• Prep boys basketball: Sartans out-tough ‘Toppers

    It appeared like the Los Alamos boys basketball team was on the brink of putting itself amongst Class 5A’s legitimate contenders.
    But St. Pius proved that the Hilltoppers still have work to do.
    The Sartans went into Griffith Gym on Thursday night and handed Los Alamos a 50-38 loss that made Hilltoppers coach Mike Kluk question his team’s toughness.
    “That was not a good showing at all,” Kluk said. “I really think we just got out-toughed tonight. They (St. Pius) just played good, solid hard-nose defense and don’t let you go where you want to go, which is exactly what we preach to our guys. But they do it. I’m very disappointed with the effort tonight.”
    Los Alamos was without Jack Stewart, who’s out with an ankle injury. Kluk expects Stewart to return in two or three weeks.
    “It would be nice to get Jack back at full strength but it’s going to be two or three weeks before he gets back full strength,” Kluk said. “That ankle might let him get back by the end of next week.”

  • LA girls hoops fall at Hope

    A matchup between the state’s No. 1 and No. 83 teams was only going to end one way.
    The Los Alamos girls basketball team had the tough task of following a weekend tournament by facing top-ranked (maxpreps.com) Hope Christian on Tuesday in Albuquerque. The Huskies, who are ranked 21st nationally, defeated the Hilltoppers 65-31.
    Los Alamos fell to 3-8 on the season, while Hope Christian remained unbeaten at 7-0. The Huskies also played and won the same tournament Los Alamos participated in last weekend.
    Seniors Elena Abeyta and Sienna Ahlers led Los Alamos with eight points apiece. Shannon Irwin and Isabell Larribas added four points each.
    Hanna Valencia paced the Huskies with a game-high 15 points.
    It was the sixth straight loss for the Hilltoppers, who faced St. Pius on Thursday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Friday deadline.


  • Prep boys basketball: ’Toppers go 1-2 in Belen

    Last weekend’s Hub City Tournament in Belen provided a real glimpse of an improved Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    After dropping a 40-29 decision against Centennial in the first round, the Hilltoppers closed out the tournament with a three-point loss to Class 6A’s Valley and a 63-52 win against El Paso High (Texas).
    Valley was ranked No. 10 in the ProView Networks Class 6A rankings going into the weekend and defeated Centennial a week prior. A one-possession loss to the Vikings can be tailored as a positive for a Los Alamos team that only won 10 games last season.
    Closing out the Belen-hosted tournament with a win was key as Los Alamos improved to 4-2 on the season after the win.
    Timely Trujillo return: Los Alamos’ expected starting point guard made his season debut during the tournament’s opening round after missing the first three games due to a thumb injury. Antonio Trujillo adds needed depth for the Hilltoppers, who are approaching a tough three-week stretch where they’ll face Belen (the Hub City Tournament champion) twice and host St. Pius and Eldorado and will partake in the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell.

  • LA girls hoops go winless in tourney

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team concluded the Joe Armijo Basketball Tournament in Albuquerque with two tough Class 6A Las Cruces-based opponents.
    After dropping the tournament opener to Cibola on Thursday, the Hilltoppers fell to Mayfield 54-20 in the consolation bracket on Friday. In the seventh place game on Saturday, Los Alamos dropped a 67-48 decision to Oñate.
    Friday’s game featured Mayfield senior Jayce Gorzeman, who’s verbally committed to play for the University of Portland. Gorzeman and company never allowed the Hilltoppers get in the game and gave Los Alamos its fourth consecutive loss.
    The Hilltoppers were more successful offensively on Saturday, scoring a season-high 48 points against the Knights. Los Alamos trailed 18-10 after the first quarter before outscoring Oñate 14-13 in the second quarter, cutting the Knights lead to 31-24 at halftime. Oñate then outscored Los Alamos 36-24 in the second half.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-7 after the last-place finish with a game against Hope Christian pending.   

  • 'Toppers fall to Centennial in tourney first round

    The Los Alamos boy basketball team fell 40-29 against Centennial on Thursday in the first round of the Hub City Tournament in Belen.

    It was the Hilltoppers first loss of the season and the 29 points scored was a season low.   

    Los Alamos kept it close throughout the first half and trailed only by six at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks then used their guards to open up and 10 point lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Hilltoppers attempted to capitalize on their height advantage but couldn't convert shots near the basket.

    Junior point guard Antonio Trujillo, who was expected to be the Hilltoppers starting point guard to start the season, made his appearance of the 2016-17 campaign, after sitting out the first three games with a thumb injury.

