• LA faces tough Deming squad in 1st round

    If familiarity does, in fact, breed contempt, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Deming Wildcat girls basketball teams won’t have to worry about contempt being a factor in Friday’s game.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Wildcats Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A tournament. The Hilltoppers (16-12) go into the game as the No. 9 seed and the Wildcats (17-9) head in as the No. 8 seed.
    The winner of Friday’s game will play in The Pit Tuesday, probably against the Los Lunas Tigers, the top overall seed in the girls 4A playoffs.
    Heading into pregame workouts this week, neither Los Alamos nor Deming seemed to know much about the other.
    Deming, which won the District 3 championship this season, was the only team out of that district to be invited to the postseason — this despite two of the other three teams having won-loss records north of .500.
    Deming didn’t get out of the District 3 race unscathed, losing contests to Chaparral and Santa Teresa along the way.
    Wildcat head coach Billy Almanza said his team was hit by the injury bug during the district season, something he and the squad have been dealing with all season.
    Those injuries, however, may have been a blessing in disguise.

  • Baseball, softball split at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up its first win of the 2013 season Tuesday at home, topping Pojoaque Valley.
    Also Tuesday, the Hilltopper softball team dropped its season opener at Overlook Park to the Belen Eagles.
    At Overlook Park, the Hilltoppers slugged it out with the Eagles, a Class 4A opponent, but the Eagles won the slugfest 11-9. Concurrently at Bomber Field, the Hilltoppers got their bats going early and often as they knocked off the Elks 12-2.
    In the baseball game, Los Alamos (1-2) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on 4 in the third, answering the only 2 scores of the game for Pojoaque Valley.
    The Hilltoppers closed out the game in 5 innings via the 10-run rule, scoring twice in both the fourth and fifth innings.
    Last weekend, Los Alamos’ baseball team scored just one run in a doubleheader at Piedra Vista to open the season. Piedra Vista won both ends of the doubleheader handily.
    The two games were the start of a tough week for the teams. The Hilltopper softball teams will play at Cleveland Thursday, then travel directly to Farmington for the start of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team will play at the always-tough St. Pius X Invitational, where it will take on El Paso, Texas, in the opening round. 

  • LA drops two games at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team fell big in both ends of its season-opening doubleheader Saturday.
    Playing one of the top programs in the state, the Piedra Vista Panthers, Los Alamos was held to just 1 run in the doubleheader, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
    Piedra Vista (2-0) opened with a 12-0 victory in the first game, then earned a 9-1 win in the nightcap.
    The two games opened a tough first week of the season for the Hilltoppers (0-2), who open at home this afternoon against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Following today’s game, the Hilltoppers will compete in the always tough St. Pius X Invitational, taking on El Paso (Texas) in the first round Thursday afternoon.

  • 'Toppers will settle into a new rotation to start year

    Jumping into the season with both feet is challenge enough as it is, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will be doing so without several of its key personnel.
    Today, the Hilltoppers will open their season at Overlook Park, taking on the Class 4A Belen Eagles at 4 p.m.
    That game will be the first of six contests in this first week of the regular season. Along with Belen, which started off the season with a big 12-4 victory over Sandia Prep Friday, Los Alamos will also see heavyweights in Cleveland, a well-respected Class 5A team and Piedra Vista, the 800-pound gorilla of Class 4A.
    Los Alamos will have to do so without the services of Erin Kirk and Kiana Zerr, two regular starters, among others who are still playing basketball and could continue for two more weeks.
    The absences have limited the Hilltoppers’ workouts a little bit, Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said, but he said there’s been plenty to drill on during the preseason.
    “We’ve been concentrating a lot on defense the last three or four weeks,” said Anaya, who is going into his fifth year steering the Hilltoppers. “Batting’s been a little challenging early this season because it’s been pretty cold, but as the weather has warmed up, we’ve had some good batting practice.”

  • LA, Deming face off Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team didn’t miss having its first round playoff game at Griffith Gym by much.
    But not missing it by much doesn’t mean it gets to stay close to home in the opening round.
    Los Alamos (16-12) will face the Deming Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos travels to Deming for a Friday night contest.
    The playoff schedule was announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. Brackets were released online on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said she wasn’t terribly stunned her team slipped down to the No. 9 slot – the highest seed in the 16-team bracket that isn’t awarded a home game – but was scratching her head a little bit that it was Deming that was given the No. 8 spot.
    “I was surprised Deming got a higher seed than us,” she said. “We’d been ranked ahead of them for most of the season.”
    The Wildcats (17-9) finished as the District 3 champions this season. They were the only District 3 team invited into the playoff field.

