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  • LA's upset try at home falls short

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was that it played quite possibly the best game of its season Tuesday night at home.
    The bad news, however, was that it still wasn’t enough to win.
    Los Alamos did most of what it needed to in order to pull off an upset over the Bernalillo Spartans Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, including getting the ball inside to the basket. One of the things it did not do so well, however, was finish off its layups.
    Those missed shots may have made a difference for the Hilltoppers, who dropped the contest 63-53.
    Los Alamos has just one more regular season game remaining, which is scheduled for Friday night at Del Norte.
    The Hilltoppers (2-23) celebrated senior night Tuesday, but much of their offense came from their freshmen.
    In the first half, Michael Naranjo chipped in one of his best performances of the season, scoring 8 points as Los Alamos tried to claw its way back from a rough first quarter. Late in the first half and going into the second half, guard Antonio Trujillo got red hot from long distance, hitting 5 consecutive 3-pointers.
    Trujillo finished with a team-high 19 points, including a big 3 that cut the Spartan lead, which had been as much as 12 in the first half, down to just 4 with a little over 4 minutes left to play.

  • Senior Night at Griffith

    Hilltopper seniors boys basketball players Greg Ahlers (12) and Scott Gasway (22) were honored prior to tip-off Tuesday night. It was the final home game in the prep careers of both players. They were joined by their families, including Gasway’s younger brother, Cade (44), who also plays for Los Alamos. Los Alamos took on Bernalillo Tuesday night.

  • LA boys fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell for the second time of the season against its archrivals, the Española Valley Sundevils, Saturday night.
    The Hilltoppers (2-22) couldn’t do much to slow down the potent Sundevil offense Saturday, falling in that game 71-48.
    Officially, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 5 and final seed for the upcoming District 2-5A tournament. The Hilltoppers will be on the road through the duration of the their stay in the tournament.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, has won 5 straight district games after an opening night loss. The Sundevils (18-6 overall) have the inside track to the regular season 2-5A championship.
    Los Alamos will host Bernalillo this evening. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Saunders wins 2-5A title, 10 other 'Toppers qualify

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished with a lone District 2-5A champion at Saturday’s qualifying tournament.
    Los Alamos hosted the qualifying event at Griffith Gymnasium. The top three finishers in each weight class will now advance to the state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday in Rio Rancho.
    The only district title winner for the Hilltoppers was Lane Saunders at 182 pounds. Saunders finished off a spectacular regular season, going 31-1 individually, and could well be the favorite in that weight class to take home a second consecutive state championship.
    He finished ahead of Manuel Carrillo of Capital, an eighth grader.
    The seeding committee will meet prior to Friday’s first round. Saunders appears to be well in line for a No. 1 seed this season with Israel Villa of Goddard the only other 182-pounder in the state that seems to have much of a shot of beating him out for the coveted spot.
    Along with Saunders’ 2-5A title, Los Alamos also picked up seven runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes to give the team a grand total of 11 entries for the 5A championship.

  • Swim meet will start on Friday

    Both Los Alamos’ boys and girls swimming teams will have near full compliments of competitors for this weekend’s state championship meet.
    The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos finished off its regular season with the District 1 meet, which it hosted Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    For the state meet, Los Alamos has girls competing in all but two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. For Los Alamos’ boys, they will have competitors in every event except the 50 freestyle and in diving.
    The state meet will have preliminary heats Friday afternoon and finals and consolation heats Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Girls diving preliminary and final rounds will both be on Friday, also at Academy.

    In the District 1 meet, both the Hilltopper teams were victorious. The Hilltopper girls finished with 491 points, easily outdistancing St. Michael's in the team standings, while Los Alamos' boys finsihed with a near-identical score of 489. Piedra Vista finished as the boys runner-up.

  • Sports Briefs 2-15-15

    Lacrosse registration is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League will hold a registration session for its 2015 season Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m.
    The league is open to boys and girls from age 9 to high school seniors. Teams for U13 players, U15 players and high school-level players are planned.
    For more information on the lacrosse league, visit laylax.org.

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games.
    Registration forms are available at the YMCA of Los Alamos. Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information, call 662-3526.
     

  • On Schedule 2-15-15

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls preliminaries, 8:30 a.m.; boys preliminaries, immediately following girls.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), preliminary heats, 3 p.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls finals, 8:15 a.m.; boys finals, during swimming competition.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), finals, 11:30 a.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.
     

  • Sundevils pound ’Toppers in big district showdown

    ESPAÑOLA — Following a knock-down, drag-out fight in their first meeting, most expected the second meeting to be much the same.
    But virtually from the opening tip, Friday night’s big girls basketball game was all Española Valley.
    Española Valley jumped out to a 12-3 lead midway through the opening period and never looked back, as it cruised to a 60-44 victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in a critical District 2-5A contest.
    For the Sundevils, barring two monumental upsets in their final two games of the 2-5A season, they will go on to clinch the regular season district title.
    Los Alamos had a shot going into Friday’s game to earn the lead in the 2-5A standings outright with a win at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    But, even on a regular night, that gym is a tough place to win for a visiting team, but on Friday, one of the biggest crowds to ever show for a girls basketball game was on hand, most of them rooting for the hometown Sundevils.
    The crowd seemed to rattle Los Alamos (20-4 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) early. Los Alamos turned over the ball 6 times in the first quarter and managed just one field goal through the first 3:51 of the ballgame.

  • LA hosting district tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will host Saturday’s District 2-5A individual qualifier.
    The Hilltoppers are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing showing at last weekend’s 2-5A team tournament, hosted by Del Norte. The Hilltoppers finished third in the tournament behind Capital and Del Norte’s Knights, breaking their streak of three consecutive 2-5A victories.
    The Knights and Hilltoppers were deadlocked in their head-to-heat match Saturday for the runner-up spot, but the Hilltoppers had to take a medical forfeit in the final bout and lost the dual by 6 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said his team caught a few bad breaks along the way last weekend, breaks it couldn’t afford trying to upset Capital, which was the district title favorite this year from opening day.
    Saturday will be the only chance for wrestlers from the district to qualify for the state tournament, which is scheduled for next weekend in Rio Rancho.
    The top four finishers in the five-team district will advance to state, so Los Alamos should have an excellent chance to get its active roster to the state tournament intact.
    Los Alamos has had some big showings from its upper-weight wrestlers this season.

  • The Big One

    Los Alamos wing Ashlynn Trujillo, one of the top talents in Class 5A, and the rest of the Hilltoppers will be in Española tonight taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Riding on tonight’s game is first place in the District 2-5A race.