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Today's Sports

  • Lobos take two top honors in...

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has taken two top honors in the Mountain West postseason awards.

    Steve Alford has been named coach of the year for the second straight season after leading the No. 8 Lobos (28-3) to the league title.

    Meanwhile, New Mexico swingman Darington Hobson, a junior college transfer, has become the first person to be named conference player of the year and newcomer of the year.

    Hobson led the Mountain West in rebounding, averaging 10.1 rebounds per game, and ranked third in scoring at 14.9 points per game.

  • WEB SPECIAL: Toppers, Sundevils...

    Here they go again.

    For the fifth time this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Española Valley Sundevil girls basketball teams will face off against each other. And for the third straight time, it will be each other’s biggest game of the season.

  • Boys basketball:Toppers hammer...

    While winning Saturday afternoon’s ballgame was the priority, it didn’t hurt the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team to make a statement with it at the same time.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper pummeled the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday afternoon at Griffith Gymnasium in the first round of the state Class AAAA playoffs. Los Alamos never trailed in the contest, jumping out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play and never looked.

  • Girls basketball: LA holds on in...

    The late-game, full-court pressure of the St. Pius X Sartans once again put a scare into the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday night.

    Los Alamos hosted St. Pius in the first round of the 2009-10 Class AAAA state championship tournament Friday night. The fourth quarter of Friday’s game started to look eerily similar to that of the last game the two teams played at Griffith Gymnasium.

    With Los Alamos holding a big lead with about 5-1/2 minutes to play, St. Pius’ tough full-court pressure forced four straight turnovers and quickly gnawed away at the lead.

  • Girls track and field: LA picks...

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team was hoping to lower expectations on itself this season, it didn’t get that job done Saturday.

    Los Alamos scored a big victory Saturday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational meet. Los Alamos gathered up 115 team points, more than twice its nearest competitor, St. Pius X. St. Pius finished with 57 points on the day.

    Along the way, the Hilltoppers’ star athlete, Emily Weeks, turned in a couple of big performances.

  • Boys track and field:...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up a solid second-place at its second meet of the season Saturday.

    The Hilltoppers earned 71 points at Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational, held at Milne Stadium. They finished as the runner-up in team standings behind Class 5A Cibola, which earned an impressive 147 points to grab the team victory.

    Los Alamos easily topped the other two Class AAAA entries at Saturday’s meet, St. Pius X and Bernalillo, which finished fifth and sixth in the final standings.

  • Girls tennis: LA wins 1 of 3...

    This weekend, Santa Fe was a home away from home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team.

    Los Alamos held its Melt the Snow Invitational this weekend. The tournament was played at Santa Fe and Capital high schools. Los Alamos played three teams in duals this weekend, going 1-2 in those three duals.

    It has been a slow start to the season for the Hilltoppers, who have barely been able to practice in Los Alamos due to the court conditions — hence the name of the tournament.

  • UPDATE: LA knocks out St. Pius...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team scored the knockout Friday night, dropping the St. Pius X Sartans 63-56 at Griffith Gymnasium.

     

    Los Alamos, the fifth seed in the Class AAAA state playoffs, advances with the win to the tournament quarterfinals, where it will meet its old rival, Espanola Valley, Tuesday afternoon. That game, which will be played in The Pit in Albuquerque, is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

    This afternoon, the Hilltopper boys basketball team will host the Piedra Vista Panthers. That game will start at 2 p.m.

  • UPDATE: Topper boys basketball...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team trounced the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

    Los Alamos, the sixth seed in the AAAA tournament, led the entire way Saturday, racking up an 89-56 victory over the 11th-seeded Panthers. Los Alamos will now advance to play in the playoff semifinals 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Pit.

    For more information on this week's sports action, read Sunday's Monitor.

  • Boys track and field: LA hoping...

    Larry Baca doesn’t often look past what he or his team is doing right now.

    Baca, the longtime head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, likes to take things one day at a time. This season in particular.

    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers, who have had some of their most successful seasons in recent history, will have to work hard to achieve that kind of success again this season. Los Alamos lost numerous key athletes to graduation over the last two years and it’s time for a little rebuilding.