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  • 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.

  • LA tennis team wins district

    A local United States Tennis Association men’s team pulled off an upset in the final round of the Northern New Mexico District League championship.
    Los Alamos’ team, composed of George E. Von Nieda, Thomas Kelley, Jerome Morzinski, David A. Shunas, Geoffrey B. Mills, Bob Nolen, James B. Harris and Sergey S. Kurennoy topped previously undefeated Highpoint Sports of Albuquerque, 2-1, to take the district championship last month.
    The district tournament was held at the Lobo Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    With Los Alamos’ victory over Highpoint Dec. 11 in the 3.5 championship, the team qualified for the United States Tennis Association’s Southwest Sectional Tournament. That tournament will be played in early May in Surprise, Ariz.

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 3-7

    Today

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

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

    Friday

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

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Invite, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia, C team, noon; JV, 1:30 p.m.; varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Santa Fe Prep at Los Alamos, JV, 2:30 p.m.; varsity, 4 p.m.

  • Court Date

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan looks to pass during the Hilltoppers’ Dec. 21 game against Kirtland Central while the Broncos’ Darla Woody defends. The Hilltoppers will be back in action tonight when they host the Class 5A Volcano Vista Hawks Game time is 7 p.m

  • Head Coach Pushed Turnaround

    First of a series

    There’s very little middle ground in the area of Los Alamos High School football. More years than not, the Hilltoppers are either among the top- or bottom-shelf teams in the state.

    The 2011 season started off shaky but would end up much more stable than most might have imagined early on in the season.

    In just his second year guiding the team, head coach Garett Williams led Los Alamos to a playoff berth. While Los Alamos’ date with Los Lunas in the postseason first round ended in a rout, the program got a much-needed shot in the arm.

  • LA hosts Taos, will hit the road in January

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will have its final home game tonight before a lengthy home ice hiatus.
    The Hilltoppers will take on an old rival, the Taos Ice Tigers, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. That game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
    Following that contest, the Hilltoppers will be out of town for over a month. They travel to the Mid-Season Showcase Tournament, hosted by Taos Jan. 6-8, then have a three-game set in Taos Jan. 21-22. Los Alamos won’t be back home until Jan. 27.
    Los Alamos took a loss and a tie last week. It finished knotted up with Eldorado, 1-1, at home last week, then dropped a 3-2 decision at Santa Fe.
    For Santa Fe’s Blue Jackets, the victory was their first of the season in 12 tries.

  • Broncos knock off Toppers at home

    The problems the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team needed to fix to keep pace with one of the top programs in the state didn’t get fixed Wednesday night.
    For its previous two games, Los Alamos struggled keeping a handle on the ball and varying up its offense from an almost complete inside shooting game. Los Alamos knew full well going into Wednesday’s contest it would need to do both.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they weren’t able to accomplish either.

  • Results from APS swim meet

    Here are Los Alamos' results from the Albuquerque Public Schools swim meet Saturday.

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. Eldorado, 131; 2. Las Cruces, 112; 3. Los Alamos, 86; 4. Volcano Vista, 85; 5. Sandia, 56; 6. Hobbs, 36; 7. Manzano, 28; 8. Valley, 17.

    Individual results (event, place, time)
    Aslynn Bennett
    200 freestyle, 2, 2:09.21; 100 breaststroke, 3, 1:15.01.

    Farida Ismail
    50 freestyle, 44, 36.05; 100 butterfly, 13, 1:38.29.

    Sydney Schoonover
    200 freestyle, 9, 2:27.78; 500 freestyle, 8, 6:53.71.

    Alice Shao
    200 individual medley, 9, 2:41.18; 100 backstroke, 7, 1:15.62.

    Sara Thurgood

  • 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