Today's Sports

  • LA, Española game comes down to...

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball game against Española Valley Wednesday had everything a fan would expect from a rivalry game featuring the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class 5A. There was tough defense, great shots from both sides, momentum changes and on outcome that wasn't decided until the final buzzer.
    The visiting Sundevils, however, had a one-point lead when that buzzer sounded, winning the contest 76-75.
    No. 3 Española improved to 15-4, 1-1 District 2-5A with its win while No. 4 Los Alamos moved to 15-5, 1-1.
    Los Alamos led after a tight first quarter, 13-12, but the Sundevils used a dominant second quarter to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos then scratched its way back into the game with tough defense and a Sienna Ahlers rebound and put back tied it at 64 halfway through the fourth.
    Los Alamos then stole the ball from Española and an Ashlynn Trujillo layup gave the 'Toppers their first lead since early in the second quarter, 66-64.
    Española scored the next four points, but Ashley Logan sunk two free throws to tie it at 68.

  • LA boys give Española Valley...

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team came out with a ton of energy and gave the visiting Española Valley Sundevils a tough game Tuesday. Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
    Los Alamos (6-13, 0-2 District 2-5A) started hot and built a 20-12 first-quarter lead. After Los Alamos went up 10-5, Española Valley (14-5, 2-0) showed its athleticism to finish some fast breaks with style and tie the game at 12. Jack Stewart sparked an 8-0 run to make sure Los Alamos finished the quarter on top. After snagging an offensive rebound, Stewart scored with a turn around jumper. After Isaac Fason added a pair of free throws, Stewart pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass to Michael Naranjo for a transition bucket. Just before the quarter ended, a Sundevil blocked a Stewart shot, but Stewart stayed with the play, went back up and got the bucket on his second attempt.
    Española picked up the pace after that and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
    The Sundevils then kept their foot on the gas to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Los Alamos put 25 points on the scoreboard to win the final quarter, thanks to sinking 14 of its 15 free throw attempts, but Española kept making plays to finish on top.

  • UNM ready to take on Air Force

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (11-8, 4-2 MW) is set to face the Air Force Falcons (10-10, 1-6 MW) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in WisePies Arena.
    The Lobos enter the matchup following a road victory over San Jose State Saturday, 83-64.
    The Lobos were led by a career-best 33 points from sophomore Elijah Brown and a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds from junior Tim Williams. It was the program’s best victory on the road at San Jose State.
    That win put the Lobos at 4-2 and third overall in the Mountain West Conference. A win on Wednesday would give the team their fifth-straight record of 5-2 or better to start MW play. Currently, they are just one of three teams with a league winning percentage above .600. The two teams ahead of the Lobos, San Diego State and Boise State, will face New Mexico in the next two weeks.
    Air Force will enter Wednesday’s game looking to end a streak of six straight losses, with their last win coming in the MW opener against San Jose State. Prior to their recent skid, Air Force started their season 10-4 and picked up nonconference wins over New Mexico State and Tennessee Tech. They also nearly upset Southern Illinois on the road to start the year, falling, 77-75.

  • Knights of Columbus free throw...

    All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
    The local competition will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free and it will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.
    Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.
    All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and winners from each age division and gender will be presented with a trophy.
    The winners will then advance to the district free throw competition to be held Feb. 21, also at LAHS’ Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.
    International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
    All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions.
    Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.
    For additional information, please contact: Roger Anaya, Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator, at 670-6717 or rogelioanaya@q.com.

  • High School baseball practice...

    While the winter sports seasons are entering the thick of their seasons, the spring sports seasons are just around the corner.
    The Los Alamos’ baseball team will have its first official practice of the new season Monday.
    With snow on Bomber Field in Los Alamos, the team will begin its practices in White Rock. The first practices will take place at Overlook Park’s Virchow Field.
    Monday’s practice will take place from 3:40-6 p.m.
    Athletes will need to have an up-to-date physical on file at the high school before participating.
    For more information about the upcoming season, contact Los Alamos manager Mike Gill at mrgill21@msn.com.

