• 'Topper girls have big game at home tonight vs. Demons

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will look to bounce back from an upset loss, but will have to do so against one of the top teams in the state.
    Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Santa Fe (21-2 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) is a squad that many expect to get to this year’s Class 4A championship game and already has a victory over Los Alamos this season.
    Los Alamos (10-12, 2-3) fell to Bernalillo Friday night on the road, 50-48, a game the team was banking on in order to keep pace with Santa Fe’s Demons and Española Valley’s Sundevils.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers slipped into a tie for third place in the District 2-4A race with Bernalillo, while Santa Fe was itself upset by Española Valley that same night, losing on a buzzer-beating shot on its home floor.

  • LA manages just 24 points in loss on the road

    SANTA FE – A big loss to another District 2-4A team made the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s long journey to salvage its season considerably longer.
    Los Alamos was in need of a win to get its season back on track, but its offense never got on track Tuesday. Los Alamos was limited to just four points in each of the first two quarters as it fell to the Santa Fe Demons 43-24 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers were held scoreless for nearly five minutes to open the game, then had a four-plus minute drought to close out the first half.
    With Tuesday’s loss to the Demons, the Hilltoppers (2-21 overall, 1-5 in 2-4A) are now officially out of district title contention and are looking at a second straight finish in the 2-4A basement if they can’t rally in their final two games of the season.
    It was a slow, plodding game for both teams, which combined for just 13 field goals in the first half. There were few offensive fireworks beyond a huge slam dunk by Santa Fe’s Keanyn Evans and no players got into double-figures – the top scorer of the night was Hilltopper Scott Gasway, who finished with 7.

  • 'Toppers hold on to win girls team crown at APS

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming team earned a tight victory at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational this weekend, holding off the Albuquerque High Bulldogs for the team championship.
    Both Hilltopper swim teams took part in the APS Invitational, which took place at the West Mesa Swimming Complex.
    The meet was the teams’ season finale. The Hilltoppers will compete at the District 1 championship meet this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 455 points and needed most of those to hold off the Bulldogs, who finished with 415 team points. Both Los Alamos and Albuquerque were well ahead of the rest of the girls teams competing.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Sarah Lott again set some impressive marks and cracked the school’s top-100 all-time list in two separate events.
    Lott, who set a new school mark last month in the 100-yard butterfly, finished the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.96, which is the second-best time ever posted by a Hilltopper swimmer in that event.
    Also Saturday, Lott posted a time of 25.40 in the 50 freestyle, which was good enough for seventh place on Los Alamos’ all-time list.

  • Spartans' hot shooting night sinks LA Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, despite its struggles, had a chance Saturday night to put itself right in the mix of the District 2-4A race.
    Unfortunately, the Bernalillo Spartans, and more specifically Carl Herrera, had other plans.
    Bernalillo, itself jockeying for position in the 2-4A standings, came out firing in the first half. Bernalillo nailed five first half 3-pointers to open up a big lead and never looked back.
    The Spartans prevailed Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, 63-42.
    Along the way, Bernalillo shot a blistering 25 of 41 (61.0 percent) from the floor, missing just eight attempts in each half.
    Herrera, who has been Los Alamos’ main nemesis in their two district meetings this season, followed up his 20-point performance in Bernalillo Jan. 22, had 27 points at Griffith Gym.
    Herrera himself had five 3s in the game and scored 10 points in the second quarter, keying a big period for his team.
    Bernalillo took control of the game in that second quarter, outscoring Los Alamos 18-7.
    “They came out and got going early,” Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said. “We didn’t do anything to take them out of that groove.”

  • LA takes 2nd at Sanchez tourney

    It was the goal of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team to end its season in style, as is always the case when it hosts the Bryan Sanchez Invitational tournament.
    And Los Alamos managed that, taking second place in the 12-team tournament Saturday at the Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos finished with 148 team points at the tournament, trailing only Las Vegas Robertson in the team standings. Robertson’s Cardinals grabbed 160 points.
    Along the way, the Hilltoppers picked up three individual wins.
    Saturday’s tournament was the regular season finale for Los Alamos, which will now prepare to defend its back-to-back district titles at Bernalillo this coming weekend.
    The Sanchez tournament carries special significance to the Hilltopper program. It is held to honor the memory of one a departed alumni and the most significant team award of the year is given out.
    The recipient of the Bryan Sanchez Award for this season was Nathan Aguirre, who was selected by the Sanchez family as the Hilltopper who most embodies Sanchez’s spirit.
    Sanchez was a graduate of Los Alamos’ program. He died in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve 2008 at the age of 21.

  • On Schedule 02-09-14

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

    Girls basketball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

    Wrestling: District 2-4A championship (Bernalillo), varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: District 1 meet, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 02-09-14

    Field user’s meeting is Wednesday

    Los Alamos County will host a spring and summer field user’s meeting Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center training room.
    The meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Anyone interested in holding activities on the county sports fields is welcome to attend.
    Those attending the meeting are asked to bring schedule requests and liability forms. Requests will be considered at Wednesday’s meeting.
    For more information, contact Kim Trujillo at 662-8173.

    Soccer registration closes Monday

    Registration is now open for the spring 2014 Los Alamos Youth Soccer League season.
    Online registration can be done through Monday.
    For more information or to register, visit laysl.org.

  • Renegades and Rhinos

    The New Mexico Renegades took on El Paso’s Rhinos as part of the Outdoor Fusion Series for the Western State Hockey League. Playing along with the Renegades Saturday was Los Alamos’ Tyler Thorn. The game was part of a busy weekend of hockey at the ice rink. The Hilltoppers are also scheduled for a total of four games there.

  • ’Toppers upset on road by Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team took a big black eye in its fight to stay alive for a possible district regular season championship Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers got down by as many as 12 points in the third quarter of Friday’s game at Bernalillo. The Hilltoppers made a furious comeback to open the fourth quarter and actually tied the score, but a big 7-point rally, two of those points coming on a strange technical foul call, gave Bernalillo a 50-48 upset victory.
    With that loss, Los Alamos now slips to 2-3 on the District 2-4A season and 10-12 overall.
    Interestingly, Los Alamos didn’t lose any ground to district leader Santa Fe, which was itself upset by Española Valley Friday night as well.
    The Sundevils hit a buzzer-beating shot to stun the Demons 48-47.
    Still, the Hilltoppers are two full games behind both Santa Fe and Española Valley with three games to play and must play both this week, including facing Española Valley on the road.
    As has often been the case in many district games this season, one quarter all but doomed Los Alamos against Bernalillo (7-16, 2-3 in 2-4A), in this case, it was the second quarter. Los Alamos was limited to just three points in that period and trailed by 7 heading into the break.

  • Challacombe is runner-up at indoor games

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field standout Chelsea Challacombe finished second in high jump at the preseason Great Southwest Indoor Meet.
    Challacombe, who finished third in the 2013 state meet in Albuquerque, cleared 5 feet, 2 inches at the GSW meet Jan. 18.
    That 5-2 mark tied her previous career best in the event.
    Challacombe is a junior for the Hilltoppers and one of the team’s top returning athletes.