• Hilltoppers split first four of busy stretch

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has had an incredibly busy week making up for the contests that were cancelled during Roswell’s holiday tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will conclude the stretch tonight, playing their sixth game in the seven days at Capital to begin their District 2-5A season.
    “It’s fast and furious,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We’ll see if their legs hold up. We’re getting conditioning and playing time all in one.”
    The ’Toppers split the first four games of the busy stretch, avenging an earlier loss to Moriarty, 43-40, last Thursday and also beating Miyamura, 47-43, Saturday. Artesia, however, beat Los Alamos on Friday, 57-53, and Monday, 56-46.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Tuesday afternoon at Goddard.
    “It’s good for us to get these teams we’ve been playing,” Kluk said. “We’re all grouped together so it will give the state selection comittee something to look at — that’s the hope.”
    Los Alamos was 6-9 overall after Monday’s loss, but beating a Fighting Pinto squad who previously beat the ’Toppers by 11 points was a definitive sign the team is improving.

  • LA gymnasts continue to compete

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Precision Gymnastics in Albuquerque for the annual New Mexico Judges Cup Nov.22.
    Megan Brown had the high score of the day for the Los Alamos team. She took first all around in the silver younger division with 36.30 points.
    Brown also placed first on floor (9.05) and tied for first on vault (9.20). Teammate Dani Trellue took third in this division with 36.00 all around. Trellue also took first on bars with 9.40. Sara Gardner was seventh all around with 35.60. Gardner tied with Brown for first on vault.
    In the silver older division, Cyra Bishop was sixth with 35.80.
    Sarah Hutchens was eighth in this division with 34.95 and took the gold medal on vault with a 9.05. Aria Warner was 11th with 34.85.
    In the gold division, Addie Richie placed first with 35.85. She also placed first on vault (9.00) and bars (9.10). On beam and floor she was second with 8.85 and 8.90 respectively.
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took second with 36.25. She placed first on bars (9.45), second on floor (9.05) and third on beam (8.70). Anna Clark placed sixth all around (34.00) and third on vault (9.25).

  • Late 3’s propel Pojoaque past LA

    Trailing by one point with 11 seconds left in the contest, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team had a chance to take the lead Tuesday against Pojoaque.
    A Hilltopper made a good move to get to the hoop for an open look, but he missed the layup that would have been the go-ahead basket.
    Pojoaque added a free throw at the other end and eventually finished on top of Los Alamos, 48-46.
    “We had too many missed opportunities,” Los Alamos head boys’ coach Mike Kluk said. “Either team could have won it.”
    The missed shot at the end was just one of several close-range misses in the game for Los Alamos. Kluk said the team missed about eight shots from five feet and in during the contest, including about five in the second half.
    Pojoaque, meanwhile, hit some clutch shots from beyond the arch in the fourth quarter to help it take the lead.
    The Hilltopper boys took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against the Elks. Down the stretch, with Los Alamos up by six points, Pojoaque shot four consecutive 3-pointers and sunk three of them to go on top.
    To limit Pojoaque to 48 points, Los Alamos played well defensively for much of the contest. “I thought we did a good job forcing turnovers,” Kluk said.

  • Hilltoppers hold off St. Pius X

    As MaxPrep’s No. 3 ranked team in Class 5A, the Hilltopper girls’ basketball team can expect its opponents to come out swinging in an attempt to bring it down.
    “We’re going to grab a lot of attention,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “From here on out, it’s going to be who can execute and who can grind out wins.”
    On Tuesday, Los Alamos took on a St. Pius X squad that was much tougher than its 1-7 record.
    Los Alamos won the contest, 60-57, but neither team held a comfortable lead during the game.
    Los Alamos won the first quarter, St. Pius won the second and third quarters and then Los Alamos rallied in the fourth to win the game.
    The Hilltoppers were limited to 19 first-half points and the game went into the break tied.
    “I think it took a little adjusting to get it going,” coach Trujillo said.
    Trailing 6-5 late in the first quarter, Los Alamos scored more points in one minute than they did in the first six. Kayla Salazar buried a three to give Los Alamos the lead. Ashlynn Trujillo then scored a coast-to-coast layup and Elena Abeyta added a field goal.
    Los Alamos then trailed with 10 seconds left in the first half, but as Trujillo was falling down she managed to find Ashley Logan open for the tying bucket just before the buzzer.

