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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.