• LA girls win at Chapin tennis tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won the El Paso (Texas) Chapin tournament this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers held off Mesilla Valley Christian, which finished as the runner-up in El Paso, to claim the team title. It was the first win of the season in four outings for the Hilltopper girls.
    No. 1 single Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff topped Patty Borunda of Mesilla Valley Christian to get to the final of that draw, topping Borunda 6-2, 6-2.
    Also for Los Alamos, Colleen Fitzsimmons and teammate Susanna Lucido won in the No. 1 doubles draw, defeating Mesilla Valley’s Jenna Coyle/Maddie Andersson 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to claim the title.
    Also at the Chapin tournament, the Hilltopper boys placed third in team competition.

  • LA tops Taos in OT to claim NMIIHL title

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team defeated the Taos Ice Tigers in the championship game of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey playoffs Saturday night.
    Nevin Gupta scored the lone overtime goal for either side to lift the Hilltoppers to a 4-3 victory over their main rival, the Ice Tigers, in the pure division championship game. Pure division teams are ones made up entirely of players from one school.
    With just 1:08 remaining in regulation, Cory Schramm scored the tying goal to force overtime.
    With the victory, Los Alamos earns the right to represent the state at the national championship tournament.
    In the composite division — teams made up of players from more than one high school — El Paso (Texas) Coronado topped Cibola 3-2.

  • Española Valley sunk by St. Pius after 16-1 run

    ALBUQUERQUE – St. Pius X guard Natalie Zamora was all but invisible in the first half of Tuesday’s quarterfinal girls basketball game.
    But Zamora turned into a specter that haunted the Española Valley Sundevils in the fourth quarter.
    Zamora scored 22 points in the fourth quarter alone, spearheading the St. Pius effort to break open what had been a tight ballgame throughout. Behind Zamora, the No. 4-seeded Sartans went on an impressive 16-1 run to start the fourth quarter and earn a 71-58 victory at The Pit.
    The loss by Española Valley ended a solid season under new head coach Oliver Torres.
    Española Valley and St. Pius traded leads 11 times in the first three quarters Tuesday, but St. Pius held a 2-point edge at the break and a 3-point advantage after three quarters.
    Then, to start the fourth quarter, Zamora buried a long-range 3-pointer to get the Sartans rally going.
    “They were being really aggressive,” Zamora said of the Sundevil defense. “But we were really calm. We all made good decisions.”
    Along with Zamora’s big quarter, the Sundevils struggled to keep control of the basketball, particularly around the timeline, leading to several quick points on the other end.

  • LA tripped up by Los Lunas in The Pit

    ALBUQUERQUE – A barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a deficit going into the break Tuesday afternoon.
    Despite a couple of pushes in the second half, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain enough offense to make their opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers, really sweat.
    Los Lunas, the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A tournament, bounced Los Alamos in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at The Pit, winning 57-44.
    Despite the loss in the one and only game of her career in The Pit, Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk said she wasn’t terribly disappointed with the outcome because of how far the Hilltoppers had gotten.
    “Looking back on our season, we shouldn’t have been in the top 9 at all,” said Kirk, a three-year starter for Los Alamos. “With the tightness of this team, with us trusting each other, that’s what it took for us to get here.”
    Los Alamos’ stated goal since head coach Ann Stewart took over the program in January was to get to the quarterfinal round and the team was able to do just that this season, the first time the Hilltoppers had advanced beyond the opening playoff round since 2009-10.

  • LA girls fall in The Pit

    The Hilltoppers and Los Lunas’ Tigers squared off in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A girls basketball tournament.

  • Girls basketball update: Los Lunas knocks LA out of playoffs

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltoppers cut the Los Lunas Tigers' lead down to 7 with 1:44 remaining Tuesday afternoon but could not whittle the lead down any further.

    Los Lunas topped the Hilltoppers 57-44, knocking the Hilltoppers out of the 4A tournament.

    Erin Kirk hit a tough driving shot in the paint to cut the Los Lunas lead down to 48-41 and the Hilltoppers had chances to cut the lead down beneath 7, but couldn't convert several open shots.

    Read Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • LA upsets Deming, advances to Pit

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team broke open a tight ballgame in a big way Friday night in Deming.
    With about 7 minutes remaining in the game, the Hilltoppers held a slim 2-point edge over Deming’s Wildcats.
    From there, Los Alamos outscored Deming 24-9 to win going away and punch its ticket to the state Class 4A quarterfinals.
    With that push, 9th-seeded Los Alamos bounced 8th-seeded Deming from the playoffs, 62-45.
    This will be the first trip the Hilltoppers have made to the quarterfinals in three seasons. Their last appearance in The Pit was in 2010. They were toppled in the opening round by Grants on the road in each of the last two seasons.
    Los Alamos led the entire second half but couldn’t shake Deming.
    Both teams had trouble converting from the field in Friday’s game but Los Alamos dominated on the glass, outrebounding Deming 46-31.
    The Hilltoppers (17-12) held the Wildcats to just one point for the first four minutes of the game, but the Wildcats (17-10) would rally late in the quarter and lead 16-13.

  • Girls Class 4A tournament info

    Friday’s scores

    (1) Los Lunas 64, (16) Goddard 43
    (9) Los Alamos 62, (8) Deming 45
    (5) Española Valley 51, (12) Grants 50
    (4) St. Pius X 61, (13) Miyamura 58
    (3) Santa Fe 62, (14) Kirtland Central 38
    (6) Valencia 51, (11) Alb. Academy 19
    (7) Gallup 71, (10) Artesia 55
    (2) Roswell 60, (15) Piedra Vista 37

    Tuesday’s quarterfinals

    St. Pius vs. Española Valley, 9:45 a.m.
    Los Lunas vs. Los Alamos, 1:15 p.m.
    Santa Fe vs. Valencia, 4:45 p.m.
    Gallup vs. Roswell, 8:15 p.m.

    Thursday’s semifinals

    St. Pius-Española Valley winner vs. Los Lunas-Los Alamos winner, 9:45 a.m.
    Santa Fe-Valencia winner vs. Gallup-Roswell winner, 1:15 p.m.

    Friday’s Class 4A championship

    Semifinal winners, The Pit, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 03-10-13

    Church collecting used soccer equipment

    Soccer equipment for children in the country of Uganda is being collected at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The church is located at 97 East Road in Los Alamos. Donations can be made there or at Time Out Pizza in White Rock.
    Equipment such as balls, shoes, jerseys, shorts and shin guards are being requested.
    More information is available by calling Blanca Jones at 505-919-8742.

    Pace Race season starts April 2

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will start its 40th Pace Race season with a run April 2.
    The first Pace Race of the season will begin at the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot off N.M. 502. Race time is 6 p.m.
    Pace Races are a weekly event held Tuesdays between April and early October. They include 1- and 3-mile runs and walks at various locations around Los Alamos County.
    More information about the Atomic City Roadrunners and the Pace Race season can be found by calling Ted Williams at 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

    Recreation division has Facebook page

  • On Schedule 03-10-13


    Baseball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8:30 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at East Mountain, JV, noon.

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, noon and 2 p.m.