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  • 'Toppers will settle into a new rotation to start year

    Jumping into the season with both feet is challenge enough as it is, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will be doing so without several of its key personnel.
    Today, the Hilltoppers will open their season at Overlook Park, taking on the Class 4A Belen Eagles at 4 p.m.
    That game will be the first of six contests in this first week of the regular season. Along with Belen, which started off the season with a big 12-4 victory over Sandia Prep Friday, Los Alamos will also see heavyweights in Cleveland, a well-respected Class 5A team and Piedra Vista, the 800-pound gorilla of Class 4A.
    Los Alamos will have to do so without the services of Erin Kirk and Kiana Zerr, two regular starters, among others who are still playing basketball and could continue for two more weeks.
    The absences have limited the Hilltoppers’ workouts a little bit, Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said, but he said there’s been plenty to drill on during the preseason.
    “We’ve been concentrating a lot on defense the last three or four weeks,” said Anaya, who is going into his fifth year steering the Hilltoppers. “Batting’s been a little challenging early this season because it’s been pretty cold, but as the weather has warmed up, we’ve had some good batting practice.”

  • LA, Deming face off Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team didn’t miss having its first round playoff game at Griffith Gym by much.
    But not missing it by much doesn’t mean it gets to stay close to home in the opening round.
    Los Alamos (16-12) will face the Deming Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos travels to Deming for a Friday night contest.
    The playoff schedule was announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. Brackets were released online on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said she wasn’t terribly stunned her team slipped down to the No. 9 slot – the highest seed in the 16-team bracket that isn’t awarded a home game – but was scratching her head a little bit that it was Deming that was given the No. 8 spot.
    “I was surprised Deming got a higher seed than us,” she said. “We’d been ranked ahead of them for most of the season.”
    The Wildcats (17-9) finished as the District 3 champions this season. They were the only District 3 team invited into the playoff field.

  • Class 4A basketball playoff schedule

    Here are the schedules for the first two rounds of the Class 4A boys and girls basketball playoffs.

    Girls

    First round

    (all games are Friday at home of top seed)

    (16) Goddard at (1) Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
    (9) Los Alamos at (8) Deming, 7 p.m.
    (12) Grants at (5) Española Valley, 7 p.m.
    (13) Miyamura at (4) St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
    (14) Kirtland Central at (3) Santa Fe, 6 p.m.
    (11) Albuquerque Academy at (6) Valencia, 7 p.m.
    (10) Artesia at (7) Gallup, 6 p.m.
    (15) Piedra Vista at (2) Roswell, 7 p.m.

    Quarterfinals

    (March 12, The Pit, times TBA)

    Los Alamos-Deming winner vs. Goddard-Los Lunas winner
    Grants-Española Valley winner vs. Miyamura-St. Pius winner
    Kirtland Central-Santa Fe winner vs. Academy-Valencia winner
    Artesia-Gallup winner vs. Piedra Vista-Roswell winner

    Boys

    First round

    (all games are Saturday at home of top seed)

  • LA girls are No. 9 in 4A postseason

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was given an No. 9 seed, but not a first round home game, in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    The Hilltopper girls (16-12), who finished third in the District 2-4A race this season, will travel to Deming in the first round of the playoffs, which is scheduled for Friday night. The Deming Wildcats (17-9) were the winners of the District 3-4A tournament championship this season.
    Girls Class 4A first round games are tentatively scheduled for Friday and boys 4A games for Saturday.
    Los Lunas, which had been ranked No. 1 for much of the latter part of the 2012-13 regular season, got the No. 1 overall seed in the 4A girls tournament. Roswell got the No. 2 seed, followed by Santa Fe, St. Pius X and Española Valley.
    In 4A boys basketball, Roswell earned the No. 1 overall seed. St. Pius X was the No. 2 seed in the boys draw, followed by Los Lunas, Bernalillo and Albuquerque Academy in the top five. Capital, which swooned down the stretch in District 2-4A play, slipped to the No. 6 seed.
    As expected, the Hilltopper boys weren’t entered into the 4A draw.
    For complete boys and girls brackets, visit nmact.org.
     

