• 'Toppers pick up 11 All-District awards

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team received five All-District 2-4A first team offensive honors and six more first team honors on the defensive side for the 2013 season.

    Los Alamos tied for the runner-up spot in 2-4A this year, going 3-1 in district games. Santa Fe won the district via a tiebreaker over Los Alamos and Bernalillo.

    The two Most Valuable Player awards this season both went to the Bernalillo Spartans. Quarterback Ralf Olguin and middle linebacker Raymond Fasano picked up the top player awards.

    The 2-4A coach of the year was Ray Holladay, who led Santa Fe to its second consecutive district title.
    Among Los Alamos’ top performers, Xavier Dennison, Jonathan Schueler and Brian Geyer were both named to both the offensive and defensive first teams, with Geyer actually earning three nods, as he was named a top offensive lineman, defensive end and placekicker.

    Also picking up first team honors for Los Alamos were Tristen Hill (wide receiver), James Higdon (safety), Seth Drop (cornerback) and Elliot Hersman (linebacker). Hersman was the defensive MVP of the district in 2012.

    Here are the All-District 2-4A first and second teams:

    1st team offense

  • LA-Kirtland Central game postponed

    Saturday's Los Alamos Hilltopper-Kirtland Central boys basketball game, along with the Sandia Prep games Friday have been postponed.
    Los Alamos' athletic department made the announcement this afternoon the game had been postponed to Monday.
    The C team game will be at 4 p.m., the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.
    Friday's games between Sandia Prep have also been postponed as of Friday afternoon.
    Check LAMonitor.com for updated information on game times.

  • Hockey team opens vs. Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will open its season tonight at the county ice rink.

    Los Alamos will face Santa Fe in its opener at 8:15 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on KRSN.

    The Hilltoppers are the last team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League to start the season. The Hilltoppers had to wait until the ice rink opened for the season before they could get their season going.

    Along with tonight’s contest against the Blue Jackets (0-3-0), Los Alamos will play three of its first games at home. Los Alamos will host St. Pius X Dec. 6 and La Cueva Dec. 13.

    Last season, Los Alamos upset Taos to claim the NMIIHL pure team championship. Los Alamos’ Cory Schramm scored with just over a minute remaining in regulation to tie the score and Nevin Gupta tallied in overtime to give the Hilltoppers a 4-3 victory.

    Schramm returns for his sophomore season on an underclassman-heavy roster. Los Alamos features only two seniors, Tyler Thorn and Tanner Kennedy.

    Currently in NMIIHL play, the two teams from El Paso, Texas, are tied for the lead at the top of the standings while Taos has won the only contest it has played, a 3-2 victory over Rio Rancho Nov. 16. 

  • LA is hoping to bounce back from its 1-win season


    Editor’s Note: It was reported late today that the Los Alamos-Sandia Prep basketball game has been postponed. It was also reported that the Los Alamos-Kirtland Central game, scheduled for Saturday, had been postponed until Monday. C team game time is 4 p.m. and the varsity will play at 7 p.m.

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball team is it won’t be facing undue pressure to start the 2013-14 season.

    However, the Hilltoppers will have a lot to prove this season and, considering some of their early season games, they won’t have a lot of time for fine-tuning.

    Los Alamos opens the season tonight against a very tough Class 3A opponent, Sandia Prep, then has less than a 24-hour turnaround before it goes up against its first Class 4A opponent of the season, Kirtland Central. Both games will be at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers won just once in 27 outings last season and struggled to hang with their opponents in most of those games. They were outscored by an average of nearly 24 points per game and were held to under 50 points in all but four contests.

  • 'Topper teams now head to regionals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will go back to familiar territory this weekend for the Nike Cross National regional race.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will run at the southwest regional contest Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., at the same site they ran the Desert Twilight Festival earlier this season.
    The Hilltoppers will be joined from teams all around the southwest, including more than a few top teams from New Mexico, at the race. The top finishing teams at regionals will move on to Nike Cross National competition next month in Oregon.
    The teams won’t be running as the Hilltoppers per se – New Mexico rules forbid school-sponsored competition after the end of the designated state season – but a big portion of the Los Alamos boys and girls programs will be taking part.
    Hilltopper co-head coach Rob Hipwood said the teams’ runners were looking forward to the meet and weren’t feeling any undue pressure.
    “It’s just a chance for the kids to run fast,” he said. “We don’t really know what to expect or where we can place...the kids want to see if they can get a (personal record) on the course.”

  • Proposed Class 5A Alignments for 2014-2016

    District 1

    Piedra Vista

    District 2

    Del Norte
    Española Valley
    Los Alamos

    District 3

    Los Lunas
    Santa Teresa

    District 4


    District 5

    Albuquerque Academy
    St. Pius X

  • LA to remain put in NMAA proposal

     There will be a bit of a name change, but little else will change for the Los Alamos Hilltopper sports programs under the new proposal set forth by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    However, the Santa Fe Demons are in for a major move and, very possibly, a humbling one.

    Los Alamos, Capital, Bernalillo and Española Valley will remain in District 2, although it and most of the rest of the current Class 4A will move up to the proposed 5A classification.

    Under the proposal released Wednesday by the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic sports in the state, Los Alamos will be in Class 5A for the block spanning 2014-2016. 

    However, there is little difference between the proposed Class 5A and the current Class 4A — Class B is becoming Class A and Classes A-5A are just adding a letter to their designations as opposed to there being a gigantic classification overhaul as there was in 2000.

    The rumors the week before Thursday’s release were flying. Some potential proposals had Los Alamos in a district with the Four Corners teams, while others had Los Alamos, Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X as possible district rivals.

  • 'Toppers slated to be in District 2-5A next year

    Los Alamos High School will remain in District 2 for the 2-year block starting in August, according to the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The NMAA released its redistricting proposal for the next two years on Wednesday.

    Los Alamos will move into Class 5A, although that move up in classification affects all teams. Class 5A under the new proposal is similar to the current Class 4A.

    The biggest change in District 2 is that Del Norte, from Albuquerque, will replace Santa Fe. Santa Fe, which has seen an enrollment spike in the most recent three years, will move up to Class 6A under the proposal.

    The other teams in District 2 (Bernalillo, Capital, Española Valley) will remain as well.

    More information on the proposal will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 11-20-13


    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Sandia Prep at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Kirtland Central at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: LAMS at Taos Invite, 8 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 11-20-13

    LAHA, county hosting free hockey day

    Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Hockey Association will host a “Try Hockey For Free” day at the county’s ice rink.
    The event will be Saturday. It is open for anyone 18 and under from 3:45-5 p.m. A girls-only session will start at 5 p.m.
    LAHA coaches will be available prior to the sessions to answer questions for prospective hockey players.
    Tickets must be obtained from Los Alamos County for admission to the ice rink. They may be picked up at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or can be reserved by contacting the Los Alamos County Recreation Department at 662-8173.

    Turkey Trot is Sunday

    The annual Turkey Trot and CROP Walk are scheduled for Sunday starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The event consists of two courses, a 1.7-mile course and a 2.57-mile course which go through North Mesa. It is a fundraiser for the CROP organization and LA Cares, which both fight hunger locally and worldwide.
    The race is scheduled for 2 p.m.
    For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Volleyball team hosting tryouts