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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 'Toppers to clash with...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team picked up three wins in three chances at last weekend’s Mid-Season tournament.
    Los Alamos had an unenviable schedule for two of its three games this weekend. Los Alamos had to play its first game at 6:45 a.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, along with having a third game Sunday.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers came through with victories in all three contest, putting them at 10-1 on the season. Those three victories keeps them right on the heels of the Franklin (Texas) Cougars in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
    In the opening game of the tournament — which was played in round robin format — Los Alamos knocked off the Coronado T-Birds 4-3. In Saturday’s late game, the Hilltoppers nipped the Durango Devils 2-1.
    In Sunday’s game, Los Alamos thumped Cibola 7-0, getting a measure of revenge after Cibola handed Los Alamos its only defeat of the year in early December.
    Currently, Los Alamos is the only team from New Mexico in the top four of the NMIIHL standings. Following Franklin and Los Alamos are Permian Basin, from Odessa, Texas, and Coronado, which is from El Paso, Texas.

  • Kirk waived following Knicks...

    The first go-round in the professional basketball ranks was a short one for former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was waived by the New York Knicks Wednesday, less than 48 hours after he was acquired by New York in a three-team, six-player deal between it, Cleveland and Oklahoma City.
    Monday’s convoluted deal between the three teams sent Kirk and another Cleveland big man, Lou Amundson, to the Big Apple, along with Oklahoma City’s Lance Thomas.
    All three of those players were released by New York Wednesday.
    For Kirk, he could be claimed off of waivers by another interested NBA team and join up with them, but for now is out of a job.
    The season so far has been nothing short of disastrous for the Knicks, who, nearing the halfway point in their schedule, have won just 5 games. The Knicks dropped their 13th game in a row Wednesday to Washington, 101-91.
    That losing streak is a record for futility for the nearly 70-year-old franchise.
    Many basketball experts have speculated the Knicks threw in the towel on the 2014-15 season with the trade. Ironically, the Knicks were way above the NBA’s salary cap for much of the season, having spent big on players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, without getting a lot of bang for their buck.

  • Kirk waived by Knicks

    The NBA is reporting that former Los Alamos center Alex Kirk has been waived by the New York Knicks.

    Kirk, who was traded Monday as part of a convoluted deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, will now be looking for a new team.

    The move by New York to waive Kirk and Lou Amundson, who also went to the Knicks in the trade, was expected. The Knicks have shown signs that, after a disastrous 5-32 2014-15 season, they're ready to cut salary and rebuild for next year.

    Because the waiver occurred today, the Knicks don't owe any salary to Kirk, who had a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

  • 'Toppers hammered by Elks...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had a rough outing at home Tuesday night against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    The Elks pounded the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium, handing the Hilltoppers their second straight home loss since returning from their New Year’s tournament in Roswell.
    The Elks prevailed 67-28.
    Pojoaque Valley’s win was the10th for the club against just 4 losses. It was also the first win of the season for Pojoaque Valley over a Class 5A team.
    Los Alamos (2-11) had one of its lowest offensive outputs off the season in the loss, that coming on the heels of a reasonably good performance in a loss to Taos Saturday.
    It was also the second straight home loss by the Hilltoppers against a Class 4A club. Pojoaque Valley has won four of its last five.
    The Hilltoppers won their second game of the season in their finale of the Poe Corn Invitational over Moriarty on New Year’s Eve.
    Next up for Los Alamos is a rematch against the team it lost to in the second round of the Poe Corn, Belen. That game, which will be hosted by the Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday evening.

  • LA earns key victory over Pius

    ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t over until it was over.
    With under a minute and a half left in Tuesday’s contest, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked to have an insurmountable lead over the St. Pius X Sartans.
    But with about 20 seconds left, that lead looked quite surmountable. St. Pius chopped Los Alamos 11-point lead down to just two and forced a turnover.
    Fortunately for Los Alamos, its defense got the ball back and held on for a big 62-60 win at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.
    With time winding down in the game, the Hilltopper defense stripped St. Pius’ Kelsey Owens while she was driving down the lane before she was able to get a potential tying shot off.
    Such was the game. Los Alamos turned the ball over 24 times Tuesday, but few of those turnovers ended up hurting as the Hilltoppers were often able to get the ball right back from St. Pius, which coughed up the ball 23 times.
    Tuesday’s game was the toughest test for Los Alamos to date. St. Pius, despite having a sub-.500 record on the season, is a battle-tested Class 5A squad that was in need of a quality win over another 5A team, not to mention the longstanding rivalry between the two schools.

  • MLS signs Thoma to pro soccer...

    Former Los Alamos High School standout soccer player Andy Thoma will be turning pro very soon.
    Thoma, who led Los Alamos to its first boys soccer title in nearly 25 years in 2010, was signed to a contract Monday by Major League Soccer — the league itself — guaranteeing him a spot on a MLS team for the 2015 season.
    The announcement of his signing came in advance of the MLS’ SuperDraft.
    Thoma was one of eight players coming out of college in fall 2014 to be guaranteed a MLS spot. Last month, it was announced Thoma had been invited to the league’s upcoming combine.
    It is still expected that Thoma will be at the combine, which takes place Friday through Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    While at Los Alamos, Thoma was named the Class 4A Player of the Year following his senior year, in which the Hilltoppers pulled off three straight upsets at the state tournament to capture the 2010 title.
    After his career at Los Alamos, Thoma joined with the University of Washington and was named an All-American fullback following the 2014 season. During his career, he was named to the All-Pac 12 team on multiple occasions.
    Thoma and Washington advanced to the men’s soccer Sweet 16 last year.