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  • Tigers, Trojans will take on Hilltoppers at tourney

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams will compete in one of the toughest tournaments of the regular season starting Thursday.

    The Joe Armijo Invitational, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, gets going Thursday morning. The bracketed tournament includes some of the top boys and girls teams from the Albuquerque area.

    In the opening round, both Hilltopper teams could be tested. The Hilltopper girls will take on Los Lunas at 1:15 p.m. while boys will play the Las Cruces Mayfield Trojans at 4:45 p.m.

    Mayfield (3-4) is something of an unknown quantity at this point. Of their seven games played on the season, the Trojans have faced just one from New Mexico, Chaparral. The other six have been from the El Paso, Texas, area.

    The Trojans qualified for the Class 5A tournament last year with a 16-14 record but were bounced out in the first round by Eldorado.

    Neither Mayfield nor Los Alamos have been exactly blowing up any scoreboards this year. Los Alamos is averaging just 37 points scored per game while Mayfield has managed 43.6 points per contest.

    Los Alamos' girls down low will have a tough test Thursday as well. Los Lunas' Teige Zeller, who led the Grants Pirates to grabbing the No. 1 seed in last year's Class 4A playoffs, transferred to Los Lunas in the offseason.

  • LA falls at Belen, remains winless

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team couldn’t stop a long-range barrage from the Belen Eagles Tuesday night on the road.
    Belen hit 12 3-pointers against Los Alamos’ defense, which struggled to get through screens near the perimeter.
    Los Alamos fell to 0-6 on the year with a tough set of games coming up, falling at Belen 69-47.
    The 47 points scored by the Hilltoppers was actually their best output of the season, but head coach Fil Dominguez said he wasn’t impressed with his team’s defensive performance in its last two outings.
    “Our defense is really porous right now,” he said. “We’re not getting up to the shooters. Our kids need to take their defense personally. We work on defense every day in practice. We look good in practice but that’s not translating to the games.”
    Los Alamos surrendered 66 points against St. Michael’s last Thursday. Tuesday, the Eagles had the hot hands throughout.
    Los Alamos will take part in the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational starting Thursday. It will play Las Cruces Mayfield, a Class 5A team, in the opening round.
    So far this season, Mayfield has played mostly teams from around the El Paso, Texas, area.
    The Armijo Invitational is hosted by Albuquerque Academy.

  • 'Toppers topped by Huskies, 50-37

    In its biggest test of the season so far, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came out with less than glowing marks.
    The Hilltoppers were held to just 12 points in the second and third quarters, allowing the Hope Christian Huskies to take a big lead heading toward the finish. The Hilltoppers pushed back in the fourth quarter, cutting a 17-point deficit down to nine on two occasions, but the Huskies prevailed 50-37 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hope Christian, a formidable Class 3A program, forced 16 Los Alamos turnovers in the first half, using mostly basic defenses mixed in with some full court pressure, and scored 16 points off fast break chances, that extending into the start of the third quarter.
    The loss for the Hilltoppers snapped a three-game winning streak, two of those wins coming against Class 4A opponents.
    Hope (4-1), which already has posted a win over a good Class 5A team, La Cueva, was one of the taller teams Los Alamos has faced this season. Interestingly, its big girls didn’t prove to be much of a factor, especially the 6-foot-1 Leala Longmire, who only played about seven minutes in the contest, struggling with foul trouble throughout.

  • Huskies prevail vs. Hilltoppers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team tried to come back from a big second half deficit but the Hope Christian Huskies held on to win Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by as many as 17 in the second half but opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run. It wouldn't be enough, however, as Hope picked up a 50-37 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos, which plays at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy Thursday. For more information, see Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Toppers throttle Pintos Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fried the Moriarty Pintos Saturday night but a tougher test awaits tonight.
    Los Alamos picked up its second win of the year over a Class 4A team as it thumped Moriarty. Los Alamos held Moriarty to just four points in the first half and cruised to a 57-26 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Pintos connected on just one field goal in the first half and the Hilltopper defense forced 19 first half turnovers to build a 31-4 lead at the break. The Hilltoppers played mostly their bench players in the second half.
    Tonight, however, Los Alamos (3-1) will take on the Hope Christian Huskies (2-1) at Griffith Gym. The Huskies are among the toughest customers in Class 3A and will head into the game fresh off an impressive win over the Class 5A La Cueva Bears, holding the Bears to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters to take a 44-40 victory.
    The game will be the first in a series of tough tests this week for Los Alamos, which will also take on Los Lunas and its new transfer student, Teige Zeller, arguably the most dominant player in the state, in the first round of the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational.

  • ´Topper boys win big at home meet

    The Los Alamos boys swimming team followed up on an impressive showing in its first meet of the season with a win in its second meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys racked up 502.5 points, easily outdistancing the Cleveland Storm in Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational. The meet was at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The Hilltoppers’ Trey Pereya and Max Reidys went 1-2 in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events, as well as helping the 400 freestyle relay team to third-place finish, leading the team to the big win.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place in the team standings Saturday. The Hilltoppers had 277 points, placing them ahead of rival St. Pius X, but well off the furious pace set by the two teams from Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho’s Rams and Cleveland’s Storm, who were both near the 500-point mark.
    Ashlynn Bennett picked up a victory in the 500 freestyle with her time of 5:47.31, finishing just a little more than a second and a half better than teammate Justine Yang.
    Los Alamos was boosted by the 1-2 finish of the diving team. Madelin LeScournee, a newcomer to the Hilltopper program, won Friday’s diving competition with a score of 230.95, defeating returning diver Amy Neal.

  • ´Toppers are 14th at Shootout this week

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had a tough draw to start off its 2012-13 season, but came through relatively well.
    Los Alamos finished 14th out of 27 teams in the very difficult Southwest Shootout Duals competition this weekend. The Southwest Shootout, which attracts teams from all around the region, is hosted by Rio Rancho High School.
    Among those at the tournament were teams from Colorado, Oklahoma Texas and as far away as Kansas. The winner of the Southwest Shootout hadn’t been determined as of press time.
    For Los Alamos, it finished fourth in its pool Friday, topping Taos and Rio Rancho Cleveland’s junior varsity team, but losing to Coronado, Colo., Plainview, Okla., and Albuquerque’s Atrisco Heritage.
    “We banged pretty good (Friday), but (Saturday), it was kind of a rough outing,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “We didn’t quite go as far as we wanted to.”
    Saturday’s tournament was the season opener for the Hilltoppers, who clinched their first district title in nearly two decades last year and who have several returners back for this season.

  • On Schedule 12-09-12

    Monday
    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

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

    Thursday
    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 1:15 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Mayfield at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 4:45 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA.

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

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA.

  • Sports Update 12-09-12

    Triatomics’ Christmas Lights Run set for Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club is hosting another Christmas Lights Run Monday night.
    Runs are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 20. All the runs are non-competitive.
    Monday’s run will start at Ashley Pond. It is a 3-mile run in the downtown area. Runners are asked to be ready to go promptly at 6:15 p.m.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

  • LAHS swim team hosts invitational

    Simona Martin competes in the preseason meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls last month. Los Alamos girls and boys teams will host an invitational meet this weekend. The diving portion is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and Saturday’s swimming events will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.