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  • 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.

  • 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.