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  • LA taking on No. 1 team in the nation

    Just in case the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was asking itself exactly where it stacks up among the best in the country, it will get that question answered as thoroughly as is possible.
    The Hilltoppers will host the No. 1 team in the United States Thursday night when it takes on the Strongsville, Ohio, Mustangs. The Mustangs, the defending Ohio state champions, will visit Sullivan Field at 6 p.m. Thursday.
    Strongsville is an affluent suburb, about 10 miles southwest of Cleveland, and Strongsville High School is the most decorated public school girls soccer program in the history of Ohio, having won four state championships including the 2011 crown.
    So far this season, Strongsville is a spotless 12-0 and has allowed just four goals, two of those coming in its most recent outing, a 3-2 win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Ohio, on Friday.
    Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said the Mustangs called him over the offseason saying they were taking a swing through northern New Mexico and were looking for teams to play. The Hilltoppers and the Taos Tigers agreed to face off against the Mustangs – Taos plays Strongsville Saturday at Taos Eco Park.

  • Toppers rally to beat Sandia Prep

    One set of Sundevils down. One set of Sundevils to go.
    Coming back after struggling in a District 2-4A road contest Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team couldn’t seem to find its rhythm until the very end of its contest against Class 3A Sandia Prep.
    That rhythm, however, carried the Hilltoppers to a 3-1 win over the Sundevils Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos trailed 15-10 in the fourth set of its home contest with Sandia Prep holding serve and was down 16-13, but reeled off 12 straight points to win, 11 of them with veteran Erin Kirk at the service line.
    Samantha Fenner and Brianna Montaño had block kills during Kirk’s run at the service line to help secure a 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16 victory.
    “I just trust in what I’ve been trained and just not think about it,” said Kirk of her string of 11 straight points, which came just moments after the Sundevils had taken a five-point lead and seemed to have the momentum on their side. “Just get a consistent serve and a consistent toss every point.”
    The big showing at the service line came on the heels of two subpar serve performances in consecutive losses to Albuquerque Academy and Santa Fe, the latter knocking Los Alamos out of the top spot in the District 2-4A race.

  • LA picks up 3-1 win over Sandia Prep

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team had to overcome several unforced errors, but it came back from fourth set hole to top the Sandia Prep Sundevils.

    One night before it faces its arch rival, Española Valley, Los Alamos dropped Class 3A Sandia Prep 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16.

    Sandia Prep was up 15-10 and 16-13 with the side-out, but the Hilltoppers in the fourth set, but Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk reeled off 11 straight points from the service line to close out the match.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers’ win in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Toppers downed by Demons 3-1 Saturday

    The last time the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team lost a District 2-4A contest, it was to Española Valley in 2008.
    The head coach of the Sundevils at the time was Garry Maskaly, who now helms Los Alamos’ program.
    But Saturday night, the Hilltoppers fell 3-1 to the Santa Fe Demons, dropping them to 1-1 in 2-4A play.
    Now, to avoid falling into a big hole in the district race, the Hilltoppers (6-6 overall) will have to find a way to trip up Española Valley Wednesday night.
    Española Valley (8-5), coming into the district season, seemed poised to be Los Alamos’ biggest challenger as it attempts to claim its fifth consecutive 2-4A title. But with Saturday’s loss against Santa Fe (6-8, 1-1) and a road date with the Capital Jaguars (5-7, 0-1) this weekend, the Hilltoppers  may not be able to afford a loss Wednesday.
    Prior to Wednesday’s match, the Hilltoppers will host Sandia Prep (4-8) tonight in a nondistrict contest. Sandia Prep got off to a slow start this season but has rebounded to win three of its last four.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, is on a bit of a slide, having lost three of its last five outings, a slide that’s somewhat surprising after it blasted Moriarty and Bernalillo before being swept by Albuquerque Academy Thursday and the loss to Santa Fe Saturday.

  • Duke City results from weeks 3 and 4

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Football Club in Duke City Soccer League play for:

    In week four of Duke City Soccer League action, the U11 girls Hotshots 2002 won 2-0 over the Classic FC Dynamite, with both scores provided by Alyssa Parker.
    Kaya Krantz had a big game for the Hotshots, while goalkeepers Tanna  Hollander and Chloe Rooney earned the shutout, with Rooney forcing a missed penalty kick against the Dynamite.
    In boys week 4 games, the U13 Lasers 2000 earned a 4-1 in their contest against the Classic FC Millennials, bringing their record to 3-0 in their age bracket.
    The Lasers trailed 1-0 on a penalty kick in the first half, but rallied for four unanswered goals to win going away.
    Arthur Stienkamp and Andres Runde scored two goals apiece, while Alex Bullock had a big showing in goal. The defense of Ben Rees, Cameron Art, Devin Cantua and Cid Rice in front of Bullock was solid throughout.
    Kauru Shimada, Dean Chandler and Christopher Blue also had good showings for the Lasers in the midfield.
    The U-12 Atomic City FC were dropped 8-2 to the NM Bears. Goals came from Wyatt Watson and Dakota Duran with Jesse Prime earning an assist.
    In a non-league game, the Boys U10 LAFC tournament team won 4-1 over the U13 Northern Atkeson.

