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  • LA tops Capital in straight sets

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-4A play with a road win Saturday night at Capital.
    After a big comeback win last Wednesday against the Española Valley Sundevils — Los Alamos trailed 2-1 but rallied to win — the Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19.
    The victory over the Jaguars wraps up the first half of the district season for the Hilltoppers, who hold a half-match lead over Española Valley and Santa Fe in the 2-4A race. The Sundevils (9-6) host Bernalillo Wednesday and travel to Santa Fe Saturday — Española Valley beat Santa Fe and Santa Fe beat Los Alamos in their first meetings.
    Los Alamos (9-6 overall) has just one match this week, Saturday night at Bernalillo, but will be busy next week with an Oct. 24 contest at home against Santa Fe (7-8) and a trip to Española Valley Oct. 27.
    Next week’s contests could go a long way to determining this year’s 2-4A regular season title.

  • Toppers crush Spartans, face Demons this afternoon

    Collin Stone posted a hat trick and Henry Steinkamp earned a whopping four assists as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday afternoon.
    Los Alamos scored five times in the opening half as it dropped Bernalillo 9-0 at Sullivan Field.
    That victory bumps the Hilltoppers up to 3-1 in District 2-4A play. The Hilltoppers have just two district contests remaining, including an Oct. 23 tilt at Capital that they will have to win for a shot at reclaiming the 2-4A championship.
    The other district game is this afternoon when the Hilltoppers take on the Santa Fe Demons (11-6, 1-2). The Hilltoppers thumped the Demons 6-1 Sept. 29 at Sullivan Field.
    Against Bernalillo, Stone earned his first hat trick of 2012. Stone has scored six of his eight season goals during district play, including five against the Spartans.
    Along with Stone’s hat trick, Ben Stewart scored twice. Single goals were posted by Ryan Maestas, Nick Thoma, Kevin Gao and Steinkamp.
    Steinkamp, one of the top playmakers in the state, had his third multi-assist game of the year with his assist total. He has dished out 12 assists this season and is second on the team with 30 points — Maestas, who had two assists Saturday, leads Los Alamos with 35 points.

  • On Schedule 10-14-12

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 4 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, JV, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

    Cross country: LAMS at Bernalillo, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Escalante, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Volleyball: LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eight grade, TBA.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, JV, noon; varsity, 2 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, varsity, 4 p.m.

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

  • LA boys, girls win big at Los Lunas

    One good turn might deserve another, but Jennifer Mooday was not the beneficiary of that good turn Saturday. Quite the opposite.
    Mooday, a senior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, was pointed in the wrong direction on one of the many loops during the first race of Saturday’s Los Lunas Invitational. Mooday, who had a sizeable lead at the time, lost out on that lead.
    The bum steer may have cost Mooday an individual win at the race, hosted by the Class 4A Los Lunas Tigers, but the Hilltoppers as a team were hardly worse off for it.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls picked up big victories at the meet. The Hilltopper girls finished with 20 points, far outdistancing runner up Santa Fe Indian School. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, just missed a perfect scoring, picking up 16 team points, paced by Sean Reardon’s individual victory and Nick Hill’s second place finish, less than a second behind.
    Los Alamos’ boys started off the race a little too conservatively, said coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood, but recovered well in the latter stages of the race.
    Reardon and Hill were shoulder-to-shoulder through the bulk of the race, while Colin Hemez and Zak Kennison both finished within six seconds of the front-runners.

  • ´Toppers close out 2-4A contest early

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team walked all over the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday to start the second half of its District 2-4A season.
    Los Alamos needed just 56 minutes to trump the Spartans. The Hilltoppers scored four goals in 16 minutes of the second half to win 10-0 at Sullivan Field Saturday.
    The win improves Los Alamos’ mark in district to 4-0 (13-3 overall). Los Alamos has outscored the other three district teams by a combined 36-0 in those four games.
    To clinch its sixth consecutive district title, the Hilltoppers need only beat Capital Oct. 23. The Hilltoppers closed out the Jaguars (5-7 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) early in their Oct. 6 meeting, also by a score of 10-0.
    While another district title would guarantee Los Alamos a place in the Class 4A tournament — it’s a foregone conclusion the Hilltoppers will be invited to participate in the playoffs in the highly unlikely event they fail to win district — head coach Jiri Kubicek is looking for bigger things from his team.
    “We need to win the rest of our games,” he said. “We don’t want to have any surprises. We need to take it one game at a time but we need to polish some of our stuff and make sure we’re where we’re supposed to be.”

