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Los Alamos Natives Lead Eagles Against ‘Toppers

on December 12, 2017 - 5:45am

Los Alamos natives Roy and Yvonne Sanchez take a photo after biking in Utah this summer. The siblings will lead the Eldorado Eagles against the 'Toppers this Friday. Courtesy photo/Facebook

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Former Los Alamos residents and siblings Roy and Yvonne Sanchez have each found great success coaching basketball in New Mexico.

Roy, a Los Alamos High School graduate, has been the boys’ head coach at Eldorado High School since 1994 and has compiled a 373-254 record and three state titles in those 24 years.

The Sanchez family moved to


Toppers Take 3rd At Hub City Tournament

on December 11, 2017 - 5:12pm

Los Alamos High School Basketball Coach Mike Kluk talks with his starters during a time out in the first period of the Hub City Tournament played Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Belen High School Gymnasium. The Topper Boys Team's first game was against the MAS Charter Bulls, a new charter school in Albuquerque.

Lady Hilltoppers At 7 In Joe Armijo Basketball Classic

on December 11, 2017 - 5:09pm

The Lady Topper Basketball Team is about ready to take to the floor for their first game in the Joe Armijo Basketball ClassicJoe Armijo Basketball Classic played Thursday in the gymnasium at Albuquerque Academy. The tournament ran for three days and is one of the premier tournaments of the basketball season featuring teams from around the state. The toppers drew the Las Cruces Bulldawgs for their first game. The Bulldawgs are a 6A team and rated the number one team in the state.

UNM Ski Team Competes In Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend At Sipapu Ski Area

on December 11, 2017 - 8:59am

UNM Ski Team competes last Saturday and Sunday in Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Los Alamos Ski Racing Team Coach Lisa Kimura Lisa Kimura, left, Aidan Ortiz, Chris Schembri and Alex Pantea all competed last Saturday and Sunday in the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu

Scenes From 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

Swimmer Sonyia Williams opens the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite held at the Aquatic Center this past Saturday by singing the National Anthem. There were 15 teams in attendance with 336 swimmers participating. Both the boys, 609 points, and the girls, 672 points, won their portion of the meet. Many state standards were met and personal bests were achieved. The Rookies were impressive as well. Photo by John McHale

Alma Goodwin starts the Girls 200 yard medley relay, which they won. Photo by John McHale

Dylan Ma swims the butterfly portion of the 200 yard medley relay which the team won.

Jingle Bell Run Sunday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the third Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Run Sunday, Dec. 10 to raise money for the Los Alamos High School and Middle School band programs.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos High School and Middle School bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners. Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile.

Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle

Lacrosse On-Line Registration Now Open

on December 8, 2017 - 7:11am
LAYL News:
Registration for the Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse Spring 2018 season is now open at
  • Base fee is $130 per player, all ages and genders.
  • Early Registration Discount: $5 through midnight on Jan 31
  • Late Registration Fee is $5 after March 4 for high school and after March 15 for youth
  • Family Discount (part of same household):
    • $13 for the second player (10%),
    • $10 for the third player (8%),
    • $6.50 for each player thereafter (5%)
  • Promo Code: GIRLSGEAR18 will reduce costs by $20 for girls only
  • Players may request equipment and pay the rental fee during online registration.

Los Alamos Unable to Complete Comeback At Santa Fe

on December 8, 2017 - 6:50am

Assistant Coach Jacob Archuleta has a final cheer before sending the Topper Girls onto the court to face the Santa Fe Demonettes in the Tony Roybal Memorial Gym Tuesday evening. Photo by John McHale/

Rebecca Green tries for a shot but is fouled by a Demonette defender under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/


By RJ Montaño

Los Alamos Daily Post


SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girl’s basketball team dropped a non-district game to Santa Fe High School 46-35 on Tuesday night.

