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Today's Sports

  • Game of the Week Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    This week, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team will compete in a tournament that could help bolster its resume. The ’Toppers are playing in Roswell’s tournament against Class 5A foes Goddard, Belen, Artesia, Moriarty, Farmington, Piedra Vista and Roswell’s own Coyotes.
    The ’Toppers (3-5) begin the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Roswell (7-1).
    Los Alamos will also play games Tuesday and Wednesday during the holiday tournament.
     

  • Red River to host skijoring

    Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four.
    In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It’s like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all, skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 40 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting. You see the skiers being towed by a horse at a full gallop.
    The inaugural Red River Skijoring races will be held Jan. 16-17. The races will start each day at high noon on River Street in Red River.
    Teams will race through a time-trial course with skiers navigating gates, jumps, and, at times, even spearing rings. Authentic horsepower and big spills make this truly one-of-a-kind winter western event.
    The event is free for spectators.
    Competitors can find registration information and rules on the event website, RedRiverSkijoring.com. There are daily cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions (novice, sport and open). For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a no-dogs event.

  • Pajarito big winner from storm

    A winter storm made sure skiers and snowboarders around the state will can have a white Christmas on the slopes.
    On Tuesday, the storm blanketed the state, and most of the western United States, with a fresh white layer.
    Pajarito, however, was the big winner on Tuesday night in New Mexico. Pajarito received 10 inches of new snow, compared to seven at Santa Fe, six at Sandia Peak, four at Sipapu two at Angel Fire and one at both Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache.
    The storm also stuck around Wednesday to continue adding to the snow totals.
    Pajarito reported that 32 of its 44 runs were open Wednesday, which included almost every run on the west side of the mountain. It’s also reported a 29-inch base Wednesday.
    Depending on how much more snow falls, the trails under the Townsight lift could be ready to ride soon.
    Next week, Pajarito will celebrate the end of 2015 with a torchlight parade, beginning at sundown Jan. 31.
     

  • Udall secures safety provisions...

    WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees, announced that the president has signed into law as part of the “omnibus” appropriations measure several sports safety provisions that Udall has championed to help protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. Udall has led efforts in Congress to improve equipment safety standards and curb false advertising claims, focusing on ensuring parents, coaches and players have the information they need to make important decisions about how to prevent head injuries.

  • Hilltoppers hit the mat at...

    The Hilltoppers wrestled five duals at Piedra Vista’s Panther Classic Saturday and won two of them.
    “It was one of the best tournaments we’ve been to so far,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said.
    Los Alamos beat Dolores (Colorado) and Piedra Vista’s silver squad, but fell to Farmington, Cleveland and Cleveland’s junior varsity.
    Cleveland, the top-ranked team in New Mexico, went on to beat Piedra Vista in the championship dual, 50-18.
    Against Los Alamos, however, the Storm backed down instead of taking on Hilltopper’s top wrestler, Lane Saunders.
    “Cleveland ducked him,” Hatt said. “They’re supposed to be the best team in the state and they had a guy, they just would not wrestle him.”
    With that forfeit and a few others, Saunders only wrestled one match. He won by decision against Farmington’s 195-pounder.
    Dylan Irish bumped up to 170 pounds for the tournament and had a successful day at the new weight, going 3-2.
    The coach also said Damien Sundby and Chris Romero were “in every match” that they wrestled, working hard to give themselves a chance to win at the end. They prevailed a few times came up a little short other times.

