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Today's Sports

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • USA's 'Miracle'...

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — It’s been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday.
    “It was a long time ago, but for me it’s different,” said Eruzione, whose game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the medal round at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics still sends chills down an awful lot of spines. “I deal with it so often it’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years. Every week I’m doing something or going somewhere that’s associated with 1980.”
    With his inimitable deft touch, Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks guided Eruzione and his fuzzy-faced teammates, college kids matched up against one of the best teams in hockey history. On Feb. 22, they triumphed with an improbable comeback.
    The U.S. defeated the Soviets 4-3 on Eruzione’s 30-foot shot midway through the third period to deprive them of what likely would have been their sixth gold medal in seven Winter Olympics, then clinched the gold by rallying past Finland 4-2.

  • Senior Night at Griffith

    Hilltopper seniors boys basketball players Greg Ahlers (12) and Scott Gasway (22) were honored prior to tip-off Tuesday night. It was the final home game in the prep careers of both players. They were joined by their families, including Gasway’s younger brother, Cade (44), who also plays for Los Alamos. Los Alamos took on Bernalillo Tuesday night.

  • LA boys fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell for the second time of the season against its archrivals, the Española Valley Sundevils, Saturday night.
    The Hilltoppers (2-22) couldn’t do much to slow down the potent Sundevil offense Saturday, falling in that game 71-48.
    Officially, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 5 and final seed for the upcoming District 2-5A tournament. The Hilltoppers will be on the road through the duration of the their stay in the tournament.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, has won 5 straight district games after an opening night loss. The Sundevils (18-6 overall) have the inside track to the regular season 2-5A championship.
    Los Alamos will host Bernalillo this evening. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Stoudemire may be heading to...

    DALLAS (AP) — Amare Stoudemire asked out of his contract with the New York Knicks because he wants to make a run at a championship.
    The veteran forward has apparently decided Dallas is the place to spend the rest of this season chasing his first title.
    A person with direct knowledge of the talks said Monday night that Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the Mavericks after taking a buyout from the Knicks.
    He can’t make his verbal commitment official until he clears waivers Wednesday.
    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t official, told The Associated Press that Stoudemire could be available when Dallas returns from the All-Star break Thursday at Oklahoma City.
    The 32-year-old Stoudemire was waived Monday after requesting the Knicks buy out the remainder of his contract that was set to expire after this season. He’s likely to clear waivers.
    “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”
    Dallas has needed frontcourt help since trading Brandan Wright in a deal that brought point guard Rajon Rondo from Boston.

  • Lobos reeling as they face Aztecs

    A game at WisePies Arena might be exactly what the University of New Mexico Lobos need and that bill will be filled by the San Diego State Aztecs today.
    The Aztecs are a team that will bring the ornery out of The Pit, which will be sold out for the game. And Coach Craig Neal’s Lobos probably could use the friendly confines of WisePies Arena to help them, as Neal said, “get over the hump.”
    The Lobos held a 14-point lead over Nevada with 8:17 to play Saturday in Reno, but allowed the Wolfpack to force a tie in regulation and then pull out a 66-63 win in overtime.
    It was the Lobos’ fourth consecutive loss as they continue to slide down the Mountain West standings. UNM is now 14-11 overall and 6-7 in league play.
    “I just thought they (the Wolfpack) became real aggressive,” said Neal explaining Nevada’s rally. “They continued to drive our zone, and we didn’t get in front of them.  We didn’t have as much pop in our step defensively as we did in the first half. We have to figure it out. It’s very frustrating.”
    The Lobos got a bucket inside from J.J. N’Ganga with 11:55 to play, which pushed UNM’s lead to 45-31. UNM also led 52-38 with 8:17 to go and the Lobos were not in bad shape up 56-48 with 4:09 to play.