2009 Year in Review: Toppers turn in another exciting year in sports

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By Mike Cote

It was a wild year on the court, on the gridiron, on the pitch and on the trail, to say the least.

The Los Alamos Hilltopper teams, which often show a flair for the dramatic, didn’t disappoint in 2009, going down to the wire with opponents in big games time after time.

Nowhere was that more evident this year than in boys basketball. Playing in the toughest district in Class AAAA with one of the brightest stars in the state in 6-foot-11 center Alex Kirk equaled an exciting year. The boys basketball team placed four games in this year’s countdown of the top 10 Hilltopper contests of 2009 — two of them were virtually extensions of the same game and are listed as one — and a few more of their games just missed the cut.

During the calendar year, Los Alamos picked up two state championships, in girls track and field and girls cross country, and made the state championship game in both the boys and girls soccer tournaments.

Events listed in this year’s countdown, as always, were judged by competitiveness, playoff implications and the all-important “gasp” factor. Only events at which a Monitor representative was present were considered for this list.

10. Softball, Los Alamos at Española Valley

April 16

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