• Sliding In

    Los Alamos’ Ben Roback watches as his goal attempt gets into the net during a Jan. 23 game at the county ice rink. The Hilltoppers have their final two home games of the season today. They will play the Permian Basin Pump Jacks at 7 a.m., then face the Cibola Cougars at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the games is free.

  • LA to make up games with Spartans, Sartans

    It’s a busy next few days for the Los Alamos Hiltopper boys basketball team.
    On the schedule for Los Alamos are three games in four days starting tonight.
    Los Alamos will take on the Capital Jaguars in Santa Fe in a District 2-5A contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.
    This will be the second meeting of the season for Los Alamos and Capital. Capital earned a convincing victory Jan. 20 in Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tonight’s game was supposed to be the first game of the latter half of the 2-5A season for the Hilltoppers (2-18 overall, 0-3 in district), but its game Jan. 31 against Bernalillo was postponed due to inclement weather.
    That game will be made up Monday night in Bernalillo.
    In between the two district games, Los Alamos will make up another game, that scheduled for Saturday afternoon, when it takes on St. Pius X. Saturday’s game will be at 1 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Hockey plays final home games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a make-up game scheduled among its three games this weekend at home.
    The Hilltoppers were snowed out last weekend, but have rescheduled their game against the Cibola Cougars. That game will be played Sunday evening at the County Ice Rink.
    Along with that game, Los Alamos (11-7-1) will face the Permian Basin Pump Jacks (Odessa, Texas) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 7 a.m. Sunday.
    Those three games will be final games of the season on home ice for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers hit a rough patch late in the season, struggling against some of the top teams in the state, but broke a 7-game winless streak last week, thumping La Cueva 7-1.
    Currently, Los Alamos is tied for second with Coronado, Texas, in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. Both teams have 23 points on the season.
    In the top spot once again is Franklin, Texas. The Cougars have lost just once all year and have collected 32 points in 18 games.
    Cibola, which handed Los Alamos its first loss of the year in December, is led on the offensive end by Cam Chiasson, who has 28 goals and 10 assists in 18 games. The 28 goals scored tops the NMIIHL.

  • 'Toppers survive tight road game vs. Knights

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Del Norte Knights girls basketball team came out swinging in the opening half of Wednesday night’s contest against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Del Norte attacked the key in the first half and got some big early buckets to keep the pressure on the Hilltoppers throughout the early part of the game.
    But Los Alamos recovered in the second half. Behind Ashlynn Trujillo, the Hilltoppers pulled away in the fourth quarter and won Wednesday’s big District 2-5A contest, 50-40.
    The Hilltoppers and the Knights were facing off for second place in the district standings, with both trying to keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils. Both teams had already lost to the Sundevils in the first round of the 2-5A season, but both games were relatively close.
    Del Norte actually led 27-26 after the first half, taking advantage of Los Alamos’ struggles to keep them out of the paint. Del Norte’s guards, particularly reserve guard Malakah Martinez, were able to slash to the basket early.
    Martinez in particular proved tough to stop in the first half for Los Alamos. She had 8 of her team-high 11 points before the break.

  • LA has good 1st half but can't sustain it Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played about as good a first half as it had all season Tuesday.
    Unfortunately, that still wasn’t enough to knock off the top team in District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos, led by freshman guard Antonio Trujillo, got off to a fast start against the Del Norte Knights. Trujillo made his first 6 attempts from the floor including two drives into traffic for layups in the first half to help Los Alamos jump out to a quick 9-3 lead.
    But toward the end of the second quarter and on into the third, the Hilltoppers (2-18 overall, 0-3 in 2-5A) were hit by the turnover bugaboo. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 9 times, many of those becoming points for the Knights on the other end.
    Del Norte dominated the third quarter en route to a 64-45 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    It was a disappointing finish for the Hilltoppers after such a good start. The Hilltoppers, who haven’t won in over a month, were able to penetrate virtually at will against Del Norte’s defense early, jumping out to a 16-15 lead after one quarter.
    Los Alamos led for a big chunk of the second quarter as well.

  • 'Toppers win by 35 over Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Monday night.
    Los Alamos had a 15-point lead at the half, then removed all doubt about the game in the third quarter. The Hilltoppers scored a 74-39 victory Monday at Griffith Gymnasium to pick up their second District 2-5A win of the season.
    Monday’s game was a make-up from a snowed-out contest that was originally scheduled for Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers went into the game off their first loss of the district season. They fell at home to the Española Valley Sundevils Jan. 27 51-48.
    Despite going into that game on something of a down note, Los Alamos (18-3 overall, 2-1 in 2-5A) wasn’t expected to have much trouble with the Spartans, who have won just 5 games all season.
    Los Alamos is currently 1 game behind the Sundevils in the 2-5A standings as it approaches the halfway point in the district season. It will have a tough game scheduled for Wednesday, however, to finish off the first half of 2-5A play when it heads to Del Norte.
    The Knights (11-8, 2-1) have won 4 of their last 5 games — their only loss during that stretch was to Española Valley — and 7 of their last 9. The Knights are also 6-1 at home this season.

  • McDonald to play ball in Colorado

    One of the top scorers in the recent history of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will be taking her game to the next level.
    Former Hilltopper Catie McDonald signed her National Letter of Intent Monday to play soccer for Colorado College, which is located in Colorado Springs.
    McDonald will be a senior in high school for the 2015 season, but shortly after the conclusion of the 2014 season, she moved to Virginia, where she is scheduled to play prep soccer this coming fall.
    Before her departure, however, she made a big mark on the Hilltopper program.
    “I’m so proud of her. She’s a great player,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “She was a great leader for the Hilltoppers. She had a great year last year. When it comes to her college, she chose a quality program.”
    McDonald had been a starter with Los Alamos since her freshman season. She was a two-time All-State selection and likely would’ve been a three-time selection had she not suffered a devastating injury midway through the 2012 season.
    In 2012, McDonald ran full-speed into a metal post during an attack and missed the rest of the season.
    It took McDonald nearly a year to recover from the incident before she could play competitive soccer again.

  • On Schedule 2-1-15


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


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


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


    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque (West Mesa pool), boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team 10 a.m.; JV, 11:30 a.m.; varsity, 1 p.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 2-1-15

    Senior Games will start in March

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

    Field users meeting is Feb. 11

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5.
    Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.
    Those planning to attend are asked to bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.
    For more information, call Kim Trujillo at 662-8159.

  • Thursday's basketball results

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque 60, Rio Grande 57
    Cleveland 60, Cibola 55, OT
    Gallup 75, Aztec 52
    Kirtland Central 70, Wingate 56
    Mesilla Valley Christian 61, Artesia 46
    Piedra Vista 75, Miyamura 37
    Sandia 64, Valley 48
    Shiprock 67, Zuni 63
    Taos 65, Santa Fe Prep 53

    Girls basketball

    Del Norte 38, Moriarty 35
    Dexter 41, Capitan 35
    Escalante 43, Dulce 33
    Eunice 57, Jal 30
    Hope Christian 53, St. Pius 38
    Jemez Valley 48, Dora 47
    La Cueva 79, Eldorado 35
    Sandia 47, Valley 42
    Tularosa 75, East Mountain 38
    Valencia 61, Grants 56