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  • Ski season kickoff

    Skiers are preparing for the upcoming ski season and were buying, selling and bartering at the annual Ski Swap. The Ski Swap was at the Los Alamos Middle School. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures mostly in the normal to above-normal range for the winter of 2012-13 around the north central New Mexico area

  • Elementary School Mile Run results

    Here are the results from Friday’s Elementary School Mile Run:

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. Aspen, 55; 2. Mountain, 65; 3. Piñon, 79.

    Individual results
    1. Alyssa Parker, Piñon, 6:45; 2. Paulina Burnside, Mountain, 6:50; 3. Sophia Salazar, Aspen, 6:52; 4. Marin Kelly, Mountain, 7:08; 5. Linda Appell, Chamisa, 7:09; 6. Brianna Toya, Rio Rancho, 7:17.0; 7. Taylor Roybal, Pojoaque, 7:17.6; 8. Savanna Lucero, Chamisa, 7:25; 9. Sophie Chadwick, Aspen, 7:27; 10. Kaya Krank Piñon, 7:34;

    11. Morgan Lucero, Pojoaque, 7:47; 12. Charlotte Ulrich, Aspen, 7:51; 13. Isabella Bailey, Piñon, 7:52; 14. Jenna Harris, Mountain, 7:56; 15. Natalie Gallegos, Aspen, 7:59; 16. Ellie Oldham, Aspen, 8:06; 17. Estrella Torres, Pojoaque, 8:26; 18. Amaya Coblentz, Aspen, 8:29; 19. Elise Olivas, Aspen, 8:30; 20. Anika Garcia, Aspen, 8:31;

    21. Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Mesa, 8:33; 22. Jenee Montouz, Mountain, 8:40; 23. Manisha Khawas, Mountain, 8:51; 24. Heidi Johnson, Mountain, 9:12; 25. Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Mesa, 9:19; 26. Sophia Mamula, Mountain, 9:23; 27. Michaela Gonzales, Piñon, 9:24; 28. Hannah Gartz, Piñon, 9:25; 29. Emme Mooday, Mountain, 9:27; 30. Rachel Laux, Piñon, 9:28;

  • LA's Reardon poised for a big finish

    It would seem to be something of a meteoric rise. In fact, it was anything but.

    With the 2012 cross country season winding down, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys standout Sean Reardon seems primed to make one of the biggest splashes on a team that’s making big waves.

    Reardon, with a big showing his senior year, has established himself as one of the runners, if not the runner, to beat this postseason. He will show his stuff at Friday’s District 2-4A meet and the following week’s Class 4A championship.

    With five top-five finishes this year, including his first career victory at Los Lunas and a third-place finish at the regional Desert Twilight Meet in Phoenix last month, Reardon has every right to start taking things for granted. But, as with the entirety of the Hilltopper cross country program, he doesn’t afford himself that luxury.

    “We’re planning to get the job done at district and going into state feeling strong,” Reardon said. “We’re confident in our abilities to peak.”

    Reardon has been a steady runner for the Los Alamos cross country and track programs since 2010.

  • Toppers earn 2-4A title with win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its fifth straight District 2-4A regular season championship with its win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos, playing on the road at Española Valley, earned a 3-1 victory over the Sundevils to grab the district regular season title, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament and, most importantly, secure a berth in the Class 4A playoffs next month.
    The Sundevils and the Hilltoppers played a back-and-forth contest Oct. 10 that could’ve gone to either team, but the Hilltoppers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets.
    Saturday, however, Los Alamos picked up a 25-13 win in the first set and, following a second set 25-22 Española Valley victory, Los Alamos won 25-17 and 25-20 to close out the contest.
    The Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 6-1 in 2-4A) finish off district play Wednesday at home. They will face Capital for Senior Night before taking on St. Michael’s Thursday, a make-up game from early September that was rescheduled due to a leaky gymnasium roof.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos had its offensive guns firing, led by freshman outside hitter Brianna Montaño, who collected 20 spike kills, nearly half the team’s total for the night.

  • Girls are No. 2, boys No. 3 in 4A soccer brackets

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have some down time before they get rolling in the Class 4A tournaments.
    Los Alamos’ girls picked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming girls soccer playoffs while Los Alamos’ boys earned the No. 3 seed in the 4A boys tournament. By virtue of their seeds, the Hilltoppers both get a bye into the quarterfinal round, which is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on either Piedra Vista or Miyamura in the quarterfinals, while the Hilltopper boys will have either Santa Teresa or Los Lunas.
    There were few major surprises in either the 4A boys and girls playoff brackets this year.
    “I expected it,” Los Alamos boys head coach Evan Gartz said of his team’s top-four seed. “I wasn’t expecting Chaparral to get the No. 2 spot, but I didn’t expect to be in front of Farmington, either. Other than that, it was pretty close to what I thought it was going to be.”
    Both the Albuquerque Academy Charger teams grabbed the No. 1 seeds in the two brackets.

  • On Schedule 10-28-12

    Monday

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-4A meet (Española Valley), varsity, JV, 3 p.m.

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

  • Brackets are due out today

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams appear to be in line for a top-four seeding for this year’s Class 4A playoffs.
    The field for the postseason for all three soccer classifications in the state are due out today. The New Mexico Activities Association announced the brackets will be released at approximately 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos boys and girls, two of the most successful programs in state history, are among the top-ranked teams in 4A and have been throughout much of 2012. In the final rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ girls were No. 2 overall and Los Alamos’ boys were No. 3.
    The Hilltopper girls were ranked No. 1 in Class 4A much of the year, but were leapfrogged by Albuquerque Academy in the final regular season poll. State polls are conducted by MaxPreps.com.
    “I don’t know how that works,” Hilltopper girls coach Jiri Kubicek said. “But they’re going to do what they want, anyway. I’m not going to worry about it. If you want to win at state, you’ve got to beat everybody.”

  • Sports Update 10-30-12

    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 18

    The CROP organization and the Atomic City Roadrunners are sponsoring the Turkey Trot Nov. 18.
    The Turkey Trot is an annual 2.57-mile race starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Race time is 2 p.m.
    Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 runners and drawings will be held for a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies.
    More information is available by calling 672-1639 or visiting atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • 'Toppers hold off St. Pius to win at home
  • LA finishes 2nd to Cleveland in 2012 finale

    It was a solid performance turned in by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team in its final meet of the season Friday.
    But based on the reactions from the Hilltopper runners, you wouldn’t know it.
    Los Alamos wrapped up its 2012 regular season at home, taking part in the Los Alamos Invitational. Los Alamos finished second behind only the Class 5A Cleveland Storm at the race.
    The Storm’s Luis Martinez, one of the most dominant runners the state has seen in some time, blew away the rest of the field and teammate Aaron Flores was a strong second to lead their team to a 34-point finish. Los Alamos, which placed four runners in the top 10 individually, finished with 40 points.
    Despite the close call at the top of the team results, it wasn’t the finish Los Alamos was looking for.
    Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher Friday, came in fourth, one slot ahead of Sean Reardon. Hill said the race, hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, was a grueling one for him personally.
    “I didn’t feel that great, but I wanted to tough it out for my teammates,” Hill said. “In the end, it wasn’t exactly enough. We’re going to have to do a lot better.”