• Soccer games moved this afternoon

    The venues for today's boys and girls soccer games have been moved for the Albuquerque Academy Invitational in Albuquerque, Los Alamos High School announced this afternoon.
    The Los Alamos-Sandia Prep boys game will be played at 2:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Public Schools Field, while the Los-Alamos Oñate game will be at 5 p.m. at Highland High School.

  • People In the News 09-13-13

    Nukes finish second in Las Cruces

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club finished second in a 7s tournament in Las Cruces during the weekend of Aug. 30.
    The Nukes won a pair of games in the round robin tournament, topping Mayfield and Las Cruces, but fell twice to tournament winner El Paso, Texas.
    On the weekend, Derek Selvage had five tries for the Nukes, while Mateo Cardiel had three tries and Clint Adams added a pair of tries. Also scoring for the Nukes were Cyrus Martin with one try and Diego Cardiel — who recently completed U.S. Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. — had one try and several conversions on the weekend.
    Los Alamos topped Mayfield 24-17 and Las Cruces 39-5. El Paso’s Spartans, however, were the dominant force in the tournament, dropping Los Alamos 17-12 in their first meeting of the weekend and 14-5 in the tournament championship game.
    The Nukes will return to action this January. Anyone interested in playing can contact coach Demetrio Cardiel at 505-250-8005.

    Stephens picked to represent N.M. next summer

  • Las Cruces breaks open game late to knock LA off, 4-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was doubled-up in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Thursday afternoon.
    Los Alamos hung tough against a very strong opponent, the Las Cruces Bulldawgs, scoring an equalizing goal in the second half, but Las Cruces finished off the contest with a pair of unanswered goals to win 4-2 in Albuquerque.
    The Academy Invitational, hosted by Academy’s Chargers, is considered one of the toughest regular season tournaments in the state. Several top contenders from all over New Mexico are competing this year, as is usually the case with this tournament.
    Los Alamos trailed 2-1 at the half Thursday, but tied the score in the second half.
    However, the Bulldawgs (6-0), whom Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said is a legitimate threat for a Class 5A state title this season, made a key position switch in the second half, bringing fullback Nate Thompson up to the front.
    Thompson took control of the game late, tallying what would be the game-winner, then following it up with a late insurance goal to seal the win for his team.
    “He was very tough to stop, but we had some defensive lapses,” Gartz said of Thompson. “He’s really fast. He took it right at our guys, but it was our defensive breakdowns that let him get close to the goal.”

  • LA opens tourney with 2-1 loss to Scorpions

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped its opener of the three-day Albuquerque Academy Invitational, falling to an opponent it knows well.
    Los Alamos had plenty of chances against the Farmington Scorpions Thursday in Albuquerque, but only made one of those chances count. The Scorpions, meanwhile, got off only 10 shots in the game but scored a pair of goals to win 2-1.
    The Hilltoppers (1-4) now slip into the consolation side of the tournament, one of the top regular season tournaments in the state. They will take on the Oñate Knights this afternoon after the Knights took a beating at the hands of the Aztec Tigers Thursday.
    Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek his team had no shortage of opportunities to make something happen but simply couldn’t cash in on the offensive end. On defense, there were a couple of breakdowns at inopportune moments that helped the Scorpions get on the board.
    “We had many chances, but we beat ourselves, basically,” he said.
    Thursday’s game was the second time the teams had faced off in 2013. Los Alamos dropped its opener to Farmington 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Kubicek said this game was rough-and-tumble throughout, more so than it should have been.

  • St. Pius, LA both need Ws

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team are probably best served not trying to figure out the MaxPreps rankings this season.

    Two weeks ago, following a hefty win over the Pojoaque Valley Elks on the road, the Hilltoppers’ ranking slipped considerably. Last Friday, the Hilltoppers were on the receiving end of a shellacking, and their ranking ticked up slightly.

    Los Alamos lost 41-6 in its home opener against Farmington, a game where Los Alamos didn’t execute particularly well on either side of the ball.

    Nevertheless, MaxPreps moved Los Alamos up from its No. 16 ranking a week ago to a No. 15 ranking this week.

    However, that ranking improvement likely had more to do with Farmington shooting up to No. 5 in the poll – bolstering the Hilltoppers’ strength of schedule – than anything Los Alamos did in that game.

    Regardless of what the poll says, the Hilltoppers (1-1), despite being in just their third week of the season, may need to pick up some wins in a hurry to try to keep themselves in position for an at-large playoff spot, should the need arise.

