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  • 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.

  • People in the News 01-27-13

    Ealey ranked 32nd in nation at OSU

    Former Los Alamos High School star track and field athlete Chase Ealey, one of the most dominant performers in school history, is starting her collegiate career off with a bang.
    Ealey, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, has won three consecutive shot put events for the OSU Cowboys as they are starting their indoor season.
    In the Jan. 19 Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Kansas State (Manhattan, Kan.), Ealey eclipsed her personal best throw in the shot put with a mark of 51 feet, 10 inches. That throw, which was not only one of the top 25 in the country at that point, placed her second in OSU school history for women’s shot put.
    Currently, Ealey is the 32nd-ranked thrower among Division-I competitors. She is one of eight members of the Cowboys program with a national ranking.
    Ealey graduated LAHS in 2012 as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. Individually, she won four consecutive 100 meter titles, along with two state championships in shot put and javelin. She was the Class 4A high-point athlete in both 2011 and 2012.

    Paige named region’s Coach of Year

  • 'Toppers stay close, but Demons prevail late

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came within four minutes of pulling off a gigantic upset Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos led the bulk of Friday’s contest against the No. 1 team in the state, the Santa Fe Demons, but the Demons started on a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory, 53-47.

    The game presented the Hilltoppers with a chance to earn a big leg up in the early portion of the District 2-4A season. Unfortunately, they couldn’t withstand Santa Fe’s powerful offense, which had struggled much of the game, pouring it on late.

    Read more about Friday’s game in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Dual in the Four Corners

    Peter Brewer, going for a pin against Tierra Encantada’s Jorge Marquez, and the Hilltoppers will take part in the very tough Aztec Duals Saturday. Most of the top teams from the Four Corners area will be in action. Los Alamos is coming off a win at last week’s Pecos Invitational, at which Brewer finished second in the 220-pound weight division. 

  • LA girls face top team in 4A for early district lead

    Tonight, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a chance to set the tone in a big way for the remainder of the District 2-4A season.
    After dismantling the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers take on the Santa Fe Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos (11-8 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won two of three games under new head coach Ann Stewart, can take the early advantage in the district race, not to mention a huge psychological advantage over the rest of 2-4A, with a win tonight.
    That win, however, isn’t going to come easily.
    The Demons, at 17-0, are the only undefeated basketball team in the state of New Mexico, boys or girls, and are ranked No. 1 in this week’s Class 4A power ratings.
    Santa Fe, which spent most of its first two years as an also-ran in district, came on last year to grab a runner-up finish and gave defending district champ Española Valley a serious run for its money.
    Heading into this season, the Demons, with a very talented — and relatively young — group of players, were expected to make noise in 4A. What they’ve been is a rock band cranked all the way to 11.
    Santa Fe is averaging a whopping 60.8 points per game while giving up less than 40 points per outing.