• 'Topper teams now head to regionals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will go back to familiar territory this weekend for the Nike Cross National regional race.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will run at the southwest regional contest Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., at the same site they ran the Desert Twilight Festival earlier this season.
    The Hilltoppers will be joined from teams all around the southwest, including more than a few top teams from New Mexico, at the race. The top finishing teams at regionals will move on to Nike Cross National competition next month in Oregon.
    The teams won’t be running as the Hilltoppers per se – New Mexico rules forbid school-sponsored competition after the end of the designated state season – but a big portion of the Los Alamos boys and girls programs will be taking part.
    Hilltopper co-head coach Rob Hipwood said the teams’ runners were looking forward to the meet and weren’t feeling any undue pressure.
    “It’s just a chance for the kids to run fast,” he said. “We don’t really know what to expect or where we can place...the kids want to see if they can get a (personal record) on the course.”

  • Proposed Class 5A Alignments for 2014-2016

    District 1

    Piedra Vista

    District 2

    Del Norte
    Española Valley
    Los Alamos

    District 3

    Los Lunas
    Santa Teresa

    District 4


    District 5

    Albuquerque Academy
    St. Pius X

  • LA to remain put in NMAA proposal

     There will be a bit of a name change, but little else will change for the Los Alamos Hilltopper sports programs under the new proposal set forth by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    However, the Santa Fe Demons are in for a major move and, very possibly, a humbling one.

    Los Alamos, Capital, Bernalillo and Española Valley will remain in District 2, although it and most of the rest of the current Class 4A will move up to the proposed 5A classification.

    Under the proposal released Wednesday by the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic sports in the state, Los Alamos will be in Class 5A for the block spanning 2014-2016. 

    However, there is little difference between the proposed Class 5A and the current Class 4A — Class B is becoming Class A and Classes A-5A are just adding a letter to their designations as opposed to there being a gigantic classification overhaul as there was in 2000.

    The rumors the week before Thursday’s release were flying. Some potential proposals had Los Alamos in a district with the Four Corners teams, while others had Los Alamos, Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X as possible district rivals.

  • 'Toppers slated to be in District 2-5A next year

    Los Alamos High School will remain in District 2 for the 2-year block starting in August, according to the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The NMAA released its redistricting proposal for the next two years on Wednesday.

    Los Alamos will move into Class 5A, although that move up in classification affects all teams. Class 5A under the new proposal is similar to the current Class 4A.

    The biggest change in District 2 is that Del Norte, from Albuquerque, will replace Santa Fe. Santa Fe, which has seen an enrollment spike in the most recent three years, will move up to Class 6A under the proposal.

    The other teams in District 2 (Bernalillo, Capital, Española Valley) will remain as well.

    More information on the proposal will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 11-20-13


    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

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


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

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: LAMS at Taos Invite, 8 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 11-20-13

    LAHA, county hosting free hockey day

    Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Hockey Association will host a “Try Hockey For Free” day at the county’s ice rink.
    The event will be Saturday. It is open for anyone 18 and under from 3:45-5 p.m. A girls-only session will start at 5 p.m.
    LAHA coaches will be available prior to the sessions to answer questions for prospective hockey players.
    Tickets must be obtained from Los Alamos County for admission to the ice rink. They may be picked up at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or can be reserved by contacting the Los Alamos County Recreation Department at 662-8173.

    Turkey Trot is Sunday

    The annual Turkey Trot and CROP Walk are scheduled for Sunday starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The event consists of two courses, a 1.7-mile course and a 2.57-mile course which go through North Mesa. It is a fundraiser for the CROP organization and LA Cares, which both fight hunger locally and worldwide.
    The race is scheduled for 2 p.m.
    For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Volleyball team hosting tryouts

  • LA girls 2nd, boys 3rd in season opener

    Going into the season opener, not to mention the first meet of his Los Alamos coaching career, Stuart Corliss wasn’t sure what to expect out of the Hillltopper swim teams.
    But he got just about everything he was hoping to.
    “I thought they raced,” said Corliss of his teams’ performances in the Peter B. Barney Relays, held Saturday at Albuquerque Academy. “We did really well with our racing. In girls-only, we won three of six races from Academy, and they always come to play.”
    Los Alamos girls finished in second place in team competition with a total of 124 points behind Academy, which had 186 points, a score that might have been closer, but the Hilltoppers couldn’t enter the diving competition.
    The Barney Relays include, as the name suggests, all relay events, some traditional relays and some non-traditional relays, including mixed boys and girls events like the 400-yard relay, which includes eight 50-yard legs with four boys and four girls competing.
    Los Alamos’ boys finished third in team competition behind Academy’s Chargers and Rio Rancho’s Rams.
    Teams could qualify for the state meet in traditional relay events and the leadoff swimmers could qualify for state, as well.
    In those events, the Hilltoppers did quite well.

  • Pojoaque Valley is No. 3 seed in 3A playoffs

    The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes are on the short list to vie for a Class 3A volleyball title.
    Pojoaque Valley, which went a perfect 8-0 in District 2-3A play, is the No. 3 seed for the state tournament, which gets started Thursday afternoon.
    The 3A playoffs begin with pool play at 1 p.m. and continue with first round matches Thursday evening.
    The Elkettes (17-4) will face sixth-seeded Ruidoso and 11th-seeded Shiprock in pool play.

  • 4A pool play round set for early Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will have a tough pair of contests on its hands to open the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos, the No. 11 seed in the tournament, has Artesia and Albuquerque Academy Thursday morning during the pool play round at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    Artesia is the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament, while Academy’s Chargers are the No. 6 seed.
    Depending on the outcome of pool play Thursday, which starts at 8 a.m. Los Alamos may play Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

  • Blair, McDonald, Hodges earn honors

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team picked up a pair of top postseason honors in District 2-4A and the Hilltopper boys picked up a third this year.
    Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald, one of the most prolific goal scorers in Class 4A this season, was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2-4A girls soccer. The postseason honors were released Monday.
    Meanwhile, two Hilltopper fullbacks, one for the boys and one for the girls, picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors. Stephanie Blair was the girls 2-4A top defender of 2013, while Brandon Hodges earned the boys 2-4A award.
    Los Alamos’ girls were the 2013 district champions and Los Alamos’ boys finished second behind Capital.
    Santa Fe’s Keith Richards and Capital’s Eugene Doyle were named Coaches of the Year.
    All but two players named to the girls first team were from Los Alamos or Santa Fe, the 2-4A runner-up.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned five first-team nods, along with the two Player of the Year honors, while Los Alamos’ boys earned three first team honors.

    Here are the boys and girls selections for the All-District 2-4A teams:


    First team