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  • Schedule for Jan. 3-8

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

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

    Friday

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

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Duals, 8 a.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos Open, 11 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Sandia at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Monitor picks top sporting events of the year

    In few sports were the Bernalillo Spartans considered much of a District 2AAAA title contender, but in 2010’s contests against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, they may as well have been.
    The Spartans seemed to get up for every game this year against the Hilltoppers, giving them everything they could handle on plenty of occasions. Games involving the Hilltoppers and Spartans appear three times among the Los Alamos Monitor’s top 10 contests of 2010.

  • Basketball: LA girls, boys pick up wins in Roswell

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a win in the final contest of its three-day stay at the Roswell-Goddard Classic.
    Following a pair of losses to open up the tournament, to Carlsbad and Goddard, Los Alamos bounced back to knock off the Gadsden Panthers 53-45 Wednesday.
    As it did in its tournament opener against Carlsbad, Los Alamos struggled through the early part of the game. After being outscored 12-3 in the first quarter, Los Alamos got on track and dropped in 23 points in the second quarter to grab the lead going into the break.

  • Basketball: Lobos edge Red Raiders in Lubbock

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Mexico appeared to be unprepared for Texas Tech Wednesday night when the Lobos trailed by 15 points midway through the first half.
    When New Mexico made it to the locker room trailing by six, coach Steve Alford did not have much to say to his entire team, but chose to address his three senior leaders — A.J. Hardeman, Dairese Gary and Phillip McDonald.

  • Basketball: LA opens Poe Corn tourney vs. Roswell

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have a tall order to fill tonight when it takes on the defending Class 4A champions.
    Los Alamos meets the Roswell Coyotes in the first round of the Poe Corn Invitational tonight. The Poe Corn, one of the oldest continuously held basketball tournaments in the state, gets going today in Roswell.
    In recent years, the Hilltoppers have been a regular at the Poe Corn. In 2009, the Hilltoppers finished third in the tournament, topping co-host Goddard in the third place game one night after struggling against the Coyotes.

  • Boys basketball: LA drops Taos to earn 5th at tourney

    JACONA – It’s official. The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team is on a winning streak.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the Taos Tigers in the fifth-place game of the Ben Lujan Invitational Wednesday, earning their second win in a row. The Hilltoppers again struggled in the third quarter Wednesday, but came back in the final quarter, again making good on their free throws late to win.
    Los Alamos converted 12 of 15 chances from the stripe in the fourth quarter to pick up a 48-39 victory and the win in the tournament’s consolation bracket.

  • Boys basketball: LA picks up fifth at Lujan Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a victory Wednesday afternoon over the Taos Tigers to take fifth place at the Ben Lujan Invitational.

    Los Alamos, which led most of the way Wednesday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, found itself trailing 28-27 after three quarters, but outscored Taos 21-11 in the final period to pick up a 48-39 victory.

    Following an opening-round loss to the host Pojoaque Elks, the Hilltoppers (3-8) bounced back to pick up wins Tuesday over Penasco and Wednesday against Taos, a former district rival.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on to top Panthers at tourney

    JACONA — While Tuesday’s game may have gotten a little more interesting in the second half than the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have liked, it held on for a badly-needed victory.
    Los Alamos, playing in the consolation round of the Ben Lujan Invitational Tuesday, looked like it had its contest against Peñasco well in-hand after about 2-1/2 quarters, but the Panthers, led by scrappy shooting guard Gerrick Romero, clawed their way back into the contest.

  • Hockey: LA, OutKast play to scoreless tie Friday

    Following a scoreless tie between it and the Albuquerque OutKast Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team slipped into second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
    Los Alamos (9-1-1) holds the edge in points over the Taos Ice Tigers (9-1), but is one-half game back after the Tigers topped the Santa Fe Blue Jackets and routed the Rio Rancho Rams this weekend.
    The NMIIHL goes on its winter break. Regular play resumes Jan. 14 for some teams.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall in Ben Lujan 1st round

    JACONA – What started out appearing to be its best quarter of the night turned into a struggle for the upset-minded Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday night.
    In the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational, the Hilltoppers erased a 3-point deficit at the half against the Pojoaque Elks and went on to grab a 25-23 lead. But the Hilltoppers were held scoreless in the final 4:07 of the third quarter as the Elks took full control of the ballgame.