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  • LA will host Belen's Eagles in big 4A contest tonight

    Despite losing by four touchdowns last season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a turning point of sorts in its 2011 contest against the Belen Eagles.
    Los Alamos could use a boost like that again. Tonight, it will get that chance.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Belen Eagles in a Class 4A match-up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos is heading into tonight’s contest off an impressive showing a week ago. Los Alamos thumped the Kirtland Central Broncos for homecoming, 34-0, to improve to 2-2 on the season.
    But while the Hilltoppers went in as favorites last Friday, they will be the underdogs against a solid Eagles squad that is currently ranked No. 6 in the state.
    The situation was similar for the Hilltoppers a year ago when they traveled to Belen. In that game, Belen grabbed a 35-8 victory, but the game wasn’t as one-sided as the final score would make it seem, with the Hilltoppers moving the ball fairly effectively on offense, although those drives would stall except for the final eight-play, 76-yard drive to the end zone.
    That contest marked a turnaround of sorts for the Hilltoppers and the last hurrah for the Eagles, whose season started off promising but quickly unraveled.

  • Breaking News: Petition circulating to reinstate LAHS football player

    A petition being circulated around the community was scheduled to be turned into superintendent Gene Schmidt today concerning the reinstatement of a suspended Hilltopper football player.
    Among those seeking the reinstatement for the player was Tina M. Forsman, mother of a current Hilltopper football player and treasurer of the LAHS Gridiron Booster Club.
    The petition concerns a senior offensive lineman who was suspended prior to the start of the 2012 season. The senior was a starter for the Hilltoppers in his sophomore and junior years.

    Continue checking the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on this developing story.

  • Marquez is named the new head of NMAA

    The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors named Sally Marquez as its new executive director.
    Marquez, a longtime associate director at the NMAA, was picked out of a pool of five finalists for the position. Marquez worked for eight years under Gary Tripp, who left the position in early August.
    The board of directors of the NMAA, which governs most interscholastic sports in New Mexico, announced that Marquez will take over the position immediately. She will be paid a salary of $125,000 as head of the association.
    With the announcement, Marquez becomes the sixth top official in NMAA history and is one of only three women to hold similar positions in the country.
    Marquez graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree at Virginia Tech. She worked with Tripp at Rio Rancho High School from 1998-2004.

  • Topper Notes 09-27-12

    Girls soccer is No. 1 in state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team tops the first Class 4A rankings of the season released by NMSoccer.com.
    The Hilltoppers earned a rating of .76, one of only four teams in Class 4A to earn a rating in positive territory, to claim the top spot this week. The statewide polls were released Tuesday. This was the first week MaxPreps polls were broken down by classification.
    Los Alamos (9-1) opened District 2-4A play with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday, 11-0. The Hilltoppers have won six straight contests.
    In the website’s national rankings, Los Alamos finished 82nd overall. Los Alamos finished as high as No. 25 among the nation’s girls soccer programs.
    Finishing right behind Los Alamos in the 4A rankings was Aztec, which with 12 wins is the winningest team in the state. Albuquerque Academy (7-3) finished third in the poll, followed by Piedra Vista (7-3) and St. Pius X (7-4), the only team to have defeated Los Alamos this season.

    LA football is No. 13 in 4A

  • Hilltoppers sweep Pintos in 4A contest

    Heading into Wednesday’s match, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team looked to have a pretty tall order on its hands.
    It was facing a tough Class 4A school, Moriarty, which was looking for a win against a solid 4A club to establish itself. It was also going into the match off a week-and-a-half layoff.
    But neither of those things seemed to be a problem for the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers put together an impressive showing, leading all the way except for the first point of the match and a short stint in set three to pick up a 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 victory.
    Los Alamos came up big in virtually every facet of the game, not the least of which was its service performance.
    Danielle Ortiz and Morgan Schake, two of the smallest players on the floor Wednesday, had big service runs in the opening set to set the tone. Ortiz served the Hilltoppers from a 3-2 lead to a 7-3 lead and Schake won six straight points from the service line to up her team’s advantage to 19-7.
    “I was kind of concentrating on one area of the floor,” Schake said. “It seemed to work well. I kind of concentrated on the toss. That helps me every time.”

  • LA volleyball earns decisive win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up an impressive victory against a solid Class 4A opponent Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers trailed only brielfy on two occassions Wednesday as they rolled to a big 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 win over the Moriarty Pintos.

    Los Alamos had the better of Moriarty in virtually all facets of the match and its defense was able to neutralize Moriarty's Arianna Jacquez, one of the top hitters in Class 4A. Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hitters were on track throughout, paced by outside hitter Erin Kirk's 14 spike kills.

