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  • Freeride World Tour begins in...

    The first stop of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour in Vallnord-Arcalís has been moved up a day and is now scheduled to take place Friday morning.
    Due to recent fresh snowfall and excellent conditions on the competition face, the date was shifted to ensure the best possible experience for the riders
    Spectators around the world can catch the on freerideworldtour.com, dailymotion.com, and youtube.com. Online viewers will be able to follow the lines of every athlete with commentator Dave Mailman (USA) and expert freeride analyst Martin Winkler (AUT).
    After an extremely successful event in 2015, freeriders will once again have a chance to put on their best show on the incredible terrain in the Pyrenees that this hidden gem of a ski resort has to offer.
    New riders and returning champs will compete on this evolving venue that has a rich history of competition originating from the 4-star FWQ stop known as El Dorado Freeride.
    Los Alamos’ Garrett Altmann will be competing on the tour for the third consecutive season this year.
    Last season, Altmann finished 15th overall in the male skier’s division, making the cut for the Alaska competition, but coming up short of a spot in the finale held at Verbier Switzerland’s Bec des Rosses.

  • Wrestlers take down Knights,...

    The Los Alamos wrestling team scored a pair dual meet wins Wednesday against District 2-5A foes Del Norte and Española Valley.
    Los Alamos beat Del Norte in a close dual, 40-38, and then took down Española Valley, 57-24.
    Del Norte also beat Española Valley, 54-24.
    “If I was satisfied I’d be a horrible coach,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “You always want more, but they did good and fought had. I really have no complaints.”
    The two wins improved Los Alamos’s District 2-5A record to 3-1. Last week, Capital beat Los Alamos by nine points, 45-36, but Los Alamos took down Bernalillo, 45-33.
    The Del Norte dual was a big one for Los Alamos, needing a big win to keep its District 2-5A dual meet championship hopes alive. Three Del Norte pins in the last three matches, however, all but closed that possibility.
    “Last time we beat Del Norte by two points so it’s still a dog fight there,” Hatt said.
    The match went back-and-forth early before some forfeits put Los Alamos ahead.
    Del Norte started the match with a pin at 138 pounds, but Damien Sundby tied the dual with a third-period pin at 145 pounds.

  • LA girls win third straight

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team blew by its third straight opponent Saturday, beating Highland 64-42 in Albuquerque.
    The win comes on the heels of a 33-point win over Taos and a 34-win over Robertson. Those wins ended the three-game skid the ’Toppers suffered at Aztec’s Rumble in the Jungle tournament.
    On Saturday, Ashley Logan led Los Alamos’ offense, scoring a team high 14 points.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar each scored 10 while Makaela Jones added nine. The starters, however, rested most of the fourth quarter while Los Alamos’ bench finished off the Hornets.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 14-4 while Highland slid to 4-8.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to begin its District 2-5A season at home Tuesday against Capital (3-11).

  • Hilltoppers split first four of...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has had an incredibly busy week making up for the contests that were cancelled during Roswell’s holiday tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will conclude the stretch tonight, playing their sixth game in the seven days at Capital to begin their District 2-5A season.
    “It’s fast and furious,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We’ll see if their legs hold up. We’re getting conditioning and playing time all in one.”
    The ’Toppers split the first four games of the busy stretch, avenging an earlier loss to Moriarty, 43-40, last Thursday and also beating Miyamura, 47-43, Saturday. Artesia, however, beat Los Alamos on Friday, 57-53, and Monday, 56-46.
    As this paper was going to press, Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Tuesday afternoon at Goddard.
    “It’s good for us to get these teams we’ve been playing,” Kluk said. “We’re all grouped together so it will give the state selection comittee something to look at — that’s the hope.”
    Los Alamos was 6-9 overall after Monday’s loss, but beating a Fighting Pinto squad who previously beat the ’Toppers by 11 points was a definitive sign the team is improving.

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  • Hilltopper basketball fair well

    The Lady Hilltoppers took on the Las Vegas-Robertson Lady Cardinals in Las Vegas on Thursday. Los Alamos stomped Robertson 78-44.   

