• LA blasted by Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was outscored 13-0 in the final minutes of the first quarter and the Santa Fe Demons never looked back.
    The Demons then scored the first 7 points of the second half as they won going away, 72-41, at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos falls to 0-6 in District 2-4A play (1-22 overall) and has just two regular season games remaining, including Friday’s trip to Española Valley.
    See Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Tuesday’s game.

  • 'Topper Notes 02-12-13

    LA girls have tough contests this week

    To make a run at the regular season District 2-4A championship, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will need a sweep this week against a pair of tough customers.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe, the former No. 1 team in the state, Wednesday night, then host the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers (13-10) trail both Santa Fe (20-2) and Española Valley (19-4) in the 2-4A standings, but can erase those deficits in a hurry with a pair of wins. The Hilltoppers lost to both teams in the first round of district play.

    LA boys still seeking first 2-4A win

    Following its loss Saturday night at Bernalillo, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team has just three games remaining to break into the District 2-4A win column.
    Los Alamos fell at Bernalillo 65-49 Saturday night to drop to 0-5 in 2-4A play.
    Its best chance for a win this district season might come tonight, however, when it hosts Santa Fe. Santa Fe (10-13) has won just one 2-4A game, that coming Jan. 26 when it topped Los Alamos in a rout, 70-47 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.

  • LA boys, girls are 3rd at APS meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams both placed third in last weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools End of Year Meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys picked up three event wins at the meet. Connor Schultz won the 50-yard freestyle event and Max Reidys ws the winner in the 500 freestyle.
    The Hilltopper boys picked up 295 points at Saturday’s meet, whichwas won by Cibola, which grabbed 356 team points.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers earned 282 points. La Cueva was the big winner, scoring 384 points.
    Kaitlin Bennett had a win in the 100 freestyle, winning that race with a time of 59.26.
    In the girls diving competition, Madeline LeScourenec finished second overall. In boys diving, Jordan Baker made his debut for the Hilltoppers, finishing seventh overall.
    This was the final regular season event for the Hilltoppers. They will compete at this weekend’s District 1 meet in Farmington.


    Team scores
    1. La Cueva, 384; 2. Cibola, 297; 3. Los Alamos, 282; 4. Los Lunas, 182; 5. Del Norte, 167; 6. Valley, 93; 7. Valencia, 76.

    200 medley relay
    7. Los Alamos A (Safiya Bahar, Fiona Leikness, Maria Venneri, Justine Yang), 2:16.28; 8. Los Alamos B (Emma McKinley, Sydney Schoonover, Tracee Abeita, Isabelle Runde), 2:21.92.

  • On Schedule 02-10-13


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


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


    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.


    Wrestling: District 2 championship at Española Valley, 10 a.m.

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

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship at Farmington, boys and girls, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

  • Kirk leads ’Toppers to win on Senior Night

    It took a bit of time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team to overcome an initial jolt served up by a markedly improved Bernalillo Spartans team, but Los Alamos bounced back to pick up the win Friday night.
    Los Alamos, which trounced Bernalillo in a Jan. 22 meeting on the road, quickly fell behind Friday against the Spartans, who started the contest dropping in 7 points before the Hilltoppers got on the board.
    Before the end of the first quarter, however, Los Alamos recovered. It would tie the score by the end of the quarter and would eventually pull away in the second half.
    Los Alamos won the contest 57-37 to get the second half of the District 2-4A season started on the right foot.
    Following Los Alamos’ 58-24 win at Bernalillo last month, the Spartans underwent a coaching change and have been playing better since that time.
    Friday night was Senior Night for the Hilltoppers and leading the comeback effort was senior Erin Kirk.
    Kirk had one of the most productive outings of her career, dropping in 21 points, far and away the best total of the night, and threw in 11 rebounds as well. Kirk hit 5 of 6 shots from the floor in the first half, accounting for 15 of Los Alamos’ 25 points at the break.

