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  • On Schedule 02-10-13

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: District 2 championship at Española Valley, 10 a.m.

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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

  • Kirk leads ’Toppers to win on Senior Night

    It took a bit of time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team to overcome an initial jolt served up by a markedly improved Bernalillo Spartans team, but Los Alamos bounced back to pick up the win Friday night.
    Los Alamos, which trounced Bernalillo in a Jan. 22 meeting on the road, quickly fell behind Friday against the Spartans, who started the contest dropping in 7 points before the Hilltoppers got on the board.
    Before the end of the first quarter, however, Los Alamos recovered. It would tie the score by the end of the quarter and would eventually pull away in the second half.
    Los Alamos won the contest 57-37 to get the second half of the District 2-4A season started on the right foot.
    Following Los Alamos’ 58-24 win at Bernalillo last month, the Spartans underwent a coaching change and have been playing better since that time.
    Friday night was Senior Night for the Hilltoppers and leading the comeback effort was senior Erin Kirk.
    Kirk had one of the most productive outings of her career, dropping in 21 points, far and away the best total of the night, and threw in 11 rebounds as well. Kirk hit 5 of 6 shots from the floor in the first half, accounting for 15 of Los Alamos’ 25 points at the break.

  • LA wrestlers hold raffle to aid former Las Vegas Robertson star

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, spearheaded by senior Cory Geyer, held a raffle Saturday in conjunction with its Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, to raise funds to help a former opponent.
    Proceeds from Saturday’s raffle went to help offset the costs of treatment for Daniel Martinez, one of only three five-time state champions in the history of New Mexico, who graduated in 2011 from Las Vegas Robertson, one of the teams taking part in Saturday’s tournament.
    Martinez, who was wrestling for New Mexico Highlands University, was diagnosed with lung cancer only about two weeks ago. He underwent surgery to remove a tumor recently.
    It was a shocking diagnosis for Martinez, the most successful member of one of the most successful wrestling families in the history of the state.
    Upon hearing the news, Geyer swiftly set up the raffle and found prize donors.
    Los Alamos had originally planned to sell 500 tickets, but those tickets sold out in just one day. The Hilltopper coaching staff printed four more sets of tickets, almost all of which were sold prior to Saturday’s tournament.
    In all, the raffle raised $2,000 for Martinez’s family.

  • LA grapplers finish 2nd at Sanchez Invite

    The season finale for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team holds special significance for those around the program.
    Los Alamos hosted its Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational Saturday at Auxiliary Gymnasium. This was the fourth annual Bryan Sanchez Invitational, which is named after a former Hilltopper standout wrestler that died in a car accident on his 21st birthday in 2008.
    The highest award given out by the Hilltopper wrestling program, the Bryan Sanchez Award, was won this year by junior Brian Geyer. Rita Sanchez, Bryan’s mother and team mom of the program, gives the award to the wrestler she feels best exemplifies her son’s spirit.
    The Geyers have kept a close relationship with the Sanchez family and Brian became the second Geyer to win the award — it was given two years ago to his older brother, Cory.
    “I’m really amazed,” Brian Geyer said after receiving the award. “I always looked up to Bryan when I was a little kid, him and the rest of that team. It’s of great significance to me…Being picked by Ms. Sanchez as the guy that has the same characteristics as Bryan is a great honor for me.”

  • 'Topper girls down Bernalillo by 20

    Los Alamos’ top senior shone bright on Senior Night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Hilltopper Erin Kirk dropped in 21 points Friday in a District 2-4A girls basketball contest, leading Los Alamos to a big win. Kirk scored 15 points in the first half, helping the Hilltoppers overcome a slow start to win 57-37 over the Bernalillo Spartans.

    Los Alamos improves to 3-2 in District 2-4A play to start the second half the district season.

    Check Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • LA standout Reardon inks with Adams State Grizzlies

    Like everything he’s accomplished in his prep career, Sean Reardon set out a goal for himself and worked hard to earn it.
    He met his biggest long term goal officially today, as Reardon signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Adams State University.
    Reardon, a senior at Los Alamos High School, became, in what seemed to be a relatively short time, one of the elite distance runners in the state. He burst into the state spotlight with a strong finish in the 2011 Class 4A cross country championship, but was elevated to premier status with his huge showing at the 2012 state track meet, which included a stunning victory over Jackson Thomas of Del Norte in the 1600 meters.
    Now, he will become part of one of the most successful cross country programs in collegiate history as he joins Adams State’s Grizzlies. He said his first contact with the Grizzlies made a big impression on him.
    “I’ve been thinking about Adams State for two years now,” Reardon said. “’We went up there to their camp when I was a sophomore. I was like ‘these guys really know what they’re talking about.’”

