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  • Outlook: District 2-4A Girls Basketball

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Overall record: 9-7

    Key wins: at Belen, Nov. 29; vs. Moriarty, Dec. 8; at Academy, Jan. 7.

    Key losses: vs. Los Lunas, Dec. 6; vs. Piedra Vista, Dec. 29; vs. Del Norte, Jan. 5.

    Outlook: The Spartans could be the X factor in 2-4A this season, something that could be doubly true if they can knock off the Hilltoppers tonight. The Spartans boast a senior-heavy roster and decent size in the paint. They won’t be afraid to bang with any team near the basket.

  • Topper teams start 2-4A play

    The favorite time of the year for basketball fans has arrived.
    District play in Class 4A commences this week and  for the Los Alamos teams, they both are slated with two big 2-4A contests, the first one starting tonight.
    Los Alamos’ girls will take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 7 p.m. The Spartans, much like the Hilltoppers, have been up-and-down during the nondistrict season, but could match up well against the Hilltoppers, plus the Spartans have some seasoned veteran returners like Katie Darnell and Cedar-Rain Yellowmule.
    The Hilltoppers (9-9) will go into the game off a win against the Manzano Monarchs at home Saturday. The Hilltoppers trailed by three early in the fourth quarter but bounced back to win that contest going away, 54-47.

  • Sports Update 01-15-12

    Youth lacrosse program holding registrations Thursday

    Registrations for the new Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse program will be accepted at a sign-up session Thursday.
    The session will be at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. It is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.
    The lacrosse program is for high-school aged boys and girls and for youth league players in grades 4-8.
    Registration is $85 per player. The season will run from March-May. Rental equipment may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Volunteers are also being sought to assist with coaching.
    For more information, visit www.laylax.org on the Internet.
    Racquetball league starting at YMCA

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 16-21

    Tuesday

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

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

    Friday

    Diving: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, TBA.

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Duals, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

  • LA takes sixth place at Pecos tournament

    This week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was issued a challenge and it responded.
    Los Alamos, coming off a lackluster performance a week ago, wanted to find its groove again and seemed to do so after two back-to-back solid efforts.
    Saturday, taking with them mostly their less-experienced grapplers, the Hilltoppers picked up a sixth-place finish at the Pecos Invitational tournament.
    Along the way the Hilltoppers came away with five medals, including a first-place finish by Peter Brewer.
    Brewer took top honors at 195 pounds Saturday, his best finish so far this season.

  • LA lifted by big 4th quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a win in its final game before the start of the District 2-4A season Saturday.
    Los Alamos nearly equaled its scoring output from the first three quarters in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 points to pull away from the Class 5A Manzano Monarchs. Los Alamos picked up a 54-47 victory at over Manzano at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hayley Each had 17 points for the Hilltoppers, who have now won two straight contests and improved to 9-9 on the season.
    Manzano (8-6) actually led 32-29 early in the fourth quarter. Despite dropping in 18 points in the final quarter itself, Los Alamos was able to put together a good inside-out game and hit its free throws down the stretch.

  • King of the Cage is back this weekend

    Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino will host another installment of King of the Cage Saturday night.
    This installment of King of the Cage mixed martial arts event will feature 13 contests, all of them including at least one New Mexico fighter. The main event pits Santa Fe 145-pounder Angelo Sanchez against Richard Schiller of Corona, Calif.
    Fights begin at 7 p.m.
    “We are very excited to bring King of the Cage back to Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino with the ‘Night Stalker’ event,” said resort general manager Scott Eldredge in a press release.

  • Toppers win on late-game shot

    JACONA – It was a wild finish to a tight ballgame Thursday night, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team prevailed over a longtime rival.
    Los Alamos traveled just down the road to visit the Pojoaque Elks Thursday night with both teams looking to pick up some momentum as they get ready to start district play next week.
    With only 10 seconds remaining, Los Alamos’ Nick Baker scored on a third-chance bucket after a mad scrum for a pair of rebounds. With time left, however the Elks moved the ball back down the court, but couldn’t get off a decent look late, persevering a 44-43 victory at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

  • ’Toppers, Elks lock horns tonight

    A pair of old foes will meet again tonight at Jacona Gymnasium.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will take on the Pojoaque Elks just down the road. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos and Pojoaque are both winding down their nondistrict seasons and are looking to grab some momentum before they head into districts that are considered two of the best in the state.
    The Hilltoppers (5-10) dropped a 48-43 decision Tuesday night to St. Pius X, a game Los Alamos trailed by as many as 15 points at the half before cutting the St. Pius edge to just two early in the fourth quarter.
    The Elks (6-9), meanwhile, have had an up-and-down season so far, but have won three straight and four of their last five.

  • Toppers knock off Chargers, Rams

    The second half of the winter season didn’t get off to the start the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was hoping.
    After a disappointing finish Saturday, the Hilltoppers were hoping to bounce back at home Wednesday, and it did. The Hilltoppers knocked off a pair of visiting teams at Auxiliary Gymnasium, defeating both Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos picked up a decisive team victory over Academy, taking a 42-23 decision. In the other contest, which featured much of the Rams’ younger wrestlers, Los Alamos nipped the Rams 42-39.
    Wednesday’s competition was originally scheduled to be a quadrangular meet, but Pecos, the fourth invitee, was a no-show. Los Alamos will travel to Pecos for a tournament this weekend.