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  • Prep girls hoops: ’Toppers host...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will look to build some momentum in the final week before the District 2-5A tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight at Griffith Gym. It’s Los Alamos’ final home game of the regular season, as Sienna Ahlers, Isabell Larribas, Casey Trujillo, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin could be playing their last game at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into tonight’s matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-5 District 2-5A record and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Los Alamos, which is tied with Capital in last place of the district standings, is playing for district tournament implications. A win could put the Hilltoppers ahead of Capital in the district standings.
    The Sundevils (16-6 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) will go into the game in first place in the district with a half game lead of Albuquerque Academy. A win will continue to put Española in the driver’s seat for the district tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Sundevils are coming off a 52-38 win against Capital, after falling to Class 6A contender 54-44 on Feb. 7.

  • Pajarito still battles burn scars

    Damages from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire still poses a problem for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    Most recently, a damaged tree broke and struck the Mother Lift, which provides access to Pajarito’s expert-level runs. The Mother Lift was closed for a month, as mountain officials were cautious about fixing the lift due to height restraints and snowfall that hit the mountain.
    “It made a challenging project for us to do,” Pajarito general manager Tom Long said. “The project was 32 feet in the air and everything to do the work was heavy. I didn’t feel comfortable putting my staff up 32 feet in the air during a snowstorm. So we had to pick and choose when we were going to work on it. But we were able to fix the problem.”  
    After completing successful test runs Wednesday and Thursday, the Mother Lift began to operate normally Friday.  
    Despite being almost six years since the Las Conchas Fire burned thousands of acres at Pajarito Mountain, the ski hill still battles with the aftermath, especially when it comes to aesthetics and grooming of the mountain.

  • Prep boys hoops: ‘Toppers win...

    Back-to-back wins have put the Los Alamos boys basketball team in position to make a realistic push at the District 2-5A regular season title.
    For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers executed in the post and from the perimeter en route to a 63-53 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “The (post players) finished the ones they needed to,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is the way they have to play. We’re very much an inside-outside team. We need to be going inside and if nothing is there, we throw it back to the outside and guards knock down 3s. If we don’t do that, we’re not near as good.”
    Los Alamos improved to 11-12 overall but more importantly moved to 3-3 in District 2-5A, where the Hilltoppers sit in third place and half a game behind Española Valley.
    “We thought we would be a game or two better than what we are right now,” Kluk said. “If we cant Española to beat Capital again, Capital will have two losses. Then if we could somehow get a win here, everybody will have three losses and then it gets jumbled. But we’ll be in the thick of it.”

  • Prep boys hoops: ’Toppers down...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team’s district title hopes will depend on what team shows up.
    If the Hilltoppers team that played in the first half of their game against Del Norte Friday shows up, hopes will be slim. But if the second half team and the team that upended defending state champion Española Valley Monday shows up, Los Alamos will be right in the midst of the District 2-5A title talks.
    The Hilltoppers took down the rival Sundevils, 55-48, in front of a ruckus crowd at Griffith Gym. It was Los Alamos’ first win against Española since the 2011-2012 season, ending a nine-game losing streak against the Sundevils.
    “There’s always that stigma of playing Española and trying to beat them,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This team (Los Alamos) has kind of struggled with its identity and its confidence a bit, but hopefully this is a big confidence builder.”
    Los Alamos improved to 10-12 overall and 2-3 in District 2-5A, while keeping pace with the middle teams in the district standings. The win put Los Alamos ahead of 2-3 Albuquerque Academy and one game behind 3-2 Española.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team took another tumble in District 2-5A play.

    The Hilltoppers struggled offensively in their 37-18 loss against Albuquerque Academy Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos fell to 6-18 overall and 1-5 in District 2-5A and is in last place in the district standings. The Chargers improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in district play and got within half a game of first place Española Valley.

    Los Alamos' lone district win came against the Chargers in the team's Jan. 30 meeting, where the Hilltoppers were able to execute early in the game. The Chargers didn't allow that to happen Tuesday, as the Hilltoppers only managed one point in the opening eight minutes.

    And on the other end, Academy's Sophie Long and Savina Romero found creases in the Hilltoppers defense and helped the Chargers take a 17-5 lead at halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to match Academy in the third quarter but the scoring struggles continued in the final frame. The Chargers outscored the Hilltoppers 12-5 in the last eight minutes.

    Los Alamos will host Española at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffith Gym.

