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  • Sports Update 10-30-12

    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 18

    The CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring the Turkey Trot Nov. 18.
    The Turkey Trot is an annual 2.57-mile race starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Race time is 2 p.m.
    Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 runners and drawings will be held for a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies.
    More information is available by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • 'Toppers hold off St. Pius to win at home
  • LA finishes 2nd to Cleveland in 2012 finale

    It was a solid performance turned in by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team in its final meet of the season Friday.
    But based on the reactions from the Hilltopper runners, you wouldn’t know it.
    Los Alamos wrapped up its 2012 regular season at home, taking part in the Los Alamos Invitational. Los Alamos finished second behind only the Class 5A Cleveland Storm at the race.
    The Storm’s Luis Martinez, one of the most dominant runners the state has seen in some time, blew away the rest of the field and teammate Aaron Flores was a strong second to lead their team to a 34-point finish. Los Alamos, which placed four runners in the top 10 individually, finished with 40 points.
    Despite the close call at the top of the team results, it wasn’t the finish Los Alamos was looking for.
    Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher Friday, came in fourth, one slot ahead of Sean Reardon. Hill said the race, hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, was a grueling one for him personally.
    “I didn’t feel that great, but I wanted to tough it out for my teammates,” Hill said. “In the end, it wasn’t exactly enough. We’re going to have to do a lot better.”

  • LA football wins, keeps pace in 2-4A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell behind the Española Valley Sundevils early in the first quarter Friday.

    But the Hilltoppers rallied for 56 unanswered points to knock off the Sundevils 56-6 in the valley.

    Los Alamos improves to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in district. It needed the victory to keep pace with the Santa Fe Demons in the District 2-4A standings, but still need the Demons to lose this upcoming week to Bernalillo.

    The Demons were humbled this week in a nondistrict game against Class 4A Moriarty, losing that contest 62-8.

    Española Valley tumbles to 0-3 in District 2-4A and 2-7 on the season.

    The Hilltoppers will host the Capital Jaguars (1-8, 1-2). Capital lost 26-0 to Bernalillo this weekend.

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the fifth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the KIXX 2000 U13 girls team lost a tough contest to the Alameda Animals, 1-0.
    KIXX 2000, playing short-handed because of illness and injury, controlled possession most of the way.
    Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio played well in emergency goalkeeping duties, while Emily Hammond, Victoria Salazar, Hanna Littleton, Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio provided the offensive pressure.
    In boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 2-1over the Titans NM 00 improving their record to 4-0 in their age bracket.
    Andres Runde scored both Lasers’ goals.
    The defense was anchored by the solid play of Devin Cantua, while Kauru Shimada and Caleb Cannon had outstanding games in the midfield.
    The U12 Celtics edged the Titans NM 01 Black 2-1. Celtics goals were provided by Sam Crooks and Jacob Castille.
    Donovan Atencio had an outstanding day on defense for the Celtics.

  • 'Toppers nip St. Mike’s, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team closed out its regular season with Senior Night and, in doing so, shut out the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    The Hilltoppers had numerous attack chances Thursday night at Sullivan Field, but couldn’t connect on those chances.
    Midway through the second half, however, Hilltopper senior Amy Neal picked up a goal, assisted by another senior, Leslie Guarello, to give Los Alamos a 1-0 victory.
    The game wasn’t particularly close, as the Hilltoppers finished with 18 shots on goal to the Horsemen’s 2. The Hilltoppers dominated ball possession throughout, but struggled to finish.
    “We had a bunch of close calls, a bunch of corner kicks,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to work on it and get that under control.”
    Los Alamos scheduled St. Michael’s as a tune-up contest to help it get ready for the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos, which plays in one of the least competitive big-school districts in the state, wanted to make sure it got in a couple of tough games prior to the end of the 2012 regular season.
    This year, it scheduled both Piedra Vista, which it defeated 2-0 Saturday in Farmington, and the Horsemen, a solid Class A-3A program.

  • Topper Notes 10-26-12

    Football team takes on Española Valley tonight

  • LA sweeps, moves closer to 2-4A win

    It was somewhat fitting that, a week before Halloween, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team eradicated some Demons, albeit doing so the hard way.
    Los Alamos looked creaky, particularly in the early part of Wednesday’s match, but pulled things together to take a commanding lead in the third set.
    Outside hitters Erin Kirk and Brianna Montaño combined for seven spike kills in the final set as the Hilltoppers earned a 25-23, 27-25, 25-17 win over Santa Fe’s Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Wednesday’s win gives Los Alamos a chance to clinch the District 2-4A championship Saturday. Los Alamos travels to play Española Valley, the only team with a shot at snapping the Hilltoppers’ streak of four consecutive regular season district titles.
    The win also avenged a loss in the teams’ first district meeting Oct. 6 in Santa Fe, where the Demons grabbed a 3-1 victory and put Los Alamos in a bind early in the 2-4A race.
    “We got rattled,” Hilltopper defensive specialist Allyssa Tedder said of the Oct. 6 match. “We kind of weren’t playing as a team. In this one we played better, we were sharing better and we had a lot more fun.”

  • 'Topper boys, girls host LA Invite Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will lace up for their final meet of the year Friday.
    Their season finale, unlike most of their other meets this season, will be close to home.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Los Alamos Invitational. Competition will start with the junior varsity girls’ race at 3 p.m. The meet, as usual, will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos traditionally hosts its final regular season meet a week before the district championship. Both Los Alamos teams will again be heavy favorites to win the 2-4A title — the boys and girls have never lost nor been seriously challenged for the district crown since joining 2-4A in 2000.
    However, the Hilltoppers will have some stiff competition to contend with Friday. Some of the top programs in the state, including Cleveland and arch-rival Albuquerque Academy are expected to take part.
    Los Alamos’ teams are both ranked as the tops in Class 4A heading in. Los Alamos’ boys are anchored by a powerful nucleus of seniors, not the least of which is Sean Reardon, who has emerged as a serious contender for the 4A individual title this season. Los Alamos’ girls are the deepest team in the state and have been paced by three different runners in four meets this season (Mikayla Pulliam, Maddy Foley and Jennifer Mooday).

  • LA blanks Capital to finish 2-4A schedule

    SANTA FE — As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wrapped up District 2-4A play with another big win.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in each half at Jaguar Field Tuesday, routing Capital 8-0. The win completed a sixth consecutive undefeated district season for the Hilltoppers, who have just one more game remaining on their 2012 schedule.
    In all, six Hilltoppers got into the scoring column. Forward Leslie Guarello, a senior, picked up a hat trick, posting her third goal midway through the second half.
    Despite the big victory, Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said it was a low-energy game for his team, which will finish off the regular season Thursday at home against St. Michael’s.
    “It was one of those games, you don’t want to be in it,” he said. “It’s hard to show up for these kinds of games.”
    To its credit, Capital (6-9 overall, 2-3 in 2-4A), in contrast to most of Los Alamos’ district opponents in recent years, actually attempted to play with a standard formation rather than stuff 10 people within a few yards of its own goal and hoping for the best — a tactic that almost never works at the prep level.
    Guarello scored in the 7th, 20th and 56th minutes, upping her season total to 11 goals.