• LA boys rally to drop La Cueva in overtime

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team may have gotten a big shot of confidence heading into a huge game Saturday.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit Thursday to top the La Cueva Bears in overtime.
    The Hilltoppers, who kept the Bears out of the net for the balance of the game, scored the equalizer in the second half and the game-winner in the first overtime period to win 2-1 at Sullivan Field.
    The win comes two days ahead of its most important contest of the season so far. Los Alamos will face the Capital Jaguars for the first time this season Saturday. The winner of Saturday’s game will grab early control of District 2-4A.
    Capital (6-5) has lost just one game on the field this season — its other four losses came via forfeit after it was found to be using ineligible players in those games, all wins.
    For the Hilltoppers (7-8), their defensive effort was led by Chris Parker. Parker grabbed nine saves against Class 5A La Cueva (7-5) to preserve the win.

  • 'Toppers suffer a big loss vs. Bears

    The bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is that it took another big loss Thursday night.
    The good news is there is still time to recover.
    Los Alamos, which was thumped at home by Volcano Vista Tuesday night, was whacked again Thursday, this time on the road by another Class 5A school from Albuquerque, the La Cueva Bears.
    The Hilltoppers played even with the Bears through about 35 minutes of the first half, but a late first half Bears’ goal, which broke the scoreless tie, seemed to open the floodgates.
    La Cueva would score five times in the second half to win 6-1 in Albuquerque.
    “As a team we worked hard, but we let in easy goals,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We need to stop those goals.”
    Los Alamos (4-10) was outscored in its games against Volcano Vista and La Cueva this week by a combined 13-1.
    However, the Hilltoppers are still playing short-handed.
    The big missing piece right now is starting goalkeeper Elena Atencio, although she and Kristin Funsten, who is also injured, are expected to be back by Monday or Tuesday of next week.
    But Kubicek said it was frustrating for his team to work as hard as it had this week only to allow several easy goals, most of which were a result of the defense and the goalkeeper being out of position.

  • Roadrunners end their year

    Georgia Pedicini picked up the victory in the final Pace Race of the 2013 season.
    The last Pace Race was Tuesday night at the Canyon Rim Trail. It was the Cooper Run, which helps participants gauge their level of fitness and whether it has improved over the course of the Pace Race season.
    Pedicini finished just 9 seconds off her predicted time at Tuesday’s race. She topped Lauraine Maness (12 seconds off) and Jennifer Reglien (18 seconds off) to earn the best prediction.
    The fastest finishers included Paul Elkins for 1 mile (12:54), Linda Vance for 1.5 miles (14:27), Rose Nyenhuis for 2 miles (14:36) and Ted Romero for 3 miles (19:50).
    The weekly Pace Races are hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, a local racing club.
    Club president Ted Williams said the next Pace Race season will begin on April 1.
    The Roadrunners will also take part in two upcoming races, the Veterans Benefits 5K Nov. 11 and the CROP/Turkey Trot race Nov. 24.
    For more information about the Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners dot com, or call Williams at 672-1639. 

  • LA tops Academy in 5 sets at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team held on through a touch-and-go fifth set to top the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers and Chargers battled back and forth, tying the score four times before the Hilltoppers finally pulled away.
    Los Alamos won the key battle against a very good Class 4A squad, by a final of 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 15-12.
    Academy (7-6) was ranked 10th in this week’s MaxPreps 4A poll, three spots ahead of Los Alamos, but Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the contest.
    The Chargers battled back, however, and dominated set four before the tough final set.
    Thursday night’s match was only the second home match of the season so far for the Hilltoppers (7-4), who won their other home match over St. Michael’s Sept. 11. The Hilltoppers won’t play at home again until Oct. 12.
    Thursday’s win was the second in a row of a very key stretch for Los Alamos, which will have a huge contest Saturday at Santa Fe. Santa Fe (10-3, 0-1) lost its District 2-4A opener at home to Española Valley Wednesday and is in need of a victory to avoid getting into an early hole.
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos has a golden opportunity to improve to 2-0 in district play ahead of a critical 2-4 contest next Wednesday at Española Valley.

  • LA hoping to turn fortunes around for homecoming

    Two seasons ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a rough start to the season, but a better-than-expected showing against a top-ranked Belen team helped turn the team’s fortunes around.

    Now, the Hilltoppers are hoping that particular lightning bolt will strike twice.

    The Hilltoppers (1-4) will host their homecoming game Friday night when they take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Heading into last week’s game at Belen, Los Alamos was reeling from three straight losses to Class 4A teams, only one of which was not a lopsided loss.

    But the Hilltoppers were able to slow down what has been for most of the 2013 season a devastating Belen Eagles’ running game — it had averaged 275 yards per contest heading in — and forced the Eagles to put the ball in the air for much of the second half.

