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Topper Boys And Girls Diving Teams Win Home Meet

on December 10, 2019 - 7:47am

Branden Stidham scored 238.00 points in the diving portion of the Bill Hudson Memorial Invite to win first place for the boys Friday evening at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Boys team posted a first place finish as there were no other teams represented at the competition. Branden has already qualified for the state meet. Photo by John McHale/

Kyle Hater scored 224.40 points to take second place in the diving completion. Hater has already qualified for the state meet. Photo by John McHale/

Griffin Stidham scored 221.40 points to win third place.

2019 New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan University & San Diego State University Face Off Dec. 21

on December 8, 2019 - 2:21pm


ALBUQUERQUE – During Selection Sunday today, the New Mexico Bowl announced that San Diego State University and Central Michigan University will face off Saturday, Dec. 21 in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Bowl will kick off the collegiate bowl season for the fourteenth year, airing on ESPN at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) live from Dreamstyle Stadium.

‘We are very happy with another really good matchup in the New Mexico Bowl, two outstanding teams in the midst of excellent seasons,” said New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda.

Topper Basketball Plays In Capitol City Tournament

on December 7, 2019 - 7:37am

Brian Irwin goes in for a layup in the 2nd quarter and is in heavy traffic. The Topper boys played the Santa Fe High Demons in the first game of the tournament and lost 61-24 to the Demons who dominated the game on both offense and defense. The Toppers moved into the consolation side of the bracket after their loss. The Bobby Rodriquez Capitol City Tournament is an annual tournament played in the Toby Roybal Gymnasium on the campus of the Santa Fe High School. Photo by John McHale/

Gavin Campos has the ball stripped as he makes an attempt for a shot.

NMAA Board Approves Classification & Alignment Breakdown For Member Schools For 2020-2022

on December 5, 2019 - 8:07am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors met in regular session Wednesday and approved the classification and alignment breakdown of its member schools for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. 
Full classification/district breakdowns by sport can be accessed from the main page of the NMAA website at
A summary of most changes made from the current two-year block also can be viewed on the website at
Member schools will be afforded the opportunity to appeal their

Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K & Kids 1 Mile

on December 5, 2019 - 7:03am

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

LA Band Booster News:

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 15 to raise money for the LAHS band program and the LAMS Music Program.

The fun run includes a 5K and a kids 1 mile run for age 13 and under. The run is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos Hight School and Los Alamos Middle School Bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners.

Toppers Drop Home Opener To St. Michaels 48-59

on December 4, 2019 - 8:40pm

Gavin Campos flies in for a layup early in the 1st quarter. Campos was the Topper leading scorer with 17 points for the night in a game played Tuesday evening against the St. Michael Horseman in Griffith Gymnasium. The Horseman is one of the premier teams in 3A and are always a challenge. The Toppers played a consistent game, scoring in the lower teens in each quarter, but were not able to keep pace with the Horseman and lost the game 48-59. Photo by John McHale/

Harrison Frank blocks the shot taken by Rico Gurule in the 3rd quarter. Photo by John McHale/


Lady Toppers Win Basketball Season Opener 39-37

on December 1, 2019 - 7:43am

The Los Alamos High School Lady Toppers share a cheer as they take to the court to play the St Michael’s Lady Horseman in their season opener Tuesday evening in Griffith Gymnasium. The Toppers had a decent first quarter and dominated the Horseman under the basket, but the Toppers struggled throughout the rest of the contest. The game ended in a 32-32 tie, but the Toppers managed to hit crucial free-throws and won the game 39-37. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green battles Carmen Pacheco and Taryn Aguilar for the ball under the Topper basket.

Letter To The Editor: LAHA Expresses Gratitude

on November 29, 2019 - 8:56am
By Los Alamos Hockey Association
Board of Directors
The Los Alamos Hockey Association held its first Hull Hockey Camp for Power Skating and Other Skating Techniques Nov. 22-24 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 
We had 33 skaters participate in eight hours of this instruction by Kyle Hull and Gary TenEyck from Colorado Springs, It was a huge success, at least, by comments from the parents. 
Hull commended the Los Alamos players.
“Coach Gary and I gave the kids the biggest and most important compliment we have given out to anyone so far ... at the

‘Try Hockey Free Day’ At Los Alamos Ice Rink Dec. 1

on November 29, 2019 - 8:39am
USA Hockey provides a way for people to try hockey free at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, the only uncovered outdoor rink in the Southwest!
Children can try hockey free 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and be covered with USAH insurance coverage. Coaches will be on the ice with the children.
Hockey equipment is provided for those who don't have equipment.
Parents must register their children at a USAH site, which provides insurance coverage at this link

