• Boys lose in overtime to start the Sandia Prep Invite

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team lost to Silver, 71-67, in overtime to start the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invite.
    The ’Toppers led almost the entire game.
    Los Alamos took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter, a 29-26 lead into halftime and extended it to nine points in the fourth.
    Silver fought back. Four free throws by Antonio Trujillo in the last minute kept Los Alamos on top, but Silver made a 3-pointer in the last 10 seconds to send the game into overtime and then finished on top.
    Los Alamos will now play the loser of the Sandia Prep and East Mountain game at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

    Special thanks to KRSN for help with this report.

  • Hilltoppers win opener at Academy invite

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team started Albuquerque’s Academy Joe Armijo Invite with a 59-48 win over Oñate Thursday.
    The ’Toppers jumped out to a 20-10 lead, but went into halftime trailing 25-24.
    The teams were even for the beginning of the third and the game was tied 31-31. Los Alamos, however, scored nine unanswered points and went into the fourth quarter up 41-36.
    Los Alamos then scored bucket after bucket in transition to build a comfortable lead and finish on top.

    Ashlynn Trujillo led Los Alamos with 19 points. Kayla Salazar added 10.
    Los Alamos will now play Hope Christian in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday. Hope Christian beat Valley 48-35 in its first-round matchup.
    On the other side of the bracket, Española Valley fell to Los Lunas 58-38 to start the tournament. Albuquerque Academy will play Del Norte in the first round tonight.

  • Hilltopper girls rally to beat Hope Christian

    After falling behind 15-6 in the first quarter Tuesday against Hope Christian, the Los Alamos girls' basketball team chipped away and chipped away to eventually win the game 55-51.
    "They punched us in the face in the first quarter," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "It seemed like it was an uphill battle the whole game."
    Los Alamos, however, won the next two quarters 14-11 and 17-13 to go into the fourth quarter only trailing 39-37.
    Los Alamos then completed its comeback in the fourth.
    "The girls had a tremendous effort on both sides of the court," coach Trujillo said. "That's something to be proud of. They kept chipping away in one of the toughest places to play in the state."
    The 'Toppers sunk seven 3-pointers in the game, including a couple big ones by Ashley Logan. "A three in women's basketball is like a dunk in men's basketball — it changes the momentum," coach Trujillo said.
    Makaela Jones also had a big game for Los Alamos, taking advantage of a mismatch and scoring a game-high 19 points.
    "We kept going to her and she was on fire," coach Trujillo said.
    Kayla Salazar added 12 points.
    Ashlynn Trujillo, who continued to draw a lot of attention, distributed the ball well. "Between assists and rebounds, she probably had a double-double," coach Trujillo said.

  • ’Toppers win home swim meet

    The Los Alamos swimming and diving teams made a statement at their home meet — the Bill Hudson Invite — Saturday.
    Competing against 15 teams in one of the biggest swim meets that will take place this year in New Mexico, Los Alamos’ boys and girls both scored first-place team finishes with a number of outstanding individual efforts.
    “We had personal bests and state-qualifying times — you can’t ask for more than that,” Los Alamos head coach Stuart Corliss said.
    Sarah Lott set a new Los Alamos record in the 50-yard freestyle. Her winning time was 24.11 seconds. Teammate Sydney Schoonover finished second in 25.76.
    Lott also won the 100-butterfly (1:00.20) and swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:58.63) with Beth Short, Sara Shiina and Jillian Bennett.
    Los Alamos’ boys also won the 200-medley. Alex Jaegers, Jake Hollis, Justin Lemke and Neil Wilkerson won that race in 1:50.24.
    Isabelle Runde took first in the 200-freestyle in 2:05.90.
    Kaan Unal had a second-place finish in the boys’ 200-free (1:54.25).
    In the 200-yard individual-medley, Jesse Liechty scored a first-place finish in 2:24.14.
    Ian Jaegers was the boys’ top finisher in the 200-IM, placing fourth in 2:16.69.

  • Boys’ basketball slips to 1-3

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team suffered its third loss in four days Friday at St. Pius X.
    The Hilltoppers (1-3) fell to the undefeated Sartans (3-0) 75-49.
    The Hilltoppers will play three more games this week at the Sandia Prep tournament.
    Los Alamos will play Silver (0-0) at 2 p.m. Thursday in the first round.
    Silver was scheduled to play its first game of the season Tuesday, as this paper was going to press, at Chaparral.