  • LA hockey wins two at Taos tournament

    The Los Alamos hockey team moved up in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s standings after scoring two wins and a tie at the Taos tournament (Jan. 1-3).
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas) 6-3, Coronado (Texas) 6-3 and then tied Durango (Colo.) 2-2.
    The results bumped Los Alamos’ record up to 4-5-2 overall and into fifth place in the league.
    Against Permian Basin Friday, the ’Toppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Carson Schramm, Cory Schramm and Ben Reese. The Pumpjacks responded with a goal, but Reese and Carson Schramm put Los Alamos up by four. In the third period, Jacob Dunwoody added an insurance goal for Los Alamos.
    Against Coronado, six different ’Toppers found the back of the net, which was as many shots as Coronado had in the contest. Los Alamos outshot Coronado 48-6.
    The game, however, was actually tied at one and at two, but four second-period goals helped Los Alamos pull away.
    Carson Schramm, Cory Schramm, Ben Roback, Anthony Lavelle, Chris Bond and Dunwoody all found the back of the net against Coronado.

  • Tonight's basketball game cancelled

    Tonight's (Jan. 7) boys' basketball game against Aztec has been cancelled.

    Los Alamos head boys' coach Mike Kluk said their working with Aztec to possibly reschedule the game for Friday, but that possibility will depend on the weather tomorrow. UPDATE: The contest will not take place Friday, either, and there are no plans to reschedule it.

    Saturday's home game against Belen will now be the team's home opener. The Belen contest is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m.

  • LA basketball teams battle Tuesday

    The Los Alamos boys' and girls' basketball teams both had tough contests Tuesday night.

    The girls managed to take down St. Pius X, 60-57, while the boys came up just short against Pojoaque, 48-46.

    The Hilltopper girls trailed the Sartans heading into the forth quarter, but Ashley Logan's third 3-pointer of the game tied it at 37. The 'Toppers eventually took a nine-point lead, but St. Pius X got within one of Los Alamos, 56-55, with just over a minute left in the contest. A couple late buckets from Ashlynn Trujillo, however, helped Los Alamos finish on top.

    The Hilltopper girls, who are MaxPreps' third-ranked team in Class 5A, improved to 11-1 with the win. "We're going to grab a lot of attention," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "From here on out, it's going to be who can execute and who can grind out wins."

    The Hilltopper boys took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against Pojoaque, but the Elks hit three 3-pointers in a row to take the lead.

    Trailing by one with 11 seconds left in the contest, a Hilltopper drove to the hoop and got an open look, but missed the layup that would have been the go-ahead basket.

  • Hilltopper girls keep rolling in the new year

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team improved to 10-1 with a 65-53 victory over Moriarty Saturday.
    “Moriarty is a good team,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “They’re in the top 10, so that was a good win for us.”
    The Fighting Pintos slipped to 8-3 with the loss.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a huge, 24-7 lead in the first quarter. The ’Toppers stayed in control of the game, but Moriarty was able to close the gap a little.
    “We started really, really strong in the first quarter, but in second quarter we let them back in it,” Trujillo said. “I think it is human nature to let of the gas pedal a little, but (Moriarty) shot well.”
    With Elena Abeyta (finger) returning to action, the ’Toppers also had their entire lineup active for the first time this season. “She hit some 3-pointers and it looked like there was no rust at all,” Trujillo said.
    With everybody active, Los Alamos continued to play well as a team.
    “We had great ball movement as a team, I’m excited about that,” Trujillo said. “We transitioned really well — not a lot of dribbling, just looking for the open person.”
    Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 19 points and Ashlynn Trujillo added 16.

  • Hilltoppers finish strong to win at Taos

    At times this season, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has outplayed its opponent for much of a contest only to let its lead slip away late.
    On Saturday at Taos, the Hilltoppers found a way to finish strong and take down the Tigers in a contest that close throughout, 59-54.
    “Being in those closer games where we haven’t been able to hold on, those experiences are finally sinking in,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “The boys were really trying to do what they needed to do to finish it off.”
    With a little lead in the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers not only took care of the ball better than they have been down the stretch, they also kept working to create good quality shots on offense.
    “They had to come after us, but all of (our guys) did a pretty good job taking care of the ball,” Kluk said.
    While Los Alamos tried to keep the ball out of Taos’ hands as much as possible late, its defense also made some big plays. Adam Paulson blocked six shots in the game, and three of them came late in the fourth quarter.
    “That made them struggle,” Kluk said. “Kudos to Adam for that.”
    Los Alamos’ defense, as a whole, also got better as the game went on. The ’Toppers trailed Taos after giving up 21 points in the first quarter.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 3-9

    After being road warriors for the first part of the season, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will finally get to play a game in the friendly confines of Griffith Gymnasium this week.
    The ’Toppers will play their home opener Thursday against Aztec. The varsity contest will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos is currently 3-5 overall. It also has a game scheduled for tonight (Jan. 2) at Taos (6-2) and a contest Tuesday at Pojoaque (9-3).
    Aztec is currently 1-8 overall. Its only win was Dec. 18 against Navajo Prep, 62-53.
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Boys’ Basketball: Aztec at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s tournament, varsity, TBD

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Aztec tournament, varsity, TBD

    Hockey: Durango at Los Alamos, varsity, 8:15 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s tournament, varsity, TBD

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Aztec tournament, varsity, TBD