LA blanked in 4A preseason rankings

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Football: Goddard beats out 2010 champ Artesia for top spot in poll

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team appears to have something to prove to the rest of Class 4A this season.
The Hilltoppers, who open their season Aug. 27 at Pojoaque, didn’t garner a single vote in the first New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll of the year. The polls were released Wednesday.
Los Alamos, which is coming off a 4-6 season, went 3-1 in District 2-4A, finishing second in that race but failed to make the state playoffs. However, some unanswered questions about the team, most notably how it will fill the quarterback spot after the departure of Kory Balog, remain heading into the 2011 season.
Although Los Alamos didn’t receive much love from the statewide voters — nine coaches took part in the preseason 4A poll — it can take some solace in the fact the rest of District 2 didn’t fare much better. All told, the district earned a grand total of three points, two for defending champ Bernalillo and one for Santa Fe, which finished third in last year’s district standings.
Goddard picked up six first-place votes and 87 total points to earn the state preseason No. 1 ranking. The Rockets finished nine points ahead of defending state champion Artesia 12 points ahead of Aztec, which was the runner-up in Class 4A last year.
2010 state champ Lovington had 126 points to top the Class 3A preseason poll, picking up nine first-place votes, while Class 5A defending champ Mayfield nipped Cleveland in the preseason 5A poll.
The NMHSCA announced it would release its preseason volleyball polls next week.

Here are the preseason Class 3A, 4A and 5A football coaches polls. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Class 3A

    Team     Total pts.
1. Lovington (9)          126
2. Silver (1)                   103
3. Alb. Academy (2)    97
4. Robertson        88
5. Socorro        65
6. St. Michael’s    63
7. Raton        60
8. Ruidoso        30
(tie) Hatch Valley    30
10. Hot Springs    22

Also receiving votes: Zuni, 14; Hope Christian, 6; Cobre, 5; Shiprock, 4; Portales, 2.

Class 4A

    Team     Total pts.
1. Goddard (6)    87
2. Artesia (2)        78
3. Aztec (1)        75
4. Belen        51
5. Valencia        42
6. Farmington    41
(tie) Los Lunas    41
8. St. Pius X        31
9. Roswell        17
10. Piedra Vista     9

Also receiving votes: Atrisco Heritage, 6; Del Norte, 5; Moriarty, 5; Bernalillo, 2; Bloomfield, 1; Santa Fe, 1.

Class 5A

    Team     Total pts.

1. Mayfield (4)    75
2. Cleveland (4)    74
3. Las Cruces        57
4. Manzano        50
5. Clovis        46
6. La Cueva        44
7. Eldorado        37
8. Carlsbad        24
9. Rio Rancho    11
10. Cibola          8

Also receiving votes: Sandia, 7; Highland, 3; Volcano Vista, 3; Gadsden, 1.