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Today's Sports

  • ’Topper girls fall in semifinal...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped its second contest of the season Friday afternoon at the Sandia Prep Invitational.
    Los Alamos struggled throughout the weekend at the tournament putting points on the board, a problem it hasn’t faced much this season. Those struggles caught up with the Hilltoppers in Friday’s game against the Belen Eagles.
    Belen held Los Alamos to a season-low 29 points as the Eagles topped the Hilltoppers 32-29 in the second round of the tournament at Sandia Prep. The Hilltoppers would come back, however, to drop the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the third-place game Saturday, winning another low-scoring contest, 35-31.
    Both of the Hilltoppers’ losses this season have been in tournaments, both coming against Class 5A teams. The Hilltoppers lost to one of Belen’s district rivals, Los Lunas, in mid-December at a tournament at Academy.
    The Hilltoppers are currently 12-2 on the year. In the newest MaxPreps rankings, the Hilltoppers dropped out of the top-four and are currently sitting at No. 5.
    Just two days before the start of the tournament, Los Alamos put up 62 points in a win at St. Pius X, but didn’t break 40 points in last weekend’s tournament.
    Tonight, the Hilltoppers are scheduled to be on the road, taking on the Taos Tigers.

  • Busy Weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team faced off against two of its toughest opponents this weekend, taking on the Coronado T-Birds Saturday and the Franklin Cougars Sunday at the county’s ice rink. Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers dropped all four games this weekend at home.

  • On Schedule 1-10-15

    Tuesday
    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

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

    Thursday
    Girls basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Artesia, JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Bernalillo Duals, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 10:30 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Highland at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Lovington, JV, 2 p.m., varsity, 3:30 p.m.

  • Ducks players test positive for...

    DALLAS (AP) — Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde won’t play in Monday’s national championship game after positive drug tests, coach Mark Helfrich said.
    Carrington did not travel with the team to Dallas after testing positive for marijuana. The results of Ford’s test were not immediately clear.
    Helfrich said the team has faced many issues during the season, but he insisted that the team is not distracted heading into the first College Football Playoff title game.
    “How you manage those things is what matters most. And our guys have managed all those situations very, very well,” Helfrich said.
    Not having Carrington leaves the Ducks down two key wide receivers against Ohio State. Carrington, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound redshirt freshman, had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon’s Rose Bowl victory over Florida State.
    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said the team was disappointed. He hadn’t been able to talk to Carrington.
    “But at the same time I think a lot of guys feel guilty like they should have helped, including myself,” Mariota said. “It’s tough. But we’ll have to be ready for the next one, whoever the next guy is to step up.”

  • A Leg Up

    Los Alamos’ Aaron Hinojos tries to keep control of his opponent during the Al Salazar Invitational tournament Saturday morning in Santa Fe.

  • Kirk is back with Canton

    Once again, former Los Alamos High School basketball player Alex Kirk is playing professional hoops, and it’s under the umbrella of his old team.
    Kirk, who has been playing pro ball since the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, was scheduled to be back in uniform Saturday with the Canton Charge. The Charge are part of the NBA’s Development League and a satellite team of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Cleveland originally signed Kirk to a free agent deal over the summer. Last week, Cleveland dealt Kirk, along with Lou Amundson, to the New York Knicks as part of a six-player, three-team trade which also involved the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    Wednesday, Kirk and Amundson, along with the third player the Knicks received, Lance Thomas of Oklahoma City, were waived by New York, effectively meaning the Knicks will get just one draft pick out of the convoluted deal. Kirk didn’t play one minute in a Knicks uniform.
    Less than a week after the trade, Kirk was back under the auspices of his old franchise and with the team he’s spent a good chunk of the season with.
    The 7-foot center was scheduled to play Saturday night with the Charge against, somewhat ironically, the D-League franchise of the team that just waived him, the Westchester Knicks.

  • Kirk back with Charge

    Former Los Alamos basketball star Alex Kirk will once again be back to action in the professional ranks.
    Kirk, who was waived earlier this week by the New York Knicks following a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will play tonight for his old D-League team, the Canton Charge.
    The game will be broadcast free on YouTube. Game time is set for 5 p.m. local time.
    For a link to the game, go to canton.dleague.nba.com.
     

  • LA escapes 1st round game vs....

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team avoided being upset by the Moriarty Pintos in the opening round of its tournament in Albuquerque Thursday, but just barely.
    The Hilltoppers couldn’t shake the Pintos, a team they beat handily in the early part of the season. Moriarty trailed by just 1 point at the break and kept Los Alamos’ high-powered offense largely in check.
    But Los Alamos was able to keep Moriarty off the board as well, and got by the first round of the tournament with a 37-32 victory.
    The tournament, which is being hosted by Sandia Prep, continues through Saturday.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Belen, another team it faced in the early part of the season, this afternoon. The winner would advance to Saturday evening’s championship game.
    Despite the struggles, Los Alamos still improved to 11-1 on the year, which is now the best record of any team in Class 5A. All other 5A teams have at least two losses.
    The Hilltoppers did it the hard way, however.

  • Sports Briefs 1-8-15

    LA appearing at Sandia Prep tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team started a tournament at Sandia Prep today. That tournament continues through Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers played Moriarty, a team they beat earlier this season, at 2 p.m. today in Albuquerque. They will play either Belen or Ramah Friday afternoon — 2 p.m. if they advance to the championship round, 3:45 p.m. if they fall into the consolation round.
    In the opposite half of the Sandia Prep bracket are the host Sundevils, Rehoboth, Albuquerque Academy and Raton.
    The tournament concludes Saturday.

    Martial arts classes offered at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently offering several different martial arts programs.
    The programs include Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Shoshin Ryu for both adults and children, and kickboxing.
    Programs run at various times throughout the week. For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • Ski Report 1-8-15

    Angel Fire

    28-inch base. No new snow reported. 68 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Pajarito

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

    Red River

    30-inch base. No new snow reported. 44 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

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

    Sipapu

    30-inch base. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    46-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    37-inch base. No new snow reported. 73 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos

    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    8-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Chama XC

    33-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest

    24-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Open weekends only.