• Lo breaks another state swim record

     The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club placed eight swimmers among the high-point athletes at its home swim meet.
    The Aquatomics co-hosted the Los Alamos Invitational last weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Aquatomics entered 67 swimmers in the meet. In all, more than 230 athletes from around the state took part.
    Among the top performers for the Aquatomics Andy Corliss in boys 9-10 and Ming-Yuan Lo in boys 8 and under.
    Additionally, Lo set a state record in the boys 8 and under 200-meter individual medley. Lo’s time in the race of 2:56.93 was nearly half a second better than the previous record, set in 2010.
    Lo owns another individual record, the 100-meter butterfly he set last October and was part of the Aquatomics’ record-setting 100 freestyle relay from 2012.
    The other top performers from Los Alamos included Kalen Melton (second in girls 9-10), Niamh Short (second in girls 13-14), Alana Goodwin (third, girls 13-14), Max Corliss (third, boys 11-12), Nikolai Nelson (third, boys 8 and under) and Savannah Kimball (third, girls eight and under). 

  • LA clashes with Cibola, Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team has a pair of games this weekend, including a home game tonight against a struggling opponent.
    Los Alamos will face off against the Cibola Cougars at 8:15 p.m. at the county ice rink.
    The Cougars are the bottom team in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, having won just two of their 15 games on the 2013-14 season.
    Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers will travel to Taos to take on the Ice Tigers, their chief rival. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend, topping the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-1 in Santa Fe. The win by Los Alamos (6-5) also avenged an early season loss to the Blue Jackets (2-9-2) at the county ice rink.
    Currently, Los Alamos is sitting in fourth place in the NMIIHL standings. The two teams in the league from El Paso, Texas, are 1-2, with the La Cueva Bears sitting in third place.
    League leader Coronado is undefeated on the season at 11-0-1, while El Paso Franklin is 10-2, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the Hilltoppers earlier this month.
    For Taos (6-6), it’s going to be a busy weekend. The Ice Tigers play La Cueva tonight, Los Alamos Saturday and St. Pius X Sunday.

  • LAHS to select its first ever Hall of Fame class this year

    The Los Alamos High School athletic department is accepting nominations for its first ever Hall of Fame class.
    The Hall of Fame class will be honored during homecoming 2014, which is scheduled for Sept. 19-20.
    Nomination forms are available from the LAHS athletic office or may be found online at laschools.net. The deadline for nomination is June 1.
    There are three categories for nominations, including former Hilltopper athlete, former coach and contributor to Los Alamos athletics, including assistant coaches, teachers, managers, trainers, members of the media and others.
    Nominees will be evaluated by a committee — which is already in place — to select the first Hall of Fame class. Those selected will be notified by Aug. 1 and will be asked to participate in this year’s homecoming parade.
    For former athlete to be considered, they must have been out of the public school system for five years and have earned state or district recognition. Former coaches should have been out of coaching for two years and earned a postseason award, led a team to a state championship or have led his or her team to multiple district titles.

  • Sports Briefs 01-30-14

    Collegiate eligibility meeting is tonight

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

    Isotopes’ job fair is returning

    The Albuquerque Isotopes Triple-A baseball club will host its 12th annual job fair Feb. 8.
    Anyone looking to secure a game-day, seasonal position with the Isotopes during the 2014 season is strongly encouraged to attend.
    Positions such as bat boys, cleaning crew, grounds crew and mascots will be interviewed for with the Isotopes. Food and beverage servers will also be interviewed by Ovations Food Services.
    Those interested should fill out an application before attending the Feb. 8 job fair. Applications, as well as more information on the fair, are available at abqisotopes.com.

    Parent meeting for spring sports is set

  • Wrestling heads to Las Vegas

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will head into the final stretch of its regular season schedule Friday.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Las Vegas to take part in the Robertson Invitational. That tournament continues through Saturday.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hilltoppers will host their Bryan Sanchez Invitational tournament, their season finale.
    Robertson is one of the most successful Class 3A programs in state history. Along with the Cardinals, teams expected to compete this weekend include top Class 4A team Piedra Vista, as well as Taos, Aztec and all four of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A opponents.
    Los Alamos will go into this meet off arguably its best showing since the winter break. Los Alamos finished seventh at the Aztec Tiger Duals, topping Shiprock, Kirtland Central and Pagosa Springs, Colo., in head-to-head contests. Los Alamos had disappointing showings at a tournament at Albuquerque Academy and against Academy at a home duals meet Jan. 15.