    “That second half, the way they played, we had a lot of confidence,” Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “We’re really excited about the things they did.”

    While Belen still had a very good showing on the ground, it was also hampered by some big turnovers in Los Alamos territory when the Hilltopper defense stiffened.

  • District-winning 1972 football team will be honored Friday

    The Los Alamos High School Class of 1973 is celebrating its District 1-4A winning football team of 1972 with a get-together Friday.
    The get-together is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, prior to the Los Alamos homecoming contest with Albuquerque Academy.
    In 1972, the Hilltoppers, which were not an exceptionally talented team, but put together a 10-win season to capture the district title.
    The public is invited to attend the get-together, particularly anyone who played football for Los Alamos between 1970-1980.

  • LA girls are fifth, boys eighth in poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Sept. 29. Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Aztec (3) 47 1
    2. St. Pius X (1) 42 T-2
    3. Alb. Academy (1) 40 T-2
    4. Kirtland Central 28 5
    5. Los Alamos 27 6
    6. Piedra Vista 23 7
    7. Farmington 22 4
    8. Los Lunas 11 10
    9. Santa Fe 8 -
    10. Valencia 6 -

    Also receiving votes: Roswell 5, Goddard 5, Belen 4, Santa Teresa 2, Miyamura 2, Capital 2, Del Norte 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Roswell (6) 78 1
    2. Alb Academy (2) 69 2
    3. Capital 50 5
    4. Los Lunas 42 4
    (tie) Moriarty 42 6
    6. Farmington 40 3
    7. Artesia 29 7
    8. Los Alamos 22 8
    (tie) Miyamura 22 -
    10. Santa Fe 11 10

    Also receiving votes: Centennial 8, Chaparral 8, Grants 6, St. Pius X 5, Santa Teresa 4, Aztec 3, Piedra Vista 1.

  • 'Toppers sweep in district opener

    BERNALILLO – In what figures to be a highly competitive District 2-4A season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team wanted to make a statement to begin district play.
    And while their statement took a little longer to get started than they’d hoped, the statement was delivered nonetheless.
    Los Alamos got off to a rocky start Wednesday night against the Bernalillo Spartans, falling into a sizeable hole early, but dug itself out quickly and took a 3-0 victory.
    Behind the hot hands of middles Claire Stewart and Sam Fenner, Los Alamos picked up a 25-20 win in the first set. Los Alamos then breezed through the second set to win 25-11 and held on through a mini-comeback late by the Spartans in set three to win that one 25-16.
    After a disappointing showing last weekend at Rio Rancho, Los Alamos didn’t want to get involved in a long, drawn-out battle against the Spartans, who have shown a knack in recent years for giving the Hilltoppers headaches.
    “We knew we needed to work hard this game,” Los Alamos outside hitter Brianna Montaño said. “But we came together as a group, played hard, played aggressive. That’s what won this game.”

  • People In the News 10-02-13

    Ealey takes bronze in shot put at Pan Am Junior Games

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field standout Chase Ealey earned a third-place medal at the Pan American Junior Championships.
    Ealey, who now competes for the Oklahoma State University women’s track and field team and will be a sophomore for the Cowboys this season, picked up her medal in the shot put. Her best throw at the competition, held in Medellin, Columbia, in late August, was 48 feet, 9-3/4 inches (14.88 meters).
    “This was a great finish to a long year of competition for Chase,” OSU throws coach John Baumann said. “She accomplished a lot this year and this finish makes for great momentum going forward.”
    Ealey’s throw was about half a meter shorter than Stamatia Scarvellis, another Team USA member and the women’s shot put gold medalist.
    Ealey’s career best throw in college, 52-6 1/2, was recorded at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
    At Los Alamos, Ealey was a two-time Class 4A shot put champ, as well as a four-time 100 meter champion.

    Neal finishes with two goals for Vols

  • LAMS 8th graders win big at Academy

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade cross country teams earned victories at last week’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    LAMS’ eighth grade girls held off Santa Fe Indian School, scoring 42 points to take the team title in that competition. Meanwhile, the eighth grade Hawk boys earned a scant 23 points to take top honors there.
    In the eighth grade boys race, LAMS grabbed five top-10 finishes, paced by individual runner-up Ben Rees.
    Rees finished in a time of 11 minutes, 32 seconds to lead the Hawks team to victory.
    In the eighth grade girls race, Zoe Hemez finished as the individual runner-up with her time of 13:02, just one spot ahead of teammate Kathryn McClenahan.
    The Hawk seventh graders were also in action, with both teams finishing at the runners-up.
    Jevon Montoya had a third place finish for the Hawk boys, while Paulina Burnside was sixth overall.
    Here are LAMS’ results from the Albuquerque Academy Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 23; 2. LAMS, 77; 3. Desert Ridge, 79.

    Individual results