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Hilltoppers Compete At Lubbock Swim/Dive Invitational

on January 8, 2018 - 10:06am

Beth Short. Injie Mourad, Laney Newton and Maddie Ovaska at 2018 Lubbock swim invitational. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams competed Jan. 5-6 at the Lubbock HS Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Julia Chen qualifies for state meet in 200 free at Lubbock. Courtesy photo
The invitational was a very competitive high school meet, drawing nearly 500 swimmers and divers from across Texas, including teams from Dallas, Houston and El Paso.

Hilltoppers Fall To Eagles

on January 6, 2018 - 1:33pm

From the opening tipoff the Belen Eagles took control of the game Friday night and never relinquished it, ultimately winning 65-41. The toppers came close to taking the lead several times, but could not close the gap. The Eagles were dominate both on offense, hitting nine three-point shots, and defense, which the Toppers had no answer for. Photo by John McHale/

Ivan Balakirev and Eagle Ryan Garcia battle for a rebound under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys’ basketball


Hilltopper Hoops Open 2018 With Big Win

on January 3, 2018 - 4:24pm
Antonio Trujillo scores to the basket for two points, which set the tone for the game as the Toppers score to a 65-32 victory Tuesday evening over the Pojoaque Elks in Griffith gym. Photo by John McHale/
Center Troy Hammock battles for a rebound under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/
Ramon Owen has a wreck with an Elk defender, who was cited for a block. Owen had a big game both on defense and offense and finished the game with a high of 14 points. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tom Stockton Joins Hardrock Hundred Board

on January 2, 2018 - 8:14am
HMER News:
The Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run welcomes new Board of Director members Tom Stockton of Los Alamos along with Doug Hart and Mary Monroe Brown.
Approaching its 25th year of running, the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run has expanded its Board of Directors from 9 to 11 members, following the lottery held Dec. 2, 2017. Stockton, Hart and Monroe Brown will join the current Board of Directors after longtime involvement with the Southern Colorado running community.
“Hardrock is very fortunate to have the energy and experience of Tom, Doug and Mary on our board.

Scenes From Holiday Hockey At Los Alamos Ice Rink

on December 31, 2017 - 10:00am

The Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road has been dominated by youth hockey this holiday season. Jim Hall helps his grandson, Dalton, to adjust his helmet before taking to the ice in a Squirt inter-squad scrimmage Saturday morning. Photo by John McHale/

The Squirt Ram Team waits for the Zamboni to condition the ice before heading out for their scrimmage. Photo by John McHale/

Logan Nolen works the puck down the ice between two opponents. Photo by John McHale/

White Team goalie Axil Miklasson bats the puck away from the goal.

Los Alamos XC Year Of Successes

on December 31, 2017 - 9:26am


Watch Holly Holm Vs. Champion Brazilian Cris Cyborg At VFW 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 30

on December 29, 2017 - 6:26pm
VFW News:
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will be showing the much-anticipated UFC 219 fight between Albuquerque's Holly Holm and champion Brazilian Cris Cyborg 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. 
Undefeated for more than a decade, Cyborg has established herself as the most dominant fighter on the ladies’ side of the sport while Holm holds a 33-2-3 record and multiple world titles during her 11-year boxing career and transitioned to mixed martial arts where she shocked the world with her second-round knockout win over then-champion Ronda Rousey at the UFC 193.

The VFW will also be hosting a

Running With The Big Dogs

on December 28, 2017 - 9:37am
LAHS graduate Jennifer Necker with her dog Pippa flashing through weave poles earlier this month at the AKC National Agility Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Carl Necker

Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos and her dog Pippa race across the final jump at the AKC National Agility Invitational in Orlando. Photo by Carl Necker


Imagine directing your dog as quickly as possible through a series of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and various elevated obstacles in a 40 second sprint. That’s the sport of dog agility.

The best teams representing 166 AKC recognized breeds and All

Holiday Hockey Festival Underway At Los Alamos Ice Rink

on December 27, 2017 - 5:20pm

Los Alamos Rams goalie Matthew Wehner in the Mites Division fends off two NM Ice players at the Los Alamos goal. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Rams vs the Albuquerque NM Ice. Photo by John McHale/


The Holiday Hockey Festival is under way at the County Ice Rink. The Festival began Wednesday and will run through Saturday, with games being played in the morning and in the evening.  

This Festival is an on going event and is very popular with hockey teams from the area and from Texas.  

This year there are two teams from Albuquerque, the New


Los Alamos Athletes Enjoy A Great 2017

on December 26, 2017 - 10:08am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos athletes showed their true grit and determination and found success on the field, on the court, and everywhere in between in 2017. The town of the Hilltoppers brought home championships and top finishes, and Los Alamos has a lot to be proud of.
The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team had an up and down 2016-17 season. The ‘Toppers found a quick first round exit after earning the 14 th seed in the NMAA tournament in a loss at Farmington High School.
Former Hilltopper and Lobo Alex Kirk signed a

Plea Agreement Underway For Tabatha Jones

on December 23, 2017 - 4:48pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tabatha Jones of White Rock waived her preliminary hearing Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court on a charge of embezzling more than $2,500 and less than $20,000 from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL).

