• Academy pulls away from Hilltoppers in fourth

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team’s hopes of making it into the Class 5A state playoffs took a hit Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos started the week as MaxPreps’ No. 17 ranked team, right on the bubble of earning one of the 16 spots in the playoffs.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, passed Los Alamos in the rankings with a 55-41 win Saturday, giving the ’Toppers a bad loss to the 4-13 Chargers.
    Los Alamos is now ranked No. 19 in Class 5A, one spot behind Albuquerque Academy.
    The Chargers built a 15-9 first quarter lead, but Los Alamos won the second quarter, 12-8, to only go into halftime trailing 23-21. Academy won a tight third quarter by one point to extend its lead to lead to three heading into the fourth.
    The Chargers then finished strong, outscoring the ’Toppers 21-10 in the fourth to win the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 6-12 overall. Los Alamos is also 0-1 in District 2-5A. The ’Toppers are scheduled to play Española Valley (13-5, 1-0 2-5A) tonight (Jan. 26).
    Los Alamos will need to do well in the remainder of its District 2-5A season if it’s going to raise its state stock.
    The district has shown a lot of parity already.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 24-30

    On Wednesday night, the No. 4 ranked Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the No. 3 ranked Española Valley Sundevils to town in a huge District 2-5A contest.
    Española is the reigning district champion, but Los Alamos has stepped up its game this year and has several players capable of scoring in the double digits whenever a matchup favors them.
    Los Alamos' depth will be key since the team will likely be without Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo suffered an injury last week at practice and expected to be out two-to-four weeks. Without Trujillo in Los Alamos' district opener against Capital last week, the 'Toppers scored a season-high 88 points. Española, however, should be a much tougher opponent that the 3-12 Jaguars.
    Española had a 14-3 overall record heading into its district opener Friday night at Del Norte (8-8).
    Los Alamos is currently 15-4.
    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team (6-11) will also host Española Valley (12-5) Tuesday.
    Both contests will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.

    This week's games:

  • The Blizzard of AAHHHs coming to Pajarito

    For the seventh consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Mountain are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits northern New Mexico communities.
    In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 5-7.
    The annual not-for-profit event is presented to raise financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Over the past seven years over $50,0000 has been raised for this charity. The event is open to female skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders of all abilities, including those who have not yet ventured onto the slopes. People can register online at pajaritoskipatrol.com or Pajarito Mountain's website, SkiPajarito.com, under the events tab. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited.

  • Altmann kicks ski at FWT Andorra

    Garrett Altmann was smacking the snow with his pole out of frustration halfway down his run Friday morning.
    In Freeride World Tour's opening event in Vallnord Arcalís, Andorra, Altmann started his run on the feature-packed mountain face with a line through a tight chute. Altmann slid into the opening of the chute and then stepped into position for a double drop that he pointed it through.
    Lower on the course, however, Altmann ran into trouble.
    In a rocky chute above cliffs and a narrow choke, Altmann kicked his left ski as he approached the exit. Altmann then smacked the snow with his ski and shook his fists at the sky, knowing that losing his ski would result in no score.
    Altmann was one of eight skiers who didn't get a score after losing a ski or needing ski patrol's help to get down the run. Norway's Dennis Risvell double ejected after big cliff huck. Other skiers didn't clear the rocks in the landings and ended up doing cartwheels upon impact. Another skier kicked his ski without even falling.
    With so many riders not posting scores, Altmann ended up tying for 19th in the event, giving him 565 tour points.

  • PEEC offering snowshoe hike

    Would you like to explore our forests by snowshoe? If so, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a beginning snowshoe hike from Pajarito ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
    PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead participants along a showshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and point out ecological features of the winter forest. This family-friendly hike will cover three miles and about 300 feet of elevation change.
    This is a free hike. Participants will need to bring snowshoes, warm clothes, water and a snack. Participants can rent snowshoes from the Los Alamos County by going to the recreation office at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Advance registration is required. To register, visit PeecNature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.
    It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to the area’s canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.

  • Tough stretch too much to overcome against Capital

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played MaxPreps’ No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars even for most of the contest Wednesday. One big drought at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, however, was too much for Los Alamos to overcome.
    Capital scored 14 straight points in that stretch and went on to win the game, which was both teams’ District 2-5A opener, 63-47.
    Before Los Alamos got cold and gave Capital some easy transition buckets by turning the ball over, the ’Toppers led late in the first quarter, 15-12.
    Los Alamos then won the third quarter by three points and lost the fourth quarter by three points.
    The second quarter, however, was the difference in the ball game.
    Jack Stewart had a hot hand for Los Alamos in the game, draining five 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 29 points.
    Antonio Trujillo added six points while Ivan Balakirev scored five.
    The game was Los Alamos’ sixth contest in a seven-day span. After winning two of the first three games of the streak at home, Los Alamos lost the final three games on the road. The ’Toppers (6-11) also lost to Goddard Tuesday, 64-41.
    Capital improved to 17-2 with the win.

