• Dominguez steps down from boys basketball team

    Los Alamos High School announced Monday that head boys basketball coach Fil Dominguez has stepped down from his position.

    Effecitive immediately, longtime assistant coach Mike Kluk will take over on an interim basis.

    Dominguez cited work responsibilities, plus the health of a member of his family, as reasons for his resignation. Dominguez took over as head coach prior to the 2011-12 season.

    More information will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 01-05-14

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

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

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, varsity, JV, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Lunas at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 01-05-14

    Junior wrestling starting up at YMCA

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Junior Wrestling program.
    Registration is open to boys and girls in grades K-6, as well as beginning wrestlers in grades 7-8. The program is limited to 20 students.
    Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the YMCA’s gymnasium from 4:15-5:30 p.m. The season runs from Jan. 14-April 25.
    Price for each session is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers.
    There are also separate competitive tournaments going on during the season.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit its website, laymca.org.

    County offering skate lessons at ice rink

    There is still space available for the final session of ice skating lessons for the year will start this week.
    Lessons are taught by Los Alamos County staff at the county’s ice rink.
    More information can be found by visiting losalamos.nm.us/rec or calling the ice rink at 662-4500.

    JMTR set for May 24

  • Odessa blanks 'Toppers at Taos tourney

    It was a rough start to a big mid-year tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers fell victim to a pair of quick scoring strikes by the Odessa, Texas, Jackalopes in their first game of the Taos Showcase Tournament.
    Odessa, a traveling midget-level squad — not a high school-level squad like those who play in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League — scored two goals in quick succession in the first period and did so again in the second period to turn the game into a rout.
    Odessa prevailed Friday night 6-0 over Los Alamos. Los Alamos trailed 3-0 after the first period, but played even with the Jackalopes throughout most of the second period until time was winding down.
    Then, with under four minutes remaining, the Jackalopes scored two goals less than a minute apart, one of them by Jason Moore, who had two goals on the game for Odessa.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t get much going in the third period to try to get back into the contest. They were hampered by lack of an effective power play offense, as they had several power-play chances throughout the game.
    For the season, Los Alamos has scored just twice in 31 power play attempts.

  • 'Toppers routed by Chargers

    ALBUQUERQUE — There was more than one parallel between the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s game Monday against Kirtland Central and its game Thursday against the Academy Chargers.
    Chief among those parallels, however, was the presence of a big man down low that the Hilltoppers struggled to stop.
    Academy’s 6-foot-4 senior, Chris Martin, had a dominant showing in the first quarter Thursday, dropping in 10 points and doing virtually anything he wanted against the Hilltoppers.
    Martin gave the Chargers a 13-point advantage after one quarter as Academy rolled to a 58-41 win.
    While Martin played virtually an identical role for the Chargers that Christian Mackey did for Kirtland Central earlier in the week, that was hardly the only similarity between the two losses for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos (1-11), for the second straight game, had a quarter where it managed just two points. Only a field goal by William Steinkamp with 1:45 remaining in the quarter kept the Hilltoppers from being shut out in the period — it was also a bucket by Steinkamp at the buzzer of the second quarter Monday that ended up being the lone points there.
    And once again, Los Alamos had its best quarter of the game in the fourth quarter which, unfortunately, occurred well after the outcome had been determined.

  • Sports Briefs 01-02-14

    Climbing wall open at YMCA Friday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its climbing wall available to the general public Friday at its facility on 15th Street.
    The open wall climb will go from 9 a.m.-noon both days. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. Climbing and gear rental will be $5 for non-YMCA members.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Trail run sign-ups are open

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs’ registration for its 50-mile and 50-kilometer races are now open online.
    The JMTR is scheduled for May 24. The races go up toward Pajarito Mountain and toward the Valles Caldera.
    Registration for the half-marathon, the third of the three-race series, will start Feb. 1.
    To register, visit ultrasignup.com. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons may visit highaltitudeathletics.org.