Local BMX Track Is In Fast Lane For Improvements

on November 27, 2019 - 9:23am
The local BMX track will recieve some needed improvements. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Currently, the local BMX track features a closed sign citing safety concerns but not for long. Its circumstances are quickly changing as the result of Los Alamos County approving $100,000 for the project during its Nov. 12 meeting.
With this approval, the hopes are high that next summer, the BMX track will be back in business and hosting U.S. BMX-sanctioned events.
Parks and Recreation Manager Dan Erickson

Top 25 Finishers In 2019 CROP Turkey Trot

on November 25, 2019 - 6:44pm

Runners prepare for the 2019 CROP Annual Turkey Trot 2.57 mile distance race Sunday at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawk Drive. Courtesy photo


The top 25 finishers in the 2019 CROP Annual Turkey Trot 2.57 mile distance race:
NAME                              TIME                                                                               
1. Grafton Urbatsch         15:23
2. Travis Gibson               16:04
3. Blake Wood                  16:45
4. Ted Romero                  17:03
5. Garrett Vanderyiel         17:53
6. Ryan Smeltzer              17:59
7. William McTeigue         

Ribbon Officially Cut On CrossFit LA Renovations!

on November 24, 2019 - 10:54am

Surrounded by coaches, trainers, athletes, County Councilor Randall Ryti and his wife Wendy Swan, back row center, and Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, middle row second from right, CrossFit Los Alamos owners Suzanne and John Wilcox officially cut the ribbon Saturday at the grand opening of their newly renovated 5,000 square foot gym at 278 A DP Road. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Recent upgrades have increased training space and include an entire fleet of top of the line Rogue Echo Air bikes as well as new Concept 2 Ski Ergs.

Chamber Celebrates CrossFit LA Renovation Today!

on November 23, 2019 - 8:03am




The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the renovation at the CrossFit Los Alamos gym with a ribbon cutting 1-3 p.m. today with the actual ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. at 278 A DP Road.

CrossFit Los Alamos is entering its 8th year as a New Mexico CrossFit affiliate. The business, also known as Mesa Elite Fitness, has been operating for 10 years in Los Alamos. Originally in Central Park Square, the business has continued to grow by leaps and bounds.


CrossFit Los Alamos (CFLA) operates in a 5,000 sq. ft.

Update On All District Team Selections

on November 22, 2019 - 5:02pm

Topper football plays in the District 2-5A and the All District players include Dimitri Bullock named to the District 1st offense team. Toppers named to the 2nd offense team are Tyler Weiss, James Rodriguez, Josh Carson and Liam Harper. Carson is named to the 1st defense team and named to the 2nd defense team are Dimitri Bullock, Alex Chaves, Caden Thomton and Jose Salazar. Photo by John McHale/

Girls Cross Country Runners named to the 2-4A 1stAll District Team are Sophie Chadwick, Norissa Valdez, Lidia Appell, Emma Montoya, Mable Pyle, Jasmine Hornberger and Hailey McDowell.

Coaches Select 2-4A Fall 2019 All District Teams

on November 21, 2019 - 4:31pm

The District Coaches have selected the 2-4A Fall 2019 All District Teams. Aliya Richins is named Offense Player of the Year for girls’ soccer. Also selected to the first team are Annika Fox, Marie Lee, Kaya Krantz, Kaitlyn McGrane, Isabella Hodges and Jessica Royall. Jenna Harris received honorable mention. Photo by John McHale/

Alyssa Parker is named Defense Player of the Year for girls soccer. Photo by Nate Limback

Natalie Gallegos is named Player of the Year for volleyball. Her coach Joe Palmer is named Coach of the Year.

Los Alamos Hockey Wins Season Opener

on November 19, 2019 - 8:30am

Goalie Kam Remde leads his team on to the ice Friday evening for the season opener game against the Albuquerque Bears at the County Ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon. Both teams play in the Rio Grande High School Hockey League, a league made up of six teams from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. The Topper team dominated both games winning 8-3 for Friday night’s game and 9-3 for the Saturday morning game. As always there was plenty of action, regardless of the score as both teams played good hard hockey. Photo by John McHale/

Andrew Jeffery finds an unguarded net and scored the

Hilltoppers Take Second In 38th Annual Barney Relays

on November 19, 2019 - 6:45am
Sophomore Sylvia Holesinger. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams finished second to Albuquerque Academy in both the girls and boys competition Nov. 16 at the 38th Annual Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
The girls team scores were Albuquerque Academy 176, Los Alamos 134, Cleveland 110, Hope Christian 104, Rio Rancho 56, St Pius 50, Sandia Prep 26, Cottonwood Classical 10.
The boys team scores were Albuquerque Academy 180, Los Alamos 134, Cleveland 86, Hope Christian 66, Rio Rancho 60, St Pius 58, Sandia Prep 24,

New Mexico Bowl 3-Day Ticket Sale Nov. 20-22

on November 18, 2019 - 2:49pm


All tickets are reduced $5; orders entered into VIP drawing

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 22, offering fans discounted tickets and a chance to win a VIP experience. 

