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  • 'Topper girls are young but have experience

    The more things change, the more they stay the same around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    Even with a lot of underclassmen on its projected starting lineup this year, the Hilltoppers are returning a lot of varsity experience in 2013, while some of the younger girls who are stepping up to fill spots that were lost to graduation are showing promise already.
    Los Alamos will attempt to keep its four-year streak of state titles alive when it hits the course for Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. UNM’s meet, which is run at the North Golf Course and includes both prep and collegiate races, may be the largest race in the state in terms of competing teams going together in one race.
    Returning sophomore Maddy Foley said thinks she and the rest of the Hilltoppers are ready.
    “I’m a little nervous but I think we’ve been training pretty well,” Foley said. “Our team seems pretty good. With Jen (Mooday) gone and Teresa (Sandoval) gone, it’s a little nerve-wracking, but I think we can pull through, and hopefully win UNM. I don’t know, but I think we’ll be fine.”

  • LA will have several new faces to start 2013

    The Albuquerque Academy Charger boys have been the cream of the Class 4A cross country crop for most of this century.
    But the last two years have been dominated by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    To keep that title, however, will be a challenge in 2013.
    The new-look Hilltoppers will make their debut Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational, a meet that regularly attracts 30 or more prep teams and can be daunting for young runners.
    This season, the Hilltoppers will have plenty of those young runners starting for them.
    Gone from last year’s team are its top three finishers at state, including 2012 individual Class 4A champ Nick Hill. Hill led Los Alamos to a crushing victory over the Chargers in the team competition.
    Los Alamos scored just 22 team points, among the lowest totals ever recorded at the state meet, placing five of its seven runners in the top eight overall.
    This season, however, Academy has lots of talent and experience returning, while for Los Alamos, several runners with little or no varsity experience will be called up to the big squad and will be tested right off the bat.

  • Burnside, Murphy pace LAMS

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams opened their season on a solid note last week at Peñasco.
    The Hawk girls finished in second place among six competing teams at the Peñasco Invitational, while the Hawk boys finished third.
    LAMS’ girls finished 46 points behind Pojoaque’s 27 points in team competition, while the Hawk boys finished with 70 points. Pecos won the boys team title and Pojoaque was second.
    Individually, the Hawk girls were paced by Paulina Burnside. Burnside was sixth overall and was one of three Hawks to crack the top 10. Leander Murphy was seventh for LAMS’ boys, just ahead of teammate Javon Montoya.

    Here are LAMS’ results from the Peñasco Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Pojoaque, 27; 2. LAMS, 46; 3. Las Vegas Robertson, 113.

  • LA opens at home against Farmington Friday night

    Friday will be the first chance of the 2013 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to show off in front of the home crowd.
    But it has a tall order to fill this week.
    Los Alamos will take on the Farmington Scorpions Friday at Sullivan Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    The Scorpions crushed the Gallup Bengals on the road last week, 48-0, to start their 2013 season.
    Farmington, which has thumped Los Alamos in their recent meetings, including a 28-0 victory last season in the Four Corners, has some size upfront, with six linemen listed near or above the 240-pound mark. The Farmington offensive line had an impressive showing against Gallup, helping the Scorpions to four first-half touchdowns.
    But Los Alamos should enter Friday’s game with some momentum coming off a big season-opening win over the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    The Hilltoppers had 448 yards total offense and scored five offensive touchdowns as they topped the Elks 43-14. The game’s outcome was still somewhat in doubt until the fourth quarter, but the Hilltoppers scored three times, including a 64-yard pick-6 by defensive back Simon Heath, to roll to the win.
    Los Alamos’ win over Pojoaque Valley didn’t seem to impress anyone at MaxPreps, however.

  • LA, Moreno Valley soccer teams play at Sullivan Field this afternoon

    Los Alamos High School announed this morning changes to today’s sub-varsity soccer games.
    The Hilltopper girls C team and the Hilltopper boys junior varsity game have switched start times for their games against Moreno Valley. The girls C team game will now start at 4 p.m. and the JV boys game will be at 5:30 p.m.
    Both games will be played this afternoon at Sullivan Field. This is the season-opening game for the girls C team and the second game of the season for the boys JV.

  • Sartans score two goals in 2nd half to top LA Tuesday

     

  • LA falls to St. Pius in opening match

    ALBUQUERQUE — If new Los Alamos head coach Robin Reynolds was looking to ease his way into the captain’s chair, he picked the wrong teams to start the season with.
    Reynolds made his head coaching debut Tuesday night for the Hilltopper volleyball team. His assignment wasn’t an enviable one, either, as the Hilltoppers faced off against longtime rival and defending Class 4A champion St. Pius X.
    Los Alamos, which wants to implement some new wrinkles in its offense this season, didn’t get much of a chance to do so, with the Sartans’ hard hitting and solid serving keeping the Hilltoppers off-balance for a good portion of the night.
    The Sartans would go on to win Tuesday’s match 25-20, 25-16, 14-25, 25-13 at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.
    “Their mental toughness is probably their biggest thing,” said Reynolds of the Sartans, who improved to 2-0 with Tuesday night’s win. “There are no ragged edges. They’re hard to exploit.”
    Los Alamos did have some success hitting to the outside, particularly with Brianna Montaño and Sierra Foley on the left side of its offense.

  • Roswell tops LA in Cernicek final

    Fernando Sanchez was nearly unstoppable in last weekend’s Louie Cernicek Invitational. It remains to be seen if the Roswell Coyotes can be stopped.
    The Coyotes were the big winners in the Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament, hosted by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers got a first-hand look at Sanchez, who scored three goals and had two assists as the Coyotes routed the Hilltoppers in the final, 6-2, Saturday night at Sullivan Field.
    It capped an impressive run in the tournament for Roswell (5-0), which crushed recent two-time Class 4A runner-up Belen in Friday’s first round, 10-0, then bounced a tough Farmington squad 2-1 in a shootout Saturday morning.
    Los Alamos was looking to grab its second straight Cernicek win and third win in four years, but Roswell took control of the contest and, except for a stretch late in the first half, didn’t let up.
    Roswell jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 22 minutes, moving the ball down the field virtually at-will.
    It was then that the Hilltoppers finally got some offense going — they had just three shots, only one on frame, in the early minutes — with Collin Stone tallying a goal in the 24th minute. Eric Schmalz would follow up Stone’s goal with one of his own just five minutes later.

  • Roswell romps to Cernicek Tourney win

    The Roswell Coyote offense was howling in the finale of the Louie Cernicek boys soccer tournament Saturday.

    The Coyotes scored four times in the first half of the tournament championship game against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Saturday night and tallied another pair of goals in the second half to win in decisive fashion, 6-2, and take the tournament title.

    Roswell’s Fernando Sanchez spearheaded an impressively coordinated attack, picking up a hat trick and dishing out a pair of assists, while three other Coyotes also got in the scoring column.

    Los Alamos tried to make a game of it after Roswell went up 4-0 in just 22 minutes. Collin Stone struck from the left side at the 24-minute mark and Eric Schmalz picked up a goal off a direct kick just five minutes later to halve the Coyote lead.

    But the Coyotes (5-0) would go on to outshoot Los Alamos (2-2) by a 3-to-1 margin Saturday.

    Sanchez was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Roswell fullback Jonathan Campos was Defensive MVP.

    Schmalz, Brandon Hodges and goalkeeper Chris Parker were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Hilltoppers.

  • On Schedule 09-01-13

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4:30 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Belen, JV, 4 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Taos, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pecos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius, varsity, JV, 5 p.m.

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

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls C team, JV, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.