         

  • LA girls hoops fall to Del Norte...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team continues to struggle in District 2-5A play after falling 50-28 against Del Norte Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After the first half of district play, the Hilltoppers are 1-4 in district and 6-17 overall. Los Alamos faced Albuquerque Academy on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Del Norte took command of the game from the opening tip-off and jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.
    The Knights continued to succeed on offense in the second quarter and outscored Los Alamos 16-9 to take a 31-16 lead at halftime.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t have much success on the offensive end in the second half and only managed four points in the final eight minutes. Meanwhile, Del Norte executed on both ends and sealed its third district win to improve to 3-2 and 12-9 overall.
    Savannah Lucero led Los Alamos with eight points, while Isabell Larribas and Susana Gallegos finished with five points, respectively.
    Del Norte got a game-high 12 points from Breana Desoto, while Victoria Casaus added 11.
    Going into Tuesday’s games, Los Alamos was in last place in district while Del Norte remained in third. Española Valley was atop the standings and Academy was second.

     
     

  • 'Toppers make commitments

    Three Los Alamos High School student-athletes have signed Letters of Intent to extend their playing careers at the next level.
    Sienna Ahlers, Jacob Mairson and Tristen Roach partook in signing day festivities Wednesday at LAHS.
    Ahlers signed to play soccer at Wingate University, Mairson signed a proffered walk-on commitment to be apart of the University of New Mexico football program and Roach inked his name to Adam State University’s men’s soccer 2017 recruiting class.
    In three seasons with the Los Alamos girls soccer program, Ahlers became one of the most prolific attacking players in Hilltopper history. She tallied 58 goals and 39 assists during her Los Alamos career.
    In 2016, Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 24 goals and a state-leading 21 assists, which led her to winning District 2-5A’s offensive player of the year and a Class 5A all-state first team selection. She helped Los Alamos to a 16-6 record and state semifinals appearance.
    During her junior season, Ahlers led Los Alamos with 23 goals and 12 assists, while helping the Hilltoppers reach the Class 5A state championship game. In 2014, she amassed 11 goals and finished the season with six assists.
    Ahlers has also been a member of the Los Alamos girls basketball and track and field teams.   

  • Prep boys basketball: ‘Toppers...

    It was one of those games where the Los Alamos boys basketball team couldn’t capitalize from a hefty size advantage.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers couldn’t cope with the speed of the Capital guards, as the Jaguars pulled away late and handed Los Alamos a 58-36 loss Tuesday night in Santa Fe.
    “We were not surprised that we lost,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “We didn’t play all that well and it was disappointing.”
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-2 in District 2-5A and 9-11 overall, while Capital stayed within a game of first place and improved to 17-4 overall.
    In its previous two games, Los Alamos was able to get productivity from post players. But those games happened 11 and 14 days prior to Tuesday, as games against Goddard and Española Valley were cancelled and rescheduled.
    “I don’t know how much it had to do with us not playing in over a week,” Kluk said. “We had a week of practice leading up to Espanola but that didn’t end up happening, Maybe that had something to do with it.”

  • Prep girls hoops: Capital upends...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team was unable to ride the wave of momentum that it created after last Monday’s big win against Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 6-16 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A, after dropping a 50-47 decision against Capital Wednesday at Griffith Gym. The Jaguars picked up their first district win and improved to 4-18 overall.
    Capital’s Miranda Cortez took over in the final two minutes. Cortez drove to the basket and tied it 45-45 with 2:16 left in the game and on the ensuing possession she gave the Jaguars a 48-45 lead. Kyannah Cole was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 50-45 with 23 seconds left.
    Los Alamos once again started firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers outscored Capital 19-13 in the opening eight minutes. The second quarter was a different story. Los Alamos’ only second quarter points were three free throws by Rebecca Green. Meanwhile, the Jaguars got four points a piece from Cortez, Cole and Deeanza Booker to take a 25-22 lead at halftime.
    In the third quarter, Elena Abeyta provided five points for Los Alamos but that wasn’t enough to avoid being outscored by Capital 11-10 in the period.
    Abeyta paced Los Alamos with 10 points, while Sienna Ahlers added eight.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers...

    The defensive effort that Los Alamos girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta was looking for came at a good time.
    The Hilltoppers created hustle plays and intensity on defense to claim their biggest win of the season, a 44-41 overtime win against District 2-5A leaders Albuquerque Academy on Monday night at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos improved to 6-15 overall and won its first district game. The Hilltoppers also ended an eight-game winning streak for Academy, which fell to 15-5 overall and lost for the first time in district play.
    “That’s what it says about this team,” Archuleta said. “This team finally came out and believed in themselves. We told them they have to bring up the intensity every single quarter. It comes down to... do we believe in one another to excel and be the team that we know we can be? And that just happened here tonight.”
    The Hilltoppers set the tempo in the overtime period and started the period on an 8-0 run. Los Alamos’ defense didn’t allow Academy to find high percentage shots and forced several Charger turnovers. Academy didn’t score in overtime until the 52-second mark but a pair of free throw cut the Hilltoppers lead to 42-39. Los Alamos put the game away with a bucket on the other end.