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  • Logan steps down as LA girls coach

    Tarah Logan, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team, left her position abruptly Monday.
    Logan, coaching in her fifth season with the team, resigned from her post effective Monday. She turned in her resignation to Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms, citing family issues.
    Nelms confirmed the resignation with an email to the media Monday afternoon.
    “I would like to thank for her time as the Head Girls Basketball Coach and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Nelms’ email read in part.
    Taking over for the Hilltoppers will be Ann Stewart. Stewart, who is also a boys golf coach at the school, is scheduled to make her coaching debut with the team tonight when they travel to Taos.
    “It’s not the best of circumstances to be taking over the team right now, but hopefully we can pull out the remainder of the season,” Stewart said Tuesday morning.
    Stewart’s first day on the job was Monday and she said she didn’t try to introduce anything new to the team, although she might attempt that before the start of district.
    Logan’s resignation comes at a critical time in the season for the Hilltopper program, which is exactly one week away from the start of the District 2-4A season.

  • Logan steps down as head coach of girls hoops team

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that Hilltopper girls head basketball coach Tarah Logan has resigned her position effective immediately.

    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms made the announcement in a press release. In her resignation, Logan cited family issues as the reason for her departure.

    Ann Stewart, a Los Alamos High School graduate and former LAMS assistant coach, who also has head and assistant coaching experience at the prep level, will take over the duties for the Hilltoppers.

    Los Alamos lost over the weekend to St. Pius X, 50-32, but had won four straight games prior to that outing.

  • On Schedule 01-13-13

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos Quad, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Friday

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

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

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 01-13-13

    WRLL sign-up starting this week

    A pair of registration sessions for the upcoming season of White Rock Little League baseball and softball is scheduled for Wednesday 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.
    All boys and girls between the ages of 4-18 (on April 30 for baseball and Dec. 31, 2012 for softball) are eligible to play.
    Additional information and online registration information is available by visiting eateamz.com/wrll2.

    Workshop for prospective college athletes set

    Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms will host a workshop for athletes interested in playing sports at the collegiate level.
    The workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the LAHS speech theater. Any student and parents of students in grades 8-12 is invited to attend.
    Topics covered will include NCAA and NAIA high school course requirements, clearinghouse information, SAT and ACT testing and recruiting information.
    More information about the workshop can be obtained by calling 663-2531.

  • 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.