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Today's Sports

  • LA boys fall at Taos

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a road game to Taos 49-46 on Tuesday night.
    The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos and it was the first since Dec. 30, 2016.
    Taos scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to drop the Hilltoppers record to 8-7 overall. The Tigers improved to 7-8 and remained unbeaten at home this season.
    It was evenly matched for the full 32 minutes, as the teams went into halftime tied 22-22. Taos outscored Los Alamos 17-12 in the third quarter and the Hilltoppers were unable to hit open shots in the fourth quarter.
    This was Taos’ first win against Los Alamos since Jan. 3, 2015.
    Los Alamos failed to capitalize on a quality opportunity to go into District 2-5A play with an affirmative winning streak. Now, the Hilltoppers will travel to the Southeastern part of the state to face Artesia at 7 p.m. tonight and Lovington at 2 p.m. Saturday.     
     

  • Prep girls hoops: LA outlasts...

    When playing Taos, teams just have to worry about limiting Aaliyah Quintana.

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team did that in the second half en route to a 42-31 victory against Taos on Tuesday at Griffith Gym.

    Quintana scored 12 of the Tigers (8-6) 14 first-half points but the Hilltoppers (5-12) limited her to only seven in the final 16 minutes.

    "We had some scouting film on her," Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. "She had set the state record (for points in a game) for a couple days. We knew that she was an offensive threat. Our goal was to deny her as much as possible.

    "She had been averaging 28 points a game, no matter who they've played. I have to give it to Los Alamos because she didn't go for 28 on us and we got her a little frustrated."

    Los Alamos had a tougher time containing Quintana in the opening half, as the Tigers took a 7-6 first quarter lead. The Hilltoppers did manage to stop other Taos players from contributing and used a 16-point second quarter to garner a 22-14 halftime lead.

  • Prep girls basketball: ‘Toppers...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team ended its eight-game losing skid.
    The Hilltoppers blew out Monument Valley (Utah) 60-35 on Thursday in the first round of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    It was Los Alamos’ first win since Dec. 1, 2016. The 60 points were the most the Hilltoppers have scored in a game this season.
    Los Alamos faced host Aztec on Friday in the second round after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Sunday print deadline. The Hilltoppers closed out the tournament on Saturday.
    In other first round matchups, Aztec defeated Crownpoint 61-14, Durango (Colorado) downed Navajo Prep 40-31 and Piedra Vista defeated Montrose (Colorado) 44-34.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA gets...

    They needed this one.
    For momentum and confidence going forward, the Los Alamos boys basketball team’s 56-50 win at Pojoaque Valley on Tuesday can go a long way.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 6-6 overall, while the Elks fell to 5-5 on the season.
    “We really knew that we had to win this one,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said after the game in an interview with KRSN. “We have to start building a resume and losing to a 4A squad, even as good as Pojoaque is, would’ve not helped our resume.”   
    Antonio Trujillo’s triple with 3:10 left in the game gave Los Alamos a 48-39 lead, the biggest of the night, but the Elks countered. Pojoaque went on a four-point run to cut the lead to 48-43.
    A Trujillo layup and a Jack Stewart free throw extended Los Alamos’ lead to 51-43 with 1:30 left to play, as the Hilltoppers were able to fend off a late Pojoaque rally and claim their first win against the Elks since the 2011-12 season.
    After a highly contested first half that ended 24-21 in favor of Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers engineered a 13-point third quarter. Trujillo gave Los Alamos a 28-21 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter and Michael Naranjo extended the Hilltoppers lead to 30-21.

  • 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 girls basketball: LA...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team took another tumble in District 2-5A play.

    The Hilltoppers struggled offensively in their 37-18 loss against Albuquerque Academy Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos fell to 6-18 overall and 1-5 in District 2-5A and is in last place in the district standings. The Chargers improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in district play and got within half a game of first place Española Valley.

    Los Alamos' lone district win came against the Chargers in the team's Jan. 30 meeting, where the Hilltoppers were able to execute early in the game. The Chargers didn't allow that to happen Tuesday, as the Hilltoppers only managed one point in the opening eight minutes.

    And on the other end, Academy's Sophie Long and Savina Romero found creases in the Hilltoppers defense and helped the Chargers take a 17-5 lead at halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to match Academy in the third quarter but the scoring struggles continued in the final frame. The Chargers outscored the Hilltoppers 12-5 in the last eight minutes.

    Los Alamos will host Española at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffith Gym.

         

  • 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.

  • '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.