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Today's Sports

  • Hockey team sweeps home games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team swept all three of its home games this weekend to finish up its home ice schedule.
    Los Alamos had a pair of games against Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and a make-up game against Cibola in just two days and earned victories in all three contests at the county’s ice rink.
    In the two contests against Permian Basin’s Pump Jacks, the Hilltoppers prevailed 3-2 and 4-2.
    The first game was played Saturday night and the second was played Sunday morning.
    In Sunday’s evening contest, against the Cougars, who had handed Los Alamos its first loss of the season, the Hilltoppers prevailed 5-4.
    Heading into the contests, the Hilltoppers were on a down streak, coming off a rough stretch of their schedule against the current top two teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, Franklin and Coronado, teams that are both from El Paso, Texas.
    Los Alamos seemed to get back to form with a nice win the previous week over La Cueva, but the sweep of the three weekend games puts Los Alamos in a spot to contend for the NMIIHL’s runner-up spot with Coronado’s T-Birds — Franklin has already clinched the top spot.

  • Lobos lose 3rd straight Tuesday

    In truth, there were a lot of reasons for New Mexico’s 70-59 Mountain West loss at Colorado State University.
    The Rams got off to a good start. The Lobos got off to a bad start. The Rams hit eight 3-pointers. The Lobos didn’t get much scoring from their posts. The Lobos had too many turnovers.
    The Lobos also waited too long to up their intensity and try to cut into a fat 23-point lead the Rams had established at 44-21 about 5-1/2 minutes into the second half at Fort Collins, Colorado, Tuesday night.
    “It was a like a 12-round bout (boxing) and the first eight rounds they knocked us all over the ring,” said Lobo head coach Craig Neal. “The first half we didn’t play very well and that’s not the way we play. I was happy with our fight. I was happy with what our guys did in the second half. We showed a lot of heart. But you can’t come in against a veteran group like they have and not get physical and go at them early.”
    The loss was New Mexico’s third in a row and drops the Lobos to 14-10 overall and 6-6 in Mountain West play.
    Colorado State improved to 21-4 and 8-4 in the conference.

  • LA, Española Valley clash with...

    Life would be a lot simpler in District 2-5A for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team if it got a break.
    That break came Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos, in a seemingly two-team race for the 2-5A regular season title, had been trailing the Española Valley Sundevils in the standings since its loss to the Sundevils Jan. 27 at home.
    But Tuesday, the Sundevils fell for the first time in the district season. They were knocked off by Del Norte, 46-38, which tied for their lowest offensive output of the year.
    Now, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will be playing the Sundevils for sole possession of first place in 2-5A. That game is slated for Friday night at Española Valley.
    The only downside of that game for Los Alamos is that now, instead of a two-team race for the top, it has become a three-team race.
    Del Norte (13-9 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) was the only team in the district that figured to give either Los Alamos or Española Valley much of a fight in head-to-head competition.
    With its win, Del Norte is right back in the thick of things and will still come up to Griffith Gym to face the Hilltoppers in their regular season finale.

  • Spurs coach earns his 1,000th...

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gregg Popovich’s grand plan has produced plenty of wins.
    The Spurs made it an even 1,000 for him on Monday night.
    San Antonio rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and got an 18-foot baseline jumper from Marco Belinelli with 2.1 seconds left to give Popovich a milestone 95-93 victory at Indiana.
    “I’ve been here a long time and I’ve had good players. That’s the formula,” Popovich said. “Getting the players is difficult, but I’ve been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that’s the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess.”
    Popovich celebrated in his typical low-key way. He walked to midcourt, putt an arm around Pacers coach Frank Vogel, hugged one of his former players and stoically strolled into the Spurs’ locker room though he later acknowledged he might drink some wine.
    While Popovich does have five NBA championships, few midseason wins have come with this much fanfare.
    Only two coaches, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, reached 1,000 wins faster than Popovich. Only one other coach, Jerry Sloan, achieved the feat with one team. Sloan won 1,127 games with Utah. Popovich is 1,000-462 in 19 seasons, all with San Antonio.

