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  • Hilltoppers open state swimming, diving competition Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will send qualifiers in 18 different events to this weekend’s state championship meet.
    The state meet gets going Friday and continues through Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Diving competition starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the swimming preliminary heats get going at 3 p.m. Finals for both swimming and diving are Saturday.
    For the Hilltopper girls, top swimmer Ashlynn Bennett is scheduled to take part in the two freestyle distance events, while Maria Venneri is Los Alamos’ top qualifier in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

  • Sports Update: Wendelberger wins high jump at GSW

    Los Alamos’ Laura Wendelberger won the high jump competition at the Great Southwest Indoor Track and Field meet this weekend.
    Wendelberger finished the event clearing 5 feet, 1-3/4 inches to win the event.
    She was one of 10 competitors from Los Alamos taking part in the indoor meet.
    Along with the win in the high jump, Wendelberger also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles (10.28 seconds) and sixth in the long jump (15-4 ¼ feet).
    There were seven Hilltoppers who took part in the mile run, one of which was Jordan Parker, who also took part in the 800 meters. Jordan Ahlers competed in the triple jump.
    The results for Los Alamos athletes were as follows:

    Laura Wendelberger

  • Toppers cruise to win over Jaguars

    Heading into next week’s District 2-4A tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s playoff fate is still very much up in the air.
    The Hilltoppers made their best case Tuesday night, however, thumping the Capital Jaguars at home in their final regular season contest.
    Los Alamos held Capital to just two points in the first quarter and nine points in the first half as it rolled to a 51-25 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The win put the Hilltoppers at 3-5 in District 2-4A play (12-14 overall) and might have helped it secure an at-large bid for the upcoming state playoffs. But even with the win, the Hilltoppers are hardly a lock to get in into the 16-team field.

  • Regular Season Finale

    Los Alamos’ Hayley Each gets a free run into the lane during Wednesday night’s game against Santa Fe. Los Alamos will host its final game of the regular season tonight when it hosts Capital. The Hilltoppers will need a win tonight against Capital and some help to move into third place in the District 2-4A standings. Los Alamos has dropped three straight district contests heading into tonight. Prior to the game, the Hilltoppers will honor their seniors.

  • District 1 swim meet results

    Here are the results from the District 1 swimming and diving meet, held Friday and Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 421; 2. Taos, 315.5; 3. Santa Fe, 231; 4. St. Michael’s 205; 5. Piedra Vista, 194; 6. Farmington, 170.5; 7. Desert Academy, 169; 8. Miyamura, 114; 9. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 10; 10. Gallup, 5.

    Individual results
    200 medley relay

    1. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Molly Finn, Ashlynn Bennett, Sydney Schoonover), 2:00.35.

    200 freestyle

    1. Justine Yang, 2:07.01; 8. Ali Berl, 2:38.74; 11. Catherine Crotzer, 2:44.82; 12. Sierra Veenis, 2:45.98.

    200 IM

  • Sports Schedule Feb. 13-18

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

    Wednesday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; West Las Vegas at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: Española at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Wrestling: 4A championship meet, 10 a.m.

    Diving: State championship meet, 8:30 a.m.

    Swimming: State championship preliminaries, 3 p.m.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: 4A championship meet, 10 a.m.

    Diving: State championship meet, 8:15 a.m.

  • Toppers grab big win at home Friday

    It was a big night for the seniors on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in more ways than one.
    In the home season finale for the Hilltoppers, they put together one of their best team showings of the year and did so against their arch-rival, the Española Valley Sundevils.
    Los Alamos made key buckets during a big second quarter push that propelled it to a 56-45 win against Española Valley Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    It was Senior Night for the Hilltoppers, but the team got contributions from seniors and underclassmen alike. Senior guard Nate Carver dropped in 17 points while sophomore Franklin Archuleta added five points during a 16-4 Los Alamos scoring run in the second quarter.

  • Toppers win big at District 1 swim meet

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams picked up big victories at this weekend’s District 1 championship meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys scored 421.5 points to earn the win at the district meet, held at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, while the Hilltopper girls finished with a total of 421 points.
    Taos finished second in the girls competition with 315.5 points, while St. Michael’s boys finished as the meet runner-up with 321 points.
    The Hilltopper teams will now advance to the state championship meet, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday. This weekend, the Hilltopper swimmers and divers picked up 17 more state qualifying marks, nine of those coming on the boys side.

  • LA grabs elusive district title

    SANTA FE — Inside the wrestling room at the Pueblo Complex, a banner hangs from the wall. The banner is 17 years old and has stood alone for a long time.
    “We’ve been pointing at that banner every day for a month now,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said, to remind the team that it hadn’t earned a district title since 1995. “We told (our guys), ‘if you want one, you’d better wrestle.’”
    Now, that banner will have some company.
    The Hilltoppers earned a 2-4A title Saturday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. They finished with 156 team points, 23 points better than co-runners up Santa Fe and Bernalillo.

  • LA upends Espanola Valley at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a big win over the Espanola Valley Sundevils Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos outscored Espanola Valley 18-6 in the second quarter and held on in the second half despite missing eight free throws in the fourth quarter to win 56-45.

    Nate Carver scored 17 points and Nick Baker finished with 10 points to lead the team to victory.

    For more information, read Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.