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Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will have a shot at grabbing the reins in the District 2AAAA race, but they both have tall orders to fill in pulling it off.
Los Alamos’ basketball teams will take on their counterparts from Española Valley this weekend. The girls game is scheduled for Saturday in the valley, while the boys game will be at what’s almost guaranteed to be a packed Griffith Gymnasium Friday.
In both of those district races, Los Alamos and Española Valley are projected to duke it out for this season’s championships. Española Valley is the defending champion in both genders and both teams are among Class AAAA’s elite this season.
The most recent statewide polls, released by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, the Sundevil boys are second in the Class AAAA rankings — where they’ve been all season — and the Sundevil girls are third. Both teams are ahead of Los Alamos, which adds even more fuel to a fire that rarely needs to be stoked.
“This is the greatest rivalry in New Mexico,” said Hilltopper center Alex Kirk. “Every year, it’s the same thing. Both teams are going to go hard.”
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