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  • LA boys XC finishes 2nd at key meet

    Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams do their best work toward the end of the season and Saturday’s race may have been a precursor of what is to come.
    The Hilltopper boys had their biggest showing of the 2014 regular season Saturday at the Rio Rancho Jamboree.
    As a team, the Hilltoppers finished as the runner-up behind the host Rio Rancho Rams.
    Los Alamos finished with 147 points. Although the Rams cruised to the team title, the bigger news for Los Alamos was its 12-point win over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Prior to Saturday’s race, the Hilltoppers in 2014 hadn’t beaten the Chargers, who are this year considered the team to beat in Class 5A.
    The win at Rio Rancho is significant because the Jamboree is held at the same venue as next month’s state championship meet.
    “They worked really hard for it and are really excited for the upcoming weeks,” Los Alamos head coach Kathy Hipwood said. “We need to keep them calm and healthy.”
    Initially, the results showed Academy coming out on top, but those results omitted John Rees, who was the No. 4 finisher for Los Alamos.
    Also Saturday, the Hilltopper girls took third place in the team competition. Paced once again by Maddy Foley, the Hilltoppers finished with 145 points.

  • 'Topper boys cruise to 6-1 win over PV

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team blasted the Piedra Vista Panthers in a nondistrict contest Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers scored four times in the first half, then cruised in the second half as they rolled to a 6-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    It was a big win for the Hilltoppers heading into the final week of the regular season. The Hilltoppers will have their final home game of the season tonight when they take on the Bernalillo Spartans, then finish off their schedule with a road game at Del Norte.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos thoroughly dominated the opening half. Los Alamos scored two goals inside of three minutes, those provided by Eric Burnside and George Steinkamp.
    The Hilltoppers upped their advantage to 3-0 at the 14-minute mark with a goal by DC Kim. Kim finished the game with a pair of goals in another solid outing for him.
    Los Alamos’ big performer Saturday was freshman Tristen Semelsberger. Semelsberger, who worked his way onto the varsity roster following a rash of injuries last month, has put in some very productive minutes since his call-up.
    Against the Panthers (6-12), Semelsberger finished with a goal and two first half assists, sending passes from the left wing into the middle to Burnside and Kim.

  • 'Topper XC boys are runners-up at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had a huge showing at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree.

    Los Alamos' boys finished second in team standings to the Rio Rancho Rams, finishing with 147 points. Moreover, the Hilltoppers stunned the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, their main nemesis. The Chargers finished in third place with 159 points.

    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is run at the same venue as the state championship meet, which is now just three weeks away.

    Los Alamos got top-20 finishes from two of its runners, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples, in the invidiual competition, for its runner-up finish.

    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place. The Hilltoppers had 145 points, which easily outpaced the other competing Class 5A teams at the race.

    Los Alamos' girls were paced by Maddy Foley, who finished in third place overall.

    More information on the Hilltoppers' big finish will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • ’Topper boys, girls hope to end their seasons strong

    There’s just one week in prep soccer before Selection Sunday and there are still a few loose ends for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls teams to tie up.
    Los Alamos’ girls have three games in three days to end their year, while the Hilltopper boys have a pair of district games left to play.
    With seven days remaining before the New Mexico Activities Association releases the Class 5A postseason bracket, it doesn’t appear either Los Alamos team is poised to move up substantially, but if they’re not careful they could slip.
    Los Alamos’ girls are currently in the No. 4 spot in the MaxPreps.com 5A rankings, while the Hilltopper boys are ranked ninth.
    Los Alamos’ boys will meet Bernalillo Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday game at Del Norte. Los Alamos had a Saturday contest against Piedra Vista, but results weren’t available as of press time.
    While the Hilltopper boys were trying to keep their eyes on the upcoming week, they did so first by looking back at what they did in their outing Oct. 11 against Capital.
    With a chance to force a tie at the top of the District 2-5A standings with a win, Los Alamos was outplayed from the opening whistle and lost that contest 3-0.

  • On Schedule 10-19-14

    Monday
    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 5 p.m.; Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m., varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Roundup: JV soccer teams tie with Hope

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls junior varsity soccer teams played two separate games with their counterparts from Hope Christian and in both instances nothing was resolved.
    Wednesday, the Hiltopper girls JV team deadlocked with the Huskies 1-1 at Sullivan Field. That same day, Los Alamos’ boys JV squad finished in a 1-1 tie with Hope Christian, also at home.
    The boys game pitted two strong teams against each other. Los Alamos was 9-3 heading into the contest, while Hope Christian was 11-2.
    In that game, Hope Christian’s Kevin Sanchez scored in the first half, the same half Los Alamos’ goal was scored. Both teams’ offenses were shut out in the second half.
    Valerie Li, an eighth grader, got the lone score for the Hilltoppers in the girls game Wednesday. Li’s goal gave Los Alamos the edge at halftime, but Hope cored in the second half to tie things up.
    The Hilltopper girls followed that up with a victory Thursday night at home. The Hilltoppers got a second half goal from Hannah Littleton to nip the St. Michael’s Horsemen 1-0.
    With that win, Los Alamos’ girls improve to 5-7-1 on the year.

