´Topper boys, girls head to tourneys

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Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will have to unwrap their presents and gobble down their Christmas meals post-haste to make it to games.
Los Alamos’ teams will travel to Roswell to take part in a pair of tournaments. The Hilltopper girls will take part in the Goddard Holiday Classic which begins Wednesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will be in the Poe Corn Invitational, also in Roswell, starting Thursday.
For Los Alamos’ girls, they will face Portales in the first round of the Goddard tournament.
Portales has been solid early in the season, posting a 6-2 record and just getting nipped in the second round of the Moriarty Invitational by the Class 5A Las Cruces Bulldogs, 46-45, Dec. 14.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner between Goddard and Capital.
Thursday is the start of the long-running Poe Corn Invitational tournament. This tournament, which has been around since the 1950s, has in recent years tried to become a more Class 4A-centered tournament.
This year, it’s just that. All eight participants are Class 4A schools.
Roswell’s Coyotes, who host the tournament, are the top-ranked team in the state heading into this week.
Los Alamos, meanwhile, has the dubious distinction of being the only team in Class 4A without a victory this season. In the first round, however, it does have an opportunity against Artesia, which with a won-loss record of 2-4 places it in the lowest third among 4A schools so far and will be one of the Hilltoppers’ best shots at getting out of its winless status for the remainder of the year.
Here are the schedules for the Goddard Holiday Classic and the Poe Corn Invitational:

Goddard Holiday Classic


Los Alamos vs. Portales, 1 p.m.
Ruidoso vs. Gadsden, 3 p.m.
Las Vegas Robertson vs. Roswell, 5 p.m.
Capital vs. Goddard, 7 p.m.

Robertson-Roswell loser vs. Ruidoso-Gadsden loser, 9 a.m.
Los Alamos-Portales loser vs. Capital-Goddard loser, 11 a.m.
Robertson-Roswell winner vs. Ruidoso-Gadsden winner, 1 p.m.
Los Alamos-Portales winner vs. Capital-Goddard winner, 7 p.m.

Seventh-place game, 9 a.m.
Fifth-place game, 11 a.m.
Third-place game, 1 p.m.
Championship game, 3 p.m.

Poe Corn Invitational


Belen vs. Piedra Vista, 5:30 p.m., Goddard High School
Grants vs. Goddard, 7 p.m., Goddard High School
Los Alamos vs. Artesia, 5:30 p.m., Roswell High School
Farmington vs. Roswell, 7 p.m., Roswell High School


Belen-Piedra Vista loser vs. Grants-Goddard loser, TBA, Goddard High School
Los Alamos-Artesia loser vs. Farmington-Roswell loser, TBA, Roswell High School
Belen-Piedra Vista winner vs. Grants-Goddard winner, TBA, Goddard High School
Los Alamos-Artesia winner vs. Farmington-Roswell winner, TBA, Roswell High School


Seventh-place game, 11 a.m.
Fifth-place game, 11 a.m.
Third-place game, 12:30 p.m., Roswell High School
Championship game, 2 p.m., Roswell High School