• 'Topper Notes 02-28-13

    LA girls face Sundevils in 2-4A tournament semifinal

  • LA has tough test to open season

    Rarely does the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team have to go deep into the season to find out what kind of team it has.
    This year won’t be an exception to that pretty hard-and-fast rule.
    The Hilltopper baseball team opens its season Saturday with a doubleheader in the Four Corners area. The Hilltoppers’ opponent is none other than the defending Class 4A state champs, Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos lost some key seniors off the 2012 squad and will have at least one of its returning starters, junior third baseman Jake Downs, out for at least a few weeks. Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said going into Saturday’s opener, he still isn’t exactly sure what players he’s going to put in what positions in the first game or even if those players will be in those same positions in the nightcap.
    And facing a Piedra Vista team that won the Class 4A title game last year with a crushing 15-1 defeat of Miyamura, the order seems daunting.
    Nevertheless, neither he nor his team would have it any other way.
    “It’s become a nice tradition,” Gill said, noting the teams play in Ricketts Park, home to the annual Connie Mack World Series. “You get to see right where you are right away, playing arguably the best team in 4A year-in and year-out.”

  • State swim meet final results

    Here are the results from the 2012-13 state swimming and diving meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Eldorado, 324; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 260; 3. Las Cruces, 200; 4. Sandia, 197; 5. La Cueva, 189; 6. Los Alamos, 170.5; 7. St. Michael’s, 117; 8. Rio Rancho, 115; 9. Albuquerque, 110; 10. Clovis, 79.5; 11. St. Pius X, 77; 12. Cleveland, 72; 13. Cibola, 67; 14. Alamogordo, 65; 15. Volcano Vista, 63; 16. Bosque School, 36; 17. Del Norte, 28; (tie) Hope Christian, 28; 19. Desert Academy, 25; 20. Rio Grande, 24; 21. Carlsbad, 14; 22. Hobbs, 12; 23. Manzano, 5; 24. Valley, 2.

    200 medley relay

    1. Academy, 1:48.29; 2. Eldorado, 1:48.78; 3. Sandia, 1:51.37; 7. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett, Isabelle Runde, Sydney Schoonover), 1:56.97.

    200 freestyle

    1. Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 1:49.73; 2. Gillian St. John, Academy, 1:50.02; 3. Sarah Lott, 1:55.80; 19. Kaitlin Bennett, 2:07.61; 21. Anna Wermer, 2:08.60; 22. Justine Yang, 2:09.34.

    200 individual medley

    1. Lauren Atkins, St. Pius, 2:04.13; 2. Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 2:10.09; 3. Madison Gordley, Hope, 2:13.28; 11. Ashlynn Bennet, 2:18.65; 16. Isabelle Runde, 2:22.36.

    50 freestyle

  • LA pulls away in 4th quarter to top Capital, 57-33

    At this time of the season, a win is a win.
    However, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team knows to advance farther into the District 2-4A tournament it will have to play a lot cleaner than it did Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos had an excellent first quarter, except for its shooting, then struggled with turnovers in the second quarter as the Capital Jaguars clawed their way back into the game as the Hilltoppers were trying to shut the door.
    It was only after a big push at the beginning of the fourth quarter that Los Alamos finally finished off Capital. Los Alamos prevailed 57-33 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Tuesday’s game was the quarterfinal matchup of the 2-4A tournament. With the win, Los Alamos now advances to the semifinal round.
    That game won’t be easy, however, as the Hilltoppers will face the Española Valley Sundevils Thursday night in Española.
    “We’re going to have to do all the little things right. The things we did here,” said Hilltopper center Erin Kirk, talking about Los Alamos’ 48-42 win Feb. 16 at Griffith Gym.
    Specifically, Los Alamos won’t be able to afford a stretch where it turns over the ball on several straight trips down the floor against Española Valley, the way it did in the second quarter against Capital.

  • LA girls advance in tourney with win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned a victory in the quarterfinal round of the District 2-4A tournament.

    The Hilltoppers held double-digit leads over the Capital Jaguars most of the way Tuesday night and closed the door in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jaguars 18-7 to win 57-33 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    With the win, Los Alamos advances to the semifinals of the 2-4A tournament. It will face Española Valley’s Sundevils Thursday in Española.

