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  • Sports Briefs 11-11-14

    Basketball skills clinics continuing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host basketball skills clinics this Saturday and next Saturday.
    The basketball skills clinics are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. They are primarily for those registered for the YMCA youth basketball program, but those interested in playing in the program that haven’t registered are also welcomed.
    The clinics are designed to help youth with basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They are for players with little-to-no previous experience.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Turkey Trot returns Nov. 23

    The annual CROP Walk/Turkey Trot is scheduled for Nov. 23. The event will start at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Turkey Trot is for any interested participants. Participants my choose to walk or run a 1.7-mile or a 2.5-mile course.
    All participants are also eligible to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    Registrations will take place at 1 p.m. at LAMS and the Turkey Trot will start at 2 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639.

    Jaguars, Sartans win soccer titles

  • Del Norte is bottom seed in postseason

    For the sixth consecutive year, only one team from District 2 advanced to the state playoffs.
    This year, the Del Norte Knights were the team that made it to the playoffs. And for the fourth time in five years, the district champ will be going in as the lowest seed in the postseason.
    Del Norte, which won District 2 going away, was given the No. 12 seed for the 2014 postseason. The Knights will take on the fifth-seeded Aztec Tigers for the opening round of the 5A playoffs Saturday.
    Those teams will play at Aztec. For the first round of the playoffs, games are scheduled according to where the teams previously played, as opposed to which team has the higher seed.
    Los Alamos, of course, wasn’t even in the playoff discussion this season. Los Alamos finished the year 1-9, its only win of the year coming against Española Valley.
    The only District 2 team with even a prayer of earning an at-large invitation this season was Capital, the district runner-up. Capital finished the year 5-5 and went 3-1 in the district, with its only loss coming against the Knights.

  • LA gets 12th and final seed for state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has a tough road if it wants to compete for a chance at a state title.
    Los Alamos was afforded only a No. 12 seed in the 12-team Class 5A playoffs. The 5A playoffs will start Thursday in Rio Rancho.
    The Hilltoppers have pool play scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center. And hanging out in the pool along with the Hilltoppers are top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas.
    There are four pools of three teams each in pool play. The top finisher in each pool will get a bye into the quarterfinals of the direct elimination round, while the second- and third-place finishers in each pool will have to play a first round elimination match.
    Los Alamos finished the regular season with a won-loss mark of 12-9 and finished second in both the District 2 regular season race and the district tournament.
    Saturday, the Hilltoppers fell to the Española Valley Sundevils in the district tournament finals.
    Española Valley, which has dominated Los Alamos all season, took the tournament championship in Española. Although most of the sets were tight, the Sundevils still won in four, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22.

  • Volleyball gets final seed into playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got the 12th and final seed into the Class 5A state tournament, the New Mexico Activities Association announced Sunday.

    Los Alamos, which fell 3-1 to the Espanola Valley Sundevils in the District 2 championship match Saturday night, will advance to the pool play round starting at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos will be grouped with top-seeded Piedra Vista and eighth-seeded Los Lunas in Group A.

    More information about the Class 5A poseason will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Briefs 11-07-14

    Youth hoops clinics start Saturday
    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host basketball skills clinics on three consecutive Saturdays starting this Saturday.
    The basketball skills clinics are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. They are primarily for those registered for the YMCA youth basketball program, but those interested in playing in the program that haven’t registered are also welcomed.
    The clinics are designed to help youth with basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They are for players with little-to-no previous experience.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • LA rolls to a 3-0 win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the final of the District 2-5A tournament with a sweep over the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos won Thursday’s contest at Griffith Gymnasium, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18.
    With the win in the tournament semifinals, the Hilltoppers (12-9) will now face the Española Valley Sundevils (17-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday. That match will be in the valley.

  • LA looking for more titles at state races

    To say Los Alamos runner Forrest White didn’t care for his team’s chances to be where it is now might be an understatement.
    “I didn’t think we’d be this good,” said White a veteran with the Hilltopper boys cross country team shortly after its big win at last week’s District 2-5A meet.
    And it wasn’t obvious heading into the 2014 season that the Hilltoppers were going to eventually become a serious threat to repeat as Class 5A champions.
    But heading into Saturday’s title race, Los Alamos is indeed a serious contender to pick up its fourth straight team title.
    The 5A meet will be at Rio Rancho High School, the same venue it has been throughout the Hilltoppers’ remarkable run of success, which includes two straight upset wins over No. 1 contender for the title, Albuquerque Academy.
    The boys race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Rio Rancho. The 5A girls race will begin at 1:05 p.m.
    As expected a week ago, both Los Alamos’ boys and girls won crushing victories at the District 2 title meet. Both teams finished with perfect scores of 15, with the Hilltopper girls sweeping the top six spots and the boys going a letter-perfect 1-9.

  • 'Toppers eliminated by Chargers, 1-0

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a simple strategy for the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday night: get ahead, manage the game and keep an eye on Catie McDonald.
    And Cole Borgeson checked off all three of those items on his clipboard at the end of the game.
    Los Alamos couldn’t get much going against its rival, Academy, Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A playoffs. Academy tallied the lone goal late in the first half.
    Academy played very conservative the rest of the way and earned a 1-0 decision the quarterfinals, sending Los Alamos home earlier than it was expecting.
    The Hilltoppers only got a handful of runs at the Charger goal and only a few of those amounted to serious chances.
    For the game, Los Alamos finished with just eight shots. Charger goalkeeper Mikey Montoya needed to make just one save the entire game, that coming very late in regulation with the Hilltoppers in crisis mode.
    The Chargers (11-9-2) have had the Hilltoppers’ number in the playoffs. Los Alamos hasn’t beaten the Chargers in the postseason since 2006 — Academy topped Los Alamos in the finals of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 postseason, part of its impressive five-year stranglehold on the Class 4A title.

  • Atomic Tumblers pick up gold at Rio Rancho

    Carley Stilwell was the big winner for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic City Tumblers in their meet last weekend at Rio Rancho.
    Stilwell earned an all-around gold medal at the Rio Rave meet, which included eight teams and more than 100 gymnasts from around the area.
    Stilwell won the balance beam competition and tied for the gold on floor exercises in the Xcel Platinum competition to earn the all-around win. Her total score was 35.90.
    Also for LASG, Andrea Chapman had a silver medal in the Xcel Silver competition, winning a pair of events — balance beam and vault — in that division.
    For the Junior Olympic Compulsory competition at level 5, Katie Wingo took silver in the all-around with 33.925.
    In that contest, Wingo took gold on beam with a score of 8.825, as well as taking silver on floor exercises.
    In cumpulsory level 4, Danielle Bellamy was fourth all-around (32.65), winning on the uneven bars (8.75).
    The Atomic Tumblers will be at home this weekend. They will host their annual Veterans Day Invitational. There are nine teams expected to compete.
    Here are the Atomic Tumblers’ results from the Rio Rave.

    Xcel Platinum Division: