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Today's Sports

  • Registration for fencing class...

    The Family YMCA will open registration for the Intro to Fencing for Beginners class on Feb 1.

    Class begins on March 6 and runs for three months. Class size is limited to 10 each year, so those interested will need to act fast to make sure they secure a spot.

    The cost for the three-month program is $120, or $90 for YMCA members.

    The beginning class for students (ages 10 or older) with no previous fencing experience meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the YMCA gym.

    The class will focus on basic footwork and blade skills, in both foil and epee, leading into actual fencing bouts.

    The season will finish May 29 with a tournament.

    The YMCA provides all necessary equipment.

    The YMCA also has a fencing program for those that have completed the beginner course or have other previous fencing experience. Participants may start at the beginning of any month.

    The YMCA provides instruction and equipment.

    Class meets at the YMCA gym on Tuesdays  from 7-8 p.m.

    The monthly cost is $32, or $16 for YMCA members.

    Register now at The Family YMCA, located at 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos, call 662-3100 or go to laymca.org.

    For additional information, contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.
     

  • Ski club succeeds at junior...

    What a difference a year and more experience makes. That was evident for the kids on the Southwest Nordic Ski Club (SWNSC) team who traveled to the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifier Jan. 13-15 in Crested Butte, Colorado.

    Being up against all of the big teams from Colorado, such as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Aspen Valley Nordic, Summit County Nordic Club, Boulder Nordic Club, Durango Nordic Club, Winter Park Nordic Club, Crested Butte Nordic and Gunnison Nordic Clubs, the kids from Los Alamos definitely had their work cut out for them.

    Last season was the local club’s first taste of the highest level of competition for juniors in the Junior National Qualifier series, which is part of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association sanctioned regional races for kids looking to advance to the national and international levels.

    It starts with racing at the Rocky Mountain region qualifiers, then based on results there, up to the national level.

  • Ski club succeeds at junior...

    What a difference a year and more experience makes. That was evident for the kids on the Southwest Nordic Ski Club (SWNSC) team who traveled to the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifier Jan. 13-15 in Crested Butte, Colorado.

    Being up against all of the big teams from Colorado, such as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Aspen Valley Nordic, Summit County Nordic Club, Boulder Nordic Club, Durango Nordic Club, Winter Park Nordic Club, Crested Butte Nordic and Gunnison Nordic Clubs, the kids from Los Alamos definitely had their work cut out for them.

    Last season was the local club’s first taste of the highest level of competition for juniors in the Junior National Qualifier series, which is part of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association sanctioned regional races for kids looking to advance to the national and international levels.

    It starts with racing at the Rocky Mountain region qualifiers, then based on results there, up to the national level.

  • LAHS wrestling wins district...

    The Los Alamos High School wrestling team was named the winners of the District 2-5A Trials, held Wednesday at LAHS.

    To win the event, the Hilltoppers had to defeat opponents from Del Norte High School and Española Valley High School.

    Defeating Española Valley proved to be no problem for LAHS, as the Hilltoppers took down the Knights 66-15.

    However, the Del Norte Knights proved to be much more of a challenge, as it took a great effort from LAHS junior Dylan Irish to finish off the match.

    With the teams evenly matched on the scoreboard, Irish was able to pin his opponent in the 182-pound weight class, sealing the 36-30 victory for the Hilltoppers, and sending his team and the supporters into an uproar.

    Also collecting pins for the Hilltoppers were Damian Gonzalez, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 120-pound weight class, Trevor Brown, who pinned his opponent from Española Valley in the 145-pound weight class and Lewis Harvey, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 170-pound weight class.

    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a road meet against Robertson High School on Tuesday afternoon. The meet will begin at 5 p.m.

    This season, the Hilltoppers are undefeated in head-to-head meets,  with wins against Pojoaque Valley and Hobbs.

  • LAHS wrestling wins district...

    The Los Alamos High School wrestling team was named the winners of the District 2-5A Trials, held Wednesday at LAHS.

    To win the event, the Hilltoppers had to defeat opponents from Del Norte High School and Española Valley High School.

    Defeating Española Valley proved to be no problem for LAHS, as the Hilltoppers took down the Knights 66-15.

    However, the Del Norte Knights proved to be much more of a challenge, as it took a great effort from LAHS junior Dylan Irish to finish off the match.

    With the teams evenly matched on the scoreboard, Irish was able to pin his opponent in the 182-pound weight class, sealing the 36-30 victory for the Hilltoppers, and sending his team and the supporters into an uproar.

    Also collecting pins for the Hilltoppers were Damian Gonzalez, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 120-pound weight class, Trevor Brown, who pinned his opponent from Española Valley in the 145-pound weight class and Lewis Harvey, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 170-pound weight class.

    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a road meet against Robertson High School on Tuesday afternoon. The meet will begin at 5 p.m.

    This season, the Hilltoppers are undefeated in head-to-head meets,  with wins against Pojoaque Valley and Hobbs.

  • Atomic City Update: Time running...

