• '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.

  • 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.