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Hilltoppers Wrestling Earns Individual Title At State

on February 19, 2018 - 2:53pm

Hilltopper Devin Atencio wins his final match against Matthew Sanchez of St. Pius to claim the 2017 106-lb weight class State Championship. Photo by John McHale/


Devin Atencio wrestling Matthew Sanchez of St. Pius. Atencio won a 6-2 decision. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post


RIO RANCHO – “I’m proud of these kids.” That’s what Head Coach James Hatt said before his Los Alamos Hilltoppers entered the medal round of the New Mexico Activities Association’s state wrestling meet.
In just a year, the ‘Toppers

'Toppers Divers Compete At State

on February 19, 2018 - 2:35pm

Mychael Garcia in the New Mexico State Diving Competition Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Garcia finished in 12th place. The boys' team finished in ninth place. Photo by John McHale/

Emme Mooday dives during the girls' portion of the state competition. The girls finished sixth in the competition and Mooday finished in 11th place. Photo by John McHale/

Kyle Hatler performs a dive and finished in 10th place in the boys diving. Photo by John McHale/

Anna Clark performs her dive and finished in 12th place.

CrossFit Los Alamos Hosts 14 Teams Across State

on February 19, 2018 - 1:26pm

Competitors hang from the pull up bars and bring their knees to their chest at a recent competition at CrossFit Los Alamos held in conjunction with 30 other sites around the country. Photo by RJ Montaño/


Everyone got into the spirit at CrossFit Los Alamos. Photo by RJ Montaño/



Los Alamos Daily Post


Great music, huge crowds, delicious food, and healthy competition were on display at CrossFit Los Alamos for the inaugural New WODs (Workout of the Day) On The Block competition Feb.

Eight Hilltopper Grapplers Move On To Winners Bracket At State Friday

on February 19, 2018 - 1:02pm

Los Alamos Wrestling coaches look on as Reyes Mendez grapples with his opponent. Photo by RJ Montaño/

Gloria Ramos speaks with KOB's JP Murrieta after her dominating win. Photo by RJ Montaño/
Los Alamos Daily Post
RIO RANCHO – A strong start for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team as eight athletes moved onto the winners bracket in the first round of the New Mexico Activities Association’s State boys’ and girls’ wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
  • Devin

LA Slam 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts

on February 19, 2018 - 8:16am


LAHS: 2-5A District Tournament Schedule

on February 19, 2018 - 7:54am
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers will compete in the 2-5A District Tournament in the schedule as follows:
  • Monday – LA @ Academy – Girls @ 4 p.m., Boys @ 5:30 p.m.;
  • Tuesday – Monday winners @ Del Norte- Girls at 5 p.m., Boys @ 7 p.m.;
  • Thursday – Tuesday winners @ Capital – Girls @ 5:30, Boys @ 7 p.m.;
  • Friday – Girls Championship @ Espanola @ 7 p.m.; and
  • Saturday – Boys Championship @ Espanola @ 7 p.m.

High Expectations For Former ‘Toppers; UNM Baseball

on February 16, 2018 - 8:32pm

Former 'Topper Conner Mang takes batting practice ahead of UNM's 2018 baseball season. Photo by RJ Montaño/

Lobo Head Baseball Coach Ray Birmingham talks with the media about UNM's upcoming season. Photo by RJ Montaño/



Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – Former Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball stars Conner and Jared Mang are expected to play large roles on the 2018 University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team.
The Lobos have been narrowly picked to win the Mountain West Conference baseball championship in the preseason coaches’

Sundevils Shine In Los Alamos

on February 16, 2018 - 10:37am

Whenever the Espanola Sundevils come to play in Griffin Gym, excitement fills the air. Both sides of the bleachers are always near capacity with cheering fans. This game was no exception. The Sundevils are ranked in the top five class for the state and wasted no time showing the crowd how good they are. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Trujillo reaches for a loose rebound under the 'Topper basket in the fourth quarter. Trujillo was the high point man for the 'Toppers with 15 points. Photo by John McHale/


By RJ Montaño

Los Alamos Daily Post


Lady Sundevils Defeat 'Toppers Tuesday

on February 16, 2018 - 10:19am

Lady Hilltoppers Basketball Head Coach Josh Archuleta sends his team out on the court to face the Espanola Sundevils in a game played Tuesday night in Espanola. The 'Toppers played even with the Sundevils in the first half but the Sundevils took control and won the game 54-31. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green is always in the thick of the action under the 'Topper basket and while under the Sundevil basket, she scored 10 points. Photo by John McHale/

Hannah Sanchez and Kaylee Chavez both go for the ball under the 'Topper basket in the first period.

