• LA starts fast vs. Chargers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team crushed the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the first quarter of their game Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had the hot hand early in the contest and put the Chargers in a big hole almost immediately. Los Alamos had an uneven showing for the rest of the contest, but made the early edge stand up and then some as it won 45-21.
    Thursday’s game, particularly in the opening, was a big turnaround compared to the two teams’ meeting Saturday in the third-place game of the Sandia Prep Invitational. Los Alamos had a sluggish offensive performance and had to survive a tight 35-31 contest to pick up the victory.
    Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo said after Thursday’s victory he wasn’t terribly surprised his team has put forth subpar showings during this stretch of the season, particularly having played five games in eight days and another to come Saturday.
    Thursday, Los Alamos’ Amber Logan scored 15 points in the first half, including a pair of long-range 3-pointers in the first quarter, the second of which came at the buzzer capping a 16-1 run.
    Ashlynn Trujillo had 15 points for Los Alamos. Thursday. For Academy, Sophie Long had 9 points, all of those coming in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

  • Thoma taken in 2nd rd. of MLS draft

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer player Andy Thoma was drafted by the Portland Timbers as the 24th overall player chosen in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday.
    Thoma, who played for the University of Washington as a fullback, was invited to the MLS combine, which was held last week, and was awarded a MLS contract, meaning he was guaranteed to be present on a league team this coming season.

    Portland opens its season Jan. 31.
    More information will be in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Swim results from St. Mike's

    Here are the results from Saturday’s St. Michael’s Invitational swimming and diving meet. Swimmers are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 540; 2. St. Michael’s, 320; 3. St. Pius X, 224; 4. Cottonwood Classic Prep, 199; 5. Santa Fe, 177; 6. Hope Christian, 167; 7. Taos, 163; 8. Socorro, 149; 9. Santa Fe Prep, 102; 10. Desert Academy, 97; 11. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 15.

    200 medley relay

    1. Los Alamos A (Izzy Runde, Kaitlin Bennett, Jessica Moore, Sydney Schoonover), 1:59.21; 2. St. Michael’s 2:02.37; 3. Hope, 2:07.28; 5. Los Alamos B (Jesse Liechty, Jillian Bennett, Sonyia Williams, Kimberly McKinley), 2:14.04;

    200 freestyle

    1. Kaitlynn Bennett, 2:07.42; 2. Marina Guzman, St. Pius, 2:14.66; 3. Katie Ervin, CCPS, 2:21.26; 4. Caemlyn Tripp, 2:28.35; 7. Onnolee Englert-Erickson, 2:39.76.

    200 individual medley

    1. Kirsten Sweers, St. Michael’s, 2:22.26; 2. Caitlin Fitzpatrick, CCPS, 2:29.06; 3. Alana Goodwin, 2:29.26; 8. Sonyia Williams, 2:47.08; 13. Riana Foley, 3:00.76.

    50 freestyle

  • Running Into One Another

    Los Alamos’ Ashlynn Trujillo drives into the lane against Moriarty’s Alyssa Adams during a game at Sandia Prep last week. The Hilltoppers have a rematch tonight against its rival, Albuquerque Academy, in a game also from last week. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

  • LA slips by Taos on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a second straight victory away from home Tuesday.
    Los Alamos knocked off the Taos Tigers 49-42 in Taos.
    Tuesday’s win followed up a lackluster performance for the Hilltoppers at the Sandia Prep Invitational last weekend. The Hilltoppers just scraped by two teams they weren’t expected to have much trouble with, Moriarty and Albuquerque Academy, and lost to Belen, a team the Hilltoppers beat earlier this season.
    A week earlier, Los Alamos had put together one of its best offensive performance of the season, an efficient 62-point effort at St. Pius X, a tough place to win, but was held under 40 points in each of the three games at Sandia Prep’s tournament.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers’ win Tuesday put them at 13-2 on the season, which is tied with Roswell for the best record in Class 5A.
    Coming up Thursday, Los Alamos will be at home for a rematch against Academy. Academy took Los Alamos down to the wire Saturday in the third-place game at Sandia Prep tournament but the Hilltoppers prevailed 35-31.

