• Girls finish 13th at Nike Cross Regional

     Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams tried their luck at the Nike Cross Southwest Regionals last weekend in Arizona.
    The Hilltoppers, running as the Los Alamos Cross Country Club, finished in 13th place in the girls championship race out of 25 squads, picking up 340 team points, and in 22nd place on the boys side with a score of 537 out of 31 competing teams.
    Because the New Mexico high school season has concluded, the Hilltopper teams, and other state teams, are barred from competing for their schools.
    Teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada competed at the race, which was held at the Toka Sticks Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
    It was the second time this season the Hilltoppers had run at Toka Sticks. They also competed there for the Desert Twilight Meet in early October during the prep season.
    The Nike Cross Regionals are a qualifier for Nike’s national race, which is scheduled for next month at the Nike corporation’s headquarters.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ boys were paced by Colin Hemez. Hemez, who won the Class 4A individual state title earlier this month at Rio Rancho, came in 32nd in the boys championship race.

  • Quartet of 'Toppers named to 1st team

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up four nods for this year’s All-District 2-4A first team volleyball squad.
    Los Alamos finished second in the regular season standings in 2-4A in 2013 and third in the district tournament, posting a record of 5-3 in district play (13-9 overall).
    Topping the list of first team honorees for the Hilltoppers were a trio of front-line players, Sam Fenner, Brianna Montaño and Claire Stewart. Libero Alyssa Tedder was also selected to the All-District first team.
    From her post on the outside, Montaño was Los Alamos’ top kill collector in 2013. The sophomore finished with 143 total kills and a team-best 2.2 kills per set.
    Fenner, a senior, was third on the team with 113 total kills.
    In her spot on the back line, Tedder was credited with 229 digs on the season, a team high, and also had a team-high 129 points off her service chances.
    Sierra Foley and Michaela Pigue were named to the 2-4A second team.
    As expected, Española Valley’s Elana Salazar was named the Most Valuable Player of the year, while Damon Salazar of Española Valley was the Coach of the Year, leading the Sundevils to an undefeated district regular season.

    Here are the 2013 All-District 2-4A selections:

    First team

  • 'Toppers will open tonight at home vs. St. Michael’s

     After a tumultuous season in 2012-13, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is hoping things have stabilized.

    Tonight will be its first chance to see how stable things have become.

    Los Alamos will open the season tonight at home. It will face the St. Michael’s Horsemen at 7 p.m.

    Smack dab in the middle of last season, head coach Tarah Logan abruptly stepped down, citing family issues, and one starter and one key reserve player both left the team at the same time.

    Ann Stewart took over for Logan at that point and things seemed to settle down.

    Stewart, who will return for her first full season guiding the program, feels the team is ready to concentrate on basketball and not any of the other distractions from last season. She said the focus has been there during the preseason and, for her, a lot of heavy lifting has gone on to prepare.

  • Monday's boys basketball game postponed again

    Tonight's scheduled boys basketball game betweeen the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Kirtland Central Broncos has been postponed again.

    The two teams were scheduled to play a make-up game after Saturday's scheduled contest was postponed due to weather, however, Kirtland Central elected not to play tonight due to safety concerns.

    A make-up date has not been scheduled.

    This is the third postponement of the year to start off for Los Alamos' boys. They were also scheduled to play Sandia Prep Friday night to open their season.

    The next scheduled game for Los Alamos is Saturday at Piedra Vista.

  • On Schedule 11-24-13

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

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

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

  • Cold Open

     Hilltopper JJ Martinez battles with one of the Santa Fe Blue Jackets in Los Alamos’ hockey opener Friday night at the county’s ice rink. Los Alamos fell in Friday’s contest to the Blue Jackets, 3-2.

  • '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.