• Pajarito to open majority of its trails Saturday

    After 21 inches of snow fell on Pajarito Mountain, including 15 inches since Sunday, the ski area has been busy preparing to open a majority of its runs for this weekend.
    “It just kept snowing and snowing,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said.
    For Sunday’s powder day, Pajarito was able to open Daisy Mae, giving skiers and snowboarders a second route to ride down from Aspen Lift.
    Today, Pajarito plans to have 12 runs open. Saturday, it plans on having over 30 of its 44 trails open.
    “For Saturday, most of the mountain except chair 5 (the Townsight lift) will be open,” Long said. “We’re looking pretty good.”
    The plan for today is to add Mal’s Run, West Mushroom, East Mushroom, L’il Abner, Bruce’s Boulevard West and Pussycat to the mix.
    On Saturday, Pajarito will begin spinning the Mother lift, opening up the Fab-four (Nuther Mother, Sidewinder, Breathless and Precious) and all of the other runs on the mountain’s west side.
    Runs like Wildcat and Aspen will also open, but could close if rocks begin appearing.
    “We’ll open as much as we can and keep it open as long as we can,” Long said.

  • Hilltopper hockey team wins assault-shortened game

    The Los Alamos hockey team was playing arguably its best hockey game of the season so far Sunday against the undefeated Amarillo Bulls.
    In the first period, Jared Carnes assisted Isaiah Archuleta to put the ’Toppers up 1-0. Less than four minutes later, Carson Schramm assisted Brett Ireland and Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead into the second period.
    “It was actually a very good game,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Brake said. “We were up 2-0 and dominating.”
    Tempers, however, ended the contest early.
    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s official score sheet said the game was “suspended due to an assault on official.”
    There was said to be an altercation between two players and when the referee tried to tear them apart, he tripped and took down the Amarillo player with him. Amarillo’s coach Justin Linke then allegedly jumped over the wall, ran out to center ice, tackled the official and started punching him.
    The game was called after the incident, giving the 2-0 win to Los Alamos and ruining Amarillo’s undefeated record.
    The coach is also facing more serious repercussions than just a game misconduct for his actions.
    “It was a pretty crazy game,” coach Brake said.

  • Six wrestlers place at Capital

    The Los Alamos wrestling team competed in its first individual tournament Saturday in Santa Fe — Capital’s Jaguar Invitational.
    Six Hilltoppers placed in the tournament, helping Los Alamos finish eighth out of the 16 teams competing.
    “It was a good tournament,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “The kids wrestled way better this week than the week before. They’re improving steadily.”
    The team had three third-place finishers, two fourth-place finishers and one wrestler take fifth at Capital.
    The third-place finishers included Chris Romero at 160 pounds, Milo Light at 220 pounds Jacob Mairson at 285.
    Patrick Irish finished fourth behind Mairson at 285.
    Donovan Atencio placed fourth at 105 while Damien Sundby finished fifth at 152.
    Lane Saunders, who was recently ranked the eighth best wrestler in all of New Mexico by ZiaWrestler.com, was taking his ACT exam and did not compete. ZiaWrestler cited Saunders’ two state championships and third-place finish in his ranking. Saunders competes at 195 pounds. ZiaWrestler ranked Capital’s Jose Tapia (120 pounds) as the top wrestler in the state.
    The Jaguar Invite also featured a junior varsity tournament. Dylan Irish and Sam Harvey both took first while Eben Bold finished second in the JV competition.

  • Hilltoppers win championship at Academy

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team knocked off Los Lunas, the defending Class 5A state champion, to win Albuquerque Academy’s Joe Armijo Invite Saturday.
    The ’Toppers (8-1) won the championship game, 63-59.
    “Winning this tournament was huge,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “We’re on breaking ground. Usually a metro or southern team wins it. For us to be playing on that level and winning says something about the hard work they’re doing.”
    Every quarter of the championship game was close. The Tigers (3-2) won the first two quarters by a single point each, but Los Alamos won the last two by four points and two points.
    “It was a really intense, physical game,” coach Trujillo said. “Last year I think we would have folded.”
    This year, however, the ’Toppers rose to the challenge and, at times, played with a chip on their shoulders.
    Down the stretch, Los Alamos made seven-of-eight free three throws to take a 10-point lead and finish on top.
    The team’s offense was also clicking throughout the game. “They seem really comfortable running the offense,” coach Trujillo said. “They’re really moving the ball well and reading the defenses.”

