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  • Volleyball players honored by district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up four first team nods in District 2-4A plus the Most Valuable Player Award for 2011.
    The All-District awards were announced Saturday following Los Alamos’ 3-0 victory over the Bernalillo Spartans in the 2-4A tournament championship match.
    Chase Ealey, a senior middle blocker for the Hilltoppers, was named the MVP for the 2011 season. Ealey was the most dominant hitter in the district, finishing the district tournament with 13 spike kills against Bernalillo.
    Picked for the All-District first team were juniors Erin Kirk, Danielle Ortiz and Savanah Romero and senior Alicia Rendon.

  • Third-seeded Toppers may see Sartans again this year

    The recent history of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team in the postseason can be summed up in two words: Saint Pius.
    In 2011, the Hilltoppers are hoping to avoid a repeat of history, but another playoff run-in with the St. Pius X Sartans could well be in the team’s immediate future.
    The Class 4A state tournament starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos, the No. 3 overall seed, will take on sixth-seeded Moriarty and 11th-seeded Gallup in Thursday’s pool play round

  • State Champs!

    The Los Alamos girls and boys cross country teams easily outdistanced the competition to win the Class 4A state title Saturday at Rio Rancho High School. Get the full story in sports.

  • Lobos remain winless

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Walter Kazee ran for a career-high three touchdowns as San Diego State cruised to a 35-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.
    Ronnie Hillman, the FBS’s leading rusher, ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Aztecs (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West).
    The Lobos (0-9, 0-4), one of only two winless FBS teams, stretched their losing streak to 12 games. New Mexico’s last win came Nov. 6, 2010 against Wyoming.
    Kazee, who entered with five career rushing TDs, had never scored more than one in a game. Hillman, who came in averaging 151 yards per game, scored on a 1-yard run.
    San Diego State’s five rushing touchdowns were its most in more than 15 years.

  • ’Toppers fall to Chargers once again

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s getting to be a pattern. If you ask Jiri Kubicek, it’s getting to be a mighty tiresome pattern.
    For the fifth straight season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team ended its season with a loss to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Unlike the previous three seasons, however, the loss came one round early.
    Academy scored twice in less than three minutes early in the first half, the second goal knocking Los Alamos for a loop in a 3-1 loss in the semifinal round of the state Class 4A tournament.

  • LA gets No. 12 seed in 4A state playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s big finish at the end of the 2011 regular season didn’t afford it much respect from the state’s seeding and selection committee.
    Los Alamos was saddled with the No. 12 seed in the upcoming state Class 4A football playoffs, the lowest seed in the tournament.
    By virtue of its 12 seed, the Hilltoppers (6-4) will be on the road in the first round. They will meet the fifth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers this weekend.
    For the fourth year in a row, District 2-4A will send just a lone representative into the playoffs and for the second year in a row, it is the lowest possible seed.

  • ´Toppers sweep Spartans at home

    The dominance by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in District 2-4A volleyball continued with a big win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos hosted the district tournament championship match Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans had been the Hilltoppers’ toughest opponents during the district season, but the Hilltoppers dispatched them in straight sets.
    Los Alamos held on in the first set with Bernalillo serving at set point, then held on to win late in the third set, grabbing a 26-24, 25-16, 25-21 victory. The win gave Los Alamos its third consecutive 2-4A tournament title.
    The three set victories upped the consecutive set win streak by Los Alamos to 27. The win, however, didn’t come without a few hiccups.

  • LA girls run away with 4A title

    RIO RANCHO — Even for a team with 15 previous state titles under its belt, the win by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team was an impressive one.

    The Hilltoppers thoroughly dominated the Class 4A state cross country championship race Saturday.

    The state title race was held at Rio Rancho High School under cold and windy conditions, conditions that suited Los Alamos just fine.

    “The course was really good for us. We train in the cold,” Hilltopper junior Jennifer Mooday said. “When we saw the weather, we were overly excited. We were ecstatic.”

    Mooday, who has helped the Hilltoppers to two previous state titles, finished fourth overall in this year’s race.

  • LA triumphs big at state

    RIO RANCHO — Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team saves the best for last.
    That has never been truer than it was on Saturday.

    Los Alamos appeared primed and ready for an upset Saturday at the Class 4A state championship.  The underdog Hilltoppers, however, turned what looked to be a dogfight into a mauling.

    At Rio Rancho High School, the Hilltoppers placed five runners in the top 10 individually, sweeping positions two, three and four, to crush all comers at the title meet.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.