• LA basketball knocked out in quarterfinals

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team's season came to end in The Pit Tuesday against Roswell.

    Seven steals and three blocked shots helped the Hilltoppers take a 10-5 lead into the second quarter.

    Los Alamos, however, only managed to score 1 point in the second quarter while Roswell chalked up 16. The third and fourth quarters were even, but Los Alamos couldn't catch the Coyotes. Roswell went on to win the game, 53-41.

    "We started out really strong — we came out with a lot of confidence and heart," senior captain Amber Logan said. "They got ahead in the second (quarter) and it was hard to come back."

    After Los Alamos' pressure defense gave Roswell tons of trouble in the opening quarter, the Coyotes found some open seams in the defense during the second quarter to score in the paint.

    The Hilltoppers came out scrappy after halftime and forced six turnovers in both the third and fourth quarters. Ashlynn Trujillo also got hot and scored 16 of her game-high 17 points after the break. The Coyotes, however, managed to stay comfortably ahead.

    "Hats off to Roswell, they executed and showed a lot of poise," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said.

  • 'Toppers win in extra innings

    The bases were loaded and the game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Los Alamos' Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate.

    The lefty took a strike. On the next pitch, he squared up to bunt. Connor Mang got a huge jump from third base and when Saunders put the ball in play he sprinted home to score the game-winning run.

    "It was awesome execution," Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.

    For a few innings before that, however, the Hilltoppers struggled against Albuquerque Academy. At one point someone in the dugout even commented that the Hilltoppers had done everything they could to lose the game.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jared Mang ripped a ball over the left-field fence with his brother, Connor, on second base. In the third inning Jared brought his brother home again. After Trevor Pacheco bunted Connor into scoring position, Jared slapped an RBI base hit into centerfield.

    Then Los Alamos kicked a ball, dropped a ball and overthrew the ball to give Academy 3 unearned runs that tied the ball game.

    Even though Academy had all of the momentum, Los Alamos fought back. With two runners on in the eighth, Los Alamos turned a dropped-third-strike into a double play.

  • At The Pit

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team warms up prior to its game this morning against the Roswell Coyotes in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs at WisePies Arena, also known as The Pit. It was the second trip for the Hilltoppers to The Pit, the home of the University of New Mexico’s Lobos, in three years, but it didn’t turn out as well as Los Alamos was hoping, as the team fell 53-41 to the Coyotes.

  • 'Topper girls track wins in first outing

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track teams blasted out of the blocks to start its season Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Chili Quad.
    Girls head coach Paul Anderson said it was “a great meet to start the season — great weather and great competition.”
    The Hilltopper girls won the meet with 109.5 team points, followed by Albuqueque Academy (73), St. Pius X (63) and Sandia Prep (24.5).
    “We won the meet thanks to a great effort by everyone,” Anderson said.
    The Hilltopper boys finished tied with St. Pius X for second with 79 points. Academy won the meet with 115 and Sandia Prep finished fourth with 15.
    Liz Lockhart punched her ticket to the state championships in the first try of her season. She won the triple jump with an automatic state-qualifying distance of 33 feet, 7 inches.
    A few other girls also had first-place finishes.
    Sophia Galvez won the 3200-meters race in 12 minutes, 21.64 seconds.
    Chelsea Challacombe won the 100-meter hurdles (17.64), the long jump (16-5.5) and the shot put (31-0.25). Ashley Land won the discus (87-4) and the 4x400 relay team comprised of Emily Mercer, Matilde Jacobson, Jessica Moore and Lizzie Smeltz also finished first (4:33.4).

  • LA drops 2 of 3 to open 2015 season

    After losing its first game of the St. Pius X tournament 1-0 against Las Cruces, the Hilltoppers came back strong to beat Centennial 4-0 on Friday. Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the third and once more in the fourth.
    In the team’s third game of the tournament, however, the Hilltoppers lost another 1-run ball game. Los Alamos fell 2-1 to Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Lunas scored in the first two innings to take the slim lead. The Hilltoppers cut the lead in half with a run in the fourth inning, but they weren’t able to get the tying run home.
    The tournament was Los Alamos’ first competition of the season. Its games against Piedra Vista Feb. 28 were cancelled because of snow.