Los Alamos FLL Robotics Teams Win Recognition

on February 16, 2018 - 10:14am

The Quadrumaniacs who won the 2nd Place Champions Award Feb. 10 and will compete at the North American FLL Open Championship in Legoland in May are, from left, Lucy Kelley, Sasha Simakov, Maggie Kelley, Corben Meek, Angie O'Leary, Timothy Rousculp and Zoya Khan.  Not pictured is Magellan Bronson. Brother Alex Meek, peeking in, is on an FLL Junior team.  The Quadrumaniacs are coached by Susannah Rousculp and Elizabeth Meek with Karen Kelley as co-coach and mentor. Courtesy photo


Local FIRST LEGO League team, the Llama-Bots, pictured with their Teamwork trophy are, from left, Taylor

'Topper Wrestling Team Are District Champions

on February 14, 2018 - 7:23am

The 'Topper wrestling team proudly displays the trophy it won this past Saturday in the Edward Medina Gymnasium in Espanola. The 'Toppers won four first place, three second place and four third place medals. Photo by John McHale/

Devin Atencio in the 106 weight class makes easy work of his Espanola opponent to win a first place medal. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPANOLA – You can add a team and several individual district tournament championships to the list of successes the 2018 Los Alamos High School


UNM Suspends Head Football Coach Bob Davie

on February 12, 2018 - 5:51pm
The University of New Mexico suspends head football coach Bob Davie for 30 days of unpaid leave. Photo by RJ Montaño/
Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – After a months-long investigation into the conduct of University of New Mexico Head Football Coach Bob Davie, UNM announced that it has suspended Davie for 30 days without pay. 

Coach Bob Davie

Chicago-based law firm Hogan, Marren, Babbo, and Rose was hired to investigate allegations of “interference with and improper involvement in investigations of football players” including


2018 Knights Of Columbus Local Free Throw Results

on February 12, 2018 - 12:37pm
Scene from the 2018 Knights of Columbus Local Free Throw Championship in Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Roger Anaya
Scene from the 2018 Knights of Columbus Local Free Throw Championship in Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Roger Anaya
Five boys and two girls ages 9 to 14, were named local champions of the 2018 Knights of Columbus Local Free Throw Championship.
Each participant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contest. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.

Lady Toppers Narrowly Fall To Chargers

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am

It was all smiles as the Lady Toppers readied to take to the court Wednesday evening to play the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in Griffith Gymnasium. Both teams had similar records, so this game would be very competitive. The Toppers lead the first two periods and had a 4-point lead at the half. The third period ended with the Chargers ahead by 1 point. The fourth quarter ended in a 33-33 tie. In the overtime period the Chargers pulled ahead and won the contest 42-38. Photo by John McHale/

Susanna Gallegos has her eye on a basket in the first period. She scored 7 points.

Undefeated Trailblazers Win YMCA Tournament

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am
Capping off an undefeated season, the Trailblazers played in the YMCA end-of-season tournament Feb. 2-3 against the other YMCA teams in their age bracket and took 1st place in the tournament. This 3rd and 4th grade team was coached by David Gartz and Evan Gartz. Team members, front row from left, Maclain Griffin, Josh Gartz and Mikey Velasquez. Back row from left, Hayden Watkins, Eric Fenimore, Hunter Dare and Will Gartz. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Home To State Champion Weightlifters

on February 10, 2018 - 8:25am
Like mother, like daughter. Kimberley Laskey and Mairen Hoch have similar pre-lift form and facial expression before successfully setting state records. Courtesy Photo


By RJ Montaño

Los Alamos Daily Post

When you think of a pair of state record-setting Olympic weightlifters, someone who looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger might come to mind.