  • Geyer living the dream as state champion

    To pull a prank on Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling fan and unofficial team mother Rita Sanchez, Brian Geyer found a “boot” for leg injuries at his house and limped in to see Sanchez.
    He told Sanchez he had broken his leg the Friday before in a football game. Sanchez, not realizing it was all a gag, went straight to chapel and prayed for Geyer to be healed of his injury.
    Upon finding out the whole thing was a joke, she dubbed him with the moniker “S.H.” It doesn’t mean “Super Hero,” either.
    But Geyer had his heroic moment last weekend, earning the first individual state championship for the Hilltoppers since 1996.
    “It feels really great,” Geyer said. “The last state title we had was when I was born.”
    Geyer had a dominant performance at the state Class 4A tournament, held at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. He won five straight contests, including holding on in a nail-biting overtime bout against Los Lunas’ Mark Hussey, to claim the title at 182 pounds.
    In the championship contest, Hussey went up 1-0 with two periods in the books and held a 3-2 advantage with under a minute remaining in regulation.

  • On Schedule 03-03-13

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Belen at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Cleveland, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. El Paso (Texas) at St. Pius X Invitational, varsity, 3:30 p.m.

    Friday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at St. Pius Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Chili Quad, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at St. Pius Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

  • Sports Briefs 03-03-13

     LALL registering this week at Home Run Pizza

     

    Los Alamos Little League will hold registration sessions for its upcoming baseball and softball seasons Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. at Home Run Pizza in Los Alamos.

    All boys and girls who are between the ages of 5-16 (as of April 30 for baseball and Dec. 21, 2012 for softball) are eligible to participate.

    Price for registration is $55 for one child, $50 for each additional child. Financial assistance may be available.

    More information can be found by visiting lalittleleague.org.

     

    The 2013 Pace Race season starts April 2

     

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will start its 40th Pace Race season with a run April 2.

    The first Pace Race of the season will begin at the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot off N.M. 502. 

    Tuesday’s race time is set for 6 p.m.

    Pace Races are a weekly event held Tuesdays between April and early October. 

    The weekly races include 1- and 3-mile runs and walks at various locations around Los Alamos County.

  • LA girls find out their seed Sunday

    Basketball teams from around the state, including the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, will learn their postseason fates Sunday.
    It is Selection Sunday, the day where the New Mexico Activities Association announces the fields for each of New Mexico’s six basketball classifications.
    Brackets for the state postseason are due out by 5 p.m. They will be posted online at nmact.org.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they are not so concerned about whether they get in, but whether they will get one of the top 8 seeds in the playoffs. The top 8 teams will host a game in the first round.
    In Class 4A, 16 teams are selected to participate. Los Alamos’ girls are comfortably in the top 10 — in the most recent MaxPreps.com rankings, one of the criteria used for selecting postseason teams, Los Alamos was rated eighth in 4A — but with a 17-point loss Thursday night against Española Valley, not to mention usually-soft home attendance numbers at Griffith Gymnasium, a top-8 seed is a coin toss.
    What Los Alamos (16-12) does have going for it is a tough district, including teams like Santa Fe and Española Valley which could crack the top 5 overall.

  • LA, Cleveland face off in playoff contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will play for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure team playoffs starting tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Cleveland Storm in the first round of the NMIIHL playoffs at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will be played in Taos.
    Tonight’s game will be broadcast by KRSN AM 1490. Rick Picard and David Sutton will be on the call live from the Taos Youth and Family Center rink.
    Los Alamos wrapped up its regular season last weekend topping Cleveland’s Storm 4-0 but falling to the St. Pius X Sartans 6-1. For the season, Los Alamos finished in third place with a record of 13-7-1 and finished with 27 points.
    Should Los Alamos beat Cleveland tonight, it would play the winner between Taos and Rio Rancho at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The pure team championship game is set for March 9 in Santa Fe.

  • Sports Briefs 03-01-13

    No one injured in accident after basketball game

    A Los Alamos Public Schools SUV was involved in a minor rear-end collision following Thursday’s night’s girls basketball game in Española.
    The accident occurred at the stoplight on Fairway Drive and Paseo De Oñate at approximately 9 p.m.
    Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms said no one was hurt in the accident.
    No LAHS student-athletes were in the SUV at the time of the collision.
    The SUV is used to transport student-athletes to and from out-of-town athletic contests and is often driven by a member of that athletic program’s coaching staff. However, student-athletes are regularly picked up and driven home by family members at the conclusion of those contests.
    A driver heading back to Los Alamos following the contest said a sedan appeared to have ran into the back of the SUV at the intersection. The sedan sustained front-end damage.

    LALL registering next week at Home Run Pizza