The ‘Toppers plagued with turnovers and

Pajarito Ski Area Is Making Snow!

on December 6, 2017 - 11:52am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is making snow and will continue to do so until its Dec. 16 opening date. According to Manager Tom Long, the temperatures are cooperating but Mother Nature hasn't done her part with providing snow. Long said 1.6 million gallons of water from the snow-making water pond is being used judiciously so as to have coverage for a run from top to bottom, the beginner area and the new Magic Carpet area. Courtesy/PMSA

Toppers Hockey Prevails 7-4 Against Taos Ice Tigers

on December 6, 2017 - 9:32am

Goal tender Sam Fisher takes a few minuets before the game to collect his thoughts. Photo by John McHale/

Ben Rees puts the brakes on to take control of the puck in the first period. Photo by John McHale/


Saturday's hockey game in Los Alamos featured the Taos Ice Tigers and the Toppers. These two teams have been heated rivals as long as they have been playing each other and each game is very physical and exciting no matter the outcome.

Saturday's match was no exception.


NMAA Realigns Classes And Districts

on December 5, 2017 - 10:31am

Hilltopper Football defense gets instructions from Coach Chuck Cotter. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association has made significant changes for the 2018-2020 seasons. The first change is eliminating the 6-A Class in all sports except football. Using three-year average attendance records as the metric, schools are placed in classes by size and broken into districts by region. Schools with an average attendance of 550-1,299 students are placed into the 4-A classification.

In football,

Los Alamos Young Racers Attend UNM Ski Race Camp

on December 4, 2017 - 3:46pm

Young ski racers from Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe attended the UNM Ski Team sponsored race camp last weekend at Red River Ski Area. Courtesy photo

Hawks Wrestling Team Wins 2nd At Los Lunas Dual

on December 4, 2017 - 8:51am

The Hawks Wrestling team traveled to Los Lunas for another Dual Tournament. They were seeded in a pool with Valencia Middle School and Academy Middle School. In their first match against Valencia, they crushed their opponent 118-18. The Hawks took on Academy next and won 104-6. That win moved the Los Alamos team into the semi-finals against Rio Rancho. The Hawks took down Rio Rancho easily with a score of 90-21. That win took them into the finals against Los Lunas. It was a tough match between the rivals.

Hilltoppers Girls And Boys Teams Win Swimming And Diving Invitational By Healthy Margins

on December 4, 2017 - 8:09am

Approximately 15 teams competed in the diving portion of the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite at Los Alamos Friday evening at the Aquatic Center. Emme Mooday scored 157.75 points for a fourth place finish. Photo by John McHale/

Griffin Stidham placed fifth in the men’s with 177.45 points. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers hosted the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Swimming and Diving Invitational Dec. 1-2 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

The meet included more than 300 swimming and diving competitors from 16 high school


Hilltopper Boys Basketball Outlasts Horsemen

on December 4, 2017 - 6:21am

Mattie Ruminer, a member of the girls basketball team, sings the national anthem before the start of the game between the 'Topper boys basketbal team and the St. Michael's Horseman played Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by John McHale/


Ramon Roybal flies into a layup, past a Horseman defender, in the second quarter. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team responded to what they considered an embarrassing loss to the Bernalillo Spartans with an impressive 73-61

Hilltopper Football Earns Postseason Awards

on December 1, 2017 - 6:05pm

Hilltoppers Head Coach Garrett Williams addresses the audience at the 2017 Sports Awards Banquet. Photo By John McHale

Hilltopper MVP Jack Stewart with Head Coach Garrett Williams. Photo by John McHale


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Hilltopper athletes were honored at the end of the season awards banquet Nov. 17 at Crossroads Bible Church, where the coaching staff handed out team awards, as well as district honors.

Two players had their names called multiple times.


Hilltoppers Girls Basketball Falls To Belen Eagles

on December 1, 2017 - 5:23pm

The 'Topper girls basketball team once again takes to the floor to play the Belen's Eagles Thursday in Griffith Gym. The 'Toppers are in need of a victory but the Eagles had other plans. The Eagles took control of the game early and did not look back on their way to a 65-37 score. Photo by John McHale/

Alex Calderon tries to break through the Eagles defense under the 'Toppers basket in the first quarter. Photo by John McHale/

Rebecca Green gets a shot off in the first quarter with pressure from an Eagles defender.

