Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sipapu opening more terrain...

    When Sipapu kicked off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year last Saturday, the mountain was able to get a route open from the top of Lift 1.
    After getting 24 inches of fresh snow after the mountain closed Monday, the ski area was able to open 20 additional runs when it reopened Friday.
    The mountain now has three beginner trails, 14 intermediate, three advanced and one expert trail open. With the exception of a few tree runs (Pinball, Indecision, Reasonable Anxiety, No Whiners, Wormwood, Jib and Josh Cutes) essentially every run that Lift 1 services is now open for people to ride down.
    The terrain park will be in the same spot as opening weekend — at the top of Lift 1 — but it will have a few additional features to jib on.
    The ski area’s two magic carpets at its base, the Practice Slope and the Ski School Area, are now open as well.
    The mountain’s crew is also beginning to check the terrain under lifts 3 and 4 and could begin opening some of that terrain this week.
    Sipapu is open every day until Nov. 29. It will then close for a few days after the Thanksgiving holiday, but begin daily operations Dec. 4.

  • Lobos increasing security

    Due to the recent events in France and with the increased security threats to stadiums and arenas, UNM athletics will be implementing additional security measures to help protect its fans and the game day experience. UNM appreciates the cooperation of its fans.
    The University of New Mexico will be using extra security at UNM’s home football game on Saturday vs. Colorado State. All fans entering the game will be searched using a metal detecting wand and all bags will be searched. Gates open at 2 p.m. and UNM is urging all fans to arrive early into the stadium.
    “This is a direct result of what’s going on in the world right now,” said Assistant A.D. Mike Haggerty. “We are wanting all our fans to not wait until the last minute to enter the stadium to avoid long lines.”
    In order to make entry into the stadium go as quickly and smoothly as possible, it encourages fans to not bring into the stadium the following items: Backpacks, purses and bags.
    Any of the above items will be searched by security at the entrance gates.
    “We are working with UNMPD, The Department of Homeland Security and all agencies that assist us on game day to provide a safe environment for our fans,” said Haggerty.

  • Montaño named district...

    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...

    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...

    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.

  • Turkey Trot on Sunday

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Tumblers begin season

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their season Nov. 7 with a meet in Santa Fe. The team had five first-place finishers and swept the awards in several divisions.
    The team’s high scorer of the day was Chantel Biebeault. Biebeault scored a 37.60 to win the silver junior division. Biebeault won the vault (9.30), bars (9.50), beam (9.50) and floor (9.30) to win the overall title. Anika Lovato finished second in the same division with a 35.50 and Deeanna Foster placed third with 34.085.
    In the silver children’s division, Danielle Trellue took first with 35.55, Colette Biebeault placed second with 34.95 and Alexandra Simakov took third with 31.70.
    In the silver senior division, Cyra Bishop placed first with a 34.50, Sarah Hutchens took second with 34.20 and Sara Gardner took third with 34.00.
    In the gold competition, Kayli Lincoln finished first with 35.10, Faith Koh took second with 34.95 and Addie Richie finnished third with 34.85. Lincoln won the vault (8.90), beam (8.70) and floor (9.00) while Koh took first on on the bars (8.90).
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took first with 36.80, Anna Clark was a very close second with 36.75 and Brianna Fryer took third with 34.20. Cox won the beam with a 9.40 while Clark finished first on the vault (9.30), bars (9.20) and floor (9.30).