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Today's Sports

  • Girls basketball: LA tops...

    The Los Alamos Hillltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a rough outing Thursday to upend a long-standing rival Friday.

    Los Alamos put together perhaps its most complete game of the young 2009-10 season to top the St. Pius X Sartans 49-44 in the consolation bracket of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers knocked...

    Heading into the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament, Alan Kirk figured if the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played Hope Christian, it would be in the championship game.

    And while the two teams met Saturday in the final round, it was in the fifth-place contest.

    That game was all Hope Christian Huskies, as they topped the Hilltoppers 81-54, handing the Hilltoppers their second loss in three days.

    A day earlier, Los Alamos bounced back from an opening round loss to Rio Rancho by knocking off an old rival, St. Pius X, 70-57.

  • Football: Scott steps down after...

    It was hardly the first time he’d talked about it, but it was the one and only time he actually did it.

    Longtime Los Alamos Hilltopper head football coach Bob Scott officially announced his retirement last month, wrapping up a 20-year head coaching career. Scott turned his letter of resignation into the Los Alamos High School athletic office Nov. 12, just days after wrapping up his 20th season.

    After 30 straight seasons of calling plays and blowing whistles, Scott said enough was enough.

  • Boys basketball: LA suffers...

    ALBUQUERQUE — To keep its unbeaten streak alive, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team would need to play a clean game Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams.

    But 14 turnovers in the middle quarters Thursday night wasn’t even close to clean enough.

    The Hilltoppers had their start-of-season 5-game win streak snapped by the Rams in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament. The Rams rallied in the latter part of the fourth quarter to turn a close contest into a rout, winning 79-61.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers fall...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The tall order the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team had Thursday went unfilled.

    In Thursday’s first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, the Hilltoppers ran into a hot team that’s pressure defense and interior passing were firing on all cylinders.

    The Sandia Matadors jumped ahead quickly and never trailed in Thursday’s opening round game. The Matadors held the Hilltoppers to nine points or fewer in each quarter to win 63-22 at Albuquerque Academy West Gymnasium.

  • Boys basketball: LA faces big...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have mixed emotions following Tuesday’s postponed home game.

    Los Alamos was scheduled to play the Belen Eagles Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium, but the game was postponed indefinitely due to the snow and icy road conditions.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers look...

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team garnered any momentum last weekend, it may need it immediately heading into this weekend.

    The Hilltoppers grabbed their first win of the season Saturday against the Moriarty Pintos on the road. Their season continues Thursday in their opening round game of the Joe Armijo Invitational.

    The Joe Armijo Invitational is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. It includes eight teams from, mostly from the Albuquerque area, although Las Cruces High School and Montwood High School of El Paso, Texas, will also take part.

  • Pittman is 26th in Portland

    Los Alamos High School standout runner Kyle Pittman just missed the top 25 at the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals this weekend.

    The Nike Cross Nationals, which is hosted by the Nike corporation every year, was run Saturday in Portland, Ore. Nearly 200 of the top cross country runners from all across the country took part in the event.

    Pittman, a senior, finished 26th overall at Saturday’s race. He finished the course in 15 minutes, 42.9 seconds, coming in just .3 seconds behind No. 25 runner Lane Werley, a junior from California.

  • Nichols, Ealey are 2009 All-Stars

    Los Alamos High School’s Taylor Ealey and Alex Nichols were named to the 2009 All-Star volleyball team last week.

    Ealey, a senior middle blocker for the Hilltoppers, and senior outside hitter Nichols were selected for the honor, the only two representatives from District 2AAAA.

    The All-Star teams include the top graduating seniors in the state. All-Star teams are selected by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, voted upon by coaches from around the state.

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls...

    Even some pre-race shuffling prior to Saturday’s 400-yard freestyle relay couldn’t stop the Los Alamos Hilltopper swim teams from picking up six state championship qualifying marks.

    Prior to the relay, the final event of the day, every Los Alamos team was petitioning co-head coach Rusty Bernstein to alter the swimming order. Bernstein acquiesced.

    In the end at the Los Alamos Open, everything turned out just fine.