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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Boys basketball: LA opens state...

    While on Saturday the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will look to make its fourth straight trip to the Class AAAA quarterfinal round, it will also look to make it past that round for the first time in those trips.

    The Hilltoppers will take their first step on the road to a Class AAAA title Saturday when they take on the Piedra Vista Panthers. Saturday’s game, at Griffith Gymnasium, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Los Alamos (18-9) grabbed the sixth seed for the Class AAAA tournament, while Piedra Vista (16-10) earned the tournament’s 11th seed.

  • UPDATE: Pittman picks UNM cross...

    Los Alamos Hilltopper standout runner Kyle Pittman has decided to stay in New Mexico to continue his athletic career.

    Pittman, a senior, will go to the University of New Mexico to join its cross country team this fall. Pittman, the two-time defending state Class AAAA champion, said he's also interested in running track for the Division-I school.

    Read more about Pittman in today's Monitor.

  • Cross country: Pittman signs...

    Another of the top prep athletes in the state coming out of Los Alamos High School is staying close to home.

    Kyle Pittman, the premier cross country and track distance runner, has decided to attend the University of New Mexico starting this fall. Pittman was honored in a ceremony Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.

    When he does get to Albuquerque following this, his senior year, he will be joining brother Allen with the Lobo cross country squad. Kyle is expected to join both the cross country and track and field teams at UNM.

  • LA meets familiar foe Friday...

    It’s one of the more interesting match-ups of the first round of the Class AAAA girls basketball state tournament.

    Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will take on the St. Pius X Sartans. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.

    While it’s rare that a No. 5 seed, like the Hilltoppers, meets an interesting 12th-seeded opponent, Friday’s game is the exception rather than the rule.

    Los Alamos and St. Pius have plenty of history, some of that coming this season.

  • UPDATE: Read about softball,...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will head to the Piedra Vista Softball Challenge this weekend.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hockey team captured the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey pure team tournament this weekend, having to come back from an early loss in the tournament to do so.

    Read more about both teams in today's Monitor.

     

  • Softball: LA opens play Friday...

    Heading into the 2010 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is expecting big things and believes it has the personnel to accomplish those.

    Los Alamos will return the bulk of its roster from the 2009 season, Roger Anaya’s first as manager. It lost just four seniors off that team, only two of which were regular starters.

  • Hockey: LA wins league state...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team bounced back from an early round loss this weekend to capture the state pure team title Sunday.

    Los Alamos toppled the Taos Tigers in the pure team tournament finale, the team that knocked it into the elimination bracket, by a final of 4-1.

    Friday night, the Hilltoppers thumped the Eldorado Eagles, 5-1, outshooting them 33-5.  

    Goals in that game were scored by Cameron Ranken, Neel Gupta, Chase Havemann, Graham Delano and Niko Menenakis. Gupta scored the game winner at 10:23 of the second period.

  • UPDATE: Schedule released for...

    Los Alamos High School announced the times for the two state Class AAAA playoff baskteball games it will host this week.

    Los Alamos' girls will play 7 p.m. Friday against the St. Pius X Sartans and the Los Alamos boys will play at 2 p.m. Saturday against the Piedra Vista Panthers.

    Tickets will go on sale one hour before the scheduled tip-off times for each game. No advanced tickets will be sold and no passes other than New Mexico Activities Association-issued passes will be accepted.

    Tickets are $5 each.

  • Track and field: LA girls finish...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams opened their seasons 2009-10 seasons Saturday in Rio Rancho.

    Los Alamos’ boys finished third in Saturday’s Chili Quad, while the Hilltopper girls, the defending Class AAAA champions, were second in the team standings.

    Saturday, the Hilltopper girls picked up 116 total points, placing them behind Rio Rancho’s 157.5.