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Today's Sports

  • LAHS downed by Santa Fe High

    Heading into this season, the main concern surrounding the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team was its inexperience. With just three seniors on the roster, it was inevitable that girls without much varsity experience would be thrust into important roles.

    Tuesday night against Santa Fe High School, the growing pains of the young Hilltoppers were on full display, as LAHS fell 46-35 partially due to an offense still searching for its identity.

    Heading into the game, it appeared the Hilltoppers had a bit of momentum. In its previous game, LAHS defeated Valencia High School on the road 54-52, after being down by six points at halftime.

    It also appeared that the Hilltoppers were catching Santa Fe High at the right time, as new head coach Cindy Roybal struggled through her first few games leading the Demonettes, with a 1-3 record.

    Early on, however, it was clear that Santa Fe High came into the matchup with the Hilltoppers ready to go, and firing on all cylinders.

    In this game, LAHS head coach Josh Archuleta inserted senior Katey Green into the starting lineup for junior Alix Hailey.

    Just 90 seconds into the game, Green had to be removed after picking up two quick personal fouls. This seemed to disrupt the offensive flow and put the Hilltoppers in an early hole.

  • LAMS wrestling has another...

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks wrestling team went down to Los Lunas for another Dual Tournament this past weekend, advancing to the finals before falling to Los Lunas Middle School.

    The Hawks were seeded in a pool with Valencia Middle School, and Academy Middle School. In the team’s first match against Valencia, the Hawks earned a decisive victory, by a score of 118-38.

    The Hawks went into the next match against Academy, also winners in the first round. Academy was no match against the Hawks, losing 104-6. That win moved the Los Alamos into the semi-finals against Rio Rancho. The Hawks took down Rio Rancho easily with a score of 90-21.

    That win took the team into the finals against Los Lunas. It was a tough match between the longtime rivals.

    Los Alamos was on top of Los Lunas by the end of wrestling 56-45. However, the Hawks had to give up 18 points in forfeits, costing the team first place by a score of 63-56, taking second overall.
     

  • Hockey defeats rival Taos in...

    The Los Alamos High School ice hockey team waited a long time to make its season debut at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    And even as the date of the home opener arrived, the team had to wait a little longer.

    The Hilltoppers were scheduled to debut Friday evening against the Taos High School Ice Tigers. However, an issue with the rink’s ice compressor caused the game to be canceled, and pushed the home opener back to Saturday evening.

    When LAHS finally took the ice, the team did not disappoint, defeating Taos 7-3 with an impressive offensive display over the final two periods.

    The game did not start well for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS only put two shots on goal in the first period despite having two early power play opportunities. Movement in the offensive zone was unorganized, and players were coming up empty on scoring opportunities in front of the net.

    Taos had 10 shots on goal in the opening period, and scored the game’s first goal with just six seconds remaining in the period, giving the Ice Tigers a 1-0 lead.

    The Hilltoppers were more aggressive to begin the second period, with more pressure in front of the net.

    The pressure paid off, as Jacob Rutten tied the score at 1-1 off of an assist from Jacob Dunwoody just under three minutes into the period.

  • Hilltoppers win Bill Hudson...

    Divers compete well Friday evening

    The Bill Hudson Memorial Meet kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Friday evening, and the Hilltoppers immediately made their presence known.

    Of the 24 divers that participated, 11 were from Los Alamos High School, five boys and six girls.

    Four girls finished in the top five, led by Cyra Bishop, who was the runner-up. She finished with a score of 177.65.

    Also scoring well for the Hilltoppers were Anna Clark, who finished in third place with a score of 158.2.
    Emme Mooday was the fourth place finisher with a score of 157.75, and Bailey Nasise finished in fifth place with a score of 152.40.

    Addie Richie and Katie Wingo finished in seventh and eighth places, with scores of 143.25 and 141.35.

    The overall winner for the girls was Elianna Christienson from Farmington High School, who scored 206.2.

    The Hilltopper boys also performed well at the diving competition, with three boys finishing in the top five.
    LAHS’ top diver was Mychael Garcia, who ended up in third place with a score of 189.35.

    Kyle Hatler finished right behind him with a score of 178.5, and Griffin Stidham rounded out the top five with a score of 177.45.

  • LAHS basketball rolls past St....

    Heading into Friday night’s home opener for the Los Alamos High School boys basketball team, much uncertainty surrounded the team. Earlier in the week, Bernalillo High School blew out the Hilltoppers 70-39, with many of LAHS’ leaders playing minimum roles.

    Even more uncertainty arose during pregame warm-ups Friday, as senior Jack Stewart was nowhere to be found inside Griffith Gymnasium, and a member of the coaching staff confirmed he was no longer with the team.

    Despite the questions surrounding the team, LAHS played one of its most complete games in recent memory, defeating St. Michael’s High School 73-61.

    “I thought they played with a lot of intensity,” LAHS head coach Michael Kluk said.

    From the very beginning, the Hilltoppers came out firing, as guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo had open looks from the perimeter that they were not afraid to take. Roybal played especially well in the opening quarter, knocking down three shots and scoring 7 quick points.

    Trujillo provided the game’s top highlight at the end of the first quarter, knocking down a half-court buzzer beater that gave the Hilltoppers a 17-14 lead after one quarter.

