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  • ’Toppers pick up win in home finale

    The end of the season, as virtually any coach will tell you, is when you want to have your team peaking.
    That is the strategy the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team is employing as the end of the 2012 season nears, and that team may be right on schedule. And with a mammoth-sized game this week, the Hilltoppers will be looking for any advantage they can get.
    Los Alamos, in its final tune-up game Saturday afternoon for what is likely going to be a war Tuesday night in Santa Fe, got two second half goals to drop the Piedra Vista Panthers. Rohun Iyer headed in a corner kick in the 53rd minute and Cooper Christensen tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th minute as Los Alamos blanked Piedra Vista 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday’s victory over Piedra Vista, a Class 4A team from District 1, was also Senior Day at Sullivan Field. A gaggle of Hilltopper seniors were making their final regular season appearance in front of their home crowd, among them Nick Thoma, who scored the team’s first goal on the new Sullivan Field turf in 2011.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos wanted to make sure everything was in working order so it was ready to play Capital Tuesday night. Capital, which currently holds the District 2-4A lead, topped Los Alamos 1-0 Oct. 6 and can clinch its second straight district title with a win at home.

  • LA blanks Piedra Vista Saturday, 2-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a shutout against a solid Class 4A team on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos earned goals in each half as it topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 2-0 in Farmington, one of two tune-up games the Hilltoppers (15-3) have scheduled late in the regular season to get set for the upcoming playoffs.
    Katelyn Leslie scored late in the first half and Amy Neal tacked on an insurance goal in the second half while Los Alamos’ defense posted its 11th shutout victory this season.
    “I’m very happy with the game,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “You never know what’s going to happen when you come up here. 2-0 is a solid win. We didn’t give them any opportunities.”
    With just two remaining games, Los Alamos is on the very short list of teams that could get the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Saturday’s win over Piedra Vista (8-8), which played well in the nondistrict season but has struggled against tough District 1 competition, could boost the Hilltoppers’ chances of grabbing that top seed.
    Los Alamos locked up its sixth consecutive district title last week with a 4-1 win over Santa Fe, a game in which Kubicek was unimpressed with his team’s execution.

  • Sports Update 10-21-12

    Fusion to hold open house

    The Fusion Junior Olympic volleyball program, will host an open house Oct. 28.
    The open house is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Interested players, age 12-18, are welcome to attend. Information about tryouts, competition and prices for participation will be available at the event. Nets will also be set up for play.
    Yum Run returns Saturday

    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.

    LAHS volleyball’s ‘Dig Pink’ night scheduled for Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will host “Dig Pink” night Wednesday.

  • On Schedule 10-21-12

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Bosque School Invite, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m; varsity, 6 p.m.

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

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

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

  • Santa Fe rolls over Los Alamos in key contest, 62-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell into a big hole late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter Friday night and never climbed its way out.

    Los Alamos hosted Santa Fe Friday night in a game that would’ve all but clinched the District 2-4A title for the Hilltoppers. Instead, the Santa Fe dynamic duo of Jordan Booth-Homer and Anthony Abeyta came up huge, leading the Demons to a 62-30 rout at Sullivan Field.

    The Demons now control their own destiny in the district championship race while the Hilltoppers must hope for an upset by Bernalillo over Santa Fe in two weeks.

    More on Friday’s game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Closing Fast

    Los Alamos’ Collin Stone dribbles past Santa Fe’s Tres Chaires during a Sept. 29 game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos, which defeated Santa Fe 2-1 earlier this week, has just two games remaining on its 2012 regular season schedule. It will host Class 4A Piedra Vista Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day, then will have a critical contest Tuesday at Capital, a game the Hilltoppers must win to keep their chances at a District 2-4A title alive. Stone, a junior, has played well in the absence of the injured Dallin Parker.

  • Local golfer is among top finishers at Sr. Men’s final

    Don Rokop of Los Alamos had the best net score of anyone playing in the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association in its championship tournament.
    The NNMSMGA tournament, which was played at Twin Warrior Golf Course in Bernalillo earlier this month, was the finale of the senior men’s club season.
    Rokop finished with a two-day net score of 125 strokes, the best of the tournament.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider, who had a dominant NNMSMGA season, was the overall gross score winner at the championship.
    Also at the tournament, Ron Krantz of Los Alamos finished with a two-day score of 171 to win the second flight gross score title.

    Here are the results of the NNMSMGA’s Las Campanas tournaments Sept. 24-25 and the NNMSMGA championship tournament Oct. 2-3:

    Las Campanas
    Sept. 24

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 79
    2nd low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84
    1st low net: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 70

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 85

  • LAHS finishes 2nd in Director's Cup competition

    Los Alamos High School finished second in the Director's Cup competition.

    The Director's Cup is an award given by the New Mexico Activities Association to the top schools in the state based on their finishes in several sports and activities throughout the school year.

    LAHS finished second behind Albuquerque Academy for the 2011-12 academic year.

    Competing schools receive points based on finishes in district and state competition in sports, as well as interscholastic activities such as bowling, chess, choir, debate, Future Farmers of America and several others.

    In 2011-12, LAHS won three state championships, boys and girls cross country and girls track and field. In activities, LAHS was the state runner-up in chess, while ROTC and choir were state semifinalists.

    LAHS also earned 200 points out of a possible 300 points for the NMAA's Pursuing Victory with Honor program.

    In all, the school finished with 2,500 points.

  • Sports Update 10-18-12

    LAGC tee times pushed back

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced later tee times starting Friday.
    Due to lower morning temperatures and frost, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. The later start times will begin Friday.
    More information can be obtained by calling LAGC at 662-8139.

    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 Yum Run event 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.

    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.

  • LA and Santa Fe will be playing for the inside track in 2-4A Friday night

    It’s the single biggest game of the year for both squads.
    If either the Los Alamos Hilltopper or Santa Fe Demon football teams have aspirations to earn the District 2-4A title, they will have to pick up a victory over the other Friday night.
    Los Alamos will host Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will have clear sailing to the district championship, while the loser will likely be shut out from the 2012 playoffs completely.
    The Hilltoppers opened the 2-4A season with a big 34-0 win over the Bernalillo Spartans last week in Bernalillo.
    In last week’s game, Los Alamos faced a very good running quarterback in Ralf Olguin.
    This week, Los Alamos will face the best running quarterback and one of the top all-around athletes the district has to offer, Jordan Booth-Homer.
    Booth-Homer is averaging better than 4 yards a carry and has 6 rushing touchdowns.
    If that was all Santa Fe’s offense featured, things would be simple for the Hilltopper defense, but Santa Fe also sports one of the district’s best running backs, Anthony Abeyta. Abeyta, a 170-pound senior, is on pace for a 1,000-yard season and is averaging nearly 7 yards per carry.