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  • LA comes back from big deficit but falls to Pintos, 3-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to pick up its second win of the season over the Moriarty Pintos, but the Pintos had other plans Tuesday.
    Moriarty, which fell 3-1 to Los Alamos at its home tournament earlier this month, returned the favor by knocking off the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium. Moriarty took the first two sets 25-21, 25-23 before the Hilltoppers bounced back in sets three and four, taking those 25-21, 25-13.
    But the Pintos got the early edge in the decisive fifth set, winning that 15-8 for the match win.
    After the Pintos went ahead 2-0, the Hilltoppers’ service game got going in the next two sets, while the Pintos (5-6) struggled to get serves back, particularly against Los Alamos libero Ashlynn Trujillo, who had a big match.
    Those few serves that Moriarty did manage to return were often free balls which Los Alamos teed off on.
    But Moriarty jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the final set and Los Alamos never put up the rally it needed to get back into contention.
    Los Alamos (4-4) had won four straight contests, giving up just two sets in those wins, but has now lost two straight decisions. It fell to Santa Fe last week 3-1.
    Next up, the Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational. 

  • 'Toppers pound Jags in opener

    Despite a relatively good showing in 2013, it appears that if the rest of District 2-5A wants to compete with Los Alamos in girls soccer, it still has a long way to go.
    The Hilltoppers opened up their 2014 district season at home Tuesday, taking on one of those teams that has made strides to improve, the Capital Jaguars.
    And while the Jaguars seem to have their ship pointed in the right direction, it was sunk without too much trouble by Los Alamos, which rolled to a 10-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos connected for goals on a string of five consecutive shots in the second half and eighth grader Alissia Haagenstad closed out the game a few minutes early with her 1-touch shot from a pass by Catie McDonald.
    McDonald, who is one of the most prolific scorers in New Mexico, had a monster game against the Jaguars, scoring four goals and dishing out four assists. For the season, McDonald has 44 points.
    Los Alamos has won every district race it has been involved in since 2007. During that streak, the only year it had run into much in the way of a challenge was last season.
    The Hilltoppers have not been defeated in district play during their remarkable 7-year run and the only game it was in any danger of losing was in Santa Fe last year against Capital.

  • Pair of 2nd half goals lift Jags over 'Toppers

    Round one goes to the Capital Jaguars.
    In what is shaping up to be a big fight for the District 2-5A boys soccer title this season, Capital delivered the first blow Tuesday against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and now the Hilltoppers will have to find a way to counter.
    Capital pushed the ball up the field effectively in the second half, particularly after Los Alamos was slapped with a red card early in the half. The card, for unsportsmanlike conduct, came in the 54th minute and the Jaguars capitalized quickly.
    The Jaguars scored less than a minute later – that goal would be the game-winner, although it would tack on a second goal late in the contest to win 2-0 a Sullivan Field.
    With the loss in the district opener, Los Alamos (3-7-2) will have to find a way to rebound, likely in the rematch in Santa Fe set for Oct. 11.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle said picking up the early win gives his team a clear advantage going forward.
    “This win is very important,” he said. “Coming up here and playing one of the better teams in the state, one of the better teams in our district, that’s a very difficult thing to do, to jump out ahead in the district standings. But we have a lot of work to do.”

  • LAHS inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame

    The inaugural class of the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame was honored last weekend during the homecoming festivities.
    Los Alamos inducted 13 former athletes, coaches, administrators and sports-related personalities into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the honor opened earlier this year and winners were announced in early August.
    The inductees were recognized prior to the homecoming football game Friday — Los Alamos was defeated 24-6 by the Kirtland Central Broncos in the 2014 contest — and were recognized at the formal induction ceremony Sunday at Fuller Lodge.
    Among those honored were the following:

    • Walt Arnold — Arnold was a standout tight end for Los Alamos during his high school career and was an All-State honoree in 1976. After his career playing for the University of New Mexico, Arnold played in the NFL for seven years, mostly with Los Angeles and Kansas City.

    • Lynn Bjorklund — A top runner during her high school career, Bjorklund set a longstanding high school record in the 3,000 meters, a record that stood until last year. She qualified for Team USA in 1974 and 1976 and ran in several international competitions during her career. She also set a record for the Pikes Peak Marathon that stood for several years.

