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  • Hilltoppers drop third straight district game

    Facing one of the top 10 teams in Class 4A on the road, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team continued to struggle to find consistent sources of offense, falling to Taos High School 59-48.

    Since district play began, offense has been hard to come by for the Hilltoppers, as leading scorer Gavin Campos fouled out of the first two district contests. Though he returned to form Friday against the Tigers, finding secondary sources of offense continued to evade LAHS.

    Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first quarter, as LAHS knocked down only three shots, and Taos found the bottom of the basket five times. Campos scored 5 points in the opening quarter, but went only 1-3 at the free throw line. The Hilltoppers trailed 11-7 after the first quarter.

    LAHS woke up offensively in the second quarter, as Campos connected on a deep three-point basket and Matthew Owen scored on a layup and a midrange jumper. Taos was deadly offensively in the quarter, though, knocking down a trio of three-pointers and extending its lead to 32-21 heading into the halftime break.

  • LAHS hockey dominates final home games

    With a four-game sweep last weekend, the Los Alamos High School hockey team took over first place in the Rio Grande Hockey League with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

    The Hilltoppers hosted Telluride and Durango for two games apiece at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. They were the final home games of the season for LAHS, which will play its final four regular season games on the road.

    Facing Telluride, which has also been near the top of the standing all season, the Hilltoppers looked like a poised and battle-tested team. After leading 5-2 after the first two periods, Telluride made a furious comeback, scoring three goals in a row to tie the score 5-5.

    Though some teams would have allowed that to rattle them, the Hilltoppers did the opposite. Carson Schramm gave LAHS the lead right back a minute later, and the Hilltoppers held on for a 6-5 victory.

    The second game against Telluride was far less dramatic, as LAHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 5-1 victory.

    The second two games of the weekend against Durango proved to be little challenge for the Hilltoppers. The team dominated Durango 8-2 in the first game, and cruised to a 4-0 win in the second game to earn the four-game home sweep.

  • Gonzales leads LAHS to top spot in District 2-4A

    In the classroom, Michaela Gonzales is only a sophomore. But on the basketball court, she is a leader and a key player in the LAHS girls’ basketball team’s turnaround this season.

    It didn’t take long for first-year head coach Lanse Carter to realize he had someone special in Gonzales. In one of his first meetings with the team last summer, Gonzales gathered around a team full of players older than her and with more experience and said, “We are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.”

    At the time, she may not have known how true that statement was. By leading her team to a 55-48 comeback victory on the road over Pojoaque Valley Tuesday night, she helped strengthen the winning culture developing around the program, and lifted the Hilltoppers to first place in District 2-4A.

    Heading into district play this season, the Elkettes were the unquestioned favorites. The team was 18-3 overall prior its matchup with the Hilltoppers, though both teams were 3-0 in district play.

  • Hilltoppers lose final non-district game

    In the final non-district game of the season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team faced its toughest test yet as the La Cueva Lady Bears invaded Griffith Gymnasium. Though LAHS put up a good fight, La Cueva proved why it is one of the top teams in the state as the Lady Bears defeated the Hilltoppers 56-38. 

    La Cueva entered the game with a record of 14-2, ranked near the top of the Class 5A standings. The Lady Bears have been dominant at times this season, with multiple scoring threats on the floor at all times. 

    That scoring ability was certainly on display Saturday against LAHS, as La Cueva showed an ability to score from anywhere on the floor. 

    Early on, though, LAHS’ size advantage was key, as the Hilltoppers jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, with all of the points coming from junior forward Becca Green, who dominated under the basket. 

  • LAHS hockey impresses at home against Cibola

     Facing one of the top teams in the Rio Grande Hockey League, the Los Alamos High School hockey team went 1-0-1, strengthening its position in the standings as the season inches toward its conclusion. 

    The Hilltoppers faced off against the Cibola Cougars at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, winning in convincing fashion Friday night 10-2 and earning a hard-fought 5-5 tie Saturday morning. 

    LAHS took control of Friday’s contest early and never let go. The Hilltoppers went up 3-0 in a hurry on goals by Jacob Dunwoody, Connor Cook and Tyler Weiss. After Cibola scored a goal late in the period, LAHS’ John Charles answered back with his second goal of the season as LAHS entered the first intermission up 4-1. 

    The Hilltoppers extended the lead to 7-2 in the second period with a pair of goals by Carson Schramm and a goal by Sean Mitchell. 

