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  • 'Toppers fall to No. 1 team in state

    SANTA FE — For three quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held its own against the No. 1 team in the state.
    But the game would come down to that other quarter.
    Despite the fact that few people giving them much of a chance to compete with the bigger, stronger Santa Fe Demons, the Hilltoppers held the lead for a good portion of the first half and actually outscored the Demons in two quarters Friday night at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    But a rough third quarter, which included three points scored and a dozen turnovers, propelled the Demons to the win. The Demons prevailed 50-37 and in doing so, took control of the District 2-4A race.
    Just two games into the district season, Santa Fe has a clear path to victory. With Friday’s win it has topped its two toughest competitors in the first go-round of regular season play and just needs to hold serve against its two lesser competitors — there is little reason to believe either will be able to keep up with the Demons — to earn the district title.
    The good news for the Hilltoppers is they now know they can keep pace with the Demons, but they will need to clean things up when they face the Demons again Feb. 12 at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • LA, Santa Fe face off tonight for hockey

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will try to bounce back Friday night from a 3-game losing streak with a game against Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos takes on the Blue Jackets at the Genoveva Chavez Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The two teams met early in the season with the Blue Jackets prevailing 3-2 in Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers dropped a pair of games last weekend, to Rio Rancho and La Cueva. The Hilltoppers, who had been on an offensive tear, managed just two goals in those two games, falling by identical 4-1 scores.
    It was Los Alamos’ second defeat of the year at the hands of the Rams, while La Cueva was able to earn the season split with the victory in Albuquerque last weekend.
    With its recent skid, Los Alamos lost ground in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. The Hilltoppers are sitting at 5-5-0, which places them sixth overall and two points behind arch-rival Taos.
    The top teams in the NMIIHL, El Paso Coronado (9-0-0) and El Paso Franklin (7-2-0) have games scheduled in Albuquerque this weekend, with Coronado taking on La Cueva, Rio Rancho and Cibola, while Franklin meets St. Pius X, Cibola and Rio Rancho in the space of two days.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ Isaac Dunwoody and Zealand Walterscheid are among the top goaltenders in the league statistically.

  • Wrestling heads up to Four Corners area

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will be back in action this weekend, heading up to the Four Corners area.
    Los Alamos will take part in the Aztec Tiger Duals Saturday. In that duals competition, the Hilltoppers will see Cleveland, Pagosa Springs, Colo., and host Aztec in their pool.
    It has been an interesting last couple of weeks of competition for the Hilltoppers. After ho-hum showings against Albuquerque Academy, at the Chargers’ tournament and at home in a duals contest, the Hilltoppers took a small group to the Joe Vivian Invitational last weekend and some other wrestlers to a tournament in Pecos.
    The Joe Vivian tournament is one of the toughest in the state, with virtually all of the state’s top teams taking part.
    Only five Los Alamos wrestlers took part and only two, 170-pounder Lane Saunders and heavyweight Jonathan Schueler survived the first day and made it into day two. No Hilltoppers made the podium.
    One of the wrestlers not traveling with the team was Brian Geyer, 195-pounder and defending state champ. Head coach Bob Geyer said Brian was feeling under the weather, an issue he’d had to deal with for most of the previous week, and the Hilltoppers elected to keep him out of the Vivian tournament, where he could probably have had a big impact.

  • Reynolds resigns his volleyball post

    Things were getting a little hectic for Robin Reynolds. Something had to give.
    That something ended up being his volleyball head coaching position.
    Reynolds stepped down from his post Thursday, giving several reasons why it would be tough for him to continue leading the program.
    “It turns out God had other plans for me,” he said. “I’m going to be taking care of my mom, who’s had some medical care needs.”
    Both Reynolds’ mom and his sister are in need of medical care and he’s trying to help out both of them. Additionally, he said, he’s recently received more responsibilities with his day job at Los Alamos National Laboratory and that is also eating away at his time.
    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department, which made the announcement Thursday afternoon, said it would start looking for another head coach immediately.
    It was a relatively short stay for Reynolds in the top job. He took over less than a calendar year ago for Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February 2013, also citing family reasons.
    In his one season with the Hilltoppers, Reynolds led them to a 13-9 record and a berth into the state Class 4A tournament in November. The Hilltoppers fell out in the first round of direct elimination play to Santa Fe, their district rivals.

