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  • LA wrestlers going for 2nd straight 2-4A title Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will be the team the others will be looking to knock off its perch Saturday.
    Los Alamos will enter the District 2-4A championship tournament as the defending district champ and the team to beat, a position the Hilltoppers aren’t used to.
    The district championship tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española.
    For the first time since 1995, the Hilltoppers are the defending champions at the tournament. Last season, the Hilltoppers grabbed 156 team points to hold off runners-up Santa Fe and Bernalillo for the team title.
    Last season, Los Alamos, Bernalillo and Santa Fe were expected to duke it out for the championship. But Los Alamos qualified nine wrestlers for the championship round, the most of any of the five participants, and earned three individual district titles.
    All three of last year’s champions for the Hilltoppers are returning to defend their crowns.
    Cory Geyer (160 pounds), Brian Geyer (182 pounds) and Arnoldo Ortiz (170 pounds) are all entered into the draw and all three are expected to receive No. 1 seedings when the 2-4A brackets are announced.

  • Golf course to open Friday

     Los Alamos Golf Course announced Thursday afternoon that it would be open for play Friday morning.

    Course professional Donnie Torres said hours of operation for LAGC will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of the month, weather permitting. Play will start at 11 a.m.

    More information about the course opening can be obtained by calling the LAGC pro shop at 662-8139.

  • LA defense torched by Kayla Herrera in loss

    SANTA FE — A big win by the Santa Fe Demons looked like a foregone conclusion midway through the fourth quarter against the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But a late rally by the Hilltoppers put them back into the game. The Hilltoppers trimmed a 19-point lead by the Demons down to just 8 with under 3:30 remaining in the quarter.
    Unfortunately, a late 10-1 surge by Santa Fe gave it the win in a critical District 2-4A contest Wednesday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    Spearheaded by a nearly unstoppable offensive performance from sophomore Kayla Herrera, the Demons rolled to a 74-57 victory.
    Herrera, one of the most dynamic young players in Class 4A, rolled up a whopping 38 points against Los Alamos. Herrera, who misfired just twice in 11 attempts in the first half, sliced right through the middle of the lane virtually at-will Wednesday, setting herself up with numerous layup attempts.
    On the rare occasion when Los Alamos was able to get a body on her, Herrera hit some very tough shots underneath the basket or pulled back and connected from mid-range.
    Herrera’s point total was more than Los Alamos has allowed by seven teams this season and her first half total of 23 nearly equaled the total offensive output of the Hilltoppers, who had 26 points.

  • ’Toppers thumped by Demons again

    It’s official: the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have the No. 5 seed for the upcoming District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos clinched the unenviable fifth seed in the district tournament — meaning it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final — with its loss Tuesday night to the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Demons (11-13 overall, 2-4 in 2-4A) put together an impressive 13-0 run to close out the first quarter against the Hilltoppers, who took a 6-5 lead near the halfway point of the quarter. The Demons got back-to-back 3-pointers from Elliot Nicholas and Tres Chaires to spark the first quarter rally.
    Then, up by 15 at the break, the Demons opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run, effectively ending the game. They would go on to win 72-41 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had its one and only chance to secure, if nothing else, at least one home game for the district tournament. Instead, it will have to take the longest, toughest route possible to get to the title game.
    Getting there from the No. 5 spot isn’t unheard of. Española Valley accomplished that feat in 2005 and the Hilltopper girls did likewise in 2001.
    However, Los Alamos will have to play far more consistently than it has to this point in the 2-4A season.

  • Gonzales takes 2nd local free throw title

    Alicia Gonzales picked up a second straight local free throw shooting title last weekend at the Knights of Columbus competition.
    The local chapter of the Knights of Columbus held its annual event Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium. In all, 17 boys and girls competed in the local championship.
    The winners of each age division advance to the district championship next month. Winners there will advance to the state championship in March.
    Gonzales, who won the state championship as a 10-year-old in 2012, picked up the win in the local girls 11-year-old competition. Gonzales sank 13 of 15 tries from the foul line to win her division.

