• Hilltoppers blow by Lady Spartans

    The first time the Los Alamos girls' basketball team took on Bernalillo, only two points separated the teams when the final buzzer sounded. With head coach Nestor Trujillo in the hospital and Ashlynn Trujillo now playing, the 'Toppers barely escaped with a victory.
    Tuesday, with coach Trujillo back on the sideline and Ashlynn making plays all over the court, Los Alamos dominated the Lady Spartans. The Hilltoppers won the rematch, 76-21.
    The 'Toppers took control of the game right away, forcing Bernalillo to turn the ball over time and time again and then going coast to coast for some transition buckets.
    After the first quarter, Los Alamos led 25-9. Makaela Jones and Elena Abeyta both drained 3-pointers, Trujillo scored seven, Kayla Salazar added six and Los Alamos sunk all five of its free throws.
    Bernalillo wouldn't score nine more points until the 3 minute and 45 second mark in the fourth quarter.
    Bernalillo managed just four points in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. Ramona Calabaza scored 16 of the team's 21 points.

  • Hilltopper boys struggle in rematch with Sundevils

    ESPAÑOLA — The first time the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played Española Valley, Los Alamos put together one of its best games of the season.
    Friday in the unfriendly confines of Española Valley’s Edwrad Medina Gymnasium, Los Alamos struggled against the Sundevils.
    The ’Toppers committed numerous turnovers, missed several layups and eventually lost the game, 76-41.
    Española pressed and trapped Los Alamos to force a lot of the turnovers. The pressure also helped Española pull steadily away throughout the game.
    Los Alamos began the game by out-rebounding Española to create some extra scoring opportunities.
    Isaiah Espinosa pulled down several early boards and baskets by Jack Stewart and Troy Hammock had Los Alamos tied at 5 with Española.
    The Sundevils then went on a 13-1 to pull away from Los Alamos.
    In the second quarter, a nice pass by Antonio Trujillo to Stewart under the basket helped Los Alamos keep Española’s lead in the single digits, 26-17, but the Sundevils eventually took a 41-25 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos managed to hang around for the first part of the third quarter and stay within a dozen of Española.

  • Ten LA wrestlers qualify for state tournament

    At the District 2-5A meet Saturday at Capital, four Los Alamos wrestlers won titles while a total of 10 ’Toppers qualified for this weekend’s state championships
    As a team, Los Alamos finished second behind Capital.
    Lane Saunders, Chris Romero, Sam Harvey and Patrick Irish reached the top of the podium for Los Alamos.
    Donovan Atencio, Damien Sundby, Trevor Brown and Milo Light also placed in the top-three at the district championship to qualify for state while Israel Gellis and Dylan Irish both received wild card bids into the state championship tournament.
    Saunders used a first-period pin against Bernalillo’s Samuel Yazzie to reach the 182-pound finals. Saunders then racked up the points to beat Capital’s DJ Williams by a technical fall, 16-0, and win the championships.
    Saunders, who is a two-time state champ, will enter the state tournament with a 38-1 record. His lone loss was to Belen’s Nathaniel Martinez (42-2).
    “He should see him again in the state final,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “That should be a good final.”
    In the 170 pound district final, Romero pinned Capital’s Abel Barraza in 3 minutes, 10 seconds to win the championship. Romero will take a 25-9 record into state.

  • Hilltopper girls lose second nail-biter to Española

    ESPAÑOLA — Once again, the Los Alamos and Española Valley girls’ basketball game came down to the final seconds Saturday.
    The game was tight throughout the contest and Los Alamos took the lead in the second, third and fourth quarters.
    In the fourth quarter, the teams traded the lead back and forth.
    Ashlynn Trujillo started the quarter by making a strong move to the hoop and scoring to put Los Alamos up 47-46. After an Española basket, Trujillo scored a bucket with her left to put Los Alamos on top again, 49-48. Ashley Logan and Sophia Roybal added free throws and then once again Trujillo drove to the hoop and laid it up and in to put Los Alamos up 54-50 with about four minutes left in the game.
    Española then fought back to tie the game at 54 with 1:47 left on the clock.
    Los Alamos created a couple good scoring chances after that, but the ball rattled around the hoop and bounced out.
    “We had some good looks,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “If those go in, it’s a different story.”

  • Game of the Week Feb. 15-21

    This weekend, the best wrestlers and swimmers in New Mexico will try to capture state championships.
    Los Alamos will be well represented at both championships.
    After hitting qualifying time after qualifying time and then dominating the District 1 championships, Los Alamos has at least one Hilltopper girl qualified for every event at the state meet. In most of the events, several girls have qualified. Many of the girls not only have state experience, they also scored points at last year's state meet when Los Alamos placed third as a team.
    Sarah Lott will be looking for another state title. Lott won the 100-yard freestyle championship in 2014 (52.07 seconds).
    The Los Alamos boys' swim team is also taking a big squad to the state meet. The Hilltopper boys have swimmers qualified in 10 of the 12 events.
    The state swim meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    On the mat, Lane Saunders will be gunning for a third state title. The senior is competing at 182 pounds.
    All of the wrestlers will need to qualify for state at the District 2-5A championships today (Feb. 13), but the majority of Los Alamos' wrestlers are expected to place in the top-three at the district meet to move on to next weekend's state meet.

