• ’Topper boys take 5th at Academy

    ALBUQUERQUE — The goal right now for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is to improve.
    In the meantime, the Hilltoppers got a close look at what they can expect to see as the season wears on.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Friday afternoon, along with some tough squads around the metro area. Los Alamos finished fifth out of 19 competing teams.
    Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A once again this season, won its home meet handily. Academy earned just 41 points, placing three runners in the top 10, including individual champ Kevin Wyss and runner-up Kyle Carrozza.
    The Hilltoppers, for their part, finished with 122 points.
    Los Alamos, going into the 2013 season, has one of the youngest, least experienced rosters it’s had in recent years, so the emphasis the Hilltoppers have put on the team is improvement.
    “We were hoping to do a lot better than at UNM,” said Los Alamos’ Gus Saeger, who finished third on the team Friday, noting the team’s fifth-place finish. “That’s around where we were working for.”
    Saeger and Cameron Staples stayed within a few strides of each other for much of the race, with Forrest White not far behind. Saeger and White finished back-to-back at 32nd and 33rd places.

  • LA has much better showing vs. Eagles

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had its best showing in a month Friday night, and did so against one of the toughest customers in the state.
    Los Alamos scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a late-game drive to stay close to the Belen Eagles. The Hilltoppers outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second half.
    Unfortunately, the Eagles, the No. 2-ranked team in the state, scored three times in the first half to win 28-14 in Belen.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos forced several turnovers in the second half and limited the effectiveness of a very potent Belen running game to get back into the contest.
    In its three previous outings, Los Alamos struggled against three consecutive Class 4A teams, but against the best team it has faced, had a solid showing.
    Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten found Tristen Hill in the end zone with 8:56 to play for Los Alamos’ first score of the ballgame.
    With less than a minute remaining in the game, Los Alamos fullback Xavier Dennison went up the middle for a 2-yard score for another Hilltopper touchdown.
    Belen (4-1), which has one of the best running games in the state, had success throughout the first half on the ground, scoring on runs of 23 and 25 yards in the second quarter.

  • Girls soccer team outlasts Demons

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a key win Saturday in Santa Fe, but it got the win the hard way.

    If it could go wrong, it did for Los Alamos, which got two big cards and a key player hurt prior to the game, but the Hilltoppers still came away from Ivan Head Stadium with a 3-1 victory over the Santa Fe Demons.

    Meghan McDonald scored on a breakaway chance in the first half, then Chandler Art added an insurance goal for Los Alamos in the second half to put the game away.

    It was a costly win, however. Late in the first half, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, Catie McDonald, was slapped with a red card for a collision near Santa Fe’s goal. Art was hit with a yellow card later in the first half.

    “In the first half, we were frustrated,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubiceksaid. “We had some opportunities. There were some fouls, but you can’t get frustrated.”

    Prior to the game, Los Alamos’ Kristin Funsten was hit with a ball while trying to exit the field and was complaining of concussion-like symptoms. Funsten, one of the team’s veterans, was unable to play Saturday.

  • Reedy, Marr tie for best prediction

    There was a tie for top prediction at this week’s Pace Race.
    Duane Marr and Bob Reedy both earned the top prediction at the Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Reedy and Marr both finished just 3 seconds off their predicted finish time.
    The race was Tuesday on North Mesa.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course this week was 3-year-old Diego Leonard, who finished in 11:15. Leonard was also one of the top predictors Tuesday, being just 9 seconds off.
    Patricia Burnside was the fastest female on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:04.
    On the 3-mile course, Roxana Candia (24:04) and Zach Medin (24:48) had the best finishes this week.
    The next Pace Race will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start at Canyon Rim trailhead across from the Los Alamos Co-op.
    The race will be the Cooper Run and will be the final race of the 2013 Pace Race season.
    For more information on the race or on the Atomic City Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639. 

  • LA falls late to Matadors

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team played even with the Sandia Matadors for virtually the entire way Thursday afternoon.
    But with time winding down in regulation, Sandia’s Jassara Baca scored on a corner kick to give the Matadors a 1-0 victory in Albuquerque.
    The corner kick came in low and got lost in front of the goal before Baca got it into the net.
    “One little mistake on defense and we lost the game,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “That was the difference. We played well for 80 minutes except for those last few seconds.”
    Sandia (7-3), a respected Class 5A program, kept Hilltopper goalkeeper Kaitlin Lemke busy much of the afternoon, taking 12 shots-on-goal. Lemke was up to the challenge, making 11 saves before the Matadors broke through with the final goal.
    Thursday’s contest was a nondistrict tilt for the Hilltoppers (3-8), who opened 2-4A play the day before with a 10-0 win over Bernalillo, picking up that win in about 60 minutes of play.
    Against Sandia, however, Los Alamos managed just thee shots-on-goal, all of which were picked up by Sara Gold, who earned the shutout.

