• Volleyball team to open 2-4A season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will look to get its District 2-4A season started on the right foot Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener. That match, which will be in Bernalillo, is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    This season’s district race could be a tight one, with four of the five teams that could figure into the mix — only Capital, which is struggling this season, isn’t likely to factor into the race.
    While, heading into the race, only two teams in the district have records above .500, that may not be a good indicator of where the teams end up.
    Los Alamos is currently 5-4 but all four of those losses have come to the same two teams, St. Pius X and Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos lost to both teams early in the season, then fell to them again this weekend at the Rio Rancho Volleybash.
    At Rio Rancho, a high-level tournament hosted by the Rams, the Hilltoppers were on the wrong end of a sweep against both St. Pius and Pojoaque Valley. The Elks topped Los Alamos handily in two of the three sets, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-20, while St. Pius won, albeit in closer contests, 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.

  • LA's teams topple Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will both be back in action today after big wins on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will take on the Volcano Vista Hawks in nondistrict contests.
    Los Alamos’ boys will travel to Volcano Vista (6-4) while the Los Alamos girls will host the Hawks at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday, both Hilltopper teams topped the Santa Fe Demons in a doubleheader at Ivan Head Stadium. They were both games the Hilltoppers needed to have.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos held on for a 3-1 victory over Santa Fe in what may well be the toughest District 2-4A contest it will have.
    Santa Fe, the only district team in several seasons with any realistic shot of topping Los Alamos for a district crown, played even with the Hilltoppers for much of the first half until a late goal by Meghan McDonald broke the 1-1 tie. Chandler Art’s header early in the second half provided a big insurance score.
    Today, however, Los Alamos (4-8) will be without the services of Catie McDonald. McDonald, the team’s leading scorer, was hit with a red card late in the first half on an inadvertent collision with Santa Fe goalkeeper Mia Melchor.
    Because of the red card, McDonald will also miss today’s game.

  • On Schedule 09-27-13



    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.




    Girls soccer: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 6 p.m.




    Cross country: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.


    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.




    Boys soccer: Sandia at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Volleyball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at Española, 4 p.m.




    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Desert Twilight Festival (Mesa, Ariz.), boys and girls varsity, TBA.




  • LA picks up 2nd place finish Friday

     ALBUQUERQUE — It’s still early in the cross country season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls may already be starting to hit their stride.
    The Hilltoppers put a pair of runners in the top 10 individually and had another fall just outside of it as they put together an impressive showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Los Alamos finished second in the team standings Friday despite running on a deceptively tough course amid weather conditions that were unusual for that race.
    Academy’s home meet, which includes some very tough teams from the metro area, almost invariably boasts chamber of commerce weather, but Friday there was a stiff breeze and overcast conditions throughout.
    Los Alamos sophomore Sophia Galvez, who is having an excellent start to the 2013 season despite having no varsity experience coming in, was the Hilltoppers’ top finisher, edging out teammate Nica Vasquez for sixth place in the girls race.
    Individually, Friday’s race was dominated by a trio from Class 5A Eldorado. Led by Jessie Hix, who posted a virtual wire-to-wire victory, the Eagles finished with 47 points.
    Right on their heels, however, were the Hilltoppers, just six points behind.

  • ’Topper boys take 5th at Academy

    ALBUQUERQUE — The goal right now for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is to improve.
    In the meantime, the Hilltoppers got a close look at what they can expect to see as the season wears on.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Friday afternoon, along with some tough squads around the metro area. Los Alamos finished fifth out of 19 competing teams.
    Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A once again this season, won its home meet handily. Academy earned just 41 points, placing three runners in the top 10, including individual champ Kevin Wyss and runner-up Kyle Carrozza.
    The Hilltoppers, for their part, finished with 122 points.
    Los Alamos, going into the 2013 season, has one of the youngest, least experienced rosters it’s had in recent years, so the emphasis the Hilltoppers have put on the team is improvement.
    “We were hoping to do a lot better than at UNM,” said Los Alamos’ Gus Saeger, who finished third on the team Friday, noting the team’s fifth-place finish. “That’s around where we were working for.”
    Saeger and Cameron Staples stayed within a few strides of each other for much of the race, with Forrest White not far behind. Saeger and White finished back-to-back at 32nd and 33rd places.

