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  • Toppers rally to top Eagles

    After scoring just one field goal in a more than five minute stretch in the first quarter, Los Alamos Hilltopper Thomas Russell sparked his team in the second quarter.
    Russell dropped in 10 straight points in the second quarter to rally the Hilltoppers over the Belen Eagles’ boys basketball team Tuesday night.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper defense was stout throughout the contest, holding Belen to single-digit scoring in three quarters to win 46-33.
    The win was an important one for the Hilltoppers, who not only topped a Class 4A opponent and snapping a three-game losing streak, but to give them some momentum heading into a very tough three-day tournament at Albuquerque Academy (see page 7).

  • LA-Belen hoops contest is on for tonight

    Despite the weather, Los Alamos’ Hilltopper boys basketball team and the Belen Eagles will face off tonight in Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tip-off for tonight’s varsity game is at 7 p.m. The game was confirmed by Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms this morning.
    Los Alamos (1-3) hasn’t played in nearly a week. In its last outing, Los Alamos was humbled by a short-handed St. Michael’s team, falling 54-29 in Santa Fe.
    The Hilltoppers started off the 2011-12 season strong, downing Kirtland Central Nov. 22 but have dropped three straight since.

  • Neal earns honors for the Orediggers

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer star Kelsey Neal put together a big 2011 season at the Colorado School of Mines.
    Neal, who graduated in 2010, was one of two CSM Orediggers named to the Division II All-American team. Neal was picked as a third team All-American by the D-II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
    Neal, a sophomore for the Orediggers, is the first defender in program history to be named to the All-America team.
    This season, the Orediggers shut out four of their last five opponents on their way to a berth in the Division-II women’s soccer Elite Eight, while allowing just nine total shots on goal during that stretch.

  • ´Toppers finish 14th in season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team started its season off with a solid middle-of-the-pack finish in one of the toughest contests in the state.
    Los Alamos took 14th at the Southwest Duals this weekend. The Southwest Duals, hosted by Rio Rancho, included not only some of the top teams in New Mexico, but teams from all across the region, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado and even as far away as Kansas.
    It was the 2011-12 opener for the Hilltoppers, who brought a nearly complete roster with them to the duals. The Hilltoppers, who have struggled filling out a full lineup for most of the recent past, have as many as 30 wrestlers available to them this season.
    Los Alamos was only lacking a 106- and 126-pounder for this tournament.

  • LA boys, girls win big this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams picked up impressive victories at their home opener of the 2011-12 season Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys grabbed a total of 605 points, more than double the total of their next-near competitor, Los Lunas. Los Alamos’ boys won eight events on the day.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they picked up 484 points to win. Los Lunas was also second in the girls competition with 369 points.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos also took top honors in eight races, while the team’s top diver, Amy Neal, picked up a win in Friday’s diving contest.

  • Sports Schedule, Dec. 5-10

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: St. Pius at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity,  5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Sandia at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 1 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Mayfield at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 2:45 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, TBA.

  • LA girls' defense stifles Albuquerque Academy in win, 54-22

    Throughout the preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has emphasized team play.
    The Hilltoppers ran it to near-perfection at home Thursday night.
    Los Alamos played swarming pressure defense throughout its contest against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday, forcing 17 first half turnovers, while doing all the little things to get open looks at the basket on the offensive end.
    The Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead early in the contest and never looked back, taking a 54-22 decision over the visiting Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Toppers open season with a tough test at Rio Rancho

    The lament of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program in recent years has been a lack of bodies to fill roster spots.
    The 2011-12 roster, however, has no such problem.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with a full slate of wrestlers, something it hasn’t had in many years, and before the outcome of a single bout has been determined, expectations have risen. Los Alamos finished No. 10 in the preseason Class 4A coaches poll, something that surprised Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer, and many already feel the team should push reigning District 2-4A champion Santa Fe for the crown in February.
    But, considering many of those wrestlers have little or no prep wrestling experience, is that getting a little ahead of the game at this point?

  • Sports Update 12-01-11

    Hilltoppers drop third straight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was thumped by the St. Michael’s Horsemen Wedneday night.
    Los Alamos fell behind 20-0 right from the get-go and fell to St. Michael’s 54-22 at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Albuquerque.
    The loss was the third straight for Los Alamos followng its season-opening win last week. Los Alamos will play again Tuesday when it hosts Belen.

    Cheer clinic is Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Saturday.
    The clinic is for any interested youth in grades 1-8. It will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Pueblo Complex gymnasium.
    For more information, email lacheer@cybermesa.com.

  • ´Topper teams host meet at Walkup Center

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will be at home for the first time of the 2011-12 season Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos will host 15 other teams for its December Invitational. The meet will be at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Diving is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday and swimming will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Along with Los Alamos, teams from Farmington, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and as far away as Gallup and Socorro are expected.
    This is the Hilltoppers’ second scheduled meet of the season. They participated in the Barney Relays two weeks ago, taking third in both the boys and girls competition.