    Los Alamos will be facing another Class 4A team hungry for a win, the St. Pius X Sartans, Friday at Sullivan Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

  • LA rolls in final three sets to top Horsemen

    It’s not often this season the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will be able to play in front of the home crowd.
    Wednesday night, Los Alamos made the most of its opportunity.
    Shaking off a slow start, Los Alamos got into a groove in the second set against the St. Michael’s Horsemen. Los Alamos sailed through sets two and three before St. Michael’s made a valiant defensive stand in set four.
    But that wouldn’t be enough for the Horsemen to keep their upset bid alive, as the Hilltoppers prevailed 18-25, 25-11, 25-10, 25-22 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Much like a night earlier against Pojoaque Valley, Los Alamos got off to a rocky start against St. Michael’s. Just prior to start time, Hilltopper head coach Robin Reynolds found out his normal starting libero, Allyssa Tedder, would be out sick for the match.
    Instead of Tedder, Los Alamos had to rely on backup defensive specialist Venessa Martinez to be its floor general.
    The Hilltopper communication lagged in the first set – several routine serves from St. Michael’s hit the floor untouched and passing was suspect throughout – but Martinez helped right the ship toward the end of the opening set.

  • 'Toppers go down 3-1 to Elks Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team had some chances through the second and third sets of Tuesday’s match against the Pojoaque Valley Elks, but the Elks held on en route to a solid win.
    Pojoaque Valley, the four-time defending Class 3A champion, earned a tough 3-1 victory over Los Alamos at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.
    Los Alamos, which won the first set, trailed big in the early part of sets two and three but came back to make things interesting. In the second set, Pojoaque Valley jumped out to an early 7-1 lead but Los Alamos tied the score at 16-all before the Elks pulled away.
    It was much the same in the third set, with the Elks going up 10-2 but the Hilltoppers rallying back to 10-11 behind the serving of Allyssa Tedder.
    Pojoaque Valley would win the match 26-28, 25-20, 27-25, 25-15.
    Tuesday’s outing was the second time this season the Hilltoppers (3-2) have faced a defending state champion and the second time it would lose to a defending state champion. The Hilltoppers opened their 2013 campaign with a 3-1 loss on the road at St. Pius X.
    Pojoaque Valley (2-1) also lost to St. Pius last week, falling 3-2 in Albuquerque.

  • LA comes back to top St. Michael's

    It was a struggle for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Tuesday night playing under a nonstop rain shower.

    It got worse early in the second half when the Hilltoppers fell behind.

    However, Los Alamos managed to power through both the rain and the St. Michael’s Horsemen to pick up a second consecutive victory over a quality opponent. Los Alamos made two of its 10 corner kick chances count to upend the Horsemen 2-1 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos dominated possession against St. Mike’s, but the rain-soaked field made passing difficult and Los Alamos had trouble getting a handle on the ball when the offense made its runs.

    “It was really hard to keep good touch on the ball,” said Los Alamos forward Collin Stone. “It’s a really big change of pace when the ball bounces around quickly.”

    Despite the adjustments Los Alamos had to make – the Hilltoppers did a better job with passing control in the second half – it still got off 7 shots in the first half to none for St. Mike’s. St. Mike’s never had anything resembling a sustained attack except in the final 10 minutes of the game.

    However, on its only shot up to that point, the Horsemen (2-2) found the net.

  • LA teams head to Academy Invite Thursday

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will see some tough competition throughout the three-day long Albuquerque Academy Invitational.

    The Academy Invitational is scheduled from Thursday through Saturday and is hosted by Academy’s Chargers, one of the most well-respected programs in Class 4A.

    The Chargers and the Hilltoppers aren’t the only top teams scheduled to compete this weekend, however.

    Los Alamos’ boys will play at 2:30 p.m. against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. Las Cruces is a perfect 5-0 on the season, including winning the Las Cruces Public Schools’ tournament late last month.

    However, the Bulldawgs haven’t played since topping Oñate 3-2 in that round robin tournament Aug. 31.

    So far, the Bulldawgs have shown a balanced scoring attack. Sweeper Nate Thompson and Kiki Najaera, just a sophomore, both have 2 goals on the season.

    For Los Alamos’ girls, they will face a familiar foe. Los Alamos will take on Farmington, which beat the Hilltoppers 2-0 in the season opener Aug. 24. Although the final score was respectable, Farmington controlled that game the entire way.

  • 'Toppers win 3 at Moriarty, face Pojoaque Valley tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team broke into the win column last weekend with three wins in the silver bracket of the Moriarty Pinto Invitational.
    Los Alamos picked up three straight wins at the Pinto tournament Friday and Saturday, including topping the host Pintos and District 2-4A rival Bernalillo to earn the bracket victory.
    The Hilltoppers won’t have much time to celebrate their first three wins of the season, however, as they will take on the Pojoaque Valley Elks tonight in Jacona.
    At the Pinto Invitational, Los Alamos couldn’t grab one of the top two spots in pool play Friday morning and went into the silver bracket.
    But Los Alamos (3-1) bounced back to top Moriarty 3-2 Friday night. The sets were tight, with the Hilltoppers falling in set two 27-25 before rebounding in the third set to win 25-23.
    Los Alamos, which won the first set handily over Moriarty, dropped the fourth set 25-18, but won the decisive final set 15-6.
    In the bracket semifinals, the Hilltoppers got a decisive 3-0 win over the Estancia Bears, 25-11, 25-15, 25-14, before advancing to play Bernalillo.