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  • NNMSMGA’s recent results

    Here are recent results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments:

    Rio Grande Club,
    Aug. 21

    Championship flight
    1st low gross: Fred Anschutz, South Fork, Colo., 74
    2nd low gross: Jim Crowden, Corrales, 76
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight
    1st low gross: Wally Bryniarski, Durango, Colo., 78
    2nd low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 82
    1st low net: Robert Frank, Santa Fe, 65

    Second flight
    1st low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 85
    2nd low gross: Ralph Hey, Westcliffe, Colo., 89
    1st low net: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 71

    Third flight
    1st low gross: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 93
    2nd low gross, Gary Joseph, Westcliffe, Colo., 93
    1st low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 67

    Fourth flight
    1st low gross: Henry Vigil, Farmington, 89
    2nd low gross: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 98
    1st low net: Charles Barbee, Santa Fe, 65

    Rio Grande Club, Aug. 22

    Championship flight
    1st low gross: Fred Anschutz, South Fork, Colo., 77
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Jim Quick, Placitas, 70

    First flight

  • LA scores 2 goals in 2nd half to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is on a hot streak and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers found out the hard way Tuesday.
    Los Alamos got off to a slow start in its big Class 4A contest with the Chargers Tuesday in Albuquerque, but got things cranked up by the end of the first half. That momentum carried into the second half as Los Alamos scored two unanswered goals to win 2-0.
    Hilltopper superstar forward Amy Neal tallied both goals, one off a corner kick and the other on a penalty kick conversion as her team picked up a big win over the defending Class 4A champs.
    “The first half we played sluggish,” said Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek. “We came out of the first half pretty good, but we talked to the girls at halftime and told them we needed to be more physical. We dominated the second half.”
    Los Alamos, off its win last weekend in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, where it topped three high-quality opponents including the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Las Cruces, was battling through fatigue early in the contest — the Hilltoppers were playing their fourth game in five days — but kept the potent Charger offense off the scoreboard throughout.

  • Toppers fall to Chargers at home

    Despite starting the season in a somewhat up-and-down fashion, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers were far more up than down Tuesday against Los Alamos.
    The Chargers, one of the top teams in Class 4A, dominated the bulk of the first half against the homestanding Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers got back into the game with a late first half-goal, but the Chargers would score midway through the second half to put the game away.
    Los Alamos struggled to contain Academy’s main scoring threat, Andrew Stone, who had several breakaway chances throughout and garnered a lot of Los Alamos’ back third attention as Academy picked up a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Even though Los Alamos struggled throughout much of the first half and gave up an early goal to Stone, it tied the game and seemed to grab some momentum just before the break.
    William Steinkamp picked up a rebound off a scorching, close-range shot from Cooper Christensen to knock it past Charger goalkeeper Joseph Pauza, knotting the score at 1-1.
    But with only about a minute remaining in the first half, Academy was awarded a direct kick just outside the penalty box to the right of the goal.

  • LA soccer teams split with Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious on the road against one of its main rivals Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper girls (7-1) defeated Albuquerque Academy (6-3) Tuesday afternoon, 2-0.

    Unfortunately, the Los Alamos boys soccer team didn't fare as well hosting the Chargers. The Chargers (5-4) picked up a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field over Los Alamos (5-4-1).

    Check out Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • LA boys, girls face Chargers in 4A contests

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have big tests against a major Class 4A rival today.
    The Hilltopper teams will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The boys game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field and the girls game is at 4:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.

    Both Hilltopper teams are going into the contests with something to prove.

    Los Alamos’ boys are coming off a 0-2-1 showing at this weekend’s Academy Invitational tournament, losing to Sandia Prep in Thursday’s opening round and falling in overtime in a rematch against Farmington Friday. The Hilltoppers knotted with Cleveland 1-1 in the seventh-place contest Saturday.

    Academy’s boys went into the 2012 as one of the favorites in Class 4A, but have looked uneven at the start of this season, going 4-4 in their first eight games including losses to Valley and Albuquerque, two schools that don’t usually feature notable programs.

    This season, Academy has uncharacteristically allowed 11 goals.

    Still, the Chargers, who finished third at this weekend’s tournament, including a victory in the third-place game over Sandia Prep.

  • Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Race Results and Photos

    The second annual Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon drew 900 runners Sunday from across North America.

    The USATF-certified race started at 8 a.m. in downtown Santa Fe and ended in the Rio Grande Valley at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.  The race gave athletes the opportunity to test their fitness and endurance at high altitude.

