• LA, Capital square off for 2-4A title

    The District 2-4A boys soccer title will be on the line this afternoon when the Los Alamos Hilltoppers host the Capital Jaguars.
    Today’s game at Sullivan Field is the regular season finale for the Hilltoppers, who will be looking for an upset victory over the Jaguars, along with some revenge for a shutout loss earlier this month.
    Los Alamos (9-10) dropped a 1-0 decision to Capital (11-5) Oct. 5 at Jaguar Field.
    The win boosted the Jaguars up to the No. 1 position in the 2-4A standings, which they haven’t relinquished.
    In that contest, senior Jason Alarcon, who has given the Hilltoppers fits all throughout his prep career, scored the lone goal for the Jaguars 24 minutes into the first half. The Hilltoppers adjusted their defense afterward, marking Alarcon with Skyler Veenis, who held Alarcon largely in check for the balance of the contest.
    But due to that loss, the pressure today is squarely on the shoulders of Los Alamos.
    To wrench the title outright from Capital, which has lost just one game on the field all season, the other four losses being early season forfeits, Los Alamos must win by at least two goals.

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  • Another big 2nd half for LA lifts it over Piedra Vista

     It was tough to know for certain at the beginning of the year, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team felt like, with some games under its belt, it might be able to put things together come playoff time.

    The way the Hilltoppers have played the last game-plus, that may indeed be the case.

    For the second game in a row, the Hilltoppers played a dominant second half at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers scored three times in the final 40 minutes, twice by Catie McDonald off of assists from Meghan McDonald, to top the Piedra Vista Panthers 4-0.

    With just two games remaining in the regular season, head coach Jiri Kubiceksaid his team is in a groove right now.

    “The girls responded well, they played well,” Kubicek said. “They look like a group that’s on a mission.”

    Los Alamos (8-10) has already assured itself of a playoff spot, but has to keep one eye on possible seeding for the playoffs — the seeding will be announced next Sunday. The big win over Piedra Vista (9-7) should only boost Los Alamos’ stock.

  • Back in the day

    Among the many festivities going on during Homecoming Week 2013 was a mini-class reunion for the Class of 1973.

    The senior year of 1972-1973 was a memorable one for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, which enjoyed one of the best years in program history. To share some memories of that year, several members of that team got together prior to the Hilltoppers’ homecoming game at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

    It was a good turnout at the get-together, which included players and even head coach Glen Howl and several of the team’s assistants.

    In 1972, the Hilltoppers went undefeated in the regular season, won the District 1-4A championship and advanced to the state semifinals before getting nipped by Mayfield in Las Cruces on one of the final plays of regulation.

    They finished with a record of 10-1 and a rare district title, playing in one of the most competitive big school districts in the state.

    While that season was one filled with highlights, the team’s success wasn’t an accident.

  • Demons win going away vs. Toppers

    SANTA FE – In the first half of Friday’s game, it was the Santa Fe Demons who couldn’t do anything right.

    But those miscues were corrected at halftime and after the break it was all Santa Fe.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a chance to take a big step toward regaining the District 2-4A title it lost in 2012, but had no answer for the power rushing game of the Demons in the second half.

    Los Alamos took a 9-0 lead into the locker room at the break, but the Demons scored on four straight possessions in the second half to win going away, 28-9, at Ivan Head Stadium.

    Santa Fe, which features a huge offensive line, wore the Hilltopper defensive front seven down throughout the contest and in the second half its rushing game was a model of efficiency.

    That was in stark contrast to the first half, when Santa Fe put the ball on the ground five times and Los Alamos’ defense stopped the Demon offense on two big possessions deep in Hilltopper territory.

    Now, with the loss, the Hilltoppers’ chances to advance to the postseason are tenuous at best. The Hilltoppers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) now must beat both Española Valley and Capital and hope the Demons trip up in one of their last two district games.

  • On Schedule 10-20-13


    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.kkkk


    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.


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

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, JV, 5 p.m.


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


    Cross country: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls C team/JV/varsity, 3 p.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


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

  • 'Toppers fall to Demons in big 2-4A contest

    SANTA FE - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was thumped in the second half of Friday's game against its biggest challenger in District 2-4A.
    The Santa Fe Demons scored 28 unaswered points after a horrible first half for them as they knocked off Los Alamos 28-9 at Ivan Head Stadium.
    Santa Fe pounded the ball against Los Alamos' defense in the second half to win going away.
    Los Alamos could've taken a big step toward a district title run Friday, but with the loss now must hope for the Demons to falter down the stretch.
    Read more about Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA girls are fifth in coaches soccer poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Oct. 13. Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. St. Pius X (5) 50 3
    2. Aztec 41 1
    3. Academy 36 2
    4. Farmington 31 T-4
    5. Los Alamos 25 T-4
    6. Piedra Vista 21 7
    7. Kirtland Central 16 6
    (tie) Belen 16 8
    9. Capital 9 10
    10. Santa Fe 6 -
    (tie) Los Lunas 6 -

    Also receiving votes: Deming, 5; Miyamura, 4; Valencia, 4; Goddard, 2; Grants, 2; Santa Teresa, 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Academy (4) 45 2
    2. Roswell (1) 43 1
    3. Capital 38 6
    4. Farmington 30 5
    (tie) Los Lunas 30 3
    6. Moriarty 19 4
    7. Artesia 18 7
    8. Los Alamos 12 T-9
    9. Santa Fe 8 -
    (tie) Centennial 8 T-9

    Also receiving votes: Chaparral, 7; Miyamura, 7; St. Pius X, 6; Goddard, 4.

  • LA is back in action Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country team will be back in action this weekend after a week off from competition.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will both take part in the Rio Rancho Jamboree Saturday.
    The Rio Rancho meet is the third of three straight big races for the Hilltoppers, who are just a week away from hosting their season finale at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Most of the top teams in the state, including St. Pius X, Eldorado, Piedra and district foes Española Valley and Santa Fe, are scheduled to take part in Saturday’s race, which is run on the same course that will host the state championship meet Nov. 9.
    One of the notable no-shows at Rio Rancho this weekend will be Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos’ main rival, which elected to compete in the Sandia Invitational this weekend.
    This is the finish of a critical stretch for the Hilltoppers, who took part in the Academy Invitational in late September before traveling to the Desert Twilight Festival in Mesa, Ariz., Oct. 4.
    Los Alamos’ teams had good showings at those two meets. Los Alamos’ girls finished second at Academy, behind Class 5A Eldorado and ahead of Academy’s Chargers, their main competition for a state team championship.

  • 'Toppers, Demons battle for 1st place

    While not officially, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s season could well come down to Friday’s game.
    The Hilltoppers have the biggest game of their season scheduled for Friday when they take on the Santa Fe Demons. That game is set for 7 p.m. at Ivan Head Stadium.
    The winner of that game will control its own destiny for the balance of the District 2-4A season, while the loser’s odds of winning a district title become considerably longer.
    Los Alamos in particular can jump right into the driver’s seat of the district standings. Following Friday’s game, it has just two very winnable games remaining, at home against Española Valley and at Capital, two teams that have struggled all season.
    The Hilltoppers (2-5 overall, 1-0 in 2-4A) and the Demons (2-4, 1-0) met under identical circumstances in 2012 at Sullivan Field.
    In that game, Santa Fe’s duo of quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer and tailback Anthony Abeyta combined for 305 yards and six touchdowns — one of Booth-Homer’s touchdowns was on a kick return where he was completely untouched — as the Demons pasted the Hilltoppers 62-30.