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  • LA tennis claims State Wide...

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams dominated their way to a first place finish last weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls claimed the State Wide Invitational Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Los Alamos boys outpaced Carlsbad for the top spot. In singles play, George Margevicius defated Hope Christian and Piedra Vista’s top singles but lost to Carlsbad’s Adam Overstreet.
    Andrew Tang won two singles matches, while Thomas Chadwick swept the No. 3 singles bracket. JD Downing, Junseo Kim, Tim Martin and Donald Poston also helped Los Alamos by winning their respective brackets.
    In doubles play, top doubles team of Tang and Margevicius, who swept top doubles bracket, led the Hilltoppers.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers outmatched the defending Class 5A state champions Albuquerque Academy and runners up Farmington.
    Sidra Hseih-Ratliff went unbeaten in the top singles bracket, while Katya Skurikhin claimed two wins.
    Lauryn Anaya, Maia Menefee, Kayla Parker, Ann Sherrill, Serena Birnbaum, Rachelle Stokes, Alina Bulthuis and Mackenzie Cook all added singles wins for Los Alamos.
    In doubles, Sherrill and Hseih-Ratliff won two matches, while Skurikhin and Anaya won three.
    Los Alamos will partake in the Chapin tournament Friday in El Paso, Texas.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA gets No...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team received the No. 14 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.

    The Hilltoppers (13-14 overall) will be at No. 3 Farmington in the first round. It'll be Los Alamos' first trip to the state tournament since 2012. 

    The date and time of the first round matchup is yet to be determined. 

  • 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.  
     

  • 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 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.

  • LA boys hoops top Academy,...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Albuquerque Academy 50-44 in a District 2-5A tilt on Friday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 9-10 overall and 1-1 in district play.
    Against the Chargers, Los Alamos took a 24-19 lead at halftime after outscoring Academy 11-9 in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers were able to hold off an Academy comeback effort in the second half to avoid falling behind in the District 2-5A standings.
    Los Alamos is also beginning to use its size on the offensive end. Cade Gasway, a senior post, led the Hilltoppers with 14 points, while 6-foot-2 senior forward Isaac Fason finished with nine. Last week against Del Norte, 6-foot-3 post Troy Hammock scored a season-high 18 points.
    Los Alamos will host Espanola Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    Goddard game cancelled
    The Hilltoppers game against Goddard, which was scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, was cancelled due to snow and dangerous driving conditions on roads between Roswell and Los Alamos.
    ‘Toppers girls game postponed  

  • 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 boys hoops: Toppers go 1-2...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team got a good indication of how it matched up against other Class 5A teams.
    The Hilltoppers finished the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell with one win and two tough losses.
    Los Alamos opened the tournament on Dec. 28 with a 44-33 loss against Belen. On Thursday, the Hilltoppers regrouped and downed Bloomfield 55-44 to setup a fifth-place game against Farmington on Friday. Los Alamos was unable to end the tournament on a high note, dropping a 55-39 decision against the Scorpions.
    Against Belen, the Hilltoppers were playing its best defensive game of the season, only allowing 22 points through the first three quartersl and didn’t allow a point in the third quarter.  With scored tied 22-22 heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles pulled away and outscored Los Alamos 22-11 in the final eight minutes.
    The 55 points Los Alamos scored against Bloomfield was the most since the Hilltoppers scored 63 points in a win against El Paso High (Texas) on Dec. 10. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Alamos.
    The loss to Farmington assured that Los Alamos would finish 1-2 in a regular season tournament, like it did in the Hub City Tournament in Belen in the second weekend of December.

  • LA, Taos hockey faces off for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers hockey team has one more contest remaining for the 2016-17 season.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Taos Ice Tigers tonight for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s pure team championship.
    The league includes nine teams, but seven of those are composite teams – teams that draw players from more than one high school. Only Los Alamos and Taos draw all their players from the same school.
    The pure team championship is set for 7:15 p.m. tonight at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longtime rivals and battle it out each season for the North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy currently in the possession of the Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers won their most recent meeting, which occurred last Saturday during the NMIIHL’s Year-End Tournament, played this year in El Paso, Texas. El Paso hosts one of three out-of-state teams that play in the New Mexico league.
    The Hilltoppers and the Ice Tigers met in an elimination game at the Year-End Tournament. In that game, the Hilltoppers came back from a late deficit to win it 5-4.
    Los Alamos wouldn’t survive its next elimination game, however, falling to Amarillo, Texas, 4-2 Sunday.