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Today's Sports

  • Boys basketball: ’...

    It’s a date the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team circled on its calendar in the preseason.

    Los Alamos will travel to Albuquerque to take on the St. Pius X Sartans tonight. Tonight’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.

    The Sartans (7-7) haven’t yet shown this season they’re the force that bowled its way to a third straight state Class AAAA title, but that’s not to say anyone’s taking them lightly, least of all Los Alamos.

  • Hockey: ’Toppers pick...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team won a pair of big games this weekend, maintaining its undefeated mark this season.

    In a rematch of last season’s New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League championship game, Los Alamos defeated Rio Rancho 8-3 Friday. Then, Saturday, the Hilltoppers topped the Taos Ice Tigers for the second time this season, sweeping the home-and-home series of the arch-rivals, 8-2.

    Los Alamos put the pressure on early in Friday’s contest, taking 20 shots-on-goal in the first period, to just 4 shots by Rio Rancho.

  • Girls basketball: LA nearly...

    ALBUQUERQUE — If one had said midway through the first quarter Los Alamos would have a chance to be within two possessions at the end of the game, no one would’ve believed it.

    But the Hilltopper girls basketball team did just that, chopping a big early deficit, which expanded to 20 points in the early part of the final quarter, down to just seven with 1:12 left to play Saturday afternoon at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.

  • Swimming: LA teams pick up wins...

    SANTA FE — In one of their bigger meets of the regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys swim teams both came out on top.

    Once again, Los Alamos put together a solid showing Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, if an unflashy one. Los Alamos’ girls topped St. Michael’s and 12 other squads to win Saturday’s St. Michael’s Invitational with 184 total points, while the Hilltopper boys picked up a comfortable win by grabbing 182 team points.

  • Wrestling: ’Toppers...

    Following a disappointing effort earlier last week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team bounced back well at Saturday’s Moriarty Duals.

    Los Alamos finished third in its five-team pool at the contest, hosted by Moriarty’s Pintos, before falling to the West Mesa Mustangs in the fifth-place contest.

    In Pool B, Los Alamos finished behind Las Vegas Robertson and Valley but topped Del Norte and Eldorado for the third-place finish.

  • Skiing: Pajarito officials are...

    If this weekend is any indication of what’s to come, the staff at Pajarito Mountain is in for a busy ski season.

    Pajarito, Los Alamos’ local ski area, was packed to near-capacity on several days during the holiday season.

    Pajarito opened for the season Dec. 20, just in time for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s and Los Alamos Public Schools’ winter break. During the peak weekend sessions, lift tickets were being sold in the neighborhood of 1,000 a day.

  • Baseball: Isotopes unveil 2009...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes, Triple-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have announced their 2009 schedule, featuring  a 72-game home slate that includes 11 weekends and eight fireworks shows at Isotopes Park.  

    For the first time since 2007, the ’Topes will kick off the Pacific Coast League season at home with the first of four games against the Omaha Royals, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, taking place April 9.

  • Wrestling: LA drops a pair of...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Those who helped themselves over the break had it show Tuesday night at Del Norte. Those who didn’t, well, that showed, too.

    It came as little surprise to Los Alamos Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson that his wrestlers who stuck around and worked out during the winter break at the Hilltoppers’ wrestling room did well in Tuesday’s triangular meet. Those who were out of town didn’t fare as well.

  • Boys basketball: 'Toppers...

    While having more turnovers doesn’t usually equate to scoring more points, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had that exact thing happen to them late in Tuesday’s ballgame.

    With the visiting Volcano Vista Hawks trailing in the second half of Tuesday’s game, the Hawks switched defensive tactics, applying full-court pressure to the Hilltoppers.

  • Quick Hits

    Thoma’s soccer team wins at showcase

    Soccer player Andy Thoma’s club team, Elite FC Gladiator, took first place at the Disney College Showcase last week.

    The U16 team based in Albuquerque picked up a third-place ranking in the nation and a first-place ranking in Region IV with its win at the showcase tournament.

    Thoma is a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and was a second team All-District selection in the 2008 season.

    Koski takes top lifting honor to close out 2008