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  • Prep girl's basketball: ’...

    The Los Alamos girl’s basketball team improved to 1-1 on the season with a 39-36 win against St. Michael’s on Tuesday in Santa Fe.
    Senior forward Shannon Irwin gave the Hilltoppers a 37-36 lead, after hitting a free throw. Senior Ashley Logan provided the final points for Los Alamos with a pair of clutch free throws. Logan also came up with a big block in the final defensive stand.
    The Hilltoppers continued to use its strength on the defense, as they only allowed four points in the first quarter and two in the final quarter.
    However, the Horsemen outscored Los Alamos 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead at halftime. St. Michael’s continued to apply pressure taking a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
    In the final eight minutes, Los Alamos outscored the Horsemen 9-2.
    Sienna Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 14 points.  
     

  • Rees sends LA hockey past Taos

    Starting the season against a common opponent didn’t faze the Los Alamos hockey team.
    The Hilltoppers began their 2016-17 campaign with a 2-1 win against rival Taos on Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    Los Alamos maintained the North Star trophy, which is won by the winner of each Los Alamos-Taos match up. Friday was the second-straight win for the Hilltoppers against the Ice Tigers.
    Los Alamos made the most out of a five-minute power play with 1:55 left in the final period, as Ben Rees capitalized from a rebound and scored the game-winning goal.   
    The Hilltoppers evened the game three minutes into the second period, after a face off puck leaked to toward the center of the Taos zone and Griffin Matuszak ripped a shot into the net.
    In the beginning of the second period, Los Alamos goalie Zach Brown kept the Ice Tigers from increasing their advantage with four key saves. Brown finished with a stellar 32 saves.  
    Taos opened the scoring when Justin Lucero found himself behind the Los Alamos defense and converted the breakaway goal with 3:05 left in the first period.

     
     

  • LA girl’s hoops falls in opener

    Result-wise, it wasn’t the start the Los Alamos girl’s basketball team wanted.
    But there were some areas of optimism in the Hilltoppers 38-32 season-opening loss to Farmington on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    Before the season opener, Los Alamos (0-1) first-year coach Josh Archuleta said the strength for this season’s Hilltoppers is team defense. And that was evident in the 38 points allowed. But on offense, Los Alamos appeared to be stale at times and didn’t capitalize on open shots.
    The Hilltoppers perimeter defense was solid, only allowing one Farmington (1-0) triple, which came in the first quarter.  
    Farmington took a 32-25 lead after four quick buckets early in the fourth quarter. The Hilltoppers didn’t score in the final quarter until the 1:25 mark and strung together five more points in the final minute of the game. But the comeback effort was too late, as the Scorpions went up by 13, after starting the quarter on a 14-0 run.
    After a slow opening half, Los Alamos got it going by outscoring the Scorpions 10-3 in the third quarter and taking a 25-24 lead into the final stanza.   
    The Hilltoppers struggled to execute on offense in the second quarter, only scoring six points in the frame, as Farmington took a 21-15 lead into halftime.

  • Experience leads LA to 2016-17...

    The last two seasons, the Los Alamos boy's basketball team was enforced by a plethora of young players.

    Those players are now juniors and seniors and they are the leaders of the program.

    The Hilltoppers begin their 2016-17 season by hosting Valencia at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Griffith Gym.

    "We've been telling them since last summer that it's their program now," said Mike Kluk, who's entering his fourth season as Los Alamos coach. "It's critical that they step up and own it. They're all upperclassmen now and we're starting see a bit more maturity compared to last year."

    Every player on the Los Alamos roster this season is either a senior or junior.

    One of the experienced pieces that the Hilltoppers will rely on in 2016-17 is 6-foot junior guard Jack Stewart.  

    "There's been a lot of potential these past couple seasons and we're just looking to build off of that," Stewart said. "We're all maturing so I think it's going to be good this season."

    Kluk said he implemented a new offensive scheme during the offseason. And the team has adapted well to the new offense, according to Kluk.

  • Prep girl's basketball: New...

    Not only will the Los Alamos girl’s basketball team begin the season with a new coach, it will also have a new leader on the court.
    The Hilltoppers tip-off their 2016-17 campaign by hosting Farmington at 5 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    “It’s going to be tough to get off to a strong start but it is important,” said Los Alamos first-year coach Josh Archuleta. “Usually that first game will set the tone for the season. But I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I’ve lost the first game before but came stronger. And I’ve also won the first game but didn’t come back so strong.”
    Archuleta inherits a squad that includes seven seniors and three juniors. Although most of those seniors and juniors have been on the varsity level before, they haven’t seen a lot of meaningful minutes, as Los Alamos graduated four key players from last year’s team.  
    “They graduated some key players last year so they have some big shoes to fill,” Archuleta said. “We have one girl (Ashley Logan) that’s coming up with true varsity experience and that’s gotten several minutes. So these girls have something to prove and they want to show that it’s their turn to shine.”
    “I see us surprising a lot of people.”

