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  • Hilltopper girls win big at Rust...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team had a big performance last weekend at the Rio Rancho Rust Buster.
    In all, nine teams, most of them Class 6A schools from the Albuquerque area took part in the Rust Buster – for many of the teams involved, it was the first meet of the season – but the Hilltopper girls earned a comfortable victory. The Hilltoppers finished with 133.6 points Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.
    Los Alamos finished comfortably ahead of the host Rio Rancho Rams to win the girls team title. The Rams picked up 109.6 points. None of the other seven teams competing in the meet factored into the decision.
    The Hilltopper boys track team also took part last Saturday, picking up third place in the nine-team meet. The Hilltopper boys earned 60.5 points, while the host Rams held off Eldorado to win the team competition.
    In the girls competition, Los Alamos picked up some big performances in the relay events to help it win that team title. Los Alamos also had a very good showing in the field events.
    The Hilltoppers won the 400-meter and 1600-meter relays, and finished second in the other two relays on the day. They had dominant performances, winning the 400 relay by nearly a second-and-a-half, while the 1600 relay team won by more than 7 seconds over runner-up Cibola in that event.

  • ’Topper softball, baseball pick...

    Los Alamos’ softball team used the long ball to its full advantage Tuesday afternoon in a road victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes.
    The Hilltoppers blasted three home runs in the game, the big blow a three-run shot to straightaway center field by Alicia Gonzales.
    Gonzales’ fifth-inning blast broke open a tight ballgame, putting the Hilltoppers up 7-3 at the time. Relief pitcher Reyna Lucero closed out the game after the Hilltoppers came up with two more runs to win it 9-3 at Chris Peterson Memorial Field.
    Los Alamos is off to a hot start this season, particularly at the plate, ahead of a big road doubleheader today against Class 5A Belen. Los Alamos’ offense has produced 58 runs in six games this season.
    Pojoaque Valley’s Elkettes (0-4) actually drew first blood in the game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first, but Los Alamos answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Los Alamos took the lead for good with another pair of runs in the third, those coming on its first homer of the game, that provided by Megan Romero.
    Claire Bluhm also hit a solo home run late in the game for Los Alamos (5-1) on Tuesday.

  • LA, Taos hockey faces off for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers hockey team has one more contest remaining for the 2016-17 season.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Taos Ice Tigers tonight for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s pure team championship.
    The league includes nine teams, but seven of those are composite teams – teams that draw players from more than one high school. Only Los Alamos and Taos draw all their players from the same school.
    The pure team championship is set for 7:15 p.m. tonight at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longtime rivals and battle it out each season for the North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy currently in the possession of the Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers won their most recent meeting, which occurred last Saturday during the NMIIHL’s Year-End Tournament, played this year in El Paso, Texas. El Paso hosts one of three out-of-state teams that play in the New Mexico league.
    The Hilltoppers and the Ice Tigers met in an elimination game at the Year-End Tournament. In that game, the Hilltoppers came back from a late deficit to win it 5-4.
    Los Alamos wouldn’t survive its next elimination game, however, falling to Amarillo, Texas, 4-2 Sunday.

  • The Latest: Broncos sign Cowboys...

    The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
    5:05 p.m.
    The Denver Broncos have signed a former Dallas Cowboys player in free agency. It wasn't Tony Romo as so many fans were anticipating, but guard Ronald Leary.
    Although the Broncos have been mentioned as a prime landing spot should the Cowboys part ways with Romo, Denver GM John Elway is happy with the two young QBs he has in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
    What he's trying to do is fortify his offensive line, the primary culprit in Denver's slide from Super Bowl champ to missing the playoffs last season.
    Leary will fly to Denver on Friday to sign his four-year, $35 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed. He's expected to slide in at left guard with Max Garcia moving over to battle it out with Michael Schofield on the right side.
    With the emergence of La'el Collins and several big contracts along one of the top lines in the NFL, the Cowboys couldn't afford to keep Leary, who turns 28 next month.
    — Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.

    5:01 p.m. ET
    The Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Nick Perry, bringing back an important piece to their defense.
    Perry had a breakout season in 2016, with a career-high 11 sacks in 14 games.

  • Prep basketball: LA upset bid...

    For a half, it appeared like the Los Alamos boys basketball team was on its way to pulling off the biggest upset in the Class 5A state tournament.

    But the upset bid fell short after No. 3 Farmington outscored the 14-seeded Hilltoppers 35-15 in the second half en route to 53-40 win in the first round Saturday night in Farmington.

    "They (Farmington) picked up their game," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "They got on a roll and we got into trying to catch up with 3s. We quit attacking and that hurt us."

    The Scorpions advanced to the quarterfinals, where they'll face No. 6 Los Lunas Wednesday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Los Alamos' season ends at 13-15 overall after falling to Farmington for the second time this season.

    Nick Granger led the Scorpions with a game-high 17 points, while Sol Rascon finished with 14.

    The backcourt duo of junior guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo paced Los Alamos with 12 points apiece. All of Roybal's points came from 3-point range, while Trujillo knocked down two triples. Junior guard Jack Stewart added 11 for Los Alamos.

