• Hawks Finish First

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk seventh grade girls basketball team was the champion of last week’s Pojoaque Middle School Invitational. The Hawks will be at Memorial Middle School for a game Monday afternoon.

  • Atomic Tumblers' results from Rio Rancho invitational

    Mia Nuckols earned a gold medal in all-around competition for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at the team’s meet earlier this month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers took part in the Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational Nov. 14-16. In all, 12 teams took part in the event.
    Nuckols had LASG’s all-around best total of the day with a personal best score of 35.40. 
    Nuckols, who is a first year competitor, won gold in the younger bronze division of the Xcel competition, finishing first on uneven parallel bars (9.10), balance beam (8.90) and vault (9.10).
    Also at the competition, teammate Aria Warner also competed bronze, but in the older division.
    Warner took the bronze in the all-around (33.70) and on three other events, the floor exercises (8.10), beam (8.00) and vault (8.60).  She took silver on bars with a 9.00. 
    The skills in the new USA Gymnastics bronze level are equivalent to those in the Junior Olympic level 3 program.
    In the silver younger division Sara Gardner struck gold on beam with an 8.80.  Kaeley Bustos took bronze on beam with an 8.65. The new Xcel silver division is comparable in skill level to the JO level 4 division.
    In the younger gold division Addie Richie took the gold in the all-around with a 34.00. 

  • LA's girls club finishes 10th at regional XC competition

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team combined to take 10th place in last weekend’s Nike Cross National (NXN) competition.
    The team, which, because of state rules forbidding it, ran as a club team at the NXN regionals, which were held Saturday at Casa Grande, Arizona.
    Maddy Foley once again led the way for Los Alamos’ team, finishing 26th among runners in the team competition and 53rd overall, finishing in a time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds.
    Los Alamos’ girls placed four of their top five runners in the top 80 among team competitors to finish with 302 points. Directly ahead of Los Alamos in the final standings was a team from Taos High School, which finished with 296 points.
    Earlier this month, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams earned repeat wins at the state championship meet. The Hilltopper boys earned their fourth consecutive state title, while the girls grabbed their sixth straight.
    Members of the Hilltopper championship boys team also took part at the NXN regional. Los Alamos’ club finished 23rd overall in that competition.
    Most of Los Alamos’ runners were familiar with the course in Arizona. The regular season Desert Twilight meet was run at the same venue as the NXN regional.

  • Hockey team sweeps in Texas

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team improved to 4-0 on the year after taking both ends of a doubleheader in Amarillo, Texas.
    Los Alamos traveled to the Panhandle to take on the Amarillo Bulls, one of the newest members of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League. Los Alamos took Saturday’s first game 5-2, then earned a 6-2 decision Sunday to pick up the sweep.
    Goaltenders Zealand Walterscheid and Isaac Dunwoody both were credited with victories last weekend. The two, who have evenly split time between the pipes so far, have allowed just eight goals in the Hilltoppers’ four games.
    With its sweep, Los Alamos remains as just one of two NMIIHL teams that are undefeated — the Franklin (Texas) Cougars, at 7-0, are the other.
    The NMIIHL is taking the Thanksgiving weekend off. Los Alamos will return to action Dec. 6 in Albuquerque against La Cueva.

  • Mountain Club seeks swimmers

    The Mountain Club, a local swimming team, is seeking interested participants for the upcoming club season.
    The Mountain Club, which is affiliated with USA Swimming, has goals of providing opportunities for swimmers of all ages to participate and encourage young students to achieve excellence.
    Anna Zhang is the head coach of the club and in three years has seen Mountain Club members set 16 state records and had 10 individuals finish as high-point athletes at state championship meets, among other accomplishments.
    For more information on participation in the Mountain Club, contact Zhang at 662-1900 or email mountainswimming@gmail.com.

