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  • 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.

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  • LA gymnasts continue to compete

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Precision Gymnastics in Albuquerque for the annual New Mexico Judges Cup Nov.22.
    Megan Brown had the high score of the day for the Los Alamos team. She took first all around in the silver younger division with 36.30 points.
    Brown also placed first on floor (9.05) and tied for first on vault (9.20). Teammate Dani Trellue took third in this division with 36.00 all around. Trellue also took first on bars with 9.40. Sara Gardner was seventh all around with 35.60. Gardner tied with Brown for first on vault.
    In the silver older division, Cyra Bishop was sixth with 35.80.
    Sarah Hutchens was eighth in this division with 34.95 and took the gold medal on vault with a 9.05. Aria Warner was 11th with 34.85.
    In the gold division, Addie Richie placed first with 35.85. She also placed first on vault (9.00) and bars (9.10). On beam and floor she was second with 8.85 and 8.90 respectively.
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took second with 36.25. She placed first on bars (9.45), second on floor (9.05) and third on beam (8.70). Anna Clark placed sixth all around (34.00) and third on vault (9.25).

  • Late 3’s propel Pojoaque past LA

    Trailing by one point with 11 seconds left in the contest, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team had a chance to take the lead Tuesday against Pojoaque.
    A Hilltopper made a good move to get to the hoop for an open look, but he missed the layup that would have been the go-ahead basket.
    Pojoaque added a free throw at the other end and eventually finished on top of Los Alamos, 48-46.
    “We had too many missed opportunities,” Los Alamos head boys’ coach Mike Kluk said. “Either team could have won it.”
    The missed shot at the end was just one of several close-range misses in the game for Los Alamos. Kluk said the team missed about eight shots from five feet and in during the contest, including about five in the second half.
    Pojoaque, meanwhile, hit some clutch shots from beyond the arch in the fourth quarter to help it take the lead.
    The Hilltopper boys took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against the Elks. Down the stretch, with Los Alamos up by six points, Pojoaque shot four consecutive 3-pointers and sunk three of them to go on top.
    To limit Pojoaque to 48 points, Los Alamos played well defensively for much of the contest. “I thought we did a good job forcing turnovers,” Kluk said.