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  • On Schedule 10-26-14

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

    Wednesday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-5A Championship (Bernalillo), boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 7 p.m.

  • LA scores first win of year vs. ’Devils

    ESPAÑOLA — It took two long months for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to get over the hump.
    After struggling this entire season, the Hilltoppers finally broke into the win column Friday night, and managed to do so in a tough place: Española Valley.
    Los Alamos had to gut it out through a sloppy fourth quarter, but held on for a 38-28 victory over the Sundevils.
    The two teams were playing for a chance to stay alive in the District 2-5A race, although both teams needed not just a win but also some help in order to do so. It was Los Alamos that ended up getting both, not only picking up the win but getting the win it needed from Del Norte, which crushed Capital 41-7 Friday night, to stay alive.
    Now, with a winnable game scheduled for next week at Bernalillo, Los Alamos could find itself in a position that seemed almost absurd just days ago: a chance to play for the district title and the right to go to the state playoffs.
    “We knew we needed to win,” said Hilltopper fullback Derek Selvage, who had a monster game against the Sundevils. “We haven’t had many guys out (for football) this season, but we’ve had as many guys as we’ve needed.”

  • Playoff brackets to be released by NMAA

    Los Alamos’ girls and boys soccer teams, not to mention the rest of the teams in the state, will learn their postseason fates today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association will release it playoff brackets for all classifications today. Brackets will be released on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org, by 5 p.m.
    The Hilltopper girls have clinched a playoff spot and Los Alamos’ boys, with a 10-8-2 record and a runner-up finish in District 2, appear to be a very safe bet to get entry into the playoff field.
    The first round of the 5A postseason will be played Friday and Saturday at various sites around the state. The main draw, which will include the top four seeds — all of which have byes in the first round — will begin Nov. 6 in Albuquerque.
    In the state rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ boys are ranked ninth. If they were to remain in that position when today’s seeding is released, they would be on the road for the first round, possibly heading to eighth-ranked Santa Teresa.
    Should Los Alamos move into the top eight, which it may have a chance to do after sweeping its final three contests of the year, it would have a first-round game at Sullivan Field.

  • LA’s Foley is the big winner in girls cross country race

    It wasn’t the finish the home crowd was expecting from the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    But, despite a lackluster showing at the Los Alamos Invitational Friday, the Hilltoppers aren’t quite ready to push the panic button.
    Los Alamos hosted the final meet of its regular season Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Los Alamos, which has been the dominant program in Class 5A all season long, finished behind not one but two 5A teams taking part in the meet, the St. Pius X Sartans and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Academy and St. Pius, the two teams the Hilltoppers will likely have to fend off in their quest for a sixth consecutive state championship in two weeks, both scored their first better team finishes of the season against the Hilltoppers Friday. The Chargers finished with 74 team points — good enough for the runner-up spot — and the Sartans finished in third place with 86 points, which edged out Los Alamos, which had 87 points and finished fourth in team standings.
    Despite being at home for the only time in 2014, Los Alamos knew Friday’s race would be a challenge going in.
    Los Alamos was dealing with both injury and illness Friday. Regular starter Zoe Hemez sat out the race and Los Alamos elected to start just six runners.

  • ’Topper boys XC gets nipped in tight contest Friday with Academy

    The bar has been set pretty high for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team for the balance of the season, so anything that doesn’t meet that standard could be considered a disappointment.
    But, with the 2014 season quickly coming to a close, it is promising to be a very exciting end for both the Hilltoppers and their archrivals.
    The Hilltoppers and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers squared off in the regular season finale for both schools, the Los Alamos Invitational, Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos, fresh off its huge upset win over the Chargers a week earlier at Rio Rancho, was hoping to pull off the same feat Friday. Unfortunately, Academy, which is still probably the team to beat in 5A, got some big performances from its runners near the front of the pack.
    Academy’s Jordan Lesansee, who is having a big year, was the top finisher at the invitational and may have been the difference between a win and a loss for his team. Lesansee finished in a time of 16:32, topping runner-up Roy Madrid of Taos by 13 seconds.
    His finish gave the Chargers a 44-54 victory over the Hilltoppers, who finished in the runner-up spot.
    And, along with Lesansee, Academy’s Cody Bratzler and Carlos C De Baca also cracked the top 10, finishing sixth and ninth.