  • LA has much better showing vs. Eagles

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had its best showing in a month Friday night, and did so against one of the toughest customers in the state.
    Los Alamos scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a late-game drive to stay close to the Belen Eagles. The Hilltoppers outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second half.
    Unfortunately, the Eagles, the No. 2-ranked team in the state, scored three times in the first half to win 28-14 in Belen.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos forced several turnovers in the second half and limited the effectiveness of a very potent Belen running game to get back into the contest.
    In its three previous outings, Los Alamos struggled against three consecutive Class 4A teams, but against the best team it has faced, had a solid showing.
    Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten found Tristen Hill in the end zone with 8:56 to play for Los Alamos’ first score of the ballgame.
    With less than a minute remaining in the game, Los Alamos fullback Xavier Dennison went up the middle for a 2-yard score for another Hilltopper touchdown.
    Belen (4-1), which has one of the best running games in the state, had success throughout the first half on the ground, scoring on runs of 23 and 25 yards in the second quarter.

  • Girls soccer team outlasts Demons

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a key win Saturday in Santa Fe, but it got the win the hard way.

    If it could go wrong, it did for Los Alamos, which got two big cards and a key player hurt prior to the game, but the Hilltoppers still came away from Ivan Head Stadium with a 3-1 victory over the Santa Fe Demons.

    Meghan McDonald scored on a breakaway chance in the first half, then Chandler Art added an insurance goal for Los Alamos in the second half to put the game away.

    It was a costly win, however. Late in the first half, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, Catie McDonald, was slapped with a red card for a collision near Santa Fe’s goal. Art was hit with a yellow card later in the first half.

    “In the first half, we were frustrated,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubiceksaid. “We had some opportunities. There were some fouls, but you can’t get frustrated.”

    Prior to the game, Los Alamos’ Kristin Funsten was hit with a ball while trying to exit the field and was complaining of concussion-like symptoms. Funsten, one of the team’s veterans, was unable to play Saturday.

  • Reedy, Marr tie for best prediction

    There was a tie for top prediction at this week’s Pace Race.
    Duane Marr and Bob Reedy both earned the top prediction at the Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Reedy and Marr both finished just 3 seconds off their predicted finish time.
    The race was Tuesday on North Mesa.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course this week was 3-year-old Diego Leonard, who finished in 11:15. Leonard was also one of the top predictors Tuesday, being just 9 seconds off.
    Patricia Burnside was the fastest female on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:04.
    On the 3-mile course, Roxana Candia (24:04) and Zach Medin (24:48) had the best finishes this week.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start at Canyon Rim trailhead across from the Los Alamos Co-op.
    The race will be the Cooper Run and will be the final race of the 2013 Pace Race season.
    For more information on the race or on the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639. 

  • LA falls late to Matadors

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team played even with the Sandia Matadors for virtually the entire way Thursday afternoon.
    But with time winding down in regulation, Sandia’s Jassara Baca scored on a corner kick to give the Matadors a 1-0 victory in Albuquerque.
    The corner kick came in low and got lost in front of the goal before Baca got it into the net.
    “One little mistake on defense and we lost the game,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “That was the difference. We played well for 80 minutes except for those last few seconds.”
    Sandia (7-3), a respected Class 5A program, kept Hilltopper goalkeeper Kaitlin Lemke busy much of the afternoon, taking 12 shots-on-goal. Lemke was up to the challenge, making 11 saves before the Matadors broke through with the final goal.
    Thursday’s contest was a nondistrict tilt for the Hilltoppers (3-8), who opened 2-4A play the day before with a 10-0 win over Bernalillo, picking up that win in about 60 minutes of play.
    Against Sandia, however, Los Alamos managed just thee shots-on-goal, all of which were picked up by Sara Gold, who earned the shutout.

  • Aztec, Roswell top soccer polls

    Here are the NMSoccer.com coaches poll results for Class 4A for the week ending Sept. 22. Voting is done by coaches from around the state. First place votes are in parentheses.


    Team Total points

    1. Aztec (3) 48
    2. St. Pius X (2) 38
    (tie) Alb. Academy 38
    4. Farmington 29
    5. Kirtland Central 27
    6. Los Alamos 24
    7. Piedra Vista 23
    8. Santa Teresa 12
    9. Belen 7
    10. Los Lunas 6

    Also receiving votes: Valencia 5, Chaparral 3, Santa Fe 2, Goddard 2.


    Team Total points

    1. Roswell (4) 67
    2. Alb. Academy (3) 62
    3. Farmington 43
    4. Los Lunas 40
    5. Capital 38
    6. Moriarty 33
    7. Artesia 27
    8. Los Alamos 19
    9. St. Pius X 14
    10. Santa Fe 10

    Also receiving votes: Centennial 8, Chaparral 7, Kirtland Central, 5, Grants 5, Miyamura 3, Valencia 3, Goddard 1.