All sporting events postponed for the weekend

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Most statewide schools shut down after Martinez’s declaration

By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Public Schools’ athletic office announced this morning it was postponing all athletic activity for this weekend.
Los Alamos had several events scheduled this weekend, including two District 2AAAA basketball games, a swimming meet on the road and a home wrestling tournament.
Instead, Los Alamos and many schools around the state will have an unexpected weekend off.
The postponements come as a result of the energy crisis and Gov. Susana Martinez’s state of emergency pronouncement. Most schools in the state canceled classes Friday — Los Alamos was one of the few exceptions — and most weekend athletic activities have been postponed.
Santa Fe Public Schools’ athletic director Michael “Skip” Hemperley said in the past three days he’s had to call off 32 separate athletic events, including middle school and high school.
Santa Fe lost two days of school and all facilities have been shut down at least through Monday.
“What’s unfortunate with these games is they’re important games,” Hemperley said this morning. “We had them staggered out, but we might have weekend back-to-back district games that could impact seeding in 2AAAA.”
Hemperley, a former athletic director at Los Alamos, is in charge of scheduling for both public high schools in the capital city. One of the more unfortunate games he said he lost was a boys basketball contest between Capital and St. Pius X.
For Los Alamos, it was unclear as of this morning what events would be rescheduled and when.
For wrestling and swimming, the seasons of which are scheduled to wrap up in just a little over two weeks, this weekend’s contests could prove difficult to reschedule.  Both Los Alamos programs are scheduled to hold district championships in Santa Fe next weekend. For wrestling, it’s the only chance teams have to qualify for state.
Los Alamos’ wrestling team may have to call off its premier home event of the season, the Bryan Sanchez Memorial, which was to include as many as a dozen teams from around the state. The Bryan Sanchez was slated for Saturday.
For the basketball teams, both the boys and girls were set to play the Bernalillo Spartans this weekend, with the girls hosting the Spartans tonight and the boys traveling to Bernalillo Saturday.
The Bernalillo area, according to reports, is among the hardest-hit spots in the state in terms of the statewide shortage of natural gas.
Los Alamos girls basketball head coach Tarah Logan said her team was looking forward to playing Bernalillo after nearly a week out of action, but the break will help some of her players bounce back from a flu bug that’s been going around.
The Hilltopper girls have won six of their last eight contests. Logan said she doesn’t think the extended layoff will affect the team.
“We use this time to add some different dimensions to our offense,” she said. “We have a few things we didn’t show our district opponents the first time around.”
Los Alamos’ girls have had two previous postponements this season, nondistrict games involving Piedra Vista and Albuquerque Academy, both of which are scheduled to be played immediately after the conclusion of Los Alamos’ 2AAAA season. Logan said she was hoping the Bernalillo contest could be squeezed in next week instead of the following week, which would give the Hilltoppers four games in seven days.
Los Alamos Public Schools said it would announce any make-up events as soon as they were scheduled.
With the 2010-11 winter season coming to a close in fairly short order around the state, Hemperley said he wondered whether postseason events could be impacted based on the statewide school closures.
“I think it’s something that needs to be discussed,” he said. “We’ll see how the weekend goes.”