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  • 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.

  • Ski season kickoff

    Skiers are preparing for the upcoming ski season and were buying, selling and bartering at the annual Ski Swap. The Ski Swap was at the Los Alamos Middle School. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures mostly in the normal to above-normal range for the winter of 2012-13 around the north central New Mexico area

  • Elementary School Mile Run results

    Here are the results from Friday’s Elementary School Mile Run:

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. Aspen, 55; 2. Mountain, 65; 3. Piñon, 79.

    Individual results
    1. Alyssa Parker, Piñon, 6:45; 2. Paulina Burnside, Mountain, 6:50; 3. Sophia Salazar, Aspen, 6:52; 4. Marin Kelly, Mountain, 7:08; 5. Linda Appell, Chamisa, 7:09; 6. Brianna Toya, Rio Rancho, 7:17.0; 7. Taylor Roybal, Pojoaque, 7:17.6; 8. Savanna Lucero, Chamisa, 7:25; 9. Sophie Chadwick, Aspen, 7:27; 10. Kaya Krank Piñon, 7:34;

    11. Morgan Lucero, Pojoaque, 7:47; 12. Charlotte Ulrich, Aspen, 7:51; 13. Isabella Bailey, Piñon, 7:52; 14. Jenna Harris, Mountain, 7:56; 15. Natalie Gallegos, Aspen, 7:59; 16. Ellie Oldham, Aspen, 8:06; 17. Estrella Torres, Pojoaque, 8:26; 18. Amaya Coblentz, Aspen, 8:29; 19. Elise Olivas, Aspen, 8:30; 20. Anika Garcia, Aspen, 8:31;

    21. Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Mesa, 8:33; 22. Jenee Montouz, Mountain, 8:40; 23. Manisha Khawas, Mountain, 8:51; 24. Heidi Johnson, Mountain, 9:12; 25. Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Mesa, 9:19; 26. Sophia Mamula, Mountain, 9:23; 27. Michaela Gonzales, Piñon, 9:24; 28. Hannah Gartz, Piñon, 9:25; 29. Emme Mooday, Mountain, 9:27; 30. Rachel Laux, Piñon, 9:28;

  • LA's Reardon poised for a big finish

    It would seem to be something of a meteoric rise. In fact, it was anything but.

    With the 2012 cross country season winding down, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys standout Sean Reardon seems primed to make one of the biggest splashes on a team that’s making big waves.

    Reardon, with a big showing his senior year, has established himself as one of the runners, if not the runner, to beat this postseason. He will show his stuff at Friday’s District 2-4A meet and the following week’s Class 4A championship.

    With five top-five finishes this year, including his first career victory at Los Lunas and a third-place finish at the regional Desert Twilight Meet in Phoenix last month, Reardon has every right to start taking things for granted. But, as with the entirety of the Hilltopper cross country program, he doesn’t afford himself that luxury.

    “We’re planning to get the job done at district and going into state feeling strong,” Reardon said. “We’re confident in our abilities to peak.”

    Reardon has been a steady runner for the Los Alamos cross country and track programs since 2010.

  • Toppers earn 2-4A title with win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its fifth straight District 2-4A regular season championship with its win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos, playing on the road at Española Valley, earned a 3-1 victory over the Sundevils to grab the district regular season title, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament and, most importantly, secure a berth in the Class 4A playoffs next month.
    The Sundevils and the Hilltoppers played a back-and-forth contest Oct. 10 that could’ve gone to either team, but the Hilltoppers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets.
    Saturday, however, Los Alamos picked up a 25-13 win in the first set and, following a second set 25-22 Española Valley victory, Los Alamos won 25-17 and 25-20 to close out the contest.
    The Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 6-1 in 2-4A) finish off district play Wednesday at home. They will face Capital for Senior Night before taking on St. Michael’s Thursday, a make-up game from early September that was rescheduled due to a leaky gymnasium roof.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos had its offensive guns firing, led by freshman outside hitter Brianna Montaño, who collected 20 spike kills, nearly half the team’s total for the night.

  • Girls are No. 2, boys No. 3 in 4A soccer brackets

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have some down time before they get rolling in the Class 4A tournaments.
    Los Alamos’ girls picked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming girls soccer playoffs while Los Alamos’ boys earned the No. 3 seed in the 4A boys tournament. By virtue of their seeds, the Hilltoppers both get a bye into the quarterfinal round, which is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on either Piedra Vista or Miyamura in the quarterfinals, while the Hilltopper boys will have either Santa Teresa or Los Lunas.
    There were few major surprises in either the 4A boys and girls playoff brackets this year.
    “I expected it,” Los Alamos boys head coach Evan Gartz said of his team’s top-four seed. “I wasn’t expecting Chaparral to get the No. 2 spot, but I didn’t expect to be in front of Farmington, either. Other than that, it was pretty close to what I thought it was going to be.”
    Both the Albuquerque Academy Charger teams grabbed the No. 1 seeds in the two brackets.

  • On Schedule 10-28-12

    Monday

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-4A meet (Española Valley), varsity, JV, 3 p.m.

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

  • Brackets are due out today

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams appear to be in line for a top-four seeding for this year’s Class 4A playoffs.
    The field for the postseason for all three soccer classifications in the state are due out today. The New Mexico Activities Association announced the brackets will be released at approximately 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos boys and girls, two of the most successful programs in state history, are among the top-ranked teams in 4A and have been throughout much of 2012. In the final rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ girls were No. 2 overall and Los Alamos’ boys were No. 3.
    The Hilltopper girls were ranked No. 1 in Class 4A much of the year, but were leapfrogged by Albuquerque Academy in the final regular season poll. State polls are conducted by MaxPreps.com.
    “I don’t know how that works,” Hilltopper girls coach Jiri Kubicek said. “But they’re going to do what they want, anyway. I’m not going to worry about it. If you want to win at state, you’ve got to beat everybody.”