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  • Invite returns after being 'frozen out'

    “Frozen out but not forgotten” was the theme after the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational wrestling tournament was canceled in 2011.
    The Bryan Sanchez tournament is the main event of each season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, but because of weather issues, along with a statewide natural gas shortage that left thousands in New Mexico without heat as a major cold front swept through the state, the tournament was nixed.
    The frosty and icy conditions may have frozen out the tournament, but not the wrestling community.

  • Sports Update 02-01-12

    Jr. Toppers returns Saturday

    The Jr. Toppers basketball skills clinics are scheduled for Saturday.
    A session for preschoolers through second grade students is set for 9 a.m. at Mountain School. Students in grades 3-8 will be at Los Alamos High School, also starting at 9 a.m.
    The clinics are free of charge and are for both boys and girls.
    For more information, go to www.laschools.net.

     

  • Junior 'A' team to play at ice rink

    The Junior ‘A’ hockey club from Rio Rancho will be making an appearance at Los Alamos County Ice Rink this week.
    The New Mexico Renegades will host a Western States Hockey League contest Saturday at the ice rink. The Renegades will host the Cheyenne Stampede. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
    The Renegades are made up of players born on or before 1991. The team includes players from all over the United States and some from as far away as eastern Europe.

  • Toppers run away from Dons, 65-41

    Putting together its biggest offensive night of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team ran away from the West Las Vegas Dons in the second half Tuesday.
    Nick Baker had one of the biggest nights of his career, throwing down 18 points in only about three quarters of work as the Hilltoppers pounded the Dons 65-41 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos scored 40 points in the second half, including a 19-point effort in the fourth quarter with its reserves playing the bulk of that time. Three Hilltoppers got into double-digits scoring while Franklin Archuleta had seven points in the third quarter after not making an appearance in the first half.

  • Sports Update 01-31-12

    Rob and Kathy Hipwood inducted into state Hall of Fame

    Los Alamos Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were inducted into the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend.
    The Hipwoods, who are the most successful coaches in this history of New Mexico prep girls cross country, were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday.
    Under their tutelage, Los Alamos has won 13 state girls titles and three boys titles, including sweeping the boys and girls state championship races in 2011.

    Beginning fencing starts Feb. 7

  • Hilltoppers upend Ice Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team reclaimed the North Star Trophy by upsetting the Taos Ice Tigers Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers scored two unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Ice Tigers 5-3 at Taos. A pair of underclassmen, sophomore Tyler Thorn and freshman Hudson Davenhall tallied goals in the final period to lift the Hilltoppers to the win.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longstanding rivals in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League and play one another each year for the North Star Trophy.
    Davenhall, the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers this season, picked up his second hat trick of the year with his third-period goal, which came with just five seconds remaining in regulation. For the season, Davenhall has recorded 11 goals.

  • Toward the Net

    Los Alamos’ Tanner Kennedy sends the puck toward the goal during Friday night’s game at Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

  • ´Toppers lose heartbreaker to Jags

    It was nearly a stunning upset. It was nearly a game that could’ve instantly reversed the Hilltoppers’ fortunes.
    Clawing back from an 11-point deficit at the half Friday night, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team dropped in 19 third quarter points, one of its most productive quarters of the season.
    But with 3.0 seconds remaining, Los Alamos star Nick Baker was whistled for a ticky-tack foul at the baseline. Capital Jaguar veteran Mikey Lopez hit two free throws and Daniel Salazar’s desperation 3-pointer from half court just sailed wide of the bucket as the Jaguars escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 52-50 victory.

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 30-Feb. 4

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: West Las Vegas at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

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

    Diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:30 a.m.

  • LA's upset bid falls just short

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team nearly pulled off a stunning upset Friday night, but fell two points short in its quest to knock off No. 4-ranked Capital.

    The Hilltoppers came back from an 11-point hole at the half to take a lead into the fourth quarter. But Mikey Lopez of Capital dropped in a pair of free throws with 3.0 seconds left to lift the Jaguars to a 52-50 win at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos got big second half efforts from Thomas Russell and Bobby Sanders, but despite the upset bid, slipped to 1-3 in District 2-4A play.

    See more information in Sunday's Monitor.