  • Lead slips away late from...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team (3-5) almost won its third game in a row Friday at Highland (1-5), but was unable to close the contest out and ended up losing, 73-64.
    The ’Toppers took an eight-point lead into halftime and maintained a four-to-10 point lead for most of the third. Highland cut the lead to two points at the end of the third, but Los Alamos was able to pull away again.
    In the last three minutes of the game, however, Highland caught up and then took the lead.
    The ’Toppers were short-handed in the contest, playing without Michael Naranjo and Adam Paulson. Playing extra minutes without them fatigued the other players.
    “Our guys got tired in that fourth quarter,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “That led to some bad decisions and silly turnovers that let them get back in the game.”
    Once Highland took the lead, Los Alamos was forced to foul and send them to the free-throw line, which led to the final tally.
    “The boys need to figure out how to play when they’re ahead,” Kluk said. “You let a team hang around at home and they’ll find a way to beat you.”
    The team’s offense played well to score 64 points and coach Kluk said, “Jack Stewart had a pretty game offensively.”

  • Hilltoppers win tough road...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team had an early game on the other side of the state Saturday. The Hilltoppers traveled to Artesia for a day game.
    The ’Toppers didn’t play their best game of the season, but managed to come away with a 71-62 victory and improve to 9-1.
    “To be able to still come out with a win speaks volumes,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said.
    On defense, Los Alamos gave up way more points than it would have liked, but part of it was some hot shooting by Artesia.
    “We weren’t happy with the defensive side of it,” Trujillo said. “We want to keep teams in the 30s or 40s, but they shot phenomenal.”
    Artesia’s Gracie Tessillo led all scorers with 22 points in the game.
    “She was playing great basketball and kept them in the game,” Trujillo said.
    Los Alamos’ offense, meanwhile, started off a little slow.
    “We started going back to bad habits — dribbling too much and not passing,” Trujillo said. “We were able to fight through that, but it was a dog fight for the first three quarters.”
    The ’Toppers eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring over 70 points in a game for the third time this season.

  • Hilltopper girls improve to 9-1

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team beat Artesia 71-62 Saturday night to improve to 9-1 on the season.

    Three Hilltoppers scored double-digit points in the game and a fourth came close.

    Ashlynn Trujillo led Los Alamos with 21 points. Kayla Salazar scored 19. Ashley Logan scored 12 and Makaela Jones added nine.

    Gracie Tessilo led Artesia (4-4) with 22 points.

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team (3-5) was unable to win its third straight game Friday. Highland (1-5) snapped the Hilltopper boys' winning streak, 73-64.

    See Wednesday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for more.

  • Altmann prepares for round three...

    As the snow begins to fall across the Northern Hemisphere, athletes across the world, including Los Alamos’ Garrett Altmann, are preparing for another season of action on the Swatch Freeride World Tour. The 2016 edition tour is destined to be one for the history books as it will host the most talented freeriders on the planet competing on legendary venues across the world for a total prize purse of $467,000.
    With a total of 62 athletes representing 14 countries, this diverse assembly of freeride athletes is composed of 27 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders, 14 female skiers, and seven female snowboarders.
    Last year, in Altmann’s second season competing on the world tour, he finished 16th in the skier division to re-qualify for this year’s tour.
    “I’m really excited,” Altmann said. “ I feel more confident than I have before.”

  • Pajarito to open majority of its...

    After 21 inches of snow fell on Pajarito Mountain, including 15 inches since Sunday, the ski area has been busy preparing to open a majority of its runs for this weekend.
    “It just kept snowing and snowing,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said.
    For Sunday’s powder day, Pajarito was able to open Daisy Mae, giving skiers and snowboarders a second route to ride down from Aspen Lift.
    Today, Pajarito plans to have 12 runs open. Saturday, it plans on having over 30 of its 44 trails open.
    “For Saturday, most of the mountain except chair 5 (the Townsight lift) will be open,” Long said. “We’re looking pretty good.”
    The plan for today is to add Mal’s Run, West Mushroom, East Mushroom, L’il Abner, Bruce’s Boulevard West and Pussycat to the mix.
    On Saturday, Pajarito will begin spinning the Mother lift, opening up the Fab-four (Nuther Mother, Sidewinder, Breathless and Precious) and all of the other runs on the mountain’s west side.
    Runs like Wildcat and Aspen will also open, but could close if rocks begin appearing.
    “We’ll open as much as we can and keep it open as long as we can,” Long said.