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  • 'Topper boys erase early deficit, top Jaguars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team scored two quick goals early in the first half after falling behind in just six minutes to top the Capital Jaguars Tuesday night.

    Henry Steinkamp had a goal and an assist in the 11th and 12th minutes as the Hilltoppers downed the Jaguars 2-1 at Jaguar Field.

    The victory clinched the District 2-4A title that Los Alamos lost in 2011 to Capital on that same field.

    Check today's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Hilltoppers, Jaguars face off for district title

    It might have been the defining play of the 2011 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team. It was certainly the most significant.

    With the District 2-4A championship on the line, the Capital Jaguars' main offensive threat, Jason Alarcon beat the Hilltopper defense to a long through-ball. Backpedaling to intercept Alarcon was Henry Steinkamp while coming forward full throttle was Los Alamos goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.

    The two never saw each other and Venneri plowed into Steinkamp, allowing not only the goal that would ultimately give the Jaguars the tiebreaker for the district title, it would dislocate Steinkamp's shoulder, knocking him out of the playoffs two weeks later.

    Today, the Hilltoppers will head back to Jaguar Field in a very similar position. Except, in 2012, it's the Hilltoppers in second place looking up to the Jaguars, who defeated the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field earlier this month.

    The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. It's the regular season finale for Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos will have to beat Capital, which is a perfect 8-0 at home this year, to have a shot at the district title.

    Steinkamp, the engine that makes the Hilltoppers go, has had an outstanding senior year. All he's worried about, he said, is picking up a victory.

  • LA takes over first place in district with win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its second sweep of the District 2-4A season over the Beranlillo Spartans Saturday.

    More importantly, it also took over sole possession of first place in the 2-4A standings with the victory, coupled by a 3-2 loss by Española Valley against Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers now sit alone atop the district with a mark of 4-1 (10-6 overall), while Santa Fe and Española Valley are tied at 3-2 behind them.

    Los Alamos, which has some tough contests with Bernalillo over the past few seasons, picked up a solid 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 win on the road to start the second half of the district season.

    The Spartans (4-12, 1-4) had little answer for Hilltopper middle Claire Stewart. Stewart had a match-high 18 spike kills, one of the top offensive totals of the season for Los Alamos.

    Also for Los Alamos, Erin Kirk and Sam Fenner finished with 8 spike kills. Setter Savanah Romero earned 39 assists.

    Saturday’s win was the fourth in a row for the Hilltoppers, who have given up just three games in those four victories.

    This week, however, will go a long way to determining how the 2-4A regular season will shake out. Los Alamos faces Santa Fe Wednesday night at home then travels to Esapñola Valley Saturday night.

  • LA blasted in critical 2-4A game

    For the second straight week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was involved in a game that, on paper, appeared to be a pretty even match.
    For the second straight week, that seemingly well-matched game turned into a blowout. There was one big difference this week, though: it was the Hilltoppers on the wrong end of that blowout.
    The Santa Fe Demons scored two touchdowns in 1:06 span at the end of the first half and two more touchdowns in 1:30 at the start of the second half. The Hilltoppers mounted something of a comeback in the third quarter, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as the Demons crushed the Hilltoppers 62-30 at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos simply had no answer for the Santa Fe running duo of quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer and tailback Anthony Abeyta.
    Abeyta, one of the top rushers in Class 4A, ran for 215 yards — a number that would’ve been significantly higher if not for him taking a 30-yard loss on a botched punt snap — and three touchdowns, while Booth-Homer went for 90 yards on 11 carries, including three touchdowns on four attempts running the ball in the second half.

