• LA comes back to top St. Michael's

    It was a struggle for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Tuesday night playing under a nonstop rain shower.

    It got worse early in the second half when the Hilltoppers fell behind.

    However, Los Alamos managed to power through both the rain and the St. Michael’s Horsemen to pick up a second consecutive victory over a quality opponent. Los Alamos made two of its 10 corner kick chances count to upend the Horsemen 2-1 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos dominated possession against St. Mike’s, but the rain-soaked field made passing difficult and Los Alamos had trouble getting a handle on the ball when the offense made its runs.

    “It was really hard to keep good touch on the ball,” said Los Alamos forward Collin Stone. “It’s a really big change of pace when the ball bounces around quickly.”

    Despite the adjustments Los Alamos had to make – the Hilltoppers did a better job with passing control in the second half – it still got off 7 shots in the first half to none for St. Mike’s. St. Mike’s never had anything resembling a sustained attack except in the final 10 minutes of the game.

    However, on its only shot up to that point, the Horsemen (2-2) found the net.

  • LA teams head to Academy Invite Thursday

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will see some tough competition throughout the three-day long Albuquerque Academy Invitational.

    The Academy Invitational is scheduled from Thursday through Saturday and is hosted by Academy’s Chargers, one of the most well-respected programs in Class 4A.

    The Chargers and the Hilltoppers aren’t the only top teams scheduled to compete this weekend, however.

    Los Alamos’ boys will play at 2:30 p.m. against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. Las Cruces is a perfect 5-0 on the season, including winning the Las Cruces Public Schools’ tournament late last month.

    However, the Bulldawgs haven’t played since topping Oñate 3-2 in that round robin tournament Aug. 31.

    So far, the Bulldawgs have shown a balanced scoring attack. Sweeper Nate Thompson and Kiki Najaera, just a sophomore, both have 2 goals on the season.

    For Los Alamos’ girls, they will face a familiar foe. Los Alamos will take on Farmington, which beat the Hilltoppers 2-0 in the season opener Aug. 24. Although the final score was respectable, Farmington controlled that game the entire way.

  • 'Toppers win 3 at Moriarty, face Pojoaque Valley tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team broke into the win column last weekend with three wins in the silver bracket of the Moriarty Pinto Invitational.
    Los Alamos picked up three straight wins at the Pinto tournament Friday and Saturday, including topping the host Pintos and District 2-4A rival Bernalillo to earn the bracket victory.
    The Hilltoppers won’t have much time to celebrate their first three wins of the season, however, as they will take on the Pojoaque Valley Elks tonight in Jacona.
    At the Pinto Invitational, Los Alamos couldn’t grab one of the top two spots in pool play Friday morning and went into the silver bracket.
    But Los Alamos (3-1) bounced back to top Moriarty 3-2 Friday night. The sets were tight, with the Hilltoppers falling in set two 27-25 before rebounding in the third set to win 25-23.
    Los Alamos, which won the first set handily over Moriarty, dropped the fourth set 25-18, but won the decisive final set 15-6.
    In the bracket semifinals, the Hilltoppers got a decisive 3-0 win over the Estancia Bears, 25-11, 25-15, 25-14, before advancing to play Bernalillo.

  • Toppers double-up Sartans on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team drubbed one of its most bitter rivals on the road Friday afternoon.

    Los Alamos scored four goals, two in each half, before the St. Pius X Sartans got on the board at Ben Rios Field. The Sartans halved the lead late in the game, scoring two goals within about a minute of each other, but would get no closer as Los Alamos prevailed 4-2.

    It was the second win in a row by the Hilltoppers over the Sartans and their third win over the Sartans since the 2010 playoffs.

    Forward Collin Stone had a hat trick in Friday’s contest and was also credited with an assist in a huge offensive showing for him and Los Alamos.

    Interestingly, Los Alamos only got off eight shots in the contest — the Sartans had 20 shots — but made half of those shots count.

    Stone doubled his point total for the season, from 7