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  • Late-game bucket drops Hilltoppers

    BERNALILLO – It was a wild finish in Wednesday night’s District 2-4A opener between the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team and the Bernalillo Spartans.
    With under a minute remaining and the Hilltoppers clinging to a two-point lead, Bernalillo’s Brandon Saiz made what would be the play of the game, scoring on a lightning-quick inbound play and converting an old-fashioned 3-point play. Los Alamos would have a couple of chances late, but couldn’t take advantage as the Spartans picked up a 51-48 win over the Hilltoppers.
    The contest was the District 2-4A opener for both teams.

  • Sports Update 01-18-12

    Youth lacrosse program starting

    Registrations for the new Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse program will be accepted at a sign-up session Thursday.
    The session will be at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. It is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.
    The lacrosse program is for high-school aged boys and girls and for youth league players in grades 4-8.
    Registration is $85 per player. The season will run from March-May. Rental equipment may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    For more information, visit www.laylax.org on the Internet.

    Hoops clinics return Saturday

    The Jr. Toppers basketball skills clinics are scheduled for Saturday.

  • Toppers post big win in 2-4A opener

    After a rocky opening 2 minutes, 25 seconds Tuesday, Tarah Logan had seen enough and called a time-out to discuss the situation with her team.
    To start the game, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team threw the ball away on six straight possessions, failing to get a shot off during that time. After the time-out, however, Los Alamos seemed to settle in and to get back to what it does best.
    The Hilltoppers would outscore the Bernalillo Spartans 14-2 in the opening quarter of Tuesday’s District 2-4A opener and cruise to a 49-34 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Outlook: District 2-4A Boys Basketball

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Overall record: 12-6

    Key wins: vs. Taos, Dec 19; vs. Pojoaque, Dec. 21; at Del Norte, Jan. 5.

    Key losses: vs. St. Pius X, Dec. 1; vs. Capital, Dec. 29; at Belen, Jan. 12.

    Outlook: The Spartans are the No. 6-ranked team in Class 4A right now and have had a solid nondistrict season. Their record against the better teams on their schedule, however, has been somewhat spotty. Bernalillo has had height in the recent past, but no one on the roster is listed above 6-foot-4. Coach Terry Darnell, however, will have them ready to play Wednesday.

    Capital Jaguars

    Overall record: 12-4

  • Outlook: District 2-4A Girls Basketball

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Overall record: 9-7

    Key wins: at Belen, Nov. 29; vs. Moriarty, Dec. 8; at Academy, Jan. 7.

    Key losses: vs. Los Lunas, Dec. 6; vs. Piedra Vista, Dec. 29; vs. Del Norte, Jan. 5.

    Outlook: The Spartans could be the X factor in 2-4A this season, something that could be doubly true if they can knock off the Hilltoppers tonight. The Spartans boast a senior-heavy roster and decent size in the paint. They won’t be afraid to bang with any team near the basket.

  • Topper teams start 2-4A play

    The favorite time of the year for basketball fans has arrived.
    District play in Class 4A commences this week and  for the Los Alamos teams, they both are slated with two big 2-4A contests, the first one starting tonight.
    Los Alamos’ girls will take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 7 p.m. The Spartans, much like the Hilltoppers, have been up-and-down during the nondistrict season, but could match up well against the Hilltoppers, plus the Spartans have some seasoned veteran returners like Katie Darnell and Cedar-Rain Yellowmule.
    The Hilltoppers (9-9) will go into the game off a win against the Manzano Monarchs at home Saturday. The Hilltoppers trailed by three early in the fourth quarter but bounced back to win that contest going away, 54-47.

  • Sports Update 01-15-12

    Youth lacrosse program holding registrations Thursday

    Registrations for the new Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse program will be accepted at a sign-up session Thursday.
    The session will be at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. It is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.
    The lacrosse program is for high-school aged boys and girls and for youth league players in grades 4-8.
    Registration is $85 per player. The season will run from March-May. Rental equipment may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Volunteers are also being sought to assist with coaching.
    For more information, visit www.laylax.org on the Internet.
    Racquetball league starting at YMCA

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 16-21

    Tuesday

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

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

    Friday

    Diving: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, TBA.

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

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Duals, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

  • LA takes sixth place at Pecos tournament

    This week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was issued a challenge and it responded.
    Los Alamos, coming off a lackluster performance a week ago, wanted to find its groove again and seemed to do so after two back-to-back solid efforts.
    Saturday, taking with them mostly their less-experienced grapplers, the Hilltoppers picked up a sixth-place finish at the Pecos Invitational tournament.
    Along the way the Hilltoppers came away with five medals, including a first-place finish by Peter Brewer.
    Brewer took top honors at 195 pounds Saturday, his best finish so far this season.

  • LA lifted by big 4th quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a win in its final game before the start of the District 2-4A season Saturday.
    Los Alamos nearly equaled its scoring output from the first three quarters in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 points to pull away from the Class 5A Manzano Monarchs. Los Alamos picked up a 54-47 victory at over Manzano at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hayley Each had 17 points for the Hilltoppers, who have now won two straight contests and improved to 9-9 on the season.
    Manzano (8-6) actually led 32-29 early in the fourth quarter. Despite dropping in 18 points in the final quarter itself, Los Alamos was able to put together a good inside-out game and hit its free throws down the stretch.