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  • ’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.

  • 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.