• 'Toppers pull off an upset win over Jaguars in 2-4A

    It would take the best collective effort the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestlers had to offer to pull off a major upset in the district tournament.
    And Los Alamos pulled it off.
    The Hilltoppers nipped the Capital Jaguars for the District 2-4A championship at Saturday’s tournament, hosted by Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos scored 176 team points to Capital’s 170 to earn its third consecutive district title. Along the way, Los Alamos earned four individual district crowns to three by the Jaguars.
    “Everybody we needed to have step up stepped up,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said after leading his team to its third consecutive district win — it had been nearly two decades since the Hilltoppers won a district title prior to their win in 2011-12.
    As a reward for its efforts, every one of the Hilltoppers’ 14 participants in Saturday’s meet qualified for the state tournament. The 4A championship starts Friday in Rio Rancho.
    Among the big finishes that pushed Los Alamos over the top were Dominick Montoya at 132 pounds and Damien Sundby at 138 pounds.

  • LA holds off St. Mike's to grab District 1 team crown

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys swimming team went down to the wire with the St. Michael’s Horsemen for the District 1 championship this weekend.
    Los Alamos and St. Michael’s were neck-and-neck, but with its win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Hilltoppers secured the district team championship.
    Both the Los Alamos boys and girls took part in the district meet, hosted by Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ boys nipped the Horsemen by just two points, 371-369. Los Alamos’ girls, meanwhile, won a big victory, earning 502 points, well ahead of runner-up St. Michael’s.
    Both Hilltopper teams pulled a six-race sweep of the relay events en route to the team championship, while grabbing seven individual girls title and four individual boys titles.
    Among the big winners for Los Alamos were Izzy Runde and Justine Yang, both of whom grabbed a pair of first-place finishes.
    Runde won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle, while Yang won the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
    Also for Los Alamos’ girls, Sarah Lott broke the District 1 record in the 100 freestyle, finishing in a time of 53.72 to win that title.
    Sydney Schoonover won the 200 individual medley (2:30.35) and Maria Venneri was the winner in the 50 freestyle (26.05).

  • LA has big 1st half but Demons prevail

    A pair of very good quarters put together by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got it upset-minded Wednesday night.
    But the No. 1 team in the state rallied with a big third quarter to regain the advantage and ultimately take the contest.
    Los Alamos had Santa Fe back on its heels after one half, using solid interior defense and an effective up-tempo game that the Demons had trouble figuring out.
    But the bigger, stronger Demons got settled into their very effective half-court offense when they could and forced a couple of key turnovers in the third quarter as they would ultimately prevail 48-40 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Demons had won 19 straight games prior to being upset last weekend at home against Española Valley and needed a win in Los Alamos to keep pace with the Sundevils for the District 2-4A lead.
    But the Demons haven’t exactly feasted against the Hilltoppers this season. Along with getting a scare Wednesday, the Demons didn’t dominate on the scoreboard when the two teams played late last month in Santa Fe.
    “It was a good first half,” Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said. “We did the things we talked about in practice. We had a let-down in the third quarter…this may not have been a win on the scoreboard, but it was a win in my book tonight.”

  • Golf course to open Friday

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced it will open the course to play Friday morning.
    The pro shop will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting Friday through March 8, weather permitting. Tee times can be scheduled starting for 10 a.m. and the driving range will open at 9:30 a.m. Golfers can reserve tee times by calling 662-8139.
    Golfers are also reminded that the LAGC clubhouse is still under construction and parking is still limited. Also, cart use will be restricted to paths only due to dry course conditions.

  • 'Topper girls have big game at home tonight vs. Demons

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will look to bounce back from an upset loss, but will have to do so against one of the top teams in the state.
    Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Santa Fe (21-2 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) is a squad that many expect to get to this year’s Class 4A championship game and already has a victory over Los Alamos this season.
    Los Alamos (10-12, 2-3) fell to Bernalillo Friday night on the road, 50-48, a game the team was banking on in order to keep pace with Santa Fe’s Demons and Española Valley’s Sundevils.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers slipped into a tie for third place in the District 2-4A race with Bernalillo, while Santa Fe was itself upset by Española Valley that same night, losing on a buzzer-beating shot on its home floor.

