Sports & Rec

Sports & Rec

Toppers Defeat Moriarty Pintos In District Opener

The Toppers stated district play with a big win over the Moriarty Pintos in Griffith Gym Thursday night. After a slow start the coach, Benito Maestas, called a time out and that changed the game for the Toppers who came out and played the best game they have put together this season winning 70-48. The Toppers dominated the game with an aggressive offense and a strong defense. They scored from all over the court with 8-3’s and converting most of their free-throws. On defense the Toppers blocked shots, stole the ball and caused turnovers which took the Pintos out of the game. Every player was a contributor.


Study: First Data On Concussion Risk In Youth Football

Courtesy/Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech News:

For decades, there’s been a widespread assumption among people with an interest in sports-related injury that youth football players are more vulnerable to concussion and other head injuries than their older, bigger counterparts.

The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab has published the first data validating that conventional wisdom, in a study released in the January issue of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  

The research, funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes


Topper Girls Basketball Garners 10th Straight Win!

The Topper Girls basketball team won its 10th game in a row in a hard fought game against the Moriarty Lady Pintos Tuesday night in Griffith Gym. The Toppers trailed the entire game due to the fast pace offense and stiff defense of the Pinto’s until the closing seconds of the 4th quarter. The Toppers scored a basket to take the game into overtime and 4-minutes later the Toppers managed to pull off the victory 58-54. Here, Hannah Sanchez takes the ball out of the pack under the Pinto basket in the 1st quarter. Photo by John McHale/  

Michaela Gonzales scores the final shot in the 4th quarter


Girls Basketball Game Tuesday Moved To Los Alamos

The girls basketball game scheduled to be played Tuesday in Moriarty has been relocated to Griffith Gymnasium in Los Alamos. Start times for all games remain the same. Photo by John McHale/


SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Day

Scene from Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Kyle Maxwell

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, resuming regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Fees will be waived at SFNF sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the system. Since many recreation sites on the SFNF are closed for the winter, visitors are encouraged


Topper Boys Basketball Seriously Challenge Chargers

The Topper Boys Basketball team traveled Tuesday night to Albuquerque to play the Academy Chargers. The Chargers are ranked the number one team in New Mexico and the Toppers had upset on their minds as the defense held the Chargers to 23 points in the first half and went to the locker room with the lead in the game 24-23. The offense played even with the Chargers until the closing minutes of the contest when the Chargers made several free throws to win the game 55-50. The Toppers continue to show improvement. Their next home game is Jan. 23 against Moriarty. Matthew Owen splits the tough Charger defense


Third Annual Adult Hockey Tournament Jan. 17-19

  LAHA News:

The 3rd Annual Adult Hockey Tournament begins Friday, Jan. 17 and goes through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink with 14 teams competing from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. 

Elizabeth Johnson is the tournament director.


  • Food – hot food provided by the co-op throughout the tournament;
  • Beer Garden – provided by Bathtub Row Brewery Friday and Saturday evening; and
  • No admission fee.


  • New Mexico: Table Scraps, Leftovers, SF Juicy Hogs, Dekes of Hazzard, SF Fallout, Duke City Demons, Barley Boyos, LETR, DC Scorpions, Zambornis
  • Texas: El Paso Pile of Bones,


Topper Boys Basketball Fall To Artesia Bulldogs

Gavin Compos worked his way down court in a game played Saturday afternoon in Griffith Gymnasium against the Artesia Bulldogs. The Toppers started out hot and had a 20-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs, who had a tough game against the Pojoaque Elks the night before, started to come to life and ended up winning the game 66-57. Compos had 12 points for the game. The boys next home game is Jan. 23 against the Moriarty Pintos. Photo by John McHale/

Matthew Owen was the leading scorer for the Toppers with 15 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/


Alex Kirk Among Quintet Of The Decade

Alex Kirk of Los Alamos is among five players who make up the Pistoia Basketball Quintet of the Decade 2010-2019. Courtesy/PistoiaSport


International Basketball star Alex Kirk of Los Alamos is named among five players who make up the Pistoia Basketball Quintet of the Decade 2010-2019:

Center: Alex Kirk

The heart is not controlled, but in this case the red and white fans make an exception. Yes, because in competition in spot 5 there also was Fiorello Toppo, beaten by Alex Kirk. Kirk landed in Pistoia in the summer of 2015 and proved immediately a player capable of making a difference.


