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  • 'Toppers will be at home for 2nd meet of season Saturday

    There are plenty of familiar faces around the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams this season, although one of the new faces is the one at the top.
    Head coach Stu Corliss takes over the reins of the program this year and is prepping the team for its second meet of the season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will make its one-and-only home appearance of the season Saturday.
    Teams from Taos, Desert Academy, St. Michael’s and St. Pius X, among others, are expected for the Los Alamos Invitational.
    The transition from Rusty Bernstein, who took over the swim program in 2009, to Corliss, has taken some adjusting to and getting some of the teams’ newcomers up to speed has been a challenge during the preseason.
    “At the beginning it was kind of a big mess,” said senior Maria Venneri. “The returners know what’s happening…It’s really on the shoulders of the older swimmers to get things going.”
    Los Alamos will be banking on some of its top returners to get back to form this season, as well as a key newcomer to the program.

  • Girls, boys basketball postponed for tonight

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department said today that tonight's scheduled girls basketball game between Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos and the boys basketball game between Los Alamos and St. Michael's have been postponed due to weather conditions.
    Make-up dates have not been set.

    For the Hilltopper boys, this is their fourth weather postponement this year. Los Alamos has gotten in just two games this season.

  • Moriarty tops 'Toppers at Griffith Gym, 49-40

    In trying to get on the right path following a 1-win season, there is still a ways to go for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    And while there were some missteps in their first two games, the Hilltoppers might be finding some footing.
    Los Alamos showed some things fans hadn’t seen for several years, including some semblance of a transition game, Tuesday night in its home opener against Moriarty. Los Alamos scored some transition buckets and moved the ball more effectively than it did for much of last season on offense.
    However, the Hilltoppers offensive performance still wasn’t where the team needed it to be. Los Alamos scored just 17 field goals on the night and just six in the first half as it fell to Moriarty 49-40.
    The Hilltoppers set themselves up with decent looks against the Pinto defense much of the contest, but converted only 33.3 percent.
    Defensively, Los Alamos had a much better showing than it did in its opener Saturday against Piedra Vista, when it surrendered 82 points.
    Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said that lackluster performance came because the Hilltoppers weren’t communicating effectively on that end, but thought the communication improved considerably Tuesday.

  • 'Toppers thumped in opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was thumped in its season opener Saturday.
    Los Alamos traveled to meet the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday night in what turned out to be its season opener. Los Alamos had been scheduled to open at home Nov. 22, but that game and the following night’s game against Kirtland Central, were both postponed due to weather concerns.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers took on the Panthers in Farmington to open the season, and the Panthers prevailed handily.
    Piedra Vista had three players finish in double-figures, including a 22-point performance by junior Troy Dixon, as the Panthers (1-0) rolled to an 82-53 victory.
    The Panthers shot a red-hot 52 percent from the field against Los Alamos, which prides itself on defense, and connected on 10 3-pointers.
    Los Alamos (0-1) is trying to get itself established this season following a disastrous 1-26 showing in 2012-13, but this season hasn’t gotten off to the start the program was hoping for.
    It will have a chance to break into the win column tonight at home, however, when it takes on Moriarty.
    Moriarty’s Pintos (2-1) will go into tonight’s game off two straight victories against a pair of Class 3A opponents, Las Vegas Robertson and Taos.

  • LA nipped by Pojoaque Valley Saturday night

    JACONA – Despite digging itself an early hole, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was nearly able to dig itself all the way out on several occasions.

    Unfortunately, every time the Hilltoppers got close, the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes were able to make a mini-run and get some separation Saturday night.

    Los Alamos trailed by as many as 12 points midway through the second quarter, but a 12-3 run got it back into the ballgame. Los Alamos cut the lead down to 1 point several times in the second half, but the Elkettes hung on to win 62-60 at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    Early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Duran put in a bucket after her own offensive rebound, putting the Hilltoppers to within 45-44, but the Elkettes would put together a 10-2 run over the next 3:15, then hit some key free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

    Pojoaque Valley veteran head coach Ron Drake, who made a scouting trip to Los Alamos earlier last week when the Hilltoppers played St. Michael’s, said he knew going in the Hilltoppers would have a better offensive performance than the 9-for-42 showing they had from the floor versus the Horsemen.

    “McKenzie (Logan) was 1-for-15 that night,” Drake said. “She’s a lot better than that. We had to put Ody (Andujo), one of our best defenders, on her.”

  • LA nipped at Pojoaque Valley, 62-60

    JACONA – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came back from a big early deficit to make a game of it against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes.

    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers could never find the points to tie it up as they fell to the Elkettes 62-60 Saturday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos trailed by 11 after one quarter, but chipped away at the lead for most of the rest of the contest. Los Alamos shooting guard McKenzie Logan dropped in 21 points to spark the comeback, including 10 in the second quarter.

    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, some late fouls, some streaky free throw shooting by the Elkettes and late turnovers hampered their comeback efforts.

    Read more about Saturday’s girls basketball game in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 12-01-13

    Monday
    Girls basketball: LAMS at Memorial Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

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

    Wednesday
    Wrestling: LAMS at West Las Vegas Invite, 3 p.m.

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Southwest Duals (Rio Rancho), varsity, 3 p.m.

    Saturday
    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Southwest Duals (Rio Rancho), varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS Invite, 8 a.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 12-01-13

    Christmas Lights Runs start Monday night

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club will host the 2013 Christmas Lights runs starting Monday.
    The runs will take place at various spots around Los Alamos. They will be twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 20.
    Monday’s run will start at Metzger’s Mobil station on Diamond Drive and go through Western Area. The course is approximately 2.5 miles long.
    Other runs are scheduled for the Denver Steel area, Barranca Mesa and the downtown area, among other spots.
    Runs will begin at 6:15 p.m. Runners should be stretched and ready to run at that time. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing is encouraged. Runs are non-competitive and are not for endurance-building.
    Anyone interested is welcome to participate.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org, or its Facebook page, facebook.com/triatomics.

    LAYSL registration is open online

    Registration is now open for the spring 2014 Los Alamos Youth Scoccer League season.
    Online registration can be done through Feb. 10.
    For more information or to register, visit laysl.org.

    Trail Runs registration is open

    Registration for the 2014 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs' two longer races opens online today.

  • Stick and Puck

    Los Alamos’ Hudson Davenhall fights with the Santa Fe goaltender during the Hilltoppers’ opener Nov. 22. Los Alamos lost to Santa Fe 3-2, but will be back in action Friday night when it hosts St. Pius X. Local radio station KRSN regularly carries live Hilltopper hockey games.

  • Many new faces around ’Topper program this year

    It may take awhile for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team to sort things out and figure out exactly what it has this year.

    Los Alamos had its best season in recent history last year, finishing fifth in team competition at the Class 4A championship tournament and earning its first individual state title since the mid-1990s.

    But several of those key figures from last year’s team are gone and Los Alamos will have to make some lineup adjustments.

    The good news, however, is there is no shortage of personnel to make the adjustments with.
    Los Alamos looks to be two-deep in all but one weight class, heavyweight, as it gets its 2013-14 season going. Los Alamos will open at the very tough Southwest Duals Friday in Rio Rancho.

    Despite its starting lineup juggling, it has been a productive preseason in the Hilltoppers’ wrestling room.

    “It’s been really good, “ said returning junior John Dermer. “We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, which we need. We’re getting there. Some of the younger guys are catching up. We’re working at it.”