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  • LA girls are fifth, boys eighth in poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Sept. 29. Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Aztec (3) 47 1
    2. St. Pius X (1) 42 T-2
    3. Alb. Academy (1) 40 T-2
    4. Kirtland Central 28 5
    5. Los Alamos 27 6
    6. Piedra Vista 23 7
    7. Farmington 22 4
    8. Los Lunas 11 10
    9. Santa Fe 8 -
    10. Valencia 6 -

    Also receiving votes: Roswell 5, Goddard 5, Belen 4, Santa Teresa 2, Miyamura 2, Capital 2, Del Norte 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Roswell (6) 78 1
    2. Alb Academy (2) 69 2
    3. Capital 50 5
    4. Los Lunas 42 4
    (tie) Moriarty 42 6
    6. Farmington 40 3
    7. Artesia 29 7
    8. Los Alamos 22 8
    (tie) Miyamura 22 -
    10. Santa Fe 11 10

    Also receiving votes: Centennial 8, Chaparral 8, Grants 6, St. Pius X 5, Santa Teresa 4, Aztec 3, Piedra Vista 1.

  • 'Toppers sweep in district opener

    BERNALILLO – In what figures to be a highly competitive District 2-4A season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team wanted to make a statement to begin district play.
    And while their statement took a little longer to get started than they’d hoped, the statement was delivered nonetheless.
    Los Alamos got off to a rocky start Wednesday night against the Bernalillo Spartans, falling into a sizeable hole early, but dug itself out quickly and took a 3-0 victory.
    Behind the hot hands of middles Claire Stewart and Sam Fenner, Los Alamos picked up a 25-20 win in the first set. Los Alamos then breezed through the second set to win 25-11 and held on through a mini-comeback late by the Spartans in set three to win that one 25-16.
    After a disappointing showing last weekend at Rio Rancho, Los Alamos didn’t want to get involved in a long, drawn-out battle against the Spartans, who have shown a knack in recent years for giving the Hilltoppers headaches.
    “We knew we needed to work hard this game,” Los Alamos outside hitter Brianna Montaño said. “But we came together as a group, played hard, played aggressive. That’s what won this game.”

  • People In the News 10-02-13

    Ealey takes bronze in shot put at Pan Am Junior Games

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field standout Chase Ealey earned a third-place medal at the Pan American Junior Championships.
    Ealey, who now competes for the Oklahoma State University women’s track and field team and will be a sophomore for the Cowboys this season, picked up her medal in the shot put. Her best throw at the competition, held in Medellin, Columbia, in late August, was 48 feet, 9-3/4 inches (14.88 meters).
    “This was a great finish to a long year of competition for Chase,” OSU throws coach John Baumann said. “She accomplished a lot this year and this finish makes for great momentum going forward.”
    Ealey’s throw was about half a meter shorter than Stamatia Scarvellis, another Team USA member and the women’s shot put gold medalist.
    Ealey’s career best throw in college, 52-6 1/2, was recorded at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
    At Los Alamos, Ealey was a two-time Class 4A shot put champ, as well as a four-time 100 meter champion.

    Neal finishes with two goals for Vols

  • LAMS 8th graders win big at Academy

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade cross country teams earned victories at last week’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    LAMS’ eighth grade girls held off Santa Fe Indian School, scoring 42 points to take the team title in that competition. Meanwhile, the eighth grade Hawk boys earned a scant 23 points to take top honors there.
    In the eighth grade boys race, LAMS grabbed five top-10 finishes, paced by individual runner-up Ben Rees.
    Rees finished in a time of 11 minutes, 32 seconds to lead the Hawks team to victory.
    In the eighth grade girls race, Zoe Hemez finished as the individual runner-up with her time of 13:02, just one spot ahead of teammate Kathryn McClenahan.
    The Hawk seventh graders were also in action, with both teams finishing at the runners-up.
    Jevon Montoya had a third place finish for the Hawk boys, while Paulina Burnside was sixth overall.
    Here are LAMS’ results from the Albuquerque Academy Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 23; 2. LAMS, 77; 3. Desert Ridge, 79.

    Individual results

  • LA girls, boys thumped by Hawks

    It was a rough evening Tuesday for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams as they took on a tough competitor from Class 5A.
    Los Alamos’ teams were waxed in both their contests against the Volcano Vista Hawks. Los Alamos’ girls, playing at home, fell 7-0 to the Hawks, while the Hilltoppers boys were blasted 8-1 in Albuquerque.
    In Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers (6-8) couldn’t do much to stop the Hawks in the first half, allowing five goals in the first 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers finally got on the board in the second half with a goal by Jairo Marquez.
    Volcano Vista (7-4) got its eight goals from six different players. CJ Slough and Calvin Payne both scored twice for Volcano Vista, while Andrew Luca and Samuel Benally both earned a pair of assists.
    The Hilltoppers finished the night with four shots-on-goal.
    Things weren’t any better at Sullivan Field Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos, playing without several starters, including Catie McDonald and Chandler Art due to card situations, couldn’t match up with the Hawks’ potent offense.

