• 'Toppers expect big things at 4A tourney

    When the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program’s coaching staff sat down Tuesday night to crunch the numbers, the group figured it had a good shot of getting five individuals seeded.
    Los Alamos will take part in the Class 4A state championship tournament. The tournament gets going Friday morning and continues through Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    The Hilltoppers are going into the state tournament fresh off their victory in the District 2-4A tournament last weekend. In what might be a first for the Hilltopper team, it qualified its entire contingent of 14 wrestlers for state.
    Heading in, Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he and the rest of his staff sat down Tuesday to figure out where his wrestlers may end up when the official draw is released tonight.
    Taking into account winning percentages and head-to-head results with other Class 4A competitors, Los Alamos likes its chances of getting five individuals tagged with top-four seeds.
    “It would be nice to be opposite the No. 1s more often,” Geyer said. “But I think we’ll be OK.”
    Among those the team figures will be likely seeds are Chandler Lauritzen at 132 pounds, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds, 160-pounder Cory Geyer, 170-pounder Arnoldo Ortiz and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds.

  • Boys basketball team drops its 2-4A finale vs. Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team attempted a comeback after falling behind big after three quarters.
    Los Alamos, which trailed the Capital Jaguars by 24 with just one quarter remaining, chopped that lead down to 11 with 4:22 to play Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, that would be as close as they would get as the fell to the Jaguars 63-50 in their final District 2-4A game of the season.
    The Hilltoppers (1-24 overall, 0-8 in district) have one more game remaining, that coming Saturday night at Albuquerque Academy, a makeup game from their Joe Armijo Invitational game that was snowed out.
    The Jaguars, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A, dominated the first three quarters of play. In the third quarter, the Jaguars outscored the Hilltoppers 20-9 on the strength of 8-for-14 shooting in the frame.
    But Los Alamos, led by guard Skyler Veenis, held Capital scoreless for more than half the quarter, going on an impressive 13-0 run. Veenis finished the fourth quarter with 10 of his game-high 18 points.
    Simon Heath finished with 11 points coming off the bench for Los Alamos.

  • LA ends its season with a win

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team used a big first quarter to propel it to victory Tuesday night.

    Los Alamos held the Capital Jaguars to just 6 points on their home floor and, with some hot shooting from the field, went up big early in the game. After one quarter of play, Los Alamos led 19-6.

    The Hilltoppers cruised the rest of the way, except for a late comeback attempt by Capital, to win 57-48 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

    Tuesday’s game was the regular season finale for the Hilltoppers, who end with a 15-11 record and a 5-3 mark in District 2-4A play.

    Los Alamos will await the winner between Capital and Bernalillo in the 2-4A tournament quarterfinal round next Tuesday. The winner of that game will most likely play at Española Valley Thursday night for the right to advance to the tournament championship game.

    Against Capital, Los Alamos guard McKenzie Logan, who became a big source of offense during this district season, hit 3 3-pointers early in the ballgame and Kiana Zerr dropped in 10 points in just a little over a quarter to get things rolling for Los Alamos.

    Logan finished with 15 points, while Zerr and Erin Kirk both had 14 points.

  • Local runner will brave the Sahara Desert

    The question Garth Reader gets asked more than any other is, “why?”
    The question is in response to Reader’s goal of competing in the Marathon Des Sables, a multi-day scheduled footrace in the western Sahara Desert.
    “Everyone asks that,” said Reader, a local ultra-runner who jumped at the chance this year when his name came up to compete in the Marathon Des Sables, which encompasses a 240-kilometer (approximately 149 mile) path through the burning southern Moroccan corner of the Sahara. “I found out about it more than a decade ago and it struck me as one of those things that you see and you say ‘that’s me.’ That would be so neat to do.”
    The Marathon Des Sables, scheduled from April 5-15, is no ordinary ultramarathon — if there is such a thing — as competitors run set distances every day and camp in two-sided tents called bivouacs at night out in the desert. Daytime temperatures can reach in excess of 120 degrees, while nighttime temperatures can fall to near freezing. Throw in the random Saharan sandstorm and things can really get interesting for competitors.
    All of these complications don’t seem to hurt interest in the race any. In its previous 27 runnings, the race has averaged about 500 competitors a year.