  • Sports Briefs 1-14-15

    Boys basketball games
    rescheduled for next month

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has rescheduled its game against St. Pius X to Feb. 7.
    The Los Alamos-St. Pius game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather.
    C team and junior varsity games were also rescheduled for that date. Game times will be 11 a.m. for the C team, 12:30 p.m. for the JV and 2 p.m. for the varsity.

    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 to participants, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    Winners at the local level in each age and gender category are eligible to compete at the district level later this year.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Martial arts offered at YMCA

  • Dermer wins bracket at St. Michael's

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had a very good showing from one of its upper-weight wrestlers, but a relatively ho-hum showing as a team.
    The Hilltoppers finished 10th in the team standings at this weekend’s Al Salazar Invitational tournament, that hosted by St. Michael’s. The Hilltoppers finished with 71 team points, 9 points behind Kirtland Central and Window Rock, Arizona, which tied for eighth.
    Cleveland, to the surprise of no one, ran away with the team title. Its ‘A’ team finished with 282.5 points, more than 100 points better than runner-up Cobre.
    For its part at the two-day tournament, Los Alamos picked up a pair of medals, including one championship medal earned by John Dermer.
    Dermer, wrestling at 220 pounds and seeded first in that bracket, scored two pins to reach the championship round, then earned a major decision over Monroe Singer of Window Rock. Singer fell behind early, but didn’t go down quietly, catching Dermer with a head-and-arm throw and nearly putting Dermer on his back.
    But the senior survived that trouble and went on to grab a 13-5 decision and the tournament win.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said it was a good victory for Dermer at the tournament, but the rest of his team looked slower than he’d hoped, but wasn’t terribly surprised about.

  • Belen roughs up LA in 2nd quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has had trouble avoiding big, disastrous quarters this season and couldn’t prevent another one against Belen Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers played nearly even with the Eagles through three quarters of Saturday’s game at Belen, but the second quarter was a different story. The Eagles romped the Hilltoppers 23-2 in that second quarter to cruise to a 58-33 victory.
    Los Alamos has now lost three straight games and slips to 2-12 on the year. It was scheduled to be at home tonight to take on a very tough opponent, the St. Pius X Sartans, but due to weather conditions, that game has been postponed until Feb. 7.
    Largely on the strength of that second quarter, Belen (7-6) led at the half 38-9. Los Alamos actually outscored Belen in the second half, but not enough to work itself back into the ballgame.
    Antonio Trujillo was Los Alamos’ leading scorer Saturday, dropping in 12 points, going 50 percent from the floor. No other Hilltopper finished with more than 5 points.
    The lopsided quarters the Hilltoppers have experienced this season have become all-too-common in recent games. In a Jan. 3 loss to Taos, Los Alamos was outscored 19-5 in the second quarter, which may have cost it a chance at a victory with Taos winning by 11 points.

  • ’Topper girls fall in semifinal round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped its second contest of the season Friday afternoon at the Sandia Prep Invitational.
    Los Alamos struggled throughout the weekend at the tournament putting points on the board, a problem it hasn’t faced much this season. Those struggles caught up with the Hilltoppers in Friday’s game against the Belen Eagles.
    Belen held Los Alamos to a season-low 29 points as the Eagles topped the Hilltoppers 32-29 in the second round of the tournament at Sandia Prep. The Hilltoppers would come back, however, to drop the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the third-place game Saturday, winning another low-scoring contest, 35-31.
    Both of the Hilltoppers’ losses this season have been in tournaments, both coming against Class 5A teams. The Hilltoppers lost to one of Belen’s district rivals, Los Lunas, in mid-December at a tournament at Academy.
    The Hilltoppers are currently 12-2 on the year. In the newest MaxPreps rankings, the Hilltoppers dropped out of the top-four and are currently sitting at No. 5.
    Just two days before the start of the tournament, Los Alamos put up 62 points in a win at St. Pius X, but didn’t break 40 points in last weekend’s tournament.
    Tonight, the Hilltoppers are scheduled to be on the road, taking on the Taos Tigers.

  • Busy Weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team faced off against two of its toughest opponents this weekend, taking on the Coronado T-Birds Saturday and the Franklin Cougars Sunday at the county’s ice rink. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers dropped all four games this weekend at home.