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  • Hilltoppers sweep Pintos in 4A contest

    Heading into Wednesday’s match, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team looked to have a pretty tall order on its hands.
    It was facing a tough Class 4A school, Moriarty, which was looking for a win against a solid 4A club to establish itself. It was also going into the match off a week-and-a-half layoff.
    But neither of those things seemed to be a problem for the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers put together an impressive showing, leading all the way except for the first point of the match and a short stint in set three to pick up a 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 victory.
    Los Alamos came up big in virtually every facet of the game, not the least of which was its service performance.
    Danielle Ortiz and Morgan Schake, two of the smallest players on the floor Wednesday, had big service runs in the opening set to set the tone. Ortiz served the Hilltoppers from a 3-2 lead to a 7-3 lead and Schake won six straight points from the service line to up her team’s advantage to 19-7.
    “I was kind of concentrating on one area of the floor,” Schake said. “It seemed to work well. I kind of concentrated on the toss. That helps me every time.”

  • LA volleyball earns decisive win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up an impressive victory against a solid Class 4A opponent Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers trailed only brielfy on two occassions Wednesday as they rolled to a big 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 win over the Moriarty Pintos.

    Los Alamos had the better of Moriarty in virtually all facets of the match and its defense was able to neutralize Moriarty's Arianna Jacquez, one of the top hitters in Class 4A. Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hitters were on track throughout, paced by outside hitter Erin Kirk's 14 spike kills.

    More about the Hilltoppers' victory will be in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Gustafson wins 10K race at Trail Fest

    Local runner Nathaniel Gustafson was one of the big winners at last weekend’s Pajarito Trail Fest.
    The Pajarito Trail Fest was held in conjunction with Pajarito Mountain’s yearly Ullrfest. Saturday’s competition included a 10K and a 15-mile run.
    Gustafson earned a comfortable win in the men’s 10K, topping Los Alamos’ Hans Hanson by more than two minutes. Each of the top five finishers in the men’s 10K were from Los Alamos, including third-place finisher Chip Cooper, the winner of this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Albuquerque’s Elizabeth Turner won the women’s 10K. Runner-up in that race was Los Alamos’ Sarah Milligan. Michael Ehrmentraut of Santa Fe and Saray Demay of Jemez Springs were the top finishers in the 15-mile race.
    More than 100 runners took part in the two races.

    Here are the results from the Pajarito Trail Fest. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted:

    10K race

    Men

    1. Nathaniel Gustafson, 50:25; 2. Hans Hanson, 52:33; 3. Chip Cooper, 56:41; 4. George Perkins, 58:32; 5. David Coblentz, 1:01:08; 6. Craig Blankenship, Silver City, 1:04:49; 7. Nathaniel Ortega, 1:06:03; 8. Christopher Buntain, 1:09:11; 9. Tarik Sahleh, 1:10:58; 10. Jonas Fransson, 1:11:00;

  • Hilltoppers win big in 2-4A openers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams cruised to victory in their District 2-4A season opening doubleheader Tuesday.
    Los Alamos’ teams both won by double-digit margins Tuesday, with the Hilltopper boys topping the Bernalillo Spartans 13-3 in the opener and the Hilltopper girls taking an 11-0 nightcap victory in a game that was over by halftime.
    The Spartans, who have won just one game between the two teams this season, were overmatched from the outset, although the boys team did earn two goals in the first half. The Hilltopper boys, however, scored seven goals in the first 40 minutes.
    In the boys game, five Hilltoppers scored multiple goals, including Cooper Christensen, who tallied a hat trick and had an assist on top of that. Rohun Iyer, named by the Hilltopper coaching staff as the Player of the Game Tuesday, had a pair of goals — including one ripped from 24 yards away — and an assist.
    Also scoring multiple goals were Collin Stone, Ryan Maestas and Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp had a pair of assists, while Dallin Parker had three assists to go along with one goal.
    Michael Maestas had a goal, Ryan Maestas finished with three assists, and Nick Thoma and Cameron Guy both had one assist.
    Los Alamos’ 13 goals were more than it had scored in the previous eight games put together.

  • Hilltopper C team boys win big at Socorro Stampede Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys C team cross country squad just missed a perfect score at Saturday’s Socorro Stampede.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with 17 team points, two points away from a perfect 15. Aaron Roybal, followed by Cameron Staples, Greg Ahlers and John Valdiviez swept the top four spots for Los Alamos, as it easily topped runner-up Rio Rancho.
    Also at Saturday’s race. Los Alamos’ girls C team finished second behind Cleveland. Hilltopper Anna Wermer was the top individual finisher in that race.
    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Socorro Stampede:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Cleveland, 23; 2. Los Alamos, 36; 3. Rio Rancho, 85.

