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  • 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.

  • Candia wins final Pace Race of the season

    Roxana Candia was the top finisher and top predictor in the final Pace Race of the 2012 season Tuesday night.
    The Pace Race, an event which is run weekly during Daylight Savings Time hours, is hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Pace Races are run at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    For the final race of the season, participants were given the option to run 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles or 3 miles.
    Candia finished with a prediction error of 7 seconds on the 3-mile course and was also the fastest finisher on that course with her time of 23 minutes, 8 seconds.
    Following Candia, Duane Marr was 12 seconds off. David Kratzer (19 seconds) and Zach Medin (21 seconds) were also among the top predictors Tuesday.
    Marin Kelly was the fastest finisher for 1 mile (8:07), Jackie Marr was the top finisher for 1.5 miles (19:31) and Christie Kelly was the fastest on the 2-mile run (20:28).
    The Atomic City Roadrunners will co-sponsor the Turkey Trot Nov. 18 starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    More information about the club can be obtained by calling Ted Williams at 672-1639 or visiting the club's website, atomicrunners.com.

  • LA's late goal sinks Bears, 1-0

    Coming off back-to-back games where the effort wasn’t what they needed it to be, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers didn’t get off to an auspicious start Thursday.
    But playing against the La Cueva Bears, the Hilltopper girls soccer team made up for it with a big second half.
    Los Alamos couldn’t get on the same page offensively and needed some big plays on the defensive side during the first half of Thursday’s game to hang with the Bears. In the second half, however, the Hilltoppers finally got their powerful offense rolling, culminating in one of the team’s best individual efforts of the season, leading to the game winner.
    With the game scoreless in the 76th minute, La Cueva’s near-miss shot on a corner kick chance rolled out to the right side of the field where Catie McDonald tracked it down. McDonald dribbled the length of the field down the right hash mark, deftly split two well-positioned La Cueva defenders converging on her and smashed a shot toward the La Cueva post.
    La Cueva goalkeeper Sam Johnson blocked McDonald’s initial shot but didn’t have time to grab the ball out of the air. Instead, the ball bounced straight to Hilltopper Allison Rooney who had simply to send it back into the open net.

  • People in the News 10-05-12

    Bohn is ‘queen’ at Gore Canyon

    Jessie Bohn, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was the youngest competitor and posted the fastest time in the women’s kayak division in the Gore Canyon race Aug. 18.
    Bohn, who had the fastest women’s time of all crafts down the course and was awarded “Queen of Gore Race 2012.”
    The Gore Canyon race , which runs approximately five miles, is held every August on the Class IV-V section of the canyon on the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colo.
    The race is down river race for kayaks, rafts and any other river craft that can make it through the canyons rapids. It includes the Class IV and V rapids Gore, Pyrite, Tunnel Falls and Kershbaum.
    In all, 33 crafts including kayaks and rafts competed in the race.
    Bohn has been kayaking since she was 8 years old and has been taking on  Gore Canyon since age 14. She is a member of the Colorado Kayak Supply Women’s Squad Team.

    London fires his third ace

    Roger London earned a career hat trick as far as holes-in-one go.
    London, of Los Alamos, scored his third career ace Sept. 11 at Los Alamos Golf Course. He hit his ace on the No. 15 hole with a 9-iron from 152 yards out.
    Witnesses to the hole-in-one were Spike Jones, Donna Crook Jones and Linda Gallegos.

  • LA girls soccer tops La Cueva, 1-0

    A late goal by Allison Rooney following an outstanding run down the length of the field by Catie McDonald gave the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team a big win over the La Cueva Bears.

    McDonald scooped up a pass of a La Cueva corner kick and drove down the right hashmark and took a line drive shot from point-blank range at Bears goalkeeper Sam Johnson. Johnson couldn’t hang on to the shot, which bounced straight to Rooney, crashing in from the left side for a knock-in goal to give the Hilltoppers a 1-0 win at Sullivan Field

    More information on the Hilltoppers’ big win over the Class 5A Bears will be in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Update 10-04-12

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

     

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.

    Pickleball is a tennis-like sport which uses wood paddles and a Whiffle ball that's played on a badminton court.

    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. Price for participation is $5 for YMCA members, $10 for nonmembers.

    More information on the group is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.

     

    Yum Run returns Oct. 27

     

    The eighth annual Ruby K's Yum Run is scheduled for Oct. 27.

    The Yum Run includes a 5K run/walk event and a 10K run/walk, as well as a 1K non-competitive fun run. All races start and finish at Ruby K's on Central Avenue.

    Price for participation is $30 per person for the 5K and 10K races or $90 per family and $15 per person or $35 per family for the 1K. All proceeds from the races will go to benefit LA Cares.

    Entry forms are available online at rubykbagel.com or may be picked up at Ruby K's Los Alamos Fitness Center, the YMCA or Mesa Public Library.

     

    KRSN to air girls soccer game

     

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast tonight’s girls soccer game between Los Alamos and La Cueva.

  • LA sweeps Bernalillo to open 2-4A

    In dispatching one of its toughest foes with a bang Wednesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a victory in its district opener.
    Los Alamos was dominant for two-plus sets and pulled things together well enough to close out the third set against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The big hitters upfront were again on their game for the Hilltoppers, outgunning the Spartans at the net, while the Spartans’ biggest weapons had relatively quiet nights.
    The Hilltoppers were dominant in sets one and two, taking those 25-10 and 25-12.
    The Spartans regrouped after falling behind early in the final set, but the Hilltoppers, who started off the third set much the same way they had the first two, cooled off considerably, but still prevailed to take a 25-20 decision and claim the sweep.
    “In our first two games, our energy was really up,” Los Alamos libero Danielle Ortiz said. “We started off with a good lead, but in the third game we were a little relaxed. We started to let up a little bit, but we pulled through and we finished on a good note.”

  • Hawks’ XC results

    Here are Los Alamos Middle School’s results from the Sept. 26 Albuquerque Academy Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 32; 2. Desert Ridge, 70; 3. Santa Fe Indian School, 105; 4. LAMS, 109.

    Individual results

    3. Kathryn McClenahan, 12:42; 19. Zoe Hemez, 13:49; 28. Anya Palmer, 14:19; 29. Jordan Bailey, 14:23; 30. Serenity Maestas, 14:26; 35. Miriam Wallstrom, 14:38; 38. Ruby Selvage, 14:56; 39. Beatrice Nisoli, 15:01; 40. Katrina Vinyard, 15:06; 42. Amaya Martin, 15:13; 48. Madeline Beck, 15:32; 49. Madison Peterson, 15:35; 54. Morgan Parker, 15:51; 57. Sophia Sivils, 16:14; 80. Michaelle Sutton, 19:00; 81. Elisa Cirigliano, 19:02.

    Seventh grade boys

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 40; 2. LAMS, 55; 3. St. Michael’s 80.

    Individual results

    2. Ben Rees, 11:15; 6. Kye Jones, 11:34; 14. Aaron Hime, 12:30; 15. Leander Murphy, 12:30; 18. Andres Runde, 12:38; 27. Phillip Martin, 13:05; 28. Max Goettee, 13:06; 35. Joshua Strevell, 13:21; 42. Caleb Hatler, 13:29; 50. Kevin Parkinson, 13:52; 53. Jacob Thompson, 13:58; 62. Michael Narum, 14:13; 75. Kyler Parkinson, 15:07; 89. Francisco Valdez, 15:57; 95. Amabilis Baca, 16:21; 119. Cameron Pearl.