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  • Toppers, Broncos to clash in big 4A contest

    There isn’t much going on at Los Alamos High School just a few days before Christmas.
    However, anytime the Kirtland Central Broncos girls basketball team rolls into town, that’s definitely something.
    The Los Alamos Hiltoppers will host the Broncos tonight. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The Broncos are, by most measurable standards, the most successful girls basketball program in state history. The Broncos own a record for both the number of state championship games won (17) and, a far more dubious honor, state championship games lost (10), the most recent of which occurred last season when they were upset by the Gallup Bengals.
    Nevertheless, Kirtland Central is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A heading into tonight’s game.

  • Sports Update 12-20-11

    Coed volleyball league starting at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult coed volleyball league.
    League matches are played on a men’s height net (7 feet, 11 inches). Recreation and competitive divisions are planned, but at least four competitive teams are needed.
    Play will be Sundays at the YMCA gym starting at 11 a.m. The season is scheduled from Jan. 22-March 25 and ends in a tournament.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit www.laymca.org.

    LA girls take third at Albuquerque swim meet

  • On Ice

    Tyler Thorn of Los Alamos tries to put a move on an Eldorado defender Friday night at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

  • Boys hoops topped by Taos, 53-46

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell to the Taos Tigers Saturday night on the road.
    Taos, a former District 2-4A opponent of the Hilltoppers, knocked off the Hilltoppers 53-46. Taos went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter behind Max Suazo to take a lead it would never relinquish.
    Suazo finished with a game-high 22 points. For Los Alamos, Nick Baker had 19 points.
    The Hilltoppers (3-6) have now lost three of four contests heading into the Poe Corn Tournament which starts Dec. 28.

  • LA grappling team takes eighth Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team finished eighth in the 17-team Piedra Vista Invitational tournament Saturday.
    Los Alamos earned another solid finish with Saturday’s performance in a high-level tournament which featured tough teams from the Four Corners area. The duals tournament featured the likes of Cleveland, Aztec, Bayfield, Colo. and the host Panthers.
    “This tournament was actually a little bit harder than Rio Rancho,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said, talking about the Southwest Duals Los Alamos participated in earlier this month. “There were some really tough matches.”

  • ´Toppers split with Panthers, Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came out of the weekend with a split against its District 1-4A opponents.
    The rubber match against District 1 will be Wednesday against the No. 1-ranked team in the state.
    It’s become something of a tradition for the Hilltoppers to take on District 1 schools — which are in the Farmington area — right before winter break and such is the case this year. The Hilltoppers fell to the Piedra Vista Panthers at Griffith Gymnasium Friday night, but were able to bounce back Saturday against the Aztec Tigers.
    Los Alamos struggled in both contests, however, but was able to move the ball inside effectively against Aztec and set itself up with easy shots to take a 57-29 victory at home.

  • Hilltopper LB Knapp is North All-Star

    David Knapp received the highest postseason honors for 2011, culminating in an invitation to this summer’s All-Star Game.
    Knapp, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s top defensive performer in the 2011 regular season, was named to the North Class 4A-5A All-Star team. The All-Star selections were released Thursday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    At the game, scheduled for Aug. 1 at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque, Knapp will be accompanied by two other District 2-4A representatives, safety Josh Roybal of Santa Fe and Ken Noel, head coach of Bernalillo. Former Santa Fe quarterback Jason Fitzpatrick, who transferred to Rio Rancho, also made the North roster.

  • Storms give Pajarito a push to open

    Ski season is finally here, and for skiers and for Pajarito Mountain alike, it comes just in time.
    Pajarito will open for the season Saturday, thanks to a pair of snowstorms that dropped more than a foot of snow Monday and Tuesday.
    There is still plenty of work to do, said Pajarito general manager Tom Long, prior to the opening, set for 9 a.m.
    “We’re still grooming the mountain,” Long said. “We’re getting the mountain dressed up, we’re getting the ramps for the unloading areas on the lifts. We’re putting up signs for the patrol area…just getting all that ready for Saturday.”

  • Sports Update 12-15-11

    Volleyball league starting up

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult coed volleyball league.
    League matches are played on a men’s height net (7 feet, 11 inches). Recreation and competitive divisions are planned, but at least four competitive teams are needed.
    Play is scheduled for Sundays at the YMCA gym starting at 11 a.m.
    The season is scheduled from Jan. 22-March 25 and ends in a tournament.
    Price for participation is $180 per team for YMCA members, $210 for nonmembers. There is a maximum of 10 players per team.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit www.laymca.org.

  • Pajarito to open Saturday

    Pajarito Ski Area has announced a Saturday opening date for the season.
    Pajarito will get going at 9 a.m. Saturday. The ski area is projecting 30 trails to be open and three lifts — Aspen, Mother and Beginner — to be operating.
    The ski area received 13-1/2 inches of snow in the past two days and is reporting a 20-inch base, which helped expedite the opening
    For more information, call 662-5725 or visit skipajarito.com.