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  • Prep boys basketball: LA should...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2012.
    That should change Sunday when the New Mexico Activities Association announces its 16-team field for the Class 5A state tournament.
    Los Alamos currently stands at 13-14 overall, finished in fourth place in District 2-5A and was ousted by Del Norte in the second round of the district tournament. Not only should the 13 wins be enough to get the Hilltoppers in, but their win at Belen and against Española Valley will standout to the selection committee.
    Playing in Class 5A’s second toughest district will also enhance Los Alamos’ chances of ending its state tournament drought. The Hilltoppers also got a bit of a boost when Taos had to forfeit eight of its nine wins due to playing an ineligible player. One of those forfeited wins was the Tigers’ triumph over Los Alamos on Jan. 10.   
    The Hilltoppers will likely be on the road for the first round, as the top eight seeds will host first round games. Los Alamos is likely to get a 14, 15 or 16 seed and get matched-up with one of the top three seeds.

    Who will LA see in the first round?

  • ‘Topper baseball set for season...

    The Los Alamos baseball team begins its 2017 campaign with a tough doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers will visit Sandia Prep Saturday and will play the Sundevils at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    The defending Class 4A state champion Sundevils are coming off a 27-4 season, where they won their second consecutive state title. However, Sandia Prep started the 2017 season with a 12-3 loss against St. Pius Tuesday.  
    Los Alamos lost a lot of talent from its 2016 squad but does have a young rotation of players, combined with eight returners from last year. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 20-9 season and a state quarterfinals appearance.
    James Neal is expected to fill a void in the infield, while Travis Gonzales and Jake Rutton will look to replace last year’s electric starting pitching duo of Connor Mang and Lane Saunders.
    Los Alamos’ top returners will look to guide the team through a challenging schedule that includes participating in two tough regular season tournaments.
    After the season-opening doubleheader, the Hilltoppers will open the St. Pius tournament  March 2 with a matchup against Class 6A contender Las Cruces High. Los Alamos will also play in the tournament the following two days.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA falls...

    Back-to-back losses to Capital ended the Los Alamos girls basketball season.
    After losing to the Jaguars 42-32 Saturday in the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell in Santa Fe again Monday, dropping a 42-35 decision in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Capital’s win on Saturday assured that it would host the district tournament first round, as Los Alamos fell to last place in the district standings.
    The Jaguars advanced to the second round against Del Norte, while the Hilltoppers end their season with a 6-21 overall record. Capital also topped Los Alamos in the team’s three meetings this season.
    The Hilltoppers will miss the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.
    Los Alamos will lose Elena Abeyta, Isabell Larribas, Sienna Ahlers, Casey Trujillo, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin to graduation.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA tops...

    The opponent likely played a big part in the Los Alamos boys basketball team's offensive improvement.     

    Nonetheless, even without starting point guard Antonio Trujillo, the Hilltoppers cruised to a 63-39 win against Albuquerque Academy Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.

    "We didn't try to force as many crazy passes underneath," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We only had five turnovers the first half and that helped us get our lead. Hopefully we'll have another game (tonight) where we cut down on those turnovers." 

    Los Alamos advanced to play Del Norte in the second round at 5:30 tonight in Albuquerque.

    "Del Norte is good and quick offensively," Kluk said. "But defensively, we just kill ourselves when we play them. If we can be in control offensively and hit the big guys, we should be alright."

    In the Hilltoppers final two regular season games, the offense was sped up and was forced to make several mistakes by Capital and Espanola Valley's full-court press.

    Academy doesn't possess the same speed as the Jaguars and Sundevils, which allowed Los Alamos to set its offense and get the ball inside early and often.

  • Prep basketball: District 2-5A...

    The Los Alamos boys baketball team will host Albuquerque Academy at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round the District 2-5A tournament.

    The winner will advance to play Del Norte on Tuesday in the second round in Albuquerque.

    The Los Alamos girls basktball team will play Capital in the first round at 4 p.m. Monday in Santa Fe.

    Capital and Espanola Valley boys basketball will play a tiebreaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Los Alamos (Griffith Gym) to decide the top-seed for the district tournament. The winner will host the District 2-5A champioship on Friday night. The loser will host the semifinal on Thursday night.

  • Prep girls basketball: Toppers...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team couldn't avoid a last-place finish in District 2-5A.

    In the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell to Capital 42-32 Saturday in Santa Fe and fell to last place in the District 2-5A standings. Capital's win puts the Jaguars in fourth place and gives them a home game in the district tournament, where they'll face Los Alamos at 4 p.m. Monday in the first round.

    "You have to back to the drawing table," Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. "Some of the adjustments we made were good adjustments."

