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  • Hilltoppers' opener pushed back

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity volleyball team will have a few more days of practice to prepare for its season opener in 2012.
    Los Alamos’ scheduled season opener against Pojoaque was pushed back. The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 25, but had to be rescheduled.
    The two longstanding rivals will now have to wait until Sept. 11 to face off. Instead, Los Alamos will take on another of its most bitter rivals, St. Pius X, to open the season.
    St. Pius, which has knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs for each of the past four years including last year, will meet Los Alamos Sept. 4 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque, which had a remarkable season in 2011, losing just one set in the regular season — to Los Alamos in the Elks’ opener — will travel up the hill to play Los Alamos Sept. 11.
    Instead of its originally-scheduled contest Aug. 25, Los Alamos will take part in a preseason scrimmage hosted by District 2-4A rival Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers, along with the other prep volleyball teams in the state, officially opened their preseason Monday.

  • LA gridders are 15th in first MaxPreps rankings of 2012

    MaxPreps.com released its first preseason rankings for New Mexico’s high school football teams this week and those rankings weren’t particularly kind for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers finished with a Freeman Rating of zero, placing it 15th among the state’s 25 Class 4A football teams.
    Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.
    This is the first year the state is going to a computer ranking system, as opposed to previous years in which media and coaches polls were conducted.
    However, the current MaxPreps Freeman Ratings don’t look terribly dissimilar to what a human poll might have revealed about the upcoming prep season.
    The top two teams in the current ratings are Aztec and Goddard, which met for the state 4A title in 2011. Aztec nipped Goddard, which had been the top-ranked team in the state for the entire season, 28-27 to earn Aztec’s Tigers their first state title in program history — Aztec had finished as the 4A runner-up four times since 2003.
    Aztec earned a 43.7 Freeman Rating, second in the state behind only Class 5A defending champion Cleveland, while Goddard earned a 31.3 rating.
    The top-ranked 3A team is St. Michael’s (31.3).

  • Back to Business

    Monday was the first official day of preseason for several prep fall sports around the state, including girls soccer. The Los Alamos High School girls soccer participants got together twice Monday, including Monday night’s workout at the Pueblo Complex. The Hilltopper girls soccer team opens the season Aug. 25 at Farmington.

  • Johnson and Romero are top finishers

    Jeff Johnson and Ted Romero were the top finishers at the next-to-last Splash ‘n’ Dash event of the summer.
    The Splash ‘n’ Dash is a bi-weekly event hosted by the Los Alamos Triatomics geared for those training for the Los Alamos Triathlon. The final Splash ‘n’ Dash of the summer is scheduled for 7 p.m. today.
    The events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Johnson was the fastest finisher on the long course — a 400-yard swim followed by a 5K run — during the July 25 Splash ‘n’ Dash, finishing in a time of 26 minutes, 18 seconds. On the shorter course — which included a 200-yard swim followed by a 3K run — Romero finished in a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds.

  • Sports Update 08-08-12

    Hawk football meeting is Thursday

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk football program will hold an orientation session Thursday. The orientation will be from 5-7 p.m. at Brousseau Gymnasium.
    Any students entering seventh or eighth grade interested in playing football for LAMS is encouraged to attend. The orientation process will include turning in all necessary participation paperwork, issuing of equipment and information on the Hawks’ football program.
    Eighth grade players should show up by 5 p.m. and seventh grade players by 6 p.m.
    For more information, email Daren Jones at d.jones@laschools.net.

  • Let's Get It Started

    Monday was the first official day of preseason workouts for high school football programs around the state, including the Hilltoppers. Here, Mitch Carson runs agility drills during Monday morning’s workout at the Los Alamos High School practice field. Los Alamos is coming off a 6-5 season and a District 2-4A championship in 2011. The Hilltoppers’ first game of the 2012 season is scheduled for Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.

  • All-Stars eliminated by Texas East

    The White Rock-Los Alamos All-Star junior softball team was bounced out of the Southwest Regional championship tournament largely on the strength of one big inning Sunday.
    The Southwest Regional is the final step on the road to the Little League World Series, which for junior division softball, will be in Washington later this month. The WR-LA All-Stars advanced to the tournament after winning the District 1 title in early July.
    Unfortunately, it was a short appearance for the WR-LA All-Stars, who lost both of their tournament games, including Sunday’s elimination game against Texas East.

  • Something to Chew On

    White Rock-Los Alamos’ Sarah Chiri blows a bubble gum bubble in the dugout prior to her team’s opening round game of the Little League Southwest Regional tournament in Santa Fe Friday. White Rock-Los Alamos fell in extra innings of the opening round and will play again at noon today.

  • Sports Update 08-05-12

    Girls soccer tryouts start Aug. 13

    Tryouts for the Los Alamos High School girls soccer program are scheduled to begin Aug. 13. Tryouts are open to any girl entering LAHS during the fall.
    The opening morning session of tryouts is Aug. 13 at Sullivan Field from 7-9 a.m. and the opening afternoon session is from 4:30-7 p.m. Review of participation rules and procedures will be conducted at the morning session.
    All players must have soccer shoes, shin guards and bring their own water. Additionally, interested players must have all required medical forms on file with the LAHS athletic office to participate.
    For more information, call head coach Jiri Kubicek at 662-4865.

    Splash ‘n’ Dash returns Wednesday

  • WR-LA All-Stars drop regional opener

    SANTA FE — In the first round of the Little League Southwest Regional tournament, it looked like the White Rock-Los Alamos All-Stars were in good position to advance to the quarterfinals.
    WR-LA took a solid 4-0 lead early in the ballgame and the favorites from Vidalia, La., had gotten just one ball out of the infield.
    But Vidalia came back to score five unanswered runs, including the tying run in the seventh and the winning run with two outs in the eighth to take a 5-4 extra-inning victory and advance in the regional tournament Friday.
    Santa Fe Metro Little League is hosting the regional this year and, as such WR-LA got an automatic entry since it was the champion of Santa Fe Metro’s district.