  • LA manages just 24 points in loss on the road

    SANTA FE – A big loss to another District 2-4A team made the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s long journey to salvage its season considerably longer.
    Los Alamos was in need of a win to get its season back on track, but its offense never got on track Tuesday. Los Alamos was limited to just four points in each of the first two quarters as it fell to the Santa Fe Demons 43-24 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers were held scoreless for nearly five minutes to open the game, then had a four-plus minute drought to close out the first half.
    With Tuesday’s loss to the Demons, the Hilltoppers (2-21 overall, 1-5 in 2-4A) are now officially out of district title contention and are looking at a second straight finish in the 2-4A basement if they can’t rally in their final two games of the season.
    It was a slow, plodding game for both teams, which combined for just 13 field goals in the first half. There were few offensive fireworks beyond a huge slam dunk by Santa Fe’s Keanyn Evans and no players got into double-figures – the top scorer of the night was Hilltopper Scott Gasway, who finished with 7.

  • 'Toppers hold on to win girls team crown at APS

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming team earned a tight victory at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational this weekend, holding off the Albuquerque High Bulldogs for the team championship.
    Both Hilltopper swim teams took part in the APS Invitational, which took place at the West Mesa Swimming Complex.
    The meet was the teams’ season finale. The Hilltoppers will compete at the District 1 championship meet this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 455 points and needed most of those to hold off the Bulldogs, who finished with 415 team points. Both Los Alamos and Albuquerque were well ahead of the rest of the girls teams competing.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Sarah Lott again set some impressive marks and cracked the school’s top-100 all-time list in two separate events.
    Lott, who set a new school mark last month in the 100-yard butterfly, finished the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.96, which is the second-best time ever posted by a Hilltopper swimmer in that event.
    Also Saturday, Lott posted a time of 25.40 in the 50 freestyle, which was good enough for seventh place on Los Alamos’ all-time list.

  • Spartans' hot shooting night sinks LA Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, despite its struggles, had a chance Saturday night to put itself right in the mix of the District 2-4A race.
    Unfortunately, the Bernalillo Spartans, and more specifically Carl Herrera, had other plans.
    Bernalillo, itself jockeying for position in the 2-4A standings, came out firing in the first half. Bernalillo nailed five first half 3-pointers to open up a big lead and never looked back.
    The Spartans prevailed Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, 63-42.
    Along the way, Bernalillo shot a blistering 25 of 41 (61.0 percent) from the floor, missing just eight attempts in each half.
    Herrera, who has been Los Alamos’ main nemesis in their two district meetings this season, followed up his 20-point performance in Bernalillo Jan. 22, had 27 points at Griffith Gym.
    Herrera himself had five 3s in the game and scored 10 points in the second quarter, keying a big period for his team.
    Bernalillo took control of the game in that second quarter, outscoring Los Alamos 18-7.
    “They came out and got going early,” Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said. “We didn’t do anything to take them out of that groove.”

  • LA takes 2nd at Sanchez tourney

    It was the goal of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team to end its season in style, as is always the case when it hosts the Bryan Sanchez Invitational tournament.
    And Los Alamos managed that, taking second place in the 12-team tournament Saturday at the Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos finished with 148 team points at the tournament, trailing only Las Vegas Robertson in the team standings. Robertson’s Cardinals grabbed 160 points.
    Along the way, the Hilltoppers picked up three individual wins.
    Saturday’s tournament was the regular season finale for Los Alamos, which will now prepare to defend its back-to-back district titles at Bernalillo this coming weekend.
    The Sanchez tournament carries special significance to the Hilltopper program. It is held to honor the memory of one a departed alumni and the most significant team award of the year is given out.
    The recipient of the Bryan Sanchez Award for this season was Nathan Aguirre, who was selected by the Sanchez family as the Hilltopper who most embodies Sanchez’s spirit.
    Sanchez was a graduate of Los Alamos’ program. He died in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve 2008 at the age of 21.

  • On Schedule 02-09-14

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

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

    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

    Wrestling: District 2-4A championship (Bernalillo), varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: District 1 meet, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at El Paso (Texas) Public Schools Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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