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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


LA School Of Gymnastics Brings Home 17 Gold Medals

on February 7, 2018 - 3:55am
Claire Whitely competes on the balance beam. Courtesy photo
Brianna Fryer competes on the bars. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled Sunday, Jan. 21 to Albuquerque to compete in the Winter Fiesta. More than 400 gymnasts from 15 teams competed throughout the weekend.
The Atomic Tumblers competed In the Xcel competition. The Los Alamos team is the only team in New Mexico that fielded enough gymnasts in the (top) Diamond Division for team competition. Therefore there was not a Diamond team competition.

Los Alamos Slam Basketball Tryouts Feb. 11

on February 1, 2018 - 8:10am

Los Alamos Slam Basketball tryouts for boys in third and fourth grades and girls in third through 8th grades are noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at Griffith Gymnasium.

YMCA Little Youth Basketball Registration Opens Today

on February 1, 2018 - 7:00am
YMCA News:

Registration opens today for YMCA Little Youth Basketball for grades K-1st for the YMCA’s developmental co-ed Little Youth Basketball program. Practices and games are two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock March 6 through April 19. 

Players, coaches and team parents are needed.

This program provides an introduction to basketball for girls and boys. Mini-sized balls will be used on 8’ baskets to allow players to learn proper shooting technique. 

Focus will be on developing coordination and learning the basic rules of the game. Volunteer coaches and team parents needed.

Cougars Dominate Hockey Game

on January 30, 2018 - 5:29am

Jake Dunwoody scores a goal in the first period with an assist by Ben Rees as the Los Alamos Topper's Hockey Team played host to the Albuquerque Cibola Cougars Friday and Saturday at the County Ice Rink. The first game was a close contest with the Cougar winning 5-1. The second game was also close for the first two periods; however, the Cougars found their stride and the wheels fell off for the 'Toppers; the Cougars won 12-4. Photo by John McHale/

Sean Mitchell and a Cougar skater both go for the puck in the 'Topper end of the ice. Photo by John McHale/


Lady 'Toppers Fall To Sundevils

on January 30, 2018 - 5:14am

The Lady 'Toppers huddle up just before they take to the floor for a game against the Espanola Lady Sundevils Saturday night in Griffith Gymnasium. The Sundevils jumped out to a large lead early in the contest but the 'Toppers closed the gap by two points late in the game. They were unable to hold on and lost the game 27-37. Photo by John McHale/

Anna Lemke charges to the 'Topper basket only to be fouled by a Sundevil player. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green battled all evening for possession of the ball. She had seven points for the game.

LAHS NJROTC Brings Home Awards From Colorado

on January 29, 2018 - 9:36am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets display the awards they won Jan. 27 at the Area 13 Drill Meet in Widefield, Colo. Front row from left, Echo Rogers, Vincent Maestas, Isaac Vasquez, Hailey Jackson, Kiera Wisdom, Tanner Peterson,Stephen Gulley and Jacob Thompson. Back row from left, Richard Thompson, Austin Estrada, Alex Tuning, Aria Schmierer, Andrea Soto, Caden Cionek, Phoenix Rogers, Jonathan Danforth, James Bourget, Kaden Lim, Jacob Torrez, Stanley Platero and Cmdr. Brian Gauck. Courtesy photo



Twenty cadets from Los Alamos High School NJROTC traveled to Widefield,

2018 Knights Of Columbus Free Throw Competition

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
All competitors who placed 1st through 3rd in 2017 competition. Courtesy photo
District Deputy Harry Montoya, left, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Josh Sanchez (Espanola), Adam Montoya (Espanola), Benjamin Sanchez (Los Alamos), Joshua Woodson (Los Alamos), Los Alamos K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya at 2017 competition. Courtesy photo
KOF News:
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
The local competition is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan.

Season Slipping Away From ‘Topper Hoops'

on January 24, 2018 - 7:39am

Ivan Balakirev blocks the ball away from the Charger shooter early in the first period. Photo by John McHale/
Michael Naranjo goes high for a shot in the first period. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
“I don’t know what’s going on with some of them,” a bewildered Mike Kluk answered about his team’s lackluster performance on Saturday night. “A lack of energy the second half. Just didn’t seem to have the heart to grind it out, they don’t have the energy level they’ve had since the Artesia game.”
The Los

Los Alamos Ski Racing Club Participates In Mogul Competition At Purgatory Ski Resort In Colorado

on January 23, 2018 - 4:10pm

Los Alamos skier Koji Park going big with a Spread Eagle off the jump. He finished 6th in the U11 division Sunday in the DEVO Series, in his first event ever, and got higher than any other competitor off the jump. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos skier Stephen Boone doing an Iron Cross 360 off the top air. He got first place in the U13 age group and also took first place over all for the U15 and younger.

