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  • Dermer wins bracket at St....

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had a very good showing from one of its upper-weight wrestlers, but a relatively ho-hum showing as a team.
    The Hilltoppers finished 10th in the team standings at this weekend’s Al Salazar Invitational tournament, that hosted by St. Michael’s. The Hilltoppers finished with 71 team points, 9 points behind Kirtland Central and Window Rock, Arizona, which tied for eighth.
    Cleveland, to the surprise of no one, ran away with the team title. Its ‘A’ team finished with 282.5 points, more than 100 points better than runner-up Cobre.
    For its part at the two-day tournament, Los Alamos picked up a pair of medals, including one championship medal earned by John Dermer.
    Dermer, wrestling at 220 pounds and seeded first in that bracket, scored two pins to reach the championship round, then earned a major decision over Monroe Singer of Window Rock. Singer fell behind early, but didn’t go down quietly, catching Dermer with a head-and-arm throw and nearly putting Dermer on his back.
    But the senior survived that trouble and went on to grab a 13-5 decision and the tournament win.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said it was a good victory for Dermer at the tournament, but the rest of his team looked slower than he’d hoped, but wasn’t terribly surprised about.

  • Belen roughs up LA in 2nd quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has had trouble avoiding big, disastrous quarters this season and couldn’t prevent another one against Belen Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers played nearly even with the Eagles through three quarters of Saturday’s game at Belen, but the second quarter was a different story. The Eagles romped the Hilltoppers 23-2 in that second quarter to cruise to a 58-33 victory.
    Los Alamos has now lost three straight games and slips to 2-12 on the year. It was scheduled to be at home tonight to take on a very tough opponent, the St. Pius X Sartans, but due to weather conditions, that game has been postponed until Feb. 7.
    Largely on the strength of that second quarter, Belen (7-6) led at the half 38-9. Los Alamos actually outscored Belen in the second half, but not enough to work itself back into the ballgame.
    Antonio Trujillo was Los Alamos’ leading scorer Saturday, dropping in 12 points, going 50 percent from the floor. No other Hilltopper finished with more than 5 points.
    The lopsided quarters the Hilltoppers have experienced this season have become all-too-common in recent games. In a Jan. 3 loss to Taos, Los Alamos was outscored 19-5 in the second quarter, which may have cost it a chance at a victory with Taos winning by 11 points.

  • ’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

    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.

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

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

    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.