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  • LA is seeded last in 4A playoff bracket

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has a tall order to fill in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos picked up the 16th and final seed in the upcoming state playoffs. With the No. 16 seed, Los Alamos will have to face top-seeded Goddard in Saturday’s opening round.
    Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Roswell.
    The Hilltoppers (11-17), who finished third in the District 2 regular season and tournament, played Goddard’s Rockets (24-2) earlier this season. The Hilltoppers hung with the Rockets through the first half but the Rockets pulled away in the second half to earn a 59-45 victory in Roswell.

  • Toppers open season against Belen

    To say that the Four Corners area is like a home away from home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is something of an understatement.
    Los Alamos will play nearly as many games this season in the Farmington area as it will in White Rock, starting with a tournament this weekend.
    But first up for the Hilltoppers, as they officially get going on their 2012 season, is a road game this afternoon at Belen.
    “We’re ready to go for the season,” said Los Alamos fourth-year manager Roger Anaya. “We don’t know what to expect out of Belen. They play in a very competitive district with Valencia and Moriarty…but it’ll be interesting to see how we do. They’re excited to get the season going.”

  • LA boys, girls get bottom seed in 4A tourneys

    Both the Los Alamos boys and girls basketball teams made the Class 4A state tournament field. Unfortunately for both, the teams will be going in as the No. 16 seed.

    Los Alamos' boys finished as the bottom seed in that tournament and will face the Goddard Rockets, the No. 1 seed in the state, Saturday night.

    Friday night, the Hilltopper girls will take on the Grants Pirates, the top seed in the girls 4A tournament. This is a rematch from the 2010-11 state tournament.

    More information on the tournaments will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Update 02-26-12

    LALL registration is open

    Registration for the 2012 Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball seasons is now open.
    LALL registration will be open through March 30. Youth ages 4-16 who live within LALL’s boundaries are eligible to play.
    For more information or to register, go to www.eteamz.com/lall-baseball.

    Ice rink closes for year

    Los Alamos County announced last week that, due to deteriorating conditions, the ice rink is now closed.
    The tentative opening for 2012 is in November.
    For more information, call 662-8173.

    Run for Her Life returns March 18

  • On Schedule 02-26-12

    Tuesday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Belen, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Los Lunas, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys basketball: LAMS 8th Grade Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Chili Quad, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 3 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys basketball: LAMS 8th Grade Invite, TBA.

     

  • Former LA pitcher to throw for Santa Fe

    A former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout pitcher is taking the first step toward what he’s hoping is a career in pro baseball.
    Scott Berkebile, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has made it onto the roster of the Santa Fe Fuego, an expansion team in the Pecos League.
    During his prep career, Berkebile was one of the most effective closers in 4A. Following his prep career, he tried out for the University of New Mexico baseball team, earning a spot, but left school before playing with the team.
    Following that, Berkebile went to Phoenix hoping to further his baseball career when he heard about the Fuego’s tryout. Berkebile clocked 93 miles per hour on the radar gun during his tryout, which immediately cemented him a spot on the squad.

  • ´Toppers open season with tough test

    Say one thing about the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team: it’s not easing into the season.
    Limping into the season? Most definitely.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2012 campaign Saturday at with a doubleheader against Piedra Vista, the two-time defending state champion, which is rumored to have perhaps the best team it has ever had this year. Immediately in Los Alamos’ future is Los Lunas, a potential top-five team, before it opens its home season March 3 against Moriarty.
    “I love it for us,” Los Alamos veteran manager Mike Gill said. “We may take our lumps, but it helps us get ready for district.”

  • LA tripped up in semis by Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — Brandon Saiz had been one of the best players in District 2-4A over the course of the regular season.
    But Saiz, point guard of the Bernalillo Spartan basketball team, rolled his ankle last week and was unavailable for Thursday’s District 2-4A semifinal contest.
    Things seemed to have stacked up about as well as they could for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, who had struggled to stop Saiz in two previous meetings between the teams. Additionally, the Hilltoppers were going into the semifinal off a big win against Española Valley.

  • LA hopes third time's the charm against Bernalillo

    Tonight’s District 2-4A semifinal boys basketball game could be a war and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have their trenches all ready.
    Los Alamos will take on the Bernalillo Spartans tonight for the right to advance to the district tournament championship game. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. in Bernalillo.
    Tonight’s game will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Bernalillo has prevailed in both meetings, but Los Alamos had chances in both to pull off upsets.
    Whether Los Alamos (11-16 overall, 4-5 in 2-4A) can pull of the upset, as well as build on the momentum it captured following a big win over Española Valley Tuesday night, remains to be seen.

  • LA knocked out in quarters by Bernalillo Tuesday, 36-33

    Early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s girls basketball game, Marissa Valencia was sitting firmly at the end of the bench.
    In the endgame, Valencia was spearheading a big comeback.
    Valencia, the Bernalillo Spartans’ most dangerous player, came up big in the six minutes of the contest, scoring nine points to lead the Spartans to an upset victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, were knocked out in their first district playoff contest.
    The Spartans, who trailed by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, finished off the contest on a 10-2 run, earning a 36-33 victory and advancing to the 2-4A semifinal contest.