  • LA hockey opens Friday night

    The Los Alamos hockey team will open its 2016-17 season by hosting Taos at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Friday’s season-opening game will also be a battle for the North Star trophy, which is given to the winner of each Los Alamos-Taos matchup. The Hilltoppers currently hold the trophy, as they defeated the Ice Tigers in their previous meeting during the 2015-16 season. The season opener can also be heard on the radio on KRSN 1490AM.

  • ’Toppers conclude fall season

    No blue trophies for Los Alamos fall prep sports in 2016, but it was still a memorable season.
    The Hilltoppers cross country, soccer, football and volleyball teams concluded their respective seasons last weekend.
    It wasn’t the best of starts for the Los Alamos girl’s cross country team in 2016, as the Hilltoppers began the season without their top returner Zoe Hemez. Los Alamos was led by eighth-grader Lidia Appell for the first half of the season, before Hemez made her 2016 debut on Oct. 7.
    From there, the Hilltoppers began to really be a part of the contenders for the reminder of the season. On Oct. 21, Los Alamos hosted its home meet and finished a couple spots behind district foe Albuquerque Academy. The following week, the Hilltoppers inched closer but the Chargers still came out victorious in the District 2-5A meet.  
    The closest Los Alamos got to Academy was in last weekend’s state championships. Led by a second-place finish from Hemez, a fifth-place finish from Appell and a 10th-place finish from Marin Kelly, the Hilltoppers finished six points behind Class 5A champion Academy.
    The Chargers triumph ended a streak of seven-straight state titles for Los Alamos.  But the Hilltoppers return all their state runners, making it easy to forget the defeat and look forward towards the future.

  • Toppers swimming, diving set for...

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos swimming teams will get a better idea to know if they have the viable pieces to replace Sarah Lott and Nathan Scrimshaw.
    The Hilltoppers will compete in the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays in Albuquerque to begin its 2016-17 season.
    The Los Alamos girls return an experienced squad that helped them earn a fourth place finish in last season’s state championships.
    Returning for Los Alamos is senior Jessica Moore who was part of last season’s 200-yard medley team that finished third at state. Moore expects to have another stellar season in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.
    Junior Sarah Shiina also returns for the Hilltoppers. Last season at state, Shiina finished 13th in the 100-yard butterfly and was the third of the 200-yard medley team.
    Senior Kaitlin Bennett will look to make an impact for Los Alamos in the 50-yard freestyle, where she advanced to the finals in state. She was sixth at state in the 100-yard freestyle and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay.
     Sophomore Jillian Bennett, who will look to provide some depth for the Hilltoppers, was the first leg of the state fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.
    Los Alamos will look to youth divers to replace Elizabeth Lockhart on the one-meter board.

  • 5A cross country: Academy girls...

    The potential and bright future of the Los Alamos girl's cross country team might outlast the inability to win an eighth-straight state title.

    The Hilltoppers placed second at the Class 5A state cross country championships on Saturday at Rio Rancho High School, ending their streak of consecutive state titles at seven.

    Los Alamos didn't have any senior runners and was six points shy of an equally young Albuquerque Academy team that finished with 52 points to win its first state title since 2008.

    "It was a great race," Los Alamos junior Zoe Hemez said. "There were a lot of great runners out there. (The course) was fast since the weather was a little cooler."

    Hemez led the Hilltoppers finishing second individually (19:17.55) and two seconds behind first-place finisher Carly Wall of Academy.

    Hemez jumped out to the lead during the first quarter-mile of the race. She slowed the pace halfway through the race and at one point was in fifth place. But in the final stretch, Hemez made her move and helped Los Alamos get as close as its been to the Chargers all season.

  • Sanchez leads LA boy's...

    Since the Lobo Invitational, it was clear that Rafael Sanchez was the future of the Los Alamos boy's cross country team, but Saturday proved that Sanchez has the potential to be the future of cross country in New Mexico.

    The eighth-grade standout led the Hilltoppers to a third place finish at the Class 5A state cross country championships at Rio Rancho High School.

    "Los Alamos... what more can you ask for than to run with them," Sanchez said. "We have great coaches and a great organization."

    Los Alamos, which finished with 76 points, placed behind champion Albuquerque Academy and Kirtland Central. Individual champion Jordan Lesansee led the Chargers, who won their second-consecutive state title. The Broncos had the second-best runner of the race in Kashon Harrison.

    Sanchez finished in fourth place individually with a time of 16:41.65. Midway through the race, he made a move past Academy's Mark Harrington that proved to be enough to give Los Alamos its 12th-consective season with a top-five individual state finisher.   

    "He (Harrington) was really gaining a lead so I decided to make a leap of faith of just go for it," Sanchez said. "I didn't really like the beginning of the race. But the middle and the ending were really good."