• Softball opens with loss to Cleveland

    The Los Alamos softball team lost its season opener, 16-1, against Cleveland on Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Katelynn Thorn knocked in Taylor Collins.
    Morgan Hohner, Rebecca Luster and Shelby Chavez also got base hits for Los Alamos.
    Chavez and Hannah Mojica each had three put outs defensively, but the Hilltoppers had a hard time containing Cleveland’s offense.
    The Storm scored 9 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and 4 more in the fourth inning to win the game. Seven of those runs were unearned.
    The Hilltoppers continue their busy start to the season this weekend at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge.
    They’ll take on Cobre and San Juan (Utah) Friday and then play Bloomfield and Piedra Vista Saturday.

  • LA hockey No. 2 seed at championships

    It’s time to decide who the best hockey team around is.
    Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado will are all vying for this year’s New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League title over the next two weekends.
    The championship tournament is taking place at Albuquerque’s Outpost Arena this week.
    The Los Alamos hockey team earned a first-round bye after finishing with the second most wins in the league.
    The Hilltoppers (15-7-1) will take on the winner of the Taos (8-10-3) and Santa Fe (4-18-1) game on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in the second round.
    Hud Davenhall has led the Hilltoppers offense this season, scoring 26 goals and assisting 12 more goals.
    Trevor Matuszak and Cory Schramm have also scored double-digit goals this season, with 12 and 11 scores, respectively.
    Tristen Roach, meanwhile, has assisted 13 ‘Topper goals.
    In goal, Zealand Walterschield finished with the second best save percentage in the league. He stopped 311 of the 343 shots he faced during the regular season for a .907 save percentage.
    The Hilltoppers biggest competition will come from El Paso clubs Franklin and Coronado.

  • 'Toppers set to host Goddard in state first round

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium. The No. 6 seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    "Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit," captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos' game Monday. "We're not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that)."
    "Everything we've gone through this season is preparation for state," captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. "At the end of the day our success isn't defined by a loss to Española. It's defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families."
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).
    If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will take on the winner of the Roswell and No. 14 Centennial (15-13) game Tuesday in The Pit at 9:45 a.m.

  • Pitching and defense to lead Los Alamos softball

    The Los Alamos softball team is as ready as it can be to start its season.
    Manager Roger Anaya said the team’s off-season went really well with a lot of participation.
    During the first couple weeks of its spring season, the team was able to get on the field and work on its fundamentals.
    After that, however, the weather forced the team to practice at 5:30 a.m. in the gym. Even with changes in practice times and locations, Anaya said the girls were always there ready to work.
    Doing outfield work was tough in the gym, but the team was able to get in a lot of infield practice, batting practice and its pitchers have been able to throw plenty. Anaya also said he used a whiteboard some days to go over game situations.
    A sunny Tuesday let the team get back on the field once more before its first game today at Cleveland.
    The Cleveland game will begin the team’s competitive pre-district schedule.
    “Our goal is to play a tough schedule early on and learn from it so it prepares us for the district,” Anaya said. “Our goal every year is to win the district.”
    The Hilltoppers finished second in its district behind Bernalillo the last two seasons. Before that the Hilltoppers won three district titles in a row.

  • Los Alamos Hockey shuts out Santa Fe, 6-0

    Despite being outshot 35-21, the Los Alamos hockey team beat the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 6-0 in its regular season finale last Friday. The win was the Hilltoppers’ fifth straight.
    Trevor Matuszak scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first period, including one short-handed goal, for the Hilltoppers.
    Benjamin Rees extended Los Alamos’ lead to 3-0 in the second period.
    Wes Skidmore and Brett Ireland then assisted Charlie Christensen. Matuszak scored a third time to get a hat trick. Jason Martinez then knocked in Los Alamos’ final goal.
    Zealand Walterschield made 35 saves to get the shutout victory.
    With the win, the Hilltoppers finished tied for second with Coronado (Texas) in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League regular season standings with 31 points.
    The league’s championships will begin Friday.


  • Hilltoppers finish second in District 2-5A

    ESPANOLA — The Los Alamos girls basketball team traveled to Española Valley and played in front of a packed house for the District 2-5A championship on Monday.
    “It was electric,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “It’s a pleasure to play in front of a crowd like this.”
    The Hilltoppers matched the atmosphere’s energy early on and started the game aggressive.
    “We knew we had to come in hard, play with our hearts and not let the environment affect us,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said.
    The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española Valley went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and stayed in front after that.
    Española Valley won the game, 66-53.
    “I’m proud of how everybody played tonight,” captain Amber Logan said.
    “I was proud of their effort,” coach Trujillo said. “I also want to congratulate Española and wish them well (at state).”
    After Ashley Logan converted three the old-fashioned way, Trujillo made a pair of free thows and then Logan turned a steal into a fast-break bucket to put the Hilltoppers up 7-4 in the first quarter.

  • Hilltoppers get No. 6 seed for state tournament

    After finishing its season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team got the No. 6 seed for the Class 5A state tournament. The Hilltoppers will host No. 11 Goddard (15-13) in the first round on Friday at 6 p.m.
    The District 2-5A champion Española Valley (23-3) is the tournament's No. 4 seed and will face a familiar foe in the first round. They'll play district rival Del Norte (15-11) again.
    Gallup (23-2) got the top seed. Los Lunas (26-2) is the No. 2 seed, Roswell (22-4) is No. 3 while Lovington (16-9) rounded out the top-five.

  • Española takes down 'Toppers for district title

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team came out aggressive against Española Valley in the District 2-5A championship game on Monday.

    The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and then never looked back. Española went on to win the game, 66-53.

  • ’Topper girls tennis in the hunt for a team title

    The Los Alamos girls tennis team should be in the mix for a state team title once again this year.
    Similar to the last few years, the Hilltoppers, Farmington and Albuquerque Academy are expected to battle it out for the top spot.
    “I guarantee it will be one of those that will win (state),” Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said. “I don’t think anyone can say we will win state, but we can all say that we can win state.”
    The Hilltoppers made it to the state semifinals last season where they fell 5-3 to the eventual champion, Farmington. Los Alamos only lost one senior from last year’s squad, so it will have essentially the same cast of characters on the court again.
    With all of those girls back, depth will be the team’s biggest strength.
    Farmington’s biggest strength, on the other hand, is in doubles, while Academy has the top two players around.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff finished fourth in state singles last year and will lead the Hilltoppers. Laura Whicker also played in the state singles tournament, but lost to the eventual state runner-up in the first round.
    Astrid Hengartner returns with state doubles experience as well.

  • Pajarito ready for powder-filled weekend

    After a lot of sunny days this winter, dark clouds and snowy weather returned to northern New Mexico last week.
    Pajarito got 4 new inches of snow last night, 5 the night before and 11 since it was open last Monday.
    “It’s a blessing from Mother Nature,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “We wish it would have come in December, but we’re happy to have it. It made the conditions even better.”
    The 11 inches of new snow didn’t enable Pajarito to open any new terrain, but it did make the conditions on the trails that were already open nice and soft. Friday’s snow in particular was cold and dry — the definition of powder.
    “It should make for really fun skiing,” Long said.
    Snow is in Pajarito’s forecast for the next week also. Depending on how much snow actually falls, Long said they might be able to get the mountain 100 percent open.
    Right now, the front side is essentially 100 percent open while trails on the town side are still just a little too thin.
    The mountain’s tree skiing, however, is starting to be ok in spots.
    “The timing (of the storm) was good,” Long said. “We’re looking forward to a nice weekend.”