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  • 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.

  • ’Topper girls fall on road vs. Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was nipped on the road, spoiling the debut of new coach Ann Stewart.
    Los Alamos and Taos played a nip-and-tuck game all night, but the Tigers squeaked out a 53-52 win.
    Taos (11-6), the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A, and Los Alamos were never separated by more than two points at the end of an quarter Tuesday night. Los Alamos held a 1-point edge heading into the final period, but was outscored 18-16 by the Tigers.
    It was the second straight loss for Los Alamos (9-8) after winning four consecutive games.
    For Taos, Midnight Lujan and Marisol Martinez had 13 points each and went a combined 12 of 16 from the foul line.
    Stats for Los Alamos weren’t available following the game.

  • LA thumped at home by St. Pius

    One of the recurring themes of the 2012-13 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has been that it has been sunk in many losses by one bad quarter.
    Tuesday was no exception.
    The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 10 times in a row to start the second quarter and officially got off just one field goal attempt – a 3-pointer by Simon Heath at the buzzer – against the St. Pius X Sartans.
    Los Alamos played fairly even with St. Pius, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, for most of the rest of the contest, but fell big at Griffith Gymnasium, 64-39.
    The game started off well for the Hilltoppers (1-16). They fell into a quick 7-point hole to start the game, but the defense stiffened, slowing down the Sartans who slashed their way to the basket almost at will early.
    Los Alamos actually had a chance to tie the contest up with a 3-pointer late, but went into the second quarter trailing just 11-8.
    Then, the wheels came off.
    The Hilltoppers coughed up the ball 12 times in the second quarter, leading to 13 St. Pius transition points.
    The Sartans (9-3) outscored the Hilltoppers 20-7 in the quarter to take a commanding lead into the locker room.

  • Stewart hoping to keep LA girls team moving forward

    Becoming captain midway through a cruise can be tough, although in Ann Stewart’s case, the ship seems to be pointed in the right direction.
    However, some rough waters, in the form of a tough District 2-4A schedule, are straight ahead.
    Stewart officially took over the reins of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team Monday. She was named the interim head coach of the team after the abrupt resignation of veteran coach Tarah Logan.
    With a very tough District 2-4A season opening in less than a week, Los Alamos isn’t going to have much time to iron out any new wrinkles Stewart might throw at them, but she said she doesn’t want the team to be completely status-quo with the likes of No. 2-ranked Santa Fe or No. 6-ranked Española Valley waiting in the wings.
    “I’ll probably try to throw in a few things,” she said. “Throwing in some new things for district is always a good thing. Being a new coach in district, hopefully we can mix things up a bit.”
    This season at Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers (9-8) have a good mix of young talent and veteran returners, led by senior Erin Kirk who is enjoying perhaps the best season of her career.

  • Sports Briefs 01-16-13

    Pajarito closed until more snow comes
    Pajarito Mountain has suspended its operation until further notice.
    The ski area, which didn’t open for the season until Jan. 4, announced on its website it will cease operations until it receives additional snowfall. Operations at the ski area stopped following Sunday.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, Pajarito was reporting a 16-inch mid-mountain base.
    Weather forecasts for the Los Alamos area for the next several days are predicting mostly clear skies and a slight increase in daytime temperatures.

    WRLL sign-ups start tonight
    A pair of registration sessions for the upcoming season of White Rock Little League baseball and softball is scheduled for today and Thursday.
    WRLL registration will be at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. The sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Additional registration sessions will be Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, also at Time Out Pizza.
    Additional information and online registration information is available by visiting eateamz.com/wrll2.