• LA goes into Capital off big win

    The second half adjustments that needed to be made by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team obviously got made.

    The Hilltoppers, hosting their final regular season home game Saturday night, struggled on the glass and struggled to stop Española Valley’s top player, Lauren Quintana, in the first half.

    In the third quarter, Quintana’s production went way down and in the fourth quarter, the rebounding got much better.

    Those two things, along with a hot shooting night by the Hilltoppers, gave them a big 48-42 upset at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos led almost the entire ballgame except for a brief stint in the second quarter, but whenever it tried to get some separation from the Sundevils, the Sundevils would make a run to keep pace. They were able to do so because of the stellar job they did on the offensive boards – finishing with 8 offensive rebounds in the first half leading to 14 second- or third-chance points.

    At the end of the first, second and third quarters, the lead by Los Alamos was a single point, but the Hilltoppers felt confident they would be able to pull out the victory.

  • LA outlasts Española Valley to win Saturday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Española Valley Sundevils scoreless for nearly five minutes the fourth quarter as it pulled off the upset.

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr hit key field goals late as the Hilltoppers dropped the Sundevils 48-42 at Griffth Gym Saturday night.

    The two teams played even for virtually the entire game, but Los Alamos, which made the big plays in the fourth quarter, secured the win.

    McKenzie Logan and Erin Kirk both finished with 15 points as part of a balanced scoring attack for Los Alamos. For the Sundevils, their talented guard Lauren Quintana had a game-high 20, but was limited to 6 points in the second half.

    Read more about Saturday’s victory in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Pajarito Mountain open for weekend

    ajarito Mountain is open for skiing and snowboarding for this Presidents Day weekend. The ski area was reporting 11 inches of new snow from the recent area storms, but the weather forecast this weekend is calling for sunshine.
    Several skiers were taking advantage of the long weekend, which for the schools and some LANL employees started Friday.

  • Sports Briefs 02-17-13

    Senior Olympics starts March 12

    Registration for the local Senior Olympics competition is currently open at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.
    The local Senior Olympic Games are open to any Los Alamos County resident 50 years and older.
    Local competition will be between March 12-April 12.
    Fee for registration is $20 payable to the YMCA.
    Registration forms and information are available at the YMCA facility or by contacting coordinator Ann ReVelle at 662-3256 or laseniorolympics@yahoo.com.

    Tickets on sale for state wrestling, swimming

  • On Schedule 02-17-13



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




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




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




    Swimming and diving: State championship meet at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls, 7:30 a.m.


    Wrestling: Class 4A state championship tournament at Santa Ana Star Center, 10 a.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Bosque School, boys and girls, TBA.




    Swimming and diving: State championship meet at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls, 7:30 a.m.


    Wrestling: Class 4A state championship tournament at Santa Ana Star Center, 10 a.m.


    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Hilltoppers claim second straight district title

    ESPAÑOLA – It wasn’t so long ago when folks around the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program were asking if the team could sneak into the top three at the district tournament.
    The question has become, in a relatively short period of time, whether the other teams in district are going to be able to hang with the Hilltoppers.
    The answer to that question, at least for the 2012-13 season, is no.
    Saturday, Los Alamos picked up a solid win in the District 2-4A championship tournament at Edward Medina Gymnasium. Los Alamos didn’t end up wrestling quite as well as it had hoped coming in, but it was still good enough to earn 170.5 points, nearly 30 points better than runner-up Capital.
    Capital, which appeared to be Los Alamos’ closest competitor for a team title coming in, had an uneven showing at the tournament and couldn’t make up for it despite a solid showing in the final round.
    The win by the Hilltoppers was their second straight 2-4A title. They broke a nearly 20-year dry spell by grabbing the district title last season.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he knew as long as his team came out to perform Saturday, its chances of winning another title were excellent.

  • LA wrestlers going for 2nd straight 2-4A title Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will be the team the others will be looking to knock off its perch Saturday.
    Los Alamos will enter the District 2-4A championship tournament as the defending district champ and the team to beat, a position the Hilltoppers aren’t used to.
    The district championship tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española.
    For the first time since 1995, the Hilltoppers are the defending champions at the tournament. Last season, the Hilltoppers grabbed 156 team points to hold off runners-up Santa Fe and Bernalillo for the team title.
    Last season, Los Alamos, Bernalillo and Santa Fe were expected to duke it out for the championship. But Los Alamos qualified nine wrestlers for the championship round, the most of any of the five participants, and earned three individual district titles.
    All three of last year’s champions for the Hilltoppers are returning to defend their crowns.
    Cory Geyer (160 pounds), Brian Geyer (182 pounds) and Arnoldo Ortiz (170 pounds) are all entered into the draw and all three are expected to receive No. 1 seedings when the 2-4A brackets are announced.

  • Golf course to open Friday

     Los Alamos Golf Course announced Thursday afternoon that it would be open for play Friday morning.

    Course professional Donnie Torres said hours of operation for LAGC will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of the month, weather permitting. Play will start at 11 a.m.

    More information about the course opening can be obtained by calling the LAGC pro shop at 662-8139.

  • LA defense torched by Kayla Herrera in loss

    SANTA FE — A big win by the Santa Fe Demons looked like a foregone conclusion midway through the fourth quarter against the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But a late rally by the Hilltoppers put them back into the game. The Hilltoppers trimmed a 19-point lead by the Demons down to just 8 with under 3:30 remaining in the quarter.
    Unfortunately, a late 10-1 surge by Santa Fe gave it the win in a critical District 2-4A contest Wednesday at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    Spearheaded by a nearly unstoppable offensive performance from sophomore Kayla Herrera, the Demons rolled to a 74-57 victory.
    Herrera, one of the most dynamic young players in Class 4A, rolled up a whopping 38 points against Los Alamos. Herrera, who misfired just twice in 11 attempts in the first half, sliced right through the middle of the lane virtually at-will Wednesday, setting herself up with numerous layup attempts.
    On the rare occasion when Los Alamos was able to get a body on her, Herrera hit some very tough shots underneath the basket or pulled back and connected from mid-range.
    Herrera’s point total was more than Los Alamos has allowed by seven teams this season and her first half total of 23 nearly equaled the total offensive output of the Hilltoppers, who had 26 points.

  • ’Toppers thumped by Demons again

    It’s official: the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have the No. 5 seed for the upcoming District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos clinched the unenviable fifth seed in the district tournament — meaning it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final — with its loss Tuesday night to the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Demons (11-13 overall, 2-4 in 2-4A) put together an impressive 13-0 run to close out the first quarter against the Hilltoppers, who took a 6-5 lead near the halfway point of the quarter. The Demons got back-to-back 3-pointers from Elliot Nicholas and Tres Chaires to spark the first quarter rally.
    Then, up by 15 at the break, the Demons opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run, effectively ending the game. They would go on to win 72-41 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos had its one and only chance to secure, if nothing else, at least one home game for the district tournament. Instead, it will have to take the longest, toughest route possible to get to the title game.
    Getting there from the No. 5 spot isn’t unheard of. Española Valley accomplished that feat in 2005 and the Hilltopper girls did likewise in 2001.
    However, Los Alamos will have to play far more consistently than it has to this point in the 2-4A season.