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  • LA wins big in Cernicek opening round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team scored three goals in quick succession to open the second half en route to a big win over Belen.

    Los Alamos got six scores from six different players as it downed the Belen Eagles 6-1 at Sullivan Field this morning.

    Los Alamos will now advance to the semifinal round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational. It will play at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The winner of the early contest will play in the tournament championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Toppers looking for some payback tonight

    To say the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is feeling better about itself in 2012 as opposed to 2011 is an understatement.

    Heading into their opener at Pojoaque last year, the Hilltoppers were wracked with injuries and had inexperience by the bagful.

    But when the Hilltoppers open up their season tonight at Sullivan Field, those problems will be non-existent.

    Los Alamos takes on Pojoaque in its season opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers were knocked around by the Elks 59-22 in the 2011 opener, a game that was disastrous on all fronts. It would take the Hilltoppers a month to recover from that loss and the pasting they would take the following week against Aztec.

    "We weren't completely ready for competition," said Hilltopper junior Peter Brewer. "Everybody was nervous and we were making a lot of simple mistakes."

    But the 2012 preseason has gone swimmingly and even though Brewer, an offensive and defensive lineman for Los Alamos, said he has some butterflies going in, he's expecting the team to pick up where it left off at the tail-end of last year.

  • Fuehne is tops at Pace Race

    Duncan Fuehne was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.

    The Pace Race, the Roadrunners’ annual Lollipop race, was Tuesday starting at the San Ildefonso Playlot. In all, 37 participants took part and all finishers earned lollipops following the event.

    Fuehne had a prediction error of just 1 second to pick up the win. He was running on the 3-mile course. David Kratzer had the next-best prediction with a 9-second error, while Katie Gattiker was 14 seconds off.

    On the 1-mile course, Nathan Burnside was the fastest overall finisher (7:14). Paulina and Melina Burnside both crossed the finish line in 8:48.

    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had the best time (20:16), followed by Lynn Bjorklund (22:40).

    The next Pace Race will start at Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    For more information on the Pace Race, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • LA thumps Moriarty Thursday, 10-0

    Amy Neal scored four goals and Catie McDonald added three goals and an assist as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers crushed the Moriarty Pintos Thursday, 10-0.

    Stephanie Blair scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute off an assist from Neal as the Hilltoppers (3-0) earned their second victory over a Class 4A team this season.

    Los Alamos evenly split its goals in the two halves. Neal had two goals in the first half and her other two in the second half in the rout — she also picked up two assists.

    For McDonald, who is having a monster start to her prep career, she notched her second hat trick of the season, scoring in the 4th, 51st and 56th minutes Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers outshot the Pintos (0-1) 19-2 in the contest. Pinto goalkeeper Taylor Luker made 9 saves in the contest, while Los Alamos goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld stopped 2 shots en route to her third consecutive shutout to start 2012.

    Los Alamos assistant coach Paul Criscuolo said the passing was a little hit-or-miss for the Hilltoppers – playing on grass for the first time this year might have been a factor – but that will need to get more consistent before the team takes on arch-rival St. Pius X in just a little over a week.

  • LA to host its home tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host the 16th annual Louie Cernieck Invitational starting Friday morning.
    Los Alamos (0-1) and a solid group of teams will battle it out Friday and Saturday for the tournament’s traveling trophy.
    The Cernicek tournament is considered one of the most competitive in Northern New Mexico — so tough, in fact, that the Hilltoppers have won the tournament only once since 2004.
    The Hilltoppers will play the defending tournament champs, the Belen Eagles. The Eagles finished second in Class 4A last year but their 2012 season has gotten off to a rough start, losing games to Artesia and Hope Christian by a combined 10-1.
    Los Alamos and Belen will face off at 9 a.m. Friday at Sullivan Field. Three of the tournament games, including Friday’s first round contests of Clovis-Goddard and Farmington-Bernalillo, will be played on the new surface at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Friday

    Los Alamos vs. Belen, Sullivan Field, 9 a.m.
    Clovis vs. Goddard, Los Alamos Middle School, 9 a.m.
    Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Sullivan Field, 11 a.m.
    Farmington vs. Bernalillo, Los Alamos Middle School, 11 a.m.

    Los Alamos-Belen loser vs. Clovis-Goddard loser, Sullivan Field, 1 p.m.

