Today's Sports

  • LAHS boys’ basketball earns...

    For the first time in more than a year, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team won a game inside Griffith Gymnasium, defeating the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 55-48 Tuesday. 

    The team’s last home win came on Jan. 12, 2018 against Artesia. Between then and Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers went 0-10 at home, losing the last six home games of last season and the first four this season. 

    Facing a former district rival, the Hilltoppers came out with renewed energy against the Chargers, and appeared poised to take control. Junior forward Gavin Campos had an outstanding first quarter, driving hard to the basket for a pair of traditional three-point plays. 

    He drew contact on both drives, knocked down the shots and hit his free throws. Campos had 8 points in the opening quarter. 

    LAHS led 12-11 heading into the second quarter, and built on the lead before halftime. Senior guard David Owen knocked down a pair of three-pointers off assists from Campos, and junior guard Brian Irwin also knocked down an open three-pointer. 

  • Boys’ swimming wins Academy...

    The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams traveled to Albuquerque Academy last weekend for the 21st Annual Academy Invitational meet, which is one of the most competitve regular season meets each year.

    The Hlltopper boys won the 19-team competition for the first time in a decade. Los Alamos outscored arch-rival Academy, 978-885.

    The girls improved also, placing second only to Academy in the 21-team field after placing third in the meet last year. Team scores for girls were Academy 981, Los Alamos 678 and Clovis 614 points.

    The Hilltoppers got off to a quick start on Friday as the boys diving squad, guided by coach Carl Cady, ran up a healthy 79-27 point edge over Academy.

    Sophomore Daniel Fryer won the 1-meter diving competition over Academy junior Zach Corbett. Freshman Brayden Stidham and junior Chris Koh piled up more diving points for Los Alamos.

    Academy was seeded with an edge in the boys swimming, but instead LAHS widened the margin in the swimming events on Saturday.

    Junior Ian Jaegers led a 1-2 LAHS punch in winning the 100 back (56.22), just ahead of teammate Orion Henderson (56.60). The versatile freshman also finished second in the 200 free (1:52.35).

  • LAHS wrestling wins all four...

    In the most competitive non-district home meet of the season, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team showed great potential for the rest of the season, winning every dual match. 

    The Battle for the Hilltop meet saw the Hilltoppers take on Robertson, Ruidoso, St. Michael’s and Tierra Encantada at LAHS. Four other schools, Pecos, Piedra Vista, Pojoaque Valley and Wingate also participated in the meet, but did not face the Hilltoppers. 

    None of the teams fielded an entire roster, which gave the Hilltoppers many forfeit victories. 

    The most competitive dual of the day came against Robertson, with LAHS winning 60-24. 

    Though the Hilltoppers won three matches by forfeit, the team went 7-3 in competitive matches, with wins coming from Roman Ulibarri, Isaiah Maestas, Damian Gonzales, Teke Nieto, Brice Shao, Ty Nieto and Dylan Irish. 

    The Hilltoppers dominated the other three duals, as the team defeated Ruidoso 66-12, St. Michael’s 66-15 and Tierra Encantada 77-0. 

  • Outdoor hockey tourney cut short...

    The University of Nebraska finished with the best record at the Outdoor Nuclear Shootout hockey tournament at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but Mother Nature interfered, cutting the event short. 

    The University of New Mexico hosted the event, which included Dallas Baptist University and the University of Northern Arizona. All four of the schools were Division III ACHA teams. 

    Nebraska went 2-0-1 at the event, with its tie coming against UNM. 

    The Corn Huskers were the only undefeated team, with Dallas Baptist going 2-1 and UNM going 1-1-1. 

    Northern Arizona lost each of its three contests. 

    Nebraska and Dallas Baptist, the two teams with the best records across Friday and Saturday, were scheduled to face off Sunday morning in the championship match. 

    But due to heavy snow Los Alamos County received Saturday night into Sunday, the final game was canceled, leaving the final result unknown. 

  • Atomic City Update:...

    As I watched the NFL playoffs last weekend, I think I was finally able to pinpoint why I love sports, and have as far back as I can remember. It’s all about the unpredictability, and the chance to see something new every time you watch a game. 

    When a game begins, nobody really knows what is going to happen. Not the players, not the coaches, not the officials and certainly not the fans. If everyone knew what was going to happen, why would they play or watch?

    No, I am interested in sports because of the possibility of being amazed, and sometimes heartbroken. The NFL Wild Card games offered a great reminder of the things I love about sports, and the things that make these games so compelling. 