    Freeing up those shots on the outside were forwards Ivan Balakirev and Michael Naranjo, who Kluk praised for their efforts.

  • Atomic City Update: New district...

    In sports, having new things is always fun. You see it in professional sports all the time. Players are constantly switching teams. Leagues are always looking to expand or relocate teams.

    Over the past few years, the NFL has relocated two teams. Coincidentally, both of those teams moved to Los Angeles.

    This season, hockey has a new franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. These types of things can be fun for the fans, and it gives them new things to talk about when a monumental shift like that takes place.

    This week, we have seen one of those major shifts occur in the New Mexico Activities Association, as the new alignments and districts for high schools were announced, and are set to begin next fall.

    Any time you have new opponents to talk about and analyze, it is fun. There is no doubt it will be fun being back in the same football district as Santa Fe High School, and it will be fun to have plenty of new district foes in the other sports, notably Pojoaque High School, Taos High School and Bernalillo High School.

    However, the downside became apparent to me as I was looking at the new districts. I realized I am going to miss some of the district matchups that Los Alamos High School currently has.

  • NMAA approves new district...

    After months of speculation, the New Mexico Activities Association announced the new classifications and districts for schools in the state beginning next school year on Thursday.

    There will be lots of changes coming to Los Alamos High School’s district next year in nearly every sport. One of the main reasons for that is the NMAA’s decision to go down to five classes in every sport except football, which will remain at six classes.

    That move adds teams to every class, and creates larger districts across the state.

    LAHS will be moving to Class 4A, down from their current alignment in Class 5A. Under the new alignment, enrollment in Class 4A will be between 500 and 1,299.

    The new alignment will run from 2018-2020.

    Currently, in nearly every sport except for soccer, Los Alamos’ district includes Albuquerque Academy, Del Norte High School, Capital High School and Española Valley High School.

    Beginning next year, in nearly every sport except football and soccer, the district will include Bernalillo High School, Española Valley High School, Pojoaque High School, Taos High School and Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Belen soars past Hilltoppers

    Slow starts continue to plague the Los Alamos High School girls basketball team. The latest example came Thursday evening at Griffith Gymnasium, as the Hilltoppers went down 19-6 in the first quarter en route to a 65-37 loss to Belen High School, the team’s third lopsided defeat in a row.

    LAHS has started slow in nearly every game so far this season, facing double-digit first quarter deficits in all but one game to this point. In the Hilltoppers’ first game on the road against Farmington High School, the team was able to overcome the deficit for a 44-40 victory, but that fortune has not followed them since.

    Belen came at LAHS fast, and shot with accuracy in the first quarter. Of the seven shots the Eagles attempted from the field, seven of them connected, including multiple three-point baskets.

    Unlike previous games, where the Hilltoppers struggled to get the ball across half court facing a full-court press, the issue in this game was maintaining control once the team crossed mid court.

    Due to turnover issues, LAHS attempted just four shots in the first quarter, connecting on two of them, with baskets by Alix Hailey and Becca Green.

  • Full-court press leads Volcano...

    The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team knows what its weaknesses are. Now, the challenge for head coach Josh Archuleta and his players is to overcome them on game days.

    Tuesday evening against Volcano Vista High School, the team’s weaknesses with handling pressure defense and defending against fast break offense were on display, as the Hilltoppers fell 60-23.

    It was the second time in three days that similar issues kept LAHS from staying in a game.

    Last Saturday, the Hilltoppers fell 60-27 to Pojoaque Valley High School.

    Volcano Vista and Pojoaque Valley play similar, full-court press defense, and Archuleta said his team knew exactly what was coming. The girls just had no way of stopping it.

    “The plan was to break the press and be patient,” Archuleta said. “And for the first couple minutes of the game, it looked like we were going to make it a game. And then all of a sudden we stopped doing what we had practiced for two and a half hours yesterday.”

    Midway through the first quarter LAHS began trying to dribble through the press, and the turnovers followed. After one quarter, the Hilltoppers trailed 20-6.

    “They exposed us, and we started to get frustrated,” Archuleta said.

  • Hilltopper hockey prepares for...

    After playing its first two games of the season on the road, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers ice hockey team will make its home debut Friday night at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    Los Alamos will take on Taos at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

    The Hilltoppers return home full of confidence, after completing a sweep over Coronado in the first series of the season.

    In those two games, Los Alamos won 7-3 and 11-0, giving the team an ideal start to the new campaign.

    In the first game, the offense of Los Alamos was dialed in from the opening faceoff, firing 86 shots on goal against Coronado, and connecting for seven goals.

    Sean Mitchell scored the first goal of the season for the Hilltoppers, off of an assist from Jared Carnes, Mitchell added two more goals in the game for a hat trick.

    Ben Rees and Ray Guffee scored two goals apiece in the game, and Guffee added an assist. Also adding assists were John Charles, Carson Schramm and Jacob Dunwoody.

    The Hilltoppers went 2-3 on the power play, and goalie Zachery Brown made 16 saves on 19 shots as the defense played well and prevented many quality scoring opportunities.

    In the second game of the season, it was complete domination by the Hilltoppers from the very beginning.