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  • Prep girls hoops: LA outlasts...

    When playing Taos, teams just have to worry about limiting Aaliyah Quintana.

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team did that in the second half en route to a 42-31 victory against Taos on Tuesday at Griffith Gym.

    Quintana scored 12 of the Tigers (8-6) 14 first-half points but the Hilltoppers (5-12) limited her to only seven in the final 16 minutes.

    "We had some scouting film on her," Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. "She had set the state record (for points in a game) for a couple days. We knew that she was an offensive threat. Our goal was to deny her as much as possible.

    "She had been averaging 28 points a game, no matter who they've played. I have to give it to Los Alamos because she didn't go for 28 on us and we got her a little frustrated."

    Los Alamos had a tougher time containing Quintana in the opening half, as the Tigers took a 7-6 first quarter lead. The Hilltoppers did manage to stop other Taos players from contributing and used a 16-point second quarter to garner a 22-14 halftime lead.

  • LA boys hoops top SF High

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is winning close games at the right time.
    After claiming an impressive 52-49 comeback victory against Belen on Friday, the Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 55-53 in overtime on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-6 overall and claimed its third straight victory. The Hilltoppers traveled to face Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Not only will the wins result in resume builders, but they will also contribute towards confidence for Los Alamos, as District 2-5A play begins in less than a week.
    ‘Toppers edge Demons in OT
    This season, a win against Santa Fe High is a Class 6A win that any team would want.
    And the Hilltoppers got that win by outscoring the Demons 10-8 in the overtime period. During that run, Antonio Trujillo hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a lead that it didn’t relinquish.
     

  • Topper girls drop finale in Aztec

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team dropped an opportunity on Saturday to finish a regular season tournament on a high note.
    After holding Piedra Vista to only 10 points in the first half, the Hilltoppers were outscored 33-7 in the second half and fell 43-28 in the third place game of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    The Hilltoppers still led with two minutes left in the third quarter but a Piedra Vista bucket gave the Panthers a 24-23 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
    In the second round on Friday, Los Alamos fell to host Aztec 61-33.
    The Hilltoppers allowed 17 points in the first half, before falling apart defensively in the second half and allowing 44 points. Los Alamos also led 18-17 at the half but struggled on offense in the final 16 minutes and was limited to 15 points.
    Los Alamos moved to 4-12 overall after the tournament and hosted Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday print deadline.     
     

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers...

    This time Los Alamos didn’t shy away in the fourth quarter.

    Down 44-34 entering the final quarter, Los Alamos hit crucial shots and made defensive stops to pick up a big 52-49 win at Belen on Friday night. 

    “That was probably as patient as we’ve been all year,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “Usually when we get down six or eight points, we try to win it with our next shot. Tonight, they were really patient, got really good shots and even got three 3’s in a row in one stretch. We didn’t panic so much when we got behind.”

    The Hilltoppers had every excuse to panic being down by 10 with eight minutes remaining. But instead, Los Alamos executed on offense, including back-to-back 3’s from Ramon Roybal and Jack Stewart that cut Belen’s lead to 46-42 with 6:20 left in the game.

    A contested jumper from Anthony Trujillo gave Los Alamos its first lead of the second half, 48-47 with 1:25 remaining. After Trujillo’s go ahead jumper, the Hilltoppers managed to keep the Eagles from getting good looks and with 30 seconds left, Cade Gasway rejected a Belen attempt to tie it. The Eagles got a decent look from 3-point range but the shot was off the mark.

  • Prep girls basketball: ‘Toppers...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team ended its eight-game losing skid.
    The Hilltoppers blew out Monument Valley (Utah) 60-35 on Thursday in the first round of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    It was Los Alamos’ first win since Dec. 1, 2016. The 60 points were the most the Hilltoppers have scored in a game this season.
    Los Alamos faced host Aztec on Friday in the second round after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Sunday print deadline. The Hilltoppers closed out the tournament on Saturday.
    In other first round matchups, Aztec defeated Crownpoint 61-14, Durango (Colorado) downed Navajo Prep 40-31 and Piedra Vista defeated Montrose (Colorado) 44-34.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA gets...

    They needed this one.
    For momentum and confidence going forward, the Los Alamos boys basketball team’s 56-50 win at Pojoaque Valley on Tuesday can go a long way.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 6-6 overall, while the Elks fell to 5-5 on the season.
    “We really knew that we had to win this one,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said after the game in an interview with KRSN. “We have to start building a resume and losing to a 4A squad, even as good as Pojoaque is, would’ve not helped our resume.”   
    Antonio Trujillo’s triple with 3:10 left in the game gave Los Alamos a 48-39 lead, the biggest of the night, but the Elks countered. Pojoaque went on a four-point run to cut the lead to 48-43.
    A Trujillo layup and a Jack Stewart free throw extended Los Alamos’ lead to 51-43 with 1:30 left to play, as the Hilltoppers were able to fend off a late Pojoaque rally and claim their first win against the Elks since the 2011-12 season.
    After a highly contested first half that ended 24-21 in favor of Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers engineered a 13-point third quarter. Trujillo gave Los Alamos a 28-21 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter and Michael Naranjo extended the Hilltoppers lead to 30-21.

  • 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.