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  • LA’s upset bid falls short vs. Goddard

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team came within eight minutes of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in state championship history.
    Instead, though, the top-seeded Goddard Rockets survived to move on the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos led by as many as nine points with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the first round playoff game at Goddard, 32-23, but its offense stalled the rest of the way and it gave up some ill-timed turnovers late.
    Goddard, meanwhile, led by 6-foot-5 forward Lane Vander Hulst and point guard Chase Salazar, made some key buckets in the second half to give the team a 54-48 victory.

  • LA girls lose in opening round of state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was bounced out in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by 14 points after one half of play while the Grants Pirates cruised to a 62-44 victory in Grants.

    The Hilltoppers’ season is over. They finish with a mark of 12-16.

    It was a bad night Friday for all of four of District 2-4A’s entries into the tournament, including fifth-seeded Española Valley, which was stunned by 12th-seeded Miyamura, 45-36.

    Grants, the No. 1 overall seed, will advance to play Artesia, a 64-38 winner over District 2’s Santa Fe in the tournament quarterfinals.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for help with this report.

  • Tourney Time

    The Los Alamos High School basketball teams will be on the road for the first round of the state tournament. The Los Alamos girls will travel to Grants tonight and the Hilltopper boys will take on Goddard.

  • LA boys, girls face off against top teams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams couldn’t be bigger underdogs heading into the opening round of the state Class 4A tournaments.
    The state championship tournament first round starts this weekend. Tonight is the 4A girls basketball opening round and Saturday is the opening round of the boys 4A tournament.
    Both Hilltopper teams drew the 16th and final seeds in their tournaments. As a result of their No. 16 seeds, they will face the top-seeded teams in the state. For the girls, that means a contest against the Grants Pirates, while the boys have a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Goddard Rockets.

  • Sports Update 03-02-12

    Softball tourney nixed by weather

  • Topper girls open year at Rio Rancho

    It takes quite a bit to get the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team down.
    Even with its star athlete coming up gimpy during a preseason workout isn’t doing anything to diminish the Hilltoppers’ aspirations heading into the 2012 season.
    Coming off its third consecutive Class 4A team title, the Hilltoppers look plenty loaded again and could once again be the team to beat this spring.

  • Trio of Tumblers win big at G-Force

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumbers added another strong showing to their season at the Gravitational Invite, hosted by G-Force Gymnastics of Albuquerque over the Jan. 28-29 weekend.
    The Atomic Tumblers garnered 12 gold medals, including top place all-arounds for Katie Wingo, Alyssa Hilger and Annika Bronkhorst. They were among roughly 300 gymnasts from 12 clubs statewide to compete.
    The Tumblers continue to dominate the youngest Level 4 division. Wingo placed first all-around, with a 37.20, one of just three athletes to break the 37.00 barrier.  
    Wingo finished first on beam (9.60), floor (9.25) and bars (9.10) and second on vault (9.25).

  • Around the Bend

    Los Alamos’ Tyler Thorn skates around the back of the goal during a Jan. 27 game at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will play the La Cueva Bears in the opening round of the Year-End Tournament Saturday. That game is scheduled for 7 a.m. The purer team (teams where all the players are from the same high school) winner will advance to the national playoff tournament. Los Alamos’ tournament games will be broadcast live from Taos on KRSN AM 1490.

  • Lobos in need of a victory

    The finish definitely isn’t ho-hum. The winner will have to have strong legs, a strong heart and a little help from its enemies.
    The University of New Mexico Lobos stumbled out of the Mountain West gate, took a two-game lead in the back stretch, stumbled again, and make the turn toward the finish line neck-in-neck with San Diego State and UNLV.
    Will it be a photo finish with three teams at 10-4?
    “I think we are as urgent as we’ve ever been,” said Lobo Drew Gordon. “It’s a street fight every time we go out. It’s not going to be a cake walk.”
    Said teammate Kendall Williams: “We’re real hungry as a team. We have a chance to get a ring and go to Vegas on a two-game winning streak.”

  • Toppers pick up win in opener against Belen, 9-5

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team earned a win in its 2012 season opener Tuesday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers pushed five runs across in the top of the sixth inning to come back from a 5-4 deficit. Starting pitcher Rachel Anaya pitched around trouble in both the bottom of the sixth and bottom of the seventh to secure a 9-5 win against the Belen Eagles.

    The Hilltoppers fell behind at Belen after five innings. The Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, but the Hilltoppers strung together several singles to manufacture those five runs.

    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he was happy to get a road win to kick off the season, particularly before the team heads to the very tough Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.