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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Schedule for Dec. 7-12

    Monday

    Girls basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh-grade, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade, 5 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Belen at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Sandia at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 1 p.m.; LAMS at Oritz Invite, eighth-grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho at Joe Armijo Invite, varsity, 5:15 p.m.

    Friday

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on...

    A tight, uneven contest wasn’t exactly what the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was hoping for Thursday.

    But the most important part, a win over a quality opponent, was exactly what the Hilltoppers wanted.

    The Hilltoppers, led by a big outing from seniors Alex Kirk and Zach Parks, held on despite a late rally to knock off the St. Michael’s Horsemen 54-52 at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe. The victory upped their record to a spotless 4-0 on the young season.

  • Girls basketball: LA falls in...

    The big challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team going into the season was finishing.

    Two games in now, the big challenge continues to be finishing.

    Los Alamos, in its home opener Thursday, again struggled to find the net. Los Alamos put up 62 shot attempts but only got nine of them to fall, a 14.5 percent clip.

  • Boys basketball: LA rolls to a...

    It was a win-win situation for the coaching staff of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Tuesday.

    Not only did the Hilltoppers put together one of their best home outings in the tenure of head coach Alan Kirk Tuesday night, they also gave him something to complain about.

    Los Alamos rolled over the Moriarty Pintos at Griffith Gymnasium, holding them to a total of eight points in the middle quarters. Los Alamos dropped in 28 points to take control of the game in the second quarter, then coasted to a 71-28 victory.

  • Wrestling: Toppers are young,...

    There are a bunch of new faces, starting from the top down, around the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program.

    Heading into their 2009-10 opener today, a triangular meet hosted by Bernalillo and including Taos, the Hilltoppers are hoping to get a sense of where their numerous youngsters are at physically and with their skill sets.

    The opening day roster for Los Alamos includes 10 freshmen, some who are brand new to the sport of wrestling, and a pair of sophomores.