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  • LA earns 20-point win over Pojoaque Valley

    One of the big plusses of running an aggressive, attacking defense bent on creating turnovers is that setting up an offense isn’t necessary to finding good shots.
    And that’s exactly what the goal of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has been during its first two games of the season.
    Los Alamos forced 31 turnovers against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. A big chunk of those turnovers turned into quick transition buckets on the other end as Los Alamos rolled to a 59-39 victory.
    It was the second impressive win of the season for Los Alamos to start the career of new head coach Nestor Trujillo — the Hilltoppers earned a solid victory over St. Michael’s Nov. 25 on the road.
    In previous seasons, Los Alamos had used pressure only situationally, but now, under Trujillo, it appears it will be the team’s staple.
    Even with its early success, the Hilltoppers feel they’ve got a long way to go to get its defense down-pat.
    “We knew we needed to work harder,” said Hilltopper guard Amber Logan. “We need to make it clear who was going to win this game.”
    Logan, a senior, has been on several Hilltopper teams in the past that has fallen victim to aggressive defense, including Pojoaque Valley’s.

  • Christmas Light runs start tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will begin its annual Christmas Lights Runs this evening.

    Tonight's run is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. It will start in the downtown area and go around Ashley Pond. The full run will cover approximately 3 miles.

    Christmas Light runs are scheudled every Monday and Wednesday between today and Dec. 22. The runs are non-competitive, but participants should be warmed-up and ready to go promptly at 6:15 p.m. It is highly recommended that all runners wear light-colored outfits or wear something reflective for safety purposes.

    For more information about the Triatomics or to view the full Christmas Lights Run schedule, visit triatomics.org.

  • Kirk’s highlights, D-League games on YouTube channel

    Those interested in keeping up with former Los Alamos basketball star Alex Kirk may do so online.
    The NBA Development League, where Kirk has seen most of his playing time so far, has its own YouTube channel.
    For approximately two weeks now, Kirk has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Developmental League team, the Canton (Ohio) Charge after spending the first nine games of the regular NBA season with the Cavaliers.
    Kirk, of course, was signed to a free agent deal by Cleveland last summer. He was with Cleveland until Nov. 17 when he was assigned to Canton, a move that had been anticipated since the beginning of the NBA season.
    Canton Charge games, as well as many other D-League games, are regularly broadcast on YouTube. Users can search the D-League teams they’re interested in to watch games live and highlights are available for other contests.
    Currently, a highlight video of Kirk’s 25-point effort against Grand Rapids from Nov. 22 and a postgame interview with him is posted on the D-League’s YouTube channel.

  • On Schedule 11-30-14

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

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

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: LAMS at West Las Vegas, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

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

    Friday

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Los Lunas, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos Invite, JV, TBA.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Invite, boys and girls varsity, 7:30 a.m.

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

  • Hawks Finish First

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk seventh grade girls basketball team was the champion of last week’s Pojoaque Middle School Invitational. The Hawks will be at Memorial Middle School for a game Monday afternoon.

  • Atomic Tumblers' results from Rio Rancho invitational

    Mia Nuckols earned a gold medal in all-around competition for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at the team’s meet earlier this month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers took part in the Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational Nov. 14-16. In all, 12 teams took part in the event.
    Nuckols had LASG’s all-around best total of the day with a personal best score of 35.40. 
    Nuckols, who is a first year competitor, won gold in the younger bronze division of the Xcel competition, finishing first on uneven parallel bars (9.10), balance beam (8.90) and vault (9.10).
    Also at the competition, teammate Aria Warner also competed bronze, but in the older division.
    Warner took the bronze in the all-around (33.70) and on three other events, the floor exercises (8.10), beam (8.00) and vault (8.60).  She took silver on bars with a 9.00. 
    The skills in the new USA Gymnastics bronze level are equivalent to those in the Junior Olympic level 3 program.
    In the silver younger division Sara Gardner struck gold on beam with an 8.80.  Kaeley Bustos took bronze on beam with an 8.65. The new Xcel silver division is comparable in skill level to the JO level 4 division.
    In the younger gold division Addie Richie took the gold in the all-around with a 34.00. 

  • LA's girls club finishes 10th at regional XC competition

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team combined to take 10th place in last weekend’s Nike Cross National (NXN) competition.
    The team, which, because of state rules forbidding it, ran as a club team at the NXN regionals, which were held Saturday at Casa Grande, Arizona.
    Maddy Foley once again led the way for Los Alamos’ team, finishing 26th among runners in the team competition and 53rd overall, finishing in a time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds.
    Los Alamos’ girls placed four of their top five runners in the top 80 among team competitors to finish with 302 points. Directly ahead of Los Alamos in the final standings was a team from Taos High School, which finished with 296 points.
    Earlier this month, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams earned repeat wins at the state championship meet. The Hilltopper boys earned their fourth consecutive state title, while the girls grabbed their sixth straight.
    Members of the Hilltopper championship boys team also took part at the NXN regional. Los Alamos’ club finished 23rd overall in that competition.
    Most of Los Alamos’ runners were familiar with the course in Arizona. The regular season Desert Twilight meet was run at the same venue as the NXN regional.

  • Hockey team sweeps in Texas

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team improved to 4-0 on the year after taking both ends of a doubleheader in Amarillo, Texas.
    Los Alamos traveled to the Panhandle to take on the Amarillo Bulls, one of the newest members of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League. Los Alamos took Saturday’s first game 5-2, then earned a 6-2 decision Sunday to pick up the sweep.
    Goaltenders Zealand Walterscheid and Isaac Dunwoody both were credited with victories last weekend. The two, who have evenly split time between the pipes so far, have allowed just eight goals in the Hilltoppers’ four games.
    With its sweep, Los Alamos remains as just one of two NMIIHL teams that are undefeated — the Franklin (Texas) Cougars, at 7-0, are the other.
    The NMIIHL is taking the Thanksgiving weekend off. Los Alamos will return to action Dec. 6 in Albuquerque against La Cueva.

  • Mountain Club seeks swimmers

    The Mountain Club, a local swimming team, is seeking interested participants for the upcoming club season.
    The Mountain Club, which is affiliated with USA Swimming, has goals of providing opportunities for swimmers of all ages to participate and encourage young students to achieve excellence.
    Anna Zhang is the head coach of the club and in three years has seen Mountain Club members set 16 state records and had 10 individuals finish as high-point athletes at state championship meets, among other accomplishments.
    For more information on participation in the Mountain Club, contact Zhang at 662-1900 or email mountainswimming@gmail.com.

  • 'Toppers go down big at home to Jags

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was blasted in its second game of the season at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos could do nothing to stop the Valencia Jaguars, who visited Griffith Gymnasium, for their season opener. The Jaguars were lights-out from the floor, shooting above the 80-percent mark and about 64 percent from beyond the circle.
    Valencia led by 40 points at the half. Los Alamos settled down a little bit in the second half, but still fell 83-35.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said that while there was little slowing down Valencia, his team didn’t help itself much, either.
    “They jumped on us right away,” he said. “We turned the ball over, we were not talking and we panicked. We never got much better.”
    Los Alamos, of course, is trying to turn its fortunes around after a dismal last two seasons, but a lopsided loss like Tuesday’s could rattle some of the younger players on the team.
    Kluk, who called three timeouts early in Tuesday’s ballgame, which didn’t help settle his players down, said there wasn’t much the team could do about Tuesday’s game except forget about it and move on.