    "We definitely could've done better," Stewart said. "We collapsed as a team. That comes with the maturity. I think next year we'll comeback even stronger."

  • ’Toppers track begins 2017...

    The pursuit to regain dominance in Class 5A begins Saturday for the Los Alamos girls track and field team.
    The Hilltoppers look to build on 2016’s success by starting off strong in 2017 at the Chile Quad, which is Los Alamos’ season opener and is hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will compete against Academy, Sandia Prep and St. Pius.
    Relay teams are expected to lead the Hilltoppers, who have six runners returning from first-place finishers at state. Three runners from the 1,600 sprint medley are returning and three are also coming back from the 4x100 relay team.
    Los Alamos returns last year’s triple jump second-place finisher Elizabeth Lockhart.
    In distance events, the Hilltoppers will look to Zoe Hemez and Paulina Burnside to garner points against Academy’s loaded distance runners.
    Los Alamos has dominated the Chile Quad the past two seasons and is looking to win its third straight season-opening meet.
    Youth will lead the Los Alamos boys track and field team in 2017.
    And that youthful team will have its hands full in the season-opening Chile Quad Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers are matched against St. Pius, Sandia Prep and two-time defending state champion Academy. The Chargers have dominated this meet for the past two seasons.

  • LA softball opens season at St....

    The Los Alamos softball team will begin its 2017 campaign Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will face St. Pius in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos will have to replace 10 players from last year’s team by relying on upperclassmen that garnered varsity experience in the past two seasons. Among those returners are standout juniors Jordan Jaramillo and Jayde Tucker.
    Seniors Taylor Collins and Mariah Mauro will also provide experience for a Hilltoppers team that’s sporting four freshmen on its 2017 roster.
    Getting off to strong start is key for Los Alamos, which started last year’s season losing four of its first five games.
    The Sartans return the majority of its 2016 squad that struggled and went 6-20.
    Los Alamos will look to win its third straight game against St. Pius.

    Season overview

    If the Hilltoppers can have success in the openers against St. Pius, it can give them some momentum going into a tumultuous schedule.
    After competing in a three-day tournament from March 9-11, Los Alamos will have three consecutive road games, at Pojoaque Valley, and at Belen (doubleheader), before competing in the three-day Kristen Griego Invitational in Rio Rancho.

  • Prep basketball: ’Toppers visit...

    Los Alamos boys basketball coach Mike Kluk said there was a sense of relief when Farmington popped up as the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    The 14-seeded Hilltoppers will travel to face No. 3 Farmington in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday in Farmington.
    “I don’t think we’ll have any surprises from Farmington,” Kluk said. “They are who they are. And we are who we are. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
    There wasn’t any surprise when Los Alamos received the 14 seed, but the sense of relief came after the Hilltoppers knew that they weren’t going to face District 2-5A foes No. 4 Española Valley and No. 2 Capital in the first round.
    With the exception of its first game against the Sundevils, Los Alamos struggled to deal with the speedy and much more explosive teams that topped District 2-5A. Farmington doesn’t have the same type of speed that hurt Los Alamos during district play.
    “(Farmington) is a completely different team from an Española or a Capital,” Kluk said. “We match against them better. The smaller quicker and aggressive teams have a tendency to give us fits. I don’t think Farmington is that much quicker than us.”

  • Prep baseball: LA falls to Las...

    The Los Alamos boys baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius tournament.

    The Hilltoppers fell to Las Cruces High 8-0 in five innings Thursday in Albuquerque.

    The Bulldawgs opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning and one in the second and 2 in the third. They sealed the shutout victory by tallying two more runs in the fifth.

    It was the first time Los Alamos had been shutout since March 24, 2016.

    Los Alamos continues play in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

  • LA tennis claims State Wide...

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams dominated their way to a first place finish last weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls claimed the State Wide Invitational Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Los Alamos boys outpaced Carlsbad for the top spot. In singles play, George Margevicius defated Hope Christian and Piedra Vista’s top singles but lost to Carlsbad’s Adam Overstreet.
    Andrew Tang won two singles matches, while Thomas Chadwick swept the No. 3 singles bracket. JD Downing, Junseo Kim, Tim Martin and Donald Poston also helped Los Alamos by winning their respective brackets.
    In doubles play, top doubles team of Tang and Margevicius, who swept top doubles bracket, led the Hilltoppers.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers outmatched the defending Class 5A state champions Albuquerque Academy and runners up Farmington.
    Sidra Hseih-Ratliff went unbeaten in the top singles bracket, while Katya Skurikhin claimed two wins.
    Lauryn Anaya, Maia Menefee, Kayla Parker, Ann Sherrill, Serena Birnbaum, Rachelle Stokes, Alina Bulthuis and Mackenzie Cook all added singles wins for Los Alamos.
    In doubles, Sherrill and Hseih-Ratliff won two matches, while Skurikhin and Anaya won three.
    Los Alamos will partake in the Chapin tournament Friday in El Paso, Texas.