  • LA wins first game of year in the valley

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team finally broke into the win column with a victory on the road against its oldest rival.

    The Hilltoppers downed the Espanola Valley Sundevils in an important District 2-5A contest Friday night, 38-28. The Hilltoppers got three touchdowns from fullback Derek Selvage to upend the Sundevils. Both teams needed wins Friday to stay alive in the chase for the 2-5A title this season.

    Heading into the game, Los Alamos had dropped its first seven games of 2014.

    More information on the Hiltoppers' big victory will be in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils on brink of elimination heading into tonight

    Tonight, a pair of teams in desperate need of a win will duke it out.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team and the Española Valley Sundevils will need a win, and some help, to stay alive in the District 2-5A race.
    Both the Hilltoppers and Sundevils dropped their district opener — Los Alamos two weeks ago against Capital at home and Española Valley last week in Albuquerque against Del Norte — and will have to win out to even have the hope of forcing a tie atop the district race.
    However, even the winner of today’s contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. in Española, could fall short regardless of whatever else it does this season.
    In the other schedule 2-5A game tonight, Capital will be in Albuquerque to face Del Norte. Both teams are 2-0 in district.
    The winner of that contest can do no worse than split the top spot this regular season.
    And, for Los Alamos and Española Valley, that game will eliminate one or the other from any chance at a title. If Capital wins, Los Alamos is out. If Del Norte wins, Española Valley is out.
    But for the Hilltoppers, a win tonight would be welcome enough, regardless of what happens in the other game.

  • 'Toppers earn a key win to close out their season

    The goal the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team set for itself several weeks back has been realized.
    Taking a 2-0 win over a very good team from St. Michael’s Thursday evening at Sullivan Field put the icing on that cake.
    With its win over one of the top-ranked teams in Class 4A, the Hilltoppers made it to their goal of winning 10 straight games to close out the season. The Hilltoppers’ victory at Sullivan Field was their final regular season contest.
    The Hilltoppers set that goal when they were sitting at 4-6 on the year and had taken a particularly tough loss against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.
    Along with the goal of running the table the rest of the way, Los Alamos also wanted to put itself in a position to earn a top-four seed for the upcoming state tournament. Los Alamos may, in fact, be in that position, but the team will have to wait and see what the New Mexico Activities Association says on Sunday.
    For now, the Hilltoppers are going to enjoy their string of success.
    “We feel great about it,” Los Alamos’ Jordan Henson said. “We were kind of underdogs this season. Not a lot of people expected us to do this. Now we’re heading to state to get that trophy.”

  • LA closes out its season on Friday

    Those wanting to see a preview of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams as they head into the postseason won’t have to look very far.
    Friday, the Hilltopper teams will host their annual home invitational meet. The boys varsity race is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course and the girls varsity race will follow shortly thereafter.
    Los Alamos tends to do its best work toward the end of the year and this year may be no exception after a big showing last week in a key regular season contest.
    The Hilltopper boys finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s Rio Rancho Jamboree, a crowded race that attracts some of the top teams in the state.
    Even bigger than their finish, the Hilltoppers stunned their main rival for the Class 5A championship, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Hilltopper scored a 12-point victory over Academy, their first win over the Chargers this season.
    There had been some question whether Los Alamos, which won three consecutive titles at the 4A level prior to this season, had the depth to compete with Academy in 2014, but that question was answered decisively at Rio Rancho.

  • 'Toppers shut out Knights in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was wise not to take the Del Norte Knights lightly in its final District 2-5A game of the season.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte played to a scoreless tie through the first half. In the second half, the Hilltoppers netted a pair of scores to win 2-0 in Albuquerque and claim their eighth consecutive district championship.
    It was a game Los Alamos felt going in that could be a bit of a trap. The Knights still technically had a chance to force a tie atop the District 2-5A standings with a win, although the Knights (10-8 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) would’ve had to win big in order to do so.
    Nevertheless, head coach AJ Herrera said that, because Del Norte would be fired up and playing at home on a grass field, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for his team.
    “The field was really small and Del Norte was able to move around on defense,” Herrera said. “It made it difficult for us to penetrate.”
    After playing even the first half, Los Alamos finally got on the scoreboard in the 50th minute. Catie McDonald hit a shot that ricocheted off the Del Norte defense and to Charlotte Leonard, who put it away.