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Today's Sports

  • Football: Scott steps down after...

    It was hardly the first time he’d talked about it, but it was the one and only time he actually did it.

    Longtime Los Alamos Hilltopper head football coach Bob Scott officially announced his retirement last month, wrapping up a 20-year head coaching career. Scott turned his letter of resignation into the Los Alamos High School athletic office Nov. 12, just days after wrapping up his 20th season.

    After 30 straight seasons of calling plays and blowing whistles, Scott said enough was enough.

  • Boys basketball: LA suffers...

    ALBUQUERQUE — To keep its unbeaten streak alive, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team would need to play a clean game Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams.

    But 14 turnovers in the middle quarters Thursday night wasn’t even close to clean enough.

    The Hilltoppers had their start-of-season 5-game win streak snapped by the Rams in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament. The Rams rallied in the latter part of the fourth quarter to turn a close contest into a rout, winning 79-61.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers fall...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The tall order the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team had Thursday went unfilled.

    In Thursday’s first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, the Hilltoppers ran into a hot team that’s pressure defense and interior passing were firing on all cylinders.

    The Sandia Matadors jumped ahead quickly and never trailed in Thursday’s opening round game. The Matadors held the Hilltoppers to nine points or fewer in each quarter to win 63-22 at Albuquerque Academy West Gymnasium.

  • Boys basketball: LA faces big...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have mixed emotions following Tuesday’s postponed home game.

    Los Alamos was scheduled to play the Belen Eagles Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium, but the game was postponed indefinitely due to the snow and icy road conditions.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers look...

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team garnered any momentum last weekend, it may need it immediately heading into this weekend.

    The Hilltoppers grabbed their first win of the season Saturday against the Moriarty Pintos on the road. Their season continues Thursday in their opening round game of the Joe Armijo Invitational.

    The Joe Armijo Invitational is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. It includes eight teams from, mostly from the Albuquerque area, although Las Cruces High School and Montwood High School of El Paso, Texas, will also take part.

  • Pittman is 26th in Portland

    Los Alamos High School standout runner Kyle Pittman just missed the top 25 at the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals this weekend.

    The Nike Cross Nationals, which is hosted by the Nike corporation every year, was run Saturday in Portland, Ore. Nearly 200 of the top cross country runners from all across the country took part in the event.

    Pittman, a senior, finished 26th overall at Saturday’s race. He finished the course in 15 minutes, 42.9 seconds, coming in just .3 seconds behind No. 25 runner Lane Werley, a junior from California.

  • Nichols, Ealey are 2009 All-Stars

    Los Alamos High School’s Taylor Ealey and Alex Nichols were named to the 2009 All-Star volleyball team last week.

    Ealey, a senior middle blocker for the Hilltoppers, and senior outside hitter Nichols were selected for the honor, the only two representatives from District 2AAAA.

    The All-Star teams include the top graduating seniors in the state. All-Star teams are selected by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, voted upon by coaches from around the state.

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls...

    Even some pre-race shuffling prior to Saturday’s 400-yard freestyle relay couldn’t stop the Los Alamos Hilltopper swim teams from picking up six state championship qualifying marks.

    Prior to the relay, the final event of the day, every Los Alamos team was petitioning co-head coach Rusty Bernstein to alter the swimming order. Bernstein acquiesced.

    In the end at the Los Alamos Open, everything turned out just fine.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers down...

    Even with his team’s 55-38 victory over the Farmington Scorpions Saturday night, Los Alamos boys basketball head coach Alan Kirk gave his team a lengthy post-game speech.

    The subject: preparation.

    Los Alamos came out flat to start Saturday’s contest at Griffith Gymnasium, possibly the by-product of playing in its third game in five day.

    But Kirk reminded his team that its time to make ready for a big week this week is going to be virtually nonexistent.

  • Wrestling: LA places three in JV...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team pulled down three third-place finishes in the junior varsity bracket of Saturday’s tournament at Del Norte.

    Los Alamos put most of its young, inexperienced team into the JV draw Saturday, placing only three wrestlers into the varsity bracket. None of Los Alamos’ three varsity entries survived past the first round of consolation bouts.

    Saturday’s tournament featured some solid competitors from around the Albuquerque area, including La Cueva, Eldorado and Los Lunas.