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  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State team

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • Ski area nearing threshold

    Snowboarders head down  a trail at Pajarito Mountain during a recent ski season. Pajarito announced that it received between 5-6 inches of new snow out of Wednesday’s storm. Currently, the ski area is reporting a base of 17 inches of variable conditions, which is close to what it needs to open for the upcoming Winter Break.

  • Undefeated 'Toppers will host the Cougars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team remains undefeated heading into this weekend, but has one big game remaining before the holiday break.
    Los Alamos, the only undefeated team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Standings, will play a team with just one loss, the Cibola Cougars, Friday night. The Hilltoppers and Cougars will face off at the county’s ice rink starting at 8:30 p.m.
    The two teams were scheduled to play last weekend, but the snowstorm in the area postponed the game until this weekend.
    Heading into the contest, Los Alamos stands at 6-0 while Cibola is 9-1.  The winner of Friday’s game will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Taos mid-season tournament next month.
    In its most recent two games, Los Alamos topped St. Pius X 4-2 at home Dec. 9 then blew out Santa Fe on the road 9-1 Dec. 15.
    On the season, Los Alamos has scored 39 goals and allowed 10. Goaltender Zealand Walterscheid has allowed just four goals in 150 minutes and has been credited with 43 saves.
    Los Alamos’ defense could be tested against Cibola, however. The Cougars feature the top three scorers in the state, headed by Zach Prigge. Prigge has picked up 20 goals and 14 assists in 8 games, while teammate Graeme Chiasson has 15 goals in 7 games.

  • Everybody Back In the Pool

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swim teams will return to action after a week’s hiatus Saturday. They will take part in the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

  • LA wins final tourney contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to just two points in the second quarter and four points in the fourth quarter to win in a rout Saturday.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak by pummeling the Chargers 41-19 in the seventh-place game of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    Despite holding Academy to just 8 points in the first half, Los Alamos (4-4) didn’t pull away until the second half. Los Alamos led by four points at the break but outscored Academy 19-7 in the third quarter.
    Academy (0-7) didn’t break into double-digits in any quarter.
    For Los Alamos, Erin Kirk had a game-high 11 points and Hayley Each added 8 points in the win. Amber Logan and McKenzie Logan both had 7 points.
    It was the second win of the season by the Hilltoppers over the Chargers. They defeated the Chargers 41-30 Dec. 6, also in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos lost its first two games of the tournament, falling 77-45 to Los Lunas and 44-22 against Cibola to drop into the seventh-place game.

  • Sports Update 12-18-12

    Golf course closed, pro shop on shortened schedule

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced Monday it will shut down play for the season.
    Snowfall from Friday’s storm will close the course for play. Additionally, the LAGC pro shop will operate on an abbreviated schedule until Friday.
    The pro shop hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the remainder of the week and will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
    More information can be obtained by calling 662-8139.

    Final Christmas lights run is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will host its final Christmas Light Run Wednesday night.
    The run will start at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. The non-competitive run is 5.75 miles and starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. The run is free and anyone interested is invited to attend.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

    Lobos hosting baseball camps

  • Events put on hold by winter weather

    Some Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events were nixed by the weather Friday afternoon.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled middle school and high school wrestling tournaments were both called off this weekend, while the Hilltopper boys basketball team was unable to get down to its consolation round game Friday afternoon in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper basketball team had to take a forfeit in the second round of the Joe Armijo Invitational as it couldn’t get off the hill in time for its scheduled game against Albuquerque Academy Friday afternoon. Los Alamos elected not to take part in Saturday’s seventh-place game, either.
    The only team that was in action Friday was Los Alamos’ girls basketball team. The girls actually spent the last two nights in Albuquerque and avoided the winter storm altogether.
    The Hilltopper girls played in Friday’s consolation round of the invitational, but were doubled-up by Cibola 44-22. They were scheduled to play Academy Saturday but the result of that game hadn’t been reported as of press time — Los Alamos defeated Academy 41-30 earlier this month.
    The loss to Cibola, a Class 5A school, dropped Los Alamos to 3-4 on the season.
    In the girls side of the tournament, Volcano Vista was scheduled to face off against Hope Christian in the finale.

  • Ski area hoping for more snow soon

    Friday’s storm was a good starting-off point for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, but it will need more snow, preferably a lot and all at once, before it can open.
    Pajarito, which is just one of two downhill ski areas in the state which has yet to open this winter, picked up 6 inches from Friday’s snowstorm. While ski area manager Tom Long said that was a good start, that isn’t nearly enough to get its season going.
    Nevertheless, Pajarito staff has high hopes for the current low pressure system that blew Friday’s storm in from the Pacific.
    There was a winter weather advisory in effect for Saturday night, with projections of as much as 8 inches of snow above 9,000 feet in the area. Under ideal conditions, that would give Pajarito an accumulation total of about 14 inches.
    “We’re all really excited to see this,” said Long. “When we get enough snow we can be ready to be running in two days. Everyone here’s excited.”
    Long said the snow from Friday’s storm was relatively heavy and wet — the temperature on the mountain was about 25 degrees during the snowstorm — which he said is better than dry, powdery snow in terms of making a base.
    With wetter snow, Pajarito might be able to open with a lesser base total, roughly 18 inches.

  • Sports Update 12-14-12

    LA’s hockey game against Cibola postponed until Dec. 21

    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League announced tonight’s scheduled game between Cibola and Los Alamos has been postponed due to weather conditions.
    The game will be played Dec. 21 in Los Alamos.
    No announcement has been made concerning Los Alamos’ game Saturday night at Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Cibola are currently the top two teams in the NMIIHL standings.

    Snow falling on Pajarito, Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain announced that it had received approximately 4 inches of snow this morning.
    Pajarito has not yet opened this season due to lack of snow, but has received a total of 5 inches in the past week. It has not announced an opening date. As of Saturday, it will be one of only two ski areas in New Mexico that will not have opened for the season.
    For Saturday, Ski Santa Fe will open with a 23-inch base. Three lifts are scheduled to be operating.

  • Mayfield pulls away to win

    ALBUQUERQUE – In its quest to finally break into the win column this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot in the final period Thursday night.
    Instead, the Mayfield Trojans got some big buckets late to pull away and hold on for the victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    Mayfield’s Isaiah Rivera took over the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points to help the Trojans secure a 60-49 victory in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    It was a teeth-grinding loss for the Hilltoppers, who appeared to have fate on their side when guard Seth Drop nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half-court to end the first half.
    But Rivera’s big fourth quarter, combined with Los Alamos center Travis Richins fouling out with 4:38 remaining in regulation on a head-scratching call, were too big of hurdles for the Hilltoppers to overcome.
    Hilltopper head coach Fil Dominguez said he saw some things he liked out of his team Thursday, but there is at least one aspect of its game that needs to get better in a hurry.
    “We can’t stop a lady in a wheelchair,” Dominguez said of his defense. “Right now, we’re trying to find a defensive stopper.”