    Here are this year’s local champions:

    Boys 10: Eli Iramk-Bent
    Girls 11: Alicia Gonzales
    Boys 11: Wilhelm Schmidt
    Girls 12: Jennifer Martinez
    Boys 12: Lawrence Armenta Jr.
    Boys 13: Seth Hailey
    Girls 14: Tiffany Martinez

  • LA blasted by Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was outscored 13-0 in the final minutes of the first quarter and the Santa Fe Demons never looked back.
    The Demons then scored the first 7 points of the second half as they won going away, 72-41, at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos falls to 0-6 in District 2-4A play (1-22 overall) and has just two regular season games remaining, including Friday’s trip to Española Valley.
    See Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Tuesday’s game.
     

  • 'Topper Notes 02-12-13

    LA girls have tough contests this week

    To make a run at the regular season District 2-4A championship, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will need a sweep this week against a pair of tough customers.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe, the former No. 1 team in the state, Wednesday night, then host the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers (13-10) trail both Santa Fe (20-2) and Española Valley (19-4) in the 2-4A standings, but can erase those deficits in a hurry with a pair of wins. The Hilltoppers lost to both teams in the first round of district play.

    LA boys still seeking first 2-4A win

    Following its loss Saturday night at Bernalillo, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team has just three games remaining to break into the District 2-4A win column.
    Los Alamos fell at Bernalillo 65-49 Saturday night to drop to 0-5 in 2-4A play.
    Its best chance for a win this district season might come tonight, however, when it hosts Santa Fe. Santa Fe (10-13) has won just one 2-4A game, that coming Jan. 26 when it topped Los Alamos in a rout, 70-47 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.

  • LA boys, girls are 3rd at APS meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams both placed third in last weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools End of Year Meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys picked up three event wins at the meet. Connor Schultz won the 50-yard freestyle event and Max Reidys ws the winner in the 500 freestyle.
    The Hilltopper boys picked up 295 points at Saturday’s meet, whichwas won by Cibola, which grabbed 356 team points.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers earned 282 points. La Cueva was the big winner, scoring 384 points.
    Kaitlin Bennett had a win in the 100 freestyle, winning that race with a time of 59.26.
    In the girls diving competition, Madeline LeScourenec finished second overall. In boys diving, Jordan Baker made his debut for the Hilltoppers, finishing seventh overall.
    This was the final regular season event for the Hilltoppers. They will compete at this weekend’s District 1 meet in Farmington.

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. La Cueva, 384; 2. Cibola, 297; 3. Los Alamos, 282; 4. Los Lunas, 182; 5. Del Norte, 167; 6. Valley, 93; 7. Valencia, 76.

    200 medley relay
    7. Los Alamos A (Safiya Bahar, Fiona Leikness, Maria Venneri, Justine Yang), 2:16.28; 8. Los Alamos B (Emma McKinley, Sydney Schoonover, Tracee Abeita, Isabelle Runde), 2:21.92.

  • On Schedule 02-10-13

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: District 2 championship at Española Valley, 10 a.m.

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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

  • Kirk leads ’Toppers to win on Senior Night

    It took a bit of time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team to overcome an initial jolt served up by a markedly improved Bernalillo Spartans team, but Los Alamos bounced back to pick up the win Friday night.
    Los Alamos, which trounced Bernalillo in a Jan. 22 meeting on the road, quickly fell behind Friday against the Spartans, who started the contest dropping in 7 points before the Hilltoppers got on the board.
    Before the end of the first quarter, however, Los Alamos recovered. It would tie the score by the end of the quarter and would eventually pull away in the second half.
    Los Alamos won the contest 57-37 to get the second half of the District 2-4A season started on the right foot.
    Following Los Alamos’ 58-24 win at Bernalillo last month, the Spartans underwent a coaching change and have been playing better since that time.
    Friday night was Senior Night for the Hilltoppers and leading the comeback effort was senior Erin Kirk.
    Kirk had one of the most productive outings of her career, dropping in 21 points, far and away the best total of the night, and threw in 11 rebounds as well. Kirk hit 5 of 6 shots from the floor in the first half, accounting for 15 of Los Alamos’ 25 points at the break.