  • 'Topper boys face Capital Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will finish off its District 2-4A regular season Wednesday night when it hosts the Capital Jaguars.

    Los Alamos (1-23 overall, 0-7 in 2-4A), which has a nondistrict contest scheduled for Saturday at Albuquerque Academy to finish the season, will be hoping to gain at least some momentum for next week’s district tournament.

    Despite being knocked around this district season, Los Alamos will be looking to grab at least some momentum for the tournament, in which it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final.

    In their most recent outing Friday night, the Hilltoppers were drubbed by the Española Valley Sundevils 89-62 in Española.

    The two teams played a defense-optional second half at Española Valley, in which they combined for 78 points — the Sundevils scored 49 points in the first half.

    Los Alamos’ 62 points was a season high for the team, but so was the 89 points allowed against the Sundevils.

  • LA goes into Capital off big win

    The second half adjustments that needed to be made by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team obviously got made.

    The Hilltoppers, hosting their final regular season home game Saturday night, struggled on the glass and struggled to stop Española Valley’s top player, Lauren Quintana, in the first half.

    In the third quarter, Quintana’s production went way down and in the fourth quarter, the rebounding got much better.

    Those two things, along with a hot shooting night by the Hilltoppers, gave them a big 48-42 upset at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos led almost the entire ballgame except for a brief stint in the second quarter, but whenever it tried to get some separation from the Sundevils, the Sundevils would make a run to keep pace. They were able to do so because of the stellar job they did on the offensive boards – finishing with 8 offensive rebounds in the first half leading to 14 second- or third-chance points.

    At the end of the first, second and third quarters, the lead by Los Alamos was a single point, but the Hilltoppers felt confident they would be able to pull out the victory.

  • LA outlasts Española Valley to win Saturday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Española Valley Sundevils scoreless for nearly five minutes the fourth quarter as it pulled off the upset.

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr hit key field goals late as the Hilltoppers dropped the Sundevils 48-42 at Griffth Gym Saturday night.

    The two teams played even for virtually the entire game, but Los Alamos, which made the big plays in the fourth quarter, secured the win.

    McKenzie Logan and Erin Kirk both finished with 15 points as part of a balanced scoring attack for Los Alamos. For the Sundevils, their talented guard Lauren Quintana had a game-high 20, but was limited to 6 points in the second half.

    Read more about Saturday’s victory in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Pajarito Mountain open for weekend

    ajarito Mountain is open for skiing and snowboarding for this Presidents Day weekend. The ski area was reporting 11 inches of new snow from the recent area storms, but the weather forecast this weekend is calling for sunshine.
    Several skiers were taking advantage of the long weekend, which for the schools and some LANL employees started Friday.

  • Sports Briefs 02-17-13

    Senior Olympics starts March 12

    Registration for the local Senior Olympics competition is currently open at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.
    The local Senior Olympic Games are open to any Los Alamos County resident 50 years and older.
    Local competition will be between March 12-April 12.
    Fee for registration is $20 payable to the YMCA.
    Registration forms and information are available at the YMCA facility or by contacting coordinator Ann ReVelle at 662-3256 or laseniorolympics@yahoo.com.

    Tickets on sale for state wrestling, swimming

  • On Schedule 02-17-13



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




    Boys basketball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.




    Boys basketball: LAMS at Española, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.




    Swimming and diving: State championship meet at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls, 7:30 a.m.


    Wrestling: Class 4A state championship tournament at Santa Ana Star Center, 10 a.m.


    Tennis: Los Alamos at Bosque School, boys and girls, TBA.




    Swimming and diving: State championship meet at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls, 7:30 a.m.


    Wrestling: Class 4A state championship tournament at Santa Ana Star Center, 10 a.m.


    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, varsity, 6 p.m.