  • ’Topper girls win district opener

    Six different Hilltoppers scored double-digit points in the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team’s District 2-5A opener Tuesday against Capital.
    The ’Toppers were without one their most potent weapons, Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo is expected to miss two-to-four weeks after rolling her ankle at a recent practice.
    The ’Toppers, however, got flurries of points from several different players throughout the game and scored a season high 88 points to easily beat Capital, 88-53.
    Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 15 points while Katya Skurikhin (10 points), Ashley Logan (11), Makaela Jones (13), Shannon Irwin (13) and Sophia Roybal (14) also got into the double digits while Elena Abeyta finished with nine.
    Capital’s Kyannah Cole led all scorers with 21 points.
    Los Alamos struggled to find a rhythm early, but a Jones bucket broke a 4-4 tie ended a three-minute scoring drought for the team. Roybal then hit three straight field goals to help Los Alamos take a 15-11 lead into the second quarter.
    Los Alamos didn’t have much trouble scoring after that, putting up 24 points in the second quarter, 30 in the third and 19 from the bench in the fourth.
    After the slow start, the ’Toppers steadily pulled away in the second quarter.

  • Freeride World Tour begins in Andorra Friday

    The first stop of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour in Vallnord-Arcalís has been moved up a day and is now scheduled to take place Friday morning.
    Due to recent fresh snowfall and excellent conditions on the competition face, the date was shifted to ensure the best possible experience for the riders
    Spectators around the world can catch the on freerideworldtour.com, dailymotion.com, and youtube.com. Online viewers will be able to follow the lines of every athlete with commentator Dave Mailman (USA) and expert freeride analyst Martin Winkler (AUT).
    After an extremely successful event in 2015, freeriders will once again have a chance to put on their best show on the incredible terrain in the Pyrenees that this hidden gem of a ski resort has to offer.
    New riders and returning champs will compete on this evolving venue that has a rich history of competition originating from the 4-star FWQ stop known as El Dorado Freeride.
    Los Alamos’ Garrett Altmann will be competing on the tour for the third consecutive season this year.
    Last season, Altmann finished 15th overall in the male skier’s division, making the cut for the Alaska competition, but coming up short of a spot in the finale held at Verbier Switzerland’s Bec des Rosses.

  • Wrestlers take down Knights, Sundevils

    The Los Alamos wrestling team scored a pair dual meet wins Wednesday against District 2-5A foes Del Norte and Española Valley.
    Los Alamos beat Del Norte in a close dual, 40-38, and then took down Española Valley, 57-24.
    Del Norte also beat Española Valley, 54-24.
    “If I was satisfied I’d be a horrible coach,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “You always want more, but they did good and fought had. I really have no complaints.”
    The two wins improved Los Alamos’s District 2-5A record to 3-1. Last week, Capital beat Los Alamos by nine points, 45-36, but Los Alamos took down Bernalillo, 45-33.
    The Del Norte dual was a big one for Los Alamos, needing a big win to keep its District 2-5A dual meet championship hopes alive. Three Del Norte pins in the last three matches, however, all but closed that possibility.
    “Last time we beat Del Norte by two points so it’s still a dog fight there,” Hatt said.
    The match went back-and-forth early before some forfeits put Los Alamos ahead.
    Del Norte started the match with a pin at 138 pounds, but Damien Sundby tied the dual with a third-period pin at 145 pounds.

  • LA girls win third straight

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team blew by its third straight opponent Saturday, beating Highland 64-42 in Albuquerque.
    The win comes on the heels of a 33-point win over Taos and a 34-win over Robertson. Those wins ended the three-game skid the ’Toppers suffered at Aztec’s Rumble in the Jungle tournament.
    On Saturday, Ashley Logan led Los Alamos’ offense, scoring a team high 14 points.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar each scored 10 while Makaela Jones added nine. The starters, however, rested most of the fourth quarter while Los Alamos’ bench finished off the Hornets.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 14-4 while Highland slid to 4-8.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to begin its District 2-5A season at home Tuesday against Capital (3-11).