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  • LA falls to Academy, takes on Taos today

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped another contest and slipped to 0-13 on the season against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday.
    Los Alamos fell 60-35 at Griffth Gymnasium to Academy (7-2) heading into today’s game against the Taos Tigers. It was the eighth loss of the season by Los Alamos against a Class 4A opponent and the second loss of the year to the Chargers — the Hilltoppers took a forfeit loss against the Chargers in the second round of the Joe Armijo Invitational when they were caught up in a mid-December snowstorm.
    With some tough opponents on tap for the next two weeks, the Hilltoppers are looking at the very real possibility of going winless in the nondistrict season.
    Taos, a former District 2-4A rival of Los Alamos before dropping down to Class 3A following the 2007-08 season, is 8-4 heading into today’s game.
    However, the Tigers have been somewhat up-and-down this season, defeating teams like Española Valley and Santa Fe Indian School but losing badly to Goddard and to Laguna Acoma at the Ben Lujan tournament in Pojoaque last month.

  • Canadian hockey team visits LA

    The St. Thomas Aquinas Saints hockey team, from Kenora, Ontario, Canada, played the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Thursday morning at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Saints, one of the top prep squads in the Great White North, defeated Los Alamos 6-1, getting nearly 50 shots-on-goal in the teams' exhibition game. The Saints and Hilltoppers will both play in the Taos Tournament this weekend.

  • Video: Micaela Christensen signs with Taylor University

     Micaela Christensen signed a letter to play softball for Taylor University (NAIA) in Upland, Indiana. The signing took place at Crossroads Bible church. Christensen, who was home schooled, is a senior and has been the starting catcher for LAHS since her 8th grade year in 2009. She has a career batting average of .427, 16 HR and 105 RBI.    

  • Youth hockey festival hits the ice in LA
  • The best games from 2012

    If you’re a fan of fall sports, the month of October 2012 was your month.
    More than any other, October featured the top contests of the year for the Hilltoppers.
    Of the Los Alamos’ top 10 events of the calendar year, October features more entries, three, than any other month — although February just missed out matching that total by a few days. But with fall sports getting to their nitty-gritty in October, it’s easy to see why.
    That particular month, the Hilltoppers had to duke it out with the Capital Jaguars, the Española Valley Sundevils and a team from the Midwestern United States.
    As always, the Los Alamos Monitor takes a look back at the most exciting Hilltopper sporting events of the past 12 months. This list is, of course, completely subjective, but does take into account postseason implications, competitiveness and the all-important “gasp” factor. Only events attended by a Los Alamos Monitor representative were considered for this list.
    Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Hilltopper Contests of 2012:

    10. Softball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, May 5

    The playoffs haven’t been kind in recent years to the Hilltopper softball team, so getting out of a late-inning jam was somewhat unexpected.

  • LA trips up Grants at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came back from a 33-29 deficit Saturday to defeat the Grants Pirates 55-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos held Grants to only 4 points in the third quarter to reclaim a slim lead which it would never relinquish.
    It was a big win for Los Alamos Saturday, coming on the heels of a 44-37 loss to the Piedra Vista Panthers on the road the day before. Los Alamos started at the Goddard Holiday Classic today facing Portales.
    With Saturday’s win, the Hilltoppers improved to 5-5 on the season and 4-2 against Class 4A teams.
    Hayley Each had one of the biggest games of her career. Each, the Hilltoppers’ 6-foot-1 center, had 25 points, 17 in the first half and 11 of Los Alamos’ 13 points in the first quarter. She also finished with 14 rebounds.
    The Hilltoppers had trouble finding support for Each in the first quarter — the only other Los Alamos score came on a breakaway — but Kiana Zerr, coming off the bench, came up big in the second quarter, hitting 8 of 8 from the foul line.
    Zerr had 14 points — a last second bucket of hers was waved off at the buzzer — connecting on a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

