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  • ´Topper girls roll to a win at Socorro

    The Los Alamos girls cross country team picked up its second victory in as many outings Friday afternoon.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls took part in the Socorro Stampede, a new venue for Los Alamos’ cross country program. The race took place on a challenging course in warmer conditions than the Hilltoppers are used to.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos’ girls finished with a solid 26 points, topping a tough Class 5A school, Cleveland, which finished with 44 points.
    In Friday’s competition, Los Alamos was without two top seniors, Jennifer Mooday and Teresa Sandoval, but even with the personnel shuffling, it was able to pick up a comfortable win.
    Also at the race, Los Alamos’ boys earned 36 points, good for a second-place finish, three points behind meet winner Cleveland.
    This was the first competition for the Hilltoppers since their season opener Aug. 31 at Albuquerque. The boys and girls teams won both ends of that race, including the Hilltopper boys’ upset win over Cleveland’s Storm.
    Los Alamos head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood said the boys knew the Storm would come out aggressive Friday and the Storm didn’t disappoint.

  • LASG’s Atomic Tumblers take part in National Gymnastics Day

    Saturday, the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics joined USA Gymnastics and other member clubs across the country to celebrate National Gymnastics Day.
    National Gymnastics Day is an annual event held to showcase athletes and teams across the nation, as well as promote physical fitness and good nutrition habits for youth.
    In conjunction with National Gymnastics Day, LASG hosted a meet at its facility on North Mesa. In all, 31 gymnasts took part.
    LASG will host another home meet Dec. 8.
    Those interested can find out more information about the program by calling 662-9523 or visiting the club’s website, lagymnastics.net.

  • LA blanks Kirtland Central for homecoming

    The homestanding Los Alamos Hilltopper football team put the Kirtland Central Broncos back on their heels early Friday night and never let them get on track.

    Los Alamos scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter as it rolled to a 34-0 shutout win Friday at Sullivan Field. The victory for Los Alamos (2-2) snapped a two-game slide.

    Hilltopper running back Arnoldo Ortiz rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Brice Van Etten and slot receiver Seth Drop connected for five completions and 98 yards on the evening.

    Read more about Los Alamos’ big homecoming victory in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Sports Update 09-21-12

    KinderHoops program hosted by YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its KinderHoops basketball program.
    The introductory basketball program is for boys and girls ages 4-6.
    Practices and games are schedule twice per week starting Oct. 8. The season will run through Nov. 16.
    KinderHoops is designed to teach younger players the fundamentals of dribbing, passing and shooting.
    Price for participation is $45 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Financial assistance may be available from the United Way of Northern New Mexico.
    For more information, call 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

  • LA’s C team tops Moriarty, 40-20

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football team picked up its third win of the season Monday at Moriarty.
    Marcos Vigil scored four touchdowns for Los Alamos while the Hilltopper defense forced three turnovers as the team earned a 40-20 win.
    Lane Saunders also scored two touchdowns for Los Alamos, which has scored at least 40 points in all three of its victories this season.
    Los Alamos opened the season with a 44-14 win over St. Pius X, then followed that up with a 40-13 win over Albuquerque Academy. It dropped a 20-14 decision at St. Michael’s Sept. 10 before Monday’s win at Moriarty.
    Against Moriarty, cornerback Alex Delamarter picked off two passes to lead the defensive effort.
    Los Alamos will host Hope Christian Oct. 1.

