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  • Hilger paces Atomic Tumblers at season opening competition

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers gymnastics team opened its season at home Oct. 23 hosting four other teams.
    The meet consisted of gymnasts in levels 3-6. In all, 82 gymnasts participated in the meet, which was held at the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics on North Mesa.
    The meet marked the opening of the 2010-11 compulsory season.
    Los Alamos’ Alyssa Hilger, a level 4 gymnast, earned the top mark of the meet. She recorded a score of 36.20 to win the 10-year-old division.

  • LA takes Pool D win Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a victory in Pool D play Thursday and moved on to today’s quarterfinal round.
    The Class AAAA state tournament opened Thursday with pool play. Direct elimination play continued today with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, with the state championship match scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos, the No. 4 seed in the AAAA tournament, got through the pool, which included both fifth-seeded Piedra Vista and 12th-seeded Aztec. The victory in Pool D gave Los Alamos a bid into the state quarterfinals.

  • Men's basketball: Aggies open season Friday

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State men’s basketball team opens the 2010-11 season at Louisiana Friday.
    Friday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Lafayette.
    This is the second consecutive season and third time in four years that the Aggies have started on the road.

  • Volleyball: Pojoaque wins pool, advances to quarterfinals

    The Pojoaque Elks volleyball team emerged as the top team out of the Class AAA pool play Thursday morning.

    The Elks, the defending Class AAA champions and the No. 1-seeded team in the tournament, topped Silver and Las Vegas Robertson in pool play Thursday morning. The Elks advance to play the winner between Ruidoso and Shiprock Friday morning.

    The Class AAA tournament is being played at the Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Other pool winners in that tournament include St. Michael's, Portales and Hatch Valley.

  • Volleyball: Toppers on a roll heading into Thursday’s pool play

    Garry Maskaly thought his team would do a little better in the pool play round of the 2009 state Class AAAA volleyball tournament.
    At first, Maskaly wondered why his team was struggling with two teams it shouldn’t have had nearly as much trouble with as it did. The next day, the answer became clear.

  • Volleyball: LA gets No. 4 seed in playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team is the top seed in Pool D for the 2010 state playoffs.
    The state Class AAAA playoffs will start Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos, the District 2AAAA champion, earned a No. 4 overall seed in the state tournament, which gets going with the pool play round Thursday. In its pool, it will face fifth-seeded Piedra Vista and 12th-seeded Aztec.

  • Football: Toppers left out of bracket

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s push in the last three games of the regular season didn’t seem to impress the New Mexico Activities Association.
    The Hilltoppers were left out of the postseason draw in Class AAAA for 2010. The NMAA released the state playoff brackets this weekend.

  • Basketball: LA girls ranked 9th in first poll

    Exactly one week following the official opening of the New Mexico prep basketball preseason, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association put out its preseason top 10 rankings.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got a top-10 nod in the preseason top 10, while the Hilltopper boys basketball team earned nary a sniff.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals last season, finished in the ninth spot in the 2010-11 preseason voting.

  • Girls soccer: LA advances to 4A title game but falls in finale to Academy

    ALBUQUERQUE — An improbable run through the state Class AAAA playoffs came to an end for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, exactly the way it had for each of the previous two seasons.
    Los Alamos, the No. 6 seed in the AAAA postseason, upended a pair of tough opponents in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the playoffs, but couldn’t overcome the final, biggest hurdle, falling to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Saturday morning.

  • Boys cross country: Toppers finish second in 4A title race behind Academy

    RIO RANCHO — To take down the giant, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team did just about everything it needed to do.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, however, the giant didn’t cooperate.
    Los Alamos put together a strong effort at the Class AAAA state championship race Saturday morning, taking three of the top 13 individual slots. But the Albuquerque Academy Chargers did what they do best, dominate the front part of the race and hold on until the end.