• Boys’ basketball team beats Valencia in season opener

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team took down Valencia 69-43 in its season opener Tuesday.
    The ’Toppers limited Valencia to two first-quarter points while scoring 11.
    “We jumped on them fairly early and pretty much kept them there,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said.
    After taking the early lead, Los Alamos won second, third and fourth quarters to keep pulling away.
    “We tried to go inside as much as we could to take advantage of (our size),” Kluk said. “Valencia is not tall at all.”
    Valencia tried to use its speed and press the ’Toppers. The ’Toppers however, ended up getting some easy buckets off of the press break, Kluk said.
    Los Alamos led 40-24 at halftime. It won the third quarter by two, 11-9, and then finished strong in the fourth quarter and extended its lead by nine more points.
    Los Alamos had a pretty balanced attack in the game.
    Four ’Toppers scored in the double digits. Jack Stewart led Los Alamos with 15 points.
    Michael Naranjo scored 11.
    Ivan Balakirev and Adam Paulson both scored 10 points.
    Antonio Trujillo added nine.
    Isaac Fason scored five.
    Troy Hammock scored four while Kirk Peterson and Isaiah Espinosa each added two.

  • LA girls stymie St. Michael’s

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team scored 10 points in under a minute to start its season hot Tuesday against St. Michael’s.
    Ashlynn Trujillo grabbed the tipoff and dribbled down the court for a layup. Kayla Salazar sunk a 3-pointer. Makaela Jones stole the ball and scored an easy bucket and then Salazar drained another three to put Los Alamos 10-0 57 seconds into the game.
    The ’Toppers went on to win their season opener, 70-61.
    After the fast start, St. Mike’s scored the next six points.
    Trujillo, however, added three more buckets to help Los Alamos take a 19-10 lead into the second quarter.
    The teams shot a combined 27 free throws in the second quarter, but St. Mike’s only made 3-of-12 attempts and Los Alamos did a little better, making 7-of-15.
    Los Alamos took a 36-20 lead into halftime.
    The fouls continued in the second half — four ’Toppers and two Horsemen fouled out in the game.
    Jocelyn Fernandez helped St. Mike’s cut Los Alamos’ lead to 38-30 in the third, but got her fourth foul soon after and spent the rest of the quarter on the bench.
    A Salazar 3-pointer gave the ’Toppers a spark. Then Trujillo made a pair of impressive buckets. On one, she spun away from the pressure and sunk a shot with barely a glance at the hoop.

  • LA basketball teams win openers

    Los Alamos' boys and girls basketball teams both started their seasons with victories Tuesday night.

    The girls beat St. Michael's 70-61 while the boys took down Valencia 69-43.

    Both teams jumped out to big leads early in their contests and never looked back. The girls led 10-0 less than a minute into their contest and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.

    The boys, meanwhile, used their size to build a 11-2 first-quarter lead and won the next three quarters, as well, to keep pulling away.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • Nearly 200 run in Turkey Trot

    Approximately 190 runners and walkers participated in the year’s CROP Turkey Trot run and walk Sunday. Some of the runners even embraced the holiday by running like turkeys and Pilgrims.
    The race was held at the Los Alamos Middle School on North Mesa. There were 2.5-mile and 1.7-mile routes available.
    Below are the top finishers in the 2.5 mile run.

    Place Name Time
    1. Valerio Pinchetti 16:17
    2. Steven Strevell 16:21
    3. Ryan Smeltzer 17:06
    4. Laura Woodroffe 17:33
    5. Tad Hughes 18:29
    6. Duncan Fuehne 18:42
    7. Roxana Candia 19:25
    8. Paul Bradley 19:31
    9. Jesse Woodroffe 19:33
    10. Zack Medin 19:35
    11. Wyatt Watson 19:37
    12. Quinn Abfalterer 19:38
    13. Neha Sadasivan 19:46
    14. Amaya Coblentz 19:48
    15. Mark Schraad 19:58
    16. Zac Tobin 20:07
    17. Roshan Prasad 20:23
    18. Ricky Hensley 20:58
    19. John Worley 21:02
    20. Ryan Worley 21:40
    21. Kristen Coblentz 21:41
    22. Margie Stockton 22:00
    23. Shane Tobin 22:14
    24.Luke Atkins 22:17
    25. Nick Parra-Vasquez 22:21
    26. Irene Abfalterer 22:22
    27. Ralen Smith 23:13

  • Hilltoppers looking to finish strong on the ice

    After an early exit in last year’s state championship hockey tournament, the Hilltoppers are looking for a stronger finish this season. After being eliminated the state tournament, the Hilltoppers beat Taos to win the league’s pure championship (comprised of teams where all of the athletes attend the same school) and hold on to the traveling North Star Trophy the entire season. Los Alamos, however, wants to make some noise against composite teams this year, as well.
    “As always, we’re looking ahead at the state tournament,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “We were a No. 2 seed last year and got knocked out in the quarters. This year we want the guys to go deeper. We have the team for it.”
    Los Alamos has three seniors to lead it this year — Cory Schramm, Isaac Dunwoody and Chris Bond.
    In the team’s first five games, Schramm has scored two goals and assisted four more. Schramm’s freshman brother, Carson, leads the team with 10 goals and two assists.
    “It’s been fun to watch those two,” Blake said. “They’ve been the driving force so far.”
    Dunwoody and Sam Fisher will be rotating in goal this year for the ’Toppers, replacing Zealand Waltscheid who’s playing junior hockey in Oregon.

