• LA rolls to big win over Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team thumped the Capital Jaguars to close out the first round of District 2-4A play Saturday night.
    Los Alamos forced Capital into the mercy rule in the third quarter, going up by 35 points late in the quarter.
    It was all Hilltoppers, as the winless Jaguars couldn’t do much to slow them down. The Hilltoppers won going away, 68-30.
    With Saturday’s win, Los Alamos evened its district record to 2-2 with four 2-4A games remaining. Los Alamos (10-11 overall) is idle until Friday when it travels to Bernalillo.
    For the Hilltoppers, McKenzie Logan dropped in 17 points. It was, however, a relatively balanced scoring night for Los Alamos, with Shannon Doyle scoring 10 points, Kiana Zerr putting in 8 and Jordan Duran coming up with 6 points.
    For Capital (0-18), both Selena Gonzales and Julie Gandara both finished with 10 points.

  • Geyer wins top bracket at Cardinal Classic Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took 16th out of 25 competing teams at last weekend’s Cardinal Classic tournament.
    Los Alamos earned 104 points at the tournament, which was hosted by Las Vegas Robertson, one of the top small-school programs in the state. While the point total wasn’t enough to get the Hilltoppers anywhere near contention for the team title, it was still good enough to put them ahead of three of their four District 2-4A competitors.
    The tournament was the next-to-last event of the regular season for Los Alamos, which will host its finale Saturday.
    At the Cardinal Classic, Los Alamos’ top wrestler, Brian Geyer, won the 195-pound gold bracket, picking up some big wins along the way, including against Capital’s Jacob Esquibel in the semifinals and Carlos Vega of Silver, a Class 3A state title contender, in the championship round.
    Geyer, a defending state champ from last season, topped Vega 10-6 to pick up the win. Geyer had been held out from competition with an illness about two weeks earlier.
    “I felt pretty good,” he said. “It was a pretty tough tournament and there were a lot of tough teams there. But I got some head-to-heads (victories) there that I wanted to get before state.”

  • Kubicek looks back, forward as he starts his retirement

    It was inevitable, so Jiri Kubicek decided not to delay his decision to retire any longer.
    “Being in this business for 32 years, it was probably going to be only another year. It’s the right time,” he said.
    And with that, the one of the longest-tenured coaches in the history of Los Alamos High School decided to retire.
    Kubicek has put on his whistle for the last time as the head coach of the Los Alamos Hiltopper girls soccer team for the last time. He officially vacated his position Saturday, a position he’s held since 1991.
    During that time, he helped cement the Hilltoppers’ place as one of the top programs in the state. He guided the program to a nearly .700 winning percentage over a 23-year career and two state championships.
    One of the sweetest memories Kubicek said he had during his career was when his daughter, Jessica, knocked in the winning goal to upset the Albuquerque Academy Chargers for the 2003 state title.
    Jessica Kubicek, an all-state performer for the Hilltoppers on defense, capped off what had been a remarkable run in the state playoffs, made all the more impressive by the fact Los Alamos struggled most of that season and was lightly regarded heading into the postseason.

  • LA earns first 2-4A win by downing Capital

    With time winding down in the first half, it looked like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball was in trouble.
    But a couple of late buckets in the first half gave the team some momentum that it carried into the third quarter.
    Los Alamos trailed the Capital Jaguars by as many as 9 points with about a minute and a half remaining before the break, but Los Alamos, which felt going into Friday night’s game it could outrun the Jaguars up and down the floor, got its fast break offense going from that point on.
    Hilltopper Skyler Veenis scored in transition with only about a second left in the half and Los Alamos dropped in 8 fast-break points in the third quarter, which swung the tide of the contest.
    Los Alamos would hold on to win late, earning a 40-38 victory at Griffith Gymnasium for its first win of the District 2-4A season.
    That long-awaited win snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Hilltoppers (2-19 overall, 1-3 in 2-4A).
    Since the start of district, Los Alamos has had some close calls. It hung with Bernalillo through most of their Jan. 22 meeting before the Spartans pulled away at the end, then was victimized by cold shooting late in both its games against Santa Fe and district-leading Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers have been hungry for a positive outcome, but finally found it Friday.

