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Today's Sports

  • Hilltoppers hold off St. Pius X

    As MaxPrep’s No. 3 ranked team in Class 5A, the Hilltopper girls’ basketball team can expect its opponents to come out swinging in an attempt to bring it down.
    “We’re going to grab a lot of attention,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “From here on out, it’s going to be who can execute and who can grind out wins.”
    On Tuesday, Los Alamos took on a St. Pius X squad that was much tougher than its 1-7 record.
    Los Alamos won the contest, 60-57, but neither team held a comfortable lead during the game.
    Los Alamos won the first quarter, St. Pius won the second and third quarters and then Los Alamos rallied in the fourth to win the game.
    The Hilltoppers were limited to 19 first-half points and the game went into the break tied.
    “I think it took a little adjusting to get it going,” coach Trujillo said.
    Trailing 6-5 late in the first quarter, Los Alamos scored more points in one minute than they did in the first six. Kayla Salazar buried a three to give Los Alamos the lead. Ashlynn Trujillo then scored a coast-to-coast layup and Elena Abeyta added a field goal.
    Los Alamos then trailed with 10 seconds left in the first half, but as Trujillo was falling down she managed to find Ashley Logan open for the tying bucket just before the buzzer.

  • LA hockey wins two at Taos...

    The Los Alamos hockey team moved up in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s standings after scoring two wins and a tie at the Taos tournament (Jan. 1-3).
    Los Alamos beat Permian Basin (Texas) 6-3, Coronado (Texas) 6-3 and then tied Durango (Colo.) 2-2.
    The results bumped Los Alamos’ record up to 4-5-2 overall and into fifth place in the league.
    Against Permian Basin Friday, the ’Toppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Carson Schramm, Cory Schramm and Ben Reese. The Pumpjacks responded with a goal, but Reese and Carson Schramm put Los Alamos up by four. In the third period, Jacob Dunwoody added an insurance goal for Los Alamos.
    Against Coronado, six different ’Toppers found the back of the net, which was as many shots as Coronado had in the contest. Los Alamos outshot Coronado 48-6.
    The game, however, was actually tied at one and at two, but four second-period goals helped Los Alamos pull away.
    Carson Schramm, Cory Schramm, Ben Roback, Anthony Lavelle, Chris Bond and Dunwoody all found the back of the net against Coronado.

  • Tonight's basketball game...

    Tonight's (Jan. 7) boys' basketball game against Aztec has been cancelled.

    Los Alamos head boys' coach Mike Kluk said their working with Aztec to possibly reschedule the game for Friday, but that possibility will depend on the weather tomorrow. UPDATE: The contest will not take place Friday, either, and there are no plans to reschedule it.

    Saturday's home game against Belen will now be the team's home opener. The Belen contest is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m.

  • LA basketball teams battle...

    The Los Alamos boys' and girls' basketball teams both had tough contests Tuesday night.

    The girls managed to take down St. Pius X, 60-57, while the boys came up just short against Pojoaque, 48-46.

    The Hilltopper girls trailed the Sartans heading into the forth quarter, but Ashley Logan's third 3-pointer of the game tied it at 37. The 'Toppers eventually took a nine-point lead, but St. Pius X got within one of Los Alamos, 56-55, with just over a minute left in the contest. A couple late buckets from Ashlynn Trujillo, however, helped Los Alamos finish on top.

    The Hilltopper girls, who are MaxPreps' third-ranked team in Class 5A, improved to 11-1 with the win. "We're going to grab a lot of attention," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "From here on out, it's going to be who can execute and who can grind out wins."

    The Hilltopper boys took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter against Pojoaque, but the Elks hit three 3-pointers in a row to take the lead.

    Trailing by one with 11 seconds left in the contest, a Hilltopper drove to the hoop and got an open look, but missed the layup that would have been the go-ahead basket.

  • Hilltopper girls keep rolling in...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team improved to 10-1 with a 65-53 victory over Moriarty Saturday.
    “Moriarty is a good team,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “They’re in the top 10, so that was a good win for us.”
    The Fighting Pintos slipped to 8-3 with the loss.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a huge, 24-7 lead in the first quarter. The ’Toppers stayed in control of the game, but Moriarty was able to close the gap a little.
    “We started really, really strong in the first quarter, but in second quarter we let them back in it,” Trujillo said. “I think it is human nature to let of the gas pedal a little, but (Moriarty) shot well.”
    With Elena Abeyta (finger) returning to action, the ’Toppers also had their entire lineup active for the first time this season. “She hit some 3-pointers and it looked like there was no rust at all,” Trujillo said.
    With everybody active, Los Alamos continued to play well as a team.
    “We had great ball movement as a team, I’m excited about that,” Trujillo said. “We transitioned really well — not a lot of dribbling, just looking for the open person.”
    Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 19 points and Ashlynn Trujillo added 16.

