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  • 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.

  • Golf course to be open Saturday

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced today that, with the mild weather around Los Alamos County for the past few weeks, the course is in good enough shape to open.

    Play will begin Saturday. Tee times can be reserved for 10 a.m. that day.

    Donnie Torres, head pro at LAGC, said the course probably won't be open indefinitely but rather on a day-to-day basis depending on weather.

    The LAGC pro shop will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The practice range will close at 3:45 p.m. for the time being.

    For further information, call the pro shop at 662-8139.

  • Swim teams finish season at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams both finished in the top two among competitors at the Year End Invitational last weekend in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s meet. Los Alamos earned 508 points, which placed it behind the Eldorado Eagles with 641 points.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos finished with 525 points, outdistancing Albuquerque, which had 435 points.
    The Hilltoppers will host the District 1 championship meet Friday and Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The top swimmers in each event, regardless of finish time, will advance to the state championship meet the following week.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ boys won seven events.
    Michael Moore, who has not lost a race in individual competition this season, was the winner in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.91) and the 100 butterfly (53.26).
    The Hilltopper boys also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, as well as taking second in the 200 freestyle relay. Other winners for the Hilltoppers included Alex Jaegers in both the 50 freestyle (23.25) and 100 freestyle (51.81) and Jake Hollis in the 100 breaststroke.

  • Hockey team sweeps home games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team swept all three of its home games this weekend to finish up its home ice schedule.
    Los Alamos had a pair of games against Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and a make-up game against Cibola in just two days and earned victories in all three contests at the county’s ice rink.
    In the two contests against Permian Basin’s Pump Jacks, the Hilltoppers prevailed 3-2 and 4-2.
    The first game was played Saturday night and the second was played Sunday morning.
    In Sunday’s evening contest, against the Cougars, who had handed Los Alamos its first loss of the season, the Hilltoppers prevailed 5-4.
    Heading into the contests, the Hilltoppers were on a down streak, coming off a rough stretch of their schedule against the current top two teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, Franklin and Coronado, teams that are both from El Paso, Texas.
    Los Alamos seemed to get back to form with a nice win the previous week over La Cueva, but the sweep of the three weekend games puts Los Alamos in a spot to contend for the NMIIHL’s runner-up spot with Coronado’s T-Birds — Franklin has already clinched the top spot.

  • LA, Española Valley clash with first place on the line

    Life would be a lot simpler in District 2-5A for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team if it got a break.
    That break came Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos, in a seemingly two-team race for the 2-5A regular season title, had been trailing the Española Valley Sundevils in the standings since its loss to the Sundevils Jan. 27 at home.
    But Tuesday, the Sundevils fell for the first time in the district season. They were knocked off by Del Norte, 46-38, which tied for their lowest offensive output of the year.
    Now, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will be playing the Sundevils for sole possession of first place in 2-5A. That game is slated for Friday night at Española Valley.
    The only downside of that game for Los Alamos is that now, instead of a two-team race for the top, it has become a three-team race.
    Del Norte (13-9 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) was the only team in the district that figured to give either Los Alamos or Española Valley much of a fight in head-to-head competition.
    With its win, Del Norte is right back in the thick of things and will still come up to Griffith Gym to face the Hilltoppers in their regular season finale.

  • LA girls knock off Capital in Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept on pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in District 2-5A with a big win Saturday.
    For the second time this season, the Hilltoppers thumped the Capital Jaguars. The Hilltoppers, who beat the Jaguars by 40 points in their first meeting, nearly equaled that feat Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, winning 66-28.
    Los Alamos wasn’t expected to get much trouble from Capital, but couldn’t afford an off game ahead of its next big challenge.
    Friday, the Hilltoppers will take on the Sundevils in Edward Medina Gymnasium. On the line for Los Alamos is a chance to keep its hopes of a regular season 2-5A championship alive. The Sundevils won the first meeting at Los Alamos late last month.
    With its victory over Capital, Los Alamos picked up its 20th win of the season, one of the biggest regular season totals in the history of the program, that coming in the first year of head coach Nestor Trujillo.
    Española Valley, for its part, will have an interesting contest scheduled for tonight. It takes on the Del Norte Knights, who are currently sitting in third place in the 2-5A standings.

  • 'Toppers go 0-for-3 in 4-day stretch

    It was a rough long weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos dropped all three of its contests this weekend, including a pair of District 2-5A contests on the road, as well as a make-up game against the St. Pius X Sartans at home.
    The Hilltoppers had three games in a four-day span — two of those were rescheduled contests from last month — and now will head into the final stretch of its regular season.
    Friday night, the Hilltoppers were thumped by the Capital Jaguars. The Jaguars went on a 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to take full control of that game in Santa Fe.
    Capital would go on to win 59-26.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted St. Pius, which is among the top teams in Class 5A and has been for much of the season.
    It was another rough second quarter that would end up doing Los Alamos in. However, unlike many of the quarters in which Los Alamos has struggled this season, this quarter had more to do with the St. Pius defense than anything the Hilltoppers might have done wrong.
    St. Pius’ big men down clamped down on Los Alamos, allowing the Hilltoppers virtually no room to shoot or dribble.
    The Hilltoppers were held to just two points in that quarter — 9 for the entire first half — and fell 51-35.

  • On Schedule 2-8-15

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

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

    Thursday

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

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

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

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship meet (Los Alamos), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Wrestling: District 2-5A championship (Los Alamos), varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

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