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  • ´Toppers win big in season finale at home vs. Jaguars

    In their final game of the 2012 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers saved their best for last.
    On Senior Night, the Hilltopper football team scored six touchdowns on a total of 16 offensive plays, all six of those from 20 yards out or longer.
    Meanwhile, the Los Alamos defense gave up a grand total of 43 yards offense as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 52-0 victory over the Capital Jaguars at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers closed out the contest just three minutes into the second half. After taking a 40-0 lead into the locker room, Xavier Dennison took the second half opening kickoff 80 yards untouched into the end zone. Then, on the Jaguars’ ensuing possession, linebacker Sam Ortiz stripped Capital running back Manuel Segura of the ball and rumbled 33 yards for a touchdown to end the game via the mercy rule.
    It was an impressive victory all around Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to extend the Hilltoppers’ season.
    Los Alamos went into Friday night’s game clinging to slim hopes it might be able to get back into the District 2-4A championship discussion, but those hopes were dashed by the Santa Fe Demons.
    At Santa Fe, the Demons (4-5 overall, 3-0 in district) crushed the Bernalillo Spartans 51-6, clinching the 2-4A title and the Demons’ first postseason berth since 1986.

  • LA girls breeze to victory

    ESPAÑOLA — Friday’s win was a long time coming for Jennifer Mooday.
    Mooday, the top senior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, had been looking forward to a chance to compete for the District 2-4A title since joining the team in 2009. This year, she was able to grab that elusive title.
    With the race coming to a finish and Mooday running just a stride ahead of teammate Jordan Parker, Mooday beat Parker up a small but difficult hill less than half a mile from the finish.
    Mooday held off a late comeback attempt by Parker to win with a time of 20 minutes 25 seconds.
    “It was definitely tough,” Mooday said. “I was running slower than I normally do, but it’s good at this course. This course takes a lot of heart. It was a challenge.”
    Los Alamos, as expected, earned the 2-4A championship, its 13th straight, with a near-perfect score of 16 points.
    Santa Fe’s Demons finished with 59 points and host Española Valley Sundevils had 72 points, those scores advancing those two teams to state along with the Hilltoppers.
    The bid by the Hilltoppers for their fourth perfect score at district in five years was upset by interloper Noel Pradoni of Santa Fe.

  • LA perfect at 2-4A meet

    ESPAÑOLA — One race down, one to go.
    There was little doubt going into Friday’s District 2-4A race whether the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team could earn its 13th consecutive district title. About the only question was whether the Hilltoppers could sweep the competition.
    The answer was yes.
    With Sean Reardon and Nick Hill firmly in the lead, the next three Los Alamos runners had to come from behind with just over a quarter of a mile to go. Santa Fe’s Zachary Grand had a two-second lead over Los Alamos’ Colin Hemez, Zak Kennison and Orion Staples, but the Hilltopper trio was able to overtake Grand to sweep the top five spots.
    Los Alamos finished the meet with a perfect score of 15 points, well ahead of runner-up Española Valley.
    Reardon just nipped Hill at the line to earn the District 2-4A individual title. The two, who ran the last mile shoulder-to-shoulder, were separated by just .23 seconds to pick up the top honor.
    Los Alamos won at Española Valley’s tough course that winds through the hilly backside of the high school campus.

  • Boys, girls XC win at 2-4A title meet

    ESPAÑOLA — Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams were winners at Friday's District 2-4A championship meet.
    Los Alamos' boys finished with a perfect score of 15 at the meet while Los Alamos' girls had a near-perfect score of 16 to win the team titles.
    Individually, Los Alamos' Sean Reardon and Jennifer Mooday won their races to earn district crowns.
    Read more about the races in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA football blasts Capital in finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team closed out the Capital Jaguars early to win their 2012 regular season finale Friday night.
    Hilltopper linebacker Sam Ortiz stripped Jaguar running back Manuel Segura and ran 33 yards for a score early in the second half to give Los Alamos a mercy-rule 52-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos scored 40 points in the first half and held Capital to just three yards on its first two possessions to pick up the victory.
    Read more on Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Freyer leads LASG at meet

    Brianna Freyer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational in Rio Rancho Oct. 20-21.
    More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part.
    The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver, and 26 bronze, led by Fryer.
    Freyer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals in each of the four events, bars (9.50), beam (9.30), floor (9.05), and vault (8.80). She also earned a fifth gold for her top all-around score of 36.65.
    The Xcel program is an alternative to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    For the Atomic Tumblers, six gymnasts competed in the Xcel Program, while 15 are in the Junior Olympic Program. Fryer and Anna Clark, competed in both.
    Clark stood strong as the all-around champion in the Silver Level Xcel, with an all-around score of 35.15. She earned a gold on beam (9.25), silver on bars (8.80) and floor (9.00), and a bronze on vault (8.10).
    Also for the Atomic Tumblers, Suyanna Ferreira took third in the all-around Silver Level Xcel with a score of 34.35, earning a gold on bars (9.00).

