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While most Los Alamos High School sports aren’t officially getting their seasons started just yet, there will be plenty of them in action Saturday.
The fall 2011 season for most teams gets going next week, but Saturday the Los Alamos football, volleyball and cross country teams will all be involved in preseason events.
The Hilltopper football team, which is coming off a 2011 postseason appearance, its first in three years, will travel to Bloomfield for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers, who have several key offensive and defensive players returning this season, topped Bloomfield during the 2011 regular season, winning in a nail-biter, 21-20.
Closer to home, the Los Alamos volleyball team will take part in the Española Valley Jamboree preseason scrimmage. That scrimmage will be hosted by the Hilltoppers’ arch-rivals, the Española Valley Sundevils.
That scrimmage is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.
In cross country, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams will be at La Cueva for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers and Bears regularly meet in the preseason in Albuquerque.
Both Los Alamos teams will be entering the 2012 regular season as the defending Class 4A champions. Last season, the Los Alamos boys cruised to one of the biggest victories in program history over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, while the Hilltopper girls scored a decisive win to collect that program’s record 16th state title.
Los Alamos’ football and cross country teams will open their seasons in earnest Aug. 31. The football team will host Pojoaque and the cross country teams will take part in the University of New Mexico Invitational.
The only Hilltopper squad that is getting its regular season going in earnest this weekend is the girls soccer team, which will travel to Farmington.
Los Alamos, which was 18-5 last season and advanced to the 4A semifinals, could again be one of the main teams to beat in 2012.