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  • Boys swimming: LA takes third at...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Heading into the state championship swim meet, Los Alamos head coach Rusty Bernstein said his team’s depth could prove to be a factor Saturday.

    Apparently, he knew what he was talking about.

    Los Alamos put together some solid swims at Saturday’s championship finals, enough to put it in contention in team standings. The Hilltopper boys grabbed third place Saturday, picking up 202 total points, holding off Albuquerque High School to earn a trophy at the meet.

  • Swimming and diving: Topper...

    ALBUQUERQUE — It had been an up-and-down year for Victoria Maqueda.

    After starting off the 2008-09 swimming season feeling good about her game, she was slowed by illness, then missed training time due to winter travel. It took her awhile to get back to where she felt she wanted to be.

    But Saturday, in her season finale, Maqueda put together the race of her career in the 100-yard breaststroke.

  • Wrestling: Lattin is third,...

    RIO RANCHO — A pair of Los Alamos Hilltoppers made it to the consolation finals at the Class AAAA wrestling championship tournament last weekend.

    The tournament was held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Blaine Lattin finished third for the Hilltoppers Saturday, bouncing back from a loss to open Saturday’s competition, while Zak Wilde grabbed a fourth-place finish for Los Alamos at the tournament.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers thump...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got the win it needed Friday night, but not the help it needed.

    With its upset win over the Española Valley Sundevils Tuesday night in the valley, Los Alamos kept alive its chance for half of a District 2AAAA regular season title, but needed to beat the Capital Jaguars Friday and get some help from the Bernalillo Spartans.

  • Boys basketball: LA knocks off...

    Alex Kirk had a huge night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team as it tripped up Capital in its season finale Saturday.

    Kirk, the 6-foot, 11-inch junior center for the Hilltoppers, scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Hilltoppers beat Capital’s Jaguars 60-39 Saturday in Santa Fe.

    Capital kept the game close throughout the first half, but in the third quarter Los Alamos started to pull away. In the fourth quarter, Los Alamos dominated.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall to...

    The bad news: the Los Alamos Hilltoppers couldn’t capitalize on a golden opportunity to knock off an 800-pound gorilla Wednesday night.

    The good news: there’s a good chance they’ll get another shot.

    In front of a packed Griffith Gymnasium, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team couldn’t wrest the District 2AAAA regular season title from the Española Valley Sundevils.

  • Wrestling: All 9 Toppers will...

    Doing more with less was the key last week, something Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team hopes to continue this weekend.

    In the District 2AAAA tournament, held last weekend at Bernalillo, the Hilltoppers qualified all nine of the grapplers they brought with them to the meet. Because of some big individual performances, Los Alamos grabbed a second-place finish at the tournament, something that surprised almost everyone, particularly the third-place Bernalillo Spartans whom Los Alamos edged out.

  • Swimming and diving: LA should...

    The warm, steamy confines of the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium can’t melt one cold, hard fact.

    Should the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys or girls swim teams have their eyes on an upset at the state championship meet this weekend, it will be the host Chargers they will have to knock off the medal podium.

    Both Academy’s teams will be favored heading into the state meet. Preliminary heats will go Friday and the final and consolation rounds are scheduled for Saturday.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers down...

    ESPAÑOLA — If the District 2AAAA race doesn’t turn out like the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wants, it won’t be because of Tuesday’s game.

    Los Alamos, which still needs a lot of things to go right in order to win the district regular season championship, is still mathematically in the hunt for that title and the automatic bid to the state tournament that goes with it.

    Tuesday, the Hilltoppers upended the Española Valley Sundevils on the Sundevils’ home floor and kept themselves alive for the 2AAAA title.

  • Boys basketball: LA hosts big...

    The big question heading into the District 2AAAA boys basketball season wasn’t who would win, but rather who would finish second.

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers can answer that question tonight if they win: the Española Valley Sundevils.

    The Sundevils were favored to win 2AAAA this season, arguably the toughest district in Class 4A, as the district season started in late January. But now, the Sundevils are just one game away from a runner-up spot.