Today's Sports

  • Gronk, Watt are top All-Pro...

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.J. Watt found a unique way to make the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team.
    Houston’s Watt was listed on all 50 ballots by a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league, with 45 of the votes for defensive end and the other five for defensive tackle. So he actually was a first-team end and a second-team tackle in gaining his third straight selection.
    “Everybody always says you try and make it so the other team can’t game plan you because they don’t know where you’re coming from,” Watt said. “I mean, half the time I have no clue where I’m coming from, so it makes it pretty tough for the other people, I think, and that’s the goal.”
    No such confusion for New England’s Rob Gronkowski as the other unanimous pick. He grabbed all the votes for tight end.
    “He’s, I think, when you say a kid playing the game, that’s him,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “He don’t care about anything, stats, if we’re up or down, he’s playing one way. He’s playing hard and you can tell he’s just having fun with his friends on the field.”

  • LA girls remain at No. 4 spot in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team remains in the top 4 in this week’s MaxPreps rankings.
    The new rankings, which are put out twice a week during the season, were posted on the MaxPreps website Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which has been idle since Dec. 20, is 8-1 on the season, one of just two teams in Class 5A with just one loss.
    Gallup, which is 9-1 on the year, is in the No. 1 spot, with a total rating of 24.3, well ahead of No. 2 Roswell.
    One spot ahead of Los Alamos is Española Valley. Española Valley was defeated for the third time this season Tuesday, falling big to Class 3A Laguna Acoma, a surprising defeat for the Sundevils.
    The Sundevils did bounce back in the third-place game of the St. Michael’s tournament to defeat Caprock (Amarillo, Texas), 50-36.
    When district time rolls around for Los Alamos and Española Valley toward the end of the month, those two are expected to duke it out for this year’s title.
    The next-best rated team in District 2 is Bernalillo at No. 16.
    On the boys side, Los Alamos made a slight uptick in the new poll, going from the 24th and bottom team in 5A to the No. 23 team, one slot ahead of winless Chaparral.

  • 'Toppers get back to action...

    After taking a holiday break, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will return to action this evening.
    Los Alamos is scheduled to take on West Las Vegas at 5 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium. It will be the first game for the team since a big win over Artesia Dec. 20.
    The Hilltoppers (8-1) have won three straight contests since suffering their first defeat of the year Dec. 11 in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, that loss coming against Los Lunas.
    Since then, the Hilltoppers won a thriller over Hope Christian, coming back from a very late 5-point deficit to win 38-37, as well as wins over Class 6A West Mesa and the Class 5A Artesia Bulldogs.
    Los Alamos pounded Artesia 64-29, giving the team its third win over a 5A opponent.
    Against Artesia, Ashlynn Trujillo led all scorers with 19 points, that despite playing with an injury on her non-shooting hand. Ashley Logan had a big showing that evening as well, dropping in 15 points.
    Prior to 2000, the Hilltoppers and the West Lady Dons were district rivals for nearly a decade.
    West (8-3), a Class 4A team, has shown some pluck recently, having won four of its last five outings. On Dec. 27, the Lady Dons thumped McCurdy 62-20.
    Also heading back to town for a game Saturday is the Hilltopper boys basketball team.

  • ’Toppers to have long day...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will have to be early birds and night owls when it starts the Mid-Year Tournament Saturday.
    Los Alamos has a game at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, then must wait around until 10:05 p.m. before it plays again.
    The tournament begins Friday. All of the tournament games will be played at the Taos Youth and Family Center, the home ice of Los Alamos’ archrival, the Taos Ice Tigers.
    Teams from Durango, Colorado, Amarillo, Texas and Odessa, Texas, are scheduled to play on day one of the three-day tournament.
    Saturday morning, the Hilltoppers will face the Coronado T-Birds, a team from El Paso, Texas. Coronado, which was one of the top teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League last year.
    So far this season, the T-Birds are 6-4-2. They’ve given up nearly as many goals this season (36) as they’ve scored (37).
    The Mid-Year Tournament is a seeded affair. Los Alamos goes in as the No. 2 seed, having compiled a record of 7-1 on the season.
    In their last action before the holiday break, the Hilltoppers won straight games against Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Those two wins came in the team’s first games of the year at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

  • Fans brave weather to make...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bowl trip is a holiday tradition for many college football fans. Take some time off around Christmas and New Year’s Day and go watch your favorite team play a big game. Maybe even the biggest game.
    This season the supporters of the four teams playing in the first College Football Playoff are facing a choice about which trip to take: Semifinal or championship game?
    Today, Oregon plays Florida State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Alabama meets Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The winners will play Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
    Fans of the Crimson Tide and Ducks get the benefit of games close to home. Neither Alabama nor Oregon will suffer from a lack of support in the semifinals. It’s a trickier call for Ohio State fans, who must make a cross-country trip. Seminoles supporters just traveled to see their team win a national title in Southern California last year, and many are hoping they made the right choice by skipping the semifinal trip.
    “It was going to cost me as much as $1,000 to go with nobody I knew,” said Maxx Smith, a 21-year-old senior at Florida State. “There was no motivation to go.”

