Today's Sports

  • 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).

  • Time to Ride: New Mexico's...

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort spun its lifts Saturday, Sunday and Monday to once again kick off New Mexico’s ski season. The mountain had its main lift at the base, Lift 1, running to carry skiers up the hill and one route for them to ride down. The mountain is closed for a few days to make more snow and will reopen Friday through Nov. 29. With a few days to make snow and 22 inches dumping on the mountain Monday night, additional terrain is expected to be open Friday.
    The storm hit other New Mexico resorts as well. Pajarito received well over a foot of new snow up top while Taos Ski Valley reported 24 inches in 24 hours Tuesday morning.

  • ’Topper athletes commit to...

    In the last week, five athletes from Los Alamos committed to colleges to play sports next year.
    On Tuesday, four of those athletes signed letters of intent at the high school during a ceremony. Sarah Lott signed with the University of Utah to swim for the Utes. Lane Saunders signed with Eastern New Mexico University to play baseball for the Greyhounds. Ashlynn Trujillo signed with New Mexico Highlands University to play basketball. Brianna Montaño also signed with Highlands. Montaño will play volleyball for the Cowgirls.
    Connor Mang, meanwhile, committed to the University of New Mexico’s baseball team last week.
    Lott had several offers from Division I schools, including New Mexico, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee and others, but decided to compete in the PAC-12 against many of the sports’ powerhouse teams. She got athletic and academic scholarships to the school.
    “Going out there, I loved the school and everyone I got to meet,” Lott said.
    Lott’s main strokes are the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. She won state two years ago in the 100 free with a time of 52.07 seconds.

  • Hilltoppers ousted by defending...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
    The Hilltoppers traded blows with the defending state champs, Centennial, but the Hawks were able score late to close out the first two games and then finished the ’Toppers off in the third set.
    Centennial won the match 25-22, 25-23 and 25-15.
    “The first two games we played well together and were really gunning for it,” Sierra Foley said.
    “In the first and second games, they were scared,” Samantha Melton said. “That was a good feeling.”
    In the first game, Los Alamos took an early lead and played with confidence the rest of the way.
    Noelle Gallegos scored the first point of the game with a dink on the line and Melton followed up with an ace. Centennial fought back and took a 4-2 lead, but three straight Foley kills put Los Alamos back in front.
    “At this level, you have to score out first,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “When you score to start a set, it catches the other team on its heels a little.”
    The teams kept trading leads and the first game was tied 10 different times.

  • Los Alamos soccer players...

    District 2-5A recently honored Los Alamos girls and boys soccer players for their performances during the teams’ successful seasons.
    Los Alamos’ Ralph Archbold, Eric Burnside, Kayla Parker and Sienna Ahlers were all named district players of the year.
    Archbold and Parker led the teams’ defenses and were both big keys to their respective club’s success.
    Capital’s Victor Lazoya was named the boys’ district offensive player of the year. Lazoya led Class 5A with 84 points, scoring 34 goals and assisting 16 for the Jaguars.
    After scoring two goals against St. Pius X to help Los Alamos reach the state semifinals, Burnside was added to the player of the year list. He was the team’s leader in goals and assists.
    Ahlers led the district in scoring and was one of the state’s top scorers, as well. She finished the season with 23 goals and 12 assists.
    Los Alamos also had six boys and six girls make the district’s first team.
    The boys’ first team honorees were Archbold, Burnside, goalie Seth Hailey, midfielders Alex Csanadi and George Steinkamp and forward Levon Wiggins.
    Capital had four first-team players, Bernalillo had two and Del Norte had one.

  • Sipapu to open top-to-bottom...

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will kick off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year Saturday.
    The mountain will have Lift 1 — its main lift at the base — spinning to carry skiers and riders up the hill.
    The route down will begin at the top pitch of Gamble and then hook onto Sasafras. The route will then drop down Loose Caboose, Thumper and cross over to Don Diego around Tower 2.
    No beginner terrain will be open and neither of mountain’s magic carpets will be running.
    The mountain also doesn’t expect to open right at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Sipapu has received 12 inches of natural snow this year and it began making snow Nov. 5 to get ready for the upcoming season. The mountain’s crew had been working around the clock to get the ski area ready for Saturday’s opening. At 3 a.m. Wednesday, however, the crew encountered an unexpected snag. A tree fell down at the ski area and took out its transformer, knocking out its electricity and phones. The power outage cost the crew 14 hours of potential snowmaking time and put it a little behind schedule, but the crew has remained committed to opening Saturday. The opening time will just depend on how much snow it’s able to make before then and how quick it can push that snow onto the route.