    Individual results

    1. Anna Wermer, 22:06; 4. Haley Butler-Moore, 24:05; 8. Morgan Apperson, 24:53; 11. Sara Stubben, 25:15; 12. Rachel Wallstrom, 25:15; 13. Elise Koskelo, 25:37; 16. Alexandria Chavarria, 26:31; 17. Marcela Mas, 26:35; 19. Chloe Keilers, 26:43; 23. Grace Kim, 27:09. 25. Katie Bowman, 28:12; 29. Dana Crooks, 28:42; 30. Chelsea Chalacombe, 28:55; 31. Rory Cooley, 29:20; 32. Hannah Morgan, 31:00; 36. Miranda Honnell, 33:05; 38. Lauren Fugate, 34:01; 39. Marissa Salazar, 34:35; 41. Roxanne Lopez, 37:21; 43. Morgan Trujillo, 44:26.

    Boys

    Team scores

  • LA teams open district play

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams open District 2-4A play this afternoon when they travel to Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers will face Bernalillo’s Spartans in a doubleheader. The boys game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the girls game will start at 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ girls, who have won five straight district titles, not having lost a single district game during that time, will again be the team to beat in 2-4A this season. Going in, it would seem only Santa Fe, which Los Alamos faces Saturday at home and Oct. 16 in Santa Fe, has any real hope of ending the Hilltoppers’ streak of district victories.
    The Hilltopper girls (8-1) won five straight contests against stiff competition heading into tonight’s game.
    Los Alamos’ boys, meanwhile, won’t be going into the 2-4A season as the defending champs. That title belongs to Capital, which topped Los Alamos in the 2011 regular season finale and won the 2-4A title by goal differential.
    The Hilltoppers (6-5) have struggled, winning just one of their last five contests. Most recently, they were nipped at Rio Rancho by the Rams, 2-1.
    Capital (6-2) has a 19-7 goals for-goals against margin, but hasn’t played the toughest of competition during the nondistrict season.

  • Hawks pick up 3 wins at XC meet in Española Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk boys and girls cross country teams won three of four races at Wednesday’s meet in Española.
    The LAMS seventh grade girls, seventh grade boys and eighth grade girls picked up wins at the meet, while the eighth grade boys were second behind Española’s Cardinals.
    The Hawk seventh grade girls nipped Pojoaque by four points to win that competition, but the other two Hawk winning teams picked up solid victories.
    Individually, three Hawk runners took top honors. Kathryn McClenahan took top honors in the seventh grade girls race, Zoe Chalacombe won the eighth grade girls race and Ben Rees won his second race of the season in the seventh grade boys race. Rees was also the top overall finisher at the ATC meet Sept. 11.

    Here are the Hawks’ results from the Española Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. LAMS, 50; 2. Pojoaque, 54; 3. Santa Fe Indian School, 59; 4. Memorial, 89.

    Individual results

  • LA pitches shutout for homecoming

    For the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to have success down the stretch, it must find consistent offensive production.
    It certainly found some against Kirtland Central.
    Los Alamos picked up some big chunks of yardage Friday night in its 2012 homecoming contest, taking on the Kirtland Central Broncos, both on the ground and through the air. Los Alamos rolled up 388 yards total offense and scored two touchdowns in the opening quarter to set the tone, rolling to a 34-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers took the opening possession of the game and drove 72 yards to paydirt, then Clint Adams blocked a Kirtland Central punt attempt late in the first quarter, setting the Hilltoppers up at the Bronco 13-yard line. Receiver Seth Drop went in one play later on an end around with 1:50 remaining to give the Hilltoppers a 13-0 advantage at the time.
    Drop, who had a big game Friday night, said it was important for the Hilltoppers to set the tone early.
    “We got that first score in, we were making plays,” Drop said. “Everybody executed. The last couple of games we haven’t executed.”
    Prior to the big victory Friday, Los Alamos had been shut out for two straight contests.

  • On Schedule 09-23-12

    Monday
    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Volleyball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.; LAMS at Española, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Cleveland at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls, TBA.

    Thursday
    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, 4 p.m.

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

    Friday
    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Desert Twilight Festival, boys and girls varsity, 5 p.m.

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

    Saturday

  • ´Topper girls roll to a win at Socorro

    The Los Alamos girls cross country team picked up its second victory in as many outings Friday afternoon.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls took part in the Socorro Stampede, a new venue for Los Alamos’ cross country program. The race took place on a challenging course in warmer conditions than the Hilltoppers are used to.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos’ girls finished with a solid 26 points, topping a tough Class 5A school, Cleveland, which finished with 44 points.
    In Friday’s competition, Los Alamos was without two top seniors, Jennifer Mooday and Teresa Sandoval, but even with the personnel shuffling, it was able to pick up a comfortable win.
    Also at the race, Los Alamos’ boys earned 36 points, good for a second-place finish, three points behind meet winner Cleveland.
    This was the first competition for the Hilltoppers since their season opener Aug. 31 at Albuquerque. The boys and girls teams won both ends of that race, including the Hilltopper boys’ upset win over Cleveland’s Storm.
    Los Alamos head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood said the boys knew the Storm would come out aggressive Friday and the Storm didn’t disappoint.