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  • Toppers finish 9th at Moriarty contest

    The winter break usually affords sports teams a little breather in the middle of the season.
    In the case of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, it might have been too long a layoff.
    The Hilltoppers struggled to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the Moriarty Pinto Invitational. The Hilltoppers lost all four of their duals contests, one of which, a particularly ugly 60-18 defeat, came at the hands of a team the Hilltoppers perhaps should’ve hung closer with, the Valley Vikings.
    It was a low-energy showing for Los Alamos Saturday, something that may have been due at least in part to the long layoff — the Hilltoppers hadn’t wrestled competitively in nearly three weeks.

  • LA pulls away from SF Prep late to win

    It was a bit of a dangerous game for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in many ways Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers took on the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins in an afternoon contest at Griffith Gymnasium. Santa Fe Prep is a solid Class 2A school with some bruising post players inside.
    Along with the physicality, the game was one that Los Alamos had virtually nothing to gain and everything to lose. A Class 4A team should defeat a Class 2A team, the conventional wisdom among the basketball playoff selection committees, but if the Class 2A team pulls off a win, the 4A team’s playoff stock can drop like a rock.

  • Late free throw lifts LA over St. Pius

    In a matter of minutes, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team went from solid lead to almost certain overtime to a chance to win with under two seconds remaining Friday night.
    In the process, the Hilltoppers picked up an important win over a Class 4A opponent, something it badly needed.
    After an offensively-sluggish contest, the Hilltoppers started to pull away from the St. Pius X Sartans midway through the fourth quarter Friday, taking a 31-23 lead with about five minutes to go. The Sartans, who had gotten little going on their side of the court for the bulk of the contest, put together a rally that would tie the score with just 6.0 seconds left.

  • People in the News 01-06-12

    DECORA, Iowa – Jessica Mietz, a 2008 graduate of Los Alamos High School, earned a varsity letter at the annual Luther College cross-country banquet last month.
    During the 2011 season, Luther finished second at the Iowa Conference championships and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Division-III Central Regional. The Norse received an at-large bid to the National Championships where they finished 23rd.
    Luther’s appearance at the national championships was its 12th in school history and sixth time in the past eight years.

  • Hang Time

    Los Alamos’ Nate Carver elevates for a layup during a Dec. 8 game against Sandia. Los Alamos hosts Santa Fe Prep Saturday afternoon.

  • Mat Finish

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer keeps control of his opponent from Moriarty during the Dec. 10 Jaguar Invitational. The Hilltopper wrestling team, which has had a solid start to the 2011-12 season, will be back in action after a nearly three-week layoff when it travels to the Moriarty duals Saturday.

  • Top local Epeeist nabs a 'B' ranking at national tourney

    Los Alamos Fencing Club coach Tom Hill took 16th out of 70 Epee entrants at a national event last month.
    Hill competed in the United States Fencing Association’s North America Cup event that was held in Kansas City, Mo. The four-day event attracted more than 1,000 top fencers throughout the country.
    In the Combined Vets Epee division, age 40 and above, Hill got off to a rocky start. In pool play, he won just one of seven contests.
    He picked up his performance in the direct elimination rounds, however, including pulling off a big upset over top-seeded Sean Ameli in the second round. Hill upended Ameli, one of the nation’s top-ranked Epeeists, by a score of 10-4 to advance.

  • Sports Update 01-04-11

    Registration closing soon for YMCA Jr. Wrestling program

    Registration for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Junior Wrestling program will close Jan. 8.
    The Junior Wrestling program is a developmental league for boys and girls in grades 1-6. Practices will be held afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. Practices start Jan. 10.
    The program is for youth of all abilities. A separate competitive league is also being offered.
    Price for participation in the Junior league is $55 for YMCA members, $82 for nonmembers and $83 for members and $123 for nonmembers in the competitive league. Financial assistance may be available.
    Registrations may be completed at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org.

  • Toppers nipped by four points vs. Hawks

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team held a 4-point edge late against the Volcano Vista Hawks, but struggled in the final three minutes of Tuesday night’s contest.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the road contest to the Class 5A Hawks, 46-42.
    While the loss was disappointing, worse still for the Hilltoppers was a late injury suffered by Thomas Russell. Russell, one of the team’s premier players, rolled his ankle on a putback attempt in the fourth quarter.
    It was the second time Russell had injured the ankle, the first being in the preseason, but he stayed in to the contest long enough to sink two free throws to give Los Alamos a 4-point advantage.

  • Hawks knock off Hilltoppers at home

    The Hilltopper girls basketball team hosted the Volcano Vista Hawks Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hawks, one of the top teams in Class 5A, came away with a 61-39 victory. Volcano Vista (13-0) held Los Alamos to just five second quarter points and 13 first half points on its way to victory. Los Alamos (6-8), which has struggled against top-tier opponents in recent games, will have an important test Friday night when it hosts St. Pius X.