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  • 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.

  • '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.

  • LA hockey stumbles at La Cueva

    The Los Alamos hockey team struggled without Ben Rees and Jake Dunwoody.
    The Hilltoppers dropped a road game to La Cueva 5-1 on Saturday in Albuquerque and fell to 10-5 overall. The loss also put Los Alamos one game and a half behind first place Durango and Cibola.  
    Rees and Dunwoody’s absence played a big part in the Bears (4-6-2) being able to stifle a Los Alamos offense that scored 68 goals going into Saturday’s game.
    La Cueva was able to capitalize in its attack third and pile the pressure early on the Hilltoppers backline. Despite that early pressure, it was Los Alamos that got on the board first after Rico Zerr’s first period goal.
    After La Cueva tied it 1-1 early in the second period, the Bears continued to execute in the Los Alamos zone and scored two more goals in the frame. Jake Rutten appeared to have tied it for Los Alamos midway through the second period but his goal was waved off and the Hilltoppers weren’t able to recover.
    The Bears sealed their fourth win of the season by capitalizing against an attack-heavy Los Alamos team and scoring two more goals in the final period.
    Los Alamos will travel to face rival Taos at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

        
     

  • LA boys hoops game against...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team was unable to play its scheduled game against Española Valley on Saturday.
    The game was cancelled due to the involvement of an Española Valley junior varsity player in a shooting that happened Friday night in a convenience store near Española, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  
    The game was rescheduled to Feb. 6 at Griffith Gym. Tip-off is still set for 7 p.m.
    It was Los Alamos’ second straight cancelled game, as the Hilltoppers haven’t played since defeating Albuquerque Academy on Jan. 20. Los Alamos has only played two games in the past two weeks.  
     

  • 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.

  • Makeup game tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will face Albuquerque Academy at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Griffin Gym to makeup a game that was cancelled earlier this season. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 53-33 loss against Espanola Valley, while the first-place Chargers are riding an eight-game win streak.  

  • LA boys hoops look to end skid...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team will attempt to end its recent hardship against Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Sundevils at 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym. Española has won the previous eight matchups in the series. Los Alamos hasn’t upended the Sundevils since a 42-37 victory on Feb. 21, 2012.
    Los Alamos (9-10 overall, 1-1 District 2-5A) is coming off a 50-44 victory against Albuquerque Academy on Jan. 20, which ended a four-game losing streak. Going into a matchup against the defending Class 5A state champion on a winning note is crucial for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos will look to capitalize in the frontcourt by using its superior size advantage. The Hilltoppers have been able to do that since the start of district play. In the two opening District 2-5A games, Los Alamos was led in scoring by post players. Junior post Troy Hammock scored a season-high 18 points in the opener against Del Norte, and senior Cade Gasway led the Hilltoppers with 14 against Academy.
    Defensively, Los Alamos needs to account for the barrage of quality shooters that Española possesses. It’ll be a tough task as the Sundevils have recently been using their frontcourt presence of James Archuleta and Azaziah Salazar to open up shooters on the perimeter like point guard Christian Fernandez.

  • LA girls hoops face Sundevils...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team played a strenuous schedule during non-district play.
    The difficult games didn’t end in non-district, as the Hilltoppers are set to face Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight in Española.   
    Playing some of the state’s best talent could prepare Los Alamos against the Sundevils, who were ranked No. 6 in this week’s maxprep.com’s Class 5A rankings.
    The Hilltoppers, who are 5-14 overall and 0-1 in District 2-5A, will look to avoid falling behind in the District 2-5A standings with a win.
    Los Alamos’ defensive effort is likely going to give the Hilltoppers the best shot of ending its losing streak to Española, a streak that dates back to the 2012-13 season. Since then, the Sundevils have defeated Los Alamos in the team’s last 10 meetings, including four close games last season. The Hilltoppers and Española have played district title games in the previous four seasons.