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  • LA sweeps, moves closer to 2-4A win

    It was somewhat fitting that, a week before Halloween, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team eradicated some Demons, albeit doing so the hard way.
    Los Alamos looked creaky, particularly in the early part of Wednesday’s match, but pulled things together to take a commanding lead in the third set.
    Outside hitters Erin Kirk and Brianna Montaño combined for seven spike kills in the final set as the Hilltoppers earned a 25-23, 27-25, 25-17 win over Santa Fe’s Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Wednesday’s win gives Los Alamos a chance to clinch the District 2-4A championship Saturday. Los Alamos travels to play Española Valley, the only team with a shot at snapping the Hilltoppers’ streak of four consecutive regular season district titles.
    The win also avenged a loss in the teams’ first district meeting Oct. 6 in Santa Fe, where the Demons grabbed a 3-1 victory and put Los Alamos in a bind early in the 2-4A race.
    “We got rattled,” Hilltopper defensive specialist Allyssa Tedder said of the Oct. 6 match. “We kind of weren’t playing as a team. In this one we played better, we were sharing better and we had a lot more fun.”

  • 'Topper boys, girls host LA Invite Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will lace up for their final meet of the year Friday.
    Their season finale, unlike most of their other meets this season, will be close to home.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Los Alamos Invitational. Competition will start with the junior varsity girls’ race at 3 p.m. The meet, as usual, will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos traditionally hosts its final regular season meet a week before the district championship. Both Los Alamos teams will again be heavy favorites to win the 2-4A title — the boys and girls have never lost nor been seriously challenged for the district crown since joining 2-4A in 2000.
    However, the Hilltoppers will have some stiff competition to contend with Friday. Some of the top programs in the state, including Cleveland and arch-rival Albuquerque Academy are expected to take part.
    Los Alamos’ teams are both ranked as the tops in Class 4A heading in. Los Alamos’ boys are anchored by a powerful nucleus of seniors, not the least of which is Sean Reardon, who has emerged as a serious contender for the 4A individual title this season. Los Alamos’ girls are the deepest team in the state and have been paced by three different runners in four meets this season (Mikayla Pulliam, Maddy Foley and Jennifer Mooday).

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  • Giants Win Game 1 of World Series

    An historic night by Pablo Sandoval led the Giants to a 1-0 lead in the World Series Wednesday night. Tigers ace Justin Verlander was ousted in the 4th inning while Giants starter Barry Zito allowed only one run in 5 and 2/3rds.

  • Today in History for October 25th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR A SYRIAN TRUCE

    UN backs latest call for a cease-fire, though similar efforts have failed.

    2. WHY ABORTION IS BACK IN POLITICAL FOREFRONT

    Republicans in close races rush to disavow an Indiana Senate candidate's comment that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

    3. THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL

    CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford a flop when Microsoft unveils a pivotal overhaul Thursday of its Windows operating system.

    4. EMBRYOS HAVE GENES FROM ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN

    It's not clear if scientists' new technique will ever be used to produce children.

  • NM court rules against family given brain in bag

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a New Mexico family can't sue an out-of-state funeral home for placing a relative's brain in a casket before shipping an embalmed body to New Mexico.

    The family, whose identity isn't revealed in the damage lawsuit, discovered the brain after smelling a "foul odor" a day after a New Mexico funeral home gave it to them in a bag containing the personal effects of a woman killed in a 2009 automobile accident in Utah. The brain was in a separate plastic bag labeled with the word "brain."

    The court ruled Wednesday that Serenicare Funeral Home in Draper, Utah didn't have enough contact with New Mexico for it to be sued in this state. The family has filed a separate lawsuit in Utah.

  • Police: Teen Arrested in Killing of Colo. Girl

    A teenage boy who lived just a mile from a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed earlier this month has been arrested in her death, along with a May attack on a runner, authorities said Wednesday.

  • LA blanks Capital to finish 2-4A schedule

    SANTA FE — As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wrapped up District 2-4A play with another big win.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in each half at Jaguar Field Tuesday, routing Capital 8-0. The win completed a sixth consecutive undefeated district season for the Hilltoppers, who have just one more game remaining on their 2012 schedule.
    In all, six Hilltoppers got into the scoring column. Forward Leslie Guarello, a senior, picked up a hat trick, posting her third goal midway through the second half.
    Despite the big victory, Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said it was a low-energy game for his team, which will finish off the regular season Thursday at home against St. Michael’s.
    “It was one of those games, you don’t want to be in it,” he said. “It’s hard to show up for these kinds of games.”
    To its credit, Capital (6-9 overall, 2-3 in 2-4A), in contrast to most of Los Alamos’ district opponents in recent years, actually attempted to play with a standard formation rather than stuff 10 people within a few yards of its own goal and hoping for the best — a tactic that almost never works at the prep level.
    Guarello scored in the 7th, 20th and 56th minutes, upping her season total to 11 goals.

  • LA locks up 2-4A title with win

    SANTA FE — There was quite a bit, including a fair chunk of pride, on the line Tuesday night.
    For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team and the Capital Jaguars met at Jaguar Field for the Hilltoppers’ season finale with the District 2-4A championship on the line.
    But this time, the Hilltoppers, after falling behind, were able to mount a comeback.
    Los Alamos had to bounce back after a quick-strike goal in the 6th minute by the Jaguars. It wouldn’t take long for Los Alamos to answer or claim the lead, however.
    The Hilltoppers scored their goals just about a minute apart and held on the rest of the way to claim a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
    More importantly, the Hilltoppers earned the 2012 District 2-4A championship with the win. The two teams are tied in the loss column — Capital has one more district game remaining — but the Hilltoppers pick up the tiebreaker, finishing with more net goals than the Jaguars.
    Los Alamos midfielder Henry Steinkamp, who was injured on what was the deciding play of the 2011 contest between the two teams, turned in another big performance, scoring the equalizing goal in the 11th minute, then sending a corner kick straight to the head of Brady Stokes in the 12th minute for the go-ahead goal that would ultimately prove to be the difference.