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  • Local golfer is among top finishers at Sr. Men’s final

    Don Rokop of Los Alamos had the best net score of anyone playing in the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association in its championship tournament.
    The NNMSMGA tournament, which was played at Twin Warrior Golf Course in Bernalillo earlier this month, was the finale of the senior men’s club season.
    Rokop finished with a two-day net score of 125 strokes, the best of the tournament.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider, who had a dominant NNMSMGA season, was the overall gross score winner at the championship.
    Also at the tournament, Ron Krantz of Los Alamos finished with a two-day score of 171 to win the second flight gross score title.

    Here are the results of the NNMSMGA’s Las Campanas tournaments Sept. 24-25 and the NNMSMGA championship tournament Oct. 2-3:

    Las Campanas
    Sept. 24

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 79
    2nd low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84
    1st low net: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 70

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 85

  • LAHS finishes 2nd in Director's Cup competition

    Los Alamos High School finished second in the Director's Cup competition.

    The Director's Cup is an award given by the New Mexico Activities Association to the top schools in the state based on their finishes in several sports and activities throughout the school year.

    LAHS finished second behind Albuquerque Academy for the 2011-12 academic year.

    Competing schools receive points based on finishes in district and state competition in sports, as well as interscholastic activities such as bowling, chess, choir, debate, Future Farmers of America and several others.

    In 2011-12, LAHS won three state championships, boys and girls cross country and girls track and field. In activities, LAHS was the state runner-up in chess, while ROTC and choir were state semifinalists.

    LAHS also earned 200 points out of a possible 300 points for the NMAA's Pursuing Victory with Honor program.

    In all, the school finished with 2,500 points.

  • Sports Update 10-18-12

    LAGC tee times pushed back

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced later tee times starting Friday.
    Due to lower morning temperatures and frost, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. The later start times will begin Friday.
    More information can be obtained by calling LAGC at 662-8139.

    Yum Run returns Oct. 27

    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 Yum Run event 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.

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.
    Pickleball is a tennis-like sport which uses wood paddles and a Whiffle ball that’s played on a badminton court.
    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA.

  • LA and Santa Fe will be playing for the inside track in 2-4A Friday night

    It’s the single biggest game of the year for both squads.
    If either the Los Alamos Hilltopper or Santa Fe Demon football teams have aspirations to earn the District 2-4A title, they will have to pick up a victory over the other Friday night.
    Los Alamos will host Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will have clear sailing to the district championship, while the loser will likely be shut out from the 2012 playoffs completely.
    The Hilltoppers opened the 2-4A season with a big 34-0 win over the Bernalillo Spartans last week in Bernalillo.
    In last week’s game, Los Alamos faced a very good running quarterback in Ralf Olguin.
    This week, Los Alamos will face the best running quarterback and one of the top all-around athletes the district has to offer, Jordan Booth-Homer.
    Booth-Homer is averaging better than 4 yards a carry and has 6 rushing touchdowns.
    If that was all Santa Fe’s offense featured, things would be simple for the Hilltopper defense, but Santa Fe also sports one of the district’s best running backs, Anthony Abeyta. Abeyta, a 170-pound senior, is on pace for a 1,000-yard season and is averaging nearly 7 yards per carry.

  • Cross country JV teams sweep meet

    Here are Los Alamos’ junior varsity and C team results from Saturday’s Los Lunas Invitational:

    JV girls

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos , 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 68; 3. Grants, 76.

    Individual results
    1. Madison Foley, 20:25; 2. Nica Vasquez, 20:26; 3. Talia Dreicier, 20:26; 4. Sophia Galvez, 20:26; 5. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 7. Anna Wermer, 21:30; 8. Eliana Riciputi, 21:47.

    JV boys

    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos, 15; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 66; 3. Sandia Prep, 88.

    Individual results
    1. Aaron Bao, 17:58; 2. Cameron Staples, 18:19; 3. Connor Bailey, 18:26; 4. John Rees, 18:33; 5. Victor Kim, 18:35; 6. Hayden Walker, 18:41; 7. Aaron Roybal, 18:46.

