• ’Toppers unable to take down Sundevils at state

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the Class 5A quarterfinal contest between the Hilltopper girls and the Española Valley Sundevils had the makings for another epic showdown.
    The fourth time, however, wasn’t the charm for the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team. Española Valley beat Los Alamos once again, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers’ season.
    The game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.
    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils’ lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.
    “When the girls lose like that, it’s the coach,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “The adjustments I made didn’t work.”
    One adjustment Los Alamos made on defense was trying a 2-2-1 press. Coach Trujillo hoped the added pressure on the ball would lead to some turnovers. Española’s guards, however, seemed unfazed by Los Alamos’ traps and were able to deal with the pressure, dish the ball to open teammates and get some easy baskets.

  • Hockey rallies at year-end tournament

    Los Alamos played some of its best hockey of the season over the weekend at the year-end tournament in Taos.
    Los Alamos scored three wins and lost one game, proving its one of the best teams around.
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas), 8-2, El Paso Franklin, 9-5, and La Cueva, 4-3, but then fell to league’s top team, Cibola, 5-1.
    Against Permian Basin, Los Alamos scored first, but the Pump Jacks came back and tied the contest, 1-1. Los Alamos, however, scored the next five goals to cruise to the first-round victory.
    The contest against Franklin was much closer. The game was tied 3-3 and 4-4, but the Hilltoppers scored five third-period goals to pull away late.
    A big third period also helped the ’Toppers beat La Cueva. Los Alamos trailed 3-1 to start the third, but scored three goals in the final period to win the contest. Charlie Christensen scored the game-winning goal with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the contest.
    Cibola, however, solidified its spot at the top of the league in the tournament. Cibola beat Santa Fe 10-1, Taos, 7-1 and then Los Alamos, 5-1 to secure its spot in the composite championship.

  • Four Hilltoppers qualify for state at first track meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams began their season Saturday at the Chili Quad, and four Hilltopper athletes already punched their tickets to the state championships.
    Liz Lockhart made sure she’ll get a chance to defend her state title in the triple jump. She qualified for state, and won the meet, with leaps totalling 34 feet, 3.5 inches.
    Talia Dreicer won the 800-meter race with a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds.
    Maddy Foley also qualified for state in the 3200 with a time of 12:13.81, which was good enough for third at the meet.
    Liam Johnson was the lone Hilltopper boy to qualify for state. Johnson won the pole vault with a state-qualifying leap of 12-3.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls won the meet with 96 points, followed by St. Pius X (78.5), Albuquerque Academy (64) and Sandia Prep (32.5).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished second with 96 points behind Albuquerque Academy (102). St. Pius X finished third (75) and Sandia Prep was fourth (13).
    Los Alamos had several other first-place finishes at the meet.
    Celeste Levy won the 100-meter dash in 13.55.
    Sophia Galvez won the 1600 in 5:31.05.
    Fiona Rogers cleared 5-8 to win the high jump.
    Zoe Challacombe won both the shot put (30-9) and the discus (83-4).

  • LA girls eliminated by Española Valley

    The third time wasn't the charm and neither was the fourth time for the Los Alamos girls' basketballl team. The Española Valley Sundevils beat Los Alamos once again, this time in the Class 5A quarterfiinals, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers' season.

    Los Alamos finished 22-8 overall. Half its losses were to the Sundevils.

    After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the quarterfinal contest had the makings for another epic showdown, but the game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.

    Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils' lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.

    Española made 18 of its 26 first-half field goal attempts for a 69 percent shooting percentage. Los Alamos, meanwhile, made eight of its 32 field goal attempts in the first half, a 25 percent shooting performance.

    Los Alamos actually won the second half, 29-28, but the it didn't make much of a dent in the 51-23 deficit it took into halftime.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for more.

  • Girls' basketball moves on to quarterfinals

    With just over a minute left in their first-round state playoff game, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team led Goddard by a single point, 58-57.

    Los Alamos led by 11 points to start the quarter, 46-35, but the Camaryn Villalpando and the Rockets surged time and time again in the fourth.

    Villalpando scored Goddard's first 12 points of the quarter and the Rockets cut Los Alamos' lead to 50-49.

    Los Alamos then surged. Ashlynn Trujillo got fouled scoring and added the free throw. Makaela Jones made a pair of free throws and then sunk a 3-pointer to put Los Alamos up 58-51.

    Then the Rockets scored six unanswered points to get back within one of Los Alamos.

    The 'Toppers, however, hit some clutch free throwsdown the stretch on one-and-ones. Trujillo made a pair and then Kayla Salazar made a pair to put Los Alamos up 62-57 with 36 seconds left.

    Goddard sunk a 3-pointer to make it a one basket game with six seconds on the clock. Trujillo, however, made two more free throws and then Jones sealed the deal. Jones stole an inbound pass, got fouled and sunk two free throws to help Los Alamos finish on top, 66-60.

    Jones finished with 12 points and was one of four 'Toppers in double digits. Trujillo led Los Alamos with 18 points. Sophia Roybal scored 15 and Salazar scored 11.

