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  • 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.

  • LA falls at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team lost in the Four Corners area Friday night.
    The Piedra Vista Panthers dropped the Hilltoppers 44-37 in Farmington, handing the Hilltoppers their fourth loss in their last five games and their second loss of the season to a Class 4A team.
    Los Alamos (4-5), which was scheduled to host Grants Saturday, will be at the Goddard Holiday Invitational starting Wednesday.

     

  • 'Toppers down Pirates at home Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made a big third quarter stand and hit shots down the stretch when it needed to, picking up a key win Saturday.

    Los Alamos held the Grants Pirates to four points and one field goal in the third quarter, slowing to a crawl what had been an efficient offensive attack in the first half to win 55-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Kiana Zerr posted her best performance of the season, scoring 14 points and hitting eight straight free throws at one stretch to aid Hayley Each, who had another big night for the Hilltoppers (5-5).

    Each scored 17 points in the first half and 25 for the contest. She hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final quarter, including both ends of a key 1-and-1 chance to help seal the victory.

    Saturday’s win came on the heels of a 44-37 loss Friday night to Piedra Vista.

    For Grants (6-3), Sydney Mares had 17 points and Haley Hall had 13. However, the Pirates were held to just two field goals in the second half, although did go 26 of 41 from the foul line.

  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State team

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • Ski area nearing threshold

    Snowboarders head down  a trail at Pajarito Mountain during a recent ski season. Pajarito announced that it received between 5-6 inches of new snow out of Wednesday’s storm. Currently, the ski area is reporting a base of 17 inches of variable conditions, which is close to what it needs to open for the upcoming Winter Break.

  • Undefeated 'Toppers will host the Cougars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team remains undefeated heading into this weekend, but has one big game remaining before the holiday break.
    Los Alamos, the only undefeated team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Standings, will play a team with just one loss, the Cibola Cougars, Friday night. The Hilltoppers and Cougars will face off at the county’s ice rink starting at 8:30 p.m.
    The two teams were scheduled to play last weekend, but the snowstorm in the area postponed the game until this weekend.
    Heading into the contest, Los Alamos stands at 6-0 while Cibola is 9-1.  The winner of Friday’s game will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Taos mid-season tournament next month.
    In its most recent two games, Los Alamos topped St. Pius X 4-2 at home Dec. 9 then blew out Santa Fe on the road 9-1 Dec. 15.
    On the season, Los Alamos has scored 39 goals and allowed 10. Goaltender Zealand Walterscheid has allowed just four goals in 150 minutes and has been credited with 43 saves.
    Los Alamos’ defense could be tested against Cibola, however. The Cougars feature the top three scorers in the state, headed by Zach Prigge. Prigge has picked up 20 goals and 14 assists in 8 games, while teammate Graeme Chiasson has 15 goals in 7 games.