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  • ´Topper teams host meet at Walkup Center

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will be at home for the first time of the 2011-12 season Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos will host 15 other teams for its December Invitational. The meet will be at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Diving is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday and swimming will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Along with Los Alamos, teams from Farmington, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and as far away as Gallup and Socorro are expected.
    This is the Hilltoppers’ second scheduled meet of the season. They participated in the Barney Relays two weeks ago, taking third in both the boys and girls competition.

  • Amy Neal named 4A Player of the Year

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer player Amy Neal was named the 2011 Class 4A Player of the Year by NMSoccer.com.
    Neal, the top-scoring player in 4A this season, was given the honor following the state playoffs. Neal led Los Alamos to a district title and a trip to the state playoff semifinals before the Hilltoppers were knocked out by eventual champion Albuquerque Academy.
    In 2011, Neal, a junior, finished with 33 goals, which led Class 4A and trailed only three other players in the entire state. She also had 19 assists – second in 4A behind only Academy’s MacKenzie Miller – to finish with 85 total points, 14 points better than Caroline Growney of Academy.

  • Hilltoppers dropped by Pintos

    What the Moriarty Pintos weren’t able to do in the first three quarters Tuesday night, they were able to do in the fourth.
    Moriarty knocked off the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team 53-45 Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, handing Los Alamos its second straight loss following up its season-opening win a week earlier.
    Los Alamos led 31-26 after three quarters, but Moriarty scored 27 points, controlling both the offensive and defensive glass in the final quarter, to pull out the victory. Los Alamos finished with one field goal in the fourth quarter.
    It was the first win of the season for the Pintos (1-3) who had dropped two straight games to Class 4A opponents before the come-from-behind win.

  • Santa Fe ski area to open Saturday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ski Santa Fe opens its season this weekend.

    Ski Santa Fe says it will open it's Midland, Easy Street and Pine Flats Beginners Area on 18" of natural and man-made snow on Saturday. The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift and Pine Flats Conveyor Lift will be open. The Chipmunk Corner Children's Center and lift will also be open.

    All the ski area's ski school, rental and dining facilities will be open and lift tickets will be reduced due to the limited opening. Adult full day rates are $48. Half day tickets are $38.


     

  • Sports Schedule Nov. 28-Dec. 3

    Tuesday

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

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

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 5 p.m; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Friday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Southwest Duals, 11 a.m.

    Diving: Los Alamos Invitational, 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Southwest Duals, 9 a.m.; LAMS Invite, 8 a.m.

  • Toppers pull out win over Horsemen

    Apparently, there is something to be said for saving things until the last minute.
    That’s exactly what the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team did Saturday night and it paid off.
    Los Alamos trailed the St. Michael’s Horsemen by three points with under a minute remaining, but hit two huge late buckets to pull out a thrilling victory.
    With 48.5 seconds remaining, Erin Kirk hit her third 3-pointer of the game from the right side of the arc to tie the score. After Los Alamos forced a turnover, Anna Scott drained her only basket of the contest, a 12-foot jumper with :10 left, giving the Hilltoppers a 38-36 victory in their home opener.

  • Romero wins big at Turkey Trot

    Alexander Romero was the big winner at Sunday’s Turkey Trot.
    The annual Turkey Trot attracted approximately 160 runners. The event, run on North Mesa, is a benefit for the local CROP organization.
    Romero easily took top honors at the race, finishing the 2.57-mile course in 14 minutes, 38 seconds. He was more than a minute better than runner-up John Rees.

    Here are the top 25 finishers in the 2011 Turkey Trot:

    1. Alexander Romero, 14:38; 2. John Rees, 15:47; 3. Conner Bailey, 16:44; 4. Dan Rees, 17:01; 5. Ted Romero, 17:05; 6. David Coblentz, 17:06; 7. Tom Stockton, 17:50; 8. Nate Phillips, 18:04; 9. Greyson Venhaus, 18:23; 10. Will Dearholt, 18:32;

  • Sports Update 11-24-11


    Half marathon set for Dec. 10

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Dec. 10.
    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. Price for participation for the half marathon is $50 through Nov. 30 and $25 for the 5K.
    The event will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    LAHS cheerleading clinic is scheduled for Dec. 3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Dec. 3.

  • Toppers take on Pojoaque’s Elks in season opener Friday

    A quick glance at the upcoming Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball schedule reveals plenty of stiff competition.
    But heading in, the team has two big games in the back of its collective mind.
    “In practice everyday when we’re doing something, we’re always thinking, ‘is this fast enough to beat Española?’” said Hilltopper center Hayley Each.
    The Hilltoppers finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 13-15. They finished as the runner-up in District 2-4A for the third straight season, all of them behind Española Valley.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.