  • Game of the week, Nov. 22-29

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team will begin its season with a tough test on Tuesday. The Hilltoppers will start its new year by hosting St. Michael’s. Varsity will tip off at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will also begin its season Tuesday. The boys will begin their season at Valencia.

    This week's games:

    Girls’ Basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Valencia, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: Taos at Los Alamos, middle school, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 5 p.m.; junior varsity, 3:30 p.m.; C-team 2 p.m.

  • Hockey team .500 after two weeks

    After two weeks of games, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ hockey team is sitting right at .500 with a 1-1-1 record.
    Los Alamos lost a close game in its opener, 5-4, against La Cueva on Nov. 7.
    Last weekend, the Hilltoppers traveled to Odessa, Texas and took on Permian Basin (2-4-1) twice.
    The teams tied the first game Saturday, 5-5, but Los Alamos came back strong Sunday and scored a 6-3 victory to get in the win column.
    Carson Schramm has been Los Alamos’ most-potent offensive weapon so far this season. Schramm has scored seven goals and assisted two more for the Hilltoppers.
    Cory Schramm, meanwhile, has scored twice and assisted three goals.
    Sam Fisher is playing in goal for Los Alamos this year.
    He’s averaged 32 saves a game so far, giving him the third best save percentage in the league — .865.
    Now that the Hilltoppers have ice, it will play its home opener Sunday against La Cueva (1-2-0). The game will start at 9:30 a.m.
    Los Alamos also has a game Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Santa Fe and take on the 0-2-0 Blue Jackets beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  • Montaño named district volleyball player of the year

    Several Los Alamos volleyball players won awards from District 2-5A recently, and Brianna Montaño received the district’s biggest honor. Montaño was named the district player of the year.
    Montaño was a weapon on both offense and defense for Los Alamos this year.
    She led the team by killing 46.3 percent of her opportunities, giving her 291 kills on the season. She also served 41 aces, dug 207 shots and received 218 serves. The senior will continue playing volleyball next year at New Mexico Highlands University.
    The ’Toppers also had four players earn first-team honors. Sierra Foley, Samantha Melton and Ashlynn Trujillo joined Montaño on the first team.
    Halie Street and Noelle Gallegos received second-team all-district honors while Elizabeth Anaya received an honorable mention.
    Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza was also selected as the district’s coach of the year.
    Foley led the team with 313 kills and also served 38 aces.
    Melton set up the vast majority of the team’s attacks; she finished with 673 of the team’s 794 assists.
    Melton also led the team with 59 aces and had 239 digs, as well.
    Trujillo, the team’s libero, led Los Alamos in both digs (374) and serves received (385).

  • Boys ready to compete on the court this year

    Last year, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team had three freshman who started for the team.
    “We competed well last year, but we couldn’t get over the hump,” Los Alamos head boys’ coach Mike Kluk said.
    Los Alamos will be young again this year, but it won’t be quite as young.
    Those freshmen are now sophomores. The bulk of the team is actually sophomores.
    “We’re still fairly young,” Kluk said.
    A season on the court last year and a busy offseason, however, has the team ready to compete.
    “We had a pretty good offseason so I think we’ll be much more competitive,” Kluk said. “I think we’ll put a good product on the floor. Hopefully people will come watch and support them.”
    Sophomores Antonio Trujillo, Jack Stewart, Michael Naranjo, Ivan Balakirev and Troy Hammock return with some varsity experience. The team also has two seniors on its roster, the same number it had last year — Isaiah Espinosa and Nick Koskelo.
    Before its first game Tuesday, the team will have to pick its captains.
    “We need to find out were that leadership is going to come from,” Kluk said.
    What the team lacks in age, it makes up for in height.
    The team has more 6-footers than 5-footers.

  • LA girls basketball ready to reap some rewards

    The winter sports season is just getting underway, but Los Alamos’ girls basketball team has been preparing for months and months.
    “Last April until now, we’ve been at it,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “You can’t cheat the grind.”
    The team played about an entire season’s worth of games in over the summer, competing at multiple camps and also the Las Vegas Fab-48, arguably the biggest open college-recruiting tournament. Los Alamos reached the semifinals in their bracket there.
    At the UNM camp, Los Alamos competed in the open division, playing teams like New Mexico Highlands’ alumni.
    “Our goal was to push ourselves, not to go 7-1 against mediocre teams,” coach Trujillo said. “I’m proud of the work ethic. The varsity girls have really shown that commitment to getting better.”
    It wasn’t only the team’s high school players working hard this summer. Coach Trujillo had seventh and eighth graders competing as well. “We have to grow this program from the bottom up,” he said.
    The summer work was something Trujillo wasn’t able to do before his first season at the helm last year since he was hired late, but it should pay dividends this year.