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  • Spartan offense too much for LA at home

    It was one of the best offensive performances of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in its District 2-4A opener Wednesday night.
    But, despite a red hot shooting night by the Hilltoppers, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the even hotter Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans had six players connect from 3-point range in the game, including four big 3s in the second quarter to break the game open.
    Bernalillo dropped in 25 second quarter points as it routed Los Alamos at Griffith Gymnasium, 74-51.
    Los Alamos connected on 22 of 44 attempts from the floor, but Bernalillo was even better, hitting 29 of 50, including nailing 9 3-pointers.
    After a good start to the contest defensively for the Hilltoppers, the Spartans started to stretch out their offensive formation. Along with some good passing around the perimeter, the Spartans also used the driving ability of guard Tristan Arnett to full effect.
    As the first half wore on, Los Alamos was relegated to picking its poison on defense.
    “We knew we had to do that,” Spartan head coach Terry Darnell said. “They play a very good shell defense. They play solid, so we had to move them around to get some easy buckets.”

  • 'Toppers drop 2-4A opener vs. Bernalillo

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung with the Bernalillo Spartans for one quarter, but the Spartans broke the game open in the second quarter to win going away.

    Bernalillo had six players hit from 3-point range Wednesday night as it won 74-51 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    It was the District 2-4A opener for both teams.

    See Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • Final WRLL sign-up is tonight

    The last registration session for the upcoming season of White Rock Little League baseball and softball is tonight. Registration will be at Time Out Pizza in White Rock from 6:30-8p.m.
    All boys and girls between the ages of 4-18 are eligible to participate. Additional information is available by visiting eateamz.com/wrll2 on the Internet.

  • Stilwell paces the LASG Tumbler boys

    Caden Stilwell of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics boys competitive team had a top-four finish at the Men’s Gold Cup Classic earlier this month.
    The Gold Cup Classic was Jan. 5-6 in Albuquerque. In all, 11 teams and 115 competitors took part.
    Stilwell finished fourth in the all-around competition in the Level 4 Junior Division for LASG.
    En route to the finish, he earned a silver medal on parallel bars (9.65), floor exercises (9.35) and pommel horse (8.2). He also took bronze on vault (9.5).
    In the Level 4 Senior Division, Dane Harris earned silver in the all-around with a 52.25. Harris won the vault competition with a 9.80, earned silver on floor (8.9) and pommel horse (8.20) and bronze on high bar (8.70).
    In Level 5, Philo Shelton was the Tumblers’ highest scorer, earning silver in the all-around for the Senior Division with a 50.75. For his part, Shelton earned silver medals on still rings (9.50), pommel horse (8.70) and parallel bars (8.35) and took bronze on floor (8.45).  
    Teammate Daniel Fryer placed fourth all-around in the Level 5 Junior Division with 46.15. Fryer earned a silver medal on vault (9.40) and bronze on floor (7.95).

  • LA crushes Bernalillo to open 2-4A

    BERNALILLO — Just like it needed to, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a big victory to open the District 2-4A season.
    Los Alamos held the Bernalillo Spartans to just two points in the first quarter and dropped in 23 points in the second quarter to breeze to victory.
    In the second half, the Hilltoppers liberally substituted their bench players but didn’t let the Spartans back into the contest.
    McKenzie Logan and Kiana Zerr both turned in big performances for the second straight game as Los Alamos cruised to a 58-24 victory.
    Logan and Zerr combined for 19 points in the first half as Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead early. Los Alamos opened the game on a 12-1 run, then in the second quarter, Zerr dropped in eight points to put the game on ice by the half.
    Los Alamos got 9 of its 10 roster players in the scoring column, which it was it was hoping for out of Tuesday’s contest.
    “That’s what we need to be successful in district,” said Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart. “We need to get lots of people involved and not get one-dimensional.”
    It was the second straight win for the Hilltoppers under Stewart, who has been head coach for just over a week.