    Los Alamos played Valley on Friday in the consolation bracket and finished the Hub City Tournament on Saturday. For a recap of the Hilltoppers performance in the tournament, check the Los Alamos Monitor's Wednesday edition.

  • Logan injured, LA girls basketball falls to Cibola

    A lopsided loss in the opening round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational might be the least of the Los Alamos girls basketball team's concerns.

    Ashley Logan, the Hilltoppers leading scorer, suffered a game-ending injury during the third quarter of Los Alamos' 62-34 loss to Cibola on Thursday.

    Logan appeared to injure her left knee, after falling to the floor following a shot attempt. The severity of Logan's injury is unknown, according to Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta.

    "She went back home with her parents," Archuleta said of Logan's injury. "We won't know the full extent of the injury until the doctors tell us."

    Archuleta said Logan's absence energized his team in a second half that saw Los Alamos score 24 points. The 24 second-half points were the most the Hilltoppers have scored in a half this season.  

    "Ironically, momentum kind of shifter after Ashley Logan went out," Archuleta said. "We played with them in the second half, but unfortunately we were already too far behind. I was proud of how they played in the second half."

    The Hilltoppers second half rejuvenation wasn't enough to overcome a 34-10 halftime deficit. The 62 points that Cibola scored were a season high in points allowed for Los Alamos.

  • Prep girls basketball: SF High topples Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team is going through an offensive rough patch.
    And Hilltoppers coach Josh Archuleta said he’s not ready to “let the reigns loose” on offense. Turnovers remain the big issue for the Hilltoppers who amassed more than 20 turnovers for a second-straight game.
    Los Alamos scored less than 40 points for the sixth time this season en route to a 51-38 loss against Santa Fe High Tuesday night at Griffith Gym.
    “I asked them what team we’re going to be,” Archuleta said. “I can’t have a heckle and jeckle team where I let them turn loose and have double-digit turnovers. Once you’re in double-digit turnovers, it’s hard to recover from that. We really worked on shooting (on Monday) and emphasized on going back to the basics.”  
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-4 on the season, while the Demons improved to 2-4.
    “If we keep teams to 40 and below it would be a different ball game,” Archuleta said. “I know we’re the better team but when it comes down to crunch time, these girls love that atmosphere.”
    Offensively, Los Alamos struggled out of the gate going 1 of 3 from the floor. Meanwhile, Santa Fe went 4 for 4 to start the game, including two 3-pointers to help give the Demons a 12-10 first quarter lead.

  • LA wrestling wins opener

    The Los Alamos wrestling team began its 2016-17 season with a 69-6 win against Tierra Encantada on Friday at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym. Pictured is 132 pound Los Alamos wrestler Neil Deherrera against Marq Gallegos. The Hilltoppers also competed in the Tom Torres Tiger Duals in Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Alamos will face Pojoaque Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Pojoaque. RALPH ALLEN/Monitor

  • LA hockey splits with Durango

    The Los Alamos hockey team split a doubleheader against Durango on Saturday and Sunday in Durango, Colorado.
    On Saturday, the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 win, but dropped a 4-1 decision on Sunday.
    In the win, Emily Moulton scored a goal and Ben Rees scored his second game-winning goal of the season. In Sunday’s loss, Rees scored the lone goal for the Hilltoppers.
    Rees now leads Los Alamos with goals this season.
    The Hilltoppers are now 2-1 on the season and will travel to face Amarillo on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Prep boys hoops: ’Toppers upend Horsemen

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 59-50 win against St. Michael’s on Friday night in Santa Fe. It was also the first time Los Alamos defeated the Horsemen since 2009.
    “It’s huge for them to get off to a 3-0 start,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is just a big confidence booster for us. We didn’t really play all that well, but we proved that we can play with a quality program like St. Mike’s.”
    During the Hilltoppers 3-0 start, Los Alamos has been without Antonio Trujillo, who was expected to be the team’s starting point guard before the season started. Junior Ramon Roybal has given the Hilltoppers quality minutes in replace of Trujillo. Roybal continued his impressive campaign with an 11-point performance against St. Michael’s.
    “I’m really happy with Ramon,” Kluk said. “He has stepped up and run the point guard for us. He’s handled the ball and he’s handled the pressure. It’s been huge that Ramon has been doing well. Being without Antonio these first three games has gotten Ramon better. It’s just going to pay off down the stretch.”