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  • 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.

    Girls

  • Sports Update 08-28-12

    JV girls soccer tops Scorpions, 2-1

    The Los Alamos girls junior varsity soccer team picked up a win in its season opener Saturday.
    Los Alamos, led by Issabell Runde, scored a goal in each half to top the Farmington Scorpions 2-1 Saturday in Farmington.
    Runde scored a goal and was credited with an assist on Sarah Criscoulo’s goal in the victory.

    Volleyball, racquetball registration open

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its fall adult racquetball and volleyball leagues.
    The racquetball league’s season opens Sept. 4. Games are scheduled throughout the 10-week season and the season ends with a tournament.
    The coed recreational volleyball league consists of 4-on-4 play for six weeks starting Oct. 7. That season will also end in a tournament.
    Price for participation in the racquetball league is $30 per player for YMCA members and $45 for nonmembers. The volleyball league is $15 per player for members, $20 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call 662-3100 or visit laymca.org.

    High school, mid-school sports passes on sale

  • LA looking to bounce back from disappointing year

    Now that the new car smell effect of winning the state Class 4A title two years ago wore off for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team, it is able to see itself in a different light.
    In 2010, the Hilltoppers ended their 24-year state championship frustration to claim a boys soccer title. But in 2011, the Hilltoppers learned the hard way that the only thing tougher than winning a championship is defending it.
    At least one senior on the talent- and experience-rich Hilltoppers, thinks the 2011 season can be summed up in one game, its regular season finale against Capital. And his summation isn’t a positive one.
    “That game, how do I say this? People went in and they didn’t want to play,” said forward Ryan Maestas. “Some people were scared. We couldn’t live up to the hype like we needed to. We weren’t ready to play that opponent on that day, and when Henry (Steinkamp) got hurt, that was completely demoralizing.”
    A new season for Los Alamos’ boys soccer team has arrived, however. It will get the 2012 season started at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

  • Old-Fashioned Jamboree

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team saw some live preseason action at the Española Valley Jamboree Saturday, A dozen teams from around northern New Mexico took part in the Jamboree at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • On Schedule 08-26-12

    Monday

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Cleveland at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invite, Los Alamos vs. Belen, 9 a.m.; Clovis vs. Goddard, 9 a.m.; Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, 11 a.m.; Farmington vs. Bernalillo, 11 a.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at University of New Mexico Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, TBA.

    Football: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invite, TBA.

  • LA crushes Farmington, 6-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its 2012 season started with a bang Saturday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in the second half of their season opener with the Farmington Scorpions. Freshman Catie McDonald earned the first hat-trick of her prep career and senior Amy Neal scored a pair of goals and assisted McDonald with all three of her goals as the Hilltoppers won in a rout, 6-0 on the road.
    Los Alamos, which was much quicker up top than were the Scorpions, fixed itself up with several 1-on-1 scoring opportunities and took advantage.
    Due to some absences, the Hilltoppers went into the game playing short-handed — Los Alamos only kept 16 players on its preseason roster — but their sub-varsity call-ups for the game came through against the Scorpions (0-1) under toasty conditions at Hutchison Stadium.
    “Some of the JV players stepped up and played very well,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I could not be pleased more with the first game of the season.”
    Kubicek said his team’s marking wasn’t where it should be and he would’ve liked to see a better overall contest out of his midfield, but he said he didn’t seen any unfixable problems.

  • Front Runners

    Los Alamos’ Orion Staples (left) and Nick Hill head to the finish line of the 2011 Albuquerque Academy Invitational. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will take part in a scrimmage with La Cueva Saturday morning in Albuquerque.