  • LA girls open district tonight vs. Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will take on the Bernalillo Spartans tonight in the opener of the District 2-4A season for both teams.
    Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo for tonight’s game. Game time is schedule for 7 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers, coming off a big win over the Sandia Matadors Friday night, have an excellent chance to get their 2-4A season started on the right foot. The Spartans have struggled so far this season and are among the lowest-scoring teams in Class 4A, averaging less than 30 points per game.
    The only win of the 2012-13 season for the Spartans (1-17) came against Dulce in late December. They have lost five straight since that game, including a 36-19 loss to Del Norte last week.
    Last year, the Spartans gave the Hilltoppers fits, taking two of three meetings between the two teams, but the Spartans’ lineup last year was almost exclusively seniors. This season, the Spartans have five sophomores and just one senior listed on their roster.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers (10-8) are hoping the momentum from their 46-43 upset victory over Sandia carries over into the 2-4A season. Along with Bernalillo, Los Alamos will take on undefeated Santa Fe this weekend.

  • 'Topper girls finish 3rd at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming team finished third in the team standings at Saturday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Los Alamos grabbed 555 team points, placing it just behind Las Cruces for the runner-up spot at the meet.
    The Academy Invitational includes most of the top teams in the state. It is considered the best yardstick for determining likely success at the state championship meet. The state meet, which, like Saturday’s meet, is hosted by Academy’s Chargers, is set for Feb. 22-23.
    The Chargers, the most successful team in the history of prep swimming in the state, easily won both ends of Saturday’s event. The Charger girls scored 962.5 points, almost 400 better than Las Cruces, and the Charger boys cruised to victory over Rio Rancho, scoring 722 points.
    Los Alamos’ boys finished with 408 points, placing them eighth in team competition.
    Sarah Lott continued to impress with her performance this weekend. Lott took second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly.
    Among the Hilltoppers’ other top finishes at Academy were Sydney Schoonover’s third-place finish in the crowded 50 freestyle event and three top-five finishes by the Los Alamos relay teams.

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  • LA has dominant performance at Pecos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team grabbed a big win at this weekend’s Pecos Panther Invitational.
    Los Alamos took home five first-place finishes and three runner-up finishes as it dominated the team standings at Pecos Saturday. Los Alamos earned 223.5 points, more than 95 points better than runner-up St. Michael’s to take the team title.
    The Hilltoppers swept the 160-195 pound weight classes, with Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid finishing as the individual champions.
    “We’re starting to pull it together,” said Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer. “We looked good. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going for the last five weeks of the season and clear through state.”
    Only one of the 11 wrestlers the Hilltoppers had competing Saturday didn’t finish in the top four in his weight class.
    It was the second win in a four-day span for the Hilltoppers, who finished first among the four schools at their home quadrangular Wednesday.
    Los Alamos is down to its last three events of the regular season before the District 2-4A championship tournament, scheduled for Feb. 16. Friday, it will take part in the always tough Aztec Invitational in the Four Corners area.

  • Buzzer-beater lifts LA to win

    Against a tough Class 5A opponent, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team needed all the help it can get Friday night.
    That help came in the form of Anna Scott at the end of each half.
    Scott, a shooting guard for the Hilltoppers, had a rebound-and-putback at the buzzer to end the first half, then came through with the play of the game, hitting a NBA-range 3-pointer as regulation expired, lifting the Hilltoppers to a big win over the Sandia Matadors.
    Scott, on the right side of the 3-point circle, had just enough time to catch and shoot a long-distance 3, which swished through the net to give Los Alamos a 46-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Scott, who’d had a relatively quiet night until the fourth quarter, came up with seven points in the quarter, including the game-winning 3.
    Friday’s win over the Matadors (10-4), who went into the ballgame as a top 10-ranked team in 5A was the first coaching victory at Los Alamos for Ann Stewart.
    Stewart, who was given the head coaching job for the Hilltoppers Monday following the surprising mid-season departure of Tarah Logan, said the win was simply a matter of Los Alamos taking what Sandia’s defense was giving.

  • On Schedule 01-20-13

    Tuesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Santa Fe Indian School at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls basketball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, 10 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.