Today's Sports

  • Hilltoppers earn dramatic win in...

    Throughout the season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team has shown extended flashes of brilliance, but has struggled to find consistency. Highlight-reel type plays are often followed by mental errors or lapses in judgment on the court. Despite these issues, the team has continued to improve, a theme that continued Tuesday night in the District 2-4A opener against Moriarty. 

    After leading by double digits in the fourth quarter, Moriarty staged an impressive comeback to force overtime before LAHS recovered for a 62-54 victory in the most important game of the season so far. 

    Heading into the game, Moriarty and LAHS were looking to start the district season with a victory to gain better position in the standings. Moriarty entered the contest with a 9-9 record, while LAHS entered the game at 6-11 after facing a tougher non-district slate of games. 

    Early on, the Hilltoppers appeared to be tougher on both ends of the floor, forcing turnovers and wild shots on the defensive side and running a composed and effective offense. 

  • LAHS wins three straight for...

    For the first time since early 2017, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team is on a three-game win streak. None of the victories have been easy, with the latest, a 47-45 win over Miyamura Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, coming down to the final moments. 

    Much like all of the games recently, the Hilltoppers got off to a strong start offensively, going up 11-5 after the first quarter. Junior guard Brian Irwin was strong near the basket for LAHS, converting on a pair of contested layups. 

    The LAHS defense was outstanding as well, limiting Miyamura to one made field goal in the first quarter. Junior forward Gavin Campos and junior guard Matthew Owen were particularly strong defensively, covering the team’s shooters on every possession. 

    The shots continued to fall for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, as Campos scored five points and senior guard David Owen added six points. Miyamura’s top scorer, Gabe Lee, also found his range in the quarter. He scored eight quick points to get his team back in the game, including a pair of three-point baskets. 

    At halftime, LAHS led 26-18, and appeared to be in control. 

  • LAHS girls’ basketball loses...

    By Isaac Fason

    The Los Alamos High School’s girls’ basketball team traveled to Manzano High School to face the Monarchs Thursday. The Hilltoppers and Monarchs battled hard and the score remained close for most of the game, but the Monarchs managed to pull away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and beat LAHS 53-46.

    The Hilltoppers came out strong and took an early 6-2 lead in the early minutes of the game, but Manzano responded with strong play of their own and tied the game up at 15 at the end of the first quarter.

    The score remained close for most of the second quarter, and the Hilltoppers held a 23-22 lead with three minutes left in the half. The Hilltoppers closed the second quarter with solid play and went on an 8-2 run to take a 31-24 lead going into halftime.

    Manzano came out of the locker room ready to play, and the Hilltoppers found themselves trailing 33-35 with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Neither team could pull away, and the Hilltoppers went into the fourth just trailing 41-40.

  • Hilltoppers win second straight...

    For the second time this week, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team defeated a former district rival at Griffith Gymnasium, this time taking down Del Norte 60-57. 

    Much like Tuesday’s win over Albuquerque Academy, the Hilltoppers injected late drama into the contest. After leading by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, LAHS allowed the Knights to get back into the game and tie the score in the fourth quarter. 

    LAHS was able to survive the late rally thanks to the clutch free throw shooting of junior guard Brian Irwin, as well as the aggressive defensive play of junior forward Gavin Campos. 

    Trailing by three points with less than 10 seconds remaining, Del Norte had an opportunity to tie the score and send the game to overtime. The pass down the court came to Jordan Nielsen, Del Norte’s top three-point shooting threat. 

    Nielsen had already knocked down a pair of three-pointers earlier in the game. The game-tying attempt, though, hit off the back of the rim and bounced off, sealing the win for the Hilltoppers. 

  • Atomic City Update: Live,...

    One of the most unique experiences I have had since I moved to New Mexico came last weekend, when I was able to watch college hockey teams play at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 

    It was a great, fun event, with the University of New Mexico, Dallas Baptist University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Nebraska facing off across two days in the outdoors. 

    It was so cool, and it made me wish that events like that happened more in New Mexico, where the highest level of competition is Division I college athletics at UNM and New Mexico State, or AAA baseball with the Albuquerque Isotopes. 

    If those are the highest levels of competition you have been able to witness living here, I highly recommend planning a trip to see professional sports played at the highest level. For us here in Los Alamos, the closest top-level sports city is Denver, where you can watch the Broncos play in the NFL, the Rockies play in the MLB, the Avalanche play in the NHL and the Nuggets play in the NHL. 

    Once you witness these games played at the highest level, it will give you a whole new appreciation for sports, because watching what those guys can do is truly breathtaking. 

  • 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.