    For anyone who has not had the opportunity to check out Los Alamos High School’s winter sports, time is quickly running out.

    With district play already underway for the basketball teams, just one home wrestling meet remaining and one more weekend to head to the ice rink to watch the hockey team play, it’s a great time to watch your local teams in action.

    The boys’ basketball team will host all four of its district opponents between now and the middle of February, including a pair of state championship contenders in Capital High School on Jan. 31, and Española Valley High School on Feb. 14.

    These games will be a great opportunity to see how well the Hilltoppers match up against some of the best teams in the state, and might provide a preview for matchups that could come later, in postseason play.

    The girls’ basketball team will also host its three remaining district opponents, Española Valley on Jan. 27, Albuquerque Academy on Feb. 7 and Capital on Feb. 16. With the district wide-open this season and no team putting good games together consistently, every one of these games could be important down the stretch. I’m sure the Hilltopper girls would greatly appreciate strong crowd support for these exciting games.

  • Atomic City Update: Time running...

    For anyone who has not had the opportunity to check out Los Alamos High School’s winter sports, time is quickly running out.

    With district play already underway for the basketball teams, just one home wrestling meet remaining and one more weekend to head to the ice rink to watch the hockey team play, it’s a great time to watch your local teams in action.

    The boys’ basketball team will host all four of its district opponents between now and the middle of February, including a pair of state championship contenders in Capital High School on Jan. 31, and Española Valley High School on Feb. 14.

    These games will be a great opportunity to see how well the Hilltoppers match up against some of the best teams in the state, and might provide a preview for matchups that could come later, in postseason play.

    The girls’ basketball team will also host its three remaining district opponents, Española Valley on Jan. 27, Albuquerque Academy on Feb. 7 and Capital on Feb. 16. With the district wide-open this season and no team putting good games together consistently, every one of these games could be important down the stretch. I’m sure the Hilltopper girls would greatly appreciate strong crowd support for these exciting games.

  • Atomic Tumblers begin season on...

    Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their competitive season this past weekend in Rio Rancho. Over 400 gymnasts from 15 New Mexico teams competed throughout the weekend.

    In the Xcel competition, Los Alamos’ Diamond team walked away victorious.  Chantel Bibeault took the all-around gold with a 36.15. She also took silver in all four individual events with, 9.00 on vault, 8.95 on bars, 9.05 on beam and 9.15 on floor. Hannah Gram took gold on bars and beam with 9.05 and 9.10 respectively. Gram turned in bronze performances on vault, 8.80 and floor 8.65.  Her all-around total of 35.60 netted her another bronze. 

    In the Platinum Division, Colette Bibeault took bronze in the all-around with 36.15.  Colette also brought home silver medals for her 9.15 floor and 9.00 bar performances. Sara Gardner brought home a bronze medal for her 8.85 vault routine.  Gardner was fifth all around 33.55 and Danielle Trellue was sixth with 32.70.

    Los Alamos Gold team took second place in the team competition.

    In the younger Gold Division, Kylee Lovato brought home a gold medal for her 9.35 floor routine. Lovato also earned silver for a 9.15 on bars. She was fourth on beam (8.60) and in the all-around (35.45). 

  • Hilltoppers split weekend home...

    In the team’s last chance to prepare for the District 2-5A season, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team split a pair of home games over the weekend, defeating Artesia High School and falling to Lovington High School.

    Friday night’s contest was a rematch from the Roswell Poe Corn tournament, held in late December. In that game, LAHS held a 30-15 halftime lead, before watching it slip away in the second half en route to a 52-43 Artesia victory.

    Much like the first matchup, the Hilltoppers shot the ball well early, and jumped out to a 15-10 first quarter lead.

    Shooting 3-pointers were a big part of the early success, as Ramon Roybal, Gavin Campos and Michael Naranjo all knocked down deep shots in the opening quarter.

    The offense dried up in the second quarter for the Hilltoppers, however, as the team managed just 4 points, while allowing 13 points to Artesia. Much of Artesia’s success in the quarter came from Chaney Hardt, who went 6-6 from the free throw line.

    Heading into halftime, Artesia led 23-19.  Campos was the only Hilltopper to contribute more than 4 points in the opening half, scoring 7 points in the first quarter.

  • Lobos play first outdoor winter...

    The University of New Mexico ice hockey team visited the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday afternoon for its first ever outdoor Winter Classic.

    The Lobos and Dallas Baptist University took a break from a series of games in Albuquerque for an exhibition game in Los Alamos, which Dallas Baptist won 6-3.

    Among the Lobo players were two Los Alamos locals, Isaac Dunwoody and Niko Meneakis.

    Both players called the Los Alamos County Ice Rink home for years before going to UNM.

    Dunwoody played as a goalkeeper for the Hilltoppers, but has switched to playing as a forward this year for the Lobos.

    Meneakis plays as a defender for the Lobos.

    In the series in Albuquerque, the Lobos and Dallas Baptist split a pair of games.

    Dallas Baptist won 7-6 in the first game of the series, and the Lobos won 9-3 in the second game.