    More about the Hilltoppers' victory will be in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Gustafson wins 10K race at Trail Fest

    Local runner Nathaniel Gustafson was one of the big winners at last weekend’s Pajarito Trail Fest.
    The Pajarito Trail Fest was held in conjunction with Pajarito Mountain’s yearly Ullrfest. Saturday’s competition included a 10K and a 15-mile run.
    Gustafson earned a comfortable win in the men’s 10K, topping Los Alamos’ Hans Hanson by more than two minutes. Each of the top five finishers in the men’s 10K were from Los Alamos, including third-place finisher Chip Cooper, the winner of this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Albuquerque’s Elizabeth Turner won the women’s 10K. Runner-up in that race was Los Alamos’ Sarah Milligan. Michael Ehrmentraut of Santa Fe and Saray Demay of Jemez Springs were the top finishers in the 15-mile race.
    More than 100 runners took part in the two races.

    Here are the results from the Pajarito Trail Fest. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted:

    10K race

    Men

    1. Nathaniel Gustafson, 50:25; 2. Hans Hanson, 52:33; 3. Chip Cooper, 56:41; 4. George Perkins, 58:32; 5. David Coblentz, 1:01:08; 6. Craig Blankenship, Silver City, 1:04:49; 7. Nathaniel Ortega, 1:06:03; 8. Christopher Buntain, 1:09:11; 9. Tarik Sahleh, 1:10:58; 10. Jonas Fransson, 1:11:00;

  • Hilltoppers win big in 2-4A openers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams cruised to victory in their District 2-4A season opening doubleheader Tuesday.
    Los Alamos’ teams both won by double-digit margins Tuesday, with the Hilltopper boys topping the Bernalillo Spartans 13-3 in the opener and the Hilltopper girls taking an 11-0 nightcap victory in a game that was over by halftime.
    The Spartans, who have won just one game between the two teams this season, were overmatched from the outset, although the boys team did earn two goals in the first half. The Hilltopper boys, however, scored seven goals in the first 40 minutes.
    In the boys game, five Hilltoppers scored multiple goals, including Cooper Christensen, who tallied a hat trick and had an assist on top of that. Rohun Iyer, named by the Hilltopper coaching staff as the Player of the Game Tuesday, had a pair of goals — including one ripped from 24 yards away — and an assist.
    Also scoring multiple goals were Collin Stone, Ryan Maestas and Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp had a pair of assists, while Dallin Parker had three assists to go along with one goal.
    Michael Maestas had a goal, Ryan Maestas finished with three assists, and Nick Thoma and Cameron Guy both had one assist.
    Los Alamos’ 13 goals were more than it had scored in the previous eight games put together.

  • Hilltopper C team boys win big at Socorro Stampede Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys C team cross country squad just missed a perfect score at Saturday’s Socorro Stampede.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with 17 team points, two points away from a perfect 15. Aaron Roybal, followed by Cameron Staples, Greg Ahlers and John Valdiviez swept the top four spots for Los Alamos, as it easily topped runner-up Rio Rancho.
    Also at Saturday’s race. Los Alamos’ girls C team finished second behind Cleveland. Hilltopper Anna Wermer was the top individual finisher in that race.
    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Socorro Stampede:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Cleveland, 23; 2. Los Alamos, 36; 3. Rio Rancho, 85.

    Individual results

    1. Anna Wermer, 22:06; 4. Haley Butler-Moore, 24:05; 8. Morgan Apperson, 24:53; 11. Sara Stubben, 25:15; 12. Rachel Wallstrom, 25:15; 13. Elise Koskelo, 25:37; 16. Alexandria Chavarria, 26:31; 17. Marcela Mas, 26:35; 19. Chloe Keilers, 26:43; 23. Grace Kim, 27:09. 25. Katie Bowman, 28:12; 29. Dana Crooks, 28:42; 30. Chelsea Chalacombe, 28:55; 31. Rory Cooley, 29:20; 32. Hannah Morgan, 31:00; 36. Miranda Honnell, 33:05; 38. Lauren Fugate, 34:01; 39. Marissa Salazar, 34:35; 41. Roxanne Lopez, 37:21; 43. Morgan Trujillo, 44:26.

    Boys

    Team scores

  • LA teams open district play

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams open District 2-4A play this afternoon when they travel to Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers will face Bernalillo’s Spartans in a doubleheader. The boys game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the girls game will start at 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ girls, who have won five straight district titles, not having lost a single district game during that time, will again be the team to beat in 2-4A this season. Going in, it would seem only Santa Fe, which Los Alamos faces Saturday at home and Oct. 16 in Santa Fe, has any real hope of ending the Hilltoppers’ streak of district victories.
    The Hilltopper girls (8-1) won five straight contests against stiff competition heading into tonight’s game.
    Los Alamos’ boys, meanwhile, won’t be going into the 2-4A season as the defending champs. That title belongs to Capital, which topped Los Alamos in the 2011 regular season finale and won the 2-4A title by goal differential.
    The Hilltoppers (6-5) have struggled, winning just one of their last five contests. Most recently, they were nipped at Rio Rancho by the Rams, 2-1.
    Capital (6-2) has a 19-7 goals for-goals against margin, but hasn’t played the toughest of competition during the nondistrict season.