    The Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon course was fast and scenic, dropping over 1,300 feet after a gradual climb for the first two miles. The top male runner Meshack Kirwaran 4:51 minute mile and the top female runners including Atalelech Asfawand and Alvina Begay were at 5:34 and 5:37 per mile.

    Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills started the race. Steve “King of the Mountain” Gachupin, double U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Nike N7 Ambassador Alvina Begay and World Record Steeplechaser Peter Koech attended and participated in the weekend events. The Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indians from Copper Canyon, Mexico, were in for the race as well. The Rarámuri are famed for their running-based culture, as recently portrayed in the best-selling book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

  • LA girls soccer stuns Las Cruces

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team’s seniors were challenged to respond following a disappointing showing last weekend.

    On Thursday, they did.

    The Hilltoppers came up big against an elite opponent Thursday in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Tournament. The Hilltoppers downed the Las Cruces Bulldawgs to advance to today’s tournament semifinal round, 3-1.

    Saturday, Los Alamos was trounced in all phases of the game, taking a big 4-0 loss against St. Pius X. A win in that game might have established Los Alamos as the team to beat in Class 4A this season, but head coach Jiri Kubicek said the effort wasn’t there.

  • ´Toppers bounce back vs. Scorps

    The last time the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team went on to win the Louie Cernicek Invitational, it would go on to win the state championship.

    In 2012, the Hilltoppers are hoping this weekend’s tournament is a harbinger of things to come.

    Los Alamos picked up two impressive victories in the opening rounds of the tournament, but had to slug it out against the defending Class 4A champion Farmington Scorpions.

    After 78 minutes of scoreless ball and both teams struggling to produce any offense, Farmington’s Jeremy Klepac, quite possibly the most dangerous player in 4A, outhustled the Hilltopper defense to a long boot ball. Klepac emerged with the ball from a converging triangle of Los Alamos defenders to clang a shot off the crossbar and in.

    But the drama wasn’t over, not by a long shot.

    Deep in extra time, Cooper Christensen was fouled just outside of the Farmington penalty box. Midfielder Rohun Iyer was locked on to fullback Ben Stewart as he set up a flip-over kick that went right to Stewart’s head and into the goal.

    Stewart, who was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament, said he felt responsible for Klepac’s late goal and new it was up to him to make something happen.

  • LA boys, girls top all comers Friday

    If there were any doubters remaining, and apparently there were, they should be quieted now.

    Before Friday’s University of New Mexico Invitational, Los Alamos runner Orion Staples said there were Albuquerque Academy faithful claiming on the Internet that the Hilltoppers’ decisive victory at the 2011 state tournament was a happy turn of events for Los Alamos and nothing more.

    Well, maybe not.

    The Hilltopper boys, along with the Hilltopper girls, the queens of New Mexico cross country, scored wins at the UNM Invitational meet, their season openers.

    Los Alamos’ boys stole the show in that race, scoring a scant 38 points, less than half the total of Class 5A juggernaut Cleveland. Los Alamos placed four runners in the top 10 in a loaded field of individuals.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls may not have been the flashiest team running Friday night, but they were far and away the most consistent.

    The Hilltopper girls nipped a top-loaded St. Pius X by four points to claim the title in their first race of the season.

    The UNM Invitational is traditionally the largest single running event in the state. This year, 35 boys teams and 33 girls teams took part, including heavyweights such as Cleveland’s Storm, Rio Rancho, Academy and La Cueva.

  • Elks Stewed By LA

    While the skill position players get the lion’s share of the credit in football, as the old saying goes, “the war is won in the trenches.”

    So score a victory for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday night.

    Los Alamos’ undersized offensive and defensive lines were dominant at Sullivan Field against Pojoaque, which featured some big bodies upfront. But Los Alamos, using its speed advantage to full effect, hit the Elks hard and fast, creating holes on offense and creating havoc on defense.

    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the first half, one on a strip-and-go by Cory Geyer late in the first quarter and the other on a pick-six by Arnoldo Ortiz after Pojoaque quarterback Ryan Koller was hammered by Chandler Lauritzen coming off the right side.

    The Elks made a valiant attempt to right their ship in the second half, but by that time it was far too late as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 55-14 win at Sullivan Field.

    “Basically, our strategy is not size,” said Los Alamos senior lineman John Gibson. “We never had size. This year, our line focused on agility and speed. What we do isn’t anything fancy....When we work our technique, we’re unstoppable.”