  • LA wrestlers hold raffle to aid former Las Vegas Robertson star

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team, spearheaded by senior Cory Geyer, held a raffle Saturday in conjunction with its Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, to raise funds to help a former opponent.
    Proceeds from Saturday’s raffle went to help offset the costs of treatment for Daniel Martinez, one of only three five-time state champions in the history of New Mexico, who graduated in 2011 from Las Vegas Robertson, one of the teams taking part in Saturday’s tournament.
    Martinez, who was wrestling for New Mexico Highlands University, was diagnosed with lung cancer only about two weeks ago. He underwent surgery to remove a tumor recently.
    It was a shocking diagnosis for Martinez, the most successful member of one of the most successful wrestling families in the history of the state.
    Upon hearing the news, Geyer swiftly set up the raffle and found prize donors.
    Los Alamos had originally planned to sell 500 tickets, but those tickets sold out in just one day. The Hilltopper coaching staff printed four more sets of tickets, almost all of which were sold prior to Saturday’s tournament.
    In all, the raffle raised $2,000 for Martinez’s family.

  • LA grapplers finish 2nd at Sanchez Invite

    The season finale for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team holds special significance for those around the program.
    Los Alamos hosted its Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational Saturday at Auxiliary Gymnasium. This was the fourth annual Bryan Sanchez Invitational, which is named after a former Hilltopper standout wrestler that died in a car accident on his 21st birthday in 2008.
    The highest award given out by the Hilltopper wrestling program, the Bryan Sanchez Award, was won this year by junior Brian Geyer. Rita Sanchez, Bryan’s mother and team mom of the program, gives the award to the wrestler she feels best exemplifies her son’s spirit.
    The Geyers have kept a close relationship with the Sanchez family and Brian became the second Geyer to win the award — it was given two years ago to his older brother, Cory.
    “I’m really amazed,” Brian Geyer said after receiving the award. “I always looked up to Bryan when I was a little kid, him and the rest of that team. It’s of great significance to me…Being picked by Ms. Sanchez as the guy that has the same characteristics as Bryan is a great honor for me.”

  • 'Topper girls down Bernalillo by 20

    Los Alamos’ top senior shone bright on Senior Night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Hilltopper Erin Kirk dropped in 21 points Friday in a District 2-4A girls basketball contest, leading Los Alamos to a big win. Kirk scored 15 points in the first half, helping the Hilltoppers overcome a slow start to win 57-37 over the Bernalillo Spartans.

    Los Alamos improves to 3-2 in District 2-4A play to start the second half the district season.

    Check Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • LA standout Reardon inks with Adams State Grizzlies

    Like everything he’s accomplished in his prep career, Sean Reardon set out a goal for himself and worked hard to earn it.
    He met his biggest long term goal officially today, as Reardon signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Adams State University.
    Reardon, a senior at Los Alamos High School, became, in what seemed to be a relatively short time, one of the elite distance runners in the state. He burst into the state spotlight with a strong finish in the 2011 Class 4A cross country championship, but was elevated to premier status with his huge showing at the 2012 state track meet, which included a stunning victory over Jackson Thomas of Del Norte in the 1600 meters.
    Now, he will become part of one of the most successful cross country programs in collegiate history as he joins Adams State’s Grizzlies. He said his first contact with the Grizzlies made a big impression on him.
    “I’ve been thinking about Adams State for two years now,” Reardon said. “’We went up there to their camp when I was a sophomore. I was like ‘these guys really know what they’re talking about.’”

  • Kennison to run next year with Colorado Mesa Univ.

    A roster chock full of young athletes looking to make a name for themselves doesn’t seem like it would be an ideal fit for an incoming freshman.
    Zak Kennison would disagree.
    Kennison, a standout distance runner at Los Alamos High School, was one of two graduating seniors from the Hilltopper cross country and track program to sign his National Letter of Intent today. Kennison inked with Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to run with the Mavericks.
    It wasn’t an easy decision for Kennison, who placed eighth individually at the Class 4A cross country championship race this season.
    In fact, it took a lot of introspection for Kennison as to whether he wanted to run at the collegiate level at all. However, he decided that things seem to go along much more smoothly when he’s training and competing than when he’s not.
    And the decisive victory his team took at the state cross country meet really sealed the decision for him.
    “We had a really successful year,” he said. “We didn’t make it to nationals. We were a little bummed about that, but it was a great experience. Building bonds with my teammates was fun.”