  • ’Toppers pick up win in home finale

    The end of the season, as virtually any coach will tell you, is when you want to have your team peaking.
    That is the strategy the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team is employing as the end of the 2012 season nears, and that team may be right on schedule. And with a mammoth-sized game this week, the Hilltoppers will be looking for any advantage they can get.
    Los Alamos, in its final tune-up game Saturday afternoon for what is likely going to be a war Tuesday night in Santa Fe, got two second half goals to drop the Piedra Vista Panthers. Rohun Iyer headed in a corner kick in the 53rd minute and Cooper Christensen tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th minute as Los Alamos blanked Piedra Vista 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday’s victory over Piedra Vista, a Class 4A team from District 1, was also Senior Day at Sullivan Field. A gaggle of Hilltopper seniors were making their final regular season appearance in front of their home crowd, among them Nick Thoma, who scored the team’s first goal on the new Sullivan Field turf in 2011.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos wanted to make sure everything was in working order so it was ready to play Capital Tuesday night. Capital, which currently holds the District 2-4A lead, topped Los Alamos 1-0 Oct. 6 and can clinch its second straight district title with a win at home.

  • LA blanks Piedra Vista Saturday, 2-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a shutout against a solid Class 4A team on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos earned goals in each half as it topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 2-0 in Farmington, one of two tune-up games the Hilltoppers (15-3) have scheduled late in the regular season to get set for the upcoming playoffs.
    Katelyn Leslie scored late in the first half and Amy Neal tacked on an insurance goal in the second half while Los Alamos’ defense posted its 11th shutout victory this season.
    “I’m very happy with the game,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “You never know what’s going to happen when you come up here. 2-0 is a solid win. We didn’t give them any opportunities.”
    With just two remaining games, Los Alamos is on the very short list of teams that could get the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Saturday’s win over Piedra Vista (8-8), which played well in the nondistrict season but has struggled against tough District 1 competition, could boost the Hilltoppers’ chances of grabbing that top seed.
    Los Alamos locked up its sixth consecutive district title last week with a 4-1 win over Santa Fe, a game in which Kubicek was unimpressed with his team’s execution.

  • Sports Update 10-21-12

    Fusion to hold open house

    The Fusion Junior Olympic volleyball program, will host an open house Oct. 28.
    The open house is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Interested players, age 12-18, are welcome to attend. Information about tryouts, competition and prices for participation will be available at the event. Nets will also be set up for play.
    Yum Run returns Saturday

    The eighth annual Ruby K’s Yum Run is scheduled for Oct. 27.
    The Yum Run includes a 5K run/walk event and a 10K run/walk, as well as a 1K non-competitive fun run. All races start and finish at Ruby K’s on Central Avenue.
    Price for participation is $30 per person for the 5K and 10K races or $90 per family and $15 per person or $35 per family for the 1K. All proceeds from the races will go to benefit LA Cares.
    Entry forms are available online at rubykbagel.com or may be picked up at Ruby K’s Los Alamos Fitness Center, the YMCA or Mesa Public Library.

    LAHS volleyball’s ‘Dig Pink’ night scheduled for Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will host “Dig Pink” night Wednesday.

  • On Schedule 10-21-12

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Bosque School Invite, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 4 p.m.

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

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

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 7 p.m.

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

  • Santa Fe rolls over Los Alamos in key contest, 62-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell into a big hole late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter Friday night and never climbed its way out.

    Los Alamos hosted Santa Fe Friday night in a game that would’ve all but clinched the District 2-4A title for the Hilltoppers. Instead, the Santa Fe dynamic duo of Jordan Booth-Homer and Anthony Abeyta came up huge, leading the Demons to a 62-30 rout at Sullivan Field.

    The Demons now control their own destiny in the district championship race while the Hilltoppers must hope for an upset by Bernalillo over Santa Fe in two weeks.

    More on Friday’s game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Closing Fast

    Los Alamos’ Collin Stone dribbles past Santa Fe’s Tres Chaires during a Sept. 29 game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos, which defeated Santa Fe 2-1 earlier this week, has just two games remaining on its 2012 regular season schedule. It will host Class 4A Piedra Vista Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day, then will have a critical contest Tuesday at Capital, a game the Hilltoppers must win to keep their chances at a District 2-4A title alive. Stone, a junior, has played well in the absence of the injured Dallin Parker.