  • On Schedule 10-07-12

    Monday
    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Volleyball: Sandia Prep at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Volleyball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: Strongsville, Ohio, at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Belen, JV, C team, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Cross country: Los Alamos at Los Lunas Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9:30 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m.; Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 3:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 1 p.m.; Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 5 p.m.

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

  • LA closes out 2-4A game early

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team won going away Saturday against the Capital Jaguars, but it wasn’t all a celebration.
    While heading in for the first score of the game just a little over three minutes in, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald ran headlong into the Jaguars’ left goalpost. McDonald was down on the ground right by the goalpost for several minutes until she was taken by ambulance to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    McDonald, who is having a marvelous season for the Hilltoppers, was groggy following the collision and had to be taken by gurney off the field to the waiting ambulance.
    Initial reports suggested McDonald may have suffered a whiplash-like hit to her head and neck.
    Despite the early injury, which left many Hilltopper players and spectators shaken, the team regrouped to rout the Jaguars 10-0.
    McDonald’s sister, Meghan, tallied the 10th and final goal in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick.
    Los Alamos scored six goals in the first half, with Amy Neal picking up a hat trick 24 minutes into the game.
    With the victory, the Hilltoppers (12-2) improved to 3-0 in 2-4A play and have outscored their three district opponents 26-0 in those games.

  • Toppers pick up win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team picked up an important win on the road Saturday afternoon.
    Los Alamos came back from a 3-point halftime deficit to grab a 29-25 victory over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Richard Harper Memorial Field in Albuquerque.
    Quarterback Brice Van Etten found Xavier Dennison open in the middle of the field for a 49-yard touchdown with about six minutes remaining Saturday.
    The long score gave the Hilltoppers a 29-19 edge. The Chargers (3-3) would score a touchdown with under four minutes to go but Los Alamos picked up two big first downs on its ensuing drive to kill the clock.
    Saturday was Academy’s homecoming contest, but the host Chargers lost their second straight game to the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers beat the Chargers at Sullivan Field for their 2011 homecoming game.
    A loss by the Hilltoppers, who evened their season record at 3-3, would’ve likely cost them any stab at an at-large invitation to the Class 4A playoffs this year, should they need to go that route.
    The fourth quarter touchdown was the second long score of the game for Dennison, who ran 46 yards to paydirt to give Los Alamos an 8-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for its assistance with this report

  • LA shut out by Capital, 1-0

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wants to reclaim the District 2-4A championship from the Capital Jaguars, it’s going to have to do it the hard way.
    Los Alamos was able to pick up its intensity after a sluggish first half to make a second half push Saturday, but it wouldn’t be enough to crack an impressive Jaguar back line.
    Luis Rios-Olivas blasted a shot from 25 yards out which the breeze helped push into the goal at the 34-minute mark. That goal would be all the Jaguars would need, taking a 1-0 decision at Sullivan Field.
    The loss puts the Hilltoppers in an early hole against the Jaguars, who claimed the district title in 2011 on the last day of the Hilltoppers’ regular season. Now, in 2012, it could well be the Hilltoppers hoping to pull off a big late season win when the two teams meet Oct. 23.
    Capital dominated the first half but had only the one goal to show for it. However, it beat Los Alamos to most every ball in the air and made enough runs to keep the Los Alamos defense off-balance.
    On the other side of the field, Los Alamos could muster only two shots and only one of them between the pipes.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle picked up his first win in six tries at Sullivan Field.

  • LA volleyball falls to Academy, faces Santa Fe tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was thumped in the opening set of its road match Thursday night at Albuquerque Academy.

    The Hilltoppers would stick much closer with Academy’s Chargers the rest of the way, but would still go on to lose in three sets.

    The Chargers held on in the second and third sets to win 25-7, 25-23, 25-21.

    Thursday’s loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hilltoppers, who swept both Moriarty and Bernalillo. However, the Hilltoppers (6-5) are just 2-3 in their last five outings.

    Academy’s Stephanie Sun had 15 spike kills to lead the Chargers (8-4) to their sixth win in seven contests. Andi Lowe finished with 9 spike kills.

    Los Alamos will take on Santa Fe (5-8) in its second District 2-4A match of the season tonight. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

    Santa Fe lost a tight 3-2 decision at Española Valley (7-5, 1-0) to open district play Wednesday.