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Today's Sports

  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State...

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • Williams scores 24 despite ankle...

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Despite a gimpy right ankle that sent him to the bench for several minutes early in the first half, New Mexico guard Kendall Williams put on a show Wednesday night against rival New Mexico State.
    Williams tied his career high with 24 points, made all eight of his free throws and played 35 minutes to lead the No. 16 Lobos to a 68-63 victory over the Aggies at the Pan Am Center.
    With its second win over the Aggies in a week, New Mexico (12-0) equaled the second-best start in school history.
    Williams rolled his right ankle one minute into the game and sat out the next five minutes.
    “He came back and was just terrific,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. “Best player on the floor. Kendall Williams is extremely talented. He had a big game for us both offensively and defensively. He was a great leader. He is playing at a very, very high level.”
    When Williams returned, New Mexico State (5-6) was in the midst of a 16-4 run that included four 3-pointers to go up 25-14.
    But Williams took over at that point, scoring nine points during an 11-0 run. He started by converting both ends of a 1-and-1, then dropped a 3-pointer and hit a short jumper before capping the run with a drive through the lane.

  • Ski area nearing threshold

    Snowboarders head down  a trail at Pajarito Mountain during a recent ski season. Pajarito announced that it received between 5-6 inches of new snow out of Wednesday’s storm. Currently, the ski area is reporting a base of 17 inches of variable conditions, which is close to what it needs to open for the upcoming Winter Break.

  • Topes Notes 12-20-12

    Ely dealt to Astros for Rasmussen

    The Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, announced Wednesday that the Dodgers traded pitcher John Ely to the Houston Astros.
    Ely, who was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year for 2012, was 14-7 with the Isotopes last year and finished with a ERA of 3.20.
    He was traded to the Astros for left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Rasmussen was in the Astros’ farm system.
    Ely, who is 26, was acquired by the Dodgers in 2009 in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He is 4-13 in the Major Leagues in 25 appearances and has a big league ERA of 5.70.
    Rasmussen, 23, is a native of Southern California. The Dodgers actually drafted him out of high school, but Rasmussen elected to play ball at UCLA.
    Rasmussen was drafted again in 2010 by the Marlins organization, then traded to Houston in July as part of the deal that sent Carlos Lee to Miami.
    In three minor league seasons, Rasmussen is 20-21 with a 3.88 ERA. He went 4-4 at Double-A Corpus Christi last year.

    Stubbs is team’s new hitting coach

  • Undefeated 'Toppers will...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team remains undefeated heading into this weekend, but has one big game remaining before the holiday break.
    Los Alamos, the only undefeated team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Standings, will play a team with just one loss, the Cibola Cougars, Friday night. The Hilltoppers and Cougars will face off at the county’s ice rink starting at 8:30 p.m.
    The two teams were scheduled to play last weekend, but the snowstorm in the area postponed the game until this weekend.
    Heading into the contest, Los Alamos stands at 6-0 while Cibola is 9-1.  The winner of Friday’s game will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Taos mid-season tournament next month.
    In its most recent two games, Los Alamos topped St. Pius X 4-2 at home Dec. 9 then blew out Santa Fe on the road 9-1 Dec. 15.
    On the season, Los Alamos has scored 39 goals and allowed 10. Goaltender Zealand Walterscheid has allowed just four goals in 150 minutes and has been credited with 43 saves.
    Los Alamos’ defense could be tested against Cibola, however. The Cougars feature the top three scorers in the state, headed by Zach Prigge. Prigge has picked up 20 goals and 14 assists in 8 games, while teammate Graeme Chiasson has 15 goals in 7 games.

  • Ski Report 12-19-12

    Angel Fire

    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    14-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 25 trails open.

    Pajarito

    12-inch base of variable conditions. 2 inches of new snow reported. Tentative opening date scheduled for Friday.

    Red River

    278-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 16 trails and 5 trails open.

    Sandia Peak

    6-inch base. No new snow reported. Limited opening on beginner runs scheduled for Saturday.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    10-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    39.5-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 4 lifts open.

    Taos

    24-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 11 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    No report.

  • Tuesday’s state basketball scores

    Boys basketball

     

    Bernalillo 48, St. Michael's 43

    Deming 50, Silver 43

    Farmington 56, Durango, Colo. 54

    Goddard 63, Lovington 40

    Hondo 63, NMMI 60

    Kirtland Central 61, Miyamura 46

    Laguna-Acoma 103, Crownpoint 28

    Las Cruces 67, Santa Teresa 66, OT

    Monte del Sol 96, East Mountain 52

    Moriarty 46, Valencia 37

    Oñate 52, El Paso Riverside, Texas 47

    Pecos 86, Santa Rosa 62

    Shiprock 63, Piedra Vista 60

     

    Girls basketball

     

    Bloomfield 40, Piedra Vista 39

    Hondo 63, NMMI 40

    Las Cruces 61, Deming 43

    Miyamura 58, Aztec 34

    Monte del Sol 46, East Mountain 40

    Portales 41, Lubbock Christian, Texas 23

    St. Michael's 44, Bernalillo 15

    Trinidad, Colo. 55, Raton 45

    Vaughn 35, NMSD 25

  • Everybody Back In the Pool

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swim teams will return to action after a week’s hiatus Saturday. They will take part in the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

  • State Notes 12-19-12

    UNM, NMSU meet for second time in five days

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will face its in-state rival New Mexico State University for the second time in less than a week.
    The Aggies will host the Lobos at the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN3.
    UNM, after defeating NMSU Saturday night in Albuquerque, moved up one spot in the Associated Press national poll to No. 16. UNM won handily 73-58 to improve to 11-0 on the season.
    For the Lobos, 7-foot center Alex Kirk is coming off a 15-point, 6-rebound performance. It was Kirk’s eighth game in a row with at least 10 points and ninth game so far this season.
    Kirk and Kendall Williams both finished with 15 points Saturday, the high-point men in the game. Chad Adams had 13 points and a team-high 10 boards.
    This season, Kirk has averaged 12.0 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.
    The Aggies were paced by Daniel Mullings’ 14 points. He was the only Aggie to get into double-digits. Tyrone Watson had a game-high 11 rebounds.

  • A&M's Johnny Football...

    Johnny Manziel ran for almost 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback his senior year of high school at Kerrville Tivy.

    Who would have thought he'd be even more impressive at Texas A&M when pitted against the defenses of the Southeastern Conference?

    On Tuesday, Manziel picked up another major award for his spectacular debut season. He was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year. As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.

    Manziel's 31 votes were more than twice that of second place finisher Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's start linebacker. He is the third straight Heisman-winning quarterback to receive the honor, following Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton.

    Manziel erased initial doubts about his ability when he ran for 60 yards and a score in his first game against Florida.