  • LA wrestlers go 2-3 at Aztec

    At the High Country Chevy Tiger Duals in Aztec, the Los Alamos wrestling team won two of the five duals it wrestled Saturday.
    Los Alamos beat Española Valley for the third time in a week while also scoring a win against Shiprock.
    The ’Toppers, however, came up short against Aztec, Bloomfield and Monticello, Utah.
    “We didn’t get some of the wins we wanted, but none of them were embarrassing,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “We’re one match away from winning a lot more; that’s encouraging.”
    Los Alamos won 12 of the 14 weights against Shiprock while a short-handed Española Valley squad wasn’t able to challenge the ’Toppers for the dual win.
    At 182 pounds, Lane Saunders had an opponent challenge him for one of the first times this season.
    Squaring off against the returning Class 4A state runner up, Bloomfield’s JD Robinson, Saunders scored a 5-1 victory in one his only matches that has lasted the full six minutes.
    “Lane finally had a good match; he got pushed by the Bloomfield guy,” Hatt said. “He’s getting back in that rare form.”

  • Academy pulls away from...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team’s hopes of making it into the Class 5A state playoffs took a hit Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos started the week as MaxPreps’ No. 17 ranked team, right on the bubble of earning one of the 16 spots in the playoffs.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, passed Los Alamos in the rankings with a 55-41 win Saturday, giving the ’Toppers a bad loss to the 4-13 Chargers.
    Los Alamos is now ranked No. 19 in Class 5A, one spot behind Albuquerque Academy.
    The Chargers built a 15-9 first quarter lead, but Los Alamos won the second quarter, 12-8, to only go into halftime trailing 23-21. Academy won a tight third quarter by one point to extend its lead to lead to three heading into the fourth.
    The Chargers then finished strong, outscoring the ’Toppers 21-10 in the fourth to win the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 6-12 overall. Los Alamos is also 0-1 in District 2-5A. The ’Toppers are scheduled to play Española Valley (13-5, 1-0 2-5A) tonight (Jan. 26).
    Los Alamos will need to do well in the remainder of its District 2-5A season if it’s going to raise its state stock.
    The district has shown a lot of parity already.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 24-30

    On Wednesday night, the No. 4 ranked Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the No. 3 ranked Española Valley Sundevils to town in a huge District 2-5A contest.
    Española is the reigning district champion, but Los Alamos has stepped up its game this year and has several players capable of scoring in the double digits whenever a matchup favors them.
    Los Alamos' depth will be key since the team will likely be without Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo suffered an injury last week at practice and expected to be out two-to-four weeks. Without Trujillo in Los Alamos' district opener against Capital last week, the 'Toppers scored a season-high 88 points. Española, however, should be a much tougher opponent that the 3-12 Jaguars.
    Española had a 14-3 overall record heading into its district opener Friday night at Del Norte (8-8).
    Los Alamos is currently 15-4.
    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team (6-11) will also host Española Valley (12-5) Tuesday.
    Both contests will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.

    This week's games:

  • Glenallen Hill returns as...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes announced recently Glenallen Hill will return for a second season as manager of the club. The upcoming campaign will mark Hill’s fourth consecutive year as manager of the Rockies Triple-A team.
    Pitching coach Darryl Scott also returns to the Isotopes for a second straight season, marking his seventh in the Rockies organization.
    A new hitting coach will join the Isotopes in 2016, with an announcement to be made within the upcoming weeks.
    Hill led the Isotopes to a 62-82 record during his first year in Albuquerque, which saw the team finish third in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division.
    Before taking the helm of the Isotopes in 2015, Hill managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2013 and 2014 after six years as first base coach for the Rockies. The 2016 season marks the 50-year-old’s 13th campaign in the Colorado Rockies organization.
    Hill began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Visalia Oaks. The Santa Cruz, California native also served as interim manager for the Modesto Nuts during the last three months of the 2006 season. Hill has also served on the coaching staff for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006 and on the National League All-Star coaching staff, led by Clint Hurdle, at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

  • The Blizzard of AAHHHs coming to...

    For the seventh consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Mountain are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits northern New Mexico communities.
    In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 5-7.
    The annual not-for-profit event is presented to raise financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Over the past seven years over $50,0000 has been raised for this charity. The event is open to female skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders of all abilities, including those who have not yet ventured onto the slopes. People can register online at pajaritoskipatrol.com or Pajarito Mountain's website, SkiPajarito.com, under the events tab. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited.