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  • ’Toppers win but can’t find rhythm

    The biggest competition the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team might be up against this season is itself.
    Hosting its second District 2-4A contest of the season, Los Alamos earned a 5-0 victory, but the overall performance fell well short of the standard the team had set for itself at the onset of its current 5-game win streak.
    Being the undisputed favorite in district this season, it’s not hard to understand why the Hilltoppers would find it hard to get psyched about a district contest — they haven’t dropped a 2-4A game in nearly six years — but their head coach, Jiri Kubicek, said he saw the same type of play out of his team when it was derailed by St. Pius X early in September.
    “That was not a team that’s ranked No. 1,” Kubicek said of Los Alamos after Saturday’s win at Sullivan Field against Santa Fe (3-10, 0-10 in 2-4A), the only district team that has an inkling of hope of ending the Hilltoppers’ win streak. “They looked like a team that didn’t want to be here. You can’t overlook anybody. This is what we looked like when we played St. Pius. We win a couple of games and we start thinking how great we are. We’ve got to show up every game.”

  • LA offense comes up big in 2-4A win

    The last thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wants to do this District 2-4A season is mess around with any of its opponents.
    There was certainly no messing around Saturday.
    Los Alamos scored twice in the first 10 minutes of its home contest and controlled the ball most of the way against Santa Fe.
    Ryan Maestas picked up a hat trick early in the second half and Cooper Christensen added a goal and three assists as the Hilltoppers rolled to a 6-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    The win was the second in as many outings for the Hilltoppers in 2-4A play.
    This season, Los Alamos (8-5) is gunning to reclaim the district title it lost to the Capital Jaguars in 2011, a team they will play this weekend.
    However,  Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said at the beginning of the season that the Demons weren’t going to be a pushover, either.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to feed off their hot start, scoring in the fourth, seventh and 19th minutes.
    Maestas scored two of the three early goals, sandwiching Henry Steinkamp’s rip from the top of the penalty box for the second score of the contest.
    Following the win, Maestas said the Hilltoppers were primed and ready to go long before Saturday’s 11 a.m. start time.

  • Belen wins big vs. LA Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team struggled to slow down the Belen Eagles in the first half of Friday’s home football game.

    The Eagles rolled up 269 yards total offense in the first half and scored two long touchdowns early to drop the Hilltoppers 46-15 at Sullivan Field.

    The Hilltoppers fell behind early, going down 19-0 just one play into the second quarter. They would bounce back in the second half with a pair of touchdowns, but would never get back into the ballgame.

    See more information on Friday’s game in Sunday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Update 09-28-12

    Beginning fencing starts Tuesday

    A beginning fencing class will start Tuesday at the YMCA.
    The class, for those with no previous fencing experience 10 years and older, will start at 6:30 p.m. Basic equipment, blade skills and footwork will be covered.
    More information is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100 or Tom Hill at 672-1058.

  • Kelly wins Pace Race

    Nearly 20 runners just beat out the Tuesday night rainstorm at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Just as the final racer finished the 3-mile race, which started on San Ildefonso Road near Big Rock Loop, rains hit North Mesa.
    The best predictor in Tuesday’s race was made by Marin Kelly. Kelly finished with an adjusted prediction error of nine seconds on the 1-mile course, well ahead of David Kratzer’s next-best prediction error of 23 seconds.
    Kelly was also the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:32. Bob Weeks finished in 12:58.
    On the 3-mile course, Roxana Candia had the fastest finish (23:18). Zach Medin finished in 24:17.
    The next Pace Race is the final regularly scheduled race of the season. It will be at Canyon Rim Trail Tuesday night.
    More information can be found at the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.

