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  • ´Toppers open season with tough test

    Say one thing about the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team: it’s not easing into the season.
    Limping into the season? Most definitely.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2012 campaign Saturday at with a doubleheader against Piedra Vista, the two-time defending state champion, which is rumored to have perhaps the best team it has ever had this year. Immediately in Los Alamos’ future is Los Lunas, a potential top-five team, before it opens its home season March 3 against Moriarty.
    “I love it for us,” Los Alamos veteran manager Mike Gill said. “We may take our lumps, but it helps us get ready for district.”

  • LA tripped up in semis by Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — Brandon Saiz had been one of the best players in District 2-4A over the course of the regular season.
    But Saiz, point guard of the Bernalillo Spartan basketball team, rolled his ankle last week and was unavailable for Thursday’s District 2-4A semifinal contest.
    Things seemed to have stacked up about as well as they could for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, who had struggled to stop Saiz in two previous meetings between the teams. Additionally, the Hilltoppers were going into the semifinal off a big win against Española Valley.

  • LA hopes third time's the charm against Bernalillo

    Tonight’s District 2-4A semifinal boys basketball game could be a war and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have their trenches all ready.
    Los Alamos will take on the Bernalillo Spartans tonight for the right to advance to the district tournament championship game. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. in Bernalillo.
    Tonight’s game will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Bernalillo has prevailed in both meetings, but Los Alamos had chances in both to pull off upsets.
    Whether Los Alamos (11-16 overall, 4-5 in 2-4A) can pull of the upset, as well as build on the momentum it captured following a big win over Española Valley Tuesday night, remains to be seen.

  • LA knocked out in quarters by Bernalillo Tuesday, 36-33

    Early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s girls basketball game, Marissa Valencia was sitting firmly at the end of the bench.
    In the endgame, Valencia was spearheading a big comeback.
    Valencia, the Bernalillo Spartans’ most dangerous player, came up big in the six minutes of the contest, scoring nine points to lead the Spartans to an upset victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, were knocked out in their first district playoff contest.
    The Spartans, who trailed by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, finished off the contest on a 10-2 run, earning a 36-33 victory and advancing to the 2-4A semifinal contest.

  • Toppers advance to 2-4A semifinal

    Less than a month ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was sitting at 1-3 in the District 2-4A standings, languishing near the basement.
    But the Hilltoppers pulled things together late in the season and won some big games when they needed to.
    Now, the Hilltoppers are headed to the district semifinal contest.
    Tuesday night, in front of a hostile crowd at Griffith Gymnasium, the Hilltoppers earned another key victory and took a huge step to gaining a bid into the Class 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos withstood a late push by the Española Valley Sundevils, who moved to within two points with three minutes remaining, to win Tuesday’s District 2-4A quarterfinal contest 42-37.

  • Sports Update 02-22-12

    KRSN to broadcast boys basketball game Thursday

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast Thursday's District 2-4A tournament basketball game.
    Los Alamos will play at Bernalillo. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call live from Bernalillo.
    The game will also be streamed on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

    WRLL registration is open

    White Rock Little League will hold a registration session for its 2012 season Thursday.
    Registrations will be accepted at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Registration sessions are also scheduled for Monday and Feb. 29.
    Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at www.eteamz.com/WRLL2.

  • LA teams host district quarterfinals

    Griffith Gymnasium will play host to both the District 2-4A boys and girls quarterfinal tournament games tonight.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is hosting the Bernalillo Spartans at 5 p.m. while the Hilltopper boys will take on the Española Valley Sundevils at 7:30 p.m.
    Both Los Alamos teams finished as the No. 3 seed in the district tournament. They will both need to win three games to pick up the 2-4A championship and, more importantly, the accompanying automatic berth into the Class 4A playoffs.
    Heading into the district tournaments, both Hilltopper teams can make solid cases for an invitation into the 2-4A playoffs, but neither is a sure thing at this point.

  • LA girls, boys hosting 2-4A games Tuesday

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will host the quarterfinal round of the District 2-4A tournament Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos' girls will take on Bernalillo at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The boys will play Espanola Valley starting at 7:30 p.m.

    The winner of Tuesday's girls game will advance to the tournament semifinals against Santa Fe, while the boys' winner will play at Bernalillo in that semifinal. Both those semifinal games will be Tuesday.

    Espanola Valley's girls and Capital's boys are the top seed in the 2-4A tournaments. The winners of the tournaments will get automatic bids into the Class 4A playoffs, which start later this month.

  • LA’s Cory Geyer takes third place at state 4A tourney

    RIO RANCHO – Cory Geyer was the top finisher for the Los Alamos Hiltoppers at this weekend’s state Class 4A championship meet.

    Geyer bounced back from a loss in the semifinals at 152 pounds to knock off an old foe in Keonny Gonzales and pick up his second win of the tournament over Isaiah Valdez of Aztec.

    The top-three finish by Geyer was one of the few bright spots for the Hilltoppers at the state meet, held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Geyer progressed through to the semifinals Saturday, only one of two Hilltoppers to survive two rounds Friday. He earned a first round pin over Irving Lopez of Farmington in round two after receiving an opening-round bye.

  • Hilltopper girls take eighth place at state championship

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams finished well off the pace at the 2011-12 state championship meet this weekend.

    The state title meet was hosted again this year by Albuquerque Academy, which itself saw its impressive streak of boys team title victories snapped.

    Los Alamos’ push to make a good showing at state never materialized. It finished eighth in the girls final standings with 114 points, while it managed just a 22nd-place finish on the boys side.

    Academy’s girls scored a decisive team victory, picking up 339 points, 72 points better than runner-up Las Cruces.