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  • Toppers looking for some payback tonight

    To say the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is feeling better about itself in 2012 as opposed to 2011 is an understatement.

    Heading into their opener at Pojoaque last year, the Hilltoppers were wracked with injuries and had inexperience by the bagful.

    But when the Hilltoppers open up their season tonight at Sullivan Field, those problems will be non-existent.

    Los Alamos takes on Pojoaque in its season opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers were knocked around by the Elks 59-22 in the 2011 opener, a game that was disastrous on all fronts. It would take the Hilltoppers a month to recover from that loss and the pasting they would take the following week against Aztec.

    "We weren't completely ready for competition," said Hilltopper junior Peter Brewer. "Everybody was nervous and we were making a lot of simple mistakes."

    But the 2012 preseason has gone swimmingly and even though Brewer, an offensive and defensive lineman for Los Alamos, said he has some butterflies going in, he's expecting the team to pick up where it left off at the tail-end of last year.

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  • Fuehne is tops at Pace Race

    Duncan Fuehne was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.

    The Pace Race, the Roadrunners’ annual Lollipop race, was Tuesday starting at the San Ildefonso Playlot. In all, 37 participants took part and all finishers earned lollipops following the event.

    Fuehne had a prediction error of just 1 second to pick up the win. He was running on the 3-mile course. David Kratzer had the next-best prediction with a 9-second error, while Katie Gattiker was 14 seconds off.

    On the 1-mile course, Nathan Burnside was the fastest overall finisher (7:14). Paulina and Melina Burnside both crossed the finish line in 8:48.

    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had the best time (20:16), followed by Lynn Bjorklund (22:40).

    The next Pace Race will start at Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    For more information on the Pace Race, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • Aggies win big in season opener

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University football team opened its season with a big 49-19 victory over Sacramento State at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

    Sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley and sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin led the Aggie offense with career-high performances. Manley finished with a career-high 367 passing yards and three touchdowns on a 14-of-22 showing through the air.  Franklin recorded a career-high 236 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

    Defensively, junior linebacker Trashaun Nixon led the team with 15 tackles, his first career double-digit tackle performance.  Junior linebacker Bryan Bonilla and senior safety Davis Cazares also finished with double-digit tackles.  Bonilla finished with 11 tackles, his second career double-digit tackle performance, while Davis finished with 10, his first career double-figures performance.

    Following a missed field goal attempt on Sacramento State's first drive, the Aggies took advantage, capping a five play, 79-yard drive with a 52-yard Manley pass to Franklin for a touchdown. 

    Manley again found Franklin for a 50-yard pass that put the ball on the Hornets' 19-yard line early in the second quarter.

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  • LA thumps Moriarty Thursday, 10-0

    Amy Neal scored four goals and Catie McDonald added three goals and an assist as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers crushed the Moriarty Pintos Thursday, 10-0.

    Stephanie Blair scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute off an assist from Neal as the Hilltoppers (3-0) earned their second victory over a Class 4A team this season.

    Los Alamos evenly split its goals in the two halves. Neal had two goals in the first half and her other two in the second half in the rout — she also picked up two assists.

    For McDonald, who is having a monster start to her prep career, she notched her second hat trick of the season, scoring in the 4th, 51st and 56th minutes Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers outshot the Pintos (0-1) 19-2 in the contest. Pinto goalkeeper Taylor Luker made 9 saves in the contest, while Los Alamos goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld stopped 2 shots en route to her third consecutive shutout to start 2012.

    Los Alamos assistant coach Paul Criscuolo said the passing was a little hit-or-miss for the Hilltoppers – playing on grass for the first time this year might have been a factor – but that will need to get more consistent before the team takes on arch-rival St. Pius X in just a little over a week.

  • Lobo XC has quality, depth

    In a way, there is a reversal of sorts on the New Mexico Lobos cross country teams. In 2011, the women were outstanding and the men were good. In 2012, there might be a flip-flop. But we'll see.

    One thing is certain: the coaches of the Mountain West eye the two sides that Coach Joe Franklin has put together and predict that the Lobo women will win their fifth straight MW title and the men will make it four straight.

    Not bad.

    "I think the conference coaches know we have a good thing going and that this is a program that usually has quality depth," said Franklin, who has more Coach of The Year awards than he has fingers.

    "We return all but one of the runners on the men's side, which ran at conference last year. We might not have Top 20 depth on the women's side, but we have some kids with some solid running ability. A lot depends on how much we improve and if we can stay healthy."

    Another thing is certain: Franklin has depth on both squads. If that depth stands out, UNM might be outstanding on both sides.

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