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    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team hosted Piedra Vista and Valencia Friday night in a three-way preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers will get their first taste of regular season action Friday when they face the Pojoaque Valley Elks at home. 

  • LA feeling optimistic as it heads into the 2014 opener

    It’s going to be a trial by fire at the top of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
    But the Hilltoppers are hoping that will light the spark for bigger and better things down the road.
    Los Alamos has some key returners coming back in some key spots and, with an extra year of experience under their belts, they feel they have a chance to make a run in Class 5A this season.
    Los Alamos opens its season with a tough game, taking on the Bosque School Bobcats at home Tuesday. That will be followed up later this week by the Louie Cernicek Invitational, which almost invariably features some solid competition.
    For the Hilltoppers, the pieces may be there for a very productive season. The key will be getting and staying on the same page as quickly as possible.
    Los Alamos veteran goalkeeper Chris Parker, the hero of his team’s upset win over Farmington last season, knows to get there, the Hilltoppers will have to keep their mental focus.
    “We should do fine everywhere, it’s really just how hard we work,” he said. “As long as everyone’s trying their best and not giving up when they get beat, we should do fine.”
    Despite some big losses to graduation off last season’s team, there is plenty of experience coming back.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Boys Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Austin Rowan, MF-D
    Luke Kachelmeier, MF-D
    Hernan Lebensohn, MF
    Eric Schmalz, MF
    Jairo Marquez
    Nick Torres, D
    Eric Page, D
    Chris Parker, GK
    Jon Michael Weaver
    Matthew Ticknor, MF
    Jacob Holesinger, MF

    Juniors

    Joe Singleton, MF
    Bryan Mujica, D
    Alex Csanadi, MF
    Eric Burnside, MF

    Sophomores

    George Steinkamp, MF-F
    Seth Hailey, GK
    Daniel Castano, MF
    Tristen Roach, F

    2014 Schedule

    Aug. 26: vs. Bosque School, 6 p.m.
    Aug. 29-30: Cernicek Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 3: at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 5: vs. St. Pius X, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 11: vs. Cleveland at Academy Invite, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 12-13: at Academy Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 16: vs. Academy, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 18: at Rio Rancho, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 23: vs. Capital, 4 p.m.*
    Sept. 27: at Taos, 1 p.m.
    Oct. 1: vs. Santa Fe, 4 p.m.
    Oct. 4: at Bernalillo, 11 a.m.*
    Oct. 7: vs. Del Norte, 4 p.m.*
    Oct. 11: at Capital, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 18: vs. Piedra Vista,  2 p.m.
    Oct. 21: vs. Bernalilo, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 22: at Del Norte, 5 p.m.*

    *: District 2-5A game 

  • On Schedule 08-24-14

    Monday

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 4p.m.

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

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Questa at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

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

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA.

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

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, JV, 1 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, varsity, 1 p.m.; Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, 3 p.m.

  • LAGC's Slugfest starts Aug. 30

    Los Alamos Golf Course will host its annual Labor Day Slugfest Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. each day.
    The Slugfest will consist of three flights, including blue tee only, blue/red tee and white tee.
    Play will consist of a modified scotch format Aug. 30, a scramble Aug. 31 and a best ball Sept. 1.
    To play, all players must have registered handicaps as of Aug. 14.
    Price for participation is $45, not including greens fees and carts. Entry deadline is Tuesday.
    For more information, call the LAGC pro shop at 662-8139.
     

  • LA girls soccer drops its opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped its first outing of the season Saturday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers fell to the Farmington Scorpions 4-3. That game was played in Farmington.
    Los Alamos will open its home schedule Tuesday when it takes on the Bosque School Bobcats. That game is set for 4 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
     

  • LA ranked No. 20 in Class 5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed toward the bottom of the MaxPreps preseason rankings, which were released earlier this week.
    Los Alamos finished at the No. 20 spot in the Class 5A rankings ahead of its season opener, slated for Aug. 29 against Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos has a preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6 p.m. today against Valencia and Piedra Vista.
    Teams are rated based on previous records, number of starters returning and lost, and other factors. Subjective measures, such as other polls, aren’t taken into account in the power rankings.
    Los Alamos finished with a rating of -18.6. More than half the 24 teams in Class 5A rated in negative territory and two others, Pierdra Vista and Roswell, were just above zero.
    The Goddard Rockets rated the highest in the initial poll. The Rockets finished with a rating of 34.6, more than 8 points better than runner-up in the poll and the 2013 Class 4A champion Farmington — most teams in Class 4A last season moved into Class 5A for the two-year block starting this fall.
    While Los Alamos is down toward the bottom of the rankings, it’s not alone among the teams in District 2-5A. Bernalillo is only one slot ahead of Los Alamos, while Capital is one slot below at No. 21.

  • Krohn is tops at Pace Race

    Burton Krohn was the top predictor in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was in Lower Water Canyon Trail, starting near N.M. 4.
    Krohn finished 48 seconds off his time, which was 2 seconds better than Mark Bjorklund and 5 seconds better than last week’s winner, Steve Shook.
    The fastest finisher on Tuesday’s 1-mile course was Heather Hughes, who came in at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 15:33.
    On the 3-mile course this week, Ted Romero had the best time, 22:53, while Nikol Strother finished in 24:22. There was also a 2-mile course Tuesday. The top finisher on that course was Isolina Viloria (19:57).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will start at the trailhead directly behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The next race will include 1- and 3.3-mile trail courses and a 1-mile paved course.
    For more information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Girls Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Cory Carnes, D
    Chelsea Challacombe, D
    Jessica Heironimus, D

    Juniors

    Catie McDonald, F
    Megan Bucklin, GK
    Jordan Henson, D
    Melissa Teter, MF
    Charlotte Leonard, MF-F
    Isabelle Runde, D
    Emily Hopkins, MF

    Sophomores

    Maria Sandoval, MF
    Sienna Ahlers, MF-F
    Sophie Wood, D
    Kayla Palmer, MF
    Rachel Thoma, MF
    Abby Schmalz, F

    Freshmen

    Jaci Linn, MF-D
    Ashley Atencio, D

    8th graders

    Alissa Haagenstad, MF
    Anna Lemke, GK

    2014 Schedule

  • 'Topper roster features 10 underclassmen this season

    As is often the case, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to start the 2014 fall season at the high school.
    Los Alamos is chock full of new, young faces heading into this season, not the least of which is its new head coach.
    After leading the team for more than 20 years, longtime Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek stepped down this past winter. Replacing Kubicek is AJ Herrera.
    Herrera coached the Hilltopper boys program for a brief time. Most recently he was the head coach of the Santa Fe Demon boys program.
    Last season, Santa Fe went 10-10 and had a chance to either qualify for a bid in the state Class 4A tournament or play spoiler for archrival Capital, but lost its season finale to the Jaguars, 5-0.
    The 2014 preseason with the Hilltoppers, Herrera said, is going about as well as could be expected.
    He said most of his players came into the preseason in good physical shape, which has allowed him to focus on development and working on plays as opposed to spending a lot of time on conditioning.
    Los Alamos opens its season on the road, taking on the Farmington Scorpions. That game is set for Saturday at noon in Farmington.