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  • '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.

  • LA throttled 80-44 vs. Hope Christian

    The Hope Christian Huskies were consistent on offense throughout Tuesday night’s ballgame against the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos was consistent, as well, but the Hilltoppers’ consistency wasn’t nearly enough to keep them in the contest.
    Hope scored 22 points in the first and third quarters and was nearly as good in the second and fourth quarters, rolling to a 80-44 victory over Los Alamos in Albuquerque.
    Since the Hilltoppers’ lone win of the season Jan. 4, they have struggled in all phases of their game and have been on the wrong end of some lopsided scores. They have lost seven straight games by a margin of at least 23 points and have allowed both Capital Friday night and Hope Christian Tuesday night to hit the 80-point threshold, their two highest point totals allowed.
    Los Alamos will return to District 2-4A play Saturday when it travels to Bernalillo. Bernalillo (15-6 overall, 3-0 in district) will put its first-place status on the line when it plays at Española Valley (15-6, 2-1).
    For the Hilltoppers (1-20), Skyler Veenis scored 20 points against Hope, while Franklin Archuleta finished with 12 points and Simon Heath added 9.
    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for contributing to this report.

  • LA boys win Blue Griffin swim meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys swimming team won for the second time in as many weeks Saturday, holding off the St. Michael’s Horsemen at the Blue Griffin Invitational.
    Trey Pereyra picked up two individual wins for the Hilltoppers, leading them to a total of 407 team points. St. Michael’s gave Los Alamos a run for its money, scoring 384 points, but the Hilltoppers’ second- and fourth-place finishes in the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, were enough to secure the win.
    Saturday’s meet was hosted by Santa Fe Prep at the Genoveva Chavez Center.
    In girls competition, the Hilltoppers finished with 220 team points, which gave them third place overall. Alamogordo won the team title with 319 points and Sandia Prep was the runner-up.
    Isabelle Runde led the effort for the Los Alamos girls, taking second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly, while Ashlynn Bennett had a third place finish 100 breaststroke and a fourth place finish the 50 freestyle.
    For the Hilltopper boys, along with Pereyra’s wins, Max Reidys (200 freestyle) and Jenz Hampel (100 backstroke) had runner-up finishes on the day.
    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Blue Griffin Invite:

    Girls

    Team scores

  • 'Toppers even 2-4A record with victory

     A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball players finished in double-figures as Los Alamos dropped the Capital Jaguars Saturday night.

    Los Alamos pulled away from a scrappy Jaguar squad in the fourth quarter following the early departure of Capital center Ashley Sorenson. Los Alamos took advantage, outscoring Capital 17-9 in the fourth quarter en route to a 52-39 win.

    Saturday’s win evened the Hilltoppers’ District 2-4A mark at 2-2 (12-10 overall) to keep them in third place in the district standings.

    Los Alamos’ McKenzie Logan had her second 18-point outing of the district season Saturday to lead all scorers.

    Logan, who hit 3 3-pointers, had plenty of help on the offensive end, too. Forward Kiana Zerr, who has come up big for the Hilltoppers since the departure of center Hayley Each in mid-January, dropped in 12 points and Erin Kirk had 11 points on the contest.

    Sorenson was giving Los Alamos trouble most of the contest. She ended up with 17 points despite her early exit.

    Los Alamos had a whopping 49 rebounds in the game, 24 on the offensive end. Zerr and Kirk both finished with double-figure rebounding totals, with Zerr pulling down 18 boards.

  • LA faces tough opponent on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will follow up a rough outing this weekend with a potentially rough outing again tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will hit the road tonight to face the Hope Christian Huskies in a 6 p.m. tip-off.
    Los Alamos fell hard at Capital Friday, losing in the most lopsided fashion of its season, 85-47.
    Bouncing back from that game won’t be easy for the Hilltoppers in tonight’s nondistrict contest in Albuquerque.
    While the Class 3A Huskies are only 9-10 at this point in the season, they have played what may very well be the toughest schedule of any team in the state. They have faced 14 Class 5A teams so far and have posted a respectable 5-9 record against the big schools.
    Tonight, the Huskies return to their home floor following a swing down the southeastern part of the state where they faced two of New Mexico’s most storied programs, Clovis and Hobbs, losing both those contests.
    This will be the final nondistrict game for Hope, as it will start District 5-3A play Thursday night at St. Michael’s. District 5-3A is right up there with the toughest districts in the state with Santa Fe Indian School and Sandia Prep also in that mix.
    For Los Alamos to have any shot tonight, it must perform much better than it did Friday night at Capital.

