• Gonzales, Iramk-Bent win local K of C free throw contest

    A pair of state free throw champions from 2013 are still alive to defend their titles following this year’s local Knights of Columbus free throw competition.
    Alicia Gonzales and Eli Iramk-Bent were both top finishers in their age divisions at the free throw competition, which was Jan. 26. The local contest was held at Griffith Gymnasium.
    In all, four boys and four girls earned local titles in the contest. All the winners at the local event advance to the district contest, which will be later this month.
    Gonzales won the girls 12-year-old division, while Iramk-Bent was the boys 11-year-old winner. Gonzales is actually a two-time state champion in the K of C event.
    This year, Gonzales and Iramk-Bent had the top two scores among all of the participants in locals.
    Other K of C contest winners included the following:

    10-year-old boys
    Charles Steinkamp

    10-year-old girls
    Isabella Robertson

    12-year-old boys
    Antonio Gonzales

    13-year-old boys
    Uriah Sanchez

    13-year-old girls
    Michaela Robertson

    14-year-old girls
    Michaela Vigil-Lujan

  • 'Toppers close out district with win

    Despite playing a team that hadn’t won a game all season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team didn’t have the luxury of taking any chances Tuesday.
    Los Alamos wanted to jump on the Capital early and often in that District 2-4A contest, and it did. Los Alamos outscored Capital 15-6 in one quarter of play, then held the Jaguars to just one point through more than six minutes of the third quarter to win going away, 75-40, at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tuesday’s game was the finale of the 2-4A regular season for the Hilltoppers, who had lost three straight district contests heading in, including a disappointing 2-point loss at Bernalillo Feb. 7.
    Getting back moving in the right direction at this point in the season was big.
    “It was super-important, especially since it was against Capital and it was our last home game in district, especially for all of us seniors, being here for four years,” Los Alamos forward Kristen Paulson said. “It’s been pretty special.”
    It was also senior night for the Hilltoppers and the team mixed up its starting lineup to make sure all its seniors got into the game early.
    Except for a few hiccups at the get-go, Los Alamos’ lineup settled in nicely and spread the scoring around to six different seniors in the first quarter.

  • LA closes its season tonight vs. Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will finish off its regular season schedule tonight when it faces Capital.
    Los Alamos will travel to Capital hoping to pick up its second win over the year over the Jaguars, not to mention at least a dollop of momentum for the upcoming District 2-4A tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    It has been a disappointing second round of 2-4A play for the Hilltoppers (2-22 overall, 1-6 in district), particularly after their victory over the Jaguars Feb. 1.
    In that game, Los Alamos came back from a 9-point first half deficit to win 40-38 at Griffith Gymnasium. Franklin Archuleta had 8 of his team-high 13 points in the second half to help Los Alamos earn the victory.
    Since then, however, things haven’t gone the way Los Alamos was hoping they would.
    Los Alamos dropped three straight contests, including getting blown out by both Bernalillo and Santa Fe in back-to-back games. Friday, Los Alamos fell 50-39 to the Española Valley Sundevils, a loss which guaranteed Los Alamos its second straight finish in the district’s basement.
    By virtue of its last-place finish, Los Alamos will have to play on the road for the duration of its stay in the 2-4A tournament, which begins Monday at either Capital or Bernalillo.

  • LA drops contest in the valley

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped its third consecutive District 2-4A contest Saturday night.
    Los Alamos once again struggled with defensive pressure, particularly in the first half, as it was knocked off by Española Valley 67-58 at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española.
    The loss drops the Hilltoppers to 2-5 in district play and 10-14 on the season. The Hilltoppers have just one more district contest remaining, that scheduled for tonight at home against the woeful Capital Jaguars.
    Española Valley (19-5) picked up the season sweep over Los Alamos with the win. The Sundevils are still in line for a potential one-game playoff for the 2-4A championship with Santa Fe. If the two teams end up in a tie, that game would be played Monday at a neutral site.

  • 'Toppers pull off an upset win over Jaguars in 2-4A

    It would take the best collective effort the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestlers had to offer to pull off a major upset in the district tournament.
    And Los Alamos pulled it off.
    The Hilltoppers nipped the Capital Jaguars for the District 2-4A championship at Saturday’s tournament, hosted by Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos scored 176 team points to Capital’s 170 to earn its third consecutive district title. Along the way, Los Alamos earned four individual district crowns to three by the Jaguars.
    “Everybody we needed to have step up stepped up,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said after leading his team to its third consecutive district win — it had been nearly two decades since the Hilltoppers won a district title prior to their win in 2011-12.
    As a reward for its efforts, every one of the Hilltoppers’ 14 participants in Saturday’s meet qualified for the state tournament. The 4A championship starts Friday in Rio Rancho.
    Among the big finishes that pushed Los Alamos over the top were Dominick Montoya at 132 pounds and Damien Sundby at 138 pounds.

