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  • '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.

    Girls

  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 01-20-13

    LA boys thumped by Sandia

    In its final game before the start of District 2-4A play, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team took a shellacking against the Sandia Matadors.
    The Hilltoppers (1-15) fell to the Matadors 62-21 in Albuquerque Friday night.
    The Matadors (11-3) are the third-ranked team in the state in Class 5A.
    It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Los Alamos. Unfortunately, its task gets no easier with the star of District 2-4A play, when it hosts Bernalillo (10-6) Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers picked up their only win of the season so far Jan. 4 against Taos, but have lost four straight games by an average margin of more than 25 points.

    Women’s Weekend starts Feb. 8

  • LA wins big at Pecos tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took five first-place finishes en route to a dominating performance at the Pecos Invitational Saturday.

    Los Alamos picked up 11 top-four finishes, including a sweep of the championships between 160-195 pounds, as it cruised to a big team win. Los Alamos grabbed 223.5 total points, 95.5 points better than its next nearest competitor, St. Michael’s, to take the team title.

    Individually, Chandler Lauritzen, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid picked up championships at the tournament. John Michael Romero at 126 pounds, Lane Saunders at 152 and Peter Brewer at 220 all advanced to the championship round for the Hilltoppers as well.

    More information about the Hilltoppers’ win will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Buzzer-beater lifts LA over Sandia

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned a big win over the Class 5A Sandia Matadors at home Friday night.

    With no time left on the clock, Hilltopper guard Anna Scott buried a long-range 3-pointer to sink the Matadors.

    The Matadors (10-4) tied the game with under 15 seconds left on the clock 43-43, but Scott got a step against her defender to the right of the key and buried a NBA-range 3 at the buzzer to give the Hilltoppers a 46-43 win.

    It was the first victory for new Los Alamos head coach Ann Stewart.

    More information on the game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA is in third place in NMIIHL

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team is sitting in third place in the prep standings this week after dropping a pair of games to El Paso, Texas, Coronado.
    Los Alamos (8-4-1) has 17 points on the season, third-best total in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. It trails Coronado’s T-Birds and Cibola.
    The NMIIHL doesn’t have games scheduled for this weekend owing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
    Coronado (13-1) is atop the standings, but actually trails Cibola (13-1-2) by two points overall. Coronado’s two wins over Los Alamos in week 11. Coronado topped Los Alamos 5-2 in one game and 7-2 in the other.
    The Hilltoppers did beat the La Cueva Bears 3-2 during week 11.
    Individually, Hilltopper goaltender Zealand Walterscheid is statistically the No. 4 backstop in the league. Walterscheid, who has appeared in all 13 of Los Alamos’ games to date, sports a 2.41 goals-against average – third-best in the NMIIHL – and has made 132 total saves.
    Cibola continues to lead the league in scoring with 117 goals for. Zach Prigge (26 goals, 20 assists) leads four Cibola players in the top six among scorers this year.
    Cibola and Coronado are also tied for top defenses, having given up just 31 goals so far. Los Alamos has allowed 37 goals on the year.

  • LA routs Academy, nips Capital

    At the start of Los Alamos’ dual contest with the Capital Jaguars, it appeared the Hilltoppers were going to cruise to victory.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers had to sweat out a close finish against their District 2-4A rival.
    The Hilltopper wrestling team went 2-0 against the two full teams it faced and won one of three head-to-head contests against a handful of Española Valley wrestlers in their first home contest of the season Wednesday.
    Los Alamos prevailed big over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, 50-18, at Auxiliary Gymnasium but needed every one of its five victories over the Jaguars, along with a pair of forfeit wins, to hold on for a 41-39 victory.
    The Hilltopper-Jaguar contest opened at the 152-pound weight class — the opening weight is determined by random draw — and Los Alamos’ Lane Saunders, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz and Brian Geyer picked up impressive wins right off the bat. Saunders and Cory Geyer had first period pins for the Hilltoppers, while Brian Geyer bounced back from a slow start for a late second period pin and Ortiz won by technical fall over Capital’s Ryan Siccio.

  • Sports Briefs 01-17-13

    Women’s ski weekend starts Feb. 8

    Pajarito Mountain will host the fifth annual K2 Women’s Ski Weekend Feb. 8-10.
    The event, which includes ski and equipment demonstrations, as well as ski lessons and several other activities, is held to raise money for breast and cervical cancer services and support.
    Alpine, telemark and snowboarders of all ability levels are welcomed to participate in the event.
    More information on the event can be found at the “Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain” Facebook page.

    LALL meeting set for Jan. 29

    An informational and organizational meeting for the upcoming Los Alamos Little League season is set for Jan. 29.
    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. It will be in Mesa Public Library’s third floor meeting rooms.
    Anyone interested in coaching, helping organize or serving on the board for this year’s LALL season is invited to attend.