• Local runner will brave the Sahara Desert

    The question Garth Reader gets asked more than any other is, “why?”
    The question is in response to Reader’s goal of competing in the Marathon Des Sables, a multi-day scheduled footrace in the western Sahara Desert.
    “Everyone asks that,” said Reader, a local ultra-runner who jumped at the chance this year when his name came up to compete in the Marathon Des Sables, which encompasses a 240-kilometer (approximately 149 mile) path through the burning southern Moroccan corner of the Sahara. “I found out about it more than a decade ago and it struck me as one of those things that you see and you say ‘that’s me.’ That would be so neat to do.”
    The Marathon Des Sables, scheduled from April 5-15, is no ordinary ultramarathon — if there is such a thing — as competitors run set distances every day and camp in two-sided tents called bivouacs at night out in the desert. Daytime temperatures can reach in excess of 120 degrees, while nighttime temperatures can fall to near freezing. Throw in the random Saharan sandstorm and things can really get interesting for competitors.
    All of these complications don’t seem to hurt interest in the race any. In its previous 27 runnings, the race has averaged about 500 competitors a year.

  • 'Topper boys face Capital Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will finish off its District 2-4A regular season Wednesday night when it hosts the Capital Jaguars.

    Los Alamos (1-23 overall, 0-7 in 2-4A), which has a nondistrict contest scheduled for Saturday at Albuquerque Academy to finish the season, will be hoping to gain at least some momentum for next week’s district tournament.

    Despite being knocked around this district season, Los Alamos will be looking to grab at least some momentum for the tournament, in which it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final.

    In their most recent outing Friday night, the Hilltoppers were drubbed by the Española Valley Sundevils 89-62 in Española.

    The two teams played a defense-optional second half at Española Valley, in which they combined for 78 points — the Sundevils scored 49 points in the first half.

    Los Alamos’ 62 points was a season high for the team, but so was the 89 points allowed against the Sundevils.

  • 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.