  • Aztec, Roswell top soccer polls

    Here are the NMSoccer.com coaches poll results for Class 4A for the week ending Sept. 22. Voting is done by coaches from around the state. First place votes are in parentheses.


    Team Total points

    1. Aztec (3) 48
    2. St. Pius X (2) 38
    (tie) Alb. Academy 38
    4. Farmington 29
    5. Kirtland Central 27
    6. Los Alamos 24
    7. Piedra Vista 23
    8. Santa Teresa 12
    9. Belen 7
    10. Los Lunas 6

    Also receiving votes: Valencia 5, Chaparral 3, Santa Fe 2, Goddard 2.


    Team Total points

    1. Roswell (4) 67
    2. Alb. Academy (3) 62
    3. Farmington 43
    4. Los Lunas 40
    5. Capital 38
    6. Moriarty 33
    7. Artesia 27
    8. Los Alamos 19
    9. St. Pius X 14
    10. Santa Fe 10

    Also receiving votes: Centennial 8, Chaparral 7, Kirtland Central, 5, Grants 5, Miyamura 3, Valencia 3, Goddard 1.

  • LA girls, boys top Bernalillo in opening games of district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams both had a successful opening to their District 2-4A seasons Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ teams hosted the Bernalillo Spartans in a doubleheader Wednesday at Sullivan Field, and both Hilltopper teams scored solid victories.
    Despite getting off to a slow start in their game, the Hilltopper girls scored nine goals in less than 40 minutes of play to down the Spartans 10-0 in the first game. In the nightcap, Los Alamos got two goals from Collin Stone to help knock off the Spartans 4-1.
    The Spartans aren’t expected to make much noise in either District 2-4A title race, but the Hilltoppers’ next district outing might prove tougher. Both teams travel to Santa Fe for games Saturday.
    Santa Fe’s girls appear to be the only 2-4A team with any realistic shot of knocking off the Hilltoppers, who haven’t lost a district game since 2006. Meanwhile, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Capital are expected to duke it out for the boys district title this season.
    In Wednesday’s boys contest, Stone tallied a pair of goals to help secure the victory.
    Stone, who has nearly half of the team’s total goals this season, now has 24 total points.

  • 'Topper boys, girls visit the Chargers Friday afternoon

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams will start their toughest three-week stretch of the 2013 season Friday.
    That tough set, appropriately enough, begins at Albuquerque Academy. Race time is 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos will travel to Albuquerque Academy to take on the Chargers, among other teams, at the Academy Invitational. Along with Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A boys and one of the teams with the best shot to dethrone the Hilltopper girls’ domination of the classification, teams from Sandia, Piedra Vista, Cleveland and Eldorado are expected to attend.
    Usually about 15 teams participate in the meet. Although it’s not one of the bigger meets the Hilltoppers compete in, it’s usually a competitive one.
    Los Alamos will be going into the meet well rested and off a solid performance in its last outing. Both the boys and girls won the Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Everybody Invitational Sept. 14 — the Hilltoppers were originally scheduled for the West Mesa Invitational but it was called off due to weather — earning substantial victories on both ends.
    The Hilltoppers had last weekend off.

  • Sports Briefs 09-25-13

    Registration open for beginning fencing

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ beginning fencing class is scheduled to start Oct. 1.
    The class if for those with no previous fencing experience. Registration is open to anyone over the age of 10 and parent/child co-registration is welcomed.
    The beginning class will cover the basics of fencing, including footwork, fundamental blade skills and rules of the sport. All necessary equipment will be provided by the YMCA.
    Registration can be done at the YMCA’s main building or online at laymca.org.
    Those with other questions regarding the class can contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    LAGC hosting Oktoberfest tourney

    Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting Oktoberfest starting Saturday.
    Oktoberfest will include a blind best-ball tournament, along with food service and draft beer and wine sales.
    The tournament will start at 9 a.m. Food and beverage service starts at 1 p.m.
    The final day to register is Thursday. For more information, call LAGC at 662-8139.

  • LA picks up 4-set win over Moriarty

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a victory in its first match following a rather lengthy layoff.
    Los Alamos took on the Moriarty Pintos for the second time this season Tuesday night. And while the scores were again close, as in the teams’ first meeting, also in Moriarty, Los Alamos again came out on top.
    The three sets won by the Hilltoppers were tight ones, but the Hilltoppers prevailed in four sets over the Pintos, 25-21, 27-25, 14-25, 26-24.
    Tuesday’s match was the first for Los Alamos since its 3-1 victory at home over the St. Michael’s Horsemen Sept. 11.
    The win for the Hilltoppers (5-2) was also their third win of the season over a Class 4A school against just one loss, that coming in their opener against St. Pius X.
    Los Alamos’ 13-day layoff gets followed up with a hectic upcoming week. Los Alamos will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational Friday and Saturday, then travel to Bernalillo Oct. 2 to open District 2-4A play against Bernalillo, then follow that match with a nondistrict contest at home against Albuquerque Academy.

    Piedra Vista, Artesia top rankings