  • LA's late comeback try vs. Española Valley falls short

    Had the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept even a little bit closer with the Española Valley Sundevils Wednesday night, the final minutes could’ve been very different.
    Los Alamos found its stroke from the floor and Española Valley couldn’t hang on to possession long enough to run any clock, making the game considerably tighter in the second half than it originally looked like it might be.
    But the big hole the Hilltoppers fell into in the first half was a deep one. The Hilltoppers trailed by 19 points after two quarters and Española Valley held on for a 57-48 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley are believed to be the two teams that will duke it out for the No. 2 spot in the District 2-4A race this season, but with their win, the Sundevils have the early leg up over the Hilltoppers.
    In the first quarter, Los Alamos was held to just five points. Española Valley, which features one of the best running games in the state, had it going to full effect early on and Los Alamos struggled to keep up.
    “We got outhustled,” Hilltopper point guard Amber Logan said. “They got to every ball, every loose ball. We definitely came back in the second half and we ended up being the people that were getting to the ball.”

  • 'Toppers can't capitalize on their late chances Tuesday

    ESPAÑOLA — With under three minutes remaining, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had a chance to pull off the upset of the season so far against its arch-rivals.
    But a pair of quick turnovers that translated into buckets and some missed chances on the offensive end would cost the Hilltoppers that opportunity.
    Los Alamos led 39-36, but Española Valley’s Jared Garduño forced a turnover under the Sundevils’ basket, then was the beneficiary of another turnover forced by his teammates to give his team the lead.
    Garduño also dropped in 6 of 6 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter as the Sundevils came from behind to win 47-43 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    It was a disappointing loss, not just for the fact Los Alamos (1-19 overall, 0-3 in 2-4A) had a shot to upend Española Valley, but how it lost.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t covert a pair of open looks under the basket in the final four minutes of the game, then misfired on a pair of free throws that very likely would’ve made a difference late.
    And, with just over 10 seconds left and the Sundevils up by two, the Hilltoppers failed to inbound the ball on the Española Valley’s baseline, getting tagged instead with a 5-second violation that all but ended their upset bid.

  • Membership considers moving ski area ownership to county

    Mother Nature has not been kind to the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in recent years.
    A lack of snow has made it difficult for the ski area to make ends meet.
    This year has been no exception as the beginners’ area was only open for a couple days over the holidays. Since then, the area has suspended operations until further snowfall.
    Then on Monday, there was this announcement posted on the Pajarito Mountain website.
    “The Board of Los Alamos Ski Club (LASC) announces a Special Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, to present to the Membership a path forward that the Board unanimously believes will secure and improve the future of skiing in Los Alamos County.
    “We propose to dissolve Los Alamos Ski Club and transition all assets to Los Alamos County, which, subject to Council approval, will then take over operation of the Ski Area. The reasons why the Board believes that this is the best course of action will be presented, and a discussion and vote on the proposal will follow. This meeting will be open to all Members of LASC.
    These proposals for the future of the ski area will not affect operations this winter — the ski area will reopen for skiing when snow conditions permit.”

  • LA finishes seventh at Aztec Tiger Duals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team finished in seventh place in the Aztec Tiger Duals Saturday.
    Los Alamos was third coming out of its pool Saturday at Aztec, which is among the top-performing schools in state history, and finished 3-2 in head-to-head competition.
    The performance there was one of the better showings the Hilltoppers have had since coming back from the winter break.
    Now, with just two regular season contests remaining – including the Feb. 8 Bryan Sanchez tournament in Los Alamos – the Hilltoppers know exactly what they’re going to have to accomplish to make a run at the district tournament next month.
    “We left two varsity kids at home this weekend,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said. “They’re going to have to step it up. There’s a chance we can win, but the lower weights are going to have to step it up.”
    At the duals, Los Alamos topped Kirtland Central, Shiprock and Pagosa Springs, Colo. One of the highlights of the meet was heavyweight Jonathan Schueler topping a previously undefeated heavyweight from Pagosa Springs.
    Schueler, who it looks like may be geared up for a good run in the Class 4A tournament this season, went 5-0 at Aztec.

  • '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.