Today's Sports

  • Pajarito working to get second...

    When Pajarito Mountain reopens its slopes Friday, the ski area is hoping to have an additional lift running to cater to beginners.
    General Manager Tom Long said the crew was able to make snow on Beginner West from about 4 p.m. Tuesday until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and then a similar timeframe Wednesday night.
    Long said the goal this week is to get the Beginner lift running to give people another option to ride besides the Aspen lift.
    “It will give us a better ability to accommodate beginners and never-evers,” Long said.
    The plan is to open the Beginner West and Mitey Mite trails under Beginner.
    The ski area opened for the season last Friday with one route down the mountain — Bruce’s Boulevard to Lone Spruce to East Road.
    “It’s really neat to be able to get the ski area going,” Long said. “In the 12 years I’ve been here, we’ve never been able to get going on Thanksgiving weekend and it’s all thanks to man-made snow.”
    As the weekend went on, the conditions also improved on the run. It rained at the ski area on Thanksgiving, creating a bit of a funky surface with a rain-sheen on it.

  • Girls basketball improves to 3-0

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team improved to 3-0 Tuesday with a 47-33 win at Albuquerque Academy.

    "It wasn't the prettiest game, but we found a way to squeak it out," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "It was a total team effort."

    Los Alamos' defense stepped up once again, limiting Academy to single-digits in every quarter except the fourth when the Chargers scored 10.

    "On defense, everybody showed up and we really pulled together," coach Trujillo said. "Both teams played great defense."

    Los Alamos led 11-9 after the first quarter and 20-18 at halftime. In the third quarter, however, the 'Toppers pulled away with a dominant effort, winning the quarter 18-5 to take a 36-23 lead into the final quarter.

    Ashlynn Trujillo led Los Alamos' offense with a 24-point effort. Makaela Jones added 13. Ashley Logan also played in her first game and had several assists in the contest. 

    Next, Los Alamos will host Belen Thursday.

    Boys fall to Moriarty

    The Los Alamos boys basketball suffered its first loss of the season, 55-44 to Moriarty. The boys fell behind 16-9 in the first quarter, trailed 31-22 at halftime and were never able to catch up.

  • Hilltoppers ready to hit the mat...

    The Los Alamos wrestling team will begin its season with a busy stretch of days, starting Friday in a home dual and then heading down to Los Lunas for a dual-meet tournament Saturday.
    “We’re eager to get out there and wrestle someone who’s not one of our teammates and see where we need to improve,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
    Hatt moved from Provo, Utah, where he coached at West Lake High School, to take the head coach job here. Hatt, however, has some Los Alamos connections. His sister lives here and he also coached with a Los Alamos alumnus, Trevor Schramm, in Utah.
    Now he’s helping the ’Toppers prepare for the year.
    “We’re definitely working hard,” Hatt said. “We’ve had tough practices. The guys that are sticking around are getting better.”
    A trio of seniors will lead the team this season — captains Lane Saunders, Chris Romero and Damien Sundby. Saunders is already a two-time state champion. He beat Goddard’s Israel Villa in overtime to capture the 182-pound championship last year. Sundby also returns with state experience, competing last year at 138 pounds. Senior Hungjoo Kim is also competing this year.

  • LA girls blow by Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team had several players step up Saturday to help it blow by Pojoaque, 76-46, and improve to 2-0 on the season.
    "I'm pretty excited about this whole group of girls," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "They're playing loose and confident and they're having fun. They aren't nervous before the game and it shows."
    The 'Toppers jumped all over Pojoaque early in the game, shutting down the Elkettes' attack while sinking buckets at the other side of the court.
    "The defense was key," coach Trujillo said. "If we continue to play at that level it will equate to easy, early offense for us."
    The coach said Elena Abeyta did well defensively, pressuring Pojoaque's guards to limit their attack. "That was real vital to the success of everybody else," coach Trujillo said.
    Sophia Roybal also "played one of her best games on both sides of the court," coach Trujillo said. "She had a phenomenal game."
    After winning the first quarter 22-13, Los Alamos limited Pojoaque to 4 second-quarter points to take a 41-17 lead into halftime.
    While Los Alamos' defense was shutting Pojoaque down, its offense got production from all over the place.

  • Pajarito Mountain opens for...

    Pajarito Mountain is open for ski and snowboard season. It began spinning the Aspen Lift at 9 a.m. this morning.
    The Nov. 27 opening is the earliest opening in the ski area’s recent history.
    Pajarito Mountain’s water collection system was expanded this year and mountain crews have been able to make more snow using water collected in the pond over the summer.
    This has allowed mountain crews at Pajarito to start making a significant amount of snow for the first time in the resort’s history.
    “This is an historical moment and an exciting year for Pajarito,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Pajarito Mountain. “It’s the first time Pajarito has been able to utilize a significant amount of water from the weir system for snowmaking efforts and open earlier than in recent history.”
    Pajarito has typically opened on or around Dec. 20, conditions permitting.
    “The new snowmaking infrastructure is a game changer for Pajarito,” Coleman said. “We’re now able to prepare the mountain and announce an opening date with confidence and without solely relying on what Mother Nature provides.”
    The Aspen Lift will be turning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Open terrain includes Bruce’s Boulevard, Lone Spruce and East Road.