    Los Alamos just didn't have enough offense to close the gap late in the fourth quarter. While the Hilltoppers struggled on the offensive end, the Jaguars made the best of their opportunities to put the game away.

    Rachel Friend hit a pair of free throws to extend Capital's lead to 36-27 with 5:10 left in the game. Savannah Lucero gave Los Alamos a glimpse of hope by hitting a triple to cut the Jaguars lead to 38-31 with 3:42 remaining. But that as close as the Hilltoppers got and Friend sealed the win with two free throws in the final minute.

  • Prep wrestling: LA can't...

    The Los Alamos wrestling team got three wrestlers into Saturday's semifinal rounds at the Class 5A state championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, all three fell in their semifinal bouts.

    District 2-5A had three representatives in the 106-pound semifinals. In the first match, Los Alamos eighth-grader Devin Atencio met up with district champion Frankie Baca of Del Norte. Baca pinned Atencio to earn a championship bout against Capital's Jonathan Romero. Baca won the state title after downing Romero in a 6-5 decision.

    At 113, Donovan Atencio fell to eventual state champion Ryan Romero of Capital.

    Los Alamos sophomore Sam Harvey couldn't derail the expected all-Roswell final in the 195-pound weight class. Harvey was pinned by Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez, who earned a final matchup against Goddard's Andres Villa. In the final, Villa claimed an 8-2 decision to complete his undefeated season.

    Harvey went on to win in the consolation bracket but eventually fell in the third place bout.

    Devin Atencio placed fourth, while Donovan Atencio lost his two consolation bouts to finish in sixth.

    The three placers helped Los Alamos finished 14th in the team standings.

  • Prep swimming and diving: LA...

    The Los Alamos girls swimming team finished in fourth place at the state championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium.

    After having some success in the preliminaries Friday, the Hilltoppers scored 205 team points in the finals and were led by the 200-yard medley relay team of Sara Shiina, Jillian Bennett, Jessica Moore and Kaitlin Bennett, which finished second and .15 seconds ahead of Albuquerque Academy.

    Elizabeth Lockhart placed third in the 1-meter dive, while Sara Shiina gave Los Alamos a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Kaitlin Bennett was only one second behind the winning pace in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in third behind La Cueva's Natalie Jones and Acdemy's Sara Vianco.

    The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth, while the 400-yard freestyle relay completed the meet and placed sixth.

    Moore had an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

    The Hilltoppers finished 19 points behind third-place Eldorado.

    As expected, Academy and La Cueva ran away with the top-two spots in the team standings. But it was the Chargers who outpaced the Bears 368-317 to win their first state title since 2012.

    The Los Alamos boys swimming struggled to get swimmers in the finals.

  • Prep boys basketball: Capital...

    Capital's full-court pressure was once again too much to handle for the Los Alamos boys basketball team.

    The Jaguars went into Griffith Gym Friday night and downed the Hilltoppers 72-48 to secure a share of the District 2-5A regular season title. Española Valley's win at Del Norte sets up a tiebreak matchup between the Jaguars and Sundevlis to determine the top-seed for next week's District 2-5A tournament. The date and location for the tiebreak game are yet to determined.

    Meanwhile, Los Alamos ends the regular season at 11-14 overall and its 3-5 district record is enough to give the Hilltoppers the No. 4 seed for the district tournament. Los Alamos will host Albuquerque Academy on Monday in the first round.

    "They (Capital) handle the ball so well and they're so patient with their offense," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "Once you get behind, it's hard to comeback at them. Giving that early lead just killed us."

    Friday's game was similar to the team's previous meeting, where the Jaguars romped Los Alamos by negating any passes to the inside with its heavy pressure in the backcourt.

  • Prep wrestling: Toppers advance...

    The Los Alamos wrestling team had three wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals of the Class 5A state meet.

    The championship semifinals will be Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Devin Atencio at 106 pounds, pinned Belen's Raul Sisneros and topped Deming's Frankie Lucero to earn a semifinal matchup against District 2-5A foe Frankie Baca of Del Norte.

    Donovan Atencio reached the 113-pounds semifinals by getting wins against Farmington's Alex Rodriguez and St. Pius' Steven Sanchez. He'll face District 2-5A champion Ryan Romero on Saturday.

    Hilltoppers sophomore Sam Harvey made his way to the 195-pound semifinals after downing Kirtland Central's Cadyn Hartsfield and Grants' Paris Salvador. Harvey's two wins set up a tough match up against Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez.

    Los Alamos had other wrestlers win in the first round and in the consolation bracket.

    Trevor Brown (145 pounds) started with a first round win against Drew Smith of Bloomfield but fell in the quarterfinals to Belen's Chris Robinson. In the consolation bracket, Brown will face Kirtland Central's Brandon Silago.