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  • LA hoops teams both have big challenges in district

    Very little has changed for the fortunes of Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball heading into the start of the District 2-4A season from last year to this.
    Last year, the Hilltopper boys limped through a rough nondistrict season and hoping the start of 2-4A would help change their fortunes, while the Hilltopper girls were trying to figure out a way to keep pace with Santa Fe and Española Valley.
    With the opening of district play now just two days away, virtually nothing in that scenario has changed. The only huge distinction between the two teams is that, last January the girls were attempting to acclimate to a new head coach, while this year, it’s the boys.
    The Hilltopper girls open 2-4A play Tuesday night when they host the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans will host the Hilltopper boys the following night to get their 2-4A season rolling.
    It will be an interesting jaunt for Los Alamos’ boys. To say the Hilltoppers have struggled so far in 2013-14 is an understatement.
    Heading into this week, the Los Alamos boys were the lowest-ranked team in 4A. They’ve lost 11 of its 17 games by 20 points or more and has only broken 30 points once in its last five outings.
    Even with all that working against them, the Hilltoppers are but one hot streak away from contending for a district title.

  • LA girls top Las Cruces to win at APS

    The Los Alamos girls swim team nipped the Las Cruces Bulldawgs for the top spot at last weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools swim meet.
    The Hilltopper girls picked up three event victories in the meet to nip the Bulldawgs by just six points. The Hilltoppers finished with 486 points.
    Both Los Alamos teams took part in the meet, which was hosted by West Mesa.
    This weekend, Los Alamos will head to an invitational at Albuquerque Academy, one of the most important regular season meets the Hilltoppers will be involved in.
    Los Alamos’ win over Las Cruces in the girls competition was a big one, as Las Cruces has been a contender in prep swimming for the last several seasons. The Bulldawgs finished third in the 2012-13 state meet.
    On the boys side, the Hilltoppers finished as the runners-up Las Cruces, who edged them out. Las Cruces finished with 508.5 points to 472 for Los Alamos.
    Despite the runner-up finish, it was still a successful finish for the Hilltopper boys, who won five events at the meet. The Hilltoppers’ top swimmer, Michael Moore, earned wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.67) and the 100 butterfly (55.33), while Connor Schultz was also a dual winner, taking top honors in the 200 individual medley (2:05.39) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.66).

  • 'Toppers fall to Chargers and Rams

    It’s been a bit of a chore for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team to get back on track following the winter break.
    Los Alamos didn’t have the kind of showing it was hoping for last weekend at a tournament hosted by Albuquerque Academy and it was hoping to bounce back from that Wednesday when it hosted Academy and Rio Rancho in a triangular meet.
    But, due to a few factors, not the least of which was key absences from its regular starting lineup, Los Alamos fell short in both its duals contests.
    The Hilltoppers were nipped by Academy’s Chargers to start the meet, 39-37, then fell to Rio Rancho 39-27.
    Things may well have gone differently for the Hilltoppers with their full lineup at their disposal.
    Most notably absent from the lineup Wednesday was Brian Geyer, Los Alamos’ 195-pounder and defending state champion. Geyer, along with some other Hilltoppers, was battling illness and was kept out of action.
    Without Geyer, Los Alamos had to give up a forfeit at 195 pounds to Academy’s Seth Packer, one of the bouts that the Hilltoppers would otherwise have been favored in.

  • Hemez named Runner of Year

    Hilltopper senior Colin Hemez was name Gatorade Runner of the Year for the 2013 cross country season.
    Hemez was picked for his outstanding senior year for the Hilltoppers, which culminated in an individual state championship and leading Los Alamos to its third consecutive team title.
    The award, which has presented in cross country since 2007 and nationally in various sports for the pat 29 years, goes to the top athletes in several different high school level interscholastic sports.
    With his selection, Hemez is now entered for the national cross country runner of the year award, which will be announced later this month.
    Recent other winners from the state include Luis Martinez of Cleveland in 2011 and 2012, Neil Longenbaugh of Albuquerque Academy in 2010.
    Hemez also joins former Los Alamos runner Kyle Pittman, who won the award in 2009.
    In November, Hemez finished the 5K state Class 4A championship course in 15:54 to claim the individual state title.
     

  • Sports Briefs 01-15-14

    LA girls top Taos at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team tripled the offensive output of the Taos Tigers in the first quarter Tuesday.
    The score after one quarter: 3-1.
    But the Hilltoppers picked up the offense in the second quarter, while the Tigers (3-11) didn’t. The Hilltoppers outscored the Tigers 21-5 in that quarter as they rolled to a 51-28 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The win for Los Alamos (7-8) snapped a two-game skid ahead of a tough pair of road games this weekend, at Sandia and at Grants.

