• Altmann out of FWT with an injured ACL

    The second stop of the Freeride World Tour took place Friday morning in France at Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    There was a mystical atmosphere in the Flégère ski area as the clouds parted an unveiled the snow-capped peaks of one of Europe’s most legendary freeride venues.
    Riders in each of the four divisions, male and female, ski and snowboard, raised the bar for their respective sports and shook up the overall tour rankings.
    Skier Loic Collomb-Patton tossed a backflip to help secure his third win on his home turf in the event.
    While the skiers and snowboarders were going big in France, Garrett Altmann was back in Los Alamos. Altmann injured his knee at the first stop of the FWT at Vallnord-Arcalis Andorra.
    While skiing down a choke, Altmann clipped a hidden rock, kicked his ski and injured his knee.

  • Knights of Columbus crowns free throw champs

    Five boys and three girls from ages 10 to 14 won local championships at the 2016 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship to earn the right to compete at the district level.
    The 10-year-old champions were Mika Stanfield in the girls’ bracket and Abraham Sanchez in the boys’.
    Lena Chavez won the 11-year-old girls’ championship and Cody Rosson won the 11-year-old boys’ division.
    In the 12- year-olds’ bracket, Wesley Stanfield won the boys’ championship.
    Lucario Chavez won the 13-year-old division.
    Alicia Gonzales won the 14-year-old girls’ division and her brother Antonio Gonzales won the boys’ bracket.
    Alicia Gonzales won the state free throw championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She will be participating at districts later this month with a chance to win her fourth state championship in five years.
    Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests.
    Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
    Each of these winners will now compete in the district competition Feb. 21 at Los Alamos High School with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels.

  • Gymnasts reach podium at winter meets

    The boys competitive team from the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho to compete in the Winter Challenge meet at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics recently. Over 100 boys from three states competed in the compulsory levels 4-6 section of the meet.
    In the level 4 competition, Arturo Yarotski finished fifth and Dominic Valdez placed eighth in the children’s division. Pasha Trudolyubov was fourth in the junior division, and Caleb Kersteins was second in the senior division. This was the first time competing for the entire Los Alamos level 4 boys team.
    In the level 5 competition, Kyle Hatler finished fourth in the senior division with 57.70 points. He placed second on high bar with a 10.20, earning bonus points, and third on rings with a 9.90.
    Jon Gilbert, competing for his first time ever, finished eighth in this division with 52.60 points. Gilbert took the gold on vault, placing first with a 10.00. Troy Makela finished ninth in this division with 51.90.
    Daniel Fryer finished 15th in the level 6 competition.
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    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics also traveled to Albuquerque recently to compete in the 2016 Winter Fiesta at Precision Gymnastics. Over 600 New Mexico gymnasts competed in this meet.

  • Los Alamos ready for big games at Española Valley

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team will play its biggest game of the year so far when it travels to Española Valley Saturday.
    The game will feature the No. 3 ranked Sundevils (18-4, 4-1 2-5A) and the No. 5 Hilltoppers (18-5, 4-1). The winner will gain sole possession of first place in the district.
    Wednesday, the Sundevils avenged an earlier loss to Del Norte. They routed the Knights 74-38 to break the three-way tie for first place. Los Alamos and Española now share the top spot in the district with 4-1 records, but Española has the head-to-head advantage after winning the first game by a single point, 76-75.
    The first game had everything a fan would hope to see in a rivalry game featuring two of the top teams in the state. There was tough defense, great shots from both sides, momentum changes and an outcome that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer.
    Tonight, the Hilltopper boys will also play at Española Valley. The Hilltoppers came aggressive in their first contest against the Sundevils, building a 20-12 first quarter lead before going into halftime trailing 34-33.
    Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
    The Hilltopper boys are currently 8-15, 1-4 while Española is 16-7, 3-2.

  • Hilltopper tennis teams set to begin season

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will be the first spring teams to taste competition this year. The two squads will travel to Texas this weekend to begin their seasons at the El Paso Austin tournament.
    With snow on the ground in many places in Los Alamos, however, the teams have been working out in the gym, lifting weights and doing plyometrics as well as getting out on the court.
    “A lot of their work in the off season is showing in these early practices,” boys’ coach Lloyd Wilton said. “They look like they’re sharpening up quicker. I’m really happy about it.”
    Both teams are still waiting on a few athletes who are playing winter sports or doing extra-curricular activities, but they have most of their players out.
    Both squads also seemed poised to make a deep run at the state championships this year.
    Last year, the boys and girls both reached the Class 5A state semifinals before being eliminated.
    The vast majority of those players are returning to the court this year — both teams only lost two seniors.
    Both teams’ No. 1 players, George Margevicius and Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff are also back to lead the squads again.