  • Class 4A basketball playoff schedule

    Here are the schedules for the first two rounds of the Class 4A boys and girls basketball playoffs.


    First round

    (all games are Friday at home of top seed)

    (16) Goddard at (1) Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
    (9) Los Alamos at (8) Deming, 7 p.m.
    (12) Grants at (5) Española Valley, 7 p.m.
    (13) Miyamura at (4) St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
    (14) Kirtland Central at (3) Santa Fe, 6 p.m.
    (11) Albuquerque Academy at (6) Valencia, 7 p.m.
    (10) Artesia at (7) Gallup, 6 p.m.
    (15) Piedra Vista at (2) Roswell, 7 p.m.


    (March 12, The Pit, times TBA)

    Los Alamos-Deming winner vs. Goddard-Los Lunas winner
    Grants-Española Valley winner vs. Miyamura-St. Pius winner
    Kirtland Central-Santa Fe winner vs. Academy-Valencia winner
    Artesia-Gallup winner vs. Piedra Vista-Roswell winner


    First round

    (all games are Saturday at home of top seed)

  • LA girls are No. 9 in 4A postseason

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was given an No. 9 seed, but not a first round home game, in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    The Hilltopper girls (16-12), who finished third in the District 2-4A race this season, will travel to Deming in the first round of the playoffs, which is scheduled for Friday night. The Deming Wildcats (17-9) were the winners of the District 3-4A tournament championship this season.
    Girls Class 4A first round games are tentatively scheduled for Friday and boys 4A games for Saturday.
    Los Lunas, which had been ranked No. 1 for much of the latter part of the 2012-13 regular season, got the No. 1 overall seed in the 4A girls tournament. Roswell got the No. 2 seed, followed by Santa Fe, St. Pius X and Española Valley.
    In 4A boys basketball, Roswell earned the No. 1 overall seed. St. Pius X was the No. 2 seed in the boys draw, followed by Los Lunas, Bernalillo and Albuquerque Academy in the top five. Capital, which swooned down the stretch in District 2-4A play, slipped to the No. 6 seed.
    As expected, the Hilltopper boys weren’t entered into the 4A draw.
    For complete boys and girls brackets, visit nmact.org.

  • Geyer living the dream as state champion

    To pull a prank on Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling fan and unofficial team mother Rita Sanchez, Brian Geyer found a “boot” for leg injuries at his house and limped in to see Sanchez.
    He told Sanchez he had broken his leg the Friday before in a football game. Sanchez, not realizing it was all a gag, went straight to chapel and prayed for Geyer to be healed of his injury.
    Upon finding out the whole thing was a joke, she dubbed him with the moniker “S.H.” It doesn’t mean “Super Hero,” either.
    But Geyer had his heroic moment last weekend, earning the first individual state championship for the Hilltoppers since 1996.
    “It feels really great,” Geyer said. “The last state title we had was when I was born.”
    Geyer had a dominant performance at the state Class 4A tournament, held at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. He won five straight contests, including holding on in a nail-biting overtime bout against Los Lunas’ Mark Hussey, to claim the title at 182 pounds.
    In the championship contest, Hussey went up 1-0 with two periods in the books and held a 3-2 advantage with under a minute remaining in regulation.

  • On Schedule 03-03-13


    Baseball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

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


    Softball: Los Alamos at Cleveland, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. El Paso (Texas) at St. Pius X Invitational, varsity, 3:30 p.m.


    Baseball: Los Alamos at St. Pius Invitational, varsity, TBA.

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

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.


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

    Baseball: Los Alamos at St. Pius Invitational, varsity, TBA.

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

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Invite, boys and girls varsity, TBA.

  • Sports Briefs 03-03-13

     LALL registering this week at Home Run Pizza


    Los Alamos Little League will hold registration sessions for its upcoming baseball and softball seasons Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. at Home Run Pizza in Los Alamos.

    All boys and girls who are between the ages of 5-16 (as of April 30 for baseball and Dec. 21, 2012 for softball) are eligible to participate.

    Price for registration is $55 for one child, $50 for each additional child. Financial assistance may be available.

    More information can be found by visiting lalittleleague.org.


    The 2013 Pace Race season starts April 2


    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will start its 40th Pace Race season with a run April 2.

    The first Pace Race of the season will begin at the Canyon Rim Trail parking lot off N.M. 502. 

    Tuesday’s race time is set for 6 p.m.

    Pace Races are a weekly event held Tuesdays between April and early October. 

    The weekly races include 1- and 3-mile runs and walks at various locations around Los Alamos County.