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  • Sports Update 11-24-11


    Half marathon set for Dec. 10

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Dec. 10.
    The run will start at the YMCA. Race time is 8 a.m.
    Registrations are being accepted at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org or active.com. Price for participation for the half marathon is $50 through Nov. 30 and $25 for the 5K.
    The event will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    LAHS cheerleading clinic is scheduled for Dec. 3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Dec. 3.

  • Toppers take on Pojoaque’s Elks in season opener Friday

    A quick glance at the upcoming Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball schedule reveals plenty of stiff competition.
    But heading in, the team has two big games in the back of its collective mind.
    “In practice everyday when we’re doing something, we’re always thinking, ‘is this fast enough to beat Española?’” said Hilltopper center Hayley Each.
    The Hilltoppers finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 13-15. They finished as the runner-up in District 2-4A for the third straight season, all of them behind Española Valley.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.

  • Toppers hold on in opener to win

    For three-plus quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got a taste of how far it had come in less than a calendar year.
    For a good chunk of the fourth quarter, however, it also got a taste of what can happen when it doesn’t execute.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2011-12 season with a victory over the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter but the Broncos went on an 18-6 run stretching nearly six minutes late.
    Before disaster struck, however, Los Alamos got a big fast break bucket from Nick Baker with 1:38 remaining. Baker would also take a charge on a Kirtland Central move to the basket late to help seal a 62-53 victory.

  • Hilltoppers fall in first two games of season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team took a pair of losses to open its 2011-12 season.
    Los Alamos played a doubleheader Saturday in the Albuquerque area. It dropped Saturday morning’s contest 2-0 to the Eldorado Eagles, then was knocked off 6-1 by the Cibola Cougars in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos was the final New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League team to start the season. Most other teams in the league play in indoor rinks and don’t have to wait for the colder temperatures the Hilltoppers have to. Los Alamos also was unable to use the county’s ice rink due to the closure of West Road and cleanup after the flooding prevention steps taken.

  • Swimming: Topper boys, girls are third at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams opened their 2011-12 seasons Saturday with third-place finishes at the Barney Relays.
    The Barney Relays, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, include the top-finishing teams in the state from the previous season’s state championship meet. Teams compete in relay events, many of which aren’t seen in any other competitions for the rest of the year.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 88 points for their third-place finish, while the Hilltopper boys had 96 points overall.
    Academy, which won both the boys and girls state titles in 2010-11, were the big winners on both the boys and girls sides Saturday.

  • Sports Update 11-20-11

    Turkey Trot set for today

    The annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for today.
    The Turkey Trot is a benefit run for the local CROP organization. It will start at Los Alamos Middle School at 2 p.m.
    The run is 2.57 miles. The top 25 finishers will be recognized and all participants have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit www.atomicrunners.com.

    Half Marathon returns Dec. 10

  • Sports Schedule, Nov. 21-26

    Tuesday

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

    Girls basketball: Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth, grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Saturday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, C team, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m.; varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m; varsity, 4 p.m.

  • Hoops season is getting started

    Fans of the Hilltopper basketball teams got to see them in action Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltopper boys and girls took part in their annual Green/Gold Scrimmage.

    The Hilltopper boys played an intrasquad game while the Hilltopper girls varsity played the junior varsity.

    Los Alamos’ boys open the season Tuesday, while the Hilltopper girls have their first game Friday night at Pojoaque.

  • Hilltoppers set to host Broncos in season opener Tuesday

    It didn’t take long before Fil Dominguez started to hear what people thought of Los Alamos’ boys basketball team’s offense last season.

    During a morning broadcast on KRSN AM 1490, while talking about the Jr. ‘Topper youth basketball program, station owner David Sutton asked Dominguez, “so, are you guys going to shoot this year?”

    Fans should be getting a definitive answer quickly, as the Hilltoppers will open the 2011-12 season Tuesday night. The Hilltoppers will host the Kirtland Central Broncos in the season opener at Griffith Gymnasium.