Toppers Drop Opening District Game To Del Norte

Adam Paulson hangs 10 after his slam dunk … his thanks for his effort was a technical foul for hanging 10 … the crowd loved it. Photo by John McHale/


Isaac Fason turnes the cornar in the first quarter. He finished the game with 9 points, 6 of those in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Tuesday night the 8-9 Hilltopper boys basketball team played host to the 8-8 Del Norte Knights.
The Toppers were playing without the services of Michael Naranjo, one of their leading scorers. Michael had to sit out because of a concussion protocol.
The game was closely contested. The score was tied at 13 all after the first quarter and the Knights led by 2, 27-25 at half. The Toppers took the lead in the 3 rd quarter making the score 41-38 after 3 quarters. The lead see-sawed in the fourth quarter. Jack Stewart put the Toppers ahead 47-46 with about 5 minutes to go, but Vincent Goodman returned the favor putting the Knights ahead 48-47 at the 4:40 mark, a lead they never relinquished. The final score was 65-62 in favor of the Knights.
Junior Troy Hammock played an excellent game for the Toppers leading in scoring with 18 points. Ramon Roybal, a 5’4” junior guard, was second with 13 points.
Cade Gasway, a 6’8” senior post was the Toppers leading rebounder with 7 rebounds. The Toppers missed a number of “bunnies”, close-in shots that failed to drop.
The Knights were not a tall team, but they were very quick and hustled. They were led in scoring by Daniel Flores with 23 points. Co-captain Vincent Goodman had 14 points.
Next Friday the boys travel to Albuquerque to play the 4-10 Academy Chargers in a district game. The boys then come home to face the 9-10 Roswell Goddard Rockets Saturday afternoon.
The sports fans were more than entertained by ‘Mr. Z’s Pep Band’ that played during the Del Norte basketball game Tuesday in Griffith Gym. LAHS band director Zane Meek was at the helm. Photo by John McHale/
Jack Steware goes up for his signature jump shot in the 2nd period. He finished with 9 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/
Isaac Fason in heavy traffic, passes the ball to Troy Hammock in the 3rd quarter as the gane picked up intensity. Photo by John McHale/
Troy Hammock goes up for a shot in the 3rd quarter. He was the high point man in the game with Daniel Flores of Del Norte at 16. Photo by John McHale/
Adam Paulson covers Jalen Thompson under the Del Norte goal in the 3rd Period. Photo by John McHale/
Ramon Roybal seems to make big plays when they are needed. Here he steals the ball from Vincent Goodman in the 3rd period. He finished with 13 including 2-3 pointers in the 4th period. Photo by John McHale/
Once again the Hilltopper Cheerleaders kept the fans entertained during breaks in the action. From left, Adrianna Gonzalez, Haley Adams-Brown, Andrea Simons, Santana Torrez and Karyssa Garica on top. They were under the watchful eyes of their coaches Hope Quintana and Kim Martinez. Photo by John McHale/
Once again the bigs were a factor in the game against Del Norte. Cade Gasway  goes up for a block against Vincent Goodman in the 3rd Quarter. Photo by John McHale/