• Many new faces around ’Topper program this year

    It may take awhile for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team to sort things out and figure out exactly what it has this year.

    Los Alamos had its best season in recent history last year, finishing fifth in team competition at the Class 4A championship tournament and earning its first individual state title since the mid-1990s.

    But several of those key figures from last year’s team are gone and Los Alamos will have to make some lineup adjustments.

    The good news, however, is there is no shortage of personnel to make the adjustments with.
    Los Alamos looks to be two-deep in all but one weight class, heavyweight, as it gets its 2013-14 season going. Los Alamos will open at the very tough Southwest Duals Friday in Rio Rancho.

    Despite its starting lineup juggling, it has been a productive preseason in the Hilltoppers’ wrestling room.

    “It’s been really good, “ said returning junior John Dermer. “We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, which we need. We’re getting there. Some of the younger guys are catching up. We’re working at it.”

  • People in the News 11-29-13

    Moore wins distinguished award

    Local athlete Michael Moore received the 2013 Marly Pineda Memorial Award for men’s long distance swimming in New Mexico.
    Moore has been swimming with the Pajarito Aquatic Club, under the supervision of Phil Coe and is also a member of the Los Alamos Hilltopper swim team, coached by Stu Corliss.
    Pineda was a New Mexico resident of Bosque Farms, and was a 2008
    graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she was a
    distinguished four-year member of the swimming and diving team.
    She died in a bicycle accident in Boston in 2010.
    The Marly Pineda Award continues to honor her passion and dedication to the sport of swimming.

    Local crew calls 6-man title game

    An officiating crew from Los Alamos was on-hand to call the state championship 6-man football game Nov. 16 in Lake Arthur.
    The championship game crew included referee Kerry Coffelt, umpire Alan Kirby, linesman Larry Vaughn, line judge Roger Anaya and back judge Rick Hinckley.
    The 6-man championship game was played between Lake Arthur and Hondo. Lake Arthur won the contest 66-50.

    Reardon wins at Yum Run

  • LASG picks up 19 medals at Rio Rancho

    Ashley Bustos, Anna Clark and Suyana Ferreria of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics were first in the all-around competition in their divisions at a meet in Rio Rancho earlier this month.
    The gymnasts brought home 19 medals for their team at the Nov. 2 meet.
    In all, 22 LASG Atomic Tumblers attended the meet in Rio Rancho. Eight gymnasts competed in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program, six in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program and four gymnasts, Clark, Ferreria, Brianna Fryer, and Aaliyah Walker, competed in both.
    The Xcel Program is an alternative to the JO Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform creative routines, choreographed to fit each individual.
    Bustos won the JO Level 5 Senior Division, earning gold on vault (8.6), parallel bars (8.75), and the all-around (33.6), along with earning a silver on balance beam (8.25) and a bronze on floor exercises (8.0).
    Clark won the JO Level 5 Junior Division, earning gold on vault (8.75) and all-around (34.5), and silver on bars (8.6) and floor (8.45).
    For her third meet in a row, Ferreria won both the JO and Xcel competitions.
    In the JO Level 4 Senior Division, she earned gold on vault (8.45), bars (9.15), floor (8.5) and all-around (33.9) and bronze on beam (7.8).

  • 'Toppers travel to Piedra Vista Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will try to get its season off the ground Saturday.
    Instead of the home opener the Hilltoppers had scheduled, though, they will start the year on the road. The Hilltoppers will be at Piedra Vista for Saturday afternoon’s contest.
    Los Alamos had two games scheduled for last weekend, Friday hosting Sandia Prep and Saturday hosting Kirtland Central. However, both games were postponed due to weather conditions.
    The Kirtland Central game was originally rescheduled for Monday, but Kirtland Central declined, citing potentially dangerous travel conditions on the return trip to the Four Corners.
    Los Alamos’ next scheduled home game is Tuesday against Moriarty.