  • Sports Briefs 10-01-13

    Class of 1973 honoring its football team Friday

    The Los Alamos High School Class of 1973 is celebrating its District 1-4A winning football team of 1972 with a get-together Friday.
    The get-together is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. at the Dixie Girl Restaurant.
    In 1972, the Hilltoppers, which were not an exceptionally talented team, but put together a 10-win season to capture the title.
    The public is invited to attend the get-together, particularly anyone who played football for Los Alamos between 1970-1980.

    Final Pace Race of year set for tonight

    The final Pace Race of the 2013 season is scheduled for tonight.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners will host the Pace Race starting at the trailhead of the Canyon Rim Trail.
    The race is scheduled for 6 p.m. Anyone who is interested in participating may do so.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

    Fencing class starts tonight at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ beginning fencing class is scheduled to start tonight.
    The class if for those with no previous fencing experience. Those with questions can contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

  • Volleyball team to open 2-4A season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will look to get its District 2-4A season started on the right foot Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener. That match, which will be in Bernalillo, is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    This season’s district race could be a tight one, with four of the five teams that could figure into the mix — only Capital, which is struggling this season, isn’t likely to factor into the race.
    While, heading into the race, only two teams in the district have records above .500, that may not be a good indicator of where the teams end up.
    Los Alamos is currently 5-4 but all four of those losses have come to the same two teams, St. Pius X and Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos lost to both teams early in the season, then fell to them again this weekend at the Rio Rancho Volleybash.
    At Rio Rancho, a high-level tournament hosted by the Rams, the Hilltoppers were on the wrong end of a sweep against both St. Pius and Pojoaque Valley. The Elks topped Los Alamos handily in two of the three sets, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-20, while St. Pius won, albeit in closer contests, 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.

  • LA's teams topple Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will both be back in action today after big wins on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will take on the Volcano Vista Hawks in nondistrict contests.
    Los Alamos’ boys will travel to Volcano Vista (6-4) while the Los Alamos girls will host the Hawks at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday, both Hilltopper teams topped the Santa Fe Demons in a doubleheader at Ivan Head Stadium. They were both games the Hilltoppers needed to have.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos held on for a 3-1 victory over Santa Fe in what may well be the toughest District 2-4A contest it will have.
    Santa Fe, the only district team in several seasons with any realistic shot of topping Los Alamos for a district crown, played even with the Hilltoppers for much of the first half until a late goal by Meghan McDonald broke the 1-1 tie. Chandler Art’s header early in the second half provided a big insurance score.
    Today, however, Los Alamos (4-8) will be without the services of Catie McDonald. McDonald, the team’s leading scorer, was hit with a red card late in the first half on an inadvertent collision with Santa Fe goalkeeper Mia Melchor.
    Because of the red card, McDonald will also miss today’s game.

  • On Schedule 09-27-13

     Monday

     

    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

     

    Tuesday

     

    Girls soccer: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

     

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 6 p.m.

     

    Wednesday

     

    Cross country: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

     

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

     

    Thursday

     

    Boys soccer: Sandia at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

     

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

     

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

     

    Football: LAMS at Española, 4 p.m.

     

    Friday

     

    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

     

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Desert Twilight Festival (Mesa, Ariz.), boys and girls varsity, TBA.

     

    Saturday

     

  • LA picks up 2nd place finish Friday

     ALBUQUERQUE — It’s still early in the cross country season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls may already be starting to hit their stride.
    The Hilltoppers put a pair of runners in the top 10 individually and had another fall just outside of it as they put together an impressive showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Los Alamos finished second in the team standings Friday despite running on a deceptively tough course amid weather conditions that were unusual for that race.
    Academy’s home meet, which includes some very tough teams from the metro area, almost invariably boasts chamber of commerce weather, but Friday there was a stiff breeze and overcast conditions throughout.
    Los Alamos sophomore Sophia Galvez, who is having an excellent start to the 2013 season despite having no varsity experience coming in, was the Hilltoppers’ top finisher, edging out teammate Nica Vasquez for sixth place in the girls race.
    Individually, Friday’s race was dominated by a trio from Class 5A Eldorado. Led by Jessie Hix, who posted a virtual wire-to-wire victory, the Eagles finished with 47 points.
    Right on their heels, however, were the Hilltoppers, just six points behind.