  • LA holds off St. Mike's to grab District 1 team crown

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys swimming team went down to the wire with the St. Michael’s Horsemen for the District 1 championship this weekend.
    Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were neck-and-neck, but with its win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Hilltoppers secured the district team championship.
    Both the Los Alamos boys and girls took part in the district meet, hosted by Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ boys nipped the Horsemen by just two points, 371-369. Los Alamos’ girls, meanwhile, won a big victory, earning 502 points, well ahead of runner-up St. Michael’s.
    Both Hilltopper teams pulled a six-race sweep of the relay events en route to the team championship, while grabbing seven individual girls title and four individual boys titles.
    Among the big winners for Los Alamos were Izzy Runde and Justine Yang, both of whom grabbed a pair of first-place finishes.
    Runde won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle, while Yang won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
    Also for Los Alamos’ girls, Sarah Lott broke the District 1 record in the 100 freestyle, finishing in a time of 53.72 to win that title.
    Sydney Schoonover won the 200 individual medley (2:30.35) and Maria Venneri was the winner in the 50 freestyle (26.05).

  • LA has big 1st half but Demons prevail

    A pair of very good quarters put together by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got it upset-minded Wednesday night.
    But the No. 1 team in the state rallied with a big third quarter to regain the advantage and ultimately take the contest.
    Los Alamos had Santa Fe back on its heels after one half, using solid interior defense and an effective up-tempo game that the Demons had trouble figuring out.
    But the bigger, stronger Demons got settled into their very effective half-court offense when they could and forced a couple of key turnovers in the third quarter as they would ultimately prevail 48-40 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Demons had won 19 straight games prior to being upset last weekend at home against Española Valley and needed a win in Los Alamos to keep pace with the Sundevils for the District 2-4A lead.
    But the Demons haven’t exactly feasted against the Hilltoppers this season. Along with getting a scare Wednesday, the Demons didn’t dominate on the scoreboard when the two teams played late last month in Santa Fe.
    “It was a good first half,” Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said. “We did the things we talked about in practice. We had a let-down in the third quarter…this may not have been a win on the scoreboard, but it was a win in my book tonight.”

  • Golf course to open Friday

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced it will open the course to play Friday morning.
    The pro shop will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting Friday through March 8, weather permitting. Tee times can be scheduled starting for 10 a.m. and the driving range will open at 9:30 a.m. Golfers can reserve tee times by calling 662-8139.
    Golfers are also reminded that the LAGC clubhouse is still under construction and parking is still limited. Also, cart use will be restricted to paths only due to dry course conditions.

  • 'Topper girls have big game at home tonight vs. Demons

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will look to bounce back from an upset loss, but will have to do so against one of the top teams in the state.
    Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Santa Fe (21-2 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) is a squad that many expect to get to this year’s Class 4A championship game and already has a victory over Los Alamos this season.
    Los Alamos (10-12, 2-3) fell to Bernalillo Friday night on the road, 50-48, a game the team was banking on in order to keep pace with Santa Fe’s Demons and Española Valley’s Sundevils.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers slipped into a tie for third place in the District 2-4A race with Bernalillo, while Santa Fe was itself upset by Española Valley that same night, losing on a buzzer-beating shot on its home floor.

  • LA manages just 24 points in loss on the road

    SANTA FE – A big loss to another District 2-4A team made the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s long journey to salvage its season considerably longer.
    Los Alamos was in need of a win to get its season back on track, but its offense never got on track Tuesday. Los Alamos was limited to just four points in each of the first two quarters as it fell to the Santa Fe Demons 43-24 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers were held scoreless for nearly five minutes to open the game, then had a four-plus minute drought to close out the first half.
    With Tuesday’s loss to the Demons, the Hilltoppers (2-21 overall, 1-5 in 2-4A) are now officially out of district title contention and are looking at a second straight finish in the 2-4A basement if they can’t rally in their final two games of the season.
    It was a slow, plodding game for both teams, which combined for just 13 field goals in the first half. There were few offensive fireworks beyond a huge slam dunk by Santa Fe’s Keanyn Evans and no players got into double-figures – the top scorer of the night was Hilltopper Scott Gasway, who finished with 7.