  • Sports Briefs 2-14-16

    Registration open for Jemez Mountain races
    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21.
    Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open and spots fill up fast.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15-miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations.
    Register at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    For more information about running, or volunteering, visit highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.

    Hunting and fishing expo
    Anglers mark your Calendars. The New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show is coming to the Manual Lujan Building at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque Feb. 19-21.
    Admission is free to licensed anglers, hunters, trappers and youths under age 18.
    The cost is $3 for everyone else.

  • Dedicated park crew part of Pajarito's good season

    In a lot of ways, Pajarito Mountain is having its best ski season in years and years.
    The mountain had the earliest opening in recent memory this season, on Nov. 27.
    A couple weekends ago it was able to the terrain under the Townsight lift open for the first time since the Los Conchas fire scorched the area in 2010.
    After that, it was able to open the Crazy Mother terrain park for the first time in the last five years.
    A lot of factors have fallen into place to help the mountain.
    A wet summer helped the mountain fill its snowmaking pond and open early.
    Natural snowfall, and a lot of work over the summer with chainsaws, helped it reopen the terrain on Townsight.
    To get the mountain's parks open, a dedicated park crew has been the crucial factor.
    "The new management has been really helpful," park-crew member Markus Boomer said. "They're willing to have stuff done because they think terrain parks are profitable, especially to get (the mountain) open seven days."
    Getting to a point where the ski area can be open for daily operations is a goal for the future.
    For the majority of this season, the ski area has been open Wednesday though Sunday and on Monday holidays, like this weekend's Presidents' Day.

  • Altmann out of FWT with an injured ACL

    The second stop of the Freeride World Tour took place Friday morning in France at Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    There was a mystical atmosphere in the Flégère ski area as the clouds parted an unveiled the snow-capped peaks of one of Europe’s most legendary freeride venues.
    Riders in each of the four divisions, male and female, ski and snowboard, raised the bar for their respective sports and shook up the overall tour rankings.
    Skier Loic Collomb-Patton tossed a backflip to help secure his third win on his home turf in the event.
    While the skiers and snowboarders were going big in France, Garrett Altmann was back in Los Alamos. Altmann injured his knee at the first stop of the FWT at Vallnord-Arcalis Andorra.
    While skiing down a choke, Altmann clipped a hidden rock, kicked his ski and injured his knee.

  • Knights of Columbus crowns free throw champs

    Five boys and three girls from ages 10 to 14 won local championships at the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship to earn the right to compete at the district level.
    The 10-year-old champions were Mika Stanfield in the girls’ bracket and Abraham Sanchez in the boys’.
    Lena Chavez won the 11-year-old girls’ championship and Cody Rosson won the 11-year-old boys’ division.
    In the 12- year-olds’ bracket, Wesley Stanfield won the boys’ championship.
    Lucario Chavez won the 13-year-old division.
    Alicia Gonzales won the 14-year-old girls’ division and her brother Antonio Gonzales won the boys’ bracket.
    Alicia Gonzales won the state free throw championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She will be participating at districts later this month with a chance to win her fourth state championship in five years.
    Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests.
    Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
    Each of these winners will now compete in the district competition Feb. 21 at Los Alamos High School with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels.

  • Gymnasts reach podium at winter meets

    The boys competitive team from the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho to compete in the Winter Challenge meet at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics recently. Over 100 boys from three states competed in the compulsory levels 4-6 section of the meet.
    In the level 4 competition, Arturo Yarotski finished fifth and Dominic Valdez placed eighth in the children’s division. Pasha Trudolyubov was fourth in the junior division, and Caleb Kersteins was second in the senior division. This was the first time competing for the entire Los Alamos level 4 boys team.
    In the level 5 competition, Kyle Hatler finished fourth in the senior division with 57.70 points. He placed second on high bar with a 10.20, earning bonus points, and third on rings with a 9.90.
    Jon Gilbert, competing for his first time ever, finished eighth in this division with 52.60 points. Gilbert took the gold on vault, placing first with a 10.00. Troy Makela finished ninth in this division with 51.90.
    Daniel Fryer finished 15th in the level 6 competition.
    Atomic Tumblers
    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics also traveled to Albuquerque recently to compete in the 2016 Winter Fiesta at Precision Gymnastics. Over 600 New Mexico gymnasts competed in this meet.