• '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.

  • Girls cling to 2-1 win at Capital

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team didn’t have as easy a time handling the Capital Jaguars the second time around as it did the first.
    Los Alamos had a battle on its hands Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field. In what is a very rare occurrence, Los Alamos had to come back from being down in a district game, giving up an early goal to the Jaguars.
    The Hilltoppers would come back to tie the score shortly afterward in the first half, then score again in the second half to escape with a 2-1 victory over the Jaguars.
    It was a surprisingly close outcome for Los Alamos (11-6 overall, 4-0 in 2-4A), which rolled to a 10-0 victory over Capital (6-9-1) in their first meeting Sept. 23 at Sullivan Field.
    “This was probably our worst performance in seven or eight games,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We certainly didn’t play our ‘A’ game, but we understand we need to do better next time.”
    Herrera said he didn’t know if his team looked past Saturday’s game, but even though it netted just one goal in the second half, he said his team’s performance was considerably better in the final 40 minutes than the first 40 minutes.

  • 'Toppers blanked by Jags in critical contest

    SANTA FE — Going into Saturday night’s big District 2-5A boys soccer game, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers had plans to make a big impression.
    The Capital Jaguars, however, had much different plans. Theirs worked out better.
    The Hilltoppers needed a win, preferably a big one, to keep any realistic shot of a district title alive this year, but the Jaguars, one of the hottest teams in the state right now, kept their hot streak going with a decisive 3-0 win at Jaguar Field.
    Things got worrisome for Los Alamos early, when Pedro Limus headed in a textbook corner kick from Jose Encina for the first score of the ballgame. Then the Jaguars all but finished off the contest with a goal early in the second half with Alexis Romo, who had a big goal in their first meeting of the season, scoring on a breakaway chance.
    Now, Los Alamos (7-8-2 overall, 2-2 in 2-5A) can finish no better than second in the district race and is in a position where it can’t afford another district loss without risking the possibility of losing out on the upcoming playoffs altogether.

  • On Schedule 10-12-14

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

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

    Girls soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

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

    Boys soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.

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

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Escalante, 6 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 8 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, JV, noon; varsity, 2 p.m.

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

  • Sports Briefs 10-12-14

    Yum Run returns for 10th year

    The 10th annual Yum Run will return this year Nov. 1.
    The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares.
    The Yum Run will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Candia is perfect at final Pace Race

  • 'Toppers lose in final seconds to Jaguars, 10-7

    Both teams competing in Friday night’s District 2-5A football game could’ve won it, could’ve lost it, or could’ve sent it to overtime many times over.
    But in the end, it was the Capital Jaguars (3-4) who took advantage of the window of opportunity they were given in the endgame.
    Capital’s Adrian Orenals boomed a near-perfect 28-yard field goal that went through the uprights with just .5 seconds remaining to give the Jaguars a 10-7 victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field.
    Even though they’re just one game into the district season, the Hiltoppers are already in trouble. It’s unlikely District 2-5A will produce more than one entry into the state playoffs — two entries are possible but not likely, and that at-large entry would certainly not go to Los Alamos, which falls to 0-7 on the year — and the Hilltoppers are now in a position where they must pull off at least one upset, over Del Norte in their last game of the season.
    Friday’s game was a battle between two offenses that have struggled much of this season, but Capital’s offense, which performed much better in the second half of the game, came through in the fourth quarter with a pair of big scoring drives, including the drive that set up Ornelas’ field goal.

  • LA football falls on late field goal

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell in its District 2-5A opener Friday night against the Capital Jaguars.

    The Hilltoppers, who held a 7-point lead at halftime, couldn't make the lead stand up. With 4.5 seconds remaining, Capital's Adrian Ornelas nailed a 28-yard field goal to lift the Jaguars to a 10-7 victory at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos scored in the second quarter on a halfback pass from Scott Gasway to Isaac Dunwoody from 23 yards out, but that would end up being the Hilltoppers' only score of the game.

    More information on Friday's game will be in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Hawk XC earns 3 top spots

     The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams earned three first-place team finishes at the Santa Fe Indian School meet last weekend.
    The Hawk seventh grade boys, eighth grade girls and eighth grade boys all took top spots in team competition in Santa Fe Saturday. The Hawk eighth grade boys finished with just 21 team points, taking four of the top five individual slots and six of the top 10.
    Individually at that meet, LAMS’ Jevon Montoya won the eighth grade boys race with his time of 9 minutes, 47 seconds, while Paulina Burnside paced the eighth grade girls race for the Hawks. She finished in 12 minutes, 8 seconds.
    Hunter Swavely had a second-place finish in the boys seventh grade race, posting a time of 11:07.
    Along with those three team wins, LAMS’ seventh grade girls finished with 78 points, which was good enough for second place in that contest.

    ’Toppers thump Santa Fe, Del Norte

  • LA is looking to reverse its fortunes

    It’s a new football season for the teams in District 2-5A and for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, it’s a safe bet they’re not sorry to see the old season go.
    Los Alamos starts district play tonight when they host the Capital Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    It’s been rough going, to say the very least, for the Hilltoppers. They finished their nondistrict slate 0-6 and have just 25 points to show for it, none in the last six quarters.
    Moreover, the Hilltoppers have had a slew of injuries which started during the preseason. Last week, in a big loss to the Santa Fe Demons, the team’s top newcomer, Jarrett Genero, had to watch from the sideline on crutches.
    While things may look bleak for Los Alamos’ outlook heading into district, the team should take some solace in knowing that it’s hardly much better for most of its 2-5A opponents.
    Excluding Española Valley, which is actually having one of the best seasons in its history so far, the district teams went a combined 4-16 in the first six weeks of 2014. The only other team besides Española Valley to win more than one nondistrict game was Capital.