  • On Schedule 02-02-14


    Boys basketball: LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


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


    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

  • LA nips Capital to pick up 2nd win of year

    After a couple of weeks of knocking on the door, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke through with a victory Friday night.

    Los Alamos struggled in the first half but was down by only five points, then used an effective transition game in the second half to upend the Capital Jaguars 40-38.

    The Hilltoppers had to sweat through the final two minutes of the ballgame, with both teams missing out on chances, but two late free throws by Skyler Veenis sealed the win.

    It was the first victory for the Hilltoppers since mid-December.

    For more on the game, see Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • People In The News 01-31-14

    Hipwoods named state Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by national federation

    The National Federation of High Schools selected Los Alamos Hilltopper head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood as its Coaches of the Year in girls cross country for the 2013 season.
    The NFHS is the official national coaches association and honors coaches at the state, sectional and national level.
    This season, the Hipwoods, who are now the longest-serving coaches at Los Alamos High School, led the girls team to its fifth consecutive state championship. Los Alamos finished with 53 team points to top runner-up Albuquerque Academy at the 4A championship meet, held in November.
    The Los Alamos girls cross country team is the most successful girls program in the history of the state, having won 17 team titles, 15 of them under the Hipwoods.

    Baca inducted into NMTCCCA Hall of Fame

  • Lo breaks another state swim record

     The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club placed eight swimmers among the high-point athletes at its home swim meet.
    The Aquatomics co-hosted the Los Alamos Invitational last weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Aquatomics entered 67 swimmers in the meet. In all, more than 230 athletes from around the state took part.
    Among the top performers for the Aquatomics Andy Corliss in boys 9-10 and Ming-Yuan Lo in boys 8 and under.
    Additionally, Lo set a state record in the boys 8 and under 200-meter individual medley. Lo’s time in the race of 2:56.93 was nearly half a second better than the previous record, set in 2010.
    Lo owns another individual record, the 100-meter butterfly he set last October and was part of the Aquatomics’ record-setting 100 freestyle relay from 2012.
    The other top performers from Los Alamos included Kalen Melton (second in girls 9-10), Niamh Short (second in girls 13-14), Alana Goodwin (third, girls 13-14), Max Corliss (third, boys 11-12), Nikolai Nelson (third, boys 8 and under) and Savannah Kimball (third, girls eight and under). 

  • LA clashes with Cibola, Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a pair of games this weekend, including a home game tonight against a struggling opponent.
    Los Alamos will face off against the Cibola Cougars at 8:15 p.m. at the county ice rink.
    The Cougars are the bottom team in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, having won just two of their 15 games on the 2013-14 season.
    Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers will travel to Taos to take on the Ice Tigers, their chief rival. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend, topping the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-1 in Santa Fe. The win by Los Alamos (6-5) also avenged an early season loss to the Blue Jackets (2-9-2) at the county ice rink.
    Currently, Los Alamos is sitting in fourth place in the NMIIHL standings. The two teams in the league from El Paso, Texas, are 1-2, with the La Cueva Bears sitting in third place.
    League leader Coronado is undefeated on the season at 11-0-1, while El Paso Franklin is 10-2, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the Hilltoppers earlier this month.
    For Taos (6-6), it’s going to be a busy weekend. The Ice Tigers play La Cueva tonight, Los Alamos Saturday and St. Pius X Sunday.

  • LAHS to select its first ever Hall of Fame class this year

    The Los Alamos High School athletic department is accepting nominations for its first ever Hall of Fame class.
    The Hall of Fame class will be honored during homecoming 2014, which is scheduled for Sept. 19-20.
    Nomination forms are available from the LAHS athletic office or may be found online at laschools.net. The deadline for nomination is June 1.
    There are three categories for nominations, including former Hilltopper athlete, former coach and contributor to Los Alamos athletics, including assistant coaches, teachers, managers, trainers, members of the media and others.
    Nominees will be evaluated by a committee — which is already in place — to select the first Hall of Fame class. Those selected will be notified by Aug. 1 and will be asked to participate in this year’s homecoming parade.
    For former athlete to be considered, they must have been out of the public school system for five years and have earned state or district recognition. Former coaches should have been out of coaching for two years and earned a postseason award, led a team to a state championship or have led his or her team to multiple district titles.