• Mistakes cost LA big vs. Broncos

    KIRTLAND – A trip off the hill didn’t reverse the fortunes of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers once again struggled offensively, being unable to sustain drives for the third straight contest. Not coincidentally, the Hilltoppers lost their third consecutive game Friday night, falling to the Kirtland Central Broncos 27-9 in the Four Corners area.

    The game was marred by missteps, particularly in the first half as Los Alamos turned the ball over four times. Kirtland Central wasn’t much better, coughing up the ball three times, but was able to score a pair of touchdowns in the first half, the second coming just 40 seconds before halftime.

    Los Alamos managed just one offensive score for the third consecutive game, that coming at the 7:58 mark of the fourth quarter.

    Quarterback Brice Van Etten connected with Tyler Thorn near the goal line for the score.

    That touchdown pass, from the Kirtland Central 4-yard line, was one of the few times in the contest Van Etten wasn’t under heavy pressure when he dropped back.

    Van Etten was sacked five times along with being intercepted four times. He completed just one pass in the first half, a 19-yard swing pass to Xavier Dennison.

  • Reglien is the best predictor this week

    Jennifer Reglien was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday at the Bridges Loop course, held on the trails behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Reglien missed her predicted finish time by 15 seconds at Tuesday’s race. She was 5 seconds better than Karen Thorn. Mariela Saenz and Paul Elkins were both 48 seconds off their prediction.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Rose Nyenhus, who finished in 7 minutes, 28 seconds. Three-year-old Diego Leonard was the fastest male finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 11:16.
    Roxana Candia had the fastest finish on the 3-mile course Tuesday (28:44), while David Kratzer finished in 31:17.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start on North Mesa at 1287 San Ildefonso road. There will be both 1- and 3-mile courses and strollers can be used on either course.
    For more information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.

  • JV cross country teams earn wins

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity cross country teams picked up impressive wins at Saturday’s Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Everybody Invitational.
    Both the JV teams had near-perfect scores at the meet. The JV boys finished with 17 points and the JV girls with 16 — 15 points is a perfect score in cross country.
    The teams both finished with four individuals in the top five. The girls were paced by Talia Dreicer, who finished the race in a time of 21:47 and the boys were led by Cameron Staples, who clocked a 19:12.
    Eliana Riciputi and Emily Pittman finished right behind Dreicer in the girls race, while John Rees was the runner-up in the boys race and Hayden Walker finished third.

    JV girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 16; 2. St. Michael’s, 69; 3. Santa Fe Indian school, 110.

    Individual results

  • LAMS teams win 4 races at Española

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams earned a four-team sweep of Wednesday’s Española Invitational.
    The Hawks earned three overall first-place finishes and placed at least three runners in the top 10 in each race Wednesday to win. The Hawk seventh grade girls finished with 21 points and the Hawk seventh grade boys were nearly as good, earning just 22 points.
    Wednesday’s race was the second in five days for LAMS, which also participated in the Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Everybody Invitational Saturday. Los Alamos’ boys and girls also won the team competition at that meet — the teams weren’t separated by grades Saturday.
    Individually, Zoe Hemez was the winner of the eighth grade girls race at Española, while Paulina Burnside won the seventh grade girls race. In the eighth grade boys race, Jevon Montoya was the individual winner.
    The top LAMS finisher in the eighth grade boys race was Ben Rees, who finished second overall.
    Here are LAMS’ individual results from ATC and Española:

    ATC Everybody Invite


  • On The Road Again

    Los Alamos fullback Sam Ortiz tries to evade St. Pius’ Connor Brown during the second half of Friday’s game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos lost two straight games at home, including a heartbreaker to St. Pius on a last-minute field goal. The Hilltoppers (1-2) will travel to Kirtland Central for another 4A contest Friday night.

  • Norman/Matteson win at LAGC

    The team of Curt Norman and Richard Matteson cruised to a win in the top flight of the Labor Day Slugfest golf tournament.
    The Slugfest is the last major event of the year hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Norman/Matteson had a two-shot lead in the best-ball tournament after day one, then added to its lead shooting a combined 60 in day two
    The Norman/Matteson team topped runners-up Jamie Aslin and Larry Rich by five strokes to win the first flight.
    In all, 24 two-person teams took part in the tournament Labor Day weekend.