  • Hilltoppers 1-2 after some weird baseball games

    The Los Alamos baseball team has had a weird beginning to its season.
    In its win, Los Alamos didn't have a single base hit and its two losses, Los Alamos actually out-hit its opponents.
    The Piedra Vista doubleheader was especially odd, while Los Alamos' 2-1 loss to Albuquerque High to start the St. Pius X tournament Thursday was more a matter of missed opportunities.
    Splitting against perennial power Piedra Vista, however, was a good start to Los Alamos' season, even if it came in an unconventional way.
    "It was a very weird doubleheader," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "It was a good opening series to go 1-1 with Pedra Vista, but I don't read too much into it. Both teams are going to get better."
    Connor Mang threw four scoreless innings and didn't give up a base hit before he reached his early-season pitch count.
    Lane Saunders then closed out the game, giving up two hits and two runs.
    Los Alamos' offense, meanwhile, was aided by some uncharacteristic Piedra Vista errors.
    "We put a ton of balls in play," Gill said. "We did a good job putting pressure on them."
    Los Alamos applied enough pressure to win the game, 5-2.

  • Mang cracks the Lobos’ starting lineup

    The University of New Mexico baseball team has jumped out to a 6-1 start, and Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has already made an impact for the Lobos.
    The freshman has started all seven games for UNM so far and showed his power a few times already. So far, four his seven hits have gone for extra bases, while his batting average is .226.
    In his first game as a Lobo, versus Hawaii, Mang ripped a double. He then finished the four-game series by smacking a pair of home runs, in the third and fourth games. His two homers are tied for the team’s lead.
    He’s also scored nine runs, including four in UNM’s 17-7 win over Wichita State, and has knocked in seven more RBI.
    The Lobos won three out of four against Hawaii and then swept Wichita State in the three-game series.
    Today through Sunday, the Lobos will be hosting a three-game series against Dallas Baptist at the Santa Ana Star Field, formerly known as Lobo Field.

  • LA boys' tennis show depth at state-wide tournament

    The Los Alamos boys’ tennis team won four of the eight brackets, two in singles and two in doubles, at the February State-Wide tournament held over the weekend in Albuquerque.
    “The boys did really well,” coach Lloyd Wilton said. “We were without our best player (George Margevicius), but we showed that we have depth. I think we have 12 guys who can compete at state. It’s a really deep team. It’s nice to have that depth.”
    In the No. 1-2 doubles bracket, Andre Aboshousha and Andrew Tang won the title, beating a Farmington duo in the final.
    Isaiah Martin and Tim Martin teamed up to win the No. 3-4 doubles bracket.
    Isaiah Martin also had a successful singles tournament, winning the No. 5-6 bracket.
    Thomas Chadwick won the other bracket for Los Alamos. Chadwick finished first in No. 3-4 singles.
    Another player who did well at the tournament was Alex Csanadi. The senior decided to give tennis a shot this spring and made it into the third-place match in his bracket before falling to his teammate.
    “He played way up,” Wilton said.
    Ten Hilltopper boys competed in the tournament and this weekend a lot of different boys will compete again in El Paso. Three of Los Alamos’ top four players have other commitments and won’t make the trip down to Texas.

  • Senior-loaded softball team hopes to end on high note

    With 10 seniors on its roster, the Los Alamos softball team has plenty of experience to lead the team this season.
    Los Alamos graduated its No. 1 pitcher from last year, Jordan Hammock, but everyone else has returned.
    “We have like 10 graduating seniors, so our hope is to make our last season the best we can,” Madeline Lockhart said.
    After pitching in the No. 2 spot last year, Lockhart will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher this season. “There’s some pressure, but I’m excited,” Lockhart said.
    Seniors Morgan Hohner, Makaela Jones, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Shelby Chavez, Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica also return with a lot of experience on the diamond.
    Lockhart, Chavez, Anaya, Jaramillo and sophomore catcher Jordan Jaramillo are the team’s captains.
    The team began its season Wednesday against Class 6A power Cleveland. The ’Toppers hit well, but the team’s defense struggled with the wind.
    Several balls dropped in front of, or sailed over the heads, of the ’Toppers. Several ground balls also found holes in Los Alamos’ infield for base hits.
    “I’m a little disappointed today with our defense,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We didn’t adjust well to the wind.”

  • Hockey falls to Cibola in finale

    The Los Alamos hockey team dropped below .500, losing to first-place Cibola 6-3 in both teams’ regular-season finale Friday.
    Los Alamos slipped to 8-9-4 with the loss while Cibola stayed close to perfect. Cibola is now 20-0-1 with its lone tie coming against Los Alamos.
    Friday, Cibola jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Los Alamos responded. Jake Rutten assisted John Charles to cut the lead in half. Cibola, however, added two short-handed goals after that to go up, 4-1.
    Los Alamos responded with a power-play goal. Ben Rees and John Charles assisted ChrisBond.
    After that, Cory Schramm assisted Griff Matuszak for a four-on-four goal to cut Cibola’s lead to 5-3, but Los Alamos wouldn’t get any closer.
    Cibola ended up outshooting Los Alamos by a single shot, 27-26.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 21 saves in the game for Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season in seventh place, but the Hilltoppers can still win the championship.
    The state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Taos.