  • 'Toppers go down big at home to Jags

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was blasted in its second game of the season at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos could do nothing to stop the Valencia Jaguars, who visited Griffith Gymnasium, for their season opener. The Jaguars were lights-out from the floor, shooting above the 80-percent mark and about 64 percent from beyond the circle.
    Valencia led by 40 points at the half. Los Alamos settled down a little bit in the second half, but still fell 83-35.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said that while there was little slowing down Valencia, his team didn’t help itself much, either.
    “They jumped on us right away,” he said. “We turned the ball over, we were not talking and we panicked. We never got much better.”
    Los Alamos, of course, is trying to turn its fortunes around after a dismal last two seasons, but a lopsided loss like Tuesday’s could rattle some of the younger players on the team.
    Kluk, who called three timeouts early in Tuesday’s ballgame, which didn’t help settle his players down, said there wasn’t much the team could do about Tuesday’s game except forget about it and move on.

  • LA opens with a win at St. Mike's

    SANTA FE — It was a first for a lot of people around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    And the debut was a good one for just about everyone involved.
    Los Alamos picked up a nice looking win in a tough venue to play, the Perez-Shelley Gymnasium at St. Michael’s. Los Alamos made some adjustments on the defensive end to slow down St. Mike’s primary weapon and employed an aggressive offensive attack.
    The Hilltoppers took the lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back as they grabbed a 51-42 victory Tuesday night.
    The win was the first in the career of new Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo in his debut with the program.
    And it was also an impressive debut for the newest member of the Hilltopper program, Ashlynn Trujillo, Nestor’s daughter.
    Ashlynn Trujillo, a star at Española Valley for two seasons, was known for the utter chaos she caused on the floor.
    Instead of doing that against Los Alamos, however, she was able to do that for Los Alamos Tuesday, a big factor in the win, along with her team-high 15 points.
    “She is there to complement the rest of the team,” her father said.

  • LA's Selvage, Gasway and Schueler honored by 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed four players in five spots in the All District 2-5A football selections for the 2014 season.
    Los Alamos’ Derek Selvage grabbed first team nods at both running back and linebacker this season.
    The Hilltoppers finished in fourth place among the five District 2-5A teams last season, going 1-3 in their district outings. The Hilltoppers picked up their only win of the season over the Española Valley Sundevils.
    Along with Selvage, veteran offensive tackle Jonathan Schueler was picked for the first team. Schueler, a senior who has been a rock during his career with the program, also earned a second-team honor on the defensive side as a defensive lineman.
    On the 2-5A first team defense, cornerback Scott Gasway joined teammates Selvage and inside linebacker Elliot Hersman. Hersman, a three-time first-team honoree, was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
    Not surprisingly, the top awards for the season were swept by 2-5A champion Del Norte. Del Norte, which rolled to the district title in its first year grouped with the holdovers from the old District 2-4A, got Player of the Year nods for quarterback Tyrelle Jackson, linebacker Avery See — who could’ve easily also been named the offensive Player of the Year at fullback — and head coach Bruce Binkley.

  • LA has chances but doesn't finish well against Tigers

    There were some plusses for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in its season opener, but there’s no shortage of things that are going to have to get better.
    Los Alamos, which is in a serious reconstruction phase after a very lean past four seasons, is hoping to see some improvement early on and saw some of that Saturday night in its 2014-15 season opener.
    Los Alamos found some offense and was able to set itself up with some opportunities on that side of the ball.
    However, finishing those opportunities were an issue for the Hilltoppers, as they fell to the Aztec Tigers 55-42 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Along with winning just two games last season, the vast majority of its players off that team were seniors, leaving the Hilltoppers little varsity experience as a unit heading into this season. And that showed Saturday.
    Its woes in converting its chances were compounded by getting caught up inside against Aztec and letting its long-range shooters have open looks, particularly Juwan Charley.
    Charley hit two big 3-pointers for Aztec (1-0) in the second quarter. The big blow was a wide-open three from the left side of the arc that would help the Tigers pull away from the Hilltoppers.

  • LA drops hoops season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell in its season opener at home Saturday night.

    Los Alamos led 12-11 after one quarter, but struggled to finish both from the floor and from the foul line against the Aztec Tigers. The Tigers, who didn't shoot great either, made some big 3-pointers in the second quarter to help lift them to a 55-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.

    More information from Saturday's game will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.