  • LA boys, girls run at UNM on Friday

    It is a common position to be in for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, but not so much for the Hilltopper boys.
    Going into the 2012 season, the Hilltopper teams are both solid favorites in Class 4A. Rarely is a team other than the Albuquerque Academy Charger boys the favorite.
    But after losing just one senior off a team that demolished all comers at the 2011 state meet, including the vaunted Chargers, the Hilltoppers are doubtlessly the team to beat.
    “We’re trying not to think about it,” said returning runner Orion Staples. “Obviously, Academy’s still a major threat. Again, we’ve got to run the hardest. It’ll be good if we can beat them.”
    The Hilltopper boys will be paced by senior Sean Reardon, who had a monster track season. His spring culminated in an upset victory over Del Norte’s Jackson Thomas in the 1,600 meters and a runner-up finish behind Jackson in the 3,200.
    Reardon posted his best finish ever in last weekend’s preseason dual against La Cueva, a notable 5A program.
    Los Alamos has been a regular participant at the University of New Mexico Invitational, where the teams will open their season Friday.

  • OT goal costs Hilltopper boys in their season opener

    Despite a rough finish to the 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team believes it can get back to championship form in 2012.
    However, there’s still some work to do.
    Los Alamos moved the ball fairly well down the field for most of its season opener Tuesday against Bosque School, but good looks, particularly in the second half, were hard to come by.
    The Hilltoppers fell in their season opener, the second half of a home-opening doubleheader with the Hilltopper girls soccer team. Bosque forward Dylan Chant sprinted down the teeth of Los Alamos’ defense following a turnover in the midfield and roared straight to the goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 2-1 victory.
    The Bobcats (2-0), who could well be in contention for a small-school title at the end of the season, withstood some deep Hilltopper pushes in the early part of the contest and appeared to start dictating the pace of play in the latter part of the second half.
    While the second half push by Bosque didn’t net it any goals, the momentum seemed to be on the Bobcats’ side heading into the first overtime period.

  • Topper girls score twice in 2nd half to top Bobcats

    Throughout the course of this 2012 season, it’s likely the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is going to have some issues.
    But so far, it doesn’t appear that the offense is going to be one of them.
    The Hilltoppers pulled away from the Bosque School Bobcats with a pair of goals in the second half to earn a win in their first home game of the season.
    Amy Neal earned a pair of goals, including the second goal of the game in the 65th minute which seemed to sap the life out of the scrappy Bobcats’ squad.
    Chandler Art drove the final nail in the coffin late in the ballgame as the Hilltoppers picked up a 3-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Just two games into 2012, the Hilltoppers have already scored nine goals, four of them by Neal, the team’s superstar and the reigning Class 4A scoring champ, who has assists on three other goals so far.
    It was a solid win for Los Alamos over a tough Class A-3A ballclub from Albuquerque, although the Hilltoppers’ head coach Jiri Kubicek would’ve liked to see more oomph out of his team early on.

  • LA teams split soccer doubleheader

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious in its home opener Tuesday at Sullivan Field, while the Hilltopper boys were nipped in overtime.

    The two teams played a doubleheader with the Bosque School Bobcats. The Hilltopper girls scored twice in the second half to distance themselves in what had been a tight ballgame most of the way, taking a 3-0 victory.

    Los Alamos’ boys, making their 2012 debut, allowed a sudden-death overtime goal by the Bobcats to fall 2-1.

    Pick up the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday edition or check this site for more information on both contests.

  • LA looks tough in scrimmage

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both looked impressive in their preseason scrimmage Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers took on La Cueva Saturday in Albuquerque, picking up top finishes in both the boys and girls race. Jennifer Mooday and Sean Reardon paced the rest of the field with Mooday becoming the first runner to win the scrimmage twice in its four-year history.
    Hilltopper head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood said they were pleased with the beginning of the season, which featured several highlights.
    Reardon, who had a monster track and field season for the Hilltoppers in the spring, clocked the third-best time in scrimmage history and was one of seven Hilltoppers who finished in under 18 minutes — Los Alamos had four runners finish in under 18 minutes in 2011.
    Also on the boys side, Mike Walker and Aaron Bao earned their first team top-seven finishes in their careers.
    For the Hilltopper girls, eight girls finished in under 21 minutes, six more than last season’s scrimmage, including Miranda Barraza, who earned the first top-5 team finish in her career.
    Los Alamos will open its 2012 regular season Friday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.

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