Hilltopper Hockey Struggles Against Colorado Teams

on January 22, 2018 - 11:36am
Los Alamos topper hockey team played host to the Telluride Lizard Heads Friday night at the County Ice Rink. Ben Rees had the first goal in the first period. He scored another goal in the second period. Photo by John McHale/

Jake Dunwoody gets the puck past the Lizard Head goalie in the first period. Photo by John McHale/
Los Alamos goalie Sam Fisher takes a stick and puck to the mask, but some how made the save, finishing with 40 saves in all. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los

Los Alamos Lacrosse Walk-In Registration Tuesday

on January 22, 2018 - 11:34am
Walk-in registration for youth and high school lacrosse teams is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the multipurpose room of the White Rock Library and 6–7:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25 at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.
This year, registration is on-line. Laptops will be available at walk-in registration, or families can register on line from home at
Boys and girls from age 9 through high school seniors are welcome. Practices will start in early-to- mid-February and are held at the Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Hilltopper Swimmers And Divers Sweep Griffin Invite

on January 22, 2018 - 10:10am
LAHS Senior Sara Shiina took the 500 free for the Hilltoppers at the Griffin Invitational. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams won both girls and boys team titles at the Griffin Swimming and Diving Invitational Jan. 18-19 at Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
The girls outpointed Hope Christian, 549.5 to 252, to take first in a field of 13 teams. The Hilltopper boys scored 550 points to St Pius X’s 313 tally.
Senior Alana Goodwin (200 free), senior Sara Shiina (500 free), eighth-grader Julia Chen (100 free) and

Topper Wrestling Team Wins District 2-5A Title

on January 22, 2018 - 9:20am
Israel Gallis and his Del Norte opponent in a head lock. Gallis lost this match 4-6. Photo by John McHale/
Damian Gonzales flips hit opponent to gain control. He won this match. Photo by John McHale/
Gloria Ramos did not win this match but had a good showing. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
A sweep of the district trial against the Española Valley Sundevils and Del Norte Knights on Wednesday afternoon in Griffith Gymnasium earned the Los Alamos Hilltopper Wrestling team the outright

High Flyers Win At Winter Invitational

on January 21, 2018 - 7:05am
High Flyers Gymnastics team group photo. Courtesy photo
The High Flyers Level 2 gymnastics team from Los Alamos won first place team last weekend at the Winter Invitational held at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics in Rio Rancho.
The 11 girls on the team, who range in age from 6 through 10, were competing in their second ever meet. In individual awards, Lauren Evenhus placed first all-around with a score of 36.025 and also took home first place medals on uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.
Cora Perkins placed second on uneven bars and balance beam, while Emily

Southwest Nordic Ski Club Qualifier Results

on January 20, 2018 - 6:41am
Axel Niklasson of Los Alamos leads skiers from Durango, Crested Butte and Boulder Nordic Clubs in his group during freestyle mass start race. Courtesy/Southwest Nordic Ski Club
From left, Los Alamos skiers Mila Moseley, Axel Niklasson, Liv Niklasson, Quanah Moseley, Madalyn Baily and Samantha Baily. Courtesy/Southwest Nordic Ski Club
What a difference a year and more experience makes. That was evident for the kids on the Southwest Nordic Ski Club (SWNSC) team who traveled to the Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) Junior National Qualifier (JNQ), Jan.

Del Norte Lady Knights Beat Toppers 39-36

on January 20, 2018 - 6:16am

The Lady Toppers tipped off against the Del Norte Lady Knights Tuesday evening in Griffith Gymnasium. The teams were evenly matched and the lead changed hands back and forth all evening. The knights were able to take the lead in the final minutes of the game and won 39-36. Photo by John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos takes a jump shop in the first period; she scored 6 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green turns the corner under the Topper basket on her way to score two points, she had 8 points for the game and was a force on both offense and defense.

Los Alamos Collegiate Winter Classic

on January 19, 2018 - 7:39am
A Group photo of the blue team, Dallas Baptist University and the turquoise team, UNM Lobos. Photo by John McHale/
The Lobo goalie makes a nice save under fire. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
What was supposed to be a practice for the University of New Mexico Men’s hockey team turned into an exhibition game matching two of the best division 2 and 3 teams in the country at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday afternoon.
The Lobos invited the team from Dallas Baptist University, who were already in