• On Schedule 12-08-13


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


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

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


    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas at Joe Armijo Invite (Albuquerque Academy), 9:45 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Albuquerque at Joe Armijo Invite (Albuquerque Academy), 1:15 p.m.


    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Jaguar Invite (Capital), varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.

  • Sports Briefs 12-08-13

    Triatomics’ Christmas Lights Runs continue

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club is currently hosting its 2013 Christmas Lights Runs.
    The runs will take place at various spots around Los Alamos. They will be twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 20.
    Runs will begin at 6:15 p.m. Runners should be stretched and ready at that time. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing is encouraged. Runs are non-competitive and are not for endurance-building.
    Anyone interested is welcome to participate.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org, or its Facebook page, facebook.com/triatomics.

    50-mile, 50K run registration now open

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs’ registration for its 50-mile and 50-kilometer races are now open online.
    The JMTR is scheduled for May 24. The races go up toward Pajarito Mountain and toward the Valles Caldera.
    Registration for the half-marathon, the third of the three-race series, will start Feb. 1.
    To register, visit ultrasignup.com. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons may visit highaltitudeathletics.org.

  • Hodges, McDonald are 1st team All-4A selections

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer players were among the top players in Class 4A during the 2013 season.

    Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald and Brandon Hodges were picked for the All-State squads this year. Hodges is a senior fullback for the Hilltopper boys and McDonald is a sophomore forward for the Hilltopper girls.

    The Hilltopper boys were a surprise in the 4A semifinals in November, topping Centennial in the opening round and stunning Farmington in the quarterfinals, due largely to their defensive showing. Hodges and goalkeeper Chris Parker, who was an honorable mention this year, spearheaded Los Alamos’ defensive effort in the postseason.
    McDonald, meanwhile, was among the leading scorers in the state this season. McDonald finished tied for second in 4A after another first-teamer, Tatiana Limon of St. Pius X, with 70 total points (30 goals, 10 assists).

    Los Alamos won its seventh consecutive District 2-4A title this season, but was upset in the first round of the state tournament by Piedra Vista.

    State champion St. Pius led all schools with six first-team selections on the girls side, while Roswell earned two first-team boys selections, behind Albuquerque Academy, the team it upset to win the 4A title. The Chargers had four players on the All-State first team.

    Girls Class 4A

  • LA loses 69-46 to St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its third game in a row to start the season Friday night.
    Los Alamos traveled to St. Michael’s to take on the Horsemen at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium, making up a game that was postponed the night before.
    The Horsemen, who were the runners-up in Class 3A last season, earned a decisive 69-46 victory over the Hilltoppers. It was the season opener for the Horsemen.
    Los Alamos is still seeking its first victory of the year. This was the second loss for Los Alamos (0-3) by a 20-plus point margin this season.
    Originally scheduled for Thursday night, Friday’s contest was the fourth postponement of the season for the Hilltoppers. One of those games, against Sandia Prep, hasn’t been rescheduled, but another, against Kirtland Central, has a make-up date of Dec. 30.
    Los Alamos will be busy this month. It will appear at home Tuesday against Belen, then travel to Albuquerque Academy’s invitational tournament starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday – it opens with Albuquerque’s Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.
    Following those games, it will travel to the Poe Corn Invitational tournament later this month, then come home for the Kirtland Central contest.

  • Spaeth named top singlespeed racer

    Los Alamos cyclist Caroline Spaeth was named women’s singlespeed champion for the 2013 New Mexico Off-Road Series racing season.

    Now in its 14th year, the NMORS comprises 11 races staged throughout the state that challenge riders with a wide variety of competitors and terrain. Finishers receive points for their position at the end of each race, and total points are tallied at the end of the series to determine the winners of the series categories.

    Competitors are required to enter seven races to qualify.

    To win the yellow NMORS jersey, Spaeth won six of the seven races she entered. Racing on a singlespeed is no easy feat in this state’s race series. Unlike racers on regular bikes who have a range of gearing to use for climbs and descents, singlespeed riders must choose a single gear combination for each race.

    With race terrain ranging from rocky and rolling desert hillsides in Las Cruces, to erratic, steep climbs and descents at Silver City’s Signal Peak Challenge, to venues with every type of terrain and topography in between, gear choice itself can be daunting for the singlespeed racer — too easy a gear and the rider is spinning and coasting on downhill and flat terrain, too hard a gear and the rider is trudging uphill pushing the bike.

  • Working for the Weekend

    Hilltopper center William Steinkamp tries to drive against Moriarty’s Jake Flaming Tuesday night. Los Alamos had a scheduled game against St. Michael’s but that game was postponed due to weather. That game was rescheduled for tonight in Santa Fe.

  • Update: Hoops games get rescheduled

    Weather concerns due to the recent winter storm have shifted the schedule this weekend for the Los Alamos boys and girls basketball teams.

    Tonight, the Hilltopper boys basketball team will play at St. Michael's, a make-up game from Thursday's night's postponement. The game is set for 7 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Saturday, Los Alamos' girls basketball game against Moriarty, which was orginially set for a 7 p.m. start time, will now get going at 5 p.m. Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms said the time change was made due to travel concerns following the game.

    Los Alamos' girls were also scheduled to host Albuquerque Academy Thursday. That game has been rescheduled for Jan. 27.

    Last month, the Hilltopper boys basketball team was supposed to open its season with games against Sandia Prep and Kirtland Central. While no announcement has been made regarding the Sandia Prep game, Los Alamos has rescheduled with Kirtland Central for Dec. 30.

  • LA hockey team hosts St. Pius X

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be back in action for just the second time this season tonight.
    Los Alamos (0-1) will take on St. Pius X at 8:15 p.m. That game, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, will also be broadcast on KRSN radio.
    The Hilltoppers, the defending New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure team champions, will look to bounce back from an opening day defeat. The Hilltoppers fell to the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 3-2 Nov. 22.
    NMIIHL teams were off for the Thanksgiving break last weekend.
    Against Santa Fe, Chase Rochester and Trevor Matuszak both scored goals for Los Alamos, one off an assist from Sam Ortiz and the other from Griffin Matuszak.
    St. Pius is currently 2-3-2 in NMIIHL play. The Sartans have scored and given up 27 goals on the season.
    Following tonight’s game against St. Pius, Los Alamos will be on the road for the first time this season Saturday. It plays Rio Rancho’s Rams at Blades Ice Arena at 2:15 p.m.

  • 'Toppers will be at home for 2nd meet of season Saturday

    There are plenty of familiar faces around the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams this season, although one of the new faces is the one at the top.
    Head coach Stu Corliss takes over the reins of the program this year and is prepping the team for its second meet of the season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will make its one-and-only home appearance of the season Saturday.
    Teams from Taos, Desert Academy, St. Michael’s and St. Pius X, among others, are expected for the Los Alamos Invitational.
    The transition from Rusty Bernstein, who took over the swim program in 2009, to Corliss, has taken some adjusting to and getting some of the teams’ newcomers up to speed has been a challenge during the preseason.
    “At the beginning it was kind of a big mess,” said senior Maria Venneri. “The returners know what’s happening…It’s really on the shoulders of the older swimmers to get things going.”
    Los Alamos will be banking on some of its top returners to get back to form this season, as well as a key newcomer to the program.

  • Girls, boys basketball postponed for tonight

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department said today that tonight's scheduled girls basketball game between Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos and the boys basketball game between Los Alamos and St. Michael's have been postponed due to weather conditions.
    Make-up dates have not been set.

    For the Hilltopper boys, this is their fourth weather postponement this year. Los Alamos has gotten in just two games this season.