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Today's Sports

  • Prep boys basketball: Española...

    This time, the defending state champions didn't allow Los Alamos to play its game.

    Española Valley avenged its earlier loss to the Hilltoppers by claiming a 68-36 win Tuesday in Española.

    "They did what they had to do to beat us," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We just didn't match their intensity and their aggressiveness. Credit (Española), they pushed us out of our rhythm and didn't let us get into our offenses."

    The Sundevils improved to 18-6 overall but more importantly moved to 5-2 in District 2-5A and is a regular season finale win against Del Norte away from assuring at least a share of the regular season district title. The loss moves Los Alamos to 11-13 overall and 3-4 in district, which puts it out of the running for the top-seed in next week's district tournament.

    Los Alamos will need to beat Capital on Friday and have Del Norte lose to Española in order to claim the third spot in District 2-5A.

  • Prep girls hoops: ’Toppers host...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will look to build some momentum in the final week before the District 2-5A tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight at Griffith Gym. It’s Los Alamos’ final home game of the regular season, as Sienna Ahlers, Isabell Larribas, Casey Trujillo, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin could be playing their last game at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into tonight’s matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-5 District 2-5A record and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Los Alamos, which is tied with Capital in last place of the district standings, is playing for district tournament implications. A win could put the Hilltoppers ahead of Capital in the district standings.
    The Sundevils (16-6 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) will go into the game in first place in the district with a half game lead of Albuquerque Academy. A win will continue to put Española in the driver’s seat for the district tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Sundevils are coming off a 52-38 win against Capital, after falling to Class 6A contender 54-44 on Feb. 7.

  • Pajarito still battles burn scars

    Damages from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire still poses a problem for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    Most recently, a damaged tree broke and struck the Mother Lift, which provides access to Pajarito’s expert-level runs. The Mother Lift was closed for a month, as mountain officials were cautious about fixing the lift due to height restraints and snowfall that hit the mountain.
    “It made a challenging project for us to do,” Pajarito general manager Tom Long said. “The project was 32 feet in the air and everything to do the work was heavy. I didn’t feel comfortable putting my staff up 32 feet in the air during a snowstorm. So we had to pick and choose when we were going to work on it. But we were able to fix the problem.”  
    After completing successful test runs Wednesday and Thursday, the Mother Lift began to operate normally Friday.  
    Despite being almost six years since the Las Conchas Fire burned thousands of acres at Pajarito Mountain, the ski hill still battles with the aftermath, especially when it comes to aesthetics and grooming of the mountain.

  • Prep boys hoops: ‘Toppers win...

    Back-to-back wins have put the Los Alamos boys basketball team in position to make a realistic push at the District 2-5A regular season title.
    For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers executed in the post and from the perimeter en route to a 63-53 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “The (post players) finished the ones they needed to,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is the way they have to play. We’re very much an inside-outside team. We need to be going inside and if nothing is there, we throw it back to the outside and guards knock down 3s. If we don’t do that, we’re not near as good.”
    Los Alamos improved to 11-12 overall but more importantly moved to 3-3 in District 2-5A, where the Hilltoppers sit in third place and half a game behind Española Valley.
    “We thought we would be a game or two better than what we are right now,” Kluk said. “If we cant Española to beat Capital again, Capital will have two losses. Then if we could somehow get a win here, everybody will have three losses and then it gets jumbled. But we’ll be in the thick of it.”

  • LA girls hoops fall to Del Norte...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team continues to struggle in District 2-5A play after falling 50-28 against Del Norte Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After the first half of district play, the Hilltoppers are 1-4 in district and 6-17 overall. Los Alamos faced Albuquerque Academy on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Del Norte took command of the game from the opening tip-off and jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.
    The Knights continued to succeed on offense in the second quarter and outscored Los Alamos 16-9 to take a 31-16 lead at halftime.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t have much success on the offensive end in the second half and only managed four points in the final eight minutes. Meanwhile, Del Norte executed on both ends and sealed its third district win to improve to 3-2 and 12-9 overall.
    Savannah Lucero led Los Alamos with eight points, while Isabell Larribas and Susana Gallegos finished with five points, respectively.
    Del Norte got a game-high 12 points from Breana Desoto, while Victoria Casaus added 11.
    Going into Tuesday’s games, Los Alamos was in last place in district while Del Norte remained in third. Española Valley was atop the standings and Academy was second.

