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  • Thursday's basketball results

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque 60, Rio Grande 57
    Cleveland 60, Cibola 55, OT
    Gallup 75, Aztec 52
    Kirtland Central 70, Wingate 56
    Mesilla Valley Christian 61, Artesia 46
    Piedra Vista 75, Miyamura 37
    Sandia 64, Valley 48
    Shiprock 67, Zuni 63
    Taos 65, Santa Fe Prep 53

    Girls basketball

    Del Norte 38, Moriarty 35
    Dexter 41, Capitan 35
    Escalante 43, Dulce 33
    Eunice 57, Jal 30
    Hope Christian 53, St. Pius 38
    Jemez Valley 48, Dora 47
    La Cueva 79, Eldorado 35
    Sandia 47, Valley 42
    Tularosa 75, East Mountain 38
    Valencia 61, Grants 56
     

  • LA girls slip 1 slot in 5A poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team slipped one spot to No. 6 in the MaxPreps.com rankings Thursday after falling to the Española Valley Sundevils earlier this week.
    The rankings are done twice per week during the basketball season. Rankings are calculated based on record, strength of schedule and other factors.
    Los Alamos dropped its home contest to Española Valley 51-48 Tuesday, its third loss of the year.
    Heading into the game, the Hilltoppers were ranked No. 5 in the state, one slot behind the Sundevils.
    With their win, the Sundevils (18-2 overall) moved up to the No. 3 spot in Thursday’s poll.
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos fell one spot to No. 6, its lowest ranking of the season.
    In Tuesday’s game, Los Alamos led by as many as 9 points in the first half and had an 8-point lead at the break before Española Valley came back in the second half, putting up big numbers from the foul line.
    Interestingly, the team that leapfrogged Los Alamos was the 6-loss Lovington Wildcats. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Hilltoppers still have one of the five best records in Class 5A.
    Once again this week, the Gallup Bengals are the No. 1 team in 5A, as they have been for most of the season. They are followed in the top five by Roswell, the Sundevils, Los Lunas and Lovington.

  • Hockey team returns to action Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will host the Cibola Cougars Friday night at the county ice rink. Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m.
    Los Alamos tied the La Cueva Bears 5-5 last week, then dropped two games on the road to Durango, Colorado. Los Alamos is currently 10-7-1 and is third in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
     

  • LA falls hard to the Sundevils, 73-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team took it on the chin Wednesday night at Edward Medina Gymmasium.
    Los Alamos fell in a big hole early and never recovered against the Española Valley Sundevils. The Sundevils scored 9 straight points to start the game and never looked back, winning big, 73-30.
    The game turned into a rout early in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers (2-17 overall, 0-2 in 2-5A) were held to just 6 first quarter points and things never got a lot better for them.
    Española Valley, which needed a win to avoid getting into trouble early on in the district season Wednesday, controlled the tempo from the tip. Española Valley’s run-and-gun game sucked Los Alamos in immediately and helped force 20 first half turnovers to put the game away early.
    Things got slightly better for Los Alamos in the second half, although not nearly enough to get back into the ballgame. The Sundevils took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half and Los Alamos settled into a half-court offense that was more productive for it than in the first half — the Hilltoppers actually scored fewer points in the second half than in the first, but that was mostly because the game switched to a running clock midway through the third quarter.

  • 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.