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  • Pajarito to reopen Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain officials announced the ski area will reopen Saturday morning.
    Pajarito received approximately 7 inches of snow from the recent storms around Los Alamos. The area is now reporting a 20-inch base of machine-groomed snow.
    Saturday, the area will have the Beginner, Aspen and Mother lifts running.
    Pajarito was open in late December but ceased operations early this month after the base dwindled to 16 inches, less than minimum operating level.
    The mountain’s café, rental shop and snowsports school will be in operation Saturday.
     

  • Wrestlers head to Las Vegas on Friday

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • Sundevils rally to top 'Toppers, 52-40

    ESPAÑOLA – A hot shooting third quarter by the Española Valley Sundevils put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a hole during Wednesday night’s contest.
    Although the Hilltoppers fought back to get the margin down to manageable levels late in the third quarter, Española Valley forced some key turnovers in the fourth quarter to pull away.
    Los Alamos was within four points of Española Valley at the break, but Sundevil guard Krista Bustos nailed three 3-pointers in a 2-1/2 minute stretch in the third quarter to get things rolling for her team.
    While the Hilltoppers connected on a couple of late jumpers in the third quarter, by Amber Logan and Anna Scott, to clip the Sundevil advantage to 6 points, the Sundevils hit some quick layups and got to the foul line in the fourth quarter. Española Valley won the contest 52-40 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    The loss drops the Hilltoppers to 1-2 in district play (11-10 overall) with just one more game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will host the struggling Capital Jaguars Saturday night.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos set itself up with some good looks under the basket much of the night, but struggled to finish.

  • LA wins 2 of 5 at Aztec Duals

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • LA falls at home to Española Valley

    With just one game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team continues to struggle.
    Los Alamos, desperately seeking a victory to get some momentum going into its final five games of the year, was trounced in the second half against the always-tough Española Valley Sundevils.
    Española Valley executed a swarming full-court press in the second half that led to a dozen Hilltopper turnovers and some gimme baskets on the other end of the floor.
    The Sundevils broke open what had been a tight ballgame in the second half to win going away, 58-34.
    To avoid dropping to 0-4 with just 4 games remaining, Los Alamos will have just three days to prepare for Capital, which had been tabbed as the team to beat in 2-4A this season.
    Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Española Valley are all speedy teams and that speed served to give Los Alamos trouble. Española Valley’s press, in particular, gave Los Alamos fits.
    “It’s honestly the first press that’s bothered us,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We lost our focus. We’ve got to make quick decisions against the press. Are they 25 points better than us? I don’t think they are.”

  • LA boys, girls swim teams take top spots at Artesia

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams held off the St. Pius X Sartans this weekend to claim the top spots at Saturday’s Artesia Invitational.
    The Hilltopper girls earned 233 team points to earn the victory at Artesia while the Sartans finished with 190 points to finish as the runners-up Saturday, with Alamogordo grabbing 185 points in third place.
    Los Alamos’ boys also had to fend off a charge from St. Pius, but won by a margin of 246-214. Only one other team on the boys side finished with more than 89 points.
    This was the second win of the 2012-13 season for both the Hilltopper boys and girls.
    Individually for the Hilltopper girls, Sarah Lott (50-yard freestyle), Anna Wermer (100 freestyle) and Ashlynn Bennett (200 individual medley) and Kaitlin Bennett (100 breaststroke) earned victories Saturday. Ashlynn Bennett also had a second place finish in the 100 backstroke.
    For Los Alamos’ boys, they had two individual top finishers, Sam Harris in the 200 individual medley and Connor Schultz in the 100 breaststroke. Harris finished second in the 100 backstroke and Schultz did likewise in the 100 butterfly.

    Girls

     Team scores

  • Santa Fe tops LA big Saturday, 70-47

    SANTA FE — With under a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was very much in the game against the Santa Fe Demons.
    Then the wheels fell off.
    With the third quarter winding down, Los Alamos trailed by just 7 points to Santa Fe Saturday night at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. But Santa Fe went on a 9-2 run extending into the early part of the fourth quarter to take control of the contest.
    A pair of Los Alamos 3-pointers by Seth Drop and Skyler Veenis at the 6:11 and 5:21 mark cut the Santa Fe lead back down to 8 points, but that would be Los Alamos’ last hurrah in the game.
    Santa Fe outscored Los Alamos 20-5 in the final 5 minutes to roll to a 70-47 win in the District 2-4A contest.
    Los Alamos finished the second half with 18 team fouls — despite the whopping total called on the Hilltoppers, only a few of those calls, most of them coming after the score got out of hand, were dubious. Santa Fe was into the double-bonus just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.
    In the final period, the Demons (9-10 overall, 1-1 in district) went to the foul line 20 times and converted 14 of those shots.
    For Los Alamos, starters Travis Richins, Simon Heath and Xavier Dennison fouled out in a span of 1:38, all before the halfway point of the fourth quarter.

  • LA can’t hold off Santa Fe rally

    For three quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team played as well or better than the Santa Fe Demons in a big District 2-4A contest.
    In the fourth quarter, however, the Demons’ powerful offense showed up.
    Santa Fe, the No. 1 team in Class 4A and the only undefeated team in all of New Mexico, showed why it held those distinctions. Santa Fe scored 18 points and held the Hilltoppers to just 8 points to come away with a victory and spoil the Hilltoppers’ upset bid Friday at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Demons’ powerful scoring tandem of Jackie Martinez and Kayla Herrar combined for 16 of those 18 fourth quarter points as they took a 53-47 victory.
    It was a disappointing loss for the Hilltoppers, who led for the bulk of Friday’s contest. A win would’ve given the Hilltoppers sole possession of first place in the early going of the District 2-4A race and a whole heap of momentum for another very tough contest this week against Española Valley.
    “We definitely had ourselves in this game the whole time,” Los Alamos head coach Ann Stewart said. “That was our goal and hopefully, we’d pull it out. At the end, I think fatigued set in. Maybe we were getting tight and nervous. Hopefully, as we play tighter games, we can withstand that.”

  • Sports Briefs 01-27-13

    LALL organizational meeting is Tuesday at Mesa Public Library

    An informational and organizational meeting for the upcoming Los Alamos Little League season is set for Tuesday.
    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. It will be in Mesa Public Library’s third floor meeting rooms.
    Anyone interested in coaching, helping organize or serving on the board for this year’s LALL season is invited to attend.

    Renegades to visit ice rink again

    The New Mexico Renegades semiprofessional hockey team will host the Wichita Thunder at Los Alamos County Ice Rink Feb. 9.
    The Renegades, a Junior A team located who play in Rio Rancho, compete in the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division.
    Pregame is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Public skating will be available that day from 1-3:30 p.m.

    Spring sports meeting set for Feb. 7

  • On Schedule 01-27-13

    Monday
    Boys basketball: West Las Vegas at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

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

    Friday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

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

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Robertson Invite, varsity, TBA.