• Bernalillo outguns LA late to win

    BERNALILLO — There isn’t a clear-cut favorite in District 2-4A boys basketball this season, and despite a rough nondistrict season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have a shot to turn things around.
    The Hilltoppers knew this heading into their district opener Wednesday night against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    But, despite a good first half showing and some timely shooting in the second half to keep things close, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to keep pace in the end game.
    Los Alamos trailed by just 6 points to Bernalillo at the end of the third quarter and by just 7 with about two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, withstanding a couple of Spartan fast break opportunities, but that wouldn’t be enough.
    Bernalillo, itself trying to start anew after a tough nondistrict season, put together an impressive 10-2 run to close out the game, topping the Hilltoppers 62-47.
    Spartan guard Carl Herrera had a huge fourth quarter, running the floor well in transition with his team dominating the boards. Herrera had 10 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to put things away — he also finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk knew his team had a big opportunity to get its fortunes moving in the right direction, but it couldn’t take advantage.

  • Big 2nd half boosts 'Toppers in 2-4A opener

    It’s a rare night when the Bernalillo Spartans go down easily.
    And in the first half of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball District 2-4A opener, that appeared to be the case once again.
    The Spartans held a slim lead after one quarter and were down just a point at the half.
    But those tables turned quickly in the second half.
    Los Alamos, employing one of the most effective transition games it has featured all season, went on a 7-0 run to open the third quarter. Bernalillo, which had been its scrappy self up to that point, never recovered beyond a scoring spurt to open the fourth quarter and the Hilltoppers rolled to a big 68-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltopper defense allowed the Spartans just four points in the third quarter, while forward Kiana Zerr and 2-guard McKenzie Logan combined for 12 of the Hilltoppers’ 18 points to bust the game open.
    “We knew we needed to get a big lead,” Zerr said of her team’s mindset in the second half. “We had to pull things out. They came up on me and we were able to move the ball around…look back-door a couple of times and Kenzie could take it in most of the time.”

  • Free throw contest for youth is Sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will host its annual local free threw contest Sunday.

    The competition is open to boys and girls ages 10-14. Contests will be held in several age group categories.
    The event is free but participants must sign up between 12:30-1 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium Sunday. Parent consent is required to participate.
    The winners of the local events can advance to district, state, national and international competition.
    For more information, call Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

  • LA girls split with Sandia, Grants this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team split its two road games this weekend against Sandia and Grants.

    The Hilltoppers nipped the Sandia Matadors Friday night 41-40, but fell to the Grants Pirates 53-45 Saturday. The split of the two games puts Los Alamos’ season record at 8-9 heading into the start of the District 2-4A season tonight against Bernalillo.
    Against Sandia (3-10), Los Alamos guard Amber Logan finished with 13 points to pace the team.
    Unfortunately, Los Alamos couldn’t earn the road win the following night against Grants (10-6), which is currently ranked No. 11 in 4A.

  • LA girls, boys finish as runners-up at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams won a meet-high 8 events at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this weekend.
    Both Los Alamos teams finished as the runners-up at the meet, which is considered one of the best regular season predictors of success at the state championship meet, which is slated for next month.
    Los Alamos’ girls ended up with 759 points, while Los Alamos’ boys collected 679 points. Host school Academy won both ends of the meet comfortably, while Las Cruces finished third in both team competitions.
    Hilltopper head coach Stu Corliss said it was a huge showing by his group, who not only earned 12 new state qualification marks, but improved on seven other individual marks and four relay events.
    The top swim of the day belonged to sophomore Sarah Lott, who broke the Los Alamos program record in the 100-yard butterfly with her event-winning time of 59.27. The old record of 59.96, which was held by former Hilltopper Amy Henninger, had stood since 1986.
    Among the other Hilltoppers’ event wins were the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay on the girls side and the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke on the boys side.

  • On Schedule 01-19-14


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

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Pecos, seventh grade, 3:30 p.m.; eighth grade, 4:30 p.m.


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


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


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.; Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools Invite, JV, 9 a.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 01-19-14

    eeting is Jan. 30

    Los Alamos High School will host a meeting for student-athletes and parents of student-athletes interested in learning more about requirements for NCAA and NAIA eligibility.
    The meeting is set for Jan. 30 in the LAHS speech theater starting at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    New fencing class starts next month at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting new students for its upcoming beginning fencing class.
    The class starts Feb. 4 and is open to interested persons 10 and over.
    Beginning fencing, which is for those with little or no previous experience, covers basic footwork and strategy.
    The class will be Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Price for participation is $20 per month for members and $40 per month for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Parent meeting for spring sports set for Feb. 5 at LAHS

  • District 2-4A Girls Basketball Outlook

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Record: 5-12

    Bernalillo is the most unpredictable team in this district, having won or stayed competitive with teams it shouldn’t have, most notably topping Pojoaque Valley and staying within a bucket of Hope Christian. The frenetic type of game the Spartans have played in recent years gives Los Alamos trouble.

    Capital Jaguars

    Record: 0-13

    The Jaguars have already had three head coaches this season alone and their results reflect a complete lack of direction. Of their losses, they’ve been just as likely to lose by 30 or more as not. A two-win district run is about as good as this group can hope for.

    Española Valley Sundevils

    Record: 12-4

    Despite having three different coaches in three years, the Sundevils are still rolling. They only recently had one of the longest winning streaks in 4A this season snapped and may be the only team that will rock Santa Fe’s boat. Constant coaching changes could eventually catch up with them, though.

    Los Alamos Hilltoppers

    Record: 8-8

  • District 2-4A Boys Basketball Outlook

    Bernalillo Spartans

    Record: 5-11

    The one team Los Alamos has defeated this season — that game doesn’t count in the 2-4A standings, however — the Spartans got off to a slow start but have shows signs of getting things together, having won four of their last six, including topping Albuquerque Academy.

    Capital Jaguars

    Record: 4-11

    Capital has had some internal strife in recent seasons and reports coming out of Jaguar country suggest that hasn’t been settled even with veteran coach Ben Gomez returning to the helm. The Jaguars are senior-heavy but don’t have much height down low outside of 6-foot-3 post Jordan Burks.

    Española Valley Sundevils

    Record: 8-8

    While it appears at first glance the Sundevils are heading in the wrong direction as the 2-4A season approaches, having lost six straight, those losses have been against very good competition. Still the team to beat at this point, the Sundevils are the most athletic team in the district.

    Los Alamos Hilltoppers

    Record: 1-16

  • LA hoops teams both have big challenges in district

    Very little has changed for the fortunes of Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball heading into the start of the District 2-4A season from last year to this.
    Last year, the Hilltopper boys limped through a rough nondistrict season and hoping the start of 2-4A would help change their fortunes, while the Hilltopper girls were trying to figure out a way to keep pace with Santa Fe and Española Valley.
    With the opening of district play now just two days away, virtually nothing in that scenario has changed. The only huge distinction between the two teams is that, last January the girls were attempting to acclimate to a new head coach, while this year, it’s the boys.
    The Hilltopper girls open 2-4A play Tuesday night when they host the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans will host the Hilltopper boys the following night to get their 2-4A season rolling.
    It will be an interesting jaunt for Los Alamos’ boys. To say the Hilltoppers have struggled so far in 2013-14 is an understatement.
    Heading into this week, the Los Alamos boys were the lowest-ranked team in 4A. They’ve lost 11 of its 17 games by 20 points or more and has only broken 30 points once in its last five outings.
    Even with all that working against them, the Hilltoppers are but one hot streak away from contending for a district title.