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  • LA faces tough opponent on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will follow up a rough outing this weekend with a potentially rough outing again tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will hit the road tonight to face the Hope Christian Huskies in a 6 p.m. tip-off.
    Los Alamos fell hard at Capital Friday, losing in the most lopsided fashion of its season, 85-47.
    Bouncing back from that game won’t be easy for the Hilltoppers in tonight’s nondistrict contest in Albuquerque.
    While the Class 3A Huskies are only 9-10 at this point in the season, they have played what may very well be the toughest schedule of any team in the state. They have faced 14 Class 5A teams so far and have posted a respectable 5-9 record against the big schools.
    Tonight, the Huskies return to their home floor following a swing down the southeastern part of the state where they faced two of New Mexico’s most storied programs, Clovis and Hobbs, losing both those contests.
    This will be the final nondistrict game for Hope, as it will start District 5-3A play Thursday night at St. Michael’s. District 5-3A is right up there with the toughest districts in the state with Santa Fe Indian School and Sandia Prep also in that mix.
    For Los Alamos to have any shot tonight, it must perform much better than it did Friday night at Capital.

  • LA puts five in top bracket at Robertson

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team placed five grapplers into the gold round of the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend and took one championship.

    Despite battling an illness this weekend, Hilltopper Cory Geyer won the gold bracket championship at 160 pounds, winning the championship bout 13-4.

    Geyer was up 13-0 heading into the final moments of the championship, but nearly got caught and put on his back in the late seconds before getting out of his sticky situation and holding on to win.

    The gold bracket at the Robertson tournament, which included 25 teams, proved a tough one for the Hilltoppers. They would pick up just one more top six finish with Brian Geyer grabbing fourth at 180 pounds.

    Brian Geyer, who was also sick, gutted his way through to the championship semifinals until his illness took its toll and he had little left for the rest of the tournament.

    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he was hoping for a better overall showing from his team, but Los Alamos saw the level of competition he thought it would seed.

    “I don’t want any quick pins,” he said. “I want tough matches that are going to get us better.”

  • On Schedule 02-03-13

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, varsity, 6 p.m.; Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:30 a.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 02-03-13

    Beginning fencing class returns

    The YMCA’s beginning fencing class will start Tuesday at the YMCA’s gymnasium.
    The class is for those with no previous fencing experience. It is open to interested persons 10 years or older.
    Instruction will include basic footwork, fundamental blade skills and rules. Some bouting for beginners is also scheduled.
    All equipment for the class will be provided.
    More information is available by calling Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    Renegades to visit ice rink again

    The New Mexico Renegades semiprofessional hockey team will host the Wichita Thunder at Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday.
    The Renegades, a Junior A team located who play in Rio Rancho, compete in the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division.
    More information can be obtained by calling the ice rink at 662-4500.

    Women’s Weekend starts Friday

  • Marr sets three U.S. swim records at Olympic Club

    One of the most prolific age-group swimmers in the country, Jackie Marr, is at it again.
    Marr, a local competitor who holds numerous master’s-level world and U.S. records, recently captured three more national titles. Competing at The Olympic Club national meet last month, Marr earned U.S. bests in her age group in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter short course freestyle events.
    Just as impressive, Marr earned all three titles in the same swim.
    Marr was swimming in just one event, the 1500 freestyle, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Her split times in the 1500 — roughly equal to one mile — were good enough to give her the U.S. titles.
    “I thought I did really good,” Marr said. “I got tired doing flip-turns at the end.... I felt good, but I almost wish I could swim it over again.”
    As is usually the case for the fiercely competitive Marr, she wanted more. Specifically, she wanted to break her age group’s world short course record in the 1500, the time of which she has written on an index card: 23 minutes, 54.74 seconds.
    Marr recently turned 70, which now places her in the 70-74 age group at the master’s level. The first year of joining an age group is generally the prime chance swimmers have to make their marks.

  • Hilltoppers look to avenge loss to Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will renew its annual home-and-home grudge match against the Taos Ice Tigers tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Ice Tigers at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    Tonight’s game is one of three games this weekend for the Hilltoppers. They will also take on the Albuquerque OutKast at Outpost Arena Saturday morning and the Cibola Cougars Saturday afternoon at Blades Arena in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos and Taos, longtime rivals, met for the first time this season during week 12 play, with the Ice Tigers prevailing 5-3 in Taos. Los Alamos would bounce back from that loss, however, to shut out the La Cueva Bears 4-0.
    Currently, the Hilltoppers are 9-5-1, sitting in fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. The Hilltoppers have 19 points on the season, just ahead of the Ice Tigers’ 17 points — Taos is 8-7-1.
    El Paso Coronado is still the top team in the NMIIHL with its mark of 17-1. The T-Birds are tied in the loss column with Cibola (14-1-2), which is currently sitting in second place.

  • Sports Briefs 01-31-13

    Beginning fencing class returns

    The YMCA’s beginning fencing class will start Tuesday at the YMCA’s gymnasium.
    The class is for those with no previous fencing experience. It is open to interested persons 10 years or older.
    Instruction will include basic footwork, fundamental blade skills and rules. Some bouting for beginners is also scheduled.
    All equipment for the class will be provided by the YMCA.
    More information is available by calling Tom Hill at 672-1058.
    Registration can be done at the YMCA front desk or online at laymca.org.

    Renegades to visit ice rink again

    The New Mexico Renegades semiprofessional hockey team will host the Wichita Thunder at Los Alamos County Ice Rink Feb. 9.
    The Renegades, a Junior A team located who play in Rio Rancho, compete in the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division.
    Pregame is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Public skating will be available that day from 1-3:30 p.m.
    More information can be obtained by calling the ice rink at 662-4500.

    Women’s Weekend starts Feb. 8

  • Pajarito to reopen Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain officials announced the ski area will reopen Saturday morning.
    Pajarito received approximately 7 inches of snow from the recent storms around Los Alamos. The area is now reporting a 20-inch base of machine-groomed snow.
    Saturday, the area will have the Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts running.
    Pajarito was open in late December but ceased operations early this month after the base dwindled to 16 inches, less than minimum operating level.
    The mountain’s café, rental shop and snowsports school will be in operation Saturday.
     

  • Wrestlers head to Las Vegas on Friday

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • Sundevils rally to top 'Toppers, 52-40

    ESPAÑOLA – A hot shooting third quarter by the Española Valley Sundevils put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a hole during Wednesday night’s contest.
    Although the Hilltoppers fought back to get the margin down to manageable levels late in the third quarter, Española Valley forced some key turnovers in the fourth quarter to pull away.
    Los Alamos was within four points of Española Valley at the break, but Sundevil guard Krista Bustos nailed three 3-pointers in a 2-1/2 minute stretch in the third quarter to get things rolling for her team.
    While the Hilltoppers connected on a couple of late jumpers in the third quarter, by Amber Logan and Anna Scott, to clip the Sundevil advantage to 6 points, the Sundevils hit some quick layups and got to the foul line in the fourth quarter. Española Valley won the contest 52-40 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    The loss drops the Hilltoppers to 1-2 in district play (11-10 overall) with just one more game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will host the struggling Capital Jaguars Saturday night.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos set itself up with some good looks under the basket much of the night, but struggled to finish.