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  • Postseason fields will be out today

    It’s an annual source of speculation and belly achin’ around New Mexico, and it returns today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association announces the selection and seeding for the upcoming state basketball playoffs. The selections will be announced at 6 p.m. on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Los Alamos fans will be waiting anxiously to see where exactly the Hilltopper girls end up.
    The Hilltopper girls aren’t locks to get into the playoffs, but it’s not likely they will get frozen out, either. The Hilltopers have been ranked in the 12-15 range in 4A most of the year and were No. 15 heading into the District 2-4A championship tournament.
    Head coach Ann Stewart said after Thursday’s loss to the Española Valley Sundevils that she thought Los Alamos might end up with something in the neighborhood of a No. 14 seed based on its 2013-14 record.
    Los Alamos finished 13-15 on the regular season, but, more importantly to the selection committee, was 6-11 against other 4A teams. Five of those losses came at the hands of Santa Fe and Española Valley, the Hilltoppers’ top two district opponents.
    Santa Fe won the 2-4A tournament title, knocking off Española Valley 51-48 in overtime Friday night.

  • Hockey playoffs start tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will open the Year End Tournament tonight in Rio Rancho, taking on the La Cueva Bears.
    Los Alamos (8-9-1) earned the No. 6 seed for the Year End Tournament, which features nine teams from the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League.
    Following this weekend’s tournament, which will be played at Blades Ice Arena in Rio Rancho, the Hilltoppers will meet the Taos Ice Tigers March 8 for the pure team championship game. That game will be played in Taos.
    Los Alamos had a chance to improve its seed for the tournament last weekend, but fell to the St. Pius X Sartans 3-0 in Albuquerque. Los Alamos controlled the tempo most of the way but couldn’t find the back of the net, while St. Pius had few opportunities but capitalized on what it was given.
    The Hilltopper-Bear game is set for 5:45 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KRSN.
    Los Alamos and La Cueva, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, split their two contests this season, with each holding serve on its home ice.
    The winner of tonight’s game will play the winner between the seventh-seeded Sartans and the second-seeded El Paso (Texas) Franklin Cougars Saturday afternoon, also at Blades.

  • State swim meet final results

    Here are the results from the finals of the state championship swimming and diving meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Eldorado, 332.5; 2. La Cueva, 262; 3. Los Alamos, 218.5; 4. Las Cruces, 189.5; 5. Sandia, 184; 6. Albuquerque Academy, 159.5; 7. Clovis, 125; 8. Albuquerque, 116; 9. Rio Rancho, 103; 10. Volcano Vista, 99.

    200 medley relay

    1. Eldorado, 1:46.22; 2. Sandia, 1:47.83; 3. La Cueva, 1:49.85; 7. Los Alamos (Isabelle Runde, Jessica Moore, Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett), 1:55.47.

    200 freestyle

    1. Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 1:52.64; 2. Sarah Lott, 1:53.68; 3. Zofia Niemczak, Volcano Vista, 1:57.00.

    200 IM

    1. Lauren Atkins, St. Pius, 2:05.07; 2. Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 2:05.35; 3. Madison Gordley, Hope Christian, 2:09.96; 5. Isabelle Runde, 2:16.09.

    50 freestyle

    1. Madison Burns, Alamogordo, 23.48; 2. Amanda Key, Sandia, 24.10; 3. Ellie Rivenbark, Eldorado, 24.41; 12. (tie) Sydney Schoonover, 25.82; 14. Kaitlin Bennett, 25.92.

    1 meter diving

    1. Natasha Dark, St. Pius, 494.00; 2. Lauren Martinez, 464.80; 3. Meaghan Martinez, Eldorado, 419.80; 8. Madeline Le Scouarnec, 339.65; 9. Annika Bronkhorst, 329.40.

    100 butterfly

  • LA knocked out of tourney semifinals by Sundevils, 61-48

    ESPAÑOLA – The second meeting between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils played out very much like their first meeting did.
    And, unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, the result was the same as well.
    Los Alamos advanced to the District 2-4A girls basketball semifinals to take on the Sundevils and, for the third time in as many go-rounds, the Sundevils prevailed.
    Española Valley jumped out to a big early lead, going up by as many as 13 points in the first half, then survived a second half comeback attempt by Los Alamos to prevail 61-48 Thursday at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    The loss knocks the Hilltoppers out of the district tournament. They now must wait until Sunday evening to see if they’ve done enough to qualify for the state tournament.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart believes her team will get into the playoffs, but probably on the lower end of the bracket.
    “Based on our record, we’re probably going to get a 14 seed,” she said.