  • Pinning the competition

    The Los Alamos Middle School wrestling team won its third consecutive tournament this past weekend. The Hawks had six individual champions to help them win their home tournament. First-place medals went to Antonio Vigil, Devin Atencio, Damien Gonzales, Gloria Ramos, Aiden Johnson and JD Cardon.
    Second-place medals went to Izzy Maestas and Xavier Massara.
    Third-place medals went to Dimitri Bullock, and James Rodriquez.

  • Triatomics announce Christmas...

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club recently announced its 2015 Christmas Lights Runs and is inviting people come find out how fun it is to run at night with a group of their peers.
    The club will run through various Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out their outdoor lights.
    The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic.
    Non-club members are welcome to participate in the runs.
    The runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, except when there are ice patches on the streets.
    The Monday night runs will be a bit shorter and flatter, about three miles.
    The Wednesday night runs a bit longer with more hills. Once the sidewalks and streets get icy, the Christmas Lights Runs will likely be finished for the year so plan to run early or possibly miss out.
    The runs will start at 6:15 p.m. sharp, so be warmed up and ready to go.
    People are encouraged to wear something light or reflective and carry a flashlight or headlamp. The streets are dark in places and lots of lights make it easier for the cars to spot the group.
    Taillights are good, too.
    Leashed dogs are fine.
    These are fun runs, not competitive or speed/endurance building.

  • Gymnasts stand tall at meet

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Rio Rancho Nov. 15 to compete in the annual Eagle Ridge Autumn Invitational.
    Chantel Biebeault was the high scorer of the day and took first place in the Silver junior division with a 37.05. Biebeault took first on vault and beam to help her win the all-around title. She also tied for first on bars with teammate Anika Lovato and was third on floor. Lovato was second all around with 36.85. Lovato also placed first on floor and second on beam.
    In the Silver senior division, Aria Warner finished second all around with 34.60 and Sarah Hutchens placed third with 34.35. Warner also took second on beam and floor. Hutchens also finished first on vault and second on bars.
    In the Bronze competition, Kylee Lovato took first on every event to win the child division with 35.20. In the junior division, Layla Warner took third on beam and floor. Both gymnasts were competing in their first meet ever.
    In the open Gold division competition, Addie Richie took first place in the all around competition with 36.15, the second highest all around total of the day. Richie also placed first on bars, beam and floor. She finished second on vault.
    In the Platinum division, Brianna Freyer placed first on all four events to win the all-around title.

  • LA football players honored by...

    After one of its most successful seasons in a number of years, the Los Alamos football team had several players honored by District 2-5A recently.
    Los Alamos had seven players receive first-team all-district honors, seven players get a second-team award and three more receive honorable mention.
    Many of the players received awards on both sides of the ball.
    Running back Derek Selvage, offensive guard Nathan Rogers and offensive tackle Joseph Sorenson landed on the district’s first team for offense.
    On defense, inside linebacker Lane Saunders, outside linebackers Diego Diaz and Sorenson and punter Travis Gonzales made the first team.
    Quarterback Nick Quartieri, wide receiver Isaac Dunwoody center Stephen Brenner landed on the district’s second team for offense.
    Brenner (defensive tackle), Jacob Mairson (defensive tackle), Selvage (inside linebacker) and Dunwody (cornerback) were named to all-district second team for defense.
    Edward Lavelle (defensive end) Saunders (running back) and Mairson (offensive lineman) all received honorable mentions from the district.
    Capital quarterback Augustine Larranaga was named the district’s offensive player of the year.
    Española Valley free safety Marcos Flores was selected as the district’s defensive player of the year.

  • District 2-5A: Bernalillo out,...

    Beginning next school year, Los Alamos will have a tough new team to deal with in its district. Albuquerque Academy is joining District 2-5A.
    The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) recently released its new classifications for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 school years.
    The new face in 2-5A is a result of schools going down in classifications — the Bernalillo Spartans are dropping down to Class 4A.
    The rest of Los Alamos’ district will remain the same — Española Valley, Capital and Del Norte will still compete against the ’Toppers. Academy, however, will make the district tougher.
    The Chargers won two state championships this fall, both in sports where Los Alamos finished second — boys’ soccer and boys’ cross country — and finished well in a number of other sports as well.
    Academy currently competes in District 5-5A with St. Pius X, Grants and Moriarty. Moriarty, however, is also dropping down to Class 4A next year.
    St. Pius X and Grants will remain in the District 5-5A. They’ll compete against Los Lunas, Belen and Valencia next year.
    Bernalillo will compete in District 5-4A with Bosque, Sandia Prep, East Mountain and Santa Fe Indian next year.