• On The Road Again

    Los Alamos fullback Sam Ortiz tries to evade St. Pius’ Connor Brown during the second half of Friday’s game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos lost two straight games at home, including a heartbreaker to St. Pius on a last-minute field goal. The Hilltoppers (1-2) will travel to Kirtland Central for another 4A contest Friday night.

  • Norman/Matteson win at LAGC

    The team of Curt Norman and Richard Matteson cruised to a win in the top flight of the Labor Day Slugfest golf tournament.
    The Slugfest is the last major event of the year hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Norman/Matteson had a two-shot lead in the best-ball tournament after day one, then added to its lead shooting a combined 60 in day two
    The Norman/Matteson team topped runners-up Jamie Aslin and Larry Rich by five strokes to win the first flight.
    In all, 24 two-person teams took part in the tournament Labor Day weekend.

    First flight

    Curt Norman/Richard Matteson 64-60-62—186
    Jamie Aslin/Larry Rich 66-61-64—191
    Steve Sanderson/Don Branch 66-62-68—196

    Pat Kestell/Jerry Antos 68-63-68—199

    Second flight

    Sean Rau/Chris Ortega 62-61-57—180
    Bart Ortiz/Jay Staton 65-68-61—194
    Stacy Howze/Tony Fox 62-69-66—197
    Phil Gursky/John Hains 69-73-66—208

    Third flight

  • Rams rally in 2nd half to down LA

    A tough assignment for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got quite a bit harder after a key starter went down prior to the start of Wednesday’s game.
    Just minutes before the start of Los Alamos’ game at Rio Rancho, starting goalkeeper Elena Atencio twisted her ankle and had to sit out the contest.
    That put the Hilltopper defense in a bind, and it showed.
    Despite the best efforts of Los Alamos’ offense, which had one of its better games of the season, the defense gave up three goals in about 8 minutes’ time to fall 6-3 on the road.
    Atencio, who has started in goal all season for the Hilltoppers, was scheduled to visit the doctor today. There was some swelling around the ankle Wednesday, but she is expected to recover in a few days’ time.
    Filling in for Los Alamos in goal were Kaitlin Lemke in the first half and Katya Skurikhin, a call-up from the junior varsity, in the second half.
    Despite the loss, Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said he was pleased with the team’s effort.
    “The girls played super,” he said. “The whole team hustled. It was good to see. We put together a full 80 minutes.”

  • Tumblers to host event on Saturday

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will join USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the nation Saturday to celebrate National Gymnastics Day by hosting a home intrasquad meet.
    National Gymnastics Day is an annual event to showcase the sport of gymnastics and to encourage and promote physical fitness and good nutrition among the nation’s youth. 
    The LASG Atomic Tumbler girls’ meet will include 34 team-level gymnasts competing on beam, bars, floor and vault. The community is invited to the event.
    For more information about the event, contact LASG at 662-9523 or visit the club’s website, lagymnastics.net.

    Atomic Tumblers Roster

    Xcel Gold Team
    Faith Koh, Marlie Maestas, Zoe Mathis, Addison Richie, Allison Warner

    Xcel Silver Team
    Charlotte Gonzales, Sarah Hutchens, Hannah Mullen, Katelynn Skeen

    Xcel Bronze Team
    Andrea Chapman, Sara Gardner, Katya Friedland, Emilee Maestas, Hailee McDowell, Sasha Vinyard

    Level 5 Team
    Ashley Bustos, Anna Clark, Elyse Phillips, Ramya Stevens, Charlotte Ulrich, Katie Wingo

    Level 4 Team
    Suyana Ferreria, Brianna Fryer, Nyla Lee, Cherie Mc Creary, Paetyn Miller, Aaliyah Walker

  • 'Toppers drop 5th straight vs. Rams

    For the second night in a row, the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys soccer team dropped a contest to a tough opponent from the metro area.
    After trailing much of the first half, the Hilltoppers scored an equalizing goal at the 39-minute mark. Unfortunately, the Rio Rancho Rams would come right back only seconds later to retake the lead.
    That goal would be enough to pick up the victory. The Rams would tack on an insurance goal in the second half as they earned a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-7) had few chances against the Rams (5-4), who have played tough on the road.
    The Hilltoppers’ goal was scored by Brandon Hodges during a scrum in front of the Rams goal late in the first half. Los Alamos had several swings at the ball on an Eric Schmalz corner kick before Hodges came up with the goal.
    It was Schmalz’s sixth assist on the season.
    For the second straight game, Los Alamos started in goal without Chris Parker, although Parker, who was sick the day before in a lopsided loss to Albuquerque Academy, came into the game in the second half.
    Tyler Mullen had five saves in the first half in goal.