  • Kennison to run next year with Colorado Mesa Univ.

    A roster chock full of young athletes looking to make a name for themselves doesn’t seem like it would be an ideal fit for an incoming freshman.
    Zak Kennison would disagree.
    Kennison, a standout distance runner at Los Alamos High School, was one of two graduating seniors from the Hilltopper cross country and track program to sign his National Letter of Intent today. Kennison inked with Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to run with the Mavericks.
    It wasn’t an easy decision for Kennison, who placed eighth individually at the Class 4A cross country championship race this season.
    In fact, it took a lot of introspection for Kennison as to whether he wanted to run at the collegiate level at all. However, he decided that things seem to go along much more smoothly when he’s training and competing than when he’s not.
    And the decisive victory his team took at the state cross country meet really sealed the decision for him.
    “We had a really successful year,” he said. “We didn’t make it to nationals. We were a little bummed about that, but it was a great experience. Building bonds with my teammates was fun.”

  • LA hockey faces Cleveland tonight

     After a grueling weekend, with three games in two days, the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will surely welcome its lone scheduled game for week 13.

    Los Alamos will take on the Cleveland Storm at home Friday night. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers went 2-1 in their games last week, topping the Taos Ice Tigers 7-1 at home Feb. 1 and nipping the Albuquerque OutKast 3-2 in its first game Feb. 2.

    In their third game of the weekend, however, the Hilltoppers had little left in the tank playing the No. 2 team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.

    Cibola, hosting Los Alamos in the Hilltoppers’ final game, won in an 8-2 rout.

    Los Alamos is currently 11-6-1 in NMIIHL standings, which is good enough for third place behind El Paso (Texas) Coronado and Cibola.

    Coronado clinched the NMIIHL regular season title with its 7-0 win over La Cueva last weekend. Coronado has lost just one game in 21 outings this season.

    Cibola (15-1-2) cannot be caught for the runner-up slot. Los Alamos, meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with St. Pius X (10-6-1) for third in the standings.

  • LA to host Sanchez Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will play host to its biggest event of the season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on 10 other teams in the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational. The tournament is scheduled to include some solid teams from around the area.
    Included among those teams are at least three of the Hilltoppers’ District 2-4A opponents, Española Valley, Capital and Bernalillo, something that gives this tournament added importance as it could affect seeding for next week’s district championship tournament.
    “I’d like to see us get a few more head-to-head tiebreakers over our district opponents,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said.
    Saturday’s tournament is the finale of the Hilltoppers’ regular season. The Hilltoppers are the defending 2-4A champions, but were neck-and-neck with Capital in the teams’ only meeting Jan. 16.
    Los Alamos relies heavily on its middleweights and light-heavyweights for its success. Its lineup between 152-195 pounds of Lane Saunders, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid is among the toughest in the state in that band.

  • 'Topper girls are 9th in new poll

    The Santa Fe Demons kept their hold on the top spot in girls basketball in this week’s MaxPreps.com state Class 4A rankings.
    The rankings were updated Sunday on the website, which is the information nerve center of most prep sports in the state.
    Santa Fe kept its spot at the top of the heap despite taking its first loss of the season. Santa Fe had been the lone team in the state, boys or girls, without a blemish, but fell Jan. 29 to a very tough Santa Fe Indian School team.
    In those ranking, the Los Alamos girls are in the No. 9 position, earning a strength rating of 15.6.
    Throughout this season, the top 4A girls team has enjoyed only the slimmest of power rating cushions throughout this season and this week is no exception. However, the team the Demons are keeping at bay has changed. Los Lunas now holds the No. 2 ranking in the state, while Gallup, which has lost three of its last five contests, tumbled to No. 4.
    The power rating difference between the Demons and Los Lunas’ Tigers is a miniscule .3 points.
    In the boys rankings, Los Alamos (1-19) remains the 26th and final team on the Class 4A charts. It is still in negative range in the overall strength ratings.