• On Schedule 02-02-14


    Boys basketball: LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


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


    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

  • LA nips Capital to pick up 2nd win of year

    After a couple of weeks of knocking on the door, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke through with a victory Friday night.

    Los Alamos struggled in the first half but was down by only five points, then used an effective transition game in the second half to upend the Capital Jaguars 40-38.

    The Hilltoppers had to sweat through the final two minutes of the ballgame, with both teams missing out on chances, but two late free throws by Skyler Veenis sealed the win.

    It was the first victory for the Hilltoppers since mid-December.

    For more on the game, see Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • People In The News 01-31-14

    Hipwoods named state Coaches of the Year in girls cross country by national federation

    The National Federation of High Schools selected Los Alamos Hilltopper head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood as its Coaches of the Year in girls cross country for the 2013 season.
    The NFHS is the official national coaches association and honors coaches at the state, sectional and national level.
    This season, the Hipwoods, who are now the longest-serving coaches at Los Alamos High School, led the girls team to its fifth consecutive state championship. Los Alamos finished with 53 team points to top runner-up Albuquerque Academy at the 4A championship meet, held in November.
    The Los Alamos girls cross country team is the most successful girls program in the history of the state, having won 17 team titles, 15 of them under the Hipwoods.

    Baca inducted into NMTCCCA Hall of Fame

  • Lo breaks another state swim record

     The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club placed eight swimmers among the high-point athletes at its home swim meet.
    The Aquatomics co-hosted the Los Alamos Invitational last weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Aquatomics entered 67 swimmers in the meet. In all, more than 230 athletes from around the state took part.
    Among the top performers for the Aquatomics Andy Corliss in boys 9-10 and Ming-Yuan Lo in boys 8 and under.
    Additionally, Lo set a state record in the boys 8 and under 200-meter individual medley. Lo’s time in the race of 2:56.93 was nearly half a second better than the previous record, set in 2010.
    Lo owns another individual record, the 100-meter butterfly he set last October and was part of the Aquatomics’ record-setting 100 freestyle relay from 2012.
    The other top performers from Los Alamos included Kalen Melton (second in girls 9-10), Niamh Short (second in girls 13-14), Alana Goodwin (third, girls 13-14), Max Corliss (third, boys 11-12), Nikolai Nelson (third, boys 8 and under) and Savannah Kimball (third, girls eight and under). 

  • LA clashes with Cibola, Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a pair of games this weekend, including a home game tonight against a struggling opponent.
    Los Alamos will face off against the Cibola Cougars at 8:15 p.m. at the county ice rink.
    The Cougars are the bottom team in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, having won just two of their 15 games on the 2013-14 season.
    Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers will travel to Taos to take on the Ice Tigers, their chief rival. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend, topping the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-1 in Santa Fe. The win by Los Alamos (6-5) also avenged an early season loss to the Blue Jackets (2-9-2) at the county ice rink.
    Currently, Los Alamos is sitting in fourth place in the NMIIHL standings. The two teams in the league from El Paso, Texas, are 1-2, with the La Cueva Bears sitting in third place.
    League leader Coronado is undefeated on the season at 11-0-1, while El Paso Franklin is 10-2, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the Hilltoppers earlier this month.
    For Taos (6-6), it’s going to be a busy weekend. The Ice Tigers play La Cueva tonight, Los Alamos Saturday and St. Pius X Sunday.

  • LAHS to select its first ever Hall of Fame class this year

    The Los Alamos High School athletic department is accepting nominations for its first ever Hall of Fame class.
    The Hall of Fame class will be honored during homecoming 2014, which is scheduled for Sept. 19-20.
    Nomination forms are available from the LAHS athletic office or may be found online at laschools.net. The deadline for nomination is June 1.
    There are three categories for nominations, including former Hilltopper athlete, former coach and contributor to Los Alamos athletics, including assistant coaches, teachers, managers, trainers, members of the media and others.
    Nominees will be evaluated by a committee — which is already in place — to select the first Hall of Fame class. Those selected will be notified by Aug. 1 and will be asked to participate in this year’s homecoming parade.
    For former athlete to be considered, they must have been out of the public school system for five years and have earned state or district recognition. Former coaches should have been out of coaching for two years and earned a postseason award, led a team to a state championship or have led his or her team to multiple district titles.