    LAYSL registration for spring is open

    Registration is now open for the spring 2014 Los Alamos Youth Soccer League season.
    Online registration can be done through Feb. 10.
    For more information or to register, visit laysl.org.

  • LA plays Texas teams at Taos Showcase

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team has a tough slate of games coming up for this weekend’s Taos Showcase Tournament.
    Los Alamos has won three of its last four contests to improve to 4-2 in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, but will have to contend with three teams from Texas in three days, including the top two teams in the league.
    The Hilltoppers will meet Odessa, Texas, Friday, then take on El Paso Franklin Saturday and El Paso Coronado Sunday in Taos.
    All this weekend’s games will be played at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
    The Los Alamos-Odessa contest is set for 7 p.m. Friday. Odessa isn’t a member of the NMIIHL.
    But the Hilltoppers could have their hands full against both El Paso teams. Between them, they have lost just one game, with Coronado topping Franklin in mid-December.
    Currently, Los Alamos is in third place behind the two El Paso teams in the standings. Los Alamos leapfrogged Taos after it knocked off the Ice Tigers 3-1 at home Dec. 20, the final game before the holiday break.
    Saturday’s Los Alamos-Franklin game is set for 6 p.m. and Sunday’s Los Alamos-Coronado game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
    This will be the first time Los Alamos has faced either El Paso team this season.

  • LA girls are 14th in poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is in the middle of the pack but the Hilltopper boys are on the tail end of this week’s power rankings.
    Los Alamos’ girls (5-6), who have won four of their last five contests heading into Thursday’s game at West Las Vegas, finished in the No. 14 position in the most recent MaxPreps rankings. Los Alamos is third in the rankings among teams in District 2.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys (1-10) were ranked as the No. 26 team in Class 4A, dead last among boys basketball teams.
    Los Alamos went 0-3 at last weekend’s Poe Corn Invitational and then dropped Monday’s contest to Class 4A Kirtland Central. Prior to those four losses, the Hilltoppers had picked up their first win of the season, that coming at the expense of Bernalillo Dec. 14.
    On top of the 4A girls rankings this week was St. Pius X (6-1), which has quietly put together a solid season. Los Alamos’ district foe, Santa Fe (9-1), finished second overall, followed by Valencia, Roswell, Gallup and Española Valley.
    The Roswell Coyotes, were on top of the boys 4A ratings. The Coyotes are the lone undefeated team in the classification.
    All three of the District 4 teams were in the top four in the current poll. The lone interloper at the top of the poll was second-ranked Los Lunas.

  • LA has no answer for Broncos' big man Mackey

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team once again struggled to find offense Monday afternoon and was again handed another one-sided loss.
    Los Alamos was held to just two points in the second quarter Monday at Griffth Gymnasium and only 11 points in the first half against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Meanwhile, the Broncos used an effective inside-outside game to take control of the contest early and cruised to a 58-32 victory.
    It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Hilltoppers (1-10), who were hoping to build some momentum heading into a very difficult stretch of upcoming games right before the start of the District 2-4A season.
    Unfortunately for them, Kirtland Central (8-3) had other plans, and those plans included a big performance from its star center Christian Mackey.
    Mackey, a multi-tool player despite a big 6-foot-5 frame, dominated underneath the basket on both ends of the floor. He dropped in a game-high 15 points, including connecting on three straight buckets in the third quarter to quash any lingering hopes the Hilltoppers had of getting back into the game.
    On the defensive end, Mackey blocked two shots down low early that gave the Los Alamos offense pause anytime it got the ball in the lane.

  • Ski Report 12-31-13

    Angel Fire

    26-inch base. No new snow reported. 61 trails and 6 lifts open.


    19-inch base. No new snow reported. 1 run and 2 lifts open.

    Red River

    24-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 51 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    27-inch base. No new snow reported. 36 trails and 5 lifts open.


    25-inch base. No new snow reported. 29 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    17-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 8 lifts open.


    36-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 99 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 33 trails open.