• 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.

  • LA girls, boys top Bernalillo in opening games of district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams both had a successful opening to their District 2-4A seasons Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ teams hosted the Bernalillo Spartans in a doubleheader Wednesday at Sullivan Field, and both Hilltopper teams scored solid victories.
    Despite getting off to a slow start in their game, the Hilltopper girls scored nine goals in less than 40 minutes of play to down the Spartans 10-0 in the first game. In the nightcap, Los Alamos got two goals from Collin Stone to help knock off the Spartans 4-1.
    The Spartans aren’t expected to make much noise in either District 2-4A title race, but the Hilltoppers’ next district outing might prove tougher. Both teams travel to Santa Fe for games Saturday.
    Santa Fe’s girls appear to be the only 2-4A team with any realistic shot of knocking off the Hilltoppers, who haven’t lost a district game since 2006. Meanwhile, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Capital are expected to duke it out for the boys district title this season.
    In Wednesday’s boys contest, Stone tallied a pair of goals to help secure the victory.
    Stone, who has nearly half of the team’s total goals this season, now has 24 total points.

  • 'Topper boys, girls visit the Chargers Friday afternoon

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams will start their toughest three-week stretch of the 2013 season Friday.
    That tough set, appropriately enough, begins at Albuquerque Academy. Race time is 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos will travel to Albuquerque Academy to take on the Chargers, among other teams, at the Academy Invitational. Along with Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A boys and one of the teams with the best shot to dethrone the Hilltopper girls’ domination of the classification, teams from Sandia, Piedra Vista, Cleveland and Eldorado are expected to attend.
    Usually about 15 teams participate in the meet. Although it’s not one of the bigger meets the Hilltoppers compete in, it’s usually a competitive one.
    Los Alamos will be going into the meet well rested and off a solid performance in its last outing. Both the boys and girls won the Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Everybody Invitational Sept. 14 — the Hilltoppers were originally scheduled for the West Mesa Invitational but it was called off due to weather — earning substantial victories on both ends.
    The Hilltoppers had last weekend off.

  • Sports Briefs 09-25-13

    Registration open for beginning fencing

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ beginning fencing class is scheduled to start Oct. 1.
    The class if for those with no previous fencing experience. Registration is open to anyone over the age of 10 and parent/child co-registration is welcomed.
    The beginning class will cover the basics of fencing, including footwork, fundamental blade skills and rules of the sport. All necessary equipment will be provided by the YMCA.
    Registration can be done at the YMCA’s main building or online at laymca.org.
    Those with other questions regarding the class can contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    LAGC hosting Oktoberfest tourney

    Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting Oktoberfest starting Saturday.
    Oktoberfest will include a blind best-ball tournament, along with food service and draft beer and wine sales.
    The tournament will start at 9 a.m. Food and beverage service starts at 1 p.m.
    The final day to register is Thursday. For more information, call LAGC at 662-8139.

  • LA picks up 4-set win over Moriarty

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a victory in its first match following a rather lengthy layoff.
    Los Alamos took on the Moriarty Pintos for the second time this season Tuesday night. And while the scores were again close, as in the teams’ first meeting, also in Moriarty, Los Alamos again came out on top.
    The three sets won by the Hilltoppers were tight ones, but the Hilltoppers prevailed in four sets over the Pintos, 25-21, 27-25, 14-25, 26-24.
    Tuesday’s match was the first for Los Alamos since its 3-1 victory at home over the St. Michael’s Horsemen Sept. 11.
    The win for the Hilltoppers (5-2) was also their third win of the season over a Class 4A school against just one loss, that coming in their opener against St. Pius X.
    Los Alamos’ 13-day layoff gets followed up with a hectic upcoming week. Los Alamos will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational Friday and Saturday, then travel to Bernalillo Oct. 2 to open District 2-4A play against Bernalillo, then follow that match with a nondistrict contest at home against Albuquerque Academy.

    Piedra Vista, Artesia top rankings

  • Goddard is top finisher at nationals

    A popular local doctor who has trained hard to keep himself fit wanted to see how he stacked up against athletes his age.
    Apparently, Laurie Goddard stacks up pretty well.
    Goddard, who specializes in internal medicine and is one of the doctors at the local practice Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, took part in the XTerra United States Championships last weekend and won his age group, men’s 65-69.
    The national championship competition was held in Ogden, Utah. It consisted of a 1-mile open water swim, an 18-mile mountain bike and a 10K run.
    The age-group win capped a successful spring and summer competitive season for Goddard, who took part in six events.
    “I’ve been doing this for 10 years now,” Goddard said. “I’ve been in XTerra’s back and forth and I’ve been getting a little better every year.”
    With his age group win, Goddard is now qualified to compete in the world XTerra championships, which are scheduled for next month in Hawaii. He admitted he was pretty tired from training and competing this season, but his wife won’t let him pass up the chance to go.
    Goddard is a regular competitor in the Los Alamos Triathlon. He started taking part in those in 1979, but got more serious about training after his children graduated from college.

  • LA opens district play at home Wednesday

    Jiri Kubicek can’t help but chuckle when he looks at the current standings as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team prepares for the opener of its District 2-4A season.
    “You look at the teams. We have the worst record,” said Kubicek, the veteran head coach of Los Alamos.
    The District 2-4A soccer season officially opens for Los Alamos Wednesday. The Hilltopper boys and girls will face the Bernalillo Spartans in a day-night doubleheader at Sullivan Field. The girls game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
    And while it’s true the Hilltopper girls have won just two games this season, there seems to be little reason for them to panic.
    Los Alamos has dominated the District 2-4A race since 2006, the year the St. Pius X Sartans left. Since that time, Los Alamos has allowed just one goal during district play, that coming last season against Santa Fe.
    The Hilltoppers, despite posting just a 2-7 record so far, will still be the heavy favorites heading in with Santa Fe likely being the only stumbling block they will have to be wary of.
    “I think everybody’s OK,” Kubicek said of the team’s tough start to the season. “Everybody knows we have had a tough schedule, but we’re improving. We’re making progress. They should feel good about themselves.”