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  • LA nearly pulls off big upset

    ALBUQUERQUE — After a dismal offensive first half, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got back into its game against the Sandia Matadors in the second half.
    Los Alamos, which trailed by as many as 11 points with 2:51 remaining in the second quarter, rallied to take a 46-43 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
    But the Matadors’ Carl Meyer put in a layup bucket with 26.3 seconds left which proved to be the difference in the opening round of the Joe Armijo Invitational. The Matadors prevailed 49-48, putting the Hilltoppers into the loser’s bracket of the tournament, which continues through Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

  • Toppers thumped by Trojans, 55-33

    ALBUQUERQUE — An impressive run in the third quarter by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wasn’t enough to make up for an impressive run by the Mayfield Trojans in the first half.
    The Hilltoppers took on the Trojans, the defending Class 5A champion, in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Thursday afternoon at Albuquerque Academy. The Trojans’ pressure defense and quick guards proved to be too much for the Hilltoppers, however, as they fell 55-33 and dropped into the loser’s bracket of the tournament.
    Los Alamos fell behind by as many as 25 points early in the third quarter, but a huge third quarter put it back in the ballgame.

  • LA will face 12-0-0 Cibola Friday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team is hoping to finally host a game at home Friday after its first two scheduled home openers were nixed.
    Los Alamos picked up its first victory of the season Saturday against La Cueva, taking a 4-3 victory, along with earning a forfeit win over Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.
    Against La Cueva, the Hilltoppers got four goals from four different skaters to earn a 4-3 victory. Dustin Taylor, Tyler Thorn, Gabriel Intrator and Arnoldo Ortiz all picked up tallies for the Hilltoppers in their victory.

  • Hilltoppers roll past Sartans in home opener

    So far, so good for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team.
    Following up on a solid finish against some top teams from around the region last weekend, the Hilltoppers were dominant against the St. Pius X Sartans at home Wednesday.
    Los Alamos earned two pins and a major decision in its first four head-to-head contests against St. Pius, setting the tone for a big 64-16 victory at Auxiliary Gymnasium. Los Alamos earned six pinfalls Wednesday, including 106-pounder Mateo Cardiel, who needed just 20 seconds to stick St. Pius Chris Barger.
    It was the biggest Hilltopper victory in several seasons and the biggest under head coach Bob Geyer.

  • LA boys, girls head to Academy

    It’s one of the toughest tournaments in the state and both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams are right in the middle of it.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls hoops squads will take part in the Joe Armijo Classic starting Thursday. The Armijo Classic is an eight-team tournament hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Traditionally, the Armijo Classic has involved some of the top teams in the state and this year is no exception. Included on the boys side of the bracket are three defending state champs, while the reigning 5A champ will be the first round opponent of the Hilltopper girls in the other bracket.
    Los Alamos’ girls will take on Las Cruces Mayfield in the first round of the Armijo tournament. That game is set for 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

  • Sports Update 12-07-11

    Half marathon is Saturday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Saturday.
    The run will start at the YMCA. Race time is 8 a.m.
    Registrations are being accepted at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org or active.com.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    K2 Women’s Weekend seeking sponsors

    K2 Skis and Pajarito Mountain will host the fourth annual K2 Women’s Weekend Feb. 10-12.
    The Women’s Weekend is a not-for-profit event. Proceeds will provide financial assistance for New Mexico residents suffering from breast or cervical cancer. About $10,000 was raised last year.

  • Balancing Act

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer goes upside down for a pin during a bout Friday night. The Hilltoppers, who opened up the season with a 14th-place finish at the Southwest Duals in Rio Rancho last weekend, will be at home tonight against St. Pius X .

  • 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.