  • LA girls knock off Capital in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept on pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in District 2-5A with a big win Saturday.
    For the second time this season, the Hilltoppers thumped the Capital Jaguars. The Hilltoppers, who beat the Jaguars by 40 points in their first meeting, nearly equaled that feat Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, winning 66-28.
    Los Alamos wasn’t expected to get much trouble from Capital, but couldn’t afford an off game ahead of its next big challenge.
    Friday, the Hilltoppers will take on the Sundevils in Edward Medina Gymnasium. On the line for Los Alamos is a chance to keep its hopes of a regular season 2-5A championship alive. The Sundevils won the first meeting at Los Alamos late last month.
    With its victory over Capital, Los Alamos picked up its 20th win of the season, one of the biggest regular season totals in the history of the program, that coming in the first year of head coach Nestor Trujillo.
    Española Valley, for its part, will have an interesting contest scheduled for tonight. It takes on the Del Norte Knights, who are currently sitting in third place in the 2-5A standings.

  • 'Toppers go 0-for-3 in 4-...

    It was a rough long weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos dropped all three of its contests this weekend, including a pair of District 2-5A contests on the road, as well as a make-up game against the St. Pius X Sartans at home.
    The Hilltoppers had three games in a four-day span — two of those were rescheduled contests from last month — and now will head into the final stretch of its regular season.
    Friday night, the Hilltoppers were thumped by the Capital Jaguars. The Jaguars went on a 16-0 at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to take full control of that game in Santa Fe.
    Capital would go on to win 59-26.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted St. Pius, which is among the top teams in Class 5A and has been for much of the season.
    It was another rough second quarter that would end up doing Los Alamos in. However, unlike many of the quarters in which Los Alamos has struggled this season, this quarter had more to do with the St. Pius defense than anything the Hilltoppers might have done wrong.
    St. Pius’ big men down clamped down on Los Alamos, allowing the Hilltoppers virtually no room to shoot or dribble.
    The Hilltoppers were held to just two points in that quarter — 9 for the entire first half — and fell 51-35.

  • On Schedule 2-8-15

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

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

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

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

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: District 1 championship meet (Los Alamos), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Wrestling: District 2-5A championship (Los Alamos), varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public School Invite, varsity, TBA.

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

  • Sliding In

    Los Alamos’ Ben Roback watches as his goal attempt gets into the net during a Jan. 23 game at the county ice rink. The Hilltoppers have their final two home games of the season today. They will play the Permian Basin Pump Jacks at 7 a.m., then face the Cibola Cougars at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the games is free.

  • Friday’s prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Atrisco Heritage 61, Albuquerque High 52
    Belen 52, Santa Teresa 47
    Bernalillo 64, Del Norte 35
    Capital 59, Los Alamos 26
    Carlsbad 36, EP Cathedral, Texas 35
    Dulce 92, Desert Academy 58
    Escalante 61, Mora 58
    Gadsden 35, Oñate 32
    Goddard 51, Artesia 46
    Grants 72, Moriarty 42
    Hatch Valley 71, Socorro 53
    Hobbs 105, Alamogordo 44
    Hope Christian 70, Bosque 53
    La Cueva 44, Highland 37
    La Veta, Colo. 46, Cimarron 31
    Laguna-Acoma 62, Estancia 26
    Las Cruces 65, Deming 43
    Lubbock Southcrest Christian, Texas 40, Clovis Christian 28
    Mesilla Valley Christian 87, Tularosa 47
    Portales 84, East Mountain 43
    Rio Rancho 91, Santa Fe 75
    Roswell 53, Lovington 38
    Ruidoso 52, NMMI 45
    Silver 47, Hot Springs 46
    Springer 78, San Jon 43
    Taos 45, Pojoaque Valley 41
    Tucumcari 49, Santa Rosa 47
    Valley 55, West Mesa 47
    Volcano Vista 28, Cibola 24
    West Las Vegas 80, Robertson 60

    Girls basketball

  • Prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Aztec 42, Los Lunas 41
    Bloomfield 67, Kirtland Central 60
    Carrizozo 54, Corona 18
    Clayton 60, Santa Fe Prep 55
    Cobre 60, Lordsburg 46
    Farmington 43, Piedra Vista 40
    Gallup 92, Miyamura 68
    Hondo 84, Lake Arthur 30
    Logan 83, Fort Sumner 46
    Magdalena 79, Alamo-Navajo 29
    NMSD 70, Victory Christian 24
    Pecos 73, McCurdy 35
    Shiprock 70, Wingate 65
    St. Pius 46, Academy 39

    Girls basketball

    Albuquerque High 62, Atrisco Heritage 49
    Corona 36, Carrizozo 30
    Jal 65, Gateway Christian 45
    Logan 62, Fort Sumner 23
    Pecos 56, McCurdy 42
    West Las Vegas 45, Taos 42