The charge is a third-degree felony, which carries a possible penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

In return for a plea agreement, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and Jones’ attorney David Gower told the court that an arraignment and plea hearing would take place in

County Council Updated On Ski Area

on December 21, 2017 - 2:33pm
Los Alamos Ski Club President Susan Brockway-Hahn speaks during the special session Friday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

James Coleman of Pajarito Recreation, LLC speaks Friday during the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post
The Pajarito Ski Area opened for the winter season this past weekend but during the Los Alamos County Council’s special session Friday, attention turned to the ski area’s future and what was in store for it.
Part of its future entails new ownership.

‘Toppers Split Albuquerque Road Swing

on December 21, 2017 - 1:37pm
Michael Naranjo-13, Ivan Balakirev-25 and Brandon Duran-21 gang up against a Sartan shooter under the Sartan net in the closing minutes of the game. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
ALBUQUERQUE – The Hilltopper Boy’s basketball team split a pair of road games against two of the metro’s top teams in Albuquerque.
In the process, the ‘Toppers moved up the rankings to No. 5 on the MaxPreps rankings, and No. 9 on the NMOTC rankings.
On Thursday, Los Alamos went into fourth ranked St.

NMAA: ‘Compete With Class’ Honors Seven Rival High Schools For Compassion Following Aztec Tragedy

on December 20, 2017 - 7:59am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association has announced that seven schools from the Northwest corner of the state have been recognized as the Compete with Class award recipients for the month of December 2017.
In an email to the NMAA from Aztec Athletic Director Bryan Sanders following the tragic events that occurred on the Aztec High School campus in early December, he explained how these seven rival high schools rallied in support of a community in need.
“On Dec. 7, 2017, Aztec High School experienced an unthinkable tragedy.

LAHS Hilltoppers Girls Swimmers Take APS Invitational, Boys Team Places Second

on December 19, 2017 - 1:08pm
8th graders Orion Henderson, left, and Andy Corliss celebrate state qualifying marks. Courtesy photo
Shiina Fly Hudson. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams traveled Dec. 16 to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque for the APS Mini-Invitational.
The meet included more than 200 swimming and diving competitors from 8 high school teams, including La Cueva which was the runner-up team in both the girls and boys competition at the 2017 New Mexico State Swimming and Diving Championships in February.
The Hilltoppers won the girls

Hilltopper Boys Win Big Against St. Pius

on December 16, 2017 - 12:15pm

Once again Coach Mike Kluk prepares the Toppers to take to the floor to play the St. Pius Sartans in the confines Thursday of the St. Sebastian Gymnasium. The Sartains had a record of 8-1 going into this game and are always a fierce competitor. The Toppers came to win and win they did ... all four quarters ... and a final score of 70-56 in a very exciting and competitive game. Photo by John McHale/

Michael Naranjo reaches long for a loose ball under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Trujillo goes for a layup, he was the big scorer for the Toppers

Shorthanded Toppers Handled By Huskies

on December 14, 2017 - 9:48am
The Lady Toppers take to the floor to play the Hope Christian Lady Huskies this past Tuesday evening at Griffith Gym. Once again the Toppers were to face a top ranked opponent and the Lady Huskies wasted no time taking control of the game and were victors 65-35. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
Down three players to injury, including their best defender in senior Ashley Atenico, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ basketball team dropped a lopsided game 65-35 to Hope Christian School. The Huskies are ranked 7 th in 4A going into the contest.

'Toppers Hockey Loses To La Cueva

on December 12, 2017 - 2:27pm

Goalee Zachary Brown makes a save in the first game against the La Cueva Bears Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, in Los Alamos. The first game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Bears dominated the second game, winning 4-0. This brings the 'Toppers season to 3-1-1. Photo by John McHale/

Jared Carnes gathers up a loose puck behind the 'Topper net in the second game. Photo by John McHale/

Ray Guffee scores the first goal in the 4.39 minute. Photo by John McHale/

Ben Rees watches the puck hit the back of the net for the second 'Topper goal in the .45

Montaño: Hilltopper Hoops Roundup

on December 12, 2017 - 6:47am
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Boys’ Basketball

BELEN – The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys’ basketball team finished in third place at the Hub City Tournament at Belen High School. The ‘Toppers beat Mission Achievement and Success Charter out of Albuquerque in the first round by a 69-23 score to advance to the winners bracket.

The ‘Toppers ran into a strong 6-A Manzano team, also out of Albuquerque, losing a very tight contest 71-65. The Monarchs ended up winning the Hub City Tournament over host Belen.

In the third place game, Los Alamos faced another 6-A team in

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