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  • Huskies prevail vs. Hilltoppers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team tried to come back from a big second half deficit but the Hope Christian Huskies held on to win Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by as many as 17 in the second half but opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run. It wouldn't be enough, however, as Hope picked up a 50-37 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos, which plays at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy Thursday. For more information, see Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Toppers throttle Pintos Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fried the Moriarty Pintos Saturday night but a tougher test awaits tonight.
    Los Alamos picked up its second win of the year over a Class 4A team as it thumped Moriarty. Los Alamos held Moriarty to just four points in the first half and cruised to a 57-26 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Pintos connected on just one field goal in the first half and the Hilltopper defense forced 19 first half turnovers to build a 31-4 lead at the break. The Hilltoppers played mostly their bench players in the second half.
    Tonight, however, Los Alamos (3-1) will take on the Hope Christian Huskies (2-1) at Griffith Gym. The Huskies are among the toughest customers in Class 3A and will head into the game fresh off an impressive win over the Class 5A La Cueva Bears, holding the Bears to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters to take a 44-40 victory.
    The game will be the first in a series of tough tests this week for Los Alamos, which will also take on Los Lunas and its new transfer student, Teige Zeller, arguably the most dominant player in the state, in the first round of the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational.

  • ´Topper boys win big at home meet

    The Los Alamos boys swimming team followed up on an impressive showing in its first meet of the season with a win in its second meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys racked up 502.5 points, easily outdistancing the Cleveland Storm in Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational. The meet was at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The Hilltoppers’ Trey Pereya and Max Reidys went 1-2 in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events, as well as helping the 400 freestyle relay team to third-place finish, leading the team to the big win.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place in the team standings Saturday. The Hilltoppers had 277 points, placing them ahead of rival St. Pius X, but well off the furious pace set by the two teams from Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho’s Rams and Cleveland’s Storm, who were both near the 500-point mark.
    Ashlynn Bennett picked up a victory in the 500 freestyle with her time of 5:47.31, finishing just a little more than a second and a half better than teammate Justine Yang.
    Los Alamos was boosted by the 1-2 finish of the diving team. Madelin LeScournee, a newcomer to the Hilltopper program, won Friday’s diving competition with a score of 230.95, defeating returning diver Amy Neal.

  • ´Toppers are 14th at Shootout this week

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had a tough draw to start off its 2012-13 season, but came through relatively well.
    Los Alamos finished 14th out of 27 teams in the very difficult Southwest Shootout Duals competition this weekend. The Southwest Shootout, which attracts teams from all around the region, is hosted by Rio Rancho High School.
    Among those at the tournament were teams from Colorado, Oklahoma Texas and as far away as Kansas. The winner of the Southwest Shootout hadn’t been determined as of press time.
    For Los Alamos, it finished fourth in its pool Friday, topping Taos and Rio Rancho Cleveland’s junior varsity team, but losing to Coronado, Colo., Plainview, Okla., and Albuquerque’s Atrisco Heritage.
    “We banged pretty good (Friday), but (Saturday), it was kind of a rough outing,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “We didn’t quite go as far as we wanted to.”
    Saturday’s tournament was the season opener for the Hilltoppers, who clinched their first district title in nearly two decades last year and who have several returners back for this season.

  • On Schedule 12-09-12

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

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

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

    Thursday
    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 1:15 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Mayfield at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 4:45 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, TBA.

  • Sports Update 12-09-12

    Triatomics’ Christmas Lights Run set for Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club is hosting another Christmas Lights Run Monday night.
    Runs are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 20. All the runs are non-competitive.
    Monday’s run will start at Ashley Pond. It is a 3-mile run in the downtown area. Runners are asked to be ready to go promptly at 6:15 p.m.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

  • LAHS swim team hosts invitational

    Simona Martin competes in the preseason meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls last month. Los Alamos girls and boys teams will host an invitational meet this weekend. The diving portion is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and Saturday’s swimming events will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

  • 'Toppers pick up win at Academy, 41-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up an important win Thursday night.
    Los Alamos held the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to just one point in the first quarter and just five points in the fourth quarter to earn a big road victory, 41-30.
    Academy (0-3) rallied to cut the Hilltopper lead down to 17-14 at the break but the Hilltoppers scored 13 points in the third quarter and 11 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
    It was the first win by the Hilltoppers over a Class 4A team. The Hilltoppers (2-1) will face another Class 4A team Saturday night at home when they play the Moriarty Pintos (0-3). Moriarty is averaging only 21.3 points per game this season and was held to 13 points Tuesday against Hope Christian and 20 points Thursday against Belen.
    No other information about Thursday’s game was available as of press time.

  • LA blown out at home by St. Mike's

    A disastrous first quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in an early hole from which it would never recover.
    Los Alamos was pummeled by the St. Michael’s Horsemen early and often, with the Horsemen connecting on 7 of 9 shots in the opening quarter en route to a 21-5 first quarter domination.
    St. Mike’s cruised the rest of the way to take a 66-36 decision over the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Matthew Barela dropped in 9 points in the first eight minutes and finished with a game-high 13 points for the Horsemen (1-0), who are the defending Class 3A champions and are considered by many the favorite to repeat.
    St. Mike’s had a 15-2 in the first quarter, extending nearly five minutes.
    Los Alamos, which slipped to 0-5 and failed to break the 40-point mark for the third time in those five games, got into early foul trouble — the Horsemen were into the double-bonus early in the second quarter while at the same time had been whistled for only four team fouls — which sent forward Xavier Dennison and center Travis Richins to the bench.
    Filling in at the forward position was junior varsity call-up Tyler Van Anne. Van Anne, in just one-plus quarter of action, dripped in 10 points, pulled down three rebounds and added an assist.

  • 'Toppers downed by Horsemen

    A rough first quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in an early hole.

    The St. Michael's Horsemen outscored the Hilltoppers 21-5 in the first eight minutes of Thursday's game at Griffith Gymnasium en route to a 66-36 victory. The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 0-5 on the season.

    In girls basketball Thursday, Los Alamos picked up a road win over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, 41-30.

    For more information on the Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams, check out Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.