  • LA puts five in top bracket at Robertson

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team placed five grapplers into the gold round of the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend and took one championship.

    Despite battling an illness this weekend, Hilltopper Cory Geyer won the gold bracket championship at 160 pounds, winning the championship bout 13-4.

    Geyer was up 13-0 heading into the final moments of the championship, but nearly got caught and put on his back in the late seconds before getting out of his sticky situation and holding on to win.

    The gold bracket at the Robertson tournament, which included 25 teams, proved a tough one for the Hilltoppers. They would pick up just one more top six finish with Brian Geyer grabbing fourth at 180 pounds.

    Brian Geyer, who was also sick, gutted his way through to the championship semifinals until his illness took its toll and he had little left for the rest of the tournament.

    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he was hoping for a better overall showing from his team, but Los Alamos saw the level of competition he thought it would seed.

    “I don’t want any quick pins,” he said. “I want tough matches that are going to get us better.”

  • On Schedule 02-03-13

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, varsity, 6 p.m.; Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:30 a.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 02-03-13

    Beginning fencing class returns

    The YMCA’s beginning fencing class will start Tuesday at the YMCA’s gymnasium.
    The class is for those with no previous fencing experience. It is open to interested persons 10 years or older.
    Instruction will include basic footwork, fundamental blade skills and rules. Some bouting for beginners is also scheduled.
    All equipment for the class will be provided.
    More information is available by calling Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    Renegades to visit ice rink again

    The New Mexico Renegades semiprofessional hockey team will host the Wichita Thunder at Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday.
    The Renegades, a Junior A team located who play in Rio Rancho, compete in the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division.
    More information can be obtained by calling the ice rink at 662-4500.

    Women’s Weekend starts Friday

  • Marr sets three U.S. swim records at Olympic Club

    One of the most prolific age-group swimmers in the country, Jackie Marr, is at it again.
    Marr, a local competitor who holds numerous master’s-level world and U.S. records, recently captured three more national titles. Competing at The Olympic Club national meet last month, Marr earned U.S. bests in her age group in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter short course freestyle events.
    Just as impressive, Marr earned all three titles in the same swim.
    Marr was swimming in just one event, the 1500 freestyle, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Her split times in the 1500 — roughly equal to one mile — were good enough to give her the U.S. titles.
    “I thought I did really good,” Marr said. “I got tired doing flip-turns at the end.... I felt good, but I almost wish I could swim it over again.”
    As is usually the case for the fiercely competitive Marr, she wanted more. Specifically, she wanted to break her age group’s world short course record in the 1500, the time of which she has written on an index card: 23 minutes, 54.74 seconds.
    Marr recently turned 70, which now places her in the 70-74 age group at the master’s level. The first year of joining an age group is generally the prime chance swimmers have to make their marks.

  • Hilltoppers look to avenge loss to Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will renew its annual home-and-home grudge match against the Taos Ice Tigers tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Ice Tigers at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    Tonight’s game is one of three games this weekend for the Hilltoppers. They will also take on the Albuquerque OutKast at Outpost Arena Saturday morning and the Cibola Cougars Saturday afternoon at Blades Arena in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos and Taos, longtime rivals, met for the first time this season during week 12 play, with the Ice Tigers prevailing 5-3 in Taos. Los Alamos would bounce back from that loss, however, to shut out the La Cueva Bears 4-0.
    Currently, the Hilltoppers are 9-5-1, sitting in fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. The Hilltoppers have 19 points on the season, just ahead of the Ice Tigers’ 17 points — Taos is 8-7-1.
    El Paso Coronado is still the top team in the NMIIHL with its mark of 17-1. The T-Birds are tied in the loss column with Cibola (14-1-2), which is currently sitting in second place.