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  • Hilltoppers reach district...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team beat Del Norte 40-36 Thursday to earn the right to play for the district championship. That game will Saturday at Española Valley, 7 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers were sluggish early, but went into halftime tied at 14.

    Del Norte took a 15-16 lead in the third, but then Los Alamos came alive. Jordan Duran made three field goals to spark a 9-2 run. The Hilltoppers stayed aggressive and scored more points in a four-minute span than they had the previous 20 minutes. They took a 29-20 lead into the fourth.

    Del Norte got back within 1 point of Los Alamos halfway through the fourth, but the Hilltoppers were able to finish on top.

    Ashlynn Trujillo led Los Alamos with 15 points — 10 of which came in the fourth. Duran and Amber Logan both finished with 6. Los Alamos also got points from Sofia Roybal (5), Makaela Jones (4), Shannon Irwin (2) and Amber Logan (2).

  • Hilltoppers to host Del Norte in...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will host Del Norte tonight in the District 2-5A semifinal at 7 p.m. The winner will get to play for the district championship Saturday at Española Valley.
    So far there hasn’t been any upsets in the district tournament. Bernalillo (7-20, 3-7 2-5A) beat Capital (1-26, 0-7) in the first round 74-51. Del Norte (15-10, 6-3) then took down Bernalillo 43-28 in the district quarterfinal on Tuesday.
    Los Alamos hopes to continue that streak tonight, and then end it on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers have beat Del Norte both times they’ve played this season.
    These games are also important for the state playoff picture. MaxPreps has Los Alamos predicted to get a No. 6 seed, Del Norte a No. 14 seed and Española Valley a No. 4 seed.

  • Hilltoppers enter baseball...

    Los Alamos’ baseball team has had an interesting start to its season. Some days it has practiced on the football field, some days it has had to work out in the weight room and other times it has actually got to play on their baseball field.
    “We still have a lot of work to be done,” manager Michael Gill said. “We’re not there yet.”
    This Saturday, they’ll play their first games of the season against Piedra Vista — the defending state champs.
    The good news for the Hilltoppers, who won their sixth straight district title and went 22-7 last year, is they have seven starters back to lead them.
    “We have a good core coming back,” Gill said. “On paper it looks good.”
    The team, however, doesn’t want to look too far ahead. It just wants to play a good ball game every game. To break it down even further, it wants to take the season one pitch at a time.
    Pitching will be the team’s strength this season. “We have a great pitching staff,” Gill said.
    Jared Mang, Connor Mang and Koby Leeches are a few of the team’s pitchers that will challenge opposing lineups. With them throwing hard, the defenders in the field will be just as important to help Los Alamos shut opposing offenses down.

  • Moore sets record with...

    The Los Alamos High School swimmers kept their strong tradition alive last weekend at the state championships.
    The Hilltopper girls finished third to bring home a state team trophy while the boys, led by Michael Moore’s individual state championship, finished sixth.
    “I was very happy,” head coach Stuart Corliss said. “I’m proud we can go toe-to-toe with the bigger schools.”
    Senior Michael Moore finished his prep swimming career in dominating fashion in the 500-yard freestyle. Moore won the state championship in 4 minutes, 40.19 seconds, breaking the Los Alamos school record that had stood since 1997 in the process.
    “I was really proud of Michael Moore,” coach Corliss said. For the first 200 meters Moore swam with his competition, “then he just pulled away,” the coach said. “I think he has a pain threshold that’s different than most people.”
    Moore also finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:44.24).
    Alex Jaegers was the other member of the boys’ team to make it into an A-final. He took eighth in the 100-free (50.27).
    The Hilltopper girls also had some stellar performances to make it into A-finals and place well.
    Jessica Moore finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.19.

  • 'Toppers finish tied for...

    RIO RANCHO — The regular season didn’t end as well as the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was hoping, but the state tournament went about as well the team could’ve hoped.
    The Hilltoppers picked up 82 points, tying their District 2-5A foe, Del Norte, for eighth place in the final Class 5A team standings Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Along the way, the Hilltoppers grabbed a state championship and a runner-up finish along with a sixth-place medal individually.
    Los Alamos brought 11 qualifiers with them to the state tournament, a good total despite not earning the finish it was hoping to in district the previous two weeks.
    Los Alamos certainly wasn’t going in with a lot of momentum in Friday’s first round after back-to-back lackluster performances, finishing third in the 2-5A team championships — the Hilltoppers had won three straight district team titles prior to then — and third, unofficially, in the 2-5A individual qualifier the previous week and picking up just one individual championship.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to bounce back at state and earn the finish head coach Bob Geyer was predicting at the start of the season.
    “If you had asked me a week ago what we were going to do, I would’ve said something like 15th,” Geyer said.

