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LAHS Athletics: Toppers hitting the road this weekend

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By The Staff

A few Los Alamos Hilltopper teams are heading to some far-flung areas for competitions this weekend and a couple aren’t even staying in the state.

The Hiltopper football team will head to the southwest corner of the state for what could be an important Class AAAA contest against Silver’s Fighting Colts. Meanwhile this weekend, the Hilltoper boys and girls cross country teams will make their annual trip to the Denver area for the Liberty Bell Invitational.

A little closer to home, the Hilltopper girls soccer team will square off against one of its chief rivals, the St. Pius X Sartans, in Albuquerque. Even closer, the Hilltopper boys soccer team will take on Albuquerque High at Sullivan Field.

In cross country, Los Alamos has been a regular at the Liberty Bell meet for the past several seasons. Los Alamos has held its own at this gigantic meet, which attracts some of the top programs in the Rocky Mountains. Teams from all over Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are expected Friday afternoon, as well as the current top-ranked girls team in New Mexico A-AAA, St. Michael’s.

This is Los Alamos’ second meet of the season. It opened Sept. 5 at the University of New Mexico Invitational, where the boys team took fourth place and the girls finished  eighth overall.

In football, Los Alamos (1-1) will be looking to build on a 12-6 victory last Friday over the Santa Fe Demons. But the Colts will likely prove a stiffer challenge than the Demons.

Silver (2-1) will head into Friday’s game following its first loss of the season, a 14-6 defeat at the hands of Class 5A Oñate. A week earlier, it knocked off St. Pius in Albuquerque, 27-21.

Silver hasn’t rolled up the points this season, but it hasn’t given up a lot of points, either. That could provide a challenge for the Los Alamos offense, which hasn’t gotten into the end zone in its two outings — Los Alamos’ touchdown against Santa Fe was an interception runback by Joey Martinez.

Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will renew its longstanding rivalry with St. Pius Saturday in a game which could help determine the top seeding in this year’s playoffs.

The Hilltoppers (6-2) came back from a 2-0 hole to defeat Albuquerque Academy Tuesday at home, 3-2 in overtime.

St. Pius (5-2) fell in its most recent game to Sandia, 4-1.

The Los Alamos boys soccer team doesn’t know much about Albuquerque other than its on a three-game win streak and gave a very good Rio Rancho squad all it could handle.

Los Alamos’ big scheduled showdown with St. Pius Thursday was postponed due to weather.

 — there was no word given as to when the game might be made up. Los Alamos (4-4) fell in a tight contest its last time out against Academy, 1-0.