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  • 'Toppers down Spartans, 67-53

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept pace with the Del Norte Knights for second place in the district standings Tuesday.
    Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead after one quarter and held it the rest of the way. Bernalillo’s Spartans tried to make a late push, but was well out of contention at that point and the Hilltoppers prevailed 67-53.
    The Hilltoppers (21-4 overall, 5-2 in 2-5A) outscored the Spartans (6-18, 2-5) 24-8 in the first quarter and added to that lead for both the second and third quarters.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte will battle Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium with a potential runner-up spot on the line.
    Also Tuesday, Española Valley (21-3, 6-1) clinched no worse than a tie for first place in the regular season district race by pounding Capital 72-34.

  • LA teams are set for the state title meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams will be looking to make a splash this weekend at state.
    Both teams will be well represented at the state meet, which starts Friday morning and continues through Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers have entries in all but two categories in both the boys and girls competitions.
    Last season, Los Alamos’ girls finished sixth at the state meet, while Los Alamos’ boys were 10th overall.
    The Hilltoppers are looking to improve on those finishes and might be in line to finish with a trophy if they can put together a good showing.
    One of the swimmers Los Alamos will be relying on heavily for a good showing this weekend is senior Michael Moore.
    Moore, who went the entire season not losing an individual race, is entered in the long freestyle events, the 200 and the 500.
    In both of those races, he will be among the favorites. In the 200-yard version, Moore clocked a 1:44.91 during the season, which places him just a little over half a second of the best time recorded by Jacob Harlan of Cibola, who is the top seed with a 1:44.33.
    There’s considerably more work to be done in the 500 freestyle, however. Harlan is again the top seed and went 10 second below Moore’s best recorded time in that event this year.

  • Sports Briefs 2-18-15

    Jr. Golf League starting

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced it will be participating in the PGA’s Junior Golf League.
    The season runs from June 1-July 12. It consists of a team vs. scramble format in a structured league setting.
    The league is for boys and girls ages 7-13. Approximately 12 players can play on a team at any one time. Price for participation is $150.
    For more information, contact Donnie Torres at 662-8139.

    State tickets can be bought online

    Tickets for the upcoming swimming and wrestling state championship events are on sale online at nmaa.ticketleap.com.
    Both events will start Friday morning and continue through Saturday.

  • LA's upset try at home falls short

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was that it played quite possibly the best game of its season Tuesday night at home.
    The bad news, however, was that it still wasn’t enough to win.
    Los Alamos did most of what it needed to in order to pull off an upset over the Bernalillo Spartans Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, including getting the ball inside to the basket. One of the things it did not do so well, however, was finish off its layups.
    Those missed shots may have made a difference for the Hilltoppers, who dropped the contest 63-53.
    Los Alamos has just one more regular season game remaining, which is scheduled for Friday night at Del Norte.
    The Hilltoppers (2-23) celebrated senior night Tuesday, but much of their offense came from their freshmen.
    In the first half, Michael Naranjo chipped in one of his best performances of the season, scoring 8 points as Los Alamos tried to claw its way back from a rough first quarter. Late in the first half and going into the second half, guard Antonio Trujillo got red hot from long distance, hitting 5 consecutive 3-pointers.
    Trujillo finished with a team-high 19 points, including a big 3 that cut the Spartan lead, which had been as much as 12 in the first half, down to just 4 with a little over 4 minutes left to play.

  • Senior Night at Griffith

    Hilltopper seniors boys basketball players Greg Ahlers (12) and Scott Gasway (22) were honored prior to tip-off Tuesday night. It was the final home game in the prep careers of both players. They were joined by their families, including Gasway’s younger brother, Cade (44), who also plays for Los Alamos. Los Alamos took on Bernalillo Tuesday night.

  • LA boys fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell for the second time of the season against its archrivals, the Española Valley Sundevils, Saturday night.
    The Hilltoppers (2-22) couldn’t do much to slow down the potent Sundevil offense Saturday, falling in that game 71-48.
    Officially, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 5 and final seed for the upcoming District 2-5A tournament. The Hilltoppers will be on the road through the duration of the their stay in the tournament.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, has won 5 straight district games after an opening night loss. The Sundevils (18-6 overall) have the inside track to the regular season 2-5A championship.
    Los Alamos will host Bernalillo this evening. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Saunders wins 2-5A title, 10 other 'Toppers qualify

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished with a lone District 2-5A champion at Saturday’s qualifying tournament.
    Los Alamos hosted the qualifying event at Griffith Gymnasium. The top three finishers in each weight class will now advance to the state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday in Rio Rancho.
    The only district title winner for the Hilltoppers was Lane Saunders at 182 pounds. Saunders finished off a spectacular regular season, going 31-1 individually, and could well be the favorite in that weight class to take home a second consecutive state championship.
    He finished ahead of Manuel Carrillo of Capital, an eighth grader.
    The seeding committee will meet prior to Friday’s first round. Saunders appears to be well in line for a No. 1 seed this season with Israel Villa of Goddard the only other 182-pounder in the state that seems to have much of a shot of beating him out for the coveted spot.
    Along with Saunders’ 2-5A title, Los Alamos also picked up seven runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes to give the team a grand total of 11 entries for the 5A championship.

  • Swim meet will start on Friday

    Both Los Alamos’ boys and girls swimming teams will have near full compliments of competitors for this weekend’s state championship meet.
    The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos finished off its regular season with the District 1 meet, which it hosted Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    For the state meet, Los Alamos has girls competing in all but two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. For Los Alamos’ boys, they will have competitors in every event except the 50 freestyle and in diving.
    The state meet will have preliminary heats Friday afternoon and finals and consolation heats Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Girls diving preliminary and final rounds will both be on Friday, also at Academy.

    In the District 1 meet, both the Hilltopper teams were victorious. The Hilltopper girls finished with 491 points, easily outdistancing St. Michael's in the team standings, while Los Alamos' boys finsihed with a near-identical score of 489. Piedra Vista finished as the boys runner-up.

  • Sports Briefs 2-15-15

    Lacrosse registration is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League will hold a registration session for its 2015 season Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m.
    The league is open to boys and girls from age 9 to high school seniors. Teams for U13 players, U15 players and high school-level players are planned.
    For more information on the lacrosse league, visit laylax.org.

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games.
    Registration forms are available at the YMCA of Los Alamos. Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information, call 662-3526.
     

  • On Schedule 2-15-15

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    Boys basketball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

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

    Friday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls preliminaries, 8:30 a.m.; boys preliminaries, immediately following girls.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), preliminary heats, 3 p.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Diving: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), girls finals, 8:15 a.m.; boys finals, during swimming competition.

    Swimming: State championship meet (Albuquerque Academy), finals, 11:30 a.m.

    Wrestling: State championship tournament (Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho), 9 a.m.