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  • LA has chances but doesn't finish well against Tigers

    There were some plusses for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in its season opener, but there’s no shortage of things that are going to have to get better.
    Los Alamos, which is in a serious reconstruction phase after a very lean past four seasons, is hoping to see some improvement early on and saw some of that Saturday night in its 2014-15 season opener.
    Los Alamos found some offense and was able to set itself up with some opportunities on that side of the ball.
    However, finishing those opportunities were an issue for the Hilltoppers, as they fell to the Aztec Tigers 55-42 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Along with winning just two games last season, the vast majority of its players off that team were seniors, leaving the Hilltoppers little varsity experience as a unit heading into this season. And that showed Saturday.
    Its woes in converting its chances were compounded by getting caught up inside against Aztec and letting its long-range shooters have open looks, particularly Juwan Charley.
    Charley hit two big 3-pointers for Aztec (1-0) in the second quarter. The big blow was a wide-open three from the left side of the arc that would help the Tigers pull away from the Hilltoppers.

  • LA drops hoops season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell in its season opener at home Saturday night.

    Los Alamos led 12-11 after one quarter, but struggled to finish both from the floor and from the foul line against the Aztec Tigers. The Tigers, who didn't shoot great either, made some big 3-pointers in the second quarter to help lift them to a 55-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.

    More information from Saturday's game will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • They Are The Champions

    Los Alamos pulled off another sweep at the state championship race Saturday at Rio Rancho. The Hilltopper boys won their fourth consecutive team title, topping the favored Albuquerque Academy, while the Hilltopper girls picked up a solid victory in Class 5A competition that gave them their sixth straight team title. Coming up, Los Alamos will take part in the Nike Cross Regional meet in Phoenix next week.

  • Sports Briefs 11-13-14

    Volleyball team tryouts start Sunday

    The Northern New Mexico Fusion volleyball club will hold tryouts for its 2015 season for the next two Sundays.
    Tryouts are open to any interested girls between the ages of 11-17. Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.
    There is no charge for trying out.
    Sessions will be at Los Alamos High Schools Auxiliary Gymnasium. Girls 11-14 will have their tryouts from noon-2 p.m. and girls 15-17 from 2:30-5 p.m. both Sundays.
    Those interested must have a parent-signed liability waiver.
    More information and waiver forms can be found at the Fusion’s website, nnmvolleyball.org.
    Questions about the tryouts may also be emailed to lafusionvb@hotmail.com.

    Freeride team to meet Dec. 4

    A recruitment and registration night for those interested in participating in the Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is scheduled for Dec. 4.
    Boys and girls of any age may participate on the freeride team.
    The organization features traveling competitive ski and snowboard teams.
    For more information, call Pajarito Mountain at 662-5725.

    Skills clinics will take place at YMCA

  • Hawk girls hosting round robin tourney

    Los Alamos Middle School’s girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams will host a season-opening tournament Friday and Saturday at Brousseau Gymnasium.
    The round robin tournament will include teams from St. Michael’s, McCurdy, Santa Fe Indian School and Memorial Middle School, as well as the Hawk teams.
    Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Hawk seventh graders’ first game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday and the Hawk eighth graders will play at the conclusion of that contest.
    LAMS teams will play again at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
    Price for admission is $5 per person for an all-day pass.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, the Hawk teams will host West Las Vegas Monday afternoon.

  • 'Toppers take on Rams Friday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will look to build on its season-opening victory last week with Friday’s game at Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos knocked off its archrival Taos to start the 2014-15 New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League season. Los Alamos earned at 2-1 victory at Taos to get going on the right foot.
    Hilltopper goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid made a whopping 26 saves against the Ice Tigers and allowed just one goal as he went the distance between the pipes.
    Friday, Los Alamos will be at Blades Ice Arena to face Rio Rancho. The Rams are 1-4-1 on the young season, but have had some tough games to start with.
    In week 2 of NMIIHL play, the Rams were swept by the Franklin Cougars (El Paso, Texas) in a doubleheader, losing those contests 10-5 and 8-3.
    The Rams were also downed by Coronado in one of two contests against last year’s league champion, El Paso Coronado, 2-1, but did pick up a 6-6 tie in the other game.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m. in Rio Rancho.
    Early in the season, the Cougars are looking like they might be the team to beat this year. The Cougars are 7-0-0 so far and have outscored their opponents 57-22.

  • On Schedule 11-12-14

    Thursday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Class 5A championship tournament (Rio Rancho), varsity, 10:30 a.m.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: LAMS at Taos Invite, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 1 p.m.
    Girls basketball: LAMS Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

  • Winter (Sports) is on Its Way
  • Sports Briefs 11-11-14

    Basketball skills clinics continuing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host basketball skills clinics this Saturday and next Saturday.
    The basketball skills clinics are scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. They are primarily for those registered for the YMCA youth basketball program, but those interested in playing in the program that haven’t registered are also welcomed.
    The clinics are designed to help youth with basic skills such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They are for players with little-to-no previous experience.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Turkey Trot returns Nov. 23

    The annual CROP Walk/Turkey Trot is scheduled for Nov. 23. The event will start at Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Turkey Trot is for any interested participants. Participants my choose to walk or run a 1.7-mile or a 2.5-mile course.
    All participants are also eligible to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    Registrations will take place at 1 p.m. at LAMS and the Turkey Trot will start at 2 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639.

    Jaguars, Sartans win soccer titles

  • Del Norte is bottom seed in postseason

    For the sixth consecutive year, only one team from District 2 advanced to the state playoffs.
    This year, the Del Norte Knights were the team that made it to the playoffs. And for the fourth time in five years, the district champ will be going in as the lowest seed in the postseason.
    Del Norte, which won District 2 going away, was given the No. 12 seed for the 2014 postseason. The Knights will take on the fifth-seeded Aztec Tigers for the opening round of the 5A playoffs Saturday.
    Those teams will play at Aztec. For the first round of the playoffs, games are scheduled according to where the teams previously played, as opposed to which team has the higher seed.
    Los Alamos, of course, wasn’t even in the playoff discussion this season. Los Alamos finished the year 1-9, its only win of the year coming against Española Valley.
    The only District 2 team with even a prayer of earning an at-large invitation this season was Capital, the district runner-up. Capital finished the year 5-5 and went 3-1 in the district, with its only loss coming against the Knights.