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  • LA’s girls come up big at Class 4A meet Saturday

    RIO RANCHO — Adding to its record haul, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team earned another state title Saturday and did so in impressive fashion.

    Los Alamos placed five runners into the top 10 individually at the Class 4A state championship meet to earn its fourth consecutive team title.

    Senior Jennifer Mooday and junior Jordan Parker took the Nos. 4 and 5 slots to pace the Hilltoppers at the state title meet. The Hilltoppers finished with 33 team points, just a hair over half the total of runner-up Albuquerque Academy.

    With its fourth consecutive win, the Hilltoppers are now just one state title away from tying its own record of five titles between 2000-04.

    “It’s an honor,” said Los Alamos’ Teresa Sandoval, a senior who has been a part of all four of the winning teams, a streak that started in 2009. “For me, personally, it’s been an honor to run with these girls and with the girls who have come before.”

    Sandoval, who posted a time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds, had to run much of the way fending off not only the other competitors but also a nosebleed she developed about the 1-mile mark.

  • Hill earns the 4A state title as he leads Hilltopper XC team to win

    RIO RANCHO — It was as dominant a performance as was expected from the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team.

    Los Alamos, the heavy favorite to win the Class 4A state championship this season, didn’t disappoint, placing five runners into the top eight individually Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.

    Meanwhile, Los Alamos’ Nick Hill ran away with the 4A individual state title, eclipsing the 16-minute mark and topping runner-up Brandon Levi by nearly 15 seconds.

    Los Alamos earned its first back-to-back title in program history Saturday, picking up 22 team points, handily defeating runner-up Albuquerque Academy, which had 69 points. No other team finished under triple digits.

    Hill, who had a big finish to the 2011 season and was a big part of Los Alamos’ upset team victory, said he was happy for the win but was hoping to have a shoulder-to-shoulder finish similar to a week ago in the District 2 race.

    “I wanted my teammate Sean Reardon to be there, too,” Hill said. “I was hoping for us to come in together, but it was great.”

    With the victory, Hill won the state individual title for the Hilltoppers for the third time in five years — Kyle Pittman won in 2008 and 2009.

  • LA outlasts Los Lunas in 4A quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE — The onus was on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team’s defense to slow down the top scorer in Class 4A.
    And, aside for a breakaway early in the second half, the Hilltoppers were up to the task.

    Los Alamos limited the touches of Los Lunas striker Alejandro Garcia for much of Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers struck twice, once in the first half and once in the second half, to earn a 2-1 victory over Los Lunas’ Tigers and advance to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Los Alamos’ semifinal contest was scheduled for this afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex against second-seeded Chaparral.

    It was a rough game, however, with neither team being able to connect passes on their offensive ends.

    Prior to the win, the Hilltoppers had been on a layoff since Oct. 23. Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker said the time off had an effect on the team.

    “We didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” he said. “I’m grateful the team was able to pull this off and have another day at state.”

  • Class 4A roundup: Academy, St. Pius boys fall in quarterfinal round

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the most stunning Class 4A state tournament results in recent memory, the eighth-seeded Capital Jaguars boys soccer team pulled off a gargantuan upset Thursday.

    The Jaguars knocked off the top-seeded Albuquerque Academy Chargers 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Jaguars scored twice in the opening half and picked up an insurance goal in the second half to advance to today's 4A semifinals.

    Neither Academy nor St. Pius X, two of the most powerful teams in the state, escaped the quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Soccer Complex. St. Pius, the No. 5 seed, fell to No. 4 seed and defending state champion Farmington.

    The Scorpions (11-6) battled back from a 1-0 second half deficit to tie the score and send the contest into overtime. Jeremy Klepac and Naeem Begay netted goals for the Scorpions in the victory to topple St. Pius (12-8-2).

    For Capital's Jaguars (17-4), who finished as the runners-up to Los Alamos in the District 2 race this season, Diego Pichardo, Luis Rios-Olivas and Jesus Garcia both earned goals in their upset.

    Capital, which was scheduled to face Farmington this afternoon, split its two contests with Los Alamos this season.

