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  • Stuck in the Middle With You

    Kiana Zerr, seen here during the Hilltoppers’ game Friday night against Pojoaque Valley, and the rest of her team will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers tonight in their first meeting of the season against a Class 4A team. That game is set for 7 p.m. in Albuquerque. Los Alamos evened its record to 1-1 on the season with its 53-47 win over the visiting Elkettes , a game Los Alamos never trailed in.

  • Toppers manage only 27 points

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played exceptional defense Tuesday night. However, there was no offense to go along with it.
    The Hilltoppers allowed just 29 points on the road against the Moriarty Pintos and yet that wasn’t good enough to pick up their first win of the season. They lost to the Pintos 29-27.
    Despite the defensive effort, the team’s offensive woes continue.
    This is the second time this season the Hilltoppers were held to under 30 points in a game. It marks the ninth time in the past two-plus years the Hilltoppers have managed 30 points or fewer.
    It was also the lowest-scoring game Los Alamos (0-4) has been involved in since a 21-18 home loss to Pojoaque Valley in 2010.
    Moriarty (3-1), meanwhile, earned its first victory of the season against a Class 4A opponent.
    Los Alamos’ road doesn’t get any easier, with a Thursday night date against St. Michael’s and a Dec. 11 contest at Belen before it travels to the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Dec. 13.

  • LA opens year at Rio Rancho

    There is something in the air inside the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling room. Literally and figuratively.
    For the first time in the lives of many on Los Alamos’ roster, the Hilltoppers are going into the season as the reigning District 2-4A champions. That’s got everyone hungry for more.
    At least, those wrestlers who aren’t sick to their stomachs.
    There have been a couple of bugs floating around the team during the preseason, one that struck during Thanksgiving week and one currently going around now that has caused some wrestlers to miss out on practice this week.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos has high hopes for the 2012-13 season.
    Los Alamos opens its regular season Friday at the two-day Southwestern Duals, hosted by Rio Rancho. Teams from across the state, as well as Colorado, Texas and as far away as Nebraska are expected to compete.
    The Hilltoppers will be tested against some top-shelf competition, but they feel ready to get their season started.
    “Some guys are in very good shape for the beginning of the year,” said Hilltopper veteran Diego Madrid. “But everyone can use more cardio...everyone’s pushing themselves.”

  • Sports Update 12-04-12

    Lobos move up in men’s hoops polls

    The University of New Mexico Lobos made a big jump in this week’s Associated Press men’s basketball poll.
    The Lobos, who won a pair of games this week to improve to 8-0 on the season, elevated seven spots in the AP poll to No. 18. Only Illinois (8-0) made a bigger leap in the poll — from No. 22 to No. 13 — of college hoops sportswriters from around the nation.
    UNM garnered 402 points in the AP poll. The team is one spot behind San Diego State, which moved up six places this week, from No. 23 to No. 17.
    Indiana (8-0) kept the top spot in the AP poll and Duke (8-0) is still the No. 2-ranked team in the nation. The teams are 1-2 in the USA Today coaches poll as well.
    In the USA Today poll, the Lobos finished at No. 20, up three spots from last week. San Diego State finished 15th in that poll. UNLV, which UNM will host in its first Mountain West game Jan. 9, is also ranked in the top 20.

    Triatomics’ Christmas Light Runs continue through Dec. 20

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club continues its 2012 Christmas Light Runs series Wednesday.
    The runs will go through various Los Alamos neighborhoods during the holiday season and vary in length from 2.3 miles to 6.5 miles.

  • LA swim results from Barney Relays

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Peter B. Barney Relays:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 122; 2. Rio Rancho, 90; 3. Los Alamos, 66; 4. Cleveland, 54; 5. St. Pius X, 46; 6. Sandia Prep, 44; 7. Hope Christian, 28; 8. Socorro, 14.

    Mixed 400 medley relay

    2. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Max Reidys, Sam Harris, Ashlynn Bennett), 4:12.54.

    200 freestyle relay

    2. Los Alamos (Sydney Schoonover, Kaitlin Bennett, Izzy Runde, Anna Wermer), 1:48.70.

    200 breaststroke relay

    6. Los Alamos (Simona Martin, Sydney Trujillo, Caemlyn Tripp, Tracee Abeita), 2:56.02.

    200 backstroke relay

    5. Los Alamos (Anna Wermer, Simona Martin, Safiya Bahar, Caemlyn Tripp), 2:24.68.

    400 IM relay

    2. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Sydney Schoonover, Izzy Runde, Ashlynn Bennett), 4:33.55.