  • LA girls are 2nd at APS Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming team finished second among the seven competing schools at last weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools Winter Break Invitational.
    Sarah Lott picked up a first place finish and a second place finish in the shortest and longest event of the day to help Los Alamos grab 394 points, which nipped Albuquerque’s Bulldogs for the runner-up spot at the meet.
    La Cueva’s girls won that side of the competition with 591 points, while Albuquerque finished with 515 points to win the boys meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys finished fourth overall with 363 points. The Hilltopper boys were paced by runner-up performances by Sam Harris in the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle.
    On the girls side, Lott finished second in the 50 freestyle event (25.97), then went on to win the 500 freestyle (5:27.08), a rare combination of distances.
    Other top finishers for Los Alamos’ girls included Kaitlin Bennett in the 200 freestyle and Maria Venneri in the 200 individual medley.
    Los Alamos’ point total was boosted by a 2-3 finish from divers Amy Neal and Laura Wendelberger.
    Also for Los Alamos’ boys, Connor Schultz was second in the 100 backstroke and Max Reidys was second in the 100 breaststroke.

  • ´Topper boys, girls head to tourneys

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will have to unwrap their presents and gobble down their Christmas meals post-haste to make it to games.
    Los Alamos’ teams will travel to Roswell to take part in a pair of tournaments. The Hilltopper girls will take part in the Goddard Holiday Classic which begins Wednesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will be in the Poe Corn Invitational, also in Roswell, starting Thursday.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they will face Portales in the first round of the Goddard tournament.
    Portales has been solid early in the season, posting a 6-2 record and just getting nipped in the second round of the Moriarty Invitational by the Class 5A Las Cruces Bulldogs, 46-45, Dec. 14.
    The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner between Goddard and Capital.
    Thursday is the start of the long-running Poe Corn Invitational tournament. This tournament, which has been around since the 1950s, has in recent years tried to become a more Class 4A-centered tournament.
    This year, it’s just that. All eight participants are Class 4A schools.
    Roswell’s Coyotes, who host the tournament, are the top-ranked team in the state heading into this week.

  • LA girls ranked 12th in first hoops poll

    The Roswell Coyotes and the Santa Fe Demons are the top teams in Class 4A, according to the first MaxPrep.com poll rankings of the 2012-13 season.
    The statewide rankings for boys and girls teams were released last Thursday. Rankings are recalculated twice a week but results from the first poll of this week were not available as of press time.
    The MaxPrep rankings are based on a mathematical equation factoring in wins, strength of schedule and historical results.
    The undefeated Coyotes and Demons, with their nucleus of returners, have been in the conversation of possible state title contenders since the preseason and are both off to impressive starts.
    If the early 4A rankings are any indication, the Hilltopper boys and girls will have their work cut out for them.
    In the boys rankings, Los Alamos is dead last among the 26 competing 4A teams. Los Alamos, at 0-8 heading into this week’s play, is the only team without a win in Class 3A, 4A or 5A and is the 112th-ranked prep team in the state out of a total of 117 teams.
    Roswell, heading into this weekend, was averaging nearly 78 points per game, including a 93-point performance in its season opener against Ruidoso.

  • Geyer accepted into Coast Guard Academy

    Cory Geyer has been granted permission to come aboard. To the United States Coast Guard Academy wrestling team, that is.
    Geyer, a standout wrestler for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, with two top-four finishes in his prep career, has been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
    It’s a big accomplishment for one of the top wrestlers to come through Los Alamos’ program in recent years, but Geyer said he’s not quite ready to jump on ship just yet. He said he will still continue the application process to attend the Air Force Academy, but at his point he likes what he’s seen from the Coast Guard.
    Regardless of where he ends up, Geyer said his primary objective is to serve his country.
    “I’ve always had the idea that everyone should serve their country to the best of their abilities,” Geyer said. “If you think the best way to serve your country is by being a teacher and being the best teacher you can be, or by being a garbage man, be the best garbage man you can be. With my skill set, I think I can help out the most in the military.”
    Specifically, Geyer said, he wants to be an aircraft pilot and, interestingly, thinks the Coast Guard might give him more opportunity to do so than the Air Force.