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  • Snow report, 3-6-15

    Angel Fire
    70-inch base. 5 new inches of snow in past 48 hours reported. 77 of 78 trails open.

    Pajarito
    39-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 of 44 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    55-inch base. 3 inches in 48 hours. 58 of 58 trails open.

    Sandia Peak
    31-inch base. No new snow reported. 37 of 37 trails open.

    Sipapu
    45-inch base. 2 new inches in past 48 hours. 41 of 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    33-inch base. 3 new inches of snow in last 48 hours. 7 lifts and 52 of 55 trails open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    57-inch base. 1 new inch in last 48 hours. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos
    83-inch base. 2 inches in last 48 hours. 113 of 113 trails and 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    12-inch base. 5 inches in last 48 hours. 5 of 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    82-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    50-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 of 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 of 8 trails open.

  • LA baseball drops opener, 1-0

    One unearned run was all Las Cruces could score Thursday against Los Alamos, but it was enough to win the game, 1-0.
    Connor Mang struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings and only gave up four base hits for Los Alamos. “He threw awesome,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.
    In the sixth inning, however, a Las Cruces batter reached base on a dropped-third-strike, advanced into scoring position on a bunt and then scored the game’s only run on a base hit.
    Los Alamos had opportunities to score as well, but left eight runners stranded on base. “We had our chances, we just didn’t come through,” Gill said. “We had some hard contact, just nothing to show for it.”
    Las Cruces’ centerfielder ran down a few balls that could have been hits for extra bases to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard, Gill said.
    Even though Los Alamos lost its opener, Gill was happy that his team didn’t make any mental mistakes. They made a couple physical ones, but Gill said those can be fixed.
    “For the first time out, I was pretty pleased how we played,” Gill said. “We’ll see if we can build on it today.”
    The Hilltoppers will take on Centennial today in the second round of the St. Pius X tournament.
     

  • LA track teams return numerous placers

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams have brought home plenty of state team trophies over the years.
    Last year, the boys team finished third in the state while the girls were only one spot away from a team trophy in fourth place.
    The vast majority of the girls who scored team points last year are back to help Los Alamos make another run.
    Unlike the Hilltopper girls, most of the boys who scored at last year’s state meet graduated.
    At this point in the season, however, Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams are just trying to get in shape and figure out which events are the best fit for its athletes.
    “Right now we’re trying to get in shape without hurting anyone,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We’ll focus on individual events, how to compete and how to compete as a team and the results will come,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will be one of the team’s leaders. Last year she placed in the maximum five events at state. She placed in the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the triple jump, the shot put and the was on the 4x100 relay that finished 6th.

  • 'Toppers, Rockets clash in first round of playoffs

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium.
    The No. 6-seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    “Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit,” captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos’ game Monday. “We’re not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that).”
    “Everything we’ve gone through this season is preparation for state,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. “At the end of the day our success isn’t defined by a loss to Española. It’s defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families.”
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).

  • Softball opens with loss to Cleveland

    The Los Alamos softball team lost its season opener, 16-1, against Cleveland on Wednesday.
    Los Alamos scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Katelynn Thorn knocked in Taylor Collins.
    Morgan Hohner, Rebecca Luster and Shelby Chavez also got base hits for Los Alamos.
    Chavez and Hannah Mojica each had three put outs defensively, but the Hilltoppers had a hard time containing Cleveland’s offense.
    The Storm scored 9 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and 4 more in the fourth inning to win the game. Seven of those runs were unearned.
    The Hilltoppers continue their busy start to the season this weekend at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge.
    They’ll take on Cobre and San Juan (Utah) Friday and then play Bloomfield and Piedra Vista Saturday.
     

