• Reader's trek through the Sahara highlights top sports stories of 2013

    Some people will go long and far to fulfill a goal they’ve set for themselves.
    But few will go further than Garth Reader.
    Reader, a local ultra-runner, took part in the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco earlier this year, which is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.
    For his efforts in the Sahara Desert, Reader finished near the top 10 percent of better than 1,000 participants at the event, which took place in April.
    “I exceeded all expectations going in,” Reader said after finishing the five-stage race in a total of 30 hours, 55 minutes. “I thought I ran a pretty smart race.”
    His trek through some of the harshest conditions in the world was the top local sports story of 2013.
    At the Marathon Des Sables, competitors must conquer searing heat, wild temperature swings, tough running terrain and, oh, plenty of sand.
    Nevertheless, Reader said he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything and might even consider doing it again.
    He said the race is actually very well organized and there is plenty of staff on the course to make sure competitors are healthy and don’t veer away from their destinations.
    As usual, running and multi-sport athletes were among the big headline-grabbers in 2013.

  • Prep scores from Friday


    Boys basketball

    Centennial 54, Abilene Cooper, Texas 53

    'Cleveland 73, Odessa, Texas 47

    Escalante 66, Pecos 64

    Hobbs 88, EP Burges, Texas 48

    Moriarty 71, Del Norte 44

    Portales 52, Friona, Texas 37

    Farmington 56, Belen 51

    Roswell 83, Grants 58
    Texico 54, Smyer, Texas 47
    Canyon Randall, Texas 58, Del Norte 43

    Espanola Valley 44, Onate 38

    Hope Christian 83, Las Cruces 63

    Hope Christian 70, Canyon Randall, Texas 35

    Mayfield 72, Del Norte 61

    Onate 44, Santa Teresa 37

    Rio Rancho 72, Santa Teresa 52

    Canutillo, Texas 47, Valencia 31

    Carlsbad 57, Sandia Prep 47

    Los Lunas 63, Eldorado 61

    Girls basketball

    Carlsbad 74, Eldorado 58

    Clovis 67, Amarillo Caprock, Texas 22

    EP Burges, Texas 64, Rio Grande 16

    Farmington 66, Capital 59

    Gadsden 49, Ruidoso 23

    Hobbs 54, EP Coronado, Texas 43

    Lovington 49, Sandia 29

    West Las Vegas 67, Wingate 57

    Los Lunas 54, Santa Teresa 23

  • Atomic Tumblers come up big at home invite

    Kaeley Bustos, Anna Clark, Suyana Ferreria, and Emilee Maestas of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics were the top finishers in the all-around competition in their divisions at a home meet last month.
    LASG picked up 83 medals at the Nov. 9 meet. In all, 133 gymnasts took part in the meet, including 25 local athletes.
    Of those Atomic Tumblers who competed, 10 gymnasts were in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program, 7 in the USA Gymnastics Xcel Program and 8 gymnasts 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 3 Child Division, earning gold on uneven parallel bars (9.0), balance beam (9.1), and all-around (35.6). She was also the highest all-around scorer in the Level 3 competition.
    Clark won the JO Level 5 Junior Division, earning gold on vault (9.2), beam (9.0), floor exercises (8.9) and all-around (35.2), and bronze on bars (8.1). Clark also earned the highest all-around score for Level 5.
    Ferreria scored her fourth consecutive win in both the JO and Xcel competitions.

  • 'Toppers open with win at Goddard tourney

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team bounced back from what could’ve been a disastrous third quarter to turn the tables on the Gadsden Panthers in the third quarter.
    Los Alamos outscored Class 5A Gadsden 20-8 in the final eight minutes Thursday to earn a 56-52 victory in the first round of the Goddard Holiday Classic in Roswell. Los Alamos will face Roswell in tonight’s second round.
    Thursday’s game was a back-and-forth affair after the opening quarter. The two teams were separated by just one point after one quarter, but the Hilltoppers (4-5) outscored the Panthers (7-4) 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 30-22 advantage into the locker room.
    After that, the Panthers came up big in the third quarter, scoring 22 points to just 6 for the Hilltoppers before Los Alamos’ big push at the end to win it.
    The victory was the third straight for Los Alamos and its first against a Class 5A school. Gadsden had won of its previous five before the opening round loss.
    Roswell (4-3), which has wins this year over a pair of Class 5A schools, Rio Rancho and Oñate, thumped Ruidoso in the first round of the Goddard tournament, 70-32.

  • Roswell hammers LA by 70 points

    The fact the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was coming off its first win of the season into Thursday’s game didn’t seem to impress the Roswell Coyotes.
    The Coyotes, the undefeated No. 1 team in Class 4A, handed the Hilltoppers one of the most lopsided losses in the history of the school. The Coyotes scored 73 points in the first half, crushing the Hilltoppers 97-27 in the opening round of the Poe Corn Invitational.
    Roswell put up 40 points in the second quarter to stretch its lead at the half to 57 points. Roswell took its foot off the accelerator in the second half, but the Hilltoppers (1-7) could only manage 4 points in the third quarter.
    Heading into Thursday’s game, Los Alamos had beaten District 2-4A rival Bernalillo 68-60 to finally break into the win column, but Roswell (8-0) is averaging 75.5 points per game this season and hadn’t been involved in a contest decided by less than 14 points.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to take on Piedra Vista this afternoon. Piedra Vista lost in another first round game to Grants Thursday, 80-72.
    Also in Thursday’s first round, Artesia hammered Farmington 65-32.

