• Sports Briefs 12-18-13

    Christmas Lights Run is tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club is 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.
    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.
    Tonight’s run will start at Conoco Hill. The run will go through the Arizona Avenue and Quemazon areas.
    Anyone interested is welcome to participate.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org, or its Facebook page, facebook.com/triatomics.

    Climbing wall open for everyone at YMCA Dec. 23 and Dec. 27

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its climbing wall available to the general public Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.
    The open wall will go from 9 a.m.-noon both days.
    Anyone interested is welcome to participate.
    Climbing and gear rental will be $5 for non-YMCA members.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
    Trail Runs registration open online

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Carrizozo 74, Cloudcroft 56
    Centennial 65, El Paso Riverside, 60
    Channing, Texas 64, Mosquero 25
    Durango, Colo. 41, Farmington 29
    Eunice 73, Tatum 66
    Ignacio, Colo. 63, Bloomfield 48
    Kirtland Central 54, Miyamura 33
    Laguna-Acoma 90, Crownpoint 48
    Lovington 47, Goddard 39
    McCurdy 69, Questa 55
    NMMI 60, Hondo 58
    Portales 59, Friona, Texas 47
    Shiprock 67, Piedra Vista 61
    Silver 59, Deming 42
    St. Michael’s 59, Bernalillo 25
    Texico 62, Fort Sumner 41
    Valencia 66, Moriarty 61

    Girls basketball

    Bloomfield 42, Ignacio, Colo. 38
    Cuba 72, Navajo Pine 56
    Hatch Valley 60, Socorro 44
    Las Cruces 52, Deming 21
    Miyamura 48, Aztec 30
    Mosquero 32, Channing, Texas 13
    NMMI 72, Hondo 25
    Santa Fe Indian 35, Taos 20
    Shiprock 59, Kirtland Central 44
    St. Michael’s 52, Bernalillo 38
    Valencia 64, Moriarty 16

  • Law, Woody earn All-State nods

    The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes picked up a pair of first-team nods to this year’s Class 3A All-State volleyball team.
    All-State honors were announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Voting for those teams are done by NMHSCA members.
    Pojoaque Valley’s Kristen Woody was named to the first team All-Class 3A squad as an outside hitter. Teammate Cheyenne Law, was picked as a first-team middle hitter for the Elkettes.
    This season, the Elkettes, won their fifth consecutive state 3A title by topping Ruidoso in the final round. The title was the first for Pojoaque Valley head coach Eric Zamora.
    Also for Pojoaque Valley, Sofia Lucero was named to the second team as a setter, as was libero Jaylynn Martinez.
    In Class 4A, only one player District 2 earned a postseason All-State honor, Española Valley’s Elana Salzar.
    Salazar, who led the Sundevils to a regular season district title and was named Player of the Year for District 2, was a second-team team pick as an outside hitter.
    Goddard High School, which upset Piedra Vista for the state title this season, picked up three first team honors in 4A, more than any other team.
    Among the Rockets’ honorees were setter Renee Carrica, middle hitter Megan Meeks and libero Kaitlyn Reneteria.

  • 'Topper girls nip Chargers Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team snapped a three-game skid with its win Saturday in the final round of the Joe Armijo Classic.
    Los Alamos nipped one of its main rivals, Albuquerque Academy, 44-42 in the seventh-place game of the Chargers’ home tournament.
    The Hilltoppers (2-5) fell in the first two round of the tournament, to Los Lunas and Albuquerque High, before bouncing back to beat Academy. The win over the Chargers was their second of the year against a Class 4A team.

  • 'Toppers pick up four titles at Jaguar Invite

    SANTA FE — A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestlers earned individual titles at Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational.
    Los Alamos had four competitors get to the final round of the Jaguar Invitational, hosted by Capital.
    Lane Saunders at 170 pounds, Brian Geyer at 195 pounds and Jonathan Schueler in the heavyweight division were all winners at the tournament, which included 14 teams, many of which were from northern New Mexico but some coming from as far away as Deming and even Amarillo, Texas.
    Los Alamos finished fourth in team competition Saturday, scoring 128 points. Capital won the team trophy by holding off Los Lunas 189-179. Deming, which brought a huge contingent with it Saturday, finished third with 147.5 points.
    Saunders and Geyer won their title bouts handily, but Schueler had a battle on his hands against district rival Troy Calabaza of Bernalillo. Calabaza had Schueler on his back early in the third period, but with about a minute remaining in the contest, Schueler performed a switch from off the bottom to gain the advantage.
    Then, with just short time remaining, Calabaza got to his feet and nearly slipped Schueler’s grasp, but Schueler’s head-and-arm throw had Calabaza on his back.
    Schueler pinned him with just 12 seconds remaining.