  • Volleyball head coach resigns

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic office announced today that volleyball head coach Robin Reynolds has resigned his post.
    A press release sent to the Los Alamos Monitor stated that Reynolds left his position after one season due to increased medical needs of family members and increased work demands.
    Reynolds held the post for less than one calendar year, taking over for Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February 2013.
    See Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information.
     

  • Sports Briefs 01-23-14

    College student-athlete info meeting is Jan. 30

    Los Alamos High School will host a meeting for student-athletes and parents of student-athletes interested in learning more about requirements for NCAA and NAIA eligibility.
    The meeting is set for Jan. 30 in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call 663-2531.

    Beginning fencing class starting soon

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting new students for its upcoming beginning fencing class.
    The class starts Feb. 4 and is open to interested persons 10 and over. Beginning fencing, which is for those with little or no previous experience, covers basic footwork and strategy.
    The class will be Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Price for participation is $20 per month for members and $40 per month for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    K of C hosts free throw contest

  • Bernalillo outguns LA late to win

    BERNALILLO — There isn’t a clear-cut favorite in District 2-4A boys basketball this season, and despite a rough nondistrict season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have a shot to turn things around.
    The Hilltoppers knew this heading into their district opener Wednesday night against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    But, despite a good first half showing and some timely shooting in the second half to keep things close, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to keep pace in the end game.
    Los Alamos trailed by just 6 points to Bernalillo at the end of the third quarter and by just 7 with about two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, withstanding a couple of Spartan fast break opportunities, but that wouldn’t be enough.
    Bernalillo, itself trying to start anew after a tough nondistrict season, put together an impressive 10-2 run to close out the game, topping the Hilltoppers 62-47.
    Spartan guard Carl Herrera had a huge fourth quarter, running the floor well in transition with his team dominating the boards. Herrera had 10 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to put things away — he also finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk knew his team had a big opportunity to get its fortunes moving in the right direction, but it couldn’t take advantage.

  • Bernalillo outguns LA late to win

    BERNALILLO — There isn’t a clear-cut favorite in District 2-4A boys basketball this season, and despite a rough nondistrict season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have a shot to turn things around.
    The Hilltoppers knew this heading into their district opener Wednesday night against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    But, despite a good first half showing and some timely shooting in the second half to keep things close, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to keep pace in the end game.
    Los Alamos trailed by just 6 points to Bernalillo at the end of the third quarter and by just 7 with about two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, withstanding a couple of Spartan fast break opportunities, but that wouldn’t be enough.
    Bernalillo, itself trying to start anew after a tough nondistrict season, put together an impressive 10-2 run to close out the game, topping the Hilltoppers 62-47.
    Spartan guard Carl Herrera had a huge fourth quarter, running the floor well in transition with his team dominating the boards. Herrera had 10 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to put things away — he also finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk knew his team had a big opportunity to get its fortunes moving in the right direction, but it couldn’t take advantage.

  • Big 2nd half boosts 'Toppers in 2-4A opener

    It’s a rare night when the Bernalillo Spartans go down easily.
    And in the first half of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball District 2-4A opener, that appeared to be the case once again.
    The Spartans held a slim lead after one quarter and were down just a point at the half.
    But those tables turned quickly in the second half.
    Los Alamos, employing one of the most effective transition games it has featured all season, went on a 7-0 run to open the third quarter. Bernalillo, which had been its scrappy self up to that point, never recovered beyond a scoring spurt to open the fourth quarter and the Hilltoppers rolled to a big 68-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltopper defense allowed the Spartans just four points in the third quarter, while forward Kiana Zerr and 2-guard McKenzie Logan combined for 12 of the Hilltoppers’ 18 points to bust the game open.
    “We knew we needed to get a big lead,” Zerr said of her team’s mindset in the second half. “We had to pull things out. They came up on me and we were able to move the ball around…look back-door a couple of times and Kenzie could take it in most of the time.”

  • Free throw contest for youth is Sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will host its annual local free threw contest Sunday.

    The competition is open to boys and girls ages 10-14. Contests will be held in several age group categories.
    The event is free but participants must sign up between 12:30-1 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium Sunday. Parent consent is required to participate.
    The winners of the local events can advance to district, state, national and international competition.
    For more information, call Roger Anaya at 670-6717.