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  • 'Topper comeback effort falls short

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team may have had its best chance to break its current losing streak Saturday night, but wasn’t able to do so.
    The Hilltoppers, sitting at 1-17 heading into the game, took on the 2-15 Santa Fe Demons in a District 2-4A contest at Griffith Gymnasium.
    For the Hilltoppers, it was not only a chance to snap a 12-game slide, but also to avoid falling to 0-2 in the district race, which could be a tight affair.
    But Los Alamos fell into a big early hole from which it never escaped. Los Alamos was outscored by 15 points in the first quarter and, despite coming all the way back to make it a 1- or 2-possession game several times in the second half, couldn’t get some open shots to fall and Santa Fe ultimately prevailed 55-44.
    Getting their district season on track may mean the Hilltoppers will have to find a way to upset 2-4A favorite Española Valley tonight in the valley.
    While the Hilltoppers didn’t do themselves any favors on the offensive end – head coach Mike Kluk estimated his team missed 5 or 6 very makeable shots in the first half alone and saw his team miss 9 times from the foul line – the game’s officials were all over the place in the third quarter.

  • Girls soccer coach Kubicek leaving

    The longest-tenured coach at Los Alamos High School has decided to leave his position.
    Jiri Kubicek, who has been involved with Los Alamos soccer for more than 30 years, turned in his resignation Monday. Kubicek’s resignation is effective Feb. 1.
    Kubicek took over the girls soccer program in 1991. In 22 seasons leading the team, he amassed a record of 332-143 (a .699 winning percentage) and led Los Alamos to a pair of state championships.
    But the coach, who is among the longest-tenured active coaches in New Mexico, said it was simply time for him to move on.
    “I’ve been doing this for over 30 years,” he said. “I knew one of these days I was gong to have to end it. This is a good time for a change.”
    According to Kubicek’s resignation letter, he is leaving both for health concerns and to spend more time with his family. Kubicek, who is 62 and is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, said he would like to visit with his grandchildren more often in his extra time.

  • Baca named track coaches' Hall of Famer

    Larry Baca, the longtime boys track and field coach at Los Alamos High School, was inducted into the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend.
    Baca, who stepped away from the team for three seasons but returns for the spring season, was honored at a ceremony by the NMTCCCA Saturday.
     

  • Kubicek leaving girls soccer program

    Longtime Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer coach Jiri Kubicek has announced his resignation effective next month.
    Kubicek, one of the longest serving coaches in any sport in the state, cited health and family reasons for his resignation.
    He officially steps down from his post Feb. 1.
    More information will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • Sports Briefs 01-26-14

    College student-athlete meeting is Thursday

    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 Thursday in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Fencing class at Y is for beginners

    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.

    Youth free throw contest is today

  • On Schedule 01-26-14

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Friday

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

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Las Vegas Robertson Invite, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Las Vegas Robertson Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Española Invite, seventh grade, eighth grade, TBA.
     

  • Swinging Away

    Los Alamos’ Matthew Ticknor takes a slap shot from the point during the third period of Friday’s game at the Genoveva Chavez Center in Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers topped the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-1 in a rough-and-tumble contest that included a slew of penalties. With the win, the Hilltoppers (6-5) avenged a first-game loss on their home ice and snapped a 3-game losing streak in league play. Santa Fe, meanwhile, dropped to 2-9-2 on the season. 

  • '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.