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Today's Sports

  • LA plays Goddard to open Poe Corn

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will face one of the two host teams for the upcoming Poe Corn Invitational Tournament.
    Los Alamos will take on the Goddard Rockets at the Poe Corn tournament, one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the state, Monday night at Goddard.
    The Poe Corn is an annual event played in Roswell. Los Alamos is a fixture at the tournament, which has been around since the 1950s.
    Monday’s game will be the first for Los Alamos since Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers fell at home to the Rio Grande Ravens, 52-42. That loss put the Hilltoppers at 1-7 on the season.
    While Los Alamos hasn’t yet been able to find that second win of the season, it has looked better in recent outings. Los Alamos lost to Valencia by a 10-point margin as well, that coming Dec. 13, which was far better than the nearly 50-point cushion Valencia had earlier in the year at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Against Rio Grande, Los Alamos gave itself some chances on the offensive end, many of those coming in transition.
    However, the Hilltoppers struggled to finish, misfiring on several makeable shots that cost them a chance at pulling off an upset over the Class 6A Ravens.
    Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said practices heading up to the Roswell tournament would involve plenty of shooting.

  • Fishing Report 12-26-14

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  • Sports Briefs 12-26-14

    Junior wrestling program returning

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is now accepting registrations for its junior wrestling program.
    The program is scheduled to run between Jan. 5-April 17.
    Workouts will be at the YMCA’s gymnasium Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m.
    Kids in grades 1-6 can participate, as well as those in grades 7-8 if they have no previous wrestling experience.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. There are optional competitive tournaments for those interested at additional cost.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Pajarito still waiting for snow

    As of Friday morning, Ski Pajarito was reporting two additional inches of snow from Thursday night’s snowstorm.
    Currently, the ski area is reporting a 15-inch base mid-mountain, which is still not enough to open for the season.
    Pajarito is one of just two ski areas in New Mexico that has yet to open. Sandia Peak, which is reporting a 13-inch base, is the other.
    Among the ski areas in northern New Mexico, Taos was reporting a 42-inch base and Ski Santa Fe has 39 inches.

  • High-scoring games lead to long...

    Bear Bryant said offense sells tickets, and he was right. College football is enjoying immense popularity in an era of record scoring.
    But is there too much of a good thing?
    All that scoring caused this season’s average length of game to hit 3 hours, 23 minutes in late November, according to the NCAA. That was up from 3:17 last season. Games are, on average, 14 minutes longer than in 2008. By comparison, this season’s NFL average is 3:07.
    “I think it’s trending in the wrong direction, and it is a concern,” American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said.
    Administrators are wary of turning off fans, especially young ones who crave faster action and represent future ticket buyers. They also are mindful of the risk of injury to fatigued players who are on the field longer and for more plays.
    The NCAA Football Rules Committee expects to discuss the issue when it meets in February, secretary-rules editor Rogers Redding said.
    “The 14-minute increase has been gradual” since 2008, he wrote in an email to The Associated Press, “but the cumulative effect has generated some concern among some stakeholders so that it is probably something that the committee will want to take a look at.”

  • LA guard Logan named top player...

    One of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s top players was named one the top players in New Mexico by a statewide prep website.
    Amber Logan, a senior point guard, was tabbed as the top player of the week by NMPreps.com. The website’s “main purpose is to get our players in the state of New Mexico the national exposure they deserve,” according to founder Kyle Henderson.
    While Los Alamos had just one game last week, it was a big win for the team. The Hilltoppers downed the Artesia Bulldogs 64-29 at home Saturday for its third win in four chances against a Class 5A opponent.
    And Logan was at the forefront of that big game, as she has been for most of the past two seasons with the Hilltoppers. Logan finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and finishing with 10 assists to lead Los Alamos to the big win.
    The season has gone swimmingly for the Hilltoppers so far with eight wins in nine tries. A sizeable chunk of their success has been due to the 1-2 punch of Logan and Ashlynn Trujillo.
    While Trujillo is one of the best players in the state off the dribble, she has had lots support from the outside. Logan has shot at or near the 50-percent mark from the 3-point arc in several games this season.

  • Lobos stunned by Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon University Antelopes hit some timely 3-pointers Tuesday night to upset the University of New Mexico Lobos in Phoenix.
    The Antelopes (7-7) shot 50 percent from behind the circle as they knocked off the Lobos 68-65. That loss snapped UNM’s 5-game win streak.
    “They played with much more urgency than we did,” UNM coach Craig Neal said. “That’s my fault. They (the Lobos) think they’re better than they are, and we can’t play the last five minutes like we should’ve played the whole game and expect to win. … That’s part of being a new team.”
    UNM (8-4) made just 8 field goals in the first half. The team was paced by Hugh Greenwood’s 20 points.

  • Ski Report 12-24-14

    Angel Fire
    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 56 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    13-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 20 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu
    28-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    30-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    41-inch base. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Taos
    36-inch base. 7 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    31-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 28 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    1-inch base. One-half inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

  • LeBron returns to South Beach

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn’t have any apprehension for this homecoming.
    There’s nothing to fear, no real worries about his safety, unlike what awaited him the last time he had one of these return games. Then again, this might not even classify as a homecoming — because, it turns out, Miami was never truly his home, just a place he called home for four years while playing with the Heat.
    He came. He won. He left.
    On Thursday, James returns to face the Heat, the team that turned him from a superstar to a two-time NBA champion superstar. And as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for what will certainly be an emotional Christmas visit, James said he’s expecting to be flooded with positive vibes.
    “To say I haven’t thought about going back, I would be lying,” James said in Cleveland on Tuesday night after he and the Cavaliers beat Minnesota.
    “It’s going to be great to be back in that building around those unbelievable fans and the memories will definitely come back, being a part of the organization for four years,” he said.
    For their part, the Heat insist that they’re looking forward to the reunion.

  • LA throttles Artesia at home, 64...

    It was a long way to go for the Artesia Bulldogs this weekend, and the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made it a long bus ride home.
    Los Alamos trounced Artesia Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, 64-29.
    Los Alamos broke open Saturday’s contest in the second quarter, outscoring Artesia 21-8 to spark the rout. Ashlynn Trujillo scored three buckets, while Makela Jones and Jordan Duran combined for 8 more points in the second quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 32-13 edge at the break.
    The Hilltoppers never looked back.
    With Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-1 on the season and, perhaps more importantly, improved to 3-1 against Class 5A opponents. It was Los Alamos’ third straight win since falling to Los Lunas in the opening round of a tournament at Albuquerque Academy the previous week. 
    Artesia, of course, is in the extreme southeastern corner of New Mexico, approximately 265 travel miles away from Los Alamos.
    The Bulldogs (4-3) wisely bundled two games in two days as they made the long trip north. They also faced Belen Friday night, but that game didn’t turn out any better than Saturday’s game at Los Alamos, with the Bulldogs falling 61-34 in Belen.

  • Ski Report 12-23-14

    Angel Fire

    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 53 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Pajarito

    13-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    20-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. 20 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    8-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu

    29-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 32 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    25-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    41-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Taos

    37-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC

    25-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest

    12-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. 28 trails open.

    Valles Caldera

    3-inch base. Will open when conditions permit.