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  • Ski Report 11-30-12

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Saturday.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 7.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos

    12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 7 trails and 4 lifts open.

    NOTE: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Sandia Peak and Valles Caldera have not provided updated information.

  • LA hockey team hosts Rio Rancho...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be in action tonight at the county’s ice rink.
    Los Alamos will take on the Rio Rancho Rams. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    To start their season, the Hilltoppers won two straight contests. They blasted the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 9-2 in their season opener — a home game played at Taos’ ice rink — then topped the Rams 3-1 in Rio Rancho.
    Zealand Walterscheid and Sam Ortiz played in goal for Los Alamos in those opening week games.
    Those two wins immediately propelled the Hilltoppers to the top of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, ahead of Cibola (7-1).
    Cibola hosts Taos Saturday in one of only five NMIIHL games set for this weekend.

  • Aquatomics swimmers break state...

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics 8 and under boys relay team of Andy Corliss, Wayne Williams, Matias Rougier and Ming-Yuan Lo set a new state record for the 100-yard freestyle swim relay.
    The team broke the record at the Sudden Thunder Aquatic Racers Veteran’s Day Classic.
    That meet was in Rio Rancho Nov. 9-10.
    Corliss, Williams, Rougier and Lo finished with a time of 1 minute, 5.23 seconds, nearly 2-1/2 seconds better than the previous state record for their age group that was set in 1993.

  • Toppers are at Griffith this...

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys basketball teams will have their home openers this weekend.
    Los Alamos’ girls will host the Pojoaque Elks tonight at 7 p.m. The Hilltopper boys, after tonight’s trip to Sandia Prep, will face the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday at 5 p.m.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be looking tonight to bounce back from season-opening road losses. Los Alamos’ boys fell to the Kirtland Central Broncos 48-25 Nov. 20, while Los Alamos’ girls dropped a 52-46 decision at St. Michael’s Tuesday.
    In Tuesday’s contest the Hilltopper girls led for all of the first three quarters. However, the Hilltoppers’ offense, which was very efficient in the in the first half — 11-for-19 from the field — struggled in the third quarter, tallying only six points.
    Los Alamos got into foul trouble in the second half which hampered its play on both ends of the court and the Horsemen took advantage.
    Tonight, Los Alamos (0-1) will likely have to deal with heavy full-court pressure from Pojoaque (1-1), which is coached by wily veteran Ron Drake, who steered Española Valley to four straight District 2-4A titles before taking over Pojoaque’s program this year.

  • Ulrich, Lockhart pace LASG team

    Charlotte Ulrich and Liz Lockhart were the top all-around scorers for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers at the Los Alamos Invitational Nov. 3.
    Ulrich, who had a 35.55 in the all-around, and Lockhart, who finished with a 35.45, were among 137 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.
    In all, 30 Atomic Tumblers competed; fourteen, including Ulrich and Lockhart, in the Jr. Olympic Program, fourteen in the Xcel Program, and two competed in both. The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    Ulrich won the Level 5 Junior A Division, earning gold in the all-around (35.55) and floor exercises (9.2), silver on balance beam (9.05) and vault (8.55) and took the bronze on the uneven parallel bars (8.75). Lockhart, the only Level 6 gymnast to compete for the Tumblers, took gold on bars (8.75), a tie for gold on vault (9.2), and silver on beam (9.0), floor (8.5), and all-around (35.45). Both gymnasts achieved their highest all-around scores of the season in this meet.

  • State Notes 11-29-12

    Kirk, Bairstow come up big

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Cameron Bairstow isn’t usually known as instant offense when he comes off the bench. He provided just that when he entered Wednesday night’s game early for No. 25 New Mexico.
    Bairstow finished with a career-high 16 points, helping propel the Lobos (7-0) to a 76-58 win over Mercer.
    “Cam came in and really gave us a burst early in this game,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said.
    The inside play of Bairstow and Alex Kirk, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, overwhelmed the Bears (3-4).
    “I thought our bigs would be able to compete a little better,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said.
    The 7-foot Kirk drew most of Hoffman’s attention.
    “He was fantastic,” Hoffman said. “He had a couple of pops when the game was still in jeopardy. He pops out there and hits a 15-footer like it’s candy and he just did it all night. So he was just really good.”
    Alford appreciated what Bairstow brought to the game, especially with Kirk struggling early.
    “I thought (Kirk) started slow tonight. He didn’t have a good first 5 minutes,” Alford said. “We took him out early to try to get his second wind early.”

  • Hilltoppers have several...

    It’s time to hit the pool once again for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams.
    The Hilltopper teams open their 2012-13 season Saturday with their annual appearance at the Barney Relays. The Barney Relays, which feature the top teams in the state, are hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will have most of both teams’ state qualifiers back from a year ago. It graduated just one senior from the boys side and one from the girls.
    For head coach Rusty Bernstein, he also said the turnout of talent was better than he was expecting.
    “Everything is looking pretty good,” he said. “We have a much bigger team than I thought we were going to have originally. A lot of kids earlier on, in September, said they were going to be too busy with school, kind of like what happened last year when we had four senior boys not swim.”
    However, most of the kids that approached him saying they were planning on not taking part this season changed their minds and are back in the pool.
    The Albuquerque Academy Chargers are again among the teams to beat. But for the first time since 2006, the Charger boys won’t be heading into the season as the state champions.

  • Hall ballot includes Clemens and...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era.
    The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday.
    More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.
    Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens set a record with seven Cy Young trophies and Sosa hit 609 homers. The voters will now decide whether drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers should keep them out of Cooperstown.
    Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling are among the 24 first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.
    The upcoming election is certain to fuel the most polarizing Hall discussion since career hits leader Pete Rose’s betting troubles put him on baseball’s permanently ineligible list, barring him from the BBWAA ballot.
    While many continued to debate whether Rose should be enshrined, it was moot because there is currently no way he can be considered.

  • 'Toppers struggle in 2nd...

    SANTA FE — At the start of Tuesday’s contest, everything seemed to be clicking for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team.
    But the St. Michael’s Horsemen whittled away a 14-point second quarter Hilltopper advantage as the Hilltoppers got into foul trouble and went ice cold at the foul line.
    Los Alamos managed just six points in the third quarter and St. Mike’s, which had been inconsistent on offense got hot in the fourth quarter.
    St. Mike’s used a 22-point final quarter to earn a 52-46, come-from-behind victory over Los Alamos at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    The game was the season opener for the Hilltoppers.
    It was a disappointing finish to what had been a promising start Tuesday night. Los Alamos went 11 of 19 from the field in the first half and seven of the eight players it put on the floor in the opening half scored.
    But the Hilltoppers piled on the fouls early — the Horsemen (1-0) were in the bonus less than a minute into the second period — something that would come back to haunt the Hilltoppers in the third quarter.
    Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan, starting her fifth season with the girls basketball program, liked most of what she saw out of her team, but said her team needs to learn to work better when starters go to the bench.

  • LA drops opener at St. Mike...

    SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team started off its season-opening game like gangbuster Tuesday night, but the St. Michael’s Horsemen came back in the second half.

    The Hilltoppers led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but couldn’t regain their offensive rhythm in the second half and went ice cold from the foul line as the Horsemen prevailed 52-46.

    Hayley Each, who played with four fouls for the bulk of the second half, finished with 10 points for Los Alamos. Alex Greenwald spearheaded the comeback for St. Mike’s and finished the game with 13 points.

    Check back for more information on Tuesday’s game in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.