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  • 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.

  • LA hockey team hosts Rio Rancho tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be in action tonight at the county’s ice rink.
    Los Alamos will take on the Rio Rancho Rams. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    To start their season, the Hilltoppers won two straight contests. They blasted the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 9-2 in their season opener — a home game played at Taos’ ice rink — then topped the Rams 3-1 in Rio Rancho.
    Zealand Walterscheid and Sam Ortiz played in goal for Los Alamos in those opening week games.
    Those two wins immediately propelled the Hilltoppers to the top of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, ahead of Cibola (7-1).
    Cibola hosts Taos Saturday in one of only five NMIIHL games set for this weekend.

  • Aquatomics swimmers break state record

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics 8 and under boys relay team of Andy Corliss, Wayne Williams, Matias Rougier and Ming-Yuan Lo set a new state record for the 100-yard freestyle swim relay.
    The team broke the record at the Sudden Thunder Aquatic Racers Veteran’s Day Classic.
    That meet was in Rio Rancho Nov. 9-10.
    Corliss, Williams, Rougier and Lo finished with a time of 1 minute, 5.23 seconds, nearly 2-1/2 seconds better than the previous state record for their age group that was set in 1993.

  • Toppers are at Griffith this weekend

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys basketball teams will have their home openers this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls will host the Pojoaque Elks tonight at 7 p.m. The Hilltopper boys, after tonight’s trip to Sandia Prep, will face the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday at 5 p.m.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be looking tonight to bounce back from season-opening road losses. Los Alamos’ boys fell to the Kirtland Central Broncos 48-25 Nov. 20, while Los Alamos’ girls dropped a 52-46 decision at St. Michael’s Tuesday.
    In Tuesday’s contest the Hilltopper girls led for all of the first three quarters. However, the Hilltoppers’ offense, which was very efficient in the in the first half — 11-for-19 from the field — struggled in the third quarter, tallying only six points.
    Los Alamos got into foul trouble in the second half which hampered its play on both ends of the court and the Horsemen took advantage.
    Tonight, Los Alamos (0-1) will likely have to deal with heavy full-court pressure from Pojoaque (1-1), which is coached by wily veteran Ron Drake, who steered Española Valley to four straight District 2-4A titles before taking over Pojoaque’s program this year.

  • Ulrich, Lockhart pace LASG team

    Charlotte Ulrich and Liz Lockhart were the top all-around scorers for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers at the Los Alamos Invitational Nov. 3.
    Ulrich, who had a 35.55 in the all-around, and Lockhart, who finished with a 35.45, were among 137 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.
    In all, 30 Atomic Tumblers competed; fourteen, including Ulrich and Lockhart, in the Jr. Olympic Program, fourteen in the Xcel Program, and two competed in both. The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    Ulrich won the Level 5 Junior A Division, earning gold in the all-around (35.55) and floor exercises (9.2), silver on balance beam (9.05) and vault (8.55) and took the bronze on the uneven parallel bars (8.75). Lockhart, the only Level 6 gymnast to compete for the Tumblers, took gold on bars (8.75), a tie for gold on vault (9.2), and silver on beam (9.0), floor (8.5), and all-around (35.45). Both gymnasts achieved their highest all-around scores of the season in this meet.

  • Hilltoppers have several returners this season

    It’s time to hit the pool once again for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams.
    The Hilltopper teams open their 2012-13 season Saturday with their annual appearance at the Barney Relays. The Barney Relays, which feature the top teams in the state, are hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will have most of both teams’ state qualifiers back from a year ago. It graduated just one senior from the boys side and one from the girls.
    For head coach Rusty Bernstein, he also said the turnout of talent was better than he was expecting.
    “Everything is looking pretty good,” he said. “We have a much bigger team than I thought we were going to have originally. A lot of kids earlier on, in September, said they were going to be too busy with school, kind of like what happened last year when we had four senior boys not swim.”
    However, most of the kids that approached him saying they were planning on not taking part this season changed their minds and are back in the pool.
    The Albuquerque Academy Chargers are again among the teams to beat. But for the first time since 2006, the Charger boys won’t be heading into the season as the state champions.

  • 'Toppers struggle in 2nd half vs. Horsemen

    SANTA FE — At the start of Tuesday’s contest, everything seemed to be clicking for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But the St. Michael’s Horsemen whittled away a 14-point second quarter Hilltopper advantage as the Hilltoppers got into foul trouble and went ice cold at the foul line.
    Los Alamos managed just six points in the third quarter and St. Mike’s, which had been inconsistent on offense got hot in the fourth quarter.
    St. Mike’s used a 22-point final quarter to earn a 52-46, come-from-behind victory over Los Alamos at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    The game was the season opener for the Hilltoppers.
    It was a disappointing finish to what had been a promising start Tuesday night. Los Alamos went 11 of 19 from the field in the first half and seven of the eight players it put on the floor in the opening half scored.
    But the Hilltoppers piled on the fouls early — the Horsemen (1-0) were in the bonus less than a minute into the second period — something that would come back to haunt the Hilltoppers in the third quarter.
    Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan, starting her fifth season with the girls basketball program, liked most of what she saw out of her team, but said her team needs to learn to work better when starters go to the bench.

  • LA drops opener at St. Mike's

    SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team started off its season-opening game like gangbuster Tuesday night, but the St. Michael’s Horsemen came back in the second half.

    The Hilltoppers led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but couldn’t regain their offensive rhythm in the second half and went ice cold from the foul line as the Horsemen prevailed 52-46.

    Hayley Each, who played with four fouls for the bulk of the second half, finished with 10 points for Los Alamos. Alex Greenwald spearheaded the comeback for St. Mike’s and finished the game with 13 points.

    Check back for more information on Tuesday’s game in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA's Amy Neal named 4A Player of the Year

    For the second straight year, Los Alamos’ Amy Neal was named the Class 4A Player of the Year in girls soccer.
    Neal, the No. 2 scorer in 4A this season, was honored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association for her performance in the 2012 season.
    Neal, who will attend the University of Tennessee next fall, earned 32 goals and 20 assists, both the second-best totals in 4A. She also led Los Alamos to the state semifinals before the Hilltoppers bowed out to Aztec.
    Along with Neal, two other Hilltopper girls were picked for the All-State first team. Goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld and fullback Stephanie Blair were both named to this year’s 4A first team.
    State champion Albuquerque Academy led all teams with five first-team nods this season, including scoring champion MacKenzie Miller.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos didn’t pick up any first team All-State selections. Fullbacks Brandon Hodges, Ben Stewart and Zayne Walterscheid, and midfielder Henry Steinkamp were named to the All-State second team for the Hilltoppers.
    Farmington’s Jeremy Klepac was named 4A boys soccer Player of the Year and Chaparral head coach Fernando Mendoza, who led the Lobos to their first ever boys soccer title, was named Coach of the Year. Chaparral outlasted Los Alamos in overtime of their semifinal game Nov. 9.

  • On Schedule 11-25-12

    Tuesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.

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

    Saturday

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

    Swimming: Los Alamos at Barney Relays, boys and girls, 10:30 a.m.

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque Invite, TBA.