  • LA boys basketball falls in...

    SANTA FE — Despite some late-season improvements, finding those elusive wins never materialized for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos, as it has done for a good portion of the final three weeks of the season, had a solid game against a vulnerable team Monday night, the Capital Jaguars. Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it still wasn’t enough to get a win or to keep its season going.
    The Hilltoppers led by a point at the half against the Jaguars in the opening round game of the District 2-5A tournament, but couldn’t keep their momentum going in the third quarter as the Jaguars took over control of the ballgame.
    Ultimately, the Jaguars would prevail 61-48 at Edward Medina Gymnasium. They will now move on to play the Bernalillo Spartans tonight in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
    The Hilltoppers end their season with a record of 2-25.
    Even with the improvements the Hilltoppers made down the stretch — the offense was considerably more willing to attack the basket in the latter half of the season, a big part of that improvement — there were still the lapses that haunted the team throughout, another of which occurred Monday.

  • LA cruises to big win in finale

    The last thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wanted to do was give its opponent Friday any more confidence than it already had going in.
    And with their quick start, the Hilltoppers were able to turn that confidence into doubt in a hurry.
    Los Alamos’ Makela Jones buried two long 3-pointers early in the opening quarter, helping her team get off to a quick start and, just as importantly soften up the defense of the Del Norte Knights early.
    From there, the Hilltoppers were able to go back to their bread-and-butter of pounding the ball inside. The Hilltoppers prevailed Friday night at home, 61-43.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte were squaring off for the runner-up spot in District 2-5A Friday. For Del Norte, however, the game was even more important, as if the Knights could knock off the Hilltoppers and get some help, they could tie up the Española Valley Sundevils for the regular season district championship.
    Instead, Los Alamos took Del Norte out of its game early.
    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan, who finished off a brilliant regular season with 14 points Friday, said afterward the team’s ability to find other scorers was an important ingredient to the Hilltoppers’ mix, something that had been sorely lacking a week earlier.

  • 'Topper boys drop last game...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team led the Del Norte Knights after one half of play, but struggled in the second half in Albuquerque Friday.
    The Hilltoppers led by a bucket at the break, but Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said turnovers in the second half proved to be their undoing.
    The Knights, who were in a three-way race heading into Friday’s game, pulled out a 63-40 victory. That win over Los Alamos, however, wasn’t enough to propel the Knights into the top spot as the Española Valley Sundevils topped the Bernalillo Spartans in overtime, 44-43 in Bernalillo.
    Friday loss finished off the regular season for Los Alamos (2-24 overall, 0-8 in district). Los Alamos the No. 5 seed for the district tournament and will play 7 p.m. Monday at Capital.
    The two teams were tied at 9-9 following one quarter, but Los Alamos outscored Del Norte (17-7, 6-2) 12-10 in the second quarter to take the edge into the break.
     

  • LA, Del Norte meet tonight with...

    For the second Friday night in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will have a key District 2-5A contest.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, however, they won’t be playing tonight for the position they were hoping to a week ago.
    Last week, Los Alamos met Española Valley for the lead in the 2-5A race. That game, played down in the valley, didn’t go even close to the way the Hilltoppers were hoping, with the Sundevils winning handily, 60-44.
    Now, Los Alamos heads into tonight’s game, its season finale, trying to hang on to the No. 2 spot in district. Los Alamos and tonight’s opponent, Del Norte, are both tied with 5-2 district records with the runner-up spot in the district on the line.
    Had Los Alamos come away with the road win a week earlier, it would be playing for the top spot in 2-5A. Instead, Los Alamos is trying to avoid sliding into third place. The difference between a second-place finish and a third-place finish in the regular season standings will mean the difference between hosting the 2-5A semifinal game and going on the road two nights after playing in the 2-5A quarterfinal round.
    For the Hilltoppers, barring a disaster of epic proportions in the district tournament, they are a virtual lock for an at-large bid into the playoffs after posting 21 wins.

  • Round and Round

    Los Alamos senior diver Madeline Le Scouarec does a somersault during her third dive at Friday’s state preliminary round at Albuquerque Academy. She qualified for Saturday’s finals in the event.