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  • Hilltoppers win championship at...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team knocked off Los Lunas, the defending Class 5A state champion, to win Albuquerque Academy’s Joe Armijo Invite Saturday.
    The ’Toppers (8-1) won the championship game, 63-59.
    “Winning this tournament was huge,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “We’re on breaking ground. Usually a metro or southern team wins it. For us to be playing on that level and winning says something about the hard work they’re doing.”
    Every quarter of the championship game was close. The Tigers (3-2) won the first two quarters by a single point each, but Los Alamos won the last two by four points and two points.
    “It was a really intense, physical game,” coach Trujillo said. “Last year I think we would have folded.”
    This year, however, the ’Toppers rose to the challenge and, at times, played with a chip on their shoulders.
    Down the stretch, Los Alamos made seven-of-eight free three throws to take a 10-point lead and finish on top.
    The team’s offense was also clicking throughout the game. “They seem really comfortable running the offense,” coach Trujillo said. “They’re really moving the ball well and reading the defenses.”

  • Hilltoppers finish fifth at...

    After a tough loss to Silver in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational, the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team rebounded to win the consolation side of the bracket.
    The ’Toppers beat East Mountain, 72-37, and Valencia, 51-41, to take fifth place and improve to 3-4 overall.
    In the fifth-place game, Los Alamos took on Valencia for a second time this year. Los Alamos won the first meeting by 26, but the second contest was much closer.
    “They made some good adjustments to keep our size in check,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “It wasn’t an easy game; we didn’t dominate by any stretch.”
    Valencia rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Los Alamos matched their rally to finish on top.
    The ’Toppers also played aggressive on offense and capitalized from the free-throw line.
    “We were attacking the basket, drawing fouls and making free throws,” coach Kluk said.
    Los Alamos sunk 22-of-24 free throws in the second half, led by Antonio Trujillo who made 11-of-13. “He’s Mr. Consistency,” coach Kluk said.

  • Game of the Week Dec. 13-19

    The Los Alamos wrestling team will compete in its third tournament in three weeks, and second consecutive individual tournament, Saturday at Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School.
    The ’Toppers will also compete for a team score, but they’ll only be able to rely on themselves when they step on the mat.

    This week's games:
    Friday
    Boys’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Highland, varsity, 7 p.m.; junior varsity, 5:30 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Saturday
    Girls’ Basketball: Los Alamos at Artesia, varsity, 3:30 p.m.; junior varsity 2 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista tournament, varsity, TBD

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools, West Mesa Pool, varsity, 8:30 a.m.

     

  • Hilltoppers win championship

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team beat the defending Class 5A state champ, Los Lunas, 63-59 to win Albuquerque Academy's Joe Armijo Invite Saturday. 

    Ashlynn Trujillo led the way for the 'Toppers. She scored a game-high 25 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

    Kayla Salazar was also named to the all-tournament team. She scored 15 points in the game.

    Sophia Roybal added 10 for the 'Toppers.

    Los Lunas had three players in double digits. Jordan Holland scored 14, Cera Chavez scored 14 and Daisha Martinez added 10 for the Tigers.

  • LA reaches Academy tournament...

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team will play for a championship tonight (Saturday).
    After rallying to beat Hope Christian 55-51 Tuesday, the ’Toppers scored second straight victory over the defending Class 4A state champs Friday in the semifinals of Albuquerque Academy’s Joe Armijo Invite to advance to the championship game.
    The ’Toppers improved to 7-1 with the dominant 65-39 semifinal victory.
    Los Alamos played with the lead pretty much the entire time Friday and kept pulling away.
    Los Alamos had a 20-point lead when it pulled its starters out in the fourth quarter, and its bench stepped on the court and extended the lead.
    Los Alamos took a 13-9 lead into the second quarter, but Hope Christian fought back to tie the game at 22. Kayla Salazar, however, drained a 3-pointer to give Los Alamos a spark. The ’Toppers finished the half with an 11-2 run to go into the half up nine, 33-24. Salazar made three 3-pointers in the quarter and had 17 first-half points. She finished with five 3’s and a game-high 26 points. Ashlynn Trujillo scored 17 while six other ’Toppers also scored.

  • Sipapu celebrating the grand...

    Vadito, NM – Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will celebrate the grand opening of its newest lift Saturday morning and resort officials announced that they will extend the festivities next week with free lift tickets for kids and teens.
     