    In the final period, LAHS continued to add on, winning 10-2. Third period goals came from Dunwoody, who collected his second, Ray Guffee and Schramm, who finished with a hat trick. 

  • Hilltoppers drop district game against rival Sundevils

    Even in years when the boys’ basketball teams aren’t state title contenders, the rivalry between Española Valley and Los Alamos High School remains fierce and competitive, with every game seeming like the most important of the year. That’s how it felt inside Griffith Gymnasium Tuesday night, as the Sundevils invaded the home of the Hilltoppers and walked away with a hard-fought 73-58 victory. 

    Long before the game began, the stands inside Griffith Gymnasium were packed with fans of both teams, creating the most electric atmosphere in the building since these same two teams met a year ago. 

    Early on, it was clear the Hilltoppers were feeding off the crowd, as senior guard David Owen and junior forward Gavin Campos ran up and down the floor in transition throughout the first quarter, picking up 4 points apiece. Junior guard Matthew Owen also provided a spark, knocking down a three-pointer. 

    The Sundevils led 12-10 after the first quarter thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Brian Martinez and 7 points from star senior guard Ryan Trujillo. 

  • Online registration open for LA lacrosse

    Registration for the Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse Spring 2019 season is now open at laylax.org. Teams are forming for high school boys, high school girls, and youth (co-ed). There will be no in-person registration this year.

    The base fee is $160 for high school players and includes the required US Lacrosse membership fee. High school boys also pay $25 for a uniform. Players may request equipment and pay the rental fee during online registration.

    The season begins Feb. 4 for high school boys and girls. The season start date for youth is to be determined. 

    Boys high school practice will be 4:15 p.m. Mondays/Thursdays at Pueblo Field in Los Alamos and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Wednesdays at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.

    Girls high school practice will be 4:30 p.m. Mondays/Thursdays at Dara Jones Field in White Rock and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Wednesdays at Pueblo Field in Los Alamos.

    Youth practice, which won’t begin until mid-March, will be Tuesdays at Pueblo Field, Thursdays at Dara Jones.

    Volunteers are needed. Please contact info@laylax.org to volunteer and for more information about the season.

  • High Flyers earn first place at Winter Invitational

     The High Flyers Gymnastics Level 4 women’s Junior Olympic team placed first last weekend at the Winter Invitational in Albuquerque. The team scored a 107.550, two full points higher than the second place team, and beat out seven other New Mexico teams for the award. Elizabeth Hatch, Elena Gallegos, Seanna Shedd and Gwendolyn DeBardeleben all had great performances in the senior divisions for the team. 

  • Atomic City Update: Young basketball teams provide plenty of excitement at LAHS

    If you want lots to see exciting basketball and lots of drama, there has been no better place to find it this winter than inside Griffith Gymnasium. The Los Alamos High School basketball teams are far from perfect. They suffer from inexperience. Almost every player from the boys’ and girls’ teams has had to step into a new role this season. 

    But lately, things have started to turn around. In the last two weeks, the boys have played at their home gymnasium three times, and the girls once. LAHS is 4-0 in those games, and every one of them has come down to the final moments. 

    It can be infuriating to watch at times, there is no doubt about that. The Hilltoppers have had leads of at least 10 points in every one of those games, and the team has seen that lead slip away every time. It has taken dramatic last minute scores in every game to secure victories, but the Hilltoppers keep finding a way. 

    After his team’s third straight win on Jan. 19, boys’ head coach Mike Kluk said, “This is one of those perfect examples that I would rather win ugly than lose pretty.”

  • Hilltopper offense struggles in road loss to Moriarty

    For three quarters Thursday night in Moriarty, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team was in control. Then, issues that have plagued the team all season popped up again. Shots stopped falling, passes were intercepted and the Hilltoppers lost control, losing to the Pintos 38-35 in the District 2-4A opener. 

    LAHS entered the game on a three-game win streak, with all three games coming at home last week. Thursday’s game against Moriarty offered a chance to keep the hot streak going and win a district road game, which is always a hard task. 

    Early on, it appeared the good times would keep rolling, as LAHS jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. Junior forward Gavin Campos was aggressive, knocking down a three-point shot and driving through the lane for an impressive layup.

    Those were his only 5 points of the game, though, as he quickly found himself in foul trouble and had to sit out much of the next two quarters. 

    Junior guard Matthew Owen picked up the offensive slack for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, coming up with 7 points, including a deep three-pointer. 

    Luc Chavez, another junior guard also contributed in the quarter, scoring 4 points.