    C team girls

    Individual results

  • LA rallies to beat Demons

    The Santa Fe Demons came out guns blazing Tuesday at home, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team overcame the initial push to earn an important district victory.
    Santa Fe scored a goal less than a minute into the contest, but Los Alamos regrouped and outplayed the Demons at Ivan Head Stadium. Henry Steinkamp scored a pair of goals to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 win.
    Los Alamos and Santa Fe were both in need of a win to keep their hopes of a district title alive. Los Alamos, by grabbing Tuesday’s win, will still have a shot to reclaim the crown from the Capital Jaguars.
    The Jaguars, however, still have the edge over the Hilltoppers by virtue of their 1-0 win at Sullivan Field Oct. 6.
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said his team needed some time to adjust to the field at Ivan Head Stadium — a natural grass facility that’s considerably narrower than Sullivan Field.
    “The goal woke us up,” Gartz said. “They still had some good rhythm after their goal, but we settled down and found some things that were working.”
    Despite the narrow field, the Hilltoppers (11-7 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) were able to work the ball out wide and find Steinkamp near the Santa Fe goal. Steinkamp scored goals in both halves.

  • Toppers struggle but pick up 2-4A crown at Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team officially clinched their sixth consecutive District 2-4A title with its victory over the Santa Fe Demons Tuesday.
    Amy Neal scored twice for Los Alamos while Meghan McDonald picked up a goal and an assist as the Hilltoppers earned a 4-1 victory over the Demons. The win put the Hilltoppers at 5-0 in District 2-4A play (14-3 overall) and put the finishing touch on their district crown.
    While Los Alamos’ continued domination of 2-4A this year came as no surprise, Santa Fe (7-9 overall, 2-3 in district) gave Los Alamos as much of a run for its money in their two games as any team has done since 2007.
    The last time the Hilltoppers had allowed a goal in 2-4A play was in 2006.
    Late in the first half, Santa Fe’s Elena Lemus scored on a rebounded indirect kick that came from about 30 yards out toward the goal mouth to snap the Hilltoppers’ streak of 41 consecutive district shutouts.
    The goal by Santa Fe made the score 2-1 at halftime. Los Alamos picked up two goals in the second half, however, to end any hope the Demons may have had for an upset. Neal and McDonald both scored in the second half, with McDonald assisting Neal on her goal and Jordan Ahlers assisting McDonald on hers.
    For her effort, McDonald was given the coaches’ Player of the Game nod.

  • Off to the Races

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams posted another big showing at last weekend’s Los Lunas Invitational. Both the Hilltopper varsity squads took first in team competition, with the Hilltopper boys just narrowly missing a perfect score and the girls cruising to an 82-point victory over runner-up Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Sports Update 10-16-12

    Yum Run returns Oct. 27

    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.

    Tee times pushed back

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced later tee times starting this week.
    Due to low temperatures and frost, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. The later start times will begin Friday.
    More information can be obtained by calling LAGC at 662-8139.

  • LA tops Capital in straight sets

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-4A play with a road win Saturday night at Capital.
    After a big comeback win last Wednesday against the Española Valley Sundevils — Los Alamos trailed 2-1 but rallied to win — the Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19.
    The victory over the Jaguars wraps up the first half of the district season for the Hilltoppers, who hold a half-match lead over Española Valley and Santa Fe in the 2-4A race. The Sundevils (9-6) host Bernalillo Wednesday and travel to Santa Fe Saturday — Española Valley beat Santa Fe and Santa Fe beat Los Alamos in their first meetings.
    Los Alamos (9-6 overall) has just one match this week, Saturday night at Bernalillo, but will be busy next week with an Oct. 24 contest at home against Santa Fe (7-8) and a trip to Española Valley Oct. 27.
    Next week’s contests could go a long way to determining this year’s 2-4A regular season title.