  • JV results from the Los Alamos Invite

    Jordan Parker led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity cross country team to a near-perfect finish at the Los Alamos Invitational last week.
    Parker won the girls JV race in a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds to take top honors at the race, held Oct. 26 at Los Alamos Golf Course. Parker was followed by her teammate, race runner-up Amanda Mercer and Miranda Barraza, Emily Pittman and Janali Gustafson, who took the Nos. 4-6 spots.
    On the boys side, Cameron Staples was the top finisher for the Hilltopper JV team. Staples’ time of 17:53.56 was good enough for fourth place and was .32 seconds better than teammate Gus Saeger.
    The Hilltopper JV boys finished second, two points behind Albuquerque Academy.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Los Alamos Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 18; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 42; 3. Cleveland, 86; 4. St. Pius X, 118; 5. Santa Fe Indian School, 157; 6. Santa Fe, 172; 7. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 184

    Individual results

  • Toppers close out 2-4A season with sweep at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team closed out its District 2-4A season with an impressive victory Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars in their final home game of the season. They served an impressive 10 aces as they dropped the Jaguars 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos closes out its regular season at St. Michael’s tonight. Los Alamos and St. Mike’s were scheduled to play in mid-September but that match was postponed due to a water leak in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    With Wednesday’s win, Los Alamos (13-6) finishes with a district mark of 7-1. The team clinched the 2-4A regular season title, the No. 1 seed in the district tournament – which starts next week – and a berth in the Class 4A playoffs Saturday with its win over Española Valley.
    Los Alamos lost 3-1 to Santa Fe early in the district season, but bounced back, losing just three sets for the rest of the district season and earning four 2-4A sweeps.
    Against Capital, senior Erin Kirk, playing her final regular season match at Griffith Gym, led the way with 15 spike kills, scoring those on 22 attempts. Claire Stewart and Brianna Montaño both finished with 5 spike kills.
    Setter Savanah Romero, also a senior, had 27 assists.

  • Hilltopper hopes still alive?

    It’s still very much a long shot, to be sure, but there is a glimmer of hope for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to make the Class 4A playoffs.
    By Saturday morning, the Hilltoppers’ postseason fate will be sealed one way or the other. But a berth in the playoffs, which seemed like a pipe dream two weeks ago is, if not likely, at least plausible.
    Los Alamos (5-4) shouldn’t have any trouble with Capital (1-7), which picked up its lone victory two weeks ago against Española Valley, and may even have to pull back to get the game to the second half.
    But the most important game for Los Alamos Friday night is not its own game — if the Hilltoppers lose to the Jaguars, no force on Earth could get them into the playoffs — but rather the Santa Fe-Bernalillo game Friday at Ivan Head Stadium.
    Santa Fe will clinch District 2-4A if it wins Friday. If it doesn’t, that reopens the door for Los Alamos. Keep in mind, neither Los Alamos nor Santa Fe has a prayer of getting an at-large bid, so the only team that will advance will be the district champ.
    On paper, that doesn’t seem to be much to hang one’s hat on. The Spartans (1-7) have struggled mightily. The Demons (3-5) have struggled, well, less mightily. The Demons have a potent offense. The Spartans do not.

  • Toppers showing support for military

    Senior Night for the Los Alamos football team takes place Friday at Sullivan Field.
    But as its seniors are recognized, along with their parents, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will be working to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
    “This year’s team decided to do a charity fundraiser, and since we have many former Hilltopper football players who have entered the military, and family members who have served, we decided the Wounded Warrior Project would be a great charity to give to,” Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said.
    “The greatest casualty is being forgotten,” is the motto of the non-profit agency that works to assist warriors, their caregivers and their families.
    Their services include transition programs to help them find employment and working to fill gaps for those that have visible wounds, as well as invisible wounds like PTSD and more.
    The Hilltoppers, who are playing their season finale against Capital, will collect donations and donate all of their proceeds from working in the concession stand that evening to show their support.
    Among past members of the football program that are serving in the armed forces are Garett Nelson, Jeremy Kasik, Wade Archuleta, Justin Trujillo, Kyle Trottier, Chris Naranjo, Eric Nelson and Nathan Robbins.