  • LALL accepting sign-ups

    Registration is now open for the 2014 Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball seasons.
    LALL is accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Registration continues through March 15.
    For more information, visit lalittleleague.org or email info@lalittleleague.org.
     

  • 'Toppers meet Sundevils tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will take on the Española Valley Sundevils for the right to advance to the District 2-4A tournament championship game.
    Los Alamos will hit the road to face the Sundevils. The Hilltoppers will not only have to deal with the Sundevils, who are among the top teams in the state, but a likely hostile crowd at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
    Game time is 7 p.m.
    This will be the third meeting of the season between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Española Valley won both previous games and both by 9-point margins, including a 57-48 win in Española late last month.
    The Hilltopper-Sundevil series has been dominated by Española Valley in recent years. Española Valley has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two.

  • LA tennis teams will take on Farmington, PV this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams will head to their third contest of the young spring season Friday.
    Los Alamos will take part in the Farmington Quad tournament, which is hosted by Farmington’s Scorpions through Saturday.
    Along with the Hilltoppers and Scorpions, the Scorpions’ cross-town rivals, the Piedra Vista Panthers, are also expected to participate.
    The Hilltopper girls are entering this season as the defending state Class 4A champions. Last May, the Hilltoppers stunned the Scorpions in the final round of the state tournament to earn their eighth victory in program history.
    But Los Alamos lost several players to graduation off that team, most notably its top doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, as well as one of its top singles players, Colleen Fitzsimmons.
    The Hilltopper girls team has 18 players on its current roster, including returners Laura Whicker and Astrid Hengartner.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys have a good chunk of their personnel returning this season, most notably senior Nikita Belooussov and freshman George Margevicius.
    Los Alamos advanced a pair of doubles teams to last year’s state 4A tournament,

  • LA advances with win over Bernalillo

    One of the big challenges facing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team this season is putting together four solid quarters.
    But that’s what Los Alamos has been shooting for here at the end of the season, and in its last two games, it has gotten closer.
    Los Alamos opened up its District 2-4A tournament run Tuesday night at home with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans. Los Alamos survived a big bump in the road at the tail end of the first half to bounce back in the second half.
    The Hilltoppers’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr had big performances in the second half, with Logan taking control of the game when her team needed her most, to earn a 72-62 decision over the Spartans.
    Logan dropped in 10 of her 14 points after the break to lead the Hilltoppers back after what could’ve been a game-changing run by the Spartans in the second quarter.
    Logan said Los Alamos is playing with the mindset that it must still earn its way into the playoffs and survive as long as it can to make its best argument with the selection committee.
    “We felt like we have to win if we want to get into the state tournament,” the junior point guard said. “In the second half, we came out and worked our butts off.”

  • 'Toppers fall in first round Monday

    BERNALILLO — Setting itself up with chances wasn’t the problem for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Monday night.
    Finishing was another story.
    Los Alamos fell on the road at Bernalillo in the District 2-4A tournament, a loss which ended the Hilltoppers’ 2013-14 season.
    Los Alamos was within striking distance at the end of the first half, but went cold in the third quarter, falling in that contest 59-50.
    Bernalillo will now move on to play the Santa Fe Demons in the quarterfinal round of the 2-4A tournament. That game is set for tonight.
    Los Alamos, which had high hopes to turn its season around in district play, never got on track. It went 1-8 in district despite facing teams that have, like itself, struggled to find consistency night in and night out.
    The Hilltoppers were limited to just three points for the bulk of the third quarter after chopping a 9-point Spartan lead down to just two by the break. The Spartans took advantage, opening up an 8-point cushion heading into the final quarter.
    “This was a lot like the first time we played down here,” said Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk. “We got to within four points, but we just couldn’t get closer. That was partially due to our own mistakes.”

  • 'Topper girls host Spartans in tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will head into tonight’s District 2-4A second round off a big win over the weekend.
    Los Alamos needed overtime, but it tripped up the Artesia Bulldogs Saturday afternoon, 57-56 at a neutral site game in Vaughn.
    Saturday’s game was the regular season finale for both teams — a game that came about because Los Alamos’ game originally scheduled wit Albuquerque Academy earlier this season was canceled and Artesia was the only taker to fill that hole in the Hilltoppers’ schedule.
    But with the Hilltoppers’ win, it became a happy turn of events. The Hilltoppers and Bulldogs went into the game with similar records and a similar ranking according to the MaxPreps.com website, which is a key factor in the judging the playoff-worthiness of teams around the state.
    With that victory, Los Alamos (12-14) took a big step toward securing an at-large bid into the state playoffs.
    However, Los Alamos has a chance to make an at-large nod unnecessary.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Bernalillo Spartans in the first round of the District 2-4A tournament tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.