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  • 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.

  • Youth free throw contest is Jan. 31

     

    The Knights of Columbus will host its local free throw competition Jan. 31.
    The free throw contest if for boys and girls aged 9-14. It will be from 1-3 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils square off tonight

    The battle for the early edge in the District 2-5A girls basketball race is set for tonight.
    Los Alamos will host the Española Valley Sundevils at 7 p.m. today at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The two teams are both ranked in the top 5 in Class 5A, according to MaxPreps.com. Moreover, the two teams have been tabbed as the front-runners in 2-5A since the start of the district season.
    Following Los Alamos’ win Friday night over the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, head coach Nestor Trujillo said his approach to tonight’s game wouldn’t be any different than any other game.
    Los Alamos, which currently has the best record in the classification at 17-2, didn’t look sharp Friday night, however. Its offense, one of the most productive in the state for most of the season, was hampered by Robertson’s 2-3 zone.
    Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, their top shooter from the perimeter, Amber Logan, had a big game. Logan hit 4 3-pointers in the first half, then hit another 3-pointer and two key free throws to finally seal the win.
    As for Española Valley (15-2), it won its 2-5A opener with a win over the only other team expected to give the Sundevils or Hilltoppers a run for their money, the Del Norte Knights.

  • Late rally lifts Chargers over 'Toppers

    For three quarters Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung right with the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    In the fourth quarter, however, the game got away from the Hilltoppers, putting an end to a chance to grab some momentum before the team gets into the meat of its district schedule.
    But Academy, after a sluggish offensive start to both the first and second quarters, almost couldn’t miss in the second half. Academy was 11 of 12 from the floor and 18 of 23 from the foul line as it pulled away in the final 8 minutes to win 63-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos (2-16) actually led after one half, playing an efficient game on offense.
    The Hilltoppers were able to work the ball around until it got someone loose.
    In the first half, Los Alamos connected on 10 of 18 from the field, one of its best shooting halves of the season.
    Academy, which missed its first 7 shots of the game and first 8 shots of the second quarter, stayed with Los Alamos largely on the strength of its domination on the boards. Academy grabbed 7 offensive rebounds in the first half and had plenty of second- and third-chance points, which helped it stay within striking distance.

  • On Schedule 1-25-14

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Friday

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.

  • Biscuit In the Basket

    Hilltopper Ben Roback watches his shot scoot into the goal during Friday night’s game against the La Cueva Bears.

  • LA comes out with win in tough game vs. Robertson

    It didn’t seem on paper the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ basketball game Friday night would be much more than a game the team had to get through, but it ended up being a nail-biter.
    Los Alamos thrived on its shooting from the perimeter in the first half, but when its opportunities became fewer in the second half, the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals took advantage.
    Robertson trailed by as many as 8 points in the first half, its deficit at the break, but erased that deficit in just a little over 2 minutes to start the third quarter.
    The two teams battled neck-and-neck the balance of the way, but the Hilltoppers escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 46-42 victory.
    Amber Logan came up huge for Los Alamos Friday night, particularly after the Cardinals (6-11) keyed on Ashlynn Trujillo and the Hilltopper big girls down low, limiting their chances throughout.
    Logan hit a huge 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, giving Los Alamos a 41-37 edge at the time, then, with under 6 seconds left and the teams separated by just 2 points, connected on two huge free throws that finally sewed up the victory.
    Logan finished with 21 points, 14 of those in the first half as she came up with 4 3-pointers.

  • Sports Briefs 1-23-15

    Girls stay put in rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team stayed put at No. 5 in this week’s MaxPreps online rankings.
    Los Alamos, which plays tonight at home against Las Vegas Robertson, had been ranked as high as No. 3 this year, but dropped down to the No. 5 spot following its loss to Belen two weeks ago.
    Heading into this weekend’s play, the Hilltoppers have the best won-loss record in 5A at 16-2. They trounced both Class 6A Highland and District 2-5A opponent Capital in their last two outings.
    Gallup, which has been at or near the top of the 5A rankings all season, remained No. 1 in the state, followed by Roswell, Los Lunas and the Hilltoppers’ biggest foe, Española Valley.
    The Sundevils (14-3) open 2-5A play Saturday against Del Norte.
    In the boys 5A rankings, the Hilltoppers (2-15) remained at No. 23 in the 24-team classification, ahead of only winless Chaparral.
    Centennial remained at No. 1 this week. Gallup, which has the best record in 5A at 16-1, is No. 2.

    NMSU downs
    Grand Canyon

  • 'Topper hockey is at home tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be looking to bounce back tonight from a rough pair of doubleheaders two weeks ago.
    Los Alamos will play three games this weekend, the first of which is tonight at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will face the La Cueva Bears at 8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, Los Alamos will be in Durango, Colorado, for two games against the Durango Devils. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m. and Sunday’s is 11 a.m.
    The Hilltoppers are currently in second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, the spot they’ve been for most of the season, but went winless in four home two weekends ago.
    Los Alamos took on two of the other top teams in the league, the Coronado T-Birds and the Franklin Cougars. Both teams are from the El Paso, Texas, area.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they were swept in both ends of both doubleheaders. With those losses, they dropped four games behind the Cougars in the league standings.
    Franklin, which had been undefeated most of the 2014-15 season, lost its first game of the year to Coronado just a day before the two teams started their games in Los Alamos, opening up a chance for the Hilltoppers to take over first place in the NMIIHL.