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  • 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.

  • ’Toppers go down by 24 to top-ranked Sartans

    In the fourth quarter of Friday night’s girls basketball game, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers came up big on offense.
    But not nearly big enough to make up for the first three quarters.
    The Hilltoppers connected on just six field goals through three quarters, struggling to get much going against the defense of the St. Pius X Sartans, the No. 1 team in the state, which was visiting Griffith Gymnasium Friday.
    The Sartans held the Hilltoppers to just five points in the third quarter to build up a 25-point lead. The Hilltoppers finally found their stroke in the fourth, but it was too late by that time and the Sartans won the contest 68-44.
    Los Alamos more than doubled its field goal output in the fourth quarter, hitting eight shots from the floor.
    Guard Amber Logan, who had been shut out to that point, finished with 10 points, all in the final quarter, to lead Los Alamos in scoring.
    Friday’s game was the second time Los Alamos has played the No. 1 team in Class 4A at that time. Los Alamos also met Los Lunas when it was No. 1 in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational in mid-December, and Los Alamos dropped that contest by 15 points.
    The good news, though, is that Los Alamos should be prepared to face two teams in its own district playing at a high-level right now, Santa Fe and Española Valley.

  • 'Toppers go down by 24 to top-ranked Sartans

    In the fourth quarter of Friday night’s girls basketball game, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers came up big on offense.
    But not nearly big enough to make up for the first three quarters.
    The Hilltoppers connected on just six field goals through three quarters, struggling to get much going against the defense of the St. Pius X Sartans, the No. 1 team in the state, which was visiting Griffith Gymnasium Friday.
    The Sartans held the Hilltoppers to just five points in the third quarter to build up a 25-point lead. The Hilltoppers finally found their stroke in the fourth, but it was too late by that time and the Sartans won the contest 68-44.
    Los Alamos more than doubled its field goal output in the fourth quarter, hitting eight shots from the floor.
    Guard Amber Logan, who had been shut out to that point, finished with 10 points, all in the final quarter, to lead Los Alamos in scoring.
    Friday’s game was the second time Los Alamos has played the No. 1 team in Class 4A at that time. Los Alamos also met Los Lunas when it was No. 1 in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational in mid-December, and Los Alamos dropped that contest by 15 points.
    The good news, though, is that Los Alamos should be prepared to face two teams in its own district playing at a high-level right now, Santa Fe and Española Valley.

  • LA, St. Pius clash tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will have its biggest contest of the nondistrict season tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the St. Pius X Sartans, currently the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A, at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Sartans (8-1) are among the tallest teams in the state with five players listed at or near 5-foot-11, which has created match-up problems for many of the teams they’ve faced.
    And the Sartans have been hard to stop this season on the offensive end. The Sartans are averaging a very healthy 66.4 points per game, placing them among the top offenses in the state.
    The Hilltoppers will have to find a way to both slow down the powerful St. Pius offense, which has put up 80 or more points three times this season, including its last time out against Grants, topping the Pirates 80-61 in Grants.
    The Sartans’ only loss this season came against Clovis’ Wildcats at a tournament the Wildcats were hosting — Clovis is the No. 1-ranked team in all of New Mexico, while St. Pius is right behind in all classifications.
    The challenge for Los Alamos (6-7) tonight is a big one.

  • LA teams getting back into the swing

    After fairly lengthy layoffs, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling and swimming teams will both be back in action this weekend.
    Both teams have been off since last month, with the Hilltopper swimming team taking part in the Dec. 21 Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational and the wrestling team competing in the Rattler Invitational in Tucumcari that same day.
    Saturday, the boys and girls swim teams will be back in Albuquerque for a Mini-Invitational, although Hilltopper head coach Stu Corliss isn’t sure how a meet with eight competing teams qualifies as a mini-meet.
    Nevertheless, he thinks his team should be ready to return to competition.
    “During the break we had a lot of people on holiday with their families,” he said. “They still had workouts. I guess we’ll find out if they did those workouts.”
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos’ wrestling team will be at Albuquerque Academy Saturday for a selection of duals contests. Those will come just four days before the Hilltoppers make their first home appearance of the season taking on Academy and Rio Rancho’s junior varsity — a squad that can compete very well with most varsity teams around the state.

  • Big breakdown costs LA Tuesday night

    JACONA – With about 10 minutes to go, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was in a position to make a run at the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Two minutes later, the game for the Hilltoppers was all but over.
    Los Alamos trailed by just 9 points after a well executed bucket by Skyler Veenis on a nice entry pass from Franklin Archuleta, that coming at the 2:01 mark of the third quarter.
    But things began to unravel for the Hilltoppers immediately.
    They would surrender 12 points in the next two minutes, mostly off turnovers in the backcourt, and manage just five points for the rest of the game in a 58-25 loss at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos made just one shot from the floor in the second half and none in the fourth quarter as Pojoaque Valley’s guards stepped in front of pass after pass late in the game to force 11 Hilltopper turnovers in the final 10 minutes.
    The loss Tuesday night spoiled the debut of new head coach Mike Kluk, who took over Monday for Fil Dominguez after Dominguez abruptly resigned.
    “We quit coming to the ball,” said Kluk of the inauspicious finish of the Hilltoppers Tuesday. “They were coming to the ball hard and we weren’t coming hard. Once they lost that momentum, it was hard to get it back.”

  • Girls tennis has meeting Friday at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School’s girls tennis program will hold a short organizational meeting Friday at the LAHS speech theater.

    The meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in playing girls tennis this spring is encouraged to attend.
    For more information about the meeting or the girls tennis program, contact Bruce Cottrell at 660-1440.