  • LA girls blow by Capital

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team doubled up Capital Friday, beating the Jaguars 76-38.
    Los Alamos led 17-10 after the first quarter and took a 41-24 lead into halftime. The Hilltoppers kept the pressure on in the third, winning the quarter 23-10, and then cruised to victory.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar, who lead the district in scoring according to MaxPreps, led Los Alamos’ offense in the game. Trujillo finished with a double double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the game while Salazar added 16 points.
    Eight other ’Toppers scored as well, including Ashley Logan with nine points and Makaela Jones with six.
    Salazar currently leads the district with 17.0 points per game. Trujillo is second with 16.7 PPG, but she leads the district in steals (4.1), rebounds (8.1) and assists (4.0).
    Los Alamos is now 18-5 overall and 4-1 in District 2-5A. Capital slipped to 4-19, 0-5.
    The Hilltoppers’ next game will be Saturday at Española Valley. Española (18-4, 3-1) was scheduled to play Del Norte (11-10, 3-1) Tuesday in a battle between the other two teams tied for first in the district.

  • Capital beats LA to hold on to first place in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team welcomed the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars to town Saturday. Los Alamos made it a game early, but the Jaguars dominated the second half to win the game, 65-34, and hold on to first place in District 2-5A.
    The first half featured big runs by both teams. Capital had a slim, 9-7 lead in the first quarter. The Jaguars then sunk a pair of 3-pointers and added some transition buckets to go on a 12-0 run and eventually take a 21-9 lead into the second quarter.
    Capital made the first two field goals of the second quarter, but then Los Alamos roared back and scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points.
    Antonio Trujillo started the rally by draining a three. Cade Gasway added a bucket and then Jack Stewart made a turnaround jumper, a three and another field goal. Trujillo also added a pair of free throws and Los Alamos was able to claw its way back into the game.
    After trailing by 16, Los Alamos headed into halftime only down 29-23.
    The second half, however, belonged to the Jaguars. Capital picked up the pressure on defense and forced Los Alamos to make lot of hurried passes into traffic. The Jaguars then turned many of those turnovers into quick, transition baskets.

  • Taos hangs on to North Star trophy

    Los Alamos and Taos squared off for the second time this season Friday with the North Star trophy on the line.
    Taos beat Los Alamos in their first meeting to take the trophy away from the Hilltoppers. Taos then scored a second win in the series, 3-2, Friday to keep the trophy.
    A fast start helped the Ice Tigers win the game. Early in the first period, Los Alamos couldn’t clear the puck out of its territory. The puck was bouncing around in front of its goal and Taos smacked it in the net. Taos added a second goal at the end of the period to go up 2-0.
    Los Alamos picked up the pace in the second period, out shooting Taos 12-3 to cut the lead in half.
    Los Alamos had a two-on-one opportunity early in the second. Griff Matuszak charged down the ice with the puck and then passed to a teammate for a one-timer, but the shot was saved.
    Carson Schramm then took a pass in front of the net and fired a shot. The shot was saved right before Schramm and a Taos defender crashed through the goal.
    The ’Toppers kept applying pressure and eventually Cory Schramm was able to score. Schramm knocked a loose puck in the goal.

  • LA swim teams dominate district meet

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the District 1 championships Friday and Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
    The Hilltoppers won 14 of the 24 contested events and had an athlete finish in the top-three in every other event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 630 points to easily win the team race. Santa Fe High School finished second with 252 while Piedra Vista took third with 238.5.
    The Hilltopper boys won their team title with 514.5, followed by Santa Fe Prep (297) and Farmington (231).
    While it was the Hilltopper girls’ strength in numbers that helped them score so many points (in some events they had four of the top five finishers), Sarah Lott had a standout day, breaking district records in two individual events and swimming on two relays that also set new records.
    The individual district records Lott broke were her own.
    In the 100-yard freestyle, Lott won the race in 52.98 seconds, breaking her record of 53.72 that she set in 2014. Kaitlin Bennett (second, 66.72) Sydney Schoonover (fourth), and Niamh Short (fifth) helped Los Alamos pile up the points by claiming four of the top five spots.

  • Hilltopper hockey scores three wins in El Paso

    The Los Alamos hockey team won three of the four games it played in El Paso, Texas, last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers split two games with the defending composite champs, Franklin. Los Alamos then took two games from Coronado.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers moved up into fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League with an 8-6-3 overall record.
    Against Franklin, which is currently sitting in second with an 11-7 record, Los Alamos won the first game, 5-3, despite being out shot 36-20 in the contest.
    Franklin, which has the top two scores in the league, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cory Schramm and Ben Roback, however, scored to tie the contest.
    In the second period, Brett Ireland scored to put Los Alamos on top, but Franklin was able to tie it back up.
    Later in the second, Jacob Rutten scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Los Alamos. Brett Ireland then added an insurance goal in the third.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 33 saves for a .917 save percentage in the win.
    The two teams squared off again Saturday morning, but this time Franklin rallied to score a 10-7 win.
    Griffin Matuszak, Jacob Dunwoody and Chris Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 3-0 in the second period. Franklin responded with three goals, but a Roback goal put Los Alamos back in front heading into the third period.