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Today's Sports

  • LA teams are set for the state...

    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.

  • Ski Report 2-19-15

    Angel Fire
    43-inch base. No new snow reported. 73 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    27-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    34-inch base. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 39 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    30-inch base. No new snow reported. 52 trails and 7 lifts open.
    Ski Santa Fe
    42-inch base. No new snow reported. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos
    42-inch base. No new snow reported. 83 trails and 15 lifts open.

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

    Chama XC
    46-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    2-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 trails open.

  • Saunders wins his 2nd state...

    RIO RANCHO — Before 2013, it had been close to 20 years since a Los Alamos wrestler had won a state individual championship.
    Before last season, it had been close to 20 years since Los Alamos boasted a two-time champion.
    But Saturday, Lane Saunders became the second consecutive state champion for the Hilltoppers.
    Saunders capped a 1-loss junior year Saturday by knocking off the only wrester to have beaten him in 2014-15, Andres Villa of Goddard, to win a second state title.
    To say Villa and Saunders are familiar with one another is an understatement. Little either does surprises the other and on the mat they let each other know about it.
    “He shot a double-leg at me and I told him, ‘I knew you were going to do that,’” Saunders said. “Then I shot a single-leg and he said ‘I knew you were going to do that.’”
    But in the end, Saunders earned the victory, although he had to do it the hard way, taking a 1-0 triple-overtime victory over his toughest foe.
    The two wrestlers trudged through a relatively uneventful regulation time, although Villa very nearly escaped from the bottom early in the second period, which would’ve ultimately won him the bout, before Saunders dragged him back to the ground.

  • Moore is long-distance champ

    Los Alamos’ Michael Moore picked up a state championship in the final individual race of his career Saturday.
    Moore, a senior with the Hilltopper boys swim team picked up a decisive victory in the 500-yard freestyle to upset the No. 1 seed in the state at the championship meet.
    The state title meet was Friday and Saturday. It was hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    In the 500 freestyle championship, Moore completed the race in 4 minutes, 40.19 seconds, that was nearly 4 seconds better than Cibola’s Jacob Harlan.
    Moore, who went through the regular season undefeated, suffered his one and only loss earlier in the day when he placed third in the 200 freestyle, but came back with the big victory in the long race.
    Harlan had the best time of anyone in the state heading into the event, about 2 seconds better than Moore’s best time during the regular season, but he only finished fourth in Friday’s preliminary round behind Lee Moffett, another top-seeded swimmer from Sandia, Moore and Paden Simms of Clovis.
    In the championship, however, both Moore and Harlan got off to a fast start. Harlan had the fastest 50-yard split at 24.63, but Moore was right behind him at 24.88.
    The two were neck-and-neck until about the final 150 yards when Moore started to pull away.

  • Saunders wins 2nd straight title

    RIO RANCHO - Los Alamos' Lane Saunders earned his second consecutive title by topping an old foe to take the Class 5A 182-pound bracket.

    In the third overtime period, Saunders slipped between the legs of Andres Villa of Goddard and, after a struggle, eventually freed his right arm, the only thing Villa was able to cling onto, to win the championship bout, 1-0.

    The previous year, Saunders earned a title at 171 pounds. He is the second Hilltopper in as many years to win two consecutive individual titles.

    Also Saturday, heavyweight Jonathan Schueler finished second in the 5A division, falling to Jasper Denetclaw of Miyamura. Denetclaw won with a second period pin.

    Los Alamos came away with one other medal Saturday, with John Dermer placing sixth at 220 pounds.

    More on the Hilltoppers' showing at the state tournament will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Pair of 'Topper wrestlers...

    Los Alamos' Lane Saunders and Jonathan Schueler are in the finals this afternoon in the Class 5A state championship wrestling tournament.

    Saunders, at 182 pounds, is the top seed in that weight class. He will take on an old foe, Andres Villa of Goddard in the championship.

    Saunders won the individual title at 171 pounds last season.

    In the heavyweight division, Schueler will meet Miyamura's Jasper Denetclaw in the championship round.

    To get to the final Schueler pulled off a huge upset over No. 1 seed Robert Gordon of Belen in the semifinal round, pinning him in 36 seconds.

    The final round will begin for classes 4A-6A at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is taking place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Moore No. 2 seed in two races...

    Los Alamos' Michael Moore finished second in the preliminary round of the state swim meet Friday and will vie for state titles in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles today.

    Moore posted a time of 1:44.14 in the 200 preliminaries, a little less than a second behind top finisher Anthony Kim of Albuquerque Academy. In the 500, Moore (4:47.26) was about three seconds back of Jake Moffett of Sandia.

    Other top finishes Friday included Jessica Moore, who is in the finals of the 100 breaststroke - she finished with a 1:08.46 - and both the boys and girls 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, who also made today's finals.

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

  • 'Toppers down Spartans, 67-...

    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.

  • 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...

    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.