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  • LA romps Capital in district opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made light work of the Capital Jaguars in their District 2-5A opener Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers blasted the Jaguars in the opening half at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. In the first quarter, the Hilltoppers crushed the Jaguars 22-3, then took the second quarter 23-8 en route to a 60-20 victory in Santa Fe.
    Capital (1-18 overall) has struggled for the last several seasons and isn’t expected to do much in the 2-5A race. Finishing anywhere other than the bottom of the district standings will be an accomplishment for a squad that has been outscored by a margin of more than 2-1 so far.
    As for Los Alamos (16-2), it is expected to contend for this season’s district title.
    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a nondistrict game against Las Vegas Robertson Friday night, followed by a home contest Tuesday against the team it is likely going to have to defeat for the 2-5A crown, Española Valley.
    Española Valley (14-3) opens its 2-5A season Saturday against Del Norte.
    Del Norte, for its part, won its district opener Wednesday over Bernalillo, 61-51. The Knights have won five of their last six games.

  • LA takes 2nd at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team finished as the runners-up in a duals tournament at Bernalillo Saturday.
    Los Alamos went a perfect 4-0, entirely against Class 5A competition in the pool round to advance to the championship match with Los Lunas. However, Los Alamos came up short in the championship and had to settle for second place.
    It was still a very solid finish for the Hilltoppers, who are getting into the meat of their schedule as the regular season comes to an end.
    This coming Saturday, the Hilltoppers will be at another duals tournament at Aztec, with several of the top teams in the Four Corners area expected to compete.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said the showing at Bernalillo was a considerable step up from the previous two weeks.
    Along the way to the win in the pool round, Los Alamos knocked off Grants, Gallup and two of its District 2-5A foes, Española Valley and the host Spartans. Grants and Gallup are also Class 5A teams and wins over 5A opponents are significant when seeding for the state tournament is announced.
    With wins over Española Valley and Bernalillo, Los Alamos may have assured its wrestlers of favorable seeds in the district tournament, which it will host Feb. 14.
    On the weekend, Los Alamos got more high-quality showings from its top upper-weight wrestlers.

  • Sports Briefs 1-21-15

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13 with a variety of events offered.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games which will be held in Roswell in June.
    Registration forms are available at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.  Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information on the local games, call 662-3526.

    Youth free throw contest is Jan. 31

    The Knights of Columbus will host its local free throw competition Jan. 31.
    The free throw contest if for boys and girls aged 9-14. It will be from 1-3 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Martial arts offered at YMCA

  • 'Toppers struggle on offensive end

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was held to just single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of Tuesday’s District 2-5A opening contest Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored just five points in the second quarter and just four in the third quarter as the Capital Jaguars moved out to a big advantage. Capital earned at 52-28 victory at Griffith Gymnasium in the first game of 2-5A play.
    Capital, which was on a 4-game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s opener, took control early thanks to a big run to end the first quarter.
    Los Alamos hit some quick buckets in the first quarter and led 8-7 after Adam Paulson’s tip-in off a missed free throw chance.
    For the balance of the quarter, however, Capital dominated.
    Capital had little trouble picking off several long skip passes in the backcourt that led to easy baskets on the other end.
    After the 3:09 mark of the quarter, the Jaguars went on an impressive 8-0 run to take over control and Los Alamos wasn’t able to mount any kind of offense to try to work itself back into the game.
    The Hilltoppers (2-15 overall) were held without a field goal for more than 8 minutes following Paulson’s tip-in.
    Paulson, a sophomore post player, was one of the few bright spots on offense Tuesday.