  • LA's state soccer games will be aired on KRSN

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast both Thursday’s Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer games.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call live from the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Los Alamos’ girls game against Piedra Vista is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and Los Alamos’ boys game against Los Lunas is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
    KRSN will cover all the Hilltopper games in the Class 4A playoffs.
    The broadcast can also be streamed on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

  • LA to face familiar foe in quarterfinal round Thursday

    It could be a banner year, quite literally, for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team in 2012.
    The Hilltoppers are once again among the favorites in Class 4A heading into the state playoffs. The Hilltoppers kick off their state tournament run Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    Los Alamos, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face 10th-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Game time is 10:45 a.m.
    This season, the Hilltoppers (17-3) spent the bulk of their time atop the Class 4A rankings, that according to MaxPreps.com, but lost their No. 1 ranking, for no obvious reason, in the final poll. Albuquerque Academy, which finished No. 1 in that last poll, also earned the No. 1 overall seed.
    Thursday’s game will be the second meeting between Los Alamos and Piedra Vista in less than three weeks. The Hilltoppers defeated the Panthers 2-0 Oct. 20 in Farmington.
    In that game, Katelyn Leslie picked up a goal for Los Alamos in the first half and Amy Neal scored an insurance goal in the second half.
    Neal, of course, was the overall top scorer in Class 4A this season and the No. 4 scorer throughout the entire state. Neal finished the season with 32 goals and 20 assists, the second consecutive year she was the top point-getter in 4A.

  • Toppers take on Tigers in state tourney quarterfinal

    Despite a long layoff, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team feels primed and ready to go.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed, will open the Class 4A state playoffs Thursday afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Their quarterfinal match-up against the sixth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers.
    Los Alamos will have to contend with a big offensive presence for Los Lunas, however.
    The Tiger attack is spearheaded by sophomore Alejandro Garcia. Garcia was far and away the top point-scorer in Class 4A for 2012 with 86 (38 goals, 10 assists), nearly 30 points better than the next best scorer in the state.
    “I watched him play, he’s good,” Gartz said. “He’s good in the air and he’s got a good left shot. We have to stand him up as much as possible.”
    Also for the Tigers, Said Aguilera had 10 goals and 11 assists (31 total points).
    Los Lunas (15-6) went a healthy 9-1 in District 6 this year – the largest district in 4A – to beat out state qualifier Miyamura for the district title, but was unremarkable outside district play. It lost a 1-0 decision early on this season to Santa Fe, which Los Alamos swept in two games by a combined score of 8-2.

  • Class 4A State Soccer Schedule

    Thursday-Saturday games at APS Soccer Complex

    Girls

    First round

    (8) Belen 2, (9) Santa Teresa 0
    (5) Farmington 6, (12) Roswell 0
    (6) Kirtland Central 2, (11) Valencia 1
    (10) Piedra Vista 1, (7) Miyamura 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Belen vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 10:45 a.m.
    Piedra Vista vs. (2) Los Alamos,      10:45 a.m.
    Farmington vs. (4) St. Pius X, 11:15 a.m.
    Kirtland Central vs. (3) Aztec, 11:15 a.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

    Belen-Academy winner vs. Farmington-St. Pius winner, 11:30 a.m.
    Kirtland Central-Aztec winner vs. Piedra Vista-Los Alamos winner, 11:30 a.m.

    Championship

    Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

    Boys

    First round

    (8) Capital 2, (9) Artesia 1
    (5) St. Pius X 3, (12) Miyamura 0
    (6) Los Lunas 3, (11) Santa Teresa 2
    (7) Roswell 3, (10) Santa Fe 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Capital vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 1 p.m.
    Roswell vs. (2) Chaparral, 1 p.m.
    St. Pius vs. (4) Farmington, 1:30 p.m.
    Los Lunas vs. (3) Los Alamos, 1:30 p.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the sixth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the girls U11 Los Alamos Hotshots ‘02 prevailed 5-0 against the ‘02 Antero.
    Both teams played without substitutes but Los Alamos was the fresher team throughout, controlling the action in the contest.
    The Hotshot defense held Antero to 1 shot in the second half and the midfield and offense continually pressured Antero’s defense.
    In the boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 5-0 against the NM Rush Millenium.
    David Gao had 2 goals while Jordan Currie, Andrea Runde and Ben Rees all picked up single goals.
    Kauru Shimada and Christopher Blue had good outings in the midfield and the Lasers’ defense allowed only 2 shots and none on goal.
    The U-12 Atomic City FC lost 5-1 to the Guadalajara Volcano. The lone goal for Atomic City came from Cade Cummins with an assist from Dakota Duran.

  • Soccer game times announced

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has its Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal game scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls will play in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    Los Alamos’ boys will play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. They will face off against Los Lunas in that contest, while the Hilltopper girls will play Piedra Vista.
    The winners of Thursday’s games will advance to the state semifinals Friday.
    More information on the soccer tournaments will be in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.