  • Sports Briefs 01-30-14

    Collegiate eligibility meeting is tonight

    Los Alamos High School will host a meeting for student-athletes and parents of student-athletes interested in learning more about requirements for NCAA and NAIA eligibility.
    The meeting is tonight in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Isotopes’ job fair is returning

    The Albuquerque Isotopes Triple-A baseball club will host its 12th annual job fair Feb. 8.
    Anyone looking to secure a game-day, seasonal position with the Isotopes during the 2014 season is strongly encouraged to attend.
    Positions such as bat boys, cleaning crew, grounds crew and mascots will be interviewed for with the Isotopes. Food and beverage servers will also be interviewed by Ovations Food Services.
    Those interested should fill out an application before attending the Feb. 8 job fair. Applications, as well as more information on the fair, are available at abqisotopes.com.

    Parent meeting for spring sports is set

  • Wrestling heads to Las Vegas

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will head into the final stretch of its regular season schedule Friday.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Las Vegas to take part in the Robertson Invitational. That tournament continues through Saturday.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hilltoppers will host their Bryan Sanchez Invitational tournament, their season finale.
    Robertson is one of the most successful Class 3A programs in state history. Along with the Cardinals, teams expected to compete this weekend include top Class 4A team Piedra Vista, as well as Taos, Aztec and all four of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A opponents.
    Los Alamos will go into this meet off arguably its best showing since the winter break. Los Alamos finished seventh at the Aztec Tiger Duals, topping Shiprock, Kirtland Central and Pagosa Springs, Colo., in head-to-head contests. Los Alamos had disappointing showings at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy and against Academy at a home duals meet Jan. 15.

  • LA's late comeback try vs. Española Valley falls short

    Had the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept even a little bit closer with the Española Valley Sundevils Wednesday night, the final minutes could’ve been very different.
    Los Alamos found its stroke from the floor and Española Valley couldn’t hang on to possession long enough to run any clock, making the game considerably tighter in the second half than it originally looked like it might be.
    But the big hole the Hilltoppers fell into in the first half was a deep one. The Hilltoppers trailed by 19 points after two quarters and Española Valley held on for a 57-48 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley are believed to be the two teams that will duke it out for the No. 2 spot in the District 2-4A race this season, but with their win, the Sundevils have the early leg up over the Hilltoppers.
    In the first quarter, Los Alamos was held to just five points. Española Valley, which features one of the best running games in the state, had it going to full effect early on and Los Alamos struggled to keep up.
    “We got outhustled,” Hilltopper point guard Amber Logan said. “They got to every ball, every loose ball. We definitely came back in the second half and we ended up being the people that were getting to the ball.”

  • 'Toppers can't capitalize on their late chances Tuesday

    ESPAÑOLA — With under three minutes remaining, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had a chance to pull off the upset of the season so far against its arch-rivals.
    But a pair of quick turnovers that translated into buckets and some missed chances on the offensive end would cost the Hilltoppers that opportunity.
    Los Alamos led 39-36, but Española Valley’s Jared Garduño forced a turnover under the Sundevils’ basket, then was the beneficiary of another turnover forced by his teammates to give his team the lead.
    Garduño also dropped in 6 of 6 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter as the Sundevils came from behind to win 47-43 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    It was a disappointing loss, not just for the fact Los Alamos (1-19 overall, 0-3 in 2-4A) had a shot to upend Española Valley, but how it lost.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t covert a pair of open looks under the basket in the final four minutes of the game, then misfired on a pair of free throws that very likely would’ve made a difference late.
    And, with just over 10 seconds left and the Sundevils up by two, the Hilltoppers failed to inbound the ball on the Española Valley’s baseline, getting tagged instead with a 5-second violation that all but ended their upset bid.