    For more information, read Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Briefs 02-26-13

    LA boys fall in first round of tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team ended its season with a loss in the first round of the District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos fell to the Santa Fe Demons in the opening round, 72-37, to finish the 2012-13 season with a record of 1-26.
    Santa Fe now advances to the quarterfinal round of the 2-4A tournament where it will face Española Valley. That game is scheduled for tonight at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española.
    The Hilltoppers’ only win of the year came Jan. 4 against Taos.
    For the Demons (13-14 overall, 4-5 in 2-4A), who have some momentum following Monday’s win and a buzzer-beating victory over the Capital Jaguar Saturday night, Tres Chaires had 16 points and Elliot Nicholas added 11 points against the Hilltoppers.
    Santa Fe beat Los Alamos in all three of their games this season by a combined 89 points.
    Monday’s game was the final game in the careers of two Hilltopper seniors, Travis Richins and Derek Salazar.

    Hilltopper girls face Capital tonight

  • LA picks up six medals at Class 4A tourney

    RIO RANCHO — It wasn’t so very long ago that the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team would’ve felt fortunate to finish any better than the bottom five at the state Class 4A tournament.
    This season, the Hilltoppers had one of the five best finishes in the 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos snagged 137.5 points to earn fifth place in the 4A championship event, held last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center.
    Along the way, Los Alamos picked up six top-six medals, including a state championship in the 182-pound weight class.
    Brian Geyer defeated Los Lunas’ Mark Hussey in a nail-biting championship bout that Geyer trailed in until late in the final period. With his win, Geyer became the first Los Alamos wrestler to clinch a state individual title since Dave Phillips and Ian Christian accomplished that feat in 1996.
    “That was our goal, a top-five finish at state,” said Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer, father to both Brian and Cory Geyer, who was the state runner-up at 160 pounds. “The kids stepped up huge. The kids all gave something to the cause.”

  • Topper girls finish sixth at state swim meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team finished a respectable sixth place in this year’s state meet.

    The all-classification state championship was hosted by Albuquerque Academy at its Natatorium. The Hilltopper girls finished with 170.5 points, paced by Sarah Lott’s third- and fourth-place finishes Saturday.

    Lott’s top-four finishes came in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles. In the shorter race, she swam a 1:55.80, good enough for third, and went 5:16.48 in the 500.

    Also Saturday, the Hilltopper boys placed 10th overall, finishing with 96.5 points.

    Winning the state boys team championship was Eldorado, which needed virtually every one of its 265 points to hold off La Cueva, which finished with 262 points.

    On the girls side, Eldorado made it a clean sweep of the titles, grabbing 324 points, earning a comfortable victory over Academy, which had 260 points.

    Among the other top finishes for the Hilltopper girls were the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, both of which cracked the top four, and Maria Venneri’s sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Top Hilltopper diver Madeline LeScournec had a fifth-place finish, earning a score of 344.60.

  • Volleyball coach Maskaly resigns -- updated


    Garry Maskaly resigned from his position as the head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program Thursday.

    Maskaly, who took over the program in 2008 after the departure of Diana “Deedi” Stokes, said he wanted to spend more time with his young son, Matthew, and continuing coaching wasn’t conducive to that goal.

    “Matthew’s 17 months old now,” Maskaly said. “He’s changing so fast. Between my work picking up a lot, all these changes, last year was hard and next year will be even harder.”

    Since joining the program in 2008, Los Alamos won four consecutive District 2-4A championships and advanced to three straight Class 4A semifinals.

    Maskaly informed the team at their annual banquet Thursday night that he would not be returning.

    Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms received word of Maskaly’s resignation late Thursday night.

    “I wanted to make my decision about what I was doing by the volleyball banquet,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in January thinking about it and a lot in early February thinking about it. It wasn’t one thing in particular…but something had to give and volleyball was that thing that would have to slide.”

  • Brian Geyer wins state wrestling title in sudden death


    RIO RANCHO – Brian Geyer was working for the weekend. His work paid off big time.

    Geyer, Los Alamos’ 182-pound junior wrestler, held on for dear life, literally, against Los Lunas’ Mark Hussey to earn an individual state Class 4A title. Geyer won in the fourth overtime period, just hanging on to Hussey’s ankle long enough to pick up a sudden death ride-out win in the state championship bout.

    Earlier this year, Hussey defeated Geyer 4-3, but Saturday night, Geyer was the victor.

    It was a rough couple of weeks for Geyer heading into the tournament, getting hurt prior to the District 2-4A championships, where he lost to Jonah Schmelz of Santa Fe, but nursed his shoulder injury over the previous week to get back to health.

    It was a big tournament for the Hilltoppers, who were cautiously optimistic heading into state they could have a strong showing.

    Los Alamos finished in fifth place, one of its strongest team showings in recent history.

    Along with advancing the two Geyers, Brian and Cory, to the finals, moved two other wrestlers into the championship semifinals, 152-pounder Lane Saunders and 170-pounder Arnoldo Ortiz. Diego Madrid at 220 and Chandler Lauritzen at 132 also made it through to the medal round in the consolation bracket.