  • Washburn returns following suspension ruling

    BERNALILLO — Just three days after his reinstatement onto the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, Grant Washburn suited up in his first game of the 2012 season.
    Washburn, a two-year offensive and defensive line starter, as well as a 2011 first team All-District player at both positions, made an appearance in Friday’s game against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Washburn was suspended from extracurricular activities Aug. 30 for a violation of Los Alamos Public Schools’ alcohol and drug policy, but his suspension was overturned Tuesday by the Los Alamos School board.
    According to New Mexico Activities Association rules, players must have 10 days of practice before they can compete, but Washburn was suspended just one day before the start of the regular season and had put his mandatory practice time in by then.
    “He was back at practice (Wednesday), Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “The team is happy to have their teammate back.”
    Williams said Washburn kept up with his conditioning and strength training during his suspension.

  • Big 2nd half gives LA huge win Friday night

    BERNALILLO – A game against two evenly matched teams started as a nip-and-tuck affair, but ended in a rout.

    And the routing team, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, could be in a position at the end of this week to all but sewing-up the District 2-4A title.

    Los Alamos opened its district title defense campaign Friday nigh at Spartan Field in Bernalillo, a place Los Alamos has struggled at in the past, to take on Bernalillo’s Spartans, one of three teams along with the Hilltoppers and Santa Fe’s Demons, that appear to have the best crack at earning the 2-4A championship.

    The two teams matched each other’s running attack for a good share of the ballgame, but a 95-yard touchdown toss in the third quarter from Hilltopper Brice Van Etten to slotback Seth Drop broke the back of the Spartans.

    The Spartans fell apart following the huge play, which put the Hilltoppers up by three scores at the time. The Hilltoppers would break open the game late, giving them a 34-0 victory on the road.

    Hilltopper Arnoldo Ortiz, who led all rushers with 116 yards on the contest, said Los Alamos went into Bernalillo Friday ready to win.

  • LA makes good showing against No. 1 team in country

    It was an opportunity not many people get, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took advantage of it Thursday night.

    The Strongsville, Ohio, Mustangs, traveling through northern New Mexico this week, wanted to take in some local sights and sounds, as well as play some soccer.

    Strongsville, however, is not just a bunch of ordinary tourists. It so happens to be the No. 1-ranked team prep team in the country.

    Thursday, it dropped in for a visit to Sullivan Field to take on the Hilltoppers, one of the premier teams in the area.

    Strongsville is a suburb of Cleveland and the Mustangs make annual treks to various places across the country. This year’s trip just happened to be through the area.

    In the offseason, Mustangs’ head coach Jon Felton got in touch with girls soccer organizers in Taos and asked if his team could drop by for a visit. From Taos, Felton was connected with Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek, who jumped at the chance for his team to host an elite program such as Strongsville.

    In Thursday’s contest, the Hilltoppers had a solid showing, keeping pace with the Mustangs for most of the way despite having to play most of the contest a man down after drawing a first half red card.

  • Sports Update 10-11-12

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.
    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA.
    More information on the group is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Girls soccer goes pink Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will wear pink Saturday and will be collecting loose change to help support breast cancer research.
    Los Alamos will play Bernalillo at 11 a.m.

     

  • Toppers, Spartans to face off Friday

    It’s do-or-die time in District 2-4A.
    And the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will take its first step toward doing or dying Friday night.
    Los Alamos will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in the district opener for both schools. That contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Spartan Field.
    Last week, Los Alamos wrapped up its nondistrict season with a 29-25 victory at Albuquerque Academy, a game which Los Alamos trailed 11-8 at halftime but rallied to win, the clincher coming on a 42-yard touchdown strike from Brice Van Etten to Xavier Dennison.
    The Hilltoppers are seeking a second straight District 2-4A title, but so far this season, no 2-4A team has established itself as a clear frontrunner. The Hilltoppers probably have the upper hand among the three teams with the best shot to vie for the title.
    Los Alamos will have back-to-back contests with the Spartans and the Santa Fe Demons. A pair of wins will go a long way to clinching a title.
    “Our guys are feeling good,” said Hilltopper head coach Garett Williams, who led them to the 2011 district crown. “We’re coming off a win, but it’s a new season. We’re going into district. The guys had a great week of practice and we’re ready to go.”