  • Brewer receives football’s Black Lion Award for 2013

    Los Alamos Hilltopper senior Peter Brewer was the recipient of one of the most prestigious honors handed out by the school’s football program this season.

    Brewer, a key player on the Hilltopper defense, was given this year’s Black Lion Award.

    The Black Lion Award is given in memory of Major Don Holleder, who died in combat in Vietnam, as one of the Black Lions.

    The men of the 28th Infantry Regiment who died with him that day, were all part of a team.

    The Black Lion Award represent that sense of team, as the Black Lion is not an individual award, but is intended to go to a player who personifies “team play.”

    The award recipient is a person of character, like Holleder, who demonstrates leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and-above all-an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself, according to athletic director Vicki Nelms.

    “I enjoyed most of the year because of the players, having my friends around me almost everyday,” said Brewer. “All of us working hard and having fun playing football.”

    One former Hilltopper that exemplified this from the beginning was AD and coach, William McWilliams and the Black Lion Award is given each year, in his honor.

  • LA boys pick up first win of season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke into the win column with a victory in the Joe Armijo Classic.
    Los Alamos downed its District 2-4A rival, Bernalillo, 68-60 in the seventh-place game of the tournament at the tournament, hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers outscored the Spartans 21-9 in the third quarter and outscored the Spartans 21-16 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.
    Heading into Saturday’s final round, the Armijo tournament hadn’t been a good one for Los Alamos (1-6), which was beaten up both by Albuquerque High and Las Cruces, but ended on a good note for Los Alamos, which was in danger of going a calendar year without having won a game.
    Bernalillo slipped to 1-5 on the year with Saturday’s loss.
    It was also the first time this season Los Alamos had scored more than 53 points in a game.

  • Late goal puts ’Toppers on top of Bears

    Tyler Thorn scored two goals in the third period as the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team topped La Cueva Friday night.

    Thorn scored early in the third period, then, with two minutes remaining in the game, broke a 3-3 tie with La Cueva by knocking in his second goal off an assist from Charlie Christensen as the Hilltoppers won 4-3 at Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    It was the second consecutive win on home ice for Los Alamos, which was scheduled to play Cibola Saturday in Rio Rancho.

    Griffin Matuszak and Evan Oro scored goals in the first period to put Los Alamos up 2-1, but La Cueva’s top offensive player, Matthew Key, scored twice, including a game-tying goal in the final period before Thorn’s game-winner.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 and FM 107.1 for its help with this report.

  • Girls basketball falls in Academy’s 2nd round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came back from a big deficit to take the lead against the Albuquerque High Bulldogs but couldn’t hang onto that lead in the endgame.
    In the consolation round of the Joe Armijo Classic at Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos trailed by as many as 9 points at the half. But the Hilltopper defense limited the Bulldogs to just 5 points in the third quarter and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.
    However, the Bulldogs hit some late 3-pointers and won the contest 56-50 Friday afternoon.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play in the seventh-place game of the Classic against Academy, which lost to both Hope Christian and Highland in the first two rounds. That score wasn’t available at press time.
    In Thursday’s opener, the Hilltoppers fell to the Los Lunas Tigers 70-55.
    Once again, Kiana Zerr paced the Hilltoppers with 11 points. Amber Logan also finished with 11 and Marissa Larribas had 10, 6 in the fourth quarter as Los Alamos (1-5) tried to hang on to a 3-point lead with about 5 minutes remaining.
    Ashley Perez had a game-high 24 points for the Bulldogs (3-2), 18 coming in the first half to help her team to the big lead. Monique Vasquez finished with 13 points.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 and FM 107.1 for its help with this report

  • LA blasted in first round of Armijo tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — If the first round of the Joe Armijo Classic is any indication of how the rest of the tournament will go for Los Alamos’ boys basketball team, it’s going to be a rough trip.
    The Hilltoppers were roughed up by the Albuquerque High Bulldogs Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the tournament, hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos managed just single-digit offensive outputs in three of the four quarters and couldn’t do much to stop the transition game of the Bulldogs, who dominated the contest and won going away, 71-37.
    Los Alamos turned over the ball 12 times in the middle quarters and almost all of those turnovers were cashed in on the other end by Albuquerque.
    Gabe Bump, a sophomore guard for the Bulldogs, cherry-picked his way to 10 steals in Thursday’s game. Bump read Los Alamos’ passing like an open book, stepping directly in front of passing lanes in the backcourt.
    He finished with a game-high 21 points.
    Bump set the tone early on, scoring 8 points in the first quarter and assisting Albuquerque big man Jared Blea on another fast break chance.
    The only quarter Los Alamos could get much going on offense was the first. Hilltopper wing Skyler Veenis had 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter, hitting on 4 of 5 chances from the floor.