  • District 2-5A play starts tonight in LA

    There are expectations surrounding both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams heading into the start of District 2-5A play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, those expectations are high. For the Hilltopper boys, not so much.
    Los Alamos’ teams open district this week. Tonight, Los Alamos’ boys will host the Capital Jaguars to get things rolling. Los Alamos’ girls will be at Capital Wednesday night.
    The Hilltopper boys aren’t expected to be in the conversation in the 2-5A mix. For several weeks during the season, four of the five district teams were in or very near the top 10 in Class 5A rankings, while the Hilltoppers were hovering near the bottom of that list.
    Heading into last weekend’s play, the only team in the district with a record at .500 or below was Los Alamos.
    At this point in the season, that doesn’t seem to bode well for the Hilltoppers’ chances, particularly considering they have been on the wrong end of some lopsided scores this entire season.
    There is a little more to that story, however. The Hilltoppers might have been able to hang with most of those teams they’d lost to had it not been for bad stretches during a number of games.

  • Having a Sit-Down

    Hilltopper 220-pounder John Dermer has a seat on top of Isaiah Gurule of Bernalillo during a bout Saturday. Dermer pinned Gurule in the third period of their contest. The Hilltoppers were taking part in a duals meet at Bernalillo.

    Los Alamos won all five of its matches in pool competition Saturday, topping Bernalillo, Grants, Española Valley, Gallup and Roswell in those contest.

    Following the pool competition, Lane Saunders, Mateo Cardiel and Dermer were all undefeated, while Trevor Brown went 4-1.

  • LA drops 1st game of its trip

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped the first game of its long two-game road trip Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers got down early to the Artesia Bulldogs and never recovered. The Bulldogs built up a quick 20-7 lead after just one quarter and didn’t let up, winning Friday’s ballgame 70-38.
    That game was the first game of a doubleheader in the extreme southeastern part of the state.
    Following Friday’s game at Artesia (9-7), Los Alamos had a Saturday game scheduled against Lovington.
    The weekend’s games are the final two before Los Alamos (2-13) opens up District 2-5A play Tuesday at home against Capital.
    For Artesia, Travis Wilkinson had 22 points, 12 of those coming in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 43-18 advantage into the locker room. Ethan Duff had 12 points Friday night.
    For the Hilltoppers, Scott Gasway had 10 points and Jack Stewart finished with 8 points.
    Gasway and Cottrell Fox finished with 3 field goals in the game. No other Hilltopper had more than 2 field goals.
    The score from Saturday’s game against Lovington wasn’t available as off press time.
     

  • Sports Briefs 1-17-15

    Youth free throw contest is Jan. 31

    The Knights of Columbus will host its local free throw competition Jan. 31.
    The free throw contest if for boys and girls aged 9-14. It will be from 1-3 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free, but a parent or guardian must be present during registration to give consent. Competitors can sign up starting at 12:30 p.m.
    For more information, call K of C youth coordinator Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

    Martial arts offered at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently offering several different martial arts programs.
    The programs include Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Shoshin Ryu for both adults and children, and kickboxing.
    Programs run at various times throughout the week. For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • On Schedule 1-17-15

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Thursday

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

    Friday

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Duals, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • LA starts fast vs. Chargers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team crushed the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the first quarter of their game Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had the hot hand early in the contest and put the Chargers in a big hole almost immediately. Los Alamos had an uneven showing for the rest of the contest, but made the early edge stand up and then some as it won 45-21.
    Thursday’s game, particularly in the opening, was a big turnaround compared to the two teams’ meeting Saturday in the third-place game of the Sandia Prep Invitational. Los Alamos had a sluggish offensive performance and had to survive a tight 35-31 contest to pick up the victory.
    Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo said after Thursday’s victory he wasn’t terribly surprised his team has put forth subpar showings during this stretch of the season, particularly having played five games in eight days and another to come Saturday.
    Thursday, Los Alamos’ Amber Logan scored 15 points in the first half, including a pair of long-range 3-pointers in the first quarter, the second of which came at the buzzer capping a 16-1 run.
    Ashlynn Trujillo had 15 points for Los Alamos. Thursday. For Academy, Sophie Long had 9 points, all of those coming in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.