  • On Schedule 09-21-14

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

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

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

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

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Ranch Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

  • ’Toppers fall 24-6 in their 2014 homecoming game

    The 2014 season, it appears, will be about taking small steps for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    After getting pummeled in its first three contests, Los Alamos will have to concentrate now on what it’s good and hope it can tighten up what’s not so good prior to the start of the District 2-5A season in three weeks.
    The good news for Los Alamos was that it took a step in the right direction Friday in its annual homecoming game. Los Alamos had some positives in the contest — a takeaway that led to a touchdown, stopping a couple of potential scoring drives and two solid drives in the second half — despite coming out on the short end of a 24-6 decision against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Kirtland Central, a traditional opponent of the Hilltoppers, was fired up for Friday’s game, particularly on the defensive end, forcing an early turnover deep in Los Alamos territory.
    But the Hilltoppers returned the favor one play later when cornerback Isaac Dunwoody intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line to prevent a score and giving the Broncos a chance to turn the game into a rout early.

  • Strother wins Pace Race

    Nikol Strother was the big winner at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening in Pajarito Acres.
    Unlike most Pace Races, Tuesday’s race, held on a fairly flat, 1-mile loop, had runners and walkers choose how many loops they wanted to do within 45 minutes and guess how long it would take them to do those loops.
    In all, 24 people took part.
    Strother, who ran 6 miles, was only 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. David Krazter was 13 seconds off for five miles. All finish times were adjusted for a 3-mile course, the normal length of a long Pace Race course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at 1287 San Ildefonso Road in North Mesa. Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Rams control contest in win over LA

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team couldn’t get much going on offense Thursday against one of the top programs in the state.
    The Hilltoppers managed only four shots in Thursday’s contest against the Rio Rancho Rams. The Rams, a Class 6A school, have been very impressive during the first month of the season and their game against the Hilltoppers was no exception.
    Rio Rancho (9-2) dominated possession against Los Alamos. It attacked the goal efficiently during the first half then, after scoring in the 15th minute, took its foot off the accelerator, but still hung onto the ball most of the way.
    The Rams earne a 3-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-6) went into this week’s play hoping to pull off a pair of wins against two solid programs, but instead dropped both those contests. Los Alamos was nipped Tuesday at Albuquerque Academy.
    While it’s hard to argue with the results, the Rams’ offensive strategy was interesting against the Hilltoppers.
    During the first part of the game, the ball rarely left the Hilltoppers’ side of the field. The Rams moved the ball efficiently, employing mostly 1- an 2-touch passes that kept the Hilltoppers scrambling.

  • 'Toppers look to right the ship for homecoming

    There has been no shortage of bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to start the 2014 season.
    There were some injuries in the preseason, compounded by injuries in the team’s first three games, it has struggled on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and head coach Garett Williams has been missing for the last two games with few people talking about where he might be or when he might be back.
    But there is a bit of good news heading into the 2014 homecoming contest: the Hilltoppers will also be facing a struggling squad.
    Los Alamos will meet up with the Kirtland Central Broncos Friday night at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers and Broncos go way back — for many years under the tenure of former head coach Bob Scott the teams opened their seasons against one another.
    The Hilltoppers dropped all three of their games so far this season, having been outscored by a combined 94-19 in those three games.
    Despite the early season issues, the Hilltoppers have shown some signs of life. Quarterback Clay Singer had a solid game last week against the Moriarty Pintos, throwing for 115 yards and moving the ball into Moriarty territory consistently through much of the contest.

  • Hawk 8th graders win at ATC XC race

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade boys finished with a near-perfect score at Saturday’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational meet.
    Jevon Montoya was the big winner for the Hawks, followed immediately by three teammates as the Hawks finished with 20 team points, as well as taking five of the top 10 individual slots.
    Montoya finished in 8 minutes, 31 seconds, which was 10 seconds faster than teammate Shawn Williams in the runner-up spot. Duncan Fuehne and Elijah Vasquez took third and fourth in the race, both coming in within seven seconds of Williams.
    All four Hawk teams took part in the ATC meet. LAMS’ eighth grade girls were paced by Paulina Burnside, who was second overall in that race with her finish time of 9:35. Marin Kelly was fifth overall.
    The Hawk eighth graders finished third in team competition.
    In the seventh grade boys race, Dakota Duran finished in the top 10 for LAMS.

    Here are Los Alamos Middle School’s individual results from Saturday’s meet.

    Seventh-grade girls