  • Ski Report 12-31-14

    Angel Fire
    32-inch base. No new snow reported. 71 trails and 7 lifts open.

    17-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    30-inch base. No new snow reported. 37 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    13-inch base. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    32-inch base. No new snow reported. 40 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 47 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    44-inch base. No new snow reported. 71 trails and 7 lifts open.

    38-inch base. No new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    45-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    6-inch base. 2 inches of new snow reported. Open weekends only.

  • Bumgarner is AP Athlete of 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.
    Peavy quickly offered his own prediction that Bumgarner would end it himself.
    That’s exactly what MadBum did, following up a pair of World Series wins with a save at Kansas City to close out San Francisco’s third title in five years and cap a brilliant postseason that made him a household name — or, at the very least, a household nickname. He is the 2014 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
    “I was sitting in the outfield with Madison and he was asking me how I thought this game was going to play out,” Peavy recalled this month. “I said to him: ‘Madison, when you get the ball, you’re not coming out of the game. You’re the best guy we’ve got.’ ... He said, ‘Man, that’s exactly what I hoped you would say’ and exactly what he wanted. He just needed some confirmation, somebody to believe in him as well. I said, ‘Fight for that ball, man,’ and what he did will go down in the ages as the best ever.”

  • LA held to season-low 26 pts. in...

    It was another rough night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team at the Poe Corn Invitational Tuesday.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to complete its stay at the Poe Corn, which is co-hosted by Roswell and Goddard high schools, today when it faced Moriarty in the seventh-place game.
    The Hilltoppers scored a season-low 26 points in Tuesday’s contest against the Belen Eagles. The Eagles prevailed 61-26.
    While Los Alamos has struggled all season on the offensive end — the Hilltoppers have yet to break the 50-point mark this year — Tuesday’s game was the first time Los Alamos had not cracked 50 in a game.
    The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-9 on the season. The Eagles, who have been somewhat spotty on offense this year as well, put in its second-best point total of the season to improve to 5-5.
    Since its first win of the season Dec. 12, Los Alamos has dropped four straight contests.
    Today’s game was the second meeting between the Hilltoppers and the Moriarty Pintos. The Pintos are 3-9 on the year, but one of those three wins came against the Hilltoppers Dec. 2 in Los Alamos, where the Pintos prevailed 51-32.
    Moriarty lost in the consolation round of the tournament Tuesday as well, falling to Artesia 68-43.

  • LA takes 9th at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took ninth out of 16 competitors at the Dec. 20 Piedra Vista Duals.
    Los Alamos dropped three of four contests in the pool round at the duals in Farmington, topping only the Farmington Scorpions, but bounced back to finish first in the bronze bracket following the initial pool round.
    Los Alamos easily downed Farmington, 47-22 in their dual, but lost their next two, to Piedra Vista’s “silver” team and to Dove Creek, Colorado.
    Ironically, one of the Hilltoppers’ own wrestlers might have knocked them out of a chance to compete in the silver bracket.
    The Hilltoppers loaned out Eben Bold to Dove Creek, which was wrestling with a skeleton crew and Bold actually beat his teammate from Los Alamos, one of the decisive bouts to give Dove Creek a tight 33-30 victory in pool competition.
    Piedra Vista’s team topped the Hilltoppers 45-33.
    In the bronze bracket, the Hilltoppers topped Dolores, Colorado, 42-30, then squeaked by Grants 31-30 to take the top position in the bracket and ninth place overall.

  • Kirk's journey to NBA is...

    It was a rare day for Los Alamos sports in August when the Cleveland Cavaliers signed native Alex Kirk to a multi-year deal.
    Kirk, a former standout Los Alamos High School basketball player who went on to become a standout player for the University of New Mexico, agreed to a free agent deal with the NBA’s Cavaliers and spent a brief time with the team in the early part of the 2014-15 season before going down to the Cavaliers’ development league team, Canton.
    Playing for a major sports organization is something very few in Los Alamos history have achieved, and it made the 7-foot Kirk the biggest local sports story of the year.
    Although the terms of his deal weren’t disclosed, it was believed he signed for a rookie minimum contract, one that is still worth half a million dollars if the contract terms are fulfilled.
    With his signing, he became the first Los Alamos athlete to play in a major North American sports league since Walt Arnold played in the NFL in the 1980s.