  • 'Topper teams win big at APS Invite

    Here are the results from the Albuquerque Public Schools Winter Break Invitational, which was Dec. 21. Competitors are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 711; 2. West Mesa, 265; 3. Rio Grande, 195; 4. Manzano, 184; 5. Atrisco Heritage, 93.

    200 medley relay

    1. Los Alamos A (Maria Venneri, Jessica Moore, Sydney Schooover, Niahm Short), 2:02.97.

    200 freestyle

    1. Sarah Lott, 2:02.81; 2. Jessica Moore, 2:11.24; 3. Jesse Liechty, 2:17.43; 4. Camelynn Tripp, 2:35.04.

    200 individual medley

    1. Sydney Schoonover, 2:28.33; 2. Ashlynn Bennett, 2:35.97; 3. Genesis Heredia, West Mesa, 2:41.06; 4. Ali Berl, 2:50.36; 5. Lexi Tepley, 3:07.03.

    50 freestyle

    1. Kaitlin Bennett, 26.62; 2. Michel Schalyin, Manzano, 27.45; 3. Bethany Blankenship, 29.16; 7. Riana Foley, 32.69; 9. Tracee Abeita, 32.88; 11. Onolee Englert-Erickson, 33.36; 12. Elena Plaga, 33.45; 24. Elizabeth Harrcach, 38.79.

    100 butterfly

    1. Sarah Lott, 1:04.73; 2. Maria Venneri, 1:05.90; 3. Ashlynn Bennett, 1:14.32.

    100 freestyle

    1. Michelle Schalvin, Manzano, 1:00.01; 2. Justine Yang, 1:02.35; 3. Niamh Short, 1:02.67; 5. Caemlyn Tripp, 1:12.80.

    500 freestyle

  • LA teams head to Roswell this week

    In the chill of winter, there are worse places to be than the southern part of the state.
    That’s precisely where the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will be starting Thursday.
    Both Los Alamos hoops teams will take part in a pair of tournaments going on in Roswell this weekend. Los Alamos’ boys will make an appearance at the Poe Corn Invitational, hosted by Roswell’s Coyotes, and Los Alamos’ girls will be in the Goddard Holiday Classic.
    Both tournaments run through Saturday.
    The good news for the Los Alamos boys is they will be going into the Poe Corn tournament with some momentum, coming off their first win of the season Dec. 14 against Bernalillo.
    The bad news, however, is that the Hilltoppers will be facing the No. 1 team in Class 4A according to the first MaxPreps rankings of the season, which was released Monday. The Roswell Coyotes are undefeated in seven outings so far and are winning their contests by an average margin of more than 25 points.
    The Poe Corn tournament, one of the longest-running basketball tournaments in the state, has featured all Class 4A teams in recent years, including Los Alamos (1-6), which has become an annual invitee.

  • Sports Briefs 12-24-13

    Climbing wall open Friday at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its climbing wall available to the general public and Friday.
    The open wall will go from 9 a.m.-noon. 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 is open online

    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.

    LAYSL accepting registrations for spring

    Registration is now open for the spring 2014 Los Alamos Youth Soccer League season.
    Online registration can be done through Feb. 10.
    For more information or to register, visit laysl.org.

    Lobo baseball camp set for this weekend

  • LA's Geyer earns win in Tucumcari

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team had another solid showing in last weekend’s tournament in Tucumcari.
    Los Alamos placed three wrestlers into the finals and picked up two additional medals as the Rattler Invitational Saturday. The tournament had 13 participating teams.
    “For the most part, we looked pretty good,” Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer said. “Everybody except our 106-pounder won at least one match….We’re definitely looking better than I though we would at this time.”
    Unfortunately, team points weren’t tracked at Saturday’s tournament, so the Hilltoppers didn’t know where they ended up amongst the competing squads.
    Many of the same teams Los Alamos saw a week earlier at the Jaguar Invitational in Santa Fe were at Tucumcari’s tournament. The two Roswell schools, along with the Las Vegas schools, Los Lunas took part, as did several schools from the Amarillo, Texas, area.
    Among the finalists Saturday were Lane Saunders, Brian Geyer and Jonathan Schueler, all of whom were winners the previous week.
    Geyer was the lone individual champion for the Hilltoppers, picking up his second tournament title of the season. Geyer scored four consecutive pins at the 195-pound weight class, including the final.

  • Water Works

    Los Alamos swimmer Jessica Moore does the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay Dec. 7 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The Hilltopper swim teams will be in action Saturday in a meet hosted by the Albuquerque Public Schools, their final meet before the holiday break.