  • Sports Briefs 09-18-13

    Hockey association is hosting a golf tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hockey Association will host its second annual Los Alamos High School Fundraiser Golf Tournament.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday. It is a scramble-format event and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
    Food will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the top gross and net finishers, as well as closest to the pin and a longest drive award.
    For more information, call Kevin Brake at 670-8838.

    YMCA flag football to be coached by Bob Scott

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting flag football clinics starting Sept. 22.
    The flag football clinics will be taught by former Los Alamos High School head coach Bob Scott. They are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoons through Oct. 27.
    The clinics, which are open to boys and girls ages 8-12, will include lessons on punting, kicking, passing and receiving.
    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100. 

  • LA falls big on the road Tuesday, 5-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was thumped on the road in an important Class 4A contest Tuesday afternoon.
    The Albuquerque Academy Chargers scored three times in the opening half and cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Hilltoppers at Richard Harper Memorial Stadium in Albuquerque.
    The Chargers (8-1) are considered a serious threat in Class 4A this season, although Tuesday’s win was the first win by the Chargers over another 4A opponent.
    Los Alamos (4-6) played without starting goalkeeper Chris Parker, who was ill.
    The loss was the fourth straight for Los Alamos, which dropped three games at Academy’s home tournament last weekend before Tuesday’s rout.
    Academy has outscored its opponents by a combined 20-5 on the season. Its only loss came against Class 5A powerhouse Sandia in late August.
    The Hilltoppers will host a 5A opponent, Rio Rancho, at 6 p.m.

  • Academy scores in OT to down LA

    A long, tough-fought battle Tuesday night didn’t go the way of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team.
    Los Alamos hosted one of its arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Tuesday night at Sullivan Field. The two teams played scoreless soccer for 95 minutes before the Chargers finally notched the sudden-death score.
    After controlling the action for most of the two overtime periods, the Chargers’ Ali Leggot flipped the ball to the center of the field to teammate Maddie Higgins. Higgins, who got the ball near the top of the penalty box, flipped the ball over Los Alamos goalkeeper Elena Atencio’s outstretched arms and under the crossbar for the only score of the 1-0 contest.
    It was once again a knock-down, drag-out fight between the two old foes, a game which featured a pair of yellow cards and some aggressive play that mostly went unwhistled.
    The two teams are regulars in the final two rounds of the state Class 4A playoffs and faced each other in the championship game in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with the Chargers winning all three contests.
    “We made one mistake and we paid for it,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We had a good 80, 90, 95 minutes, then we have one mistake. This is the first year of varsity for a lot of our players and it showed.”

  • 'Topper soccer teams will take on Academy's Chargers today

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have their hands full today when they face an old rival.
    Both Hilltopper teams will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers today. The Hilltopper boys will face the Chargers at 4:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, while the Hilltopper girls will host the Chargers at 6 p.m.
    Unfortunately, neither Los Alamos team will be heading into today’s game on a high note. Los Alamos’ girls lost 2 of 3 contests at last week’s Academy Invitational, while the boys dropped all three of their tournament contests.
    Los Alamos’ boys were swept at the Academy tournament, falling 1-0 to Sandia Prep in their consolation round game Friday against a very tough Sandia Prep squad, then losing 3-2 to the Oñate Knights in the seventh-place game Saturday morning.
    Against Sandia Prep, the Sundevils’ Ryan Hunter scored the lone goal of the game in the second half off an assist from Sam Albert.
    In goal for Los Alamos, Chris Parker had five saves.
    Against Oñate, Collin Stone picked up a goal for the Hilltoppers (4-5), as did Skylar Veenis, who also had a big goal for them against St. Michael’s earlier last week.
    Eric Schmalz was credited with his fifth assist of the season.

  • LA's boys, girls XC teams take top honors Saturday

    Saturday morning was an eventful one in many ways for the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams.
    The weather called a halt to the Hilltoppers’ originally scheduled meet, the West Mesa Invitational, something Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were informed of at 5 a.m.
    But by about 5:40 a.m., Los Alamos found another meet to run in.
    Los Alamos ended up competing at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, which was hosting its own meet Saturday and did quite well there despite the last-minute change of venue.
    Both Hilltopper teams placed first at the meet, which included 11 other full girls teams and 16 other full boys teams. The Hilltopper girls finished with just 29 team points, 51 points better than runner-up Sandia Prep, while the Hilltopper boys earned 48 points, a little more than half the total of St. Michael’s in second place.
    Individually, Colin Hemez was first overall in the boys race. Hemez, who finished a strong second in Los Alamos’ season opener a week earlier at the University of New Mexico meet, finished in 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
    He was one of two Hilltoppers to crack the top 10, with Mike Walker finishing seventh overall.