Tickets eligible for the $5 off promotion include the Lower Bowl tickets (normally $40) and North End Zone General Admission tickets (normally $25) also are included in the three-day sale.

Each order during this sale will automatically be entered into a drawing for VIP prizes.


NMDOT: Plan Ahead For Sporting Events

on November 18, 2019 - 1:47pm
Map for alternate routes. Courtesy/NMDOT
BERNALILLO The New Mexico Department of Transportation is working with the New Mexico Athletic Association to mitigate the effects of expected traffic delays for students and parents traveling to upcoming high school athletic events in Bernalillo and Rio Rancho.
A new phase of a U.S. 550 project began Oct. 28, and the Department of Transportation asks motorists traveling to sporting events to plan accordingly.

Topper Girls Volleyball Ends Season At State Playoffs

on November 18, 2019 - 7:41am

Topper Volleyball ends season at the State Championship Playoffs. The number 7 seed Toppers won the opening round match against the number 10 seed Pojoaque Elkettes 3-12. The second match was against the number 2 seed Roswell Lady Rockets, which the Toppers lost 0-3. The third game was against the number 8 seed Silver Lady Colts and the Toppers lost 3-0 ,which closed out their season. The Topper Volleyball had a great season finishing 15-9 over all and sweeping district play 9-0. Here Natalie Gallegos spikes the ball in the Pojoaque match. She was the team leader for spikes with an incredible

Explore Climbing Adventures In Patagonia Nov. 19

on November 16, 2019 - 7:27am
Josh Smith and Aaron Miller discuss climbing trip in Patagonia at Mountaineers meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Hear about Josh Smith and Aaron Miller’s adventures rock climbing in Patagonia at the November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The presentation starts at about 7:15 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.
This talk is free to attend and open to the public.
In January 2019, Smith and Miller packed their bags for Patagonia with hopes

Topper Volleyball Wins 1st Round In State Tournament

on November 15, 2019 - 7:34am

The Hilltoppers Girls Volleyball Team celebrates its first round victory in the state tournament Thursday morning at the Santa Anna Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Toppers beat the Pojoaque Elkettes 3-1. Next up is the Godard Rockets at 4:45 p.m. today at the Star Center. Photo by John McHale/

Santa Fe Ski Team Invites Public To Participate In Annual Ski Swap And Alpine Race Camp Dec. 6-8

on November 15, 2019 - 6:07am
 SKI News:
SANTA FE — It’s time to gear up for another season on the slopes! 
The Santa Fe Ski Team is hosting their annual Ski Swap Fundraiser Nov. 15-16 at the Genoveva Chavez  Community Center (GCCC) in Santa Fe.


The Santa Fe Ski team invites the public to participate in the event by dropping off ski-related items to sell at the swap between 12-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15.

“Our annual ski swap is a great chance for us to participate in the community.

First Hilltopper Hockey Club Game Friday Night

on November 14, 2019 - 4:10pm

Scene from the year end tournament in 2018 in Santa Fe at which the Hilltoppers won the league championship. Courtesy photo


The Hilltopper Hockey Club plays the Albuquerque Bears in its first match at 6:45 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.

The rink opens at 11 a.m. Friday. 

Rio Grande High School Hockey League:

  • Big Texan Bulls (Amarillo)
  • Los Alamos Hilltoppers
  • Cibola Cougars (ABQ)
  • Albuquerque Bears
  • Durango Demons
  • Telluride Minors (Colorado)

Gold Edges Green In Toppers Swimming Intrasquad

on November 12, 2019 - 10:57am
Senior Co-Captain Maddie Ovaska. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers swimmers opened their 2019-20 campaign with the annual Green Gold intrasquad meet Nov. 2 at Larry Walkup Aquatic Center. 
Gold narrowly edged out Green, 340-334, in the combined scores. Green beat Gold in the boys’ tally, 148 to 143, while Gold won the girls’ competition, 197-186, over the Green team.
Several personal bests were achieved, and many swimmers beat their times from last year’s intrasquad meet. Rookies gained confidence in preparation for future meets.
Four swimmers