    The Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 after Chicago’s kicker, Cody Parkey, had his potential game-winning field goal attempt first bounce off the left upright, and then off the crossbar before falling back into the field of play. It was something I have never seen before, and I’m sure 95 percent of the people at Soldier Field in Chicago could not believe what they had just witnessed. 

  • LAHS girls’ basketball picks up...

    After leading by double digits at halftime, the Los Alamos High Scholl girls’ basketball team held on for a 45-41 win Tuesday night on the road against former district rival Capital. 

    It was the second meeting of the season between the teams. LAHS and Capital met in the second round of the Capitol City Tournament in early December, with the Hilltoppers earning a hard-fought 41-40 victory. 

    Early on in the rematch, it appeared the Hilltoppers would have no trouble pulling away. LAHS jumped out to a quick 13-7 lead, with junior Becca Green scoring the first seven points of the game. 

    She found herself double-teamed near the basket throughout the evening, but was still able to get her shots in the air to create offensive opportunities. 

    When the shots weren’t open for her, she did a good job of distributing the ball to her teammates, as Alex Calderon, Michaela Gonzales and Mattie Ruminer knocked down shots in the opening quarter. 

  • LAHS earns fifth place at Al...

    In one of the toughest mid-season tournaments in northern New Mexico, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team gained valuable experience and posted some good results, finishing fifth among the 14 competing teams. 

    Cleveland High School won the Al Salazar Invitational in dominant fashion, with more than 30 points more than second place Santa Fe High. LAHS’ District 2-4A rival Taos finished in third place. The event was hosted by St. Michael’s High School.

    Dylan Irish and Damian Gonzales were the standout competitors for the Hilltoppers, both earning second place in their weight brackets. Irish competed in the 182-pound weight class, and Gonzales competed in the 126-pound weight class. 

    Gonzales, who is only a sophomore, has been impressive early in the season. He has a record of 18-5, and has been one of the top point-earners for the team so far. 

    For Irish, a senior, his loss in the finals was only his second loss of the season to this point. He is now 16-2 this year after impressing at the state tournament a year ago. 

    Three other Hilltoppers, Israel Gellis, Ty Nieto and Mateo Martinez, advanced to the semifinals in their weight brackets. 

  • Atomic City Update: College...

    Recently, there has been much discussion about what to do about the college football playoff system, and what the best way to improve it would be. I don’t know exactly what the best solution is, but I do know something needs to be done. 

    The playoff system is exactly why I have a hard time getting into college football, because it seems like as soon as a team loses a game, the chance of that team getting an opportunity to compete for a championship nearly disappears.  

    I think about it from the point of view of watching so much high school football recently, and so much professional football as long as I can remember. At those levels of competition, one loss in the regular season does not signal the end of the season. A loss offers a chance to learn and grow, and the best teams still rise to the top. 

    In college football, though, one loss makes it almost impossible to win a championship, and two losses completely takes a team out of the running. For some fans, this makes the game more exciting, because they feel like every game matters. For me, it does the exact opposite. Teams are being punished too heavily for having one bad game, and that destroys the excitement of the sport for me. 

  • Ice rink set to re-open today

    After being forced to close this week due to the snow storm, the Los Alamos County Ice Rink will re-open today at 3 p.m. It will be open for public skating from 3-5:30 p.m. 

    Los Alamos County, which operates the rink, has been working hard to remove the snow from the ice surface and the surrounding walkway since 22 inches of snow fell between Monday and Tuesday. 

    In addition to public skating, the rink plays host to various hockey events each week. Next weekend, the rink will host the Outdoor Nuclear Shootout, a college hockey tournament featuring the University of New Mexico, Dallas Baptist, Northern Arizona and Nebraska. 

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is the only refrigerated NHL regulation size, outdoor skating rink in New Mexico.

  • County Ice Rink to host Outdoor...

    Los Alamos hockey fans will have a great opportunity to see the game played at a high level next weekend, as four college hockey teams invade the Los Alamos County Ice Rink for the Outdoor Nuclear Shootout. 

    The University of New Mexico, Dallas Baptist University, Nebraska University and Northern Arizona University will take part in the event, which will be played in a round-robin format across three days. 

    Each team will play each other Jan. 11 and 12. The two teams with the best results will face off for the championship on Jan. 13. 

    All four schools are American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III clubs. 

    The idea of this tournament has been developing over the last few years. UNM head coach Grant Harvey originally brought the idea of playing outdoor hockey up to several of the Dallas Baptist players, who were intrigued about playing outdoor hockey at 7,200 feet of elevation. 

    The Lobos and Dallas Baptist played an exhibition game last season at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, in between a two-game regular season series in Albuquerque. 

    The event was a big success, leading the teams to expand the idea this season.