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  • LA volleyball is in, football is out of postseason

    One Los Alamos team will go into the start of the postseason this week as a low seed. The other won’t go in at all.

    The Hilltopper volleyball team was given the No. 11 seed in the upcoming 4A playoffs, which start Thursday morning with pool play in Rio Rancho.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper football team was frozen out of the 4A playoffs this season. The Hilltoppers finished as the runner-up in District 2 this season, but the district champ, Santa Fe, was given the No. 12 and final spot in the 4A tournament, meaning Los Alamos’ season is over.

    The football playoffs begin Friday around the state.

    For more information on those tournaments, read Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Toppers sting Scorpions in quarterfinals, 1-0

    ALBUQUERQUE – If style points counted, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team might have been in trouble Thursday.
    But as it turns out, the Hilltoppers’ gritty effort would prove to be enough.
    The Hilltoppers ousted the Farmington Scorpions from the state Class 4A tournament. Although the Scorpions controlled the ball most of the way, they would never find the back of the goal.
    Los Alamos’ defense was up to the task and forced the game into a shootout. In the shootout, Los Alamos connected on four of five kicks from the mark to dump Farmington 1-0.
    The Hilltopper-Scorpion quarterfinal contest was held at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The win puts the Hilltoppers into the state 4A semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons, but they would have a tough test against No. 2 seed Roswell today at the APS complex – results from that game weren’t available as of press time.
    Against Farmington, the Scorpions were the aggressors for much of the contest. Los Alamos tried to chip its way through the formidable Farmington defense but didn’t make much headway, getting off only one shot in regulation and zero shots in the second half.

  • “Try Hockey” day is Nov. 23

    Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Hockey Association will host a “Try Hockey For Free” day at the county’s ice rink.
    The event will be Nov. 23. It is open for anyone 18 and under from 3:45-5 p.m. A girls-only session will start at 5 p.m.
    LAHA coaches will be available prior to the sessions to answer questions for prospective hockey players.
    Tickets must be obtained from Los Alamos County for admission to the ice rink. They may be picked up at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or can be reserved by contacting the Los Alamos County Recreation Department at 662-8173.
     

  • Demons win, will play 'Toppers Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will take on the Santa Fe Demons for the third time this season Thursday night in the semifinal round of the District 2-4A tournament.
    Santa Fe topped the Bernalillo Spartans in Tuesday night’s quarterfinal match. Santa Fe, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, defeated the Spartans 25-21, 25-10, 23-25, 25-19 to advance.
    Los Alamos (13-7) and Santa Fe (16-5) met twice in the regular season, with the Demons winning the first meeting 3-1 Oct. 5 and the Hilltoppers winning the second 3-0 Oct. 23.

  • Demons win, will play 'Toppers Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will take on the Santa Fe Demons for the third time this season Thursday night in the semifinal round of the District 2-4A tournament.
    Santa Fe topped the Bernalillo Spartans in Tuesday night’s quarterfinal match. Santa Fe, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, defeated the Spartans 25-21, 25-10, 23-25, 25-19 to advance.
    Los Alamos (13-7) and Santa Fe (16-5) met twice in the regular season, with the Demons winning the first meeting 3-1 Oct. 5 and the Hilltoppers winning the second 3-0 Oct. 23.

  • Volleyball club has meeting tonight

    Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball will host a parent information meeting tonight at Mesa Public Library.
    The Fusion is a Junior Olympic program sanctioned by USA Volleyball. It is for girls ages 11-17 interested in playing competitively.
    Teams are grouped by skill level and usually consist of 8-10 players each. Most of the competitive season will take place within the state of New Mexico.
    The season starts in January. Tryouts will start in mid-November.
    Anyone interested is encouraged to have their parents attend tonight’s meeting, which will take place in the library’s meeting room No. 1. Meeting time is 7 p.m.
    A short presentation on the Fusion will be given, after which parents may ask questions of the Fusion coaching staff.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, nmvolleyball.org.
     

  • Class 4A boys soccer tournament

    Here are the results and remaining schedule for the Class 4A boys soccer tournament. All games Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    First round

    (8) Chaparral 4, (9) Miyamura 2
    (5) Capital 3, (12) St. Pius X 0
    (6) Los Alamos 2, (11) Centennial 2
    (10) Artesia 1, (7) Santa Teresa 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Chaparral vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 10:45 a.m.
    Capital vs. (4) Los Lunas, 11 a.m.
    Los Alamos vs. (3) Farmington, 10:45 a.m.
    Artesia vs. (2) Roswell, 11 a.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

    Chaparral-Academy winner vs. Capital-Los Lunas winner, 10:30 a.m.
    Los Alamos-Farmington winner vs. Artesia-Roswell winner, 10:30 a.m.

    Saturday’s championship

    Semifinal winners, 10:30 a.m.

  • LA, Farmington clash in quarterfinal

    The quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs will feature the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team going up against a very familiar foe.
    Los Alamos meets the third-seeded Farmington Scorpions Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The two teams square off at 10:45 a.m.
    It will be a tough test for Los Alamos, which earned a solid 2-0 victory in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal.
    Farmington doesn’t have a wide array of offensive weaponry. It doesn’t have a scorer in the top 20 overall in points among Class 4A players, and its top scorer managed just 22 points during the regular season.
    However, the Scorpions’ strength lies in their defense. And the Hilltoppers are well aware of it.
    To that end, Los Alamos won’t be looking for the quick strikes it had last week against Centennial to open the playoffs. Instead, patience will be the key for the Hilltoppers’ game plan.
    “We’re really working on possessing the ball so we can try to go at them methodically,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. “It’ll be a challenge, but our boys are ready.”

  • LAHS finishes in second place in Director’s Cup standings

    Los Alamos High School was the runner-up in this year’s New Mexico Activities Association Director’s Cup competition.
    The Director’s Cup is presented annually to high schools around the state by the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic athletics and activities around the state.
    Los Alamos finished behind Piedra Vista for the competition during the 2012-13 academic year.
    Teams receive points based on their finishes in district and state athletic competition, as well as for activities such as bowling, chess rodeo, mock trial and debate.
    Los Alamos also earned 200 of a possible 300 points in upholding the Pursuing Victory with Honor ideals endorsed by the NMAA.
    For the year, LAHS earned 2,620 points.
     

  • McCloskey receives lifetime acheivement award from PGA

    Former Los Alamos Golf Course professional Dennis McCloskey earned the Sun Country Section Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him Sunday.
    The award is given out annually to golf professionals whose service is recognized by their peers as distinguished within the Sun Country Section (New Mexico and west Texas) and to the PGA.
    McCloskey has been a member of the Sun Country Section for the last 38 years. He began his professional career as an apprentice under J.D. Taylor at the Valley Country Club in Denver, Colo. 
    He served on the Sun Country board of directors for eight years as the Club Relations and Employment chairman and as senior chairman. 
    Section awards McCloskey had earned in his career include Merchandiser of the Year, Senior Player of the Year and was the two-time Bill Strausbaugh award winner.
    As a player, McCloskey qualified for the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, N.Y. He is also a senior sectional champion, senior match play champion and has won sectional pro-pro and senior-junior tournaments as well.
    McCloskey retired from LAGC in 2009 after working there for 32 years.