    LAHS hosting informational meeting for student-athletes interested in college competition

    Los Alamos High School will host a meeting for student-athletes and parents of student-athletes interested in learning more about requirements for NCAA and NAIA eligibility.
    The meeting is set for Jan. 30 in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    LALL meeting is Jan. 24

  • LA held to 5 points in 1st half Tuesday

    ALBUQUERQUE – Momentum of any kind has been hard to come by for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team this season.
    Battling through a 1-win season-to-date, the Hilltoppers can’t be too picky about where it comes from, either.
    Heading into Tuesday night’s contest against the defending Class 4A champion St. Pius X Sartans, the Hilltoppers were hoping to ride a wave of good feeling after having a good showing three nights earlier against Los Lunas.
    Unfortunately, Los Alamos wouldn’t be able to build on that good feeling.
    The Sartans shut Los Alamos out in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game and held a 30-5 lead at the half. The Sartans would roll on to win going away, 58-22.
    St. Pius, which imposes its will on others about as well as any team in 4A, was able to do just that early in the game. Los Alamos couldn’t find any rhythm on offense until late.
    “It was frustrating, we got really frustrated,” Hilltopper point guard Franklin Archuleta said. “When we were driving, they’d hedge. They did a really good job of that. We got frustrated and we kind of took our game outside. We tried to beat them from the outside and it just didn’t work like we wanted it to.”

  • Triatomics host meeting Thursday night

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will host a “round robin” meeting Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. It is for those who are interested in training for multi-sport events.
    Those interested will have the opportunity to speak with competitors abut running, swimming, biking and doing transitions in a multi-sport event. Stations will be set up so participants can learn more about each discipline.
    A meet-and-greet will follow the presentations.
    For more information about the event, email Liz Miller at ejs@lanl.gov or call 412-1092.
     

  • 'Toppers take 6th at Academy Invite

    Coming back from a layoff, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team didn’t have the showing it wanted this weekend.
    Los Alamos ended up in sixth place in the 10-team Albuquerque Academy Invitational tournament. Los Alamos got some tough early draws which made it tough for some of its lineup to advance in the tournament, but it didn’t help that the team went in short-handed, either.
    “Wasn’t a real good outing,” Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said. “There were some tough kids from 5A…and we had three kids not make weight. That doesn’t make me too happy, but it is what it is.”
    The Academy tournament was the first action for Los Alamos since a tournament at Tucumcari Dec. 21, right before winter break at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    While Los Alamos had regular workouts during the break, this weekend’s showing didn’t rank as one of its better outings this season.
    Los Alamos had five empty weight classes at Academy, including the three that didn’t get down to their weight limits.
    A pair of Hilltoppers still got to the final round, however. Brian Geyer, wrestling at 195 pounds, fell in overtime of the championship bout to Chris Collins of Manzano, one of the top performers in the state.

  • LA falls at home to 2nd-ranked Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had a tough contest to end a tough week with Saturday.
    After a big loss against Pojoaque Valley, the Hilltoppers drew the No. 2 team in Class 4A in the Los Lunas Tigers.
    While Los Lunas, as expected, rolled to a comfortable 63-44 victory, the game went relatively well for the Hilltoppers.
    Outside of a big run in the first quarter that extended in to the second quarter, the Hilltoppers stayed with the Tigers most of the game. The Hilltoppers were only outscored by four points in the second half, showing better offensive execution than they have for most of this season.
    Los Alamos guard Franklin Archuleta was effective attacking the basket Saturday, picking up a team-high 17 points. Archuleta connected on 7 of 12 attempts from the floor and scored 13 of his points in the second half.
    The Hilltoppers and Tigers played even in the third quarter until a buzzer-beating jumper by Jacob Holland.
    The loss, however, put the Hilltoppers at 1-14 on the season – their lone victoryof the year came one month ago – and 0-2 under interim head coach Mike Kluk.
    Los Alamos was considerably more competitive in that game than it was in the Jan. 7 game against Pojoaque Valley. Pojoaque Valley dominated the final 10 minutes of the contest to win going away.

  • On Schedule 01-12-14

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; Memorial Middle School at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos Quad, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Friday

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

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

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Joe Vivian Invite, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Joe Vivian Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Grants, C team, 3 p.m.; JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.