After an early exit in last year’s state championship hockey tournament, the Hilltoppers are looking for a stronger finish this season. After being eliminated the state tournament, the Hilltoppers beat Taos to win the league’s pure championship (comprised of teams where all of the athletes attend the same school) and hold on to the traveling North Star Trophy the entire season. Los Alamos, however, wants to make some noise against composite teams this year, as well.
“As always, we’re looking ahead at the state tournament,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “We were a No. 2 seed last year and got knocked out in the quarters. This year we want the guys to go deeper. We have the team for it.”
Los Alamos has three seniors to lead it this year — Cory Schramm, Isaac Dunwoody and Chris Bond.
In the team’s first five games, Schramm has scored two goals and assisted four more. Schramm’s freshman brother, Carson, leads the team with 10 goals and two assists.
“It’s been fun to watch those two,” Blake said. “They’ve been the driving force so far.”
Dunwoody and Sam Fisher will be rotating in goal this year for the ’Toppers, replacing Zealand Waltscheid who’s playing junior hockey in Oregon.