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  • 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.

  • Hilltoppers have experience, but will be tested early on

    Should the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team be in a position where it's in need of an at-large bid to the playoffs, any strength of schedule tiebreakers will likely break its way.

    Los Alamos opens its 2012-13 season Tuesday night on the road at St. Michael's. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Heading into their opener, the Hilltoppers have10 players who spent at least some time with the varsity squad returning, including three key veterans coming back.

    Of those returners, senior Erin Kirk and junior Hayley Each, along with second-year varsity player Marissa Larribas, will make up a big group around the lane.

    "We've still got a lot of size with Hayley, Erin and Marissa," Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said. "We've been pushing really hard to make an effort to push the ball inside."

    Logan, going into her fifth season with the Hilltoppers, doesn't want her team to be one-dimensional, however. She said returning guards, sophomore Amber Logan and junior McKenzie Logan, along with senior Anna Scott, who missed time last year due to injury, can steer an effective transition game.

  • LA's Ortiz picked for North All-Stars

    Los Alamos Hilltopper Danielle Ortiz earned a pair of volleyball honors for her performance in the 2012 season.
    Ortiz, a senior libero for the Hilltoppers, was named to the North All-Star team for her performance this season.
    In her senior year, Ortiz was credited with 436 digs in 78 sets played and committed just 41 errors in 1,237 service-receive chances this season.
    Ortiz was the only player from District 2-4A selected for the North All-Star team this year.
    The North and South All-Stars are selected by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The 4A-5A All-Star Game is scheduled for July 29, 2013 at Bulldog City in Albuquerque.
    Oritz and three of her teammates were also named as first team All-District 2-4A selections this season. Seniors Savanah Romero and Erin Kirk, and junior Claire Stewart also picked up first team nods from Los Alamos.
    Kirk was among the top statistical hitters in 2-4A this season, earning a total of 255 kills and was successful on 32.7 percent of her attempts. Stewart was third among the Hilltoppers in total kills (163) and Romero earned 610 assists, averaging 9.4 assists per set played.

  • Giving thanks for football...

    If you’ve ever seen me, you can pretty easily come to the conclusion that I don’t skip a lot of meals.
    I was, at one time, more height-weight proportionate than I am now, but that was then.
    But again, as you might be able to decipher without any Sherlock Holmes-esque deduction skills, I also like Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving is, truth be told, my favorite non-Santa Claus-associated holiday.
    Other than Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day is the only day I can really lounge around the house and do nothing not of my own choosing.
    I realize that sounds terribly unfair to my wife, but in truth, she’s very happy in the kitchen.
    I’m very happy eating turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s a match made in Heaven.
    But, long about now, the annual grousing begins about whether the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions should have exclusive rights to the Thanksgiving Day football games.
    Thanksgiving Day games are nearly as iconic as that Super Bowl thing you may have heard about.
    Football and overeating. Also, truly a match made in Heaven.
    For football fans in New Mexico and surrounding areas, I understand your frustration.

  • Romero wins Turkey Trot

    Ted Romero was the fastest finisher at the 2012 Turkey Trot.
    This year’s Turkey Trot was Sunday. Approximately 220 participants took part in the 2.57-mile run or the 1.6-mile modified shorter course.
    The annual event, hosted by the CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners, serves as a fundraiser for CROP and LA Cares, organizations that provide food assistance to needy persons in the area.
    Romero finished in a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up John Colman.
    The race started at Los Alamos Middle School and is run around North Mesa.
    Following the race, all participants were eligible for blind drawings for turkeys and pumpkin pies.

    Here are the top 25 finishers in the 2012 Turkey Trot:

    1. Ted Romero, 15:51; 2. Josh Colman, 16:03; 3. Duncan Fuehne, 17:32; 4. Marin Kelly, 17:32; 5. Wyatt Watson, 18:58; 6. Ben Rees, 19:20; 7. Andreas Runde, 19:20; 8. Vikki Saga, 19:23; 9. Paul Bradley, 19:57; 10. Zack Medin, 19:58.

    11. Roxanna Candia, 19:59; 12. Will Dearholt, 20:26; 13. Laura McClellan, 21:07; 14. Quinn Abfalterer, 21:35; 15. Kai Coblentz, 21:36; 16. Theodore Peterson, 22:01; 17. Carson Dickson, 22:22; 18. Chris Bernstein, 22:41; 19. Amy Regan, 22:43; 20. Mary Nea, 23:02;