    The boys basketball  also faired well by earning a victory against the Moriarty Pintos 43-40 in Thursday’s action at Griffin Gym that brings their season to 5-7.


    At left: Hilltopper Kayla Salazar crashes through the Las Vegas-Robertson Lady Cardinals defense as she goes for a shot. She had 17 points in the game.


    At right: ’Topper Sophia Roybal goes in for a layup and draws a foul. 



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  • Los Alamos hockey gets a win...

    The Los Alamos hockey team hosted Durango for a pair of games over the weekend. Los Alamos won the first contest, 5-1, Friday night and then tied with Durango, 4-4, Saturday morning.
    The Hilltoppers began the games on fire Friday night. In the first five minutes of the game, Los Alamos took four shots and three of them found the back of Durango’s net. After that, however, Los Alamos was short-handed for much of the first period and had to kill power play after power play.
    Despite being out shot by a 10-5 in the first, goalie Isaac Dunwoody kept Durango off the scoreboard until the very end of the period. With 16 seconds left in the first, Durango scored its only goal of the game. Durango kept that momentum rolling in the second period and fired 12 shots, but wasn’t able to add to its score.
    In the third period, Los Alamos finished strong, out shooting Durango 13-4 and adding a pair of insurance goals.
    The Hilltoppers are now 5-5-3 overall. 

  • Saunders wins title to lead LA...

    Four Los Alamos wrestlers placed at St. Michael’s Al Salazar Invitational tournament over the weekend.
    Lane Saunders (182 pounds) finished first, John DiMarino (170) placed second, and Donovan Atencio (106) and Chris Romero (160) both placed fourth in the 15-team field.
    Damien sundby (145) and Milo Light (220) were both one win away from a top-four finish.
    “Overall, everyone did better than expected,” Saunders said.
    Saunders dropped from 195 pounds down to 182 for the tournament and said he plans to stay at the lower weight.
    “It will be a challenge at either weight, but I fell pretty confident about it,” Saunders said. “I feel better (at 182).”
    In his championship match against Roswell’s Mike Hernandez, one big move proved to be the difference. Neither wrestler scored in the first period and then Hernandez escaped with 30 seconds left in the second period to take a 1-0 lead into the third.
    Saunders chose the bottom position to start the third. With Hernandez riding him, Saunders sat out and then reversed him to his back with a Peterson Roll, scoring a two-point reversal and a three-point near fall with the one move to win the championship, 5-1.
    Saunders pinned the first three wrestlers he faced to reach the finals.

  • Boys’ basketball loses home...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team fell behind Belen early Saturday in its home opener and was never able to catch up. Belen beat Los Alamos in the Hilltoppers’ home opener, 70-50.
    Belen started the game with a hot hand, draining four 3-pointers in the first quarter and leading by as many as 16 in the first.
    Los Alamos won the second quarter, 10-6, but still went into halftime trailing by 10 points, 32-22.
    The third quarter was pretty even and Los Alamos entered the final quarter still trailing by 10.
    The Hilltoppers were able to get the lead down to eight about halfway through the fourth, but Belen ran away at the end.
    Jack Stewart led Los Alamos with 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Adam Paulson added nine. Kirk Peterson scored five. Troy Hammock and Isaiah Espinosa each scored four. Antonio Trujillo had three points while Ivan Balakirev and Michael Naranjo each added two points.
    Los Alamos slipped to 4-7 with the loss while Belen improved to 8-3.
    The ’Toppers will have three home games in three days this week, beginning Thursday against Moriarty.

  • Hilltopper girls struggle at...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball entered the Aztec Rumble in the Jungle tournament with only one loss and 11 wins on the year. The Hilltoppers, however, suffered their second, third and fourth losses of the season at the stacked tournament.
    Los Alamos began the tournament with a tough loss to last year’s Class 4A state runner up, Shiprock (11-1), 55-53.
    The Hilltoppers then lost another close game against Aztec (14-3), 40-38.
    After the two close games, Los Alamos got beat once again. Colorado’s Fruita Monument (10-3) defeated the Hilltoppers 64-49.