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  • LA holds on to win thriller over Bernalillo’s Spartans

    While it wasn’t precisely a do-or-die situation Friday night at Sullivan Field, it wasn’t too far off, either.
    And both the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans played like it.
    Los Alamos and Bernalillo went blow-for-blow in a thriller in the District 2-4A opening football game for both schools. But it would be Los Alamos winning a tight decision in the final round.
    Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison plunged in for a touchdown from a yard out to give Los Alamos a 39-35 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
    The Spartans weren’t done yet, though. They drove the ball down to the Hilltopper 9 yard line with about 25 seconds left to play, but couldn’t procure the game-winning score.
    With three shots at the end zone – Bernalillo had to spike the ball on first down to stop the clock – the Hilltoppers forced three straight incompletions to pick up the victory.
    “We were trying to stay in the game, stay cool, stay calm,” Los Alamos lineback Elliot Hersman said of the Spartans’ final possession. “I was telling my teammates to be strong. We worked so hard for this. It’s an amazing feeling.”

  • Football team wins thriller vs. Bernalillo

    It was a wild finish to a wild game, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team prevailed.

    Los Alamos’ defense held on with less than :30 left to play and the Bernalillo Spartans having a first-and-goal, but the secondary forced three straight incompletions as the Hilltoppers won 39-35 at Sullivan Field.

    The win for Los Alamos was in its District 2-4A opener.

    Los Alamos trailed in the fourth quarter but Xavier Dennsion scored from a yard out with 2:01 to play to give the Hilltoppers the lead and ultimately the victory.

    Read more about Los Alamos’ nail-biting win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Local teams get going at Duke City

    The Duke City Soccer League is back in full swing for Los Alamos Football Club boys and girls teams.
    Among the teams competing in the DCSL are the Juventus Kings, an U11 boys club team.
    After getting off to a slow start this fall season, leaving them winless after two games, the Juventus Kings earned a pair of victories.
    The Kings blanked the Albuquerque United Football Club 8-0 for one win and doubled-up FC Northern 4-2 for the other.
    Against Albuquerque United, Filippo Delzanno had a huge outing with four goals and an assist. Additional goals were delivered by
    Shaun Newman, Sam Bond and Devin Atencio.
    Against FC Northern, Atencio and Sammy Castille scored the first two goals for the Juventus Kings, but Northern came back to tie the game at 2-2 late in the 2nd half.
    Castille then fired in two goals in rapid succession, the second coming on a breakaway down the right side of the field, with his kick arcing across the field and bouncing into the goal off the far post.
    The defense was led by Max Berndt and Sam Cirigliano, with strong goalkeeping from Jaxson Martines and Noah Lyons.
    Also for the LAFC, the U13 boys Atomic City Football Club went 1-2. It opened its season with a 2-0 win over longtime rival, the Rio SC Bears.

  • LAMS teams sweep title at SFIS meet

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks took all four team titles at the Santa Fe Indian School cross country meet last week.
    Three of the four contests were tight at the meet. The biggest margin of victory, however, was posted by the Hawk boys seventh graders, who topped host SFIS by 37 points, placing four runners in the top 10 individually.
    Paulina Burnside was the overall winner in the girls seventh grade race and Jevon Montoya the top finisher in the boys seventh grade race for the Hawks.
    Here are LAMS’ results from the Santa Fe Indian School Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores
    1. LAMS, 51; 2. Española, 65; 3. Pojoaque, 115.

    Individual results

    1. Paulina Burnside, 14:37; 5. Marin Kelly, 15:23; 10. Amy Littleton, 15:23; 17. Rachel Bowman, 16:10; 18. Sonyia Williams, 16:21; 25. Kassidy Shedd, 17:25; 33. Heather Willbanks, 18:11.

    Seventh grade boys

    Team scores

    1. LAMS, 32; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 69; 3. Española, 83.

    Individual results

  • LA's late comeback attempt falls short

    ESPAÑOLA – Just two sets in, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team looked like it might be finished.
    But two sets later, nothing had been determined as the Hilltoppers mounted an impressive comeback against their arch-rivals.
    Unfortunately, the comeback would come just short as Los Alamos lost a key District 2-4A contest in the valley.
    Los Alamos dropped the first two sets Wednesday night against Española Valley’s Sundevils, 27-25, 25-15, before mounting its comeback. Los Alamos took sets three and four 25-20, 25-22 before Española Valley won the deciding fifth set 15-13.
    The second set started out as a disaster for the Hilltoppers, who fell behind quickly 16-3. Hilltopper head coach Robin Reynolds, making his first career appearance at Edward Medina Gymnasium, said he was surprised his team struggled early in that set.
    “We were just miscommunicating in the back row,” he said. “We were most confident in that rotation. We did a trial rotation with that and that was our best point-getting against Academy. We just had trouble with our communication.”

