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Topper Notes 10-26-12

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Football team takes on Española Valley tonight

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will travel down the hill to take on one of its longest-standing rivals tonight.
The Hilltoppers (4-4 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) will meet the Española Valley Sundevils tonight in the valley. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
To have any chance of winning, the Sundevils (2-6, 0-2) will have to find a way to bounce back from a stunning loss last week. The Sundevils were beaten by the Capital Jaguars 13-7 Oct. 19 in a game they were expected to win going away.
Española Valley, a perpetually-struggling football program, had shown some signs of life in 2012 but last week’s setback could prove costly, not just for this season, but for the future health of the Sundevils’ program — Capital was ranked 25th among the 25 Class 4A programs in the state heading into that game.
Los Alamos, too will be looking to bounce back after a surprisingly lopsided loss last week. Los Alamos was bludgeoned by the Santa Fe Demons at home, 62-30, losing not only the game but control of its own destiny in the District 2-4A race.
For any prayer at a 2-4A title and a return trip to the 4A playoffs, the Hilltoppers must hope the Demons (3-4, 2-0) lose by at least two touchdowns to Bernalillo (0-7, 0-1) or trip up in successive weeks against both Bernalillo Nov. 2 and Capital Nov 9. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, neither scenario is likely.
The Demons host the Moriarty Pintos in a nondistrict game tonight. Capital hosts Bernalillo in tonight’s other District 2-4A contest.
Los Alamos is a big favorite at Española Valley tonight. Los Alamos hasn’t lost to Española Valley since the two teams joined District 2-4A in 2000.

Girls soccer No. 2, boys No. 3 in final poll

In the final poll of the 2012 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was ranked No. 2 in Class 4A and the Hilltopper boys were ranked No. 3.
Rankings are conducted by the website MaxPreps.com. The regular season around the state concludes Saturday and the playoff seedings will be announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.
Los Alamos’ girls, which had been ranked No. 1 in 4A much of the season, was leapfrogged in this final poll by Albuquerque Academy.
The poll was released Wednesday before Los Alamos’ win over St. Michael’s Thursday to close out the season. Los Alamos defeated Academy 2-0 Sept. 18.
In the national rankings, the Hilltopper girls finished as the No. 33 team in the nation. Strongsville, Ohio, the No. 1 team in the country when the Hilltoppers played them Oct. 11, slipped to No. 5 in the national rankings.
The Hilltopper boys are third in the last poll of the regular season. Chaparral, the No. 1 team in the final poll, has a sparkling record of 16-2 but has played lesser competition than both No. 2 Academy and No. 3 Los Alamos.
Los Alamos (13-7) clinched the District 2-4A title with a win in its season finale Tuesday night at Capital.

Volleyball team can clinch district Saturday

The Hilltopper volleyball team can clinch the District 2-4A regular season championship Saturday night, but it will be going into hostile territory.
Los Alamos will take on the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday night. A win by the Hilltoppers will give them the 2-4A title for a fourth consecutive year and guarantee them a berth in the Class 4A playoffs.
But the Sundevils can muddy the waters considerably with a victory.
Los Alamos (11-6, 5-1) defeated Española Valley (11-7, 4-2) 3-2 Oct. 10 in a match at Griffith Gymnasium that could’ve gone either way. Four of the five sets were decided by the minimum two points.
The Hilltoppers swept Santa Fe Wednesday night to mathematically eliminate the Demons from the regular season title race.