  • Hilltoppers finish strong to win...

    At times this season, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team has outplayed its opponent for much of a contest only to let its lead slip away late.
    On Saturday at Taos, the Hilltoppers found a way to finish strong and take down the Tigers in a contest that close throughout, 59-54.
    “Being in those closer games where we haven’t been able to hold on, those experiences are finally sinking in,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “The boys were really trying to do what they needed to do to finish it off.”
    With a little lead in the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers not only took care of the ball better than they have been down the stretch, they also kept working to create good quality shots on offense.
    “They had to come after us, but all of (our guys) did a pretty good job taking care of the ball,” Kluk said.
    While Los Alamos tried to keep the ball out of Taos’ hands as much as possible late, its defense also made some big plays. Adam Paulson blocked six shots in the game, and three of them came late in the fourth quarter.
    “That made them struggle,” Kluk said. “Kudos to Adam for that.”
    Los Alamos’ defense, as a whole, also got better as the game went on. The ’Toppers trailed Taos after giving up 21 points in the first quarter.

  • Game of the Week Jan. 3-9

    After being road warriors for the first part of the season, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will finally get to play a game in the friendly confines of Griffith Gymnasium this week.
    The ’Toppers will play their home opener Thursday against Aztec. The varsity contest will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos is currently 3-5 overall. It also has a game scheduled for tonight (Jan. 2) at Taos (6-2) and a contest Tuesday at Pojoaque (9-3).
    Aztec is currently 1-8 overall. Its only win was Dec. 18 against Navajo Prep, 62-53.
    Tuesday
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Girls’ Basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Boys’ Basketball: Aztec at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s tournament, varsity, TBD

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Aztec tournament, varsity, TBD

    Hockey: Durango at Los Alamos, varsity, 8:15 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s tournament, varsity, TBD

    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Aztec tournament, varsity, TBD

  • Thousands of Gila trout to be...

    SILVER CITY (AP) — Federal officials have plans to stock about 10,000 Gila trout in southwestern New Mexico to boost recreational fishing opportunities.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says recovery stocking goals for the threatened fish were met in 2015 so the excess fish will be released in the Gila River Forks and in Lake Roberts in early January.
    The fish are expected to grow to the catchable nine-inch range by the end of May.
    The Gila trout was first listed as endangered in 1966. Thanks to recovery work over the decades, its status improved and it was down listed to threatened in 2006.
    For 2015, a national fish hatchery in northern New Mexico propagated more than 50,000 Gila trout for recovery efforts.
     

  • Lobos win MW openers

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men's basketball team (8-6, 1-0 MW) kicked off Mountain West Conference play with a victory, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-5, 0-1 MW), 88-76, Wednesday in WisePies Arena.
    "It's good to get back on the court and get a win," said head coach Craig Neal "It was one of those things that I knew we could do, I knew we could play to our capabilities, and I thought for 10-15 minutes the first half we played at a high level. We've had some inconsistencies with the maturity of my team and that's part of growing together. But all in all, I'm really happy with the guys. They played hard, they finished the game and they stayed together."
    The win marked the 50th career victory for Craig Neal as the head coach of New Mexico. Reaching the mark in 79 games, he’s one of the five fastest coaches to ever reach that mark.

  • Lobos to open MW play against...

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (7-6) returns to the friendly confines of WisePies Arena Wednesday to begin Mountain West Conference play against the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) at 7 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS.
    The Lobos return from a disappointing trip to the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, where after six strong weeks of play, New Mexico hit its first skid of the season. With league play starting up, the Lobos will look to rebound at home where they are 6-1 this season.
    The Lobos have won four straight conference opening games, including last season’s 80-73 victory inside WisePies Arena against Colorado State. The Lobos have not lost a Mountain West opener inside their arena since the 2006-07 season.
    While the Lobos played three games in four days last week, the Wolf Pack have been resting since last Tuesday’s loss to Wichita State, 98-69. Before that loss, the Wolf Pack had rattled off three straight victories over Fresno Pacific, Drake and Santa Clara, all at home.