  • Haines, LA’s girls score legs at Grants

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a pair of state qualification legs at the two-day Grants Invitational.
    The Grants Invitational, played at Coyote del Malpais Golf Course, included some very tough boys and girls teams from around the state.
    Los Alamos’ girls shot a 370 in Monday’s first round to earn a qualification leg, the followed that up by shooting a 386 Tuesday for their second leg.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams took part in the tournament. The Hilltopper boys placed fourth in team competition Monday.
    Individually, Sean Rau and Jonnie Osden both earned legs Monday and Osden missed a second leg Tuesday by jut one stroke.
    Teams and individuals must earn three legs before May’s state championship tournament in order to be invited.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Emma Haines picked up two legs at Grants, shooting an 81 Monday, then following that up with a score of 90 Tuesday. Teammate Bri Sanderson also earned a leg Monday with her score of 89.
    Cleveland’s boys team won Monday’s tournament, while Kirtland Central won on the girls side. Kirtland Central also took Tuesday’s team title and they were joined by the Kirtland Central boys team at the top of that team competition.

  • LA girls soccer is fourth in new poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Oct. 6 Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Aztec (5) 59 1
    2. Alb. Academy 45 3
    3. St. Pius X (1) 42 2
    4. Los Alamos 34 5
    (tie) Farmington 34 7
    6. Kirtland Central 23 4
    7. Piedra Vista 20 6
    8. Belen 16 -
    9. Valencia 11 10
    10. Capital 10 -

    Also receiving votes: Santa Fe, 7; Goddard, 7; Artesia, 6; Los Lunas, 3; Chaparral, 3; Bernalillo, 2; Deming, 1; Santa Teresa, 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team    Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Roswell (4) 67 1
    2. Alb Academy (3) 64 2
    3. Los Lunas 44 T-4
    4. Moriarty 38 T-4
    5. Farmington 37 6
    6. Capital 35 3
    7. Artesia 30 7
    8. Miyamura 17 T-8
    9. Los Alamos 13 T-8
    (tie) Centennial 13 -

    Also receiving votes: Chaparral, 7; Valencia, 6; Grants, 5; St. Pius X, 5; Santa Fe, 3; Santa Teresa, 1.

  • LA has a huge test tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has its toughest test of the season to date tonight when it takes on its arch-rival. And more than bragging rights are on the line.
    The Hilltoppers will meet the Española Valley Sundevils tonight at Edward Medina Gymnasium. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The top spot in District 2-4A is very much on the line tonight, particularly after the Hilltoppers dropped a 3-1 decision Saturday afternoon to Santa Fe.
    To keep pace in the early part of the district race, Los Alamos (8-5 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) will have to find a way to trip up Española Valley (8-5, 2-0). A Los Alamos win tonight would put the Hilltoppers and Sundevils in a first-place tie, while a loss by the Hilltoppers would move them two matches behind the Sundevils, who will have an excellent chance to go undefeated during the first half of district with a match next week against Bernalillo (4-8, 0-1).
    Los Alamos will be going into tonight’s match with some momentum, having topped Sandia Prep 3-1 on the road Tuesday night. The two teams played four tight sets, but Los Alamos prevailed 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19.

  • LA girls are 4th in Arizona

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team rolled to an impressive fourth place finish at last weekend’s Desert Twilight Festival.
    Los Alamos finished fourth at the Desert Twilight meet, a huge regional meet run in Mesa, Ariz. Los Alamos finished with 149 team points and were one of just five teams to finish south of 200 points at the meet.
    The Hilltopper girls place four runners among the top 30 team scorers Friday night in the Sweepstakes race, the highest level race of the numerous races run there. They were paced by Talia Dreicer who came in 25th among the competing team racers with her time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds, clocking just over 6:02 per mile.
    Sophia Galvez, Maddy Foley and Mikalya Pulliam also finished in the top 30 overall.
    The girls race was won by Desert Vista of Phoenix, which featured individual champ Dani Jones and third-place finisher Baylee Jones. Desert Vista earned just 61 points, but surprisingly, didn’t run away with the team title, as Xavier College Prep, also of Phoenix, earned 80 points to finish in second place.
    On the boys side, Colin Hemez had a huge day. Hemez, a senior and Los Alamos’ top runner, placed 11th individually and 10th among team racers with his time of 15:39, averaging about 5:03 per mile in his huge showing.

  • LA girls struggle but win in OT at Capital, 1-0

    SANTA FE – There is no doubt the Capital Jaguars girls soccer team has improved.
    But in what should’ve been a routine District 2-4A game Saturday, Los Alamos let the Jaguars play like a legitimate title threat.
    The Jaguars pushed the Hilltoppers to an overtime period before the Hilltoppers finally broke a scoreless deadlock.
    With about three minutes remaining in overtime, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald finally found paydirt, giving the Hilltoppers a tougher-than-expected 1-0 win at Jaguar Field.
    This may have been the most unusual game in what has been an unusual season for Los Alamos. More often than not, Los Alamos has been able to close Capital via the 10-goal rule.
    But while Capital (7-6) has improved immensely since recent years, Los Alamos (5-10) has been struggling to find comfortable footing all year.
    Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said he suspected going into Saturday’s contest his team might not be taking the Jaguars seriously. After the early part of the game, he was sure of it.
    “They were thinking about the dance, or whatever,” Kubicek said, referring to the homecoming soirée Saturday night. “We thought we’d stick to our game and do a better job, but our minds were not in it.”