  • LA club teams start fall Duke City play

    Several club soccer teams from the area returned to Duke City Soccer League action two weeks ago.
    In week two action this past weekend, the girls U14 Kixx 99 picked up a season-opening win, taking a 3-0 decision over Albuquerque United.
    Other local girls club teams didn’t fare quite as well in week two, however. The U13 Kixx team picked up a tie, while the U12 Hotshots fell to Farmington’s Prostar Red 3-1 and the U11 Hotshots fell 3-1 to the Rio Monsters.
    The U13 club scored its goal on a chip shot over the goalkeeper by Hanna Little. A strong defensive front led by Valerie Li, Elsa Gram, Jordan Bailey, Sarah Russell and goalkeeper Robyn Hollis, along with improving midfield play by Hanna Littleton, Jenny Paige, Emalie Harris,  Ashley Attencio  and Jessica Cooke helped secure the tie.  
    In week two boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 picked up a big 5-1 victory over the Rio Raptors.
    Arthur Steinkamp scored 3 goals for the Lasers, while Andres Runde and Dean Chandler also picked up goals. Kauru Shimada had a big game in the midfield and the defense was anchored by Devin Cantua with strong play by Cameron Art, Ben Rees and Cid Rice.  

  • LA will host Belen's Eagles in big 4A contest tonight

    Despite losing by four touchdowns last season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a turning point of sorts in its 2011 contest against the Belen Eagles.
    Los Alamos could use a boost like that again. Tonight, it will get that chance.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Belen Eagles in a Class 4A match-up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos is heading into tonight’s contest off an impressive showing a week ago. Los Alamos thumped the Kirtland Central Broncos for homecoming, 34-0, to improve to 2-2 on the season.
    But while the Hilltoppers went in as favorites last Friday, they will be the underdogs against a solid Eagles squad that is currently ranked No. 6 in the state.
    The situation was similar for the Hilltoppers a year ago when they traveled to Belen. In that game, Belen grabbed a 35-8 victory, but the game wasn’t as one-sided as the final score would make it seem, with the Hilltoppers moving the ball fairly effectively on offense, although those drives would stall except for the final eight-play, 76-yard drive to the end zone.
    That contest marked a turnaround of sorts for the Hilltoppers and the last hurrah for the Eagles, whose season started off promising but quickly unraveled.

  • Breaking News: Petition circulating to reinstate LAHS football player

    A petition being circulated around the community was scheduled to be turned into superintendent Gene Schmidt today concerning the reinstatement of a suspended Hilltopper football player.
    Among those seeking the reinstatement for the player was Tina M. Forsman, mother of a current Hilltopper football player and treasurer of the LAHS Gridiron Booster Club.
    The petition concerns a senior offensive lineman who was suspended prior to the start of the 2012 season. The senior was a starter for the Hilltoppers in his sophomore and junior years.

    Continue checking the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on this developing story.

  • Marquez is named the new head of NMAA

    The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors named Sally Marquez as its new executive director.
    Marquez, a longtime associate director at the NMAA, was picked out of a pool of five finalists for the position. Marquez worked for eight years under Gary Tripp, who left the position in early August.
    The board of directors of the NMAA, which governs most interscholastic sports in New Mexico, announced that Marquez will take over the position immediately. She will be paid a salary of $125,000 as head of the association.
    With the announcement, Marquez becomes the sixth top official in NMAA history and is one of only three women to hold similar positions in the country.
    Marquez graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree at Virginia Tech. She worked with Tripp at Rio Rancho High School from 1998-2004.

  • Topper Notes 09-27-12

    Girls soccer is No. 1 in state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team tops the first Class 4A rankings of the season released by NMSoccer.com.
    The Hilltoppers earned a rating of .76, one of only four teams in Class 4A to earn a rating in positive territory, to claim the top spot this week. The statewide polls were released Tuesday. This was the first week MaxPreps polls were broken down by classification.
    Los Alamos (9-1) opened District 2-4A play with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday, 11-0. The Hilltoppers have won six straight contests.
    In the website’s national rankings, Los Alamos finished 82nd overall. Los Alamos finished as high as No. 25 among the nation’s girls soccer programs.
    Finishing right behind Los Alamos in the 4A rankings was Aztec, which with 12 wins is the winningest team in the state. Albuquerque Academy (7-3) finished third in the poll, followed by Piedra Vista (7-3) and St. Pius X (7-4), the only team to have defeated Los Alamos this season.

    LA football is No. 13 in 4A