  • Cold shooting sinks 'Toppers in opener

    It was the first game of the season, to be sure.
    Tuesday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team opened its 2013-2014 campaign at home against the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    And while Los Alamos showed some pluck, particularly in the key, Los Alamos still has some work to do in several areas, not the least of which is shooting.
    Los Alamos shot just 21.4 percent on the evening and converted just 7 of 19 attempts from the foul line as it dropped its opener 33-26 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Both teams were shaky throughout Tuesday’s contest, but the Horsemen would settle in a little better to start the second half. The Horsemen went on a 9-0 run in the first 4-plus minutes of the third quarter to break a 16-16 tie at the half and would hold onto that lead despite a mini-run to cut the lead back to 4 points early in the fourth quarter.
    The Hilltoppers will have another contest against another tough Class 3A opponent to follow up Tuesday night’s loss. They will take on the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Saturday in Jacona.
    Los Alamos had plenty of chances against St. Mike’s. Its guards were able to penetrate the St. Mike’s defense and get some good looks, but the Hilltopper offense couldn’t get much to fall.

  • Christmas Lights Runs return in December

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club will host the 2013 Christmas Lights runs starting Dec. 2.
    The runs will take place at various spots around Los Alamos. They will be twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 20.
    The Dec. 2 run will start at Metzger’s Mobil station on Diamond Drive and go through Western Area. The course is approximately 2.5 miles long.
    Other runs are scheduled for the Denver Steel area, Barranca Mesa and the downtown area, among other spots.
    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.

  • LA drops season opener Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team dropped a 33-26 decision in its opener to the St. Michael's Horsemen.
    Los Alamos struggled from both the field and the free throw line, going just 7-for-19 at the stripe.
    Los Alamos was held to three points in the third quarter as the Horsemen built up a 25-16 lead at the midway point of the period.
    Read more about the game in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Girls finish 13th at Nike Cross Regional

     Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams tried their luck at the Nike Cross Southwest Regionals last weekend in Arizona.
    The Hilltoppers, running as the Los Alamos Cross Country Club, finished in 13th place in the girls championship race out of 25 squads, picking up 340 team points, and in 22nd place on the boys side with a score of 537 out of 31 competing teams.
    Because the New Mexico high school season has concluded, the Hilltopper teams, and other state teams, are barred from competing for their schools.
    Teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada competed at the race, which was held at the Toka Sticks Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
    It was the second time this season the Hilltoppers had run at Toka Sticks. They also competed there for the Desert Twilight Meet in early October during the prep season.
    The Nike Cross Regionals are a qualifier for Nike’s national race, which is scheduled for next month at the Nike corporation’s headquarters.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ boys were paced by Colin Hemez. Hemez, who won the Class 4A individual state title earlier this month at Rio Rancho, came in 32nd in the boys championship race.

  • Quartet of 'Toppers named to 1st team

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up four nods for this year’s All-District 2-4A first team volleyball squad.
    Los Alamos finished second in the regular season standings in 2-4A in 2013 and third in the district tournament, posting a record of 5-3 in district play (13-9 overall).
    Topping the list of first team honorees for the Hilltoppers were a trio of front-line players, Sam Fenner, Brianna Montaño and Claire Stewart. Libero Alyssa Tedder was also selected to the All-District first team.
    From her post on the outside, Montaño was Los Alamos’ top kill collector in 2013. The sophomore finished with 143 total kills and a team-best 2.2 kills per set.
    Fenner, a senior, was third on the team with 113 total kills.
    In her spot on the back line, Tedder was credited with 229 digs on the season, a team high, and also had a team-high 129 points off her service chances.
    Sierra Foley and Michaela Pigue were named to the 2-4A second team.
    As expected, Española Valley’s Elana Salazar was named the Most Valuable Player of the year, while Damon Salazar of Española Valley was the Coach of the Year, leading the Sundevils to an undefeated district regular season.

    Here are the 2013 All-District 2-4A selections:

    First team

  • 'Toppers will open tonight at home vs. St. Michael’s

     After a tumultuous season in 2012-13, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is hoping things have stabilized.

    Tonight will be its first chance to see how stable things have become.

    Los Alamos will open the season tonight at home. It will face the St. Michael’s Horsemen at 7 p.m.

    Smack dab in the middle of last season, head coach Tarah Logan abruptly stepped down, citing family issues, and one starter and one key reserve player both left the team at the same time.

    Ann Stewart took over for Logan at that point and things seemed to settle down.

    Stewart, who will return for her first full season guiding the program, feels the team is ready to concentrate on basketball and not any of the other distractions from last season. She said the focus has been there during the preseason and, for her, a lot of heavy lifting has gone on to prepare.