• 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

  • Holiday basketball tournament cancelled

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team was scheduled to take on Roswell Monday night in the first round of the Coyotes’ holiday tournament.
    Roswell, however, received about 24 inches of snow, closing the highways in and out of the city.
    Roswell High School then tried to push the tournament’s first round back a day. When road conditions didn’t improve much, Roswell was forced to cancel the tournament altogether.
    “They tried to salvage it, but then they had to cancel it,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said.
    Clovis’ holiday tournament also got cancelled as the southern part of the state got hammered with snow.
    With the Roswell tournament getting cancelled, Los Alamos is now trying to pick up a few games. The ’Toppers would have played three games in Roswell’s holiday tournament and it also lost a fourth game from its original schedule.
    Los Alamos’ Jan. 16 game against Lovington also won’t take place. There was some miscommunication and Lovington never even had that contest on its schedule.
    Finding some makeup games won’t be easy. Besides finding an opponent, referees and a venue are also needed. This week, the floor at Griffith Gymnasium is being re-varnished so hosting a game here isn’t an option.

  • Game of the Week Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    This week, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will compete in a tournament that could help bolster its resume. The ’Toppers are playing in Roswell’s tournament against Class 5A foes Goddard, Belen, Artesia, Moriarty, Farmington, Piedra Vista and Roswell’s own Coyotes.
    The ’Toppers (3-5) begin the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Roswell (7-1).
    Los Alamos will also play games Tuesday and Wednesday during the holiday tournament.

  • Pajarito big winner from storm

    A winter storm made sure skiers and snowboarders around the state will can have a white Christmas on the slopes.
    On Tuesday, the storm blanketed the state, and most of the western United States, with a fresh white layer.
    Pajarito, however, was the big winner on Tuesday night in New Mexico. Pajarito received 10 inches of new snow, compared to seven at Santa Fe, six at Sandia Peak, four at Sipapu two at Angel Fire and one at both Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache.
    The storm also stuck around Wednesday to continue adding to the snow totals.
    Pajarito reported that 32 of its 44 runs were open Wednesday, which included almost every run on the west side of the mountain. It’s also reported a 29-inch base Wednesday.
    Depending on how much more snow falls, the trails under the Townsight lift could be ready to ride soon.
    Next week, Pajarito will celebrate the end of 2015 with a torchlight parade, beginning at sundown Jan. 31.

  • Hilltoppers hit the mat at Panther Classic

    The Hilltoppers wrestled five duals at Piedra Vista’s Panther Classic Saturday and won two of them.
    “It was one of the best tournaments we’ve been to so far,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
    Los Alamos beat Dolores (Colorado) and Piedra Vista’s silver squad, but fell to Farmington, Cleveland and Cleveland’s junior varsity.
    Cleveland, the top-ranked team in New Mexico, went on to beat Piedra Vista in the championship dual, 50-18.
    Against Los Alamos, however, the Storm backed down instead of taking on Hilltopper’s top wrestler, Lane Saunders.
    “Cleveland ducked him,” Hatt said. “They’re supposed to be the best team in the state and they had a guy, they just would not wrestle him.”
    With that forfeit and a few others, Saunders only wrestled one match. He won by decision against Farmington’s 195-pounder.
    Dylan Irish bumped up to 170 pounds for the tournament and had a successful day at the new weight, going 3-2.
    The coach also said Damien Sundby and Chris Romero were “in every match” that they wrestled, working hard to give themselves a chance to win at the end. They prevailed a few times came up a little short other times.