• LA can't hold on to lead at the half vs. Belen

    Tuesday night’s game seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team to break out of its funk and with a solid first half, it seemed to be well on its way.
    But in the second half, the Hilltoppers struggled to hold on to the basketball and the Belen Eagles took advantage.
    Los Alamos had a big second quarter, limiting Belen to just 6 points and using its transition game effectively to build a 6-point lead at the half, but ran into several problems on offense in the second half.
    Belen was the beneficiary of 14 Los Alamos turnovers in the second half and, despite getting sloppy itself late, picked up a 51-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, who won just one game last season, are still trying to break into the win column this season. And with a tough slate of games in their near future, including the upcoming Joe Armijo Invitational tournament, the Hilltoppers had one of their best shots to pick up a victory against Belen, who, like the Hilltoppers, have struggled so far.
    Belen went into Tuesday’s game having been blown out in a pair of contests to open the season, against Atrisco Heritage and Roswell. The teams not only had similar records but were scoring points at a similar pace.

  • LA takes 9th at big wrestling meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team earned a ninth-place finish in last weekend’s Rio Rancho Shootout duals meet.
    Los Alamos split eight team duals contests at the event, hosted by the Rio Rancho Rams. Among Los Alamos’ key wins at the duals were victories over Class 4A schools Farmington, Santa Fe and Moriarty.
    In all, 16 teams took part in last weekend’s tournament, which was comprised of duals matches between participating teams.
    Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said he liked the way his wrestlers fought the good fight against some tough competition.
    “Even when our backs were on the mat, we were fighting,” he said. “Even when we’re down, we’re not quitting. That was good to see.”
    One of the big showings of the weekend was by 182-pounder Joseph Coriz. Coriz picked up a big pin over his opponent from Moriarty with the dual’s outcome still very much up in the air.
    Had Coriz lost, it would’ve been tough for Los Alamos to do better than a tie against the Pintos, a solid 4A opponent. Instead, Coriz and 195-pounder Brian Geyer earned pinfalls in the final two head-to-head bouts to give the Hilltoppers a 47-33 win.

  • LA boys, girls take top honors at home meet Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams picked up decisive victories in their one and only home appearance of the season.
    Los Alamos’ teams knocked off St. Pius X in the team standings at Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational. Los Alamos’ girls scored 495.5 points, more than 150 points better than the Sartans, while the Hilltopper boys finished with 418 points to the Sartans’ 363.
    Along the way, Los Alamos’ girls won five events and Los Alamos’ boys picked up six event wins. Sydney Schoonover (100-yard butterfly) and Jessica Moore (100 breaststroke) were individual winners on the girls side, while Sam Harris (200 freestyle), Nick Greenfield (100 freestyle), Trey Pereyra (500 freestyle) and Alex Jaegers (100 backstroke) picked up individual wins for the Hilltopper boys.
    Additionally, Los Alamos won five of the six relay events Saturday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Los Alamos was without several of its top swimmers this weekend, as there were other big club events going on around the southwest which some of the Hilltoppers’ key personnel elected to attend instead.
    Saturday’s meet was the second of the season for Los Alamos’ teams, which earned top-three finishes at last month’s Peter B. Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.

  • On Schedule 12-08-13


    Girls basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Belen at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas at Joe Armijo Invite (Albuquerque Academy), 9:45 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Albuquerque at Joe Armijo Invite (Albuquerque Academy), 1:15 p.m.


    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Jaguar Invite (Capital), varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.

  • Sports Briefs 12-08-13

    Triatomics’ Christmas Lights Runs continue

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club is currently hosting its 2013 Christmas Lights Runs.
    The runs will take place at various spots around Los Alamos. They will be twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 20.
    Runs will begin at 6:15 p.m. Runners should be stretched and ready at that time. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing is encouraged. Runs are non-competitive and are not for endurance-building.
    Anyone interested is welcome to participate.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org, or its Facebook page, facebook.com/triatomics.

    50-mile, 50K run registration now open

    The ninth annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs’ registration for its 50-mile and 50-kilometer races are now open online.
    The JMTR is scheduled for May 24. The races go up toward Pajarito Mountain and toward the Valles Caldera.
    Registration for the half-marathon, the third of the three-race series, will start Feb. 1.
    To register, visit ultrasignup.com. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons may visit highaltitudeathletics.org.