     
     

  • Makeup game tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will face Albuquerque Academy at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Griffin Gym to makeup a game that was cancelled earlier this season. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 53-33 loss against Espanola Valley, while the first-place Chargers are riding an eight-game win streak.  

  • LA girls hoops in a skid

    It began with optimism but it has slowly declined into a losing skid.
    The 2016-17 season began with bundles of promise for the Los Alamos girls basketball team and its seven seniors. With first year head coach Josh Archuleta taking over a team that lost a lot of talent from the previous season, it was evident that the Hilltoppers were going to have a few bumps on the road to extending to its two-decade state tournament appearance run.
    But so far in 2016-17, those bumps became more like mountains. And Los Alamos is slipping down those mountains with every step it takes.   
    The Hilltoppers started the season by winning the games it was supposed to win, beating St. Michael’s, Pojoaque Valley and Belen. But a lack of size and a daunting scheduled have caused Los Alamos to lose eight straight games and enter Christmas break at 3-10 overall.
    During that eight game losing streak, Los Alamos faced four Class 6A teams, the state’s No. 1 ranked team and two tough Class 5A opponents. It also lost its leading scorer Ashley Logan with a season-ending knee injury.
    The bright spots for the Hilltoppers have been on the defensive end. Los Alamos has allowed fewer than 40 points in five games this season, as seniors Sienna Ahlers, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin and Isabell Larribas have provided solid minutes.

  • Top LA prep sports moments of...

    Los Alamos has a rich history of providing spectacular prep sports moments the entire year. And 2016 wasn’t any different.
    The following moments highlighted another memorable year of Hilltopper sports.
    LA hockey wins pure championship
    The Los Alamos hockey team ended the 2015-16 season by defeating Taos 2-1 in the New Mexico pure hockey championship in March.
    It was the third meeting of the season between the two longtime rivals and the championship game capped off another tight encounter in the series history.
    During that game Los Alamos got off to a 2-0 lead during the third period and was able to fend off a Taos comeback in the final minutes. The win gave Los Alamos the North Star trophy, which is given to the winner of each game of the Taos-Los Alamos series.
    Los Alamos still holds the trophy as it defeated Taos in this season’s opener. Both teams will face each other on Monday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    Last-second magic in the Valley
    It took a bit of magic for the Los Alamos football team to extend its winning streak against rival Española Valley.
    Down 34-29 with seven seconds left, Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Quartieri took the snap and roll to his left and found receiver Kevin Maresca all alone in the end zone to seal the 35-34 victory.

  • Lobos top Fresno St. in MW opener

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team opened up Mountain West action with a 78-73 win over Fresno State Wednesday night inside WisePies Arena. The Lobos improve to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in the Mountain West.
    The victory was the seventh straight win inside The Pit this season, the eighth straight MW opening win inside The Pit and sixth straight MW opening win for the Lobos.
    “I thought this was a really good game for all of our guys,” said UNM head coach Craig Neal. “It was a really good indication about the fight we have as a group and the effort they play with. Many guys were able to come back in and get us our first win in the conference.”
    Elijah Brown led the Lobos in the scoring column, finishing with 19 points. He was 14-for-14 from the foul line which is third best in program history. He also added three assists. Tim Williams put together 18 points, a team-leading seven rebounds and a season-high, team-leading four assists. He shot 7-for-15 from the field.
    It was the first time the Lobos had four players in double-digits since the Cal State Northridge game at the Wooden Legacy Classic. Along with Brown and Williams, Obij Aget and Dane Kuiper both finished with at least 10 points, 12 and 10 respectively. Jalen Harris finished with nine points and three assists.

  • Pajarito enjoys recent snow

    Mother Nature is beginning to do its part.
    After receiving more than 20 inches of snow in the past two weeks, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened almost 100 percent of its ski hill for skiing and snowboarding operations.   
    On Tuesday, Pajarito added five more runs including Daisy Mae, Li’l Abner, Dog Patch, Sundance and Bonanza. The following day, the ski hill opened Big Mother, Little Mother, Sidewinder, Precious, Breathless, Rim Rum, Why Not to Zero Road West, One More Time to Zero Road West and I Don’t to Zero Road West.
    “Our mountain crew has been working overtime track-packing and grooming the slopes to open up as much of the mountain as possible,” said Pajarito manager Tom Long.
    It was Pajarito’s most thrilled week of the season, as the ski hill will temporarily close on Monday for snow making purposes.
    Torchlight Parade set for Saturday
    Pajarito’s annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is scheduled for sundown on Saturday.