    Capital tops Los Alamos 27-20 in football

  • 'Toppers head to Rio Rancho Jamboree

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams are coming right down to the nitty-gritty of their regular season, starting Saturday at Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will head to the Rio Rancho Jamboree Saturday, the first of their final two regular season contests. Following Saturday’s meet, the teams will host their home meet Oct. 24 at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is a key late-season contest, primarily because it takes place around the campus of Rio Rancho High School, the same venue that hosts the state meet.
    The state championship meet is slated for Nov. 8.
    Rio Rancho features a relatively fast but deceptively challenging course, known for its dust and a couple of tough climbs that runners will have to be wary of.
    The Hilltoppers, of course, won both the boys and girls state titles in 2013 as members of Class 4A and both appear to be contenders in Class 5A this season.
    Los Alamos’ girls are looking very much like the team to beat in 5A at this point, having downed every other 5A team they’ve gone up against this season except for in their first meet in early September.

  • 'Toppers stay put in 5A rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is still near the bottom of the Class 5A rankings this week, according to MaxPreps.com.
    But the Hilltoppers didn’t slip this week, despite falling to 0-7 and dropping a 10-7 decision at home in their District 2-5A opener last Friday.
    Los Alamos stayed put at No. 21 this week. Not only did it not go down, it’s not the lowest-ranked team in the district — that dubious honor is held by the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans, who are in the No. 23 spot, according to the website, also lost their 2-5A opener last week. They were blown out 42-0 by district newcomer Del Norte. That win was just Del Norte’s second victory of the year.
    Del Norte, as it has been all season, is the top-ranked team in 2-5A, coming in at No. 16, the same place it was a week ago.
    Capital moved up to No. 18 in this week’s poll following its win over the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field. Capital’s Adrian Ornelas booted a 28-yard field goal with just half a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the win.
    The Jaguars (3-4) are one spot ahead of Española Valley (4-2), which was idle last week. The Sundevils will play Del Norte Friday night in Albuquerque.

  • 'Toppers move to 3-1 in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-5A play with its win on the road Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos picked up its second straight sweep of the district season, downing the Del Norte Knights. The two teams played relatively tight the first two sets, but Los Alamos pounded Del Norte in the final set, winning 25-19, 27-25, 25-5.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers move to 8-8 overall. They’ve won three of their last four contests.
    More importantly for Los Alamos, it keeps pace with Española Valley in the 2-5A race. Los Alamos downed Bernalillo Saturday, also in three sets, to take over the No. 2 spot in the district standings.
    Del Norte (6-8 overall, 1-3 in 2-5A) is in fourth place, just one match ahead of Capital.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, improved to 4-0 after picking up a sweep at Bernalillo Wednesday. The Hilltoppers and Sundevils (13-2 overall) are scheduled to meet Oct. 25 in the valley, potentially with the district regular season title on the line.
    Los Alamos has just four regular season matches remaining ahead of the 2-5A tournament, including Saturday against Capital. Los Alamos swept Capital in the teams’ first meeting.
    The Jaguars are 0-4 on the district season and have won just twice in all of 2014.

  • LA finishes 2nd in fall finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished second at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational to wrap up its fall 2014 season.
    Los Alamos will return in March with five more tournaments to try to qualify for the state Class 5A playoffs, which are scheduled for May.
    The Hilltoppers posted a team score of 363 at Tuesday’s tournament, played at Ladera Golf Course in Albuquerque. That was 12 shots better than third-place Cibola.
    La Cueva’s Bears, however, ran away with the tournament title. The Bears, a Class 6A program, shot a 298 Tuesday, sweeping the top three spots individually, with Kevin Fanelli carding a 71.
    Los Alamos was the only full team competing from a Class 5A school at the APS contest.
    For the Hilltoppers, freshman Sean Rau picked up his first individual qualifying leg of the year. Rau shot a 79 at Ladera, which placed him seventh on the leaderboard.
    With his qualifying score, Rau becomes the second Hilltopper to earn a leg this fall — Los Alamos senior Jonathan Osden has already earned his spot at May’s state tournament.
    Los Alamos has five more events scheduled in the spring for Rau to try to earn his other two legs, as well as for Los Alamos to earn a team qualification.