LAHS Boys Basketball Falls To Bernalillo Spartans

on November 30, 2017 - 9:11pm

Los Alamos Hilltoppers Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike Kluk gathers up the team before playing against the Bernalillo Spartans in Bernalillo. The Spartans were in their best form and their offense and defense was too much for the 'Toppers. On offense, the Spartans' shooting was spot on; they made 12, three point shots. On defense, they made many turnovers, which added to the 'Toppers' problems. The final score was 39-70. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Trujillo chases after a loose ball under the 'Topper goal. Photo by John McHale/

Troy Hammock tries for a jump

Los Alamos Girls Basketball Loses To Pojoaque

on November 28, 2017 - 8:57am
The girls basketball team traveled to Pojoaque Saturday, Nov. 25, to play in the Ben Ray Luján Gymnasium against the Elkettes. The Elkettes dominated the game and won 60-27. Here, the Los Alamos players huddle up for a cheer before the game. Photo by John McHale/ 


Natalie Gallegos tries to get a shot off but is well guarded by Elkettes. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team had to feel good about their 2-0 start to the 2017-2018 basketball season.

Top Finishers Announced In 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot

on November 26, 2017 - 9:10am

2017 CROP/Turkey Trot News:


The 2017 CROP/Turkey Trot held Nov. 19 at Los Alamos Middle School drew approximately 220 participants who ran or walked either the 2.57 mile or 1.7 mile courses.
Top 23 finishers in the 2.57 mile course:

1. Sam Crooks              16:18

2. Josh Woodward       16:59
3. Jacob Thompson      17:02
4. Quinn Abfalterer      17:16
5. Ryan Smeltzer          17:18
6. Nicole Strother         18:06
7. Richard Hensley       18:32
8. Aaron Jackson          18:37
9. Gus Yeager               18:49
10. Zack Medin             18:53
11. Vikki Saga            

Lady Hilltoppers Outpace Lady Horsemen Tuesday

on November 24, 2017 - 5:25pm
The Lady Hilltoppers basketball team takes to the floor for their home season opener to play the St. Mike's Lady Horsemen Tuesday evening at Griffith Gym. The Toppers got off to an early lead only to find the Lady Horseman right at their heels. The game stayed close until the fourth quarter, when the Toppers pulled ahead and won the contest 53-42. Photo by John McHale/
Assistant coach Jacob Archuleta and the Hilltoppers give a group cheer before taking to the floor. Photo by John McHale/
Guard Alex Calderon works her way through traffic on her way the

LAMS Hawks Wrestling Team Earns 1st And Consolation Victories At Rio Rancho MS Dual Tournament

on November 20, 2017 - 7:16am

The Los Alamos Hawks Middle School Wrestling Team and coaches. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Hawks Middle School Wrestling Team went to Rio Rancho this weekend to the Rio Rancho Middle School Dual Tournament. They came back to Los Alamos with both a 1st place and a Consolation victory.

Los Alamos brought two teams to Rio Rancho, Los Alamos Blue and Los Alamos SIlver. The Blue team earned 1st place while the Silver team came out with the consolation win.

LA's Silver team took on Belen MS, Academy MS and Rio Rancho MS.


Pajarito Mountain Delays Opening To Dec. 16

on November 18, 2017 - 8:30am

SKI News:

Unseasonably warm temperatures and a dry fall have delayed the opening dates for ski areas across the west and officials at Pajarito Mountain announced they also are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24. The mountain is now scheduled to open Saturday, Dec.16.

“Due to this abnormal weather pattern of warm temperatures and dry weather, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but are confident that we can open Dec. 16,” said Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long.

Senior Heavy Hilltoppers Hope For Big Season

on November 16, 2017 - 6:49am
The Los Alamos Hilltopper Boys basketball team prepares for the 2017-18 season in the Auxiliary Gym at Los Alamos High School during a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​
Head Coach Michael Kluk instructs his varsity team during a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Valencia   
7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Bernalillo   
7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Los Alamos; 'Toppers play against St. Michael’s   
Dec. 7-9 Belen Hub City Tournament
7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Pius   
7 p.m. Dec.

Hilltopper Girls Basketball Ready To Turn Heads

on November 16, 2017 - 6:24am
The Hilltopper Girls basketball team is ready to turn some heads during 2017-18 season. Photo by John McHale/​

Head Coach Josh Archuleta meets with his team after a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Farmington
7 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Michael’s   
5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Pojoaque       
7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Volcano Vista       
7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Los Alamos; 'Toppers play against Belen           
7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Valencia       
7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Santa Fe
1:15 p.m. Dec.