  • Runners tie for best prediction

    Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel tied for best predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday starting at the roundabout on Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    Kinkead and Kluegel both finished with errors of 66 seconds on the difficult, figure-8 course. Georgia Pedicini finished with a prediction error of 69 seconds.
    On the 1-mile course, Pedicini had the fastest finish (14:32) and Roy Cope was the top-finishing male participant (18:53).
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero (24:12) and Nikol Strother (24:17) were the top finishers.
    All race finishers earned a lollipop.
    In the Roadrunners’ Sept. 11 race, Lynn Bjorklund had the best prediction (17 seconds), while top finishers in the race included Strother and Romero on the 3-mile course and Tom Sandford on the 1-mile course.
    The next race will be Tuesday on North Mesa, near the intersection of San Ildefonso Road and Big Rock Loop.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • LA entertains KC tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will tangle with an old foe tonight.
    For the 2012 homecoming contest, Los Alamos will meet the Kirtland Central Broncos. The Broncos, a Class 4A team from the Four Corners area, was once a regularly-scheduled opponent for the Hilltoppers but were pre-empted from the Hilltoppers’ schedule several years ago in favor of another Farmington-area team, the Aztec Tigers.
    The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (1-2) will make its second home appearance of the season tonight. It won the 2012 season opener over Pojoaque in convincing fashion, 55-14.
    However, the two road games for the Hilltoppers following their initial win were rough ones.
    The Hilltoppers were shut out at Farmington, 28-0, then were trounced in Albuquerque by St. Pius X, 41-0 a week ago.
    Los Alamos will attempt to right the ship, particularly on offense, which struggled with turnovers and miscues all throughout the St. Pius contest. Los Alamos didn’t get even particularly close to scoring against the Sartans.
    Traditionally, the Broncos have been known for their size upfront and this year appears to be no exception. On their roster, the Broncos list seven linemen who tip the scales at 240 pounds or above, including 285-pound senior defensive tackle Landon Love.

  • Topper Notes 09-20-12

    LA moves up in state, national girls soccer rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is among the top 25 teams in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
    The Hilltoppers, prior to this week’s play, moved up 15 slots in the national rankings to No. 25 in the country and No. 2 in the state, behind Volcano Vista.
    The big jump came after the Hilltoppers (now 8-1) captured the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this past weekend where they defeated the No. 1 team in the state, the Las Cruces Bulldawgs, convincingly in the opening round. Rankings were released Tuesday.
    St. Pius X (5-4), the only team to beat Los Alamos this season, tumbled to No. 15 in the state. Only one other Class 4A team, Aztec, was ranked in the top 10 in New Mexico – MaxPreps doesn’t break down team rankings by state.
    Volcano Vista (7-0) is ranked No. 9 in the nation. Perrysburg, Ohio, tops the national MaxPreps rankings.

    Boys soccer slips to No. 8

  • LA nipped late by Rio Rancho, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team appeared to be headed into another overtime game Wednesday against Rio Rancho, but the Rams had other plans.
    With only about 30 seconds remaining, the Rams took advantage of the Hilltoppers’ slow rotation to the right flank and connected with the game-winner, grabbing a 2-1 victory at Rio Rancho.
    It was a disappointing end for Los Alamos, which had controlled the ball for the lion’s share of the game but only had one goal to show for its efforts.
    The loss was the fourth for the Hilltoppers in five games. During this final key stretch of the nondistrict season, the Hilltoppers managed just one tie and took four losses, albeit against high-quality opponents such as Albuquerque Academy, Sandia Prep and the Rams (6-2).
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said his team’s play has him shaking his head right now.
    “Our team’s digressing a little bit,” Gartz said. “We’re not making our opportunities in front of the goal. We killed (Rio Rancho) in possession but we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. Rio Rancho’s a good team but we’re a better team. I’m really frustrated right now. We’re a better team than this.”

  • Toppers pick up fifth straight win

    In the toughest stretch of its 2012 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team went an impressive 5-1, including five straight wins in a span of six days.

    The team will be getting some well-deserved time off for the balance of this week following the capper of the stretch, a victory over the Rio Rancho Rams Wednesday night.

    Los Alamos bounced back from a disastrous sequence at the start of the game, letting a goal in at the 12-minute mark, to score twice in the first half and hang on for a 2-1 victory at Sullivan Field.

    The Rams would have very little success penetrating the Hilltopper back line Wednesday, but the Hilltoppers did that for them in the 12th minute, when an innocent looking through ball came between Los Alamos’ best defensive player, Stephanie Blair, and goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld.

    Blair tried to tap the ball back to Theesfeld to clear it, but the Rams’ leading scorer, Brittany Shrader, beat Theesfeld to the ball and tipped it past the goalkeeper and in.

    “It was my fault,” said Blair of the error. “I just didn’t kick it hard enough...but we had to keep picking it up and do what we had to do.”

    Blair would make up for it later in the half, however.