  • LA hockey beats Taos in championship tourney

    Los Alamos took the North Star trophy back from Taos in their first meeting this season and hasn’t let it go since. The Hilltoppers beat the Ice Tigers for the third time on the year, 3-0, Saturday during the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s championship tournament.
    Taos goalkeeper Roy Madrid, made save after save in an early flurry. Soon after that, however, Trevor Matuszak got Los Alamos on the scoreboard. A Taos defender went down to try and block Matuszak’s shot, but the puck deflected off of him and into the goal.
    Later in the period, Hud Davenhall put a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    The penalty box was a popular destination for both teams in the second period, but neither team could capitalize on a power play.
    In the third period, Davenhall gave Los Alamos some insurance with a short-handed goal that proved to be the final margin.
    Zealand Walterscheid made 25 saves to get the shutout. Los Alamos, meanwhile, finished with 30 shots on goal.
    All four of the tournament’s top seeds advanced to the third round of the winner’s bracket.
    The No. 2 seeded Hilltoppers took on No. 3 Coronado (Texas) in the third round. Franklin (Texas) and Durango (Colo.) played in the other championship third round.

  • 'Toppers beat Goddard, advance to The Pit

    Tough defense and a couple of hot hands helped the Los Alamos girls basketball team take down Goddard 66-47 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs Friday.
    “As a coach, to see them evolve and play their best basketball at this time of the season is what you want,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “They played like a team.”
    Los Alamos’ defense kept the pressure on Goddard with a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    The Hilltoppers forced a lot of bad passes and tipped away numerous other balls by getting hands in Goddard’s passing lanes.
    Ashley Logan, Hannah Sledzik, Trujillo, Logan and Makaela Jones all had multiple steals or forced turnovers for Los Alamos. Sledzik and Jones also blocked shots in the game.
    “The defense was spectacular,” Trujillo said. “If we play defense like that, we can play with anybody in 5A.”
    Los Alamos’ offense didn’t score for the first three-and-a-half minutes. Then the team’s captains took over. Amber Logan made a 3-pointer — her first of six in the game. Right after that Ashlynn Trujillo snagged a rebound and took it coast-to-coast for a layup that tied the game at 5.

  • Snow report, 3-6-15

    Angel Fire
    70-inch base. 5 new inches of snow in past 48 hours reported. 77 of 78 trails open.

    39-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 of 44 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    55-inch base. 3 inches in 48 hours. 58 of 58 trails open.

    Sandia Peak
    31-inch base. No new snow reported. 37 of 37 trails open.

    45-inch base. 2 new inches in past 48 hours. 41 of 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    33-inch base. 3 new inches of snow in last 48 hours. 7 lifts and 52 of 55 trails open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    57-inch base. 1 new inch in last 48 hours. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    83-inch base. 2 inches in last 48 hours. 113 of 113 trails and 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    12-inch base. 5 inches in last 48 hours. 5 of 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    82-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    50-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 of 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 of 8 trails open.

  • LA baseball drops opener, 1-0

    One unearned run was all Las Cruces could score Thursday against Los Alamos, but it was enough to win the game, 1-0.
    Connor Mang struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings and only gave up four base hits for Los Alamos. “He threw awesome,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.
    In the sixth inning, however, a Las Cruces batter reached base on a dropped-third-strike, advanced into scoring position on a bunt and then scored the game’s only run on a base hit.
    Los Alamos had opportunities to score as well, but left eight runners stranded on base. “We had our chances, we just didn’t come through,” Gill said. “We had some hard contact, just nothing to show for it.”
    Las Cruces’ centerfielder ran down a few balls that could have been hits for extra bases to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard, Gill said.
    Even though Los Alamos lost its opener, Gill was happy that his team didn’t make any mental mistakes. They made a couple physical ones, but Gill said those can be fixed.
    “For the first time out, I was pretty pleased how we played,” Gill said. “We’ll see if we can build on it today.”
    The Hilltoppers will take on Centennial today in the second round of the St. Pius X tournament.

  • LA track teams return numerous placers

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams have brought home plenty of state team trophies over the years.
    Last year, the boys team finished third in the state while the girls were only one spot away from a team trophy in fourth place.
    The vast majority of the girls who scored team points last year are back to help Los Alamos make another run.
    Unlike the Hilltopper girls, most of the boys who scored at last year’s state meet graduated.
    At this point in the season, however, Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams are just trying to get in shape and figure out which events are the best fit for its athletes.
    “Right now we’re trying to get in shape without hurting anyone,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We’ll focus on individual events, how to compete and how to compete as a team and the results will come,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will be one of the team’s leaders. Last year she placed in the maximum five events at state. She placed in the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the triple jump, the shot put and the was on the 4x100 relay that finished 6th.