Atomic City Update: Time running out to check out LAHS winter sports

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By Phil Scherer

For anyone who has not had the opportunity to check out Los Alamos High School’s winter sports, time is quickly running out.

With district play already underway for the basketball teams, just one home wrestling meet remaining and one more weekend to head to the ice rink to watch the hockey team play, it’s a great time to watch your local teams in action.

The boys’ basketball team will host all four of its district opponents between now and the middle of February, including a pair of state championship contenders in Capital High School on Jan. 31, and Española Valley High School on Feb. 14.

These games will be a great opportunity to see how well the Hilltoppers match up against some of the best teams in the state, and might provide a preview for matchups that could come later, in postseason play.

The girls’ basketball team will also host its three remaining district opponents, Española Valley on Jan. 27, Albuquerque Academy on Feb. 7 and Capital on Feb. 16. With the district wide-open this season and no team putting good games together consistently, every one of these games could be important down the stretch. I’m sure the Hilltopper girls would greatly appreciate strong crowd support for these exciting games.

The wrestling team, which has been strong all season, will host its final home meet Jan. 30 against Pojoaque Valley High School. The team’s strongest performances have come at home this year, with a 60-18 win over Hobbs earlier this month, and a win at the district trials at home this week. The match against Pojoaque will be the final opportunity to watch the team before it begins preparing for the district championships and the state championships, which will take place in mid-February.

The hockey team will play its final two home games next weekend against Cibola, which has been the top team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Hockey League this season. In fact, Cibola has yet to lose a game in regulation. These will be key games for the Hilltoppers, which currently sit near the middle of the standings in the league. Coming out on top against Cibola would boost the team’s confidence and increase their playoff chances. The games will take place at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and at 10:30 Jan. 27.

It has been an exciting winter season for LAHS’ sports teams, and you don’t want to miss your chance to watch these athletes in person. As the seasons wind to a close, they need your support now more than ever.