Today's Sports

  • Swimming: LA girls win at quad...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming teams put together a good showing heading into winter vacation.

    Saturday, the Hilltopper girls took first place at the Albuquerque Winter Break meet, hosted by West Mesa High School, while the Hilltopper boys finished second.

    Los Alamos’ boys finished with 150 points, placing them just behind Albuquerque, which had 167 points. Los Alamos’ girls, meanwhile, finished with 168 points to pick up their second win in three events this season.

  • LA buries Cimarron to advance

    JACONA — If only they were all this easy.

    While it would’ve been tough for Class A Cimarron to pull off an upset over the third-ranked Class AAAA team in the state, Los Alamos, during their game Thursday, falling behind 21-2 after the first quarter wasn’t going to make the quest any easier.

    The Hilltoppers held Cimarron’s Rams without a field goal for more than 11 minutes to start the contest while doing virtually anything and everything they wanted on the other end of the floor to win by a final of 73-31.

  • Volleyball: Nichols, Stokes earn...

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the Class AAAA All-State team, which was announced Wednesday.

    Hilltopper outside hitter Alex Nichols was named to the second team Class AAAA squad. Picking up an Honorable Mention nod was Jessica Stokes at the setter position.

    It was the second big honor of 2008 for Nichols, a junior, who was also named the District 2AAAA Player of the Year following the district championship tournament in November.

  • Triathlon: Locals take part in...

    Several local multi-sport athletes have been keeping busy during the 2008 season.

    A trio of Los Alamos ironman competitors took part in Ford Ironman Arizona at the end of November. Although none of them qualified for the World Ironman Championships, which will be held in October 2009, this won’t be the last chance for those wanting to punch their tickets to Hawaii.

    Martin Pieck of Los Alamos was the top finisher at Ironman Arizona, which was held in Tempe.

  • Fencing: LAFC picks up four...

    Several members of the Los Alamos Fencing Club qualified for the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympics recently.

    Seth Longo, Farida Ismail, Kyle Partin and Ciara Sterbenz all picked up qualification marks at a tournament held Dec. 5-6 in Albuquerque. The event attracted most of the top youth fencers from the New Mexico division.

    Ismail finished second behind Anna Olesinkski of Roswell, the state’s top female youth fencer, in both the junior women’s epee and cadet women’s epee, but still qualified for the Junior Olympics in both categories.

  • Boys basketball: LA meets...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will open the Ben Lujan Invitational Tournament Thursday night against Cimarron.

    The Ben Lujan Invitational is in its ninth consecutive year. It is hosted by the Pojoaque Elks.

    The tournament continues through Saturday. All games will be played at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

    Los Alamos (6-3) heads into the tournament on its first losing streak of the season. It dropped its final two games at the Joe Armijo Invitational last weekend after an opening round victory over Albuquerque Academy.

  • Softball: Former Clown Robinson...

    JL “Robbie” Robinson, an original member of Pierotti’s Clowns, died earlier this month at the age of 91.

    Robinson, a pitcher whom Clowns’ ace Bernard L. “Bun” Ryan credited for helping him improve his delivery, died Dec. 3 following a brief illness. Robinson lived in San Pedro, just outside of Española.

    Pierotti’s Clowns was a traveling five-man softball team from Los Alamos. The Clowns, who were sponsored by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club, was started by businessman Lou Pierotti.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers upend...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Trying to pull off an upset against the top-ranked team in the state on its home floor is a major undertaking under the best of circumstances.

    Trying to do it after spotting the top-ranked team 15 points nearing the half is considerably harder.

    But Thursday night in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team managed to pull of that exact feat. Los Alamos bounced back from a 33-18 deficit to upend the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 55-52.

  • Girls basketball: LA grabs first...

    In perhaps its best all-around performance of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a much-needed win Thursday night.

    Los Alamos led Thursday’s game, the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, virtually the entire way, taking a 54-43 victory over the Santa Fe Demons to advance in the championship bracket.

    The Hilltoppers were scheduled to take on the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers at 2:45 p.m. today in the tournament semifinals.

  • Wrestling: LA is short on bodies...

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program has some high hopes for its individual wrestlers, in team competition it’s going to struggle this season.

    And at this point, there isn’t much the Hilltoppers can do about it.

    The Hilltoppers are heading into the start of the 2008-09 season minus three weight classes. While an eighth-grade wrestler might be brought after the Los Alamos Middle School season concludes this weekend to fill one of the vacant spots, it will still be an uphill battle for the Hilltoppers.