All three of the District 4 teams were in the top four in the current poll. The lone interloper at the top of the poll was second-ranked Los Lunas.

  • LA has no answer for Broncos' big man Mackey

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team once again struggled to find offense Monday afternoon and was again handed another one-sided loss.
    Los Alamos was held to just two points in the second quarter Monday at Griffth Gymnasium and only 11 points in the first half against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Meanwhile, the Broncos used an effective inside-outside game to take control of the contest early and cruised to a 58-32 victory.
    It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Hilltoppers (1-10), who were hoping to build some momentum heading into a very difficult stretch of upcoming games right before the start of the District 2-4A season.
    Unfortunately for them, Kirtland Central (8-3) had other plans, and those plans included a big performance from its star center Christian Mackey.
    Mackey, a multi-tool player despite a big 6-foot-5 frame, dominated underneath the basket on both ends of the floor. He dropped in a game-high 15 points, including connecting on three straight buckets in the third quarter to quash any lingering hopes the Hilltoppers had of getting back into the game.
    On the defensive end, Mackey blocked two shots down low early that gave the Los Alamos offense pause anytime it got the ball in the lane.

  • Ski Report 12-31-13

    Angel Fire

    26-inch base. No new snow reported. 61 trails and 6 lifts open.


    19-inch base. No new snow reported. 1 run and 2 lifts open.

    Red River

    24-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 51 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    27-inch base. No new snow reported. 36 trails and 5 lifts open.


    25-inch base. No new snow reported. 29 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    17-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open.


    36-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 99 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open.

  • LA girls finish 3rd at Goddard tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltoper girls basketball team picked up two wins in three tries at last weekend’s Goddard Holiday Classic tournament.
    Los Alamos won in the opening round over the Gadsden Panthers, but dropped a semifinal round decision to the Roswell Coyotes.
    The Hilltoppers did bounce back after the semifinal round loss to knock off the Oñate Knights in the third-place game.
    Both the Panthers and the Knights are Class 5A schools, and both games played out in similar fashion.
    In both games, Los Alamos (5-6) came up with big second quarters to seemingly take control of the ballgame, only to have its opponent roar back in the third quarter. Los Alamos doubled-up Gadsden 18-9 right before the half Thursday and outscored Oñate 19-7 Saturday in that second quarter.
    The Hilltoppers topped Gadsden 56-52 and knocked off Oñate 56-49.
    In the semifinal, Roswell held Los Alamos to just five total field goals to take that game 42-31. Los Alamos was led in scoring against Roswell by McKenzie Logan’s 14 points, with 9 of those points coming at the foul line.
    Both the Logans, McKenzie and Amber, had big tournament showings. McKenzie also dropped in 13 points against Gadsden, while Amber got into double-figures against both the Panthers and the Knights.

  • Reader's trek through the Sahara highlights top sports stories of 2013

    Some people will go long and far to fulfill a goal they’ve set for themselves.
    But few will go further than Garth Reader.
    Reader, a local ultra-runner, took part in the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco earlier this year, which is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.
    For his efforts in the Sahara Desert, Reader finished near the top 10 percent of better than 1,000 participants at the event, which took place in April.
    “I exceeded all expectations going in,” Reader said after finishing the five-stage race in a total of 30 hours, 55 minutes. “I thought I ran a pretty smart race.”
    His trek through some of the harshest conditions in the world was the top local sports story of 2013.
    At the Marathon Des Sables, competitors must conquer searing heat, wild temperature swings, tough running terrain and, oh, plenty of sand.
    Nevertheless, Reader said he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything and might even consider doing it again.
    He said the race is actually very well organized and there is plenty of staff on the course to make sure competitors are healthy and don’t veer away from their destinations.
    As usual, running and multi-sport athletes were among the big headline-grabbers in 2013.

  • Prep scores from Friday


    Boys basketball

    Centennial 54, Abilene Cooper, Texas 53

    'Cleveland 73, Odessa, Texas 47

    Escalante 66, Pecos 64

    Hobbs 88, EP Burges, Texas 48

    Moriarty 71, Del Norte 44

    Portales 52, Friona, Texas 37

    Farmington 56, Belen 51

    Roswell 83, Grants 58
    Texico 54, Smyer, Texas 47
    Canyon Randall, Texas 58, Del Norte 43

    Espanola Valley 44, Onate 38

    Hope Christian 83, Las Cruces 63

    Hope Christian 70, Canyon Randall, Texas 35

    Mayfield 72, Del Norte 61

    Onate 44, Santa Teresa 37

    Rio Rancho 72, Santa Teresa 52

    Canutillo, Texas 47, Valencia 31

    Carlsbad 57, Sandia Prep 47

    Los Lunas 63, Eldorado 61

    Girls basketball

    Carlsbad 74, Eldorado 58

    Clovis 67, Amarillo Caprock, Texas 22

    EP Burges, Texas 64, Rio Grande 16

    Farmington 66, Capital 59

    Gadsden 49, Ruidoso 23

    Hobbs 54, EP Coronado, Texas 43

    Lovington 49, Sandia 29

    West Las Vegas 67, Wingate 57

    Los Lunas 54, Santa Teresa 23