    First flight

    Curt Norman/Richard Matteson 64-60-62—186
    Jamie Aslin/Larry Rich 66-61-64—191
    Steve Sanderson/Don Branch 66-62-68—196

    Pat Kestell/Jerry Antos 68-63-68—199

    Second flight

    Sean Rau/Chris Ortega 62-61-57—180
    Bart Ortiz/Jay Staton 65-68-61—194
    Stacy Howze/Tony Fox 62-69-66—197
    Phil Gursky/John Hains 69-73-66—208

    Third flight

  • Rams rally in 2nd half to down LA

    A tough assignment for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got quite a bit harder after a key starter went down prior to the start of Wednesday’s game.
    Just minutes before the start of Los Alamos’ game at Rio Rancho, starting goalkeeper Elena Atencio twisted her ankle and had to sit out the contest.
    That put the Hilltopper defense in a bind, and it showed.
    Despite the best efforts of Los Alamos’ offense, which had one of its better games of the season, the defense gave up three goals in about 8 minutes’ time to fall 6-3 on the road.
    Atencio, who has started in goal all season for the Hilltoppers, was scheduled to visit the doctor today. There was some swelling around the ankle Wednesday, but she is expected to recover in a few days’ time.
    Filling in for Los Alamos in goal were Kaitlin Lemke in the first half and Katya Skurikhin, a call-up from the junior varsity, in the second half.
    Despite the loss, Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said he was pleased with the team’s effort.
    “The girls played super,” he said. “The whole team hustled. It was good to see. We put together a full 80 minutes.”

  • Tumblers to host event on Saturday

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will join USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the nation Saturday to celebrate National Gymnastics Day by hosting a home intrasquad meet.
    National Gymnastics Day is an annual event to showcase the sport of gymnastics and to encourage and promote physical fitness and good nutrition among the nation’s youth. 
    The LASG Atomic Tumbler girls’ meet will include 34 team-level gymnasts competing on beam, bars, floor and vault. The community is invited to the event.
    For more information about the event, contact LASG at 662-9523 or visit the club’s website, lagymnastics.net.

    Atomic Tumblers Roster

    Xcel Gold Team
    Faith Koh, Marlie Maestas, Zoe Mathis, Addison Richie, Allison Warner

    Xcel Silver Team
    Charlotte Gonzales, Sarah Hutchens, Hannah Mullen, Katelynn Skeen

    Xcel Bronze Team
    Andrea Chapman, Sara Gardner, Katya Friedland, Emilee Maestas, Hailee McDowell, Sasha Vinyard

    Level 5 Team
    Ashley Bustos, Anna Clark, Elyse Phillips, Ramya Stevens, Charlotte Ulrich, Katie Wingo

    Level 4 Team
    Suyana Ferreria, Brianna Fryer, Nyla Lee, Cherie Mc Creary, Paetyn Miller, Aaliyah Walker

  • 'Toppers drop 5th straight vs. Rams

    For the second night in a row, the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys soccer team dropped a contest to a tough opponent from the metro area.
    After trailing much of the first half, the Hilltoppers scored an equalizing goal at the 39-minute mark. Unfortunately, the Rio Rancho Rams would come right back only seconds later to retake the lead.
    That goal would be enough to pick up the victory. The Rams would tack on an insurance goal in the second half as they earned a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-7) had few chances against the Rams (5-4), who have played tough on the road.
    The Hilltoppers’ goal was scored by Brandon Hodges during a scrum in front of the Rams goal late in the first half. Los Alamos had several swings at the ball on an Eric Schmalz corner kick before Hodges came up with the goal.
    It was Schmalz’s sixth assist on the season.
    For the second straight game, Los Alamos started in goal without Chris Parker, although Parker, who was sick the day before in a lopsided loss to Albuquerque Academy, came into the game in the second half.
    Tyler Mullen had five saves in the first half in goal.

  • Sports Briefs 09-18-13

    Hockey association is hosting a golf tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hockey Association will host its second annual Los Alamos High School Fundraiser Golf Tournament.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday. It is a scramble-format event and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
    Food will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the top gross and net finishers, as well as closest to the pin and a longest drive award.
    For more information, call Kevin Brake at 670-8838.

    YMCA flag football to be coached by Bob Scott

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting flag football clinics starting Sept. 22.
    The flag football clinics will be taught by former Los Alamos High School head coach Bob Scott. They are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoons through Oct. 27.
    The clinics, which are open to boys and girls ages 8-12, will include lessons on punting, kicking, passing and receiving.
    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.