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  • Prep boys hoops: LA falls at...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a pair of troublesome road games this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Artesia 56-44 on Friday night, and dropped a 53-49 decision to Lovington on Saturday.
    Los Alamos got off to strong start against the Bulldogs and garnered a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. Artesia responded in the second frame by outscoring the Hilltoppers 15-6 and taking 24-19 lead at halftime. Artesia continued to execute in the third quarter and extended its lead to 43-30, before fending off Los Alamos in the final eight minutes.
    Against Lovington, the Hilltoppers led 12-11 after the opening eight minutes and maintained a point lead as the teams were even 8-8 during the second quarter. Trailing 20-19, the Wildcats used a 14-point third quarter performance to take a 33-22 lead heading into the final frame. Lovington sealed the win by outscoring Los Alamos 20-17 in the fourth.
    After the back-to-back losses Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and will open District 2-5A play at 7 p.m. against Del Norte at Griffith Gym.  
     

  • ‘Toppers wrestling splits pair...

    Capital came away with two wins in the opening District 2-5A duals of the season at Griffith Gym.
    The Jaguars opened the duals with a 53-27 victory over Albuquerque Academy, before concluding Wednesday night by downing Los Alamos 55-15.
    Against the Hilltoppers, Capital garnered seven pins in weight classes 120, 126, 132, 130, 170, 180 and 195. Los Alamos didn’t score until Trevor Brown pinned his opponent to cut the Jaguars lead to 27-6. After Brown’s pin, Capital rallied to score 25 unanswered points to take command of the match.
    Los Alamos managed to get a victory after defeating Academy 46-30. The Hilltoppers got pins from Brown, Devin Atencio, Dylan Irish, Sam Harvey and Milo Light in their win against the Chargers.
    Academy got a 12-9 lead when 126-pounder Clay Cosby pinned Israel Gellis. Neil Deherrera tied 12-12, before the Chargers regained the lead in the 138-pound match.
    A 9-0 performance by Reyes Mendez, coupled with Dylan Irish’s pin, gave Los Alamos a 28-18 lead. But the Chargers didn’t faze and took a 30-28 lead after a pin in the 182-pound match. Harvey and Light secured the Los Alamos victory by pinning their opponents, while Patrick Irish won by forfeit.

  • 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.

  • LA boys hoops top SF High

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is winning close games at the right time.
    After claiming an impressive 52-49 comeback victory against Belen on Friday, the Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 55-53 in overtime on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-6 overall and claimed its third straight victory. The Hilltoppers traveled to face Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Not only will the wins result in resume builders, but they will also contribute towards confidence for Los Alamos, as District 2-5A play begins in less than a week.
    ‘Toppers edge Demons in OT
    This season, a win against Santa Fe High is a Class 6A win that any team would want.
    And the Hilltoppers got that win by outscoring the Demons 10-8 in the overtime period. During that run, Antonio Trujillo hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a lead that it didn’t relinquish.
     

  • Topper girls drop finale in Aztec

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team dropped an opportunity on Saturday to finish a regular season tournament on a high note.
    After holding Piedra Vista to only 10 points in the first half, the Hilltoppers were outscored 33-7 in the second half and fell 43-28 in the third place game of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    The Hilltoppers still led with two minutes left in the third quarter but a Piedra Vista bucket gave the Panthers a 24-23 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
    In the second round on Friday, Los Alamos fell to host Aztec 61-33.
    The Hilltoppers allowed 17 points in the first half, before falling apart defensively in the second half and allowing 44 points. Los Alamos also led 18-17 at the half but struggled on offense in the final 16 minutes and was limited to 15 points.
    Los Alamos moved to 4-12 overall after the tournament and hosted Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday print deadline.     
     

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers...

    This time Los Alamos didn’t shy away in the fourth quarter.

    Down 44-34 entering the final quarter, Los Alamos hit crucial shots and made defensive stops to pick up a big 52-49 win at Belen on Friday night. 

    “That was probably as patient as we’ve been all year,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “Usually when we get down six or eight points, we try to win it with our next shot. Tonight, they were really patient, got really good shots and even got three 3’s in a row in one stretch. We didn’t panic so much when we got behind.”

    The Hilltoppers had every excuse to panic being down by 10 with eight minutes remaining. But instead, Los Alamos executed on offense, including back-to-back 3’s from Ramon Roybal and Jack Stewart that cut Belen’s lead to 46-42 with 6:20 left in the game.

    A contested jumper from Anthony Trujillo gave Los Alamos its first lead of the second half, 48-47 with 1:25 remaining. After Trujillo’s go ahead jumper, the Hilltoppers managed to keep the Eagles from getting good looks and with 30 seconds left, Cade Gasway rejected a Belen attempt to tie it. The Eagles got a decent look from 3-point range but the shot was off the mark.

  • 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 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.