  • Hilltoppers finish fifth at Sandia Prep Invite

    After a tough loss to Silver in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team rebounded to win the consolation side of the bracket.
    The ’Toppers beat East Mountain, 72-37, and Valencia, 51-41, to take fifth place and improve to 3-4 overall.
    In the fifth-place game, Los Alamos took on Valencia for a second time this year. Los Alamos won the first meeting by 26, but the second contest was much closer.
    “They made some good adjustments to keep our size in check,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “It wasn’t an easy game; we didn’t dominate by any stretch.”
    Valencia rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Los Alamos matched their rally to finish on top.
    The ’Toppers also played aggressive on offense and capitalized from the free-throw line.
    “We were attacking the basket, drawing fouls and making free throws,” coach Kluk said.
    Los Alamos sunk 22-of-24 free throws in the second half, led by Antonio Trujillo who made 11-of-13. “He’s Mr. Consistency,” coach Kluk said.

  • Game of the Week Dec. 13-19

    The Los Alamos wrestling team will compete in its third tournament in three weeks, and second consecutive individual tournament, Saturday at Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School.
    The ’Toppers will also compete for a team score, but they’ll only be able to rely on themselves when they step on the mat.

    This week's games:
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Highland, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Artesia, varsity, 3:30 p.m.; junior varsity 2 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista tournament, varsity, TBD

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools, West Mesa Pool, varsity, 8:30 a.m.


  • Hilltoppers win championship

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team beat the defending Class 5A state champ, Los Lunas, 63-59 to win Albuquerque Academy's Joe Armijo Invite Saturday. 

    Ashlynn Trujillo led the way for the 'Toppers. She scored a game-high 25 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

    Kayla Salazar was also named to the all-tournament team. She scored 15 points in the game.

    Sophia Roybal added 10 for the 'Toppers.

    Los Lunas had three players in double digits. Jordan Holland scored 14, Cera Chavez scored 14 and Daisha Martinez added 10 for the Tigers.

  • LA reaches Academy tournament final

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team will play for a championship tonight (Saturday).
    After rallying to beat Hope Christian 55-51 Tuesday, the ’Toppers scored second straight victory over the defending Class 4A state champs Friday in the semifinals of Albuquerque Academy’s Joe Armijo Invite to advance to the championship game.
    The ’Toppers improved to 7-1 with the dominant 65-39 semifinal victory.
    Los Alamos played with the lead pretty much the entire time Friday and kept pulling away.
    Los Alamos had a 20-point lead when it pulled its starters out in the fourth quarter, and its bench stepped on the court and extended the lead.
    Los Alamos took a 13-9 lead into the second quarter, but Hope Christian fought back to tie the game at 22. Kayla Salazar, however, drained a 3-pointer to give Los Alamos a spark. The ’Toppers finished the half with an 11-2 run to go into the half up nine, 33-24. Salazar made three 3-pointers in the quarter and had 17 first-half points. She finished with five 3’s and a game-high 26 points. Ashlynn Trujillo scored 17 while six other ’Toppers also scored.

  • Angel Fire opening with two parks

    Angel Fire Resort has been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past couple of weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening, set for today (Dec. 11). The mountain operations team at the resort have been working since late fall on two new terrain parks they will debut on opening day. The completely redesigned Liberation Park will have beginning and intermediate features, as well as 15-20 rails set-ups for first-day skiers and riders to try out. Plans for the pro line and additional expert features will be added as soon as more snow heads into the area.
    Jon Eppler, who has built parks for major events including the Winter X-Games and the Burton U.S. Open, has been busy during the summer season creating the new Liberation Park. The expansion includes a wider range of user-friendly features, which enables riders to build their skills by experiencing progressive features throughout the park. Eppler also plans to create “stash parks” all over the ski mountain this winter.
    Liberation Park’s redesign creates New Mexico’s first terrain park with dedicated chairlift access. The chairlift has been renamed this season to “Liberation Park Lift.”

  • LA soccer players earn all-state honors

    Sixteen Los Alamos soccer players were recently named to the Class 5A all-state teams. The Los Alamos head boys’ and girls’ coaches were also honored.
    The two teams had seven players land on the all-state first team, including all five of the boys’ and girls’ senior captains. Those athletes include midfielder Alex Csanadi, defender Ralph Archbold and midfielder Eric Burnside for the boys and defender Jordan Henson and midfielder Emily Hopkins for the girls.
    The rest of the Los Alamos players honored are all underclassmen.
    Goalie Seth Hailey and forward Sienna Ahlers were also named to the all-state first team.
    Making the second team were midfielder George Steinkamp, defender Kayla Parker and forward Abby Schmalz.
    All-state honorable mentions went to defender Andreas Runde and forward Levon Wiggins for the boys, and girls’ goalie Anna Lemke, defender Sophie Wood, midfielder Katie Hopkins and forward Alissia Haagenstad.
    After leading the ’Toppers to the state championship games in their first season at Los Alamos’ helm, Gary Ahlers and Ron Blue were named the Class 5A girls’ and boys’ Coach of the Year, respectively.