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  • LA wrestlers finish second at Academy

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had some big performances en route to a strong second place finish at Albuquerque Academy.

    Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz and Brian Geyer won their weight classes Saturday to lead Los Alamos to the second place finish in the tournament behind Class 5A Eldorado. The tournament featured 6 teams from Class 5A and 4 more from Class 4A.

    Cory Geyer earned three pins in three bouts to win the 160-pound championship. Brian Geyer also pinned out his opponents, rolling to the 170-pound title.

    Brian Geyer, who is having a huge season for the Hilltoppers so far, was named the upper weight classifications’ outstanding wrestler of the tournament for his win and overall performance in the 182-pound bracket.

    The outstanding wrestler award is chosen by all the coaches of teams participating in the tournament.

    Los Alamos took just eight wrestlers to Academy but ended up with five wrestlers in the championship round.

    Along with Ortiz, who had to scrape together a win in overtime of the 170 championship, Chandler Lauritzen finished as the runner-up at 132 pounds and Lane Saunders did likewise at 152 pounds.

  • ’Topper offense has cold shooting night

     In a critical Class 4A contest, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team found itself with some good looks throughout Friday’s game.

    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers couldn’t convert on those chances.

    The Hilltoppers shot a meager 11 of 54 from the field and managed just eight points combined in the second and third quarters as they were routed by the St. Pius X Sartans in Albuquerque.

    St. Pius had a consistent scoring game throughout Friday’s contest to win 50-32.

    The victory by St. Pius (7-4) not only snapped Los Alamos’ four-game win streak, but gave the Sartans what could be an important head-to-head tiebreak advantage should the two teams be vying for similar playoff seeding next month – a not-implausible scenario.

    The Hilltoppers (9-7) were without starters Hayley Each and Marissa Larribas Friday night. They relied mostly on veteran Erin Kirk, who finished with 15 points.

    Following Kirk, however, no one else for Los Alamos finished with more than 5 points.

  • LA boys, girls win big at home Saturday

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams were both big winners in their home pool Saturday.

    The Hilltopper boys scored a whopping 512 points to cruise to a big victory at the Los Alamos Invitational at the Larry R. Walkup Center. Also Saturday, Los Alamos’ girls picked up six event victories as they won big over runner-up Farmington.

    Sarah Lott was a two-event winner for Los Alamos and earned three state meet qualification times as well. Lott made the cut in the 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle leading off the 400 freestyle relay.

    It was a huge day for Lott, who also helped Los Alamos’ 200 medley relay team to a victory to open the meet.

    Along with Lott, Anna Wermer won and earned a state qualification time in the 200 freestyle and Kaitlin Bennett did likewise in the 500 freestyle.

    On the boys side, Connor Schultz won both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events, earning his way to state in both events as well.

    Los Alamos’ boys got a pair of victories from Trey Pereya while Alex Jaegers, Nick Greenfield and Max Reidys also earned wins.

    In diving, Madeline LeScourenec won her second consecutive event, finishing with a total of 195.70.

     

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  • ´Toppers earn 1st win of year in overtime

    A long, painful journey to its first win is finally over.
    With a big rebound-and-putback by William Steinkamp to force overtime and some key buckets late in the overtime period, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team earned a victory, its first of the 2012-13 season Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the Taos Tigers 57-54 in overtime to secure the win, although there were plenty of intense moments along the way. The Hilltoppers struggled to get off a shot when down by two with the final seconds of regulation ticking away and were slapped with a technical foul with 1.6 seconds left in overtime that gave Taos a chance to tie.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers (1-13) held on for the win against the Tigers (8-5), who came into the game ranked No. 7 in Class 3A.
    “That’s definitely a monkey off our back,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We finally get a taste of what it is to win. We had a lot of adversity this summer, we had a lot of adversity this season. We’ve been hesitant...but we put together almost a whole game.”
    Los Alamos has had some close calls in its nondistrict season so far, including against Moriarty and Mayfield, but was never able to get over the hump until Friday.

  • On Schedule 01-06-12

    Tuesday

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

    Friday

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Los Lunas, Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls, 11 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

  • LA pulls away late vs. Belen

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team bent but didn't break against the Belen Eagles Saturday night and extended its winning streak.

    Los Alamos pulled away from the scrappy Eagles squad at Griffith Gymnasium late. Erin Kirk and McKenzie Logan combined to score 9 points in the fourth quarter to win 50-40.

    Saturday's win was the Hilltoppers' fourth in a row. It wasn't pretty, however.

    Los Alamos turned the ball over 6 times in the opening quarter and 8 times in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, the Eagles struggled to capitalize.

    The Eagles (4-5) were able to hang with the Hilltoppers with their 1-on-1 penetration. Mariah Forde in the first half and Jordan Rodriguez in the second half found holes in the Los Alamos interior defense and took advantage with strong moves to the hole.

    It was Forde doing much of the damage until the second half, when Los Alamos (9-6) matched Kirk up against her. Kirk, who had 10 points along with a big defensive showing in the second half, limited Forde to just one bucket in the third quarter and none in the fourth.

    Logan, who came off the bench and saw only limited action in the first quarter, finished with 12 points, the game high along with Forde. Anna Scott added 7 points.

  • 'Toppers end drought with overtime win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke into the win column for the 2012-13 season, winning a nail-biter in overtime.

    Los Alamos’ Simon Heath and Skyler Veenis had big buckets in the overtime period as the Hilltoppers downed the Taos Tigers 57-54 at Griffith Gymnasium Friday. William Steinkamp’s rebound-and-putback with just four seconds remaining tied the game at 47 and forced the extra period.

    Los Alamos led most of the game but Taos looked like it might grab the win after going up early in the fourth quarter and led 45-40 with under a minute left in regulation.

    See more on Friday’s win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA falls to Academy, takes on Taos today

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped another contest and slipped to 0-13 on the season against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday.
    Los Alamos fell 60-35 at Griffth Gymnasium to Academy (7-2) heading into today’s game against the Taos Tigers. It was the eighth loss of the season by Los Alamos against a Class 4A opponent and the second loss of the year to the Chargers — the Hilltoppers took a forfeit loss against the Chargers in the second round of the Joe Armijo Invitational when they were caught up in a mid-December snowstorm.
    With some tough opponents on tap for the next two weeks, the Hilltoppers are looking at the very real possibility of going winless in the nondistrict season.
    Taos, a former District 2-4A rival of Los Alamos before dropping down to Class 3A following the 2007-08 season, is 8-4 heading into today’s game.
    However, the Tigers have been somewhat up-and-down this season, defeating teams like Española Valley and Santa Fe Indian School but losing badly to Goddard and to Laguna Acoma at the Ben Lujan tournament in Pojoaque last month.

  • Canadian hockey team visits LA

    The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints hockey team, from Kenora, Ontario, Canada, played the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Thursday morning at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Saints, one of the top prep squads in the Great White North, defeated Los Alamos 6-1, getting nearly 50 shots-on-goal in the teams' exhibition game. The Saints and Hilltoppers will both play in the Taos Tournament this weekend.

  • Video: Micaela Christensen signs with Taylor University

     Micaela Christensen signed a letter to play softball for Taylor University (NAIA) in Upland, Indiana. The signing took place at Crossroads Bible church. Christensen, who was home schooled, is a senior and has been the starting catcher for LAHS since her 8th grade year in 2009. She has a career batting average of .427, 16 HR and 105 RBI.