  • LA hockey No. 2 seed at championships

    It’s time to decide who the best hockey team around is.
    Teams from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado will are all vying for this year’s New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League title over the next two weekends.
    The championship tournament is taking place at Albuquerque’s Outpost Arena this week.
    The Los Alamos hockey team earned a first-round bye after finishing with the second most wins in the league.
    The Hilltoppers (15-7-1) will take on the winner of the Taos (8-10-3) and Santa Fe (4-18-1) game on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in the second round.
    Hud Davenhall has led the Hilltoppers offense this season, scoring 26 goals and assisting 12 more goals.
    Trevor Matuszak and Cory Schramm have also scored double-digit goals this season, with 12 and 11 scores, respectively.
    Tristen Roach, meanwhile, has assisted 13 ‘Topper goals.
    In goal, Zealand Walterschield finished with the second best save percentage in the league. He stopped 311 of the 343 shots he faced during the regular season for a .907 save percentage.
    The Hilltoppers biggest competition will come from El Paso clubs Franklin and Coronado.

  • 'Toppers set to host Goddard in state first round

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium. The No. 6 seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    "Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit," captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos' game Monday. "We're not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that)."
    "Everything we've gone through this season is preparation for state," captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. "At the end of the day our success isn't defined by a loss to Española. It's defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families."
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).
    If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will take on the winner of the Roswell and No. 14 Centennial (15-13) game Tuesday in The Pit at 9:45 a.m.

  • Pitching and defense to lead Los Alamos softball

    The Los Alamos softball team is as ready as it can be to start its season.
    Manager Roger Anaya said the team’s off-season went really well with a lot of participation.
    During the first couple weeks of its spring season, the team was able to get on the field and work on its fundamentals.
    After that, however, the weather forced the team to practice at 5:30 a.m. in the gym. Even with changes in practice times and locations, Anaya said the girls were always there ready to work.
    Doing outfield work was tough in the gym, but the team was able to get in a lot of infield practice, batting practice and its pitchers have been able to throw plenty. Anaya also said he used a whiteboard some days to go over game situations.
    A sunny Tuesday let the team get back on the field once more before its first game today at Cleveland.
    The Cleveland game will begin the team’s competitive pre-district schedule.
    “Our goal is to play a tough schedule early on and learn from it so it prepares us for the district,” Anaya said. “Our goal every year is to win the district.”
    The Hilltoppers finished second in its district behind Bernalillo the last two seasons. Before that the Hilltoppers won three district titles in a row.

  • Los Alamos Hockey shuts out Santa Fe, 6-0

    Despite being outshot 35-21, the Los Alamos hockey team beat the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 6-0 in its regular season finale last Friday. The win was the Hilltoppers’ fifth straight.
    Trevor Matuszak scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first period, including one short-handed goal, for the Hilltoppers.
    Benjamin Rees extended Los Alamos’ lead to 3-0 in the second period.
    Wes Skidmore and Brett Ireland then assisted Charlie Christensen. Matuszak scored a third time to get a hat trick. Jason Martinez then knocked in Los Alamos’ final goal.
    Zealand Walterschield made 35 saves to get the shutout victory.
    With the win, the Hilltoppers finished tied for second with Coronado (Texas) in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League regular season standings with 31 points.
    The league’s championships will begin Friday.

     

  • Hilltoppers finish second in District 2-5A

    ESPANOLA — The Los Alamos girls basketball team traveled to Española Valley and played in front of a packed house for the District 2-5A championship on Monday.
    “It was electric,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “It’s a pleasure to play in front of a crowd like this.”
    The Hilltoppers matched the atmosphere’s energy early on and started the game aggressive.
    “We knew we had to come in hard, play with our hearts and not let the environment affect us,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said.
    The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española Valley went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and stayed in front after that.
    Española Valley won the game, 66-53.
    “I’m proud of how everybody played tonight,” captain Amber Logan said.
    “I was proud of their effort,” coach Trujillo said. “I also want to congratulate Española and wish them well (at state).”
    After Ashley Logan converted three the old-fashioned way, Trujillo made a pair of free thows and then Logan turned a steal into a fast-break bucket to put the Hilltoppers up 7-4 in the first quarter.