    200 butterfly relay

    4. Los Alamos (Anna Wermer, Izzy Runde, Kaitlin Bennett, Safiya Bahar), 2:09.70.

    200 medley relay

    2. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett, Sydney Schoonover, Ashlynn Bennett), 2:02.92.

    Mixed 400 freestyle relay

  • On Schedule 12-02-12

    Tuesday

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

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: LAMS at West Las Vegas, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

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

    Friday

    Diving: Los Alamos Invite, 4:30 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Swimming: Los Alamos Invitational, 10 a.m.

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

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, TBA; LAMS Invite, 8 a.m.

  • LA's boys are 2nd, girls 3rd Saturday

    The Los Alamos boys swimming team came up big in its season opener Saturday.
    Los Alamos finished second at the Peter B. Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos earned 90 points to grab the runner-up spot.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams had their season opener Saturday in the meet, hosted by Academy’s Chargers, the top boys and girls program in New Mexico history. For their part, Los Alamos’ girls finished third in the meet, picking up 66 team points.
    Los Alamos’ boys won the 400-yard individual medley relay — all events at the Barney meet are relay events. The team of Sam Harris, Max Reidys, Nick Greenfield and Trey Pereya posted a time of 4:12.96 to earn the win in that event.
    Along with that victory, Los Alamos also two second-place finishes (200 back relay and 200 medley relay) and the team of Maria Venneri, Ashlynn Bennet, Reidys and Harris were second in the mixed 400 medley relay.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they took second in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 individual medley relay and 200 medley relay. Both the 200 freestyle (1:48.70) and 200 medley relays (2:02.92) earned the Hilltoppers state qualifying times.

    See Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Saturday's meet.

  • LA drops its home opener, 66-42

    The quick start by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Saturday night couldn’t be sustained against a barrage from the perimeter by the Piedra Vista Panthers.
    Los Alamos started its home opener on an 8-0 run, but that lead all but evaporated by the end of the quarter and just four minutes into the second quarter, it was the Panthers who were well in control of the contest.
    Piedra Vista hit 20 field goals, 10 of those free 3-point range as it spoiled Los Alamos’ 2012-13 home opener, winning 66-42.
    Jacob Armijo, who came off the bench in the first quarter, hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Panthers to the win.
    Armijo made some tough shots from the perimeter, but also took advantage of the Hilltopper defense’s slow rotation out.
    “That’s the sign of a young team right now,” Hilltopper head coach Fil Dominguez said. “But we’re definitely getting better. I told the kids after the game that was a team that would’ve beat us by 60 points this summer.”

  • LA holds off Pojoaque Valley at home

    The things the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team started to show in its season opener, it sustained through four quarters Friday night.
    Los Alamos put together a good run early on in the contest and the Pojoaque Valley Elks could never overcome that early deficit. Los Alamos used an efficient offense and made some big defensive stops when it needed to in a 53-47 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hilltopper 6-foot center Hayley Each, battling a cold Friday night and held out of the starting lineup, dropped in 17 points coming off the bench, 12 of those in the second half including a big bucket with under 5 minutes remaining to quell a mini-run by the Elks.
    It was the bounce-back showing the Hilltoppers were hoping for after a disappointing loss in their opener to the St. Michael’s Horsemen. But Friday night, instead of struggling to score points in the second half, the Hilltoppers kept up their offensive momentum, turning a 7-point advantage at the break to a 35-23 edge with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter.
    The Hilltoppers’ win spoiled the Los Alamos debut of veteran coach Ron Drake with his new team. Drake, who resuscitated an Española Valley program that was on life support and led the Sundevils to four straight district titles, made the move this offseason to Pojoaque Valley.

  • LA knocks off Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held off several comeback attempts by the Pojoaque Elks to win Friday night.

    Los Alamos went up early in its home opener and never relinquished the lead despite a big night from Pojoaque's Cheyenne Cordova.

    Hilltopper Hayley Each dropped in 17 points and had six rebounds in the second half as the Hilltoppers won 53-47 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos (1-1) spoiled the Griffith Gymnasium debut for the new team of Ron Drake with his new team.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers' win in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.