  • LA hockey loses to Taos

    The Los Alamos hockey team was both frustrated and encouraged after Friday’s 3-1 loss to Taos.
    “We’re not getting the results we want yet, but we’re playing the game we need to be successful,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Brake said.
    Brake said the ’Toppers were probably playing their best hockey of the year for the first two periods of the game. “We were significantly out-playing them, just not finishing,” Brake said.
    Ben Roback did capitalize and scored a first-period goal for Los Alamos. Ben Rees also returned to the ice for Los Alamos and gave the team a boost.
    A strong goaltending effort by Taos, however, helped the Ice Tigers take a 2-1 lead into the third period and eventually win the game.
    “We had more scoring opportunities, we possessed the puck more (and) we were more physical, we just had a couple breakdowns that they capitalized on,” Brake said.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 1-4-1 overall while Taos improved to 4-0. Taos also took back the North Star Trophy, the traveling trophy the two teams battle for every time they step on the ice against each other.
    “I think now we know what we’re capable of,” Brake said. “Next time we play Taos, I expect that we should win that game.”

  • LA loses to tough Volcano squad

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team gave Volcano Vista, MaxPreps’ top-ranked team in Class 6A, a tough test Saturday. Inconsistent shooting from the field in the second and fourth quarters, however, hurt the ’Toppers and Volcano Vista pulled away late to win the game, 61-43.
    Kayla Salazar, who led all scorers with 22 points in the game, sunk a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to give Los Alamos an early lead. Los Alamos trailed 16-12 after the first and only made one field goal in the second against Volcano’s pressure-packed defense. Ashlynn Trujillo made 5-of-6 free throw attempts in the quarter and Salazar made 4-of-6 to help Los Alamos head into halftime down 30-23.
    Los Alamos rallied in the third and a Sophia Roybal 3-pointer cut Volcano’s lead to 42-39 with 40 seconds left in the quarter.
    Volcano’s press, however, limited Los Alamos to four points, and no field goals in the fourth.
    Trujillo finished with 14 points. Roybal scored five and Makaela Jones scored two. Jones also led Los Alamos with eight rebounds.
    Volcano had three scorers reach double digits, led by Raven Herrera’s 20.
    Los Alamos, the No. 5 ranked team in Class 5A, is now 4-1 while Volcano Vista improved to 4-0.

  • LA wrestlers start 4-2

    The Los Alamos wrestling team took on six teams in two days to begin its season over the weekend.
    The ’Toppers started off by scoring a 69-3 victory over Tierra Encantada at home Friday.
    Los Alamos then went 3-2 at the Los Lunas dual-meet tournament Saturday, beating Centennial and District 2-5A rivals Del Norte and Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos lost to Cibola and Farmington (36-33) at the tournament.
    “It was good competition for early in the season,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “The competition only gets stiffer, but it was good to see the quality of teams we did.”
    Hatt said most of his wrestlers had winning records at the tournament. Los Alamos gave up two weights at Los Lunas, but many teams didn’t have a full roster either, and that helped the ’Toppers.
    Against Tierra Encantada, only two matches went the full six minutes. Los Alamos pinned the majority of its opponents.
    “It’s a new program and they’re still trying to build,” Hatt said.

  • LA girls improve to 4-0; boys fall to St. Mike's

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team scored a 62-42 win over Belen Thursday to improve to 4-0. Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 23 points in the game. Ashley Logan scored 13 and Ashlynn Trujillo added 12 for the 'Toppers.

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team (1-2) fell 53-41 to St. Michael's Thursday. The 'Toppers fell behind 22-4 in the first quarter, but rallied to go into halftime only trailing 29-25. Antonio Trujillo scored 11 in the second to help the 'Toppers come back. In the fourth quarter, however, Los Alamos couldn't get its shots to drop and came up short.

  • Hilltopper swimmers to compete at home Saturday

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams will compete in their second meet of the year Saturday. The ’Toppers will host their home meet, the Bill Hudson Invite, at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Los Alamos began its season Nov. 14 at Albuquerque Academy’s Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 148 points to take second, finishing eight points behind Albuquerque Academy. Nine teams competed in the meet, but it was a two-team battle for first place. St. Pius X and Cleveland tied for third with 74 points. Rio Rancho scored 66, followed by Piedra Vista (54), Cottonwood Classical Prep (30), Farmington (29) and Sandia Prep (22).
    The Hilltoppper boys finished third with 108 team points. Academy also won the boys’ title, scoring 172 points. Cleveland took second with four more points than the ’Toppers. St. Pius X, meanwhile, placed fourth with 88, followed by Sandia Prep (46), Farmington (41), Rio Rancho (28), Piedra Vista (22) and Cottonwood (4).
    Saturday’s meet is Los Alamos’ only home action of the year.