  • Hodges, McDonald are 1st team All-4A selections

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer players were among the top players in Class 4A during the 2013 season.

    Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald and Brandon Hodges were picked for the All-State squads this year. Hodges is a senior fullback for the Hilltopper boys and McDonald is a sophomore forward for the Hilltopper girls.

    The Hilltopper boys were a surprise in the 4A semifinals in November, topping Centennial in the opening round and stunning Farmington in the quarterfinals, due largely to their defensive showing. Hodges and goalkeeper Chris Parker, who was an honorable mention this year, spearheaded Los Alamos’ defensive effort in the postseason.
    McDonald, meanwhile, was among the leading scorers in the state this season. McDonald finished tied for second in 4A after another first-teamer, Tatiana Limon of St. Pius X, with 70 total points (30 goals, 10 assists).

    Los Alamos won its seventh consecutive District 2-4A title this season, but was upset in the first round of the state tournament by Piedra Vista.

    State champion St. Pius led all schools with six first-team selections on the girls side, while Roswell earned two first-team boys selections, behind Albuquerque Academy, the team it upset to win the 4A title. The Chargers had four players on the All-State first team.

    Girls Class 4A

  • LA loses 69-46 to St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its third game in a row to start the season Friday night.
    Los Alamos traveled to St. Michael’s to take on the Horsemen at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium, making up a game that was postponed the night before.
    The Horsemen, who were the runners-up in Class 3A last season, earned a decisive 69-46 victory over the Hilltoppers. It was the season opener for the Horsemen.
    Los Alamos is still seeking its first victory of the year. This was the second loss for Los Alamos (0-3) by a 20-plus point margin this season.
    Originally scheduled for Thursday night, Friday’s contest was the fourth postponement of the season for the Hilltoppers. One of those games, against Sandia Prep, hasn’t been rescheduled, but another, against Kirtland Central, has a make-up date of Dec. 30.
    Los Alamos will be busy this month. It will appear at home Tuesday against Belen, then travel to Albuquerque Academy’s invitational tournament starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday – it opens with Albuquerque’s Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.
    Following those games, it will travel to the Poe Corn Invitational tournament later this month, then come home for the Kirtland Central contest.

  • Spaeth named top singlespeed racer

    Los Alamos cyclist Caroline Spaeth was named women’s singlespeed champion for the 2013 New Mexico Off-Road Series racing season.

    Now in its 14th year, the NMORS comprises 11 races staged throughout the state that challenge riders with a wide variety of competitors and terrain. Finishers receive points for their position at the end of each race, and total points are tallied at the end of the series to determine the winners of the series categories.

    Competitors are required to enter seven races to qualify.

    To win the yellow NMORS jersey, Spaeth won six of the seven races she entered. Racing on a singlespeed is no easy feat in this state’s race series. Unlike racers on regular bikes who have a range of gearing to use for climbs and descents, singlespeed riders must choose a single gear combination for each race.

    With race terrain ranging from rocky and rolling desert hillsides in Las Cruces, to erratic, steep climbs and descents at Silver City’s Signal Peak Challenge, to venues with every type of terrain and topography in between, gear choice itself can be daunting for the singlespeed racer — too easy a gear and the rider is spinning and coasting on downhill and flat terrain, too hard a gear and the rider is trudging uphill pushing the bike.

  • Working for the Weekend

    Hilltopper center William Steinkamp tries to drive against Moriarty’s Jake Flaming Tuesday night. Los Alamos had a scheduled game against St. Michael’s but that game was postponed due to weather. That game was rescheduled for tonight in Santa Fe.

  • Update: Hoops games get rescheduled

    Weather concerns due to the recent winter storm have shifted the schedule this weekend for the Los Alamos boys and girls basketball teams.

    Tonight, the Hilltopper boys basketball team will play at St. Michael's, a make-up game from Thursday's night's postponement. The game is set for 7 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Saturday, Los Alamos' girls basketball game against Moriarty, which was orginially set for a 7 p.m. start time, will now get going at 5 p.m. Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms said the time change was made due to travel concerns following the game.

    Los Alamos' girls were also scheduled to host Albuquerque Academy Thursday. That game has been rescheduled for Jan. 27.

    Last month, the Hilltopper boys basketball team was supposed to open its season with games against Sandia Prep and Kirtland Central. While no announcement has been made regarding the Sandia Prep game, Los Alamos has rescheduled with Kirtland Central for Dec. 30.