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  • Saunders wins 2-5A title, 10 other 'Toppers qualify

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished with a lone District 2-5A champion at Saturday’s qualifying tournament.
    Los Alamos hosted the qualifying event at Griffith Gymnasium. The top three finishers in each weight class will now advance to the state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday in Rio Rancho.
    The only district title winner for the Hilltoppers was Lane Saunders at 182 pounds. Saunders finished off a spectacular regular season, going 31-1 individually, and could well be the favorite in that weight class to take home a second consecutive state championship.
    He finished ahead of Manuel Carrillo of Capital, an eighth grader.
    The seeding committee will meet prior to Friday’s first round. Saunders appears to be well in line for a No. 1 seed this season with Israel Villa of Goddard the only other 182-pounder in the state that seems to have much of a shot of beating him out for the coveted spot.
    Along with Saunders’ 2-5A title, Los Alamos also picked up seven runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes to give the team a grand total of 11 entries for the 5A championship.

  • Swim meet will start on Friday

    Both Los Alamos’ boys and girls swimming teams will have near full compliments of competitors for this weekend’s state championship meet.
    The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos finished off its regular season with the District 1 meet, which it hosted Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    For the state meet, Los Alamos has girls competing in all but two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. For Los Alamos’ boys, they will have competitors in every event except the 50 freestyle and in diving.
    The state meet will have preliminary heats Friday afternoon and finals and consolation heats Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Girls diving preliminary and final rounds will both be on Friday, also at Academy.

    In the District 1 meet, both the Hilltopper teams were victorious. The Hilltopper girls finished with 491 points, easily outdistancing St. Michael's in the team standings, while Los Alamos' boys finsihed with a near-identical score of 489. Piedra Vista finished as the boys runner-up.

  • Sports Briefs 2-15-15

    Lacrosse registration is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League will hold a registration session for its 2015 season Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m.
    The league is open to boys and girls from age 9 to high school seniors. Teams for U13 players, U15 players and high school-level players are planned.
    For more information on the lacrosse league, visit laylax.org.

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games.
    Registration forms are available at the YMCA of Los Alamos. Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information, call 662-3526.
     

  • On Schedule 2-15-15

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

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

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls preliminaries, 8:30 a.m.; boys preliminaries, immediately following girls.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), preliminary heats, 3 p.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.

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

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

    Saturday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls finals, 8:15 a.m.; boys finals, during swimming competition.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), finals, 11:30 a.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.
     

  • Sundevils pound ’Toppers in big district showdown

    ESPAÑOLA — Following a knock-down, drag-out fight in their first meeting, most expected the second meeting to be much the same.
    But virtually from the opening tip, Friday night’s big girls basketball game was all Española Valley.
    Española Valley jumped out to a 12-3 lead midway through the opening period and never looked back, as it cruised to a 60-44 victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in a critical District 2-5A contest.
    For the Sundevils, barring two monumental upsets in their final two games of the 2-5A season, they will go on to clinch the regular season district title.
    Los Alamos had a shot going into Friday’s game to earn the lead in the 2-5A standings outright with a win at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    But, even on a regular night, that gym is a tough place to win for a visiting team, but on Friday, one of the biggest crowds to ever show for a girls basketball game was on hand, most of them rooting for the hometown Sundevils.
    The crowd seemed to rattle Los Alamos (20-4 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) early. Los Alamos turned over the ball 6 times in the first quarter and managed just one field goal through the first 3:51 of the ballgame.

  • LA hosting district tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will host Saturday’s District 2-5A individual qualifier.
    The Hilltoppers are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing showing at last weekend’s 2-5A team tournament, hosted by Del Norte. The Hilltoppers finished third in the tournament behind Capital and Del Norte’s Knights, breaking their streak of three consecutive 2-5A victories.
    The Knights and Hilltoppers were deadlocked in their head-to-heat match Saturday for the runner-up spot, but the Hilltoppers had to take a medical forfeit in the final bout and lost the dual by 6 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said his team caught a few bad breaks along the way last weekend, breaks it couldn’t afford trying to upset Capital, which was the district title favorite this year from opening day.
    Saturday will be the only chance for wrestlers from the district to qualify for the state tournament, which is scheduled for next weekend in Rio Rancho.
    The top four finishers in the five-team district will advance to state, so Los Alamos should have an excellent chance to get its active roster to the state tournament intact.
    Los Alamos has had some big showings from its upper-weight wrestlers this season.

  • The Big One

    Los Alamos wing Ashlynn Trujillo, one of the top talents in Class 5A, and the rest of the Hilltoppers will be in Española tonight taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Riding on tonight’s game is first place in the District 2-5A race.

  • Golf course to be open Saturday

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced today that, with the mild weather around Los Alamos County for the past few weeks, the course is in good enough shape to open.

    Play will begin Saturday. Tee times can be reserved for 10 a.m. that day.

    Donnie Torres, head pro at LAGC, said the course probably won't be open indefinitely but rather on a day-to-day basis depending on weather.

    The LAGC pro shop will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The practice range will close at 3:45 p.m. for the time being.

    For further information, call the pro shop at 662-8139.

  • Swim teams finish season at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams both finished in the top two among competitors at the Year End Invitational last weekend in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s meet. Los Alamos earned 508 points, which placed it behind the Eldorado Eagles with 641 points.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos finished with 525 points, outdistancing Albuquerque, which had 435 points.
    The Hilltoppers will host the District 1 championship meet Friday and Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The top swimmers in each event, regardless of finish time, will advance to the state championship meet the following week.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ boys won seven events.
    Michael Moore, who has not lost a race in individual competition this season, was the winner in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.91) and the 100 butterfly (53.26).
    The Hilltopper boys also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, as well as taking second in the 200 freestyle relay. Other winners for the Hilltoppers included Alex Jaegers in both the 50 freestyle (23.25) and 100 freestyle (51.81) and Jake Hollis in the 100 breaststroke.

  • Hockey team sweeps home games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team swept all three of its home games this weekend to finish up its home ice schedule.
    Los Alamos had a pair of games against Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and a make-up game against Cibola in just two days and earned victories in all three contests at the county’s ice rink.
    In the two contests against Permian Basin’s Pump Jacks, the Hilltoppers prevailed 3-2 and 4-2.
    The first game was played Saturday night and the second was played Sunday morning.
    In Sunday’s evening contest, against the Cougars, who had handed Los Alamos its first loss of the season, the Hilltoppers prevailed 5-4.
    Heading into the contests, the Hilltoppers were on a down streak, coming off a rough stretch of their schedule against the current top two teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, Franklin and Coronado, teams that are both from El Paso, Texas.
    Los Alamos seemed to get back to form with a nice win the previous week over La Cueva, but the sweep of the three weekend games puts Los Alamos in a spot to contend for the NMIIHL’s runner-up spot with Coronado’s T-Birds — Franklin has already clinched the top spot.