Bandelier Fee Free Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Enjoy Bandelier free of charge on Martin King Luther Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20.

This Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.   

Visitors are asked to stay on the trails and take good care of this fragile place that belongs to everyone during their visit to Bandelier.


Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 8, 2020

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

New in 2020, anglers can participate in the New Mexico Trout Challenge.

Participating anglers can earn awards and recognition by catching five trout of different species within New Mexico lakes and river during a calendar year.

The five species of trout are:

  • Rio Grande cutthroat trout;
  • Rainbow trout;
  • Brown trout;
  • Brook trout; and
  • Gila trout.

Rainbow trout will likely be the easiest trout to catch, as they are the species raised in the state fish hatcheries and stocked in water all across the state. Under its winter trout program, the State


On The Job In Los Alamos: On Pajarito Mountain

On the job in Los Alamos early this morning are workers preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of ski patrol members on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job as the sun comes up this morning preparing


Topper Wrestlers Blast Roswell Rockets 51-21

The Topper wrestling team won its home dual against the Roswell Rockets by a score of 51-21. The event took place Monday evening in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. Suyanna Ferrirn prepares to take her opponent to the mat in a match she won 9-7 in weight class-100. The NMAA has recognized the girls wrestling program and it will be included in the state meet later this season. The Toppers have 12 girls in the wrestling program. Photo by John McHale/
Damian Gonzales pins his opponent as the official keeps a close watch on the action in weight class-132. Photo


Toppers Swimmers & Divers Do Well At Lubbock Invite

Senior co-captain Ian Jaegers and sophomore Orion Henderson lowered their own team records in 200 IM and 100 back. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Middle School student Julia Quernemoen raced to 3rd place in the 200 IM in Lubbock, and into 3rd on the All-Time Hilltoppers list. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers took second in boys team competition at the Lubbock Swimming and Diving Invitational held Jan. 3-4 at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock, Texas.

National powerhouse Carroll High School from South Lake, Texas, swept both the boys and girls competition.


Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 6, 2020

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

This past year saw better streamflows in our rivers and streams in Northern New Mexico thanks to a good snowpack and strong spring runoff. So far this winter, precipitation and snow levels are ahead of last year which is great news for our water supply.

Unfortunately, last year also saw a change in how water is managed at Abiquiu Lake, which is a popular fishing and boating destination for local anglers. They were no longer storing water at Abiquiu and the water level remained low all summer despite the good spring runoff. It remained difficult


Topper Boys Lose To Belen Eagles At Home Game

The Toppers played the Belen Eagles Saturday evening in Griffith Gym in a nonconference game. The Eagles were easily in charge of the contest from tipoff to the end, controlling the offense and defense, which the Toppers had no answer for in spite of playing a very hard and aggressive game. The final score was 32-49. Harrison Frank scores on a shot over the block of Dalton Bland who was charged with the block and Harrison completed the three-point play by sinking the free shot through following the fowl. Harrison had 6 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/

Matthew Owen had quite


Topper Girls Basketball Picks Up Another Win At Home

Michaela Gonzales goes for 2 points guarded by Shy Teasyat who and Kamalani Anitielu. She had 5 points for the night in a game played Saturday against the Farmington Scorpions in Griffith Gymnasium. The Toppers had a large height advantage and the Scorpions were a very fast and aggressive team, but the Toppers managed to lead all four quarters in spite of the constant pressure by the Scorpions. This was a particularly big win for the Toppers against a Class 5A team as they claimed the victory 50-45. This win brings the Topper record to 7-6. Photo by John McHale/

Anna Abeyta guards


SFNF Cuba District Plans Prescribed Pile Burns

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to implement the Ojitos and Poso/Sanchez prescribed pile burns sometime between Jan. 13 and March 31.

The timing will be dependent on favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts.

The pile burns are designed to remove woody debris from fuels reduction project areas.

The Ojitos pile burn, located 1 mile east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, totals 379 acres, and the 90-acre Poso/Sanchez pile burn is east of


Plenty Of Snow On Dome Trail In Bandelier

The Dome Trail at the intersection of N.M. 4 and Forest Road 289 in Bandelier is a nice way to spend a couple of hours cross country skiing. A great way to see elk in their environment and get some exercise while your at it. At the halfway point on the blue trail is a good overlook spot for some lunch. Photo by Jim O’Donnell