    The resort’s first quad (a chairlift that can accommodate four guests per chair) started turning on Nov. 25, not long after Sipapu became the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Sipapu’s Nov. 14 open date was the earliest opening in recent history and marked the 13th consecutive time the Taos-area resort clenched the state’s “first to open” title.
     
    Mountain manager John Paul Bradley says there’s a lot to celebrate with the new lift.

    “We have dreamed and talked about this new lift for years, and it’s been incredible to see skiers and snowboarders enjoying it,” said Bradley. “This is a celebration first and foremost for our guests, but also for our staff and the team of people who worked relentlessly to see its successful completion.”

  • Skiers Cup riders announced for...

    Lausanne, Switzerland — The highly-anticipated roster of Skiers Cup team riders is finally available to the public after the two team captains have meticulously selected some of the finest riders in the world to compete on the slopes of Grandvalira, Andorra from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4. The sixth of edition of the Skiers Cup will take advantage of the picture-perfect freeride terrain of the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees.
    With a long history of progression and high-level freeskiing, this event takes a unique format where two continents (Europe vs. Americas) will face each other in two classic disciplines: big-mountain (freeride) and backcountry slopestyle (tricks off kickers and natural jumps). Team captains are sure to select riders that have the necessary skills to round-out a versatile team capable of excelling in both disciplines. The 16 riders comprising two teams face each other over two days, with one discipline per day, and two rounds per discipline for each pair of riders. The winners for each round will be determined and the points will be summed for a grand total of 32 possible points.

  • Lobos to face Arizona in Gildan...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobos will be home for the holidays.
    The Lobos have accepted a bid for the 10th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl, to be played in UNM’s home stadium of University Stadium, with an old foe awaiting them in the Arizona Wildcats out of the Pac-12 Conference.
    The Lobos finished the season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West, tying for second place in the Mountain Division.
    Arizona finished 6-6, dropping four of its last five, finishing fifth in the Pac-12 South.
    The teams actually have a pair of common opponents from 2015 in Arizona State and Nevada.
    The selection of Arizona gives UNM a unique feat of facing both Fiesta Bowl opponents from a year ago, as Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in that game.
    The meeting between the Lobos and the Wildcats will be the 67th all-time meeting between the two programs, and the first since 2008, when the Lobos defeated Arizona 36-28 in University Stadium.
    The game is a rematch of the 1997 Insight.com Bowl, won 20-14 by Arizona in Tempe.

  • Angel Fire opening with two parks

    Angel Fire Resort has been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past couple of weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening, set for today (Dec. 11). The mountain operations team at the resort have been working since late fall on two new terrain parks they will debut on opening day. The completely redesigned Liberation Park will have beginning and intermediate features, as well as 15-20 rails set-ups for first-day skiers and riders to try out. Plans for the pro line and additional expert features will be added as soon as more snow heads into the area.
    Jon Eppler, who has built parks for major events including the Winter X-Games and the Burton U.S. Open, has been busy during the summer season creating the new Liberation Park. The expansion includes a wider range of user-friendly features, which enables riders to build their skills by experiencing progressive features throughout the park. Eppler also plans to create “stash parks” all over the ski mountain this winter.
    Liberation Park’s redesign creates New Mexico’s first terrain park with dedicated chairlift access. The chairlift has been renamed this season to “Liberation Park Lift.”

  • LA soccer players earn all-state...

    Sixteen Los Alamos soccer players were recently named to the Class 5A all-state teams. The Los Alamos head boys’ and girls’ coaches were also honored.
    The two teams had seven players land on the all-state first team, including all five of the boys’ and girls’ senior captains. Those athletes include midfielder Alex Csanadi, defender Ralph Archbold and midfielder Eric Burnside for the boys and defender Jordan Henson and midfielder Emily Hopkins for the girls.
    The rest of the Los Alamos players honored are all underclassmen.
    Goalie Seth Hailey and forward Sienna Ahlers were also named to the all-state first team.
    Making the second team were midfielder George Steinkamp, defender Kayla Parker and forward Abby Schmalz.
    All-state honorable mentions went to defender Andreas Runde and forward Levon Wiggins for the boys, and girls’ goalie Anna Lemke, defender Sophie Wood, midfielder Katie Hopkins and forward Alissia Haagenstad.
    After leading the ’Toppers to the state championship games in their first season at Los Alamos’ helm, Gary Ahlers and Ron Blue were named the Class 5A girls’ and boys’ Coach of the Year, respectively.