Southwest Nordic Ski Club Kids Team Shines At Crested Butte Alley Loop Races And Pagosa Springs Biathlon

on February 10, 2018 - 7:50am

Winners take their places on the 1.5km ladies podium from left, Harper Reid, Anna Simakov and Samantha Baily.​ Courtesy photo

Madalyn Baily wearing the crowd and official favorite costume of Skadi, Norse goddess of winter and skiing. Courtesy photo

Brothers Zach, 8, Levi, 7, and Luke Gibson, 5, in their first season as SWN Ski Kids, swept the podium in the Pagosa Biathlon kids event. Courtesy photo


Despite generally low snow this winter, Southwest Nordic Ski Club was lucky to have two different events within reasonable driving distance from Los Alamos on the same day and


Los Alamos County Little League Annual Registration And Logo Contest Now Open

on February 10, 2018 - 7:08am

Los Alamos County Little League registration and logo contest are underway. Photo by John McHale


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

After a very successful 2017 season which, saw the largest number of registered players to date at more than 500 athletes, the Los Alamos Little League is expecting to surpass those numbers and build upon its own brand during the 2018 season.

Registration is now open for Little League Baseball and Softball, and sign-ups will run through March 9. Early registration is encouraged to make sure enough uniforms and equipment are


So Close! 'Toppers Lose To Chargers By Two Points

on February 9, 2018 - 5:34pm

The Hilltoppers boys basketball team journeyed Tuesday to Albuquerque to play a district game against the Academy Chargers. Both teams were evenly matched and the game played out with only a few points separating the teams all evening. The momentum seemed to be with the 'Toppers and with only a few seconds left, the 'Toppers were down only two points but were unable to find the basket and lost in a heart breaker 68-70. Gavin Campos, shown here, had a big game; he scored 13 points. Photo by John McHale/

David Owen brings the ball down the court and scored nine points for the

Los Alamos Divers Earn District Titles

on February 9, 2018 - 5:26pm

Los Alamos boys and girls diving teams earned titles in the District 1 swimming and diving meet Feb. 2-3 at the Larry R. Walkup Center. Here, Anna Clark placed second in the girls diving competition. The teams will compete in the State Diving Championships Feb. 16-17 in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/

Emme Mooday placed second in the girls diving competition. Photo by John Mchale/

Griffin Stidham won third place in the boys diving competition. Photo by John McHale/

Daniel Novak placed fourth in the boys diving competition.

Espanola Sundevils Triumph Over ‘Toppers

on February 9, 2018 - 5:13pm

Even though Ivan Balakirev controlled the opening tip off, it was the only part of the game the ‘Toppers controlled.  The Sundevils opened up a wide margin that the ‘Toppers could not close and lost the game 63-87 in Edward Medina Gym in Española Friday night. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Trujillo scores on a short jump shot. He scored 13 points. Photo by John McHale/

Raymond Roybal and David Owen corner a Sundevil player in the first period. Photo by John McHale/

Raymond Roybal reaches for a rebound under the ‘Topper basket.

Aquatomics Host Annual Bill Hudson Memorial Open

on February 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

In January, the Aquatomics Club of Los Alamos hosted the annual Bill Hudson Memorial Open meet at the Larry R Walkup Center. The young swimmers, ages 7-18 participated in all the swimming events of a full meet. There were 192 swimmers registered for this two-day event. Photo by John McHale/

Alisabela Montoya, 13, swims in the 100 yard breaststroke. Photo by John McHale/

Christina Nisoli, 13, swims in the 100 yard breaststroke and finished first in her heat. Photo by John McHale/

Ming Lo finished first in his heat in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Lady ‘Toppers Fall To Capitol Jaguars

on February 9, 2018 - 4:55pm

Once again the Lady Toppers huddle up before their game in Santa Fe against the Lady Capitol Jaguars Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Santa Fe. The Jaguars opened up a commanding lead in the first period; however, the ‘Toppers closed the gap to five at the end of the second period. The ‘Toppers were not able to generate the same intensity in the third and fourth periods and lost the game 36-52.Photo by John McHale/

Hannah Sanchez reaches in for the ball as Ashley Atencio comes in to help. Photo John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos reaches for the loose ball under the ‘Topper

Los Alamos Police Chief Addresses Sportsmen’s Club Annual Banquet

on February 9, 2018 - 8:46am

Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone answers questions Thursday evening at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club annual banquet. Sgambellone addressed club members on crime statistics for the County, LAPD's active shooter training program and concealed carry issues. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club President Steve McKelvey, left, listens to guest speaker LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone Thursday evening at the Club's annual banquet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Newly-elected officers for Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club, from left, President Steve

Los Alamos Basketball Tryouts Feb. 11

on February 7, 2018 - 4:32am