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  • Title dreams dashed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team and football team were both knocked out of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.

  • ´Toppers thumped in playoff contest

    LOS LUNAS — The biggest thing on the side of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team heading into Friday’s game was momentum.

    That momentum, however, was dashed with one long jaunt early in the first quarter.

    Los Alamos was one-and-done in the Class 4A playoffs for 2011. The powerful and lightning fast Los Lunas Tigers scored early and often against the Hilltoppers Friday night at Willie Chavez Stadium.

    After forcing a quick three-and-out, Los Lunas’ Tigers needed just one play to score a 91-yard touchdown. Los Lunas running back Jalen Chavez went off-tackle and found nothing but open field in front of him, rumbling to the end zone to spark a 55-0 rout.

  • LA’s comeback attempt falls short

    RIO RANCHO – Just when it looked like things were over, they were just getting started.

    After falling down 2-0 to its arch-rival, St. Pius X, including taking an ugly second set loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team rallied in sets three and four to send Friday evening’s match to a deciding contest.

    Unfortunately, the Sartans got up on the Hilltoppers early in the fifth set and never relinquished the lead. The Sartans took a 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9 victory in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state tournament at Santa Ana Star Center.

    It was the fourth consecutive year the Hilltoppers fell to the Sartans at the Star Center and the second straight year the Sartans dropped the Hilltoppers in the semifinal round.

  • Hilltoppers Defy The Odds

    In the locker room following practice, members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program are staring at the only light in the room: a projected image on the back wall.

    Before the projection, a clip of game film, even gets fully rolling; several of the Hilltoppers call out, “counter, counter!”

    They’re right. The Valencia Jaguars are executing a counter-tray against the Hilltoppers’ upcoming opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers.

    “You see that?” head coach Garett Williams asks no one in particular. “The defensive end stays there, he stays right there and he gets kicked out.”

  • LA goes 4-0 to open state play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team opened the Class 4A postseason with a spotless mark in pool play.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament, advances to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. They will take on the winner of tonight’s match between Piedra Vista and Bernalillo. The quarterfinal contest is set for 8 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    “We looked really good today,” said Hilltopper outside hitter Erin Kirk. “The defense was really good. If a ball wasn’t touched by the blockers, it was dug up by someone.”

  • Toppers feel prepared heading into first round

    Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
    To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
    Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
    The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.

  • David Mann wins spirit award

    White Rock cyclist David Mann received the prestigious Dave Richardson Award at the 2011 World Senior Games.
    The World Senior Games was last month. The event is held in St. George, Utah.
    Mann, who had not raced in several years, came out of retirement to compete in the World Senior Games.
    The Games consist of four races, the length of which is dependent on the age division of the racers involved. Mann is in the 70-74 age group.
    Considering his absence from racing, Mann had a solid showing in the competition. He finished fifth in the 20K time trial, fifth in the 5K hill climb and sixth in the 30-minute criterium. His best showing, however, came in the 24-mile road race, where he finished second overall.

  • Sports Update 11-09-11

    Turkey Trot will benefit CROP

    The annual Turkey Trot will return Nov. 20.
    The Turkey Trot is a benefit run for the local CROP organization. It will start at Los Alamos Middle School at 2 p.m.
    The run is 2.57 miles. The top 25 finishers will be recognized and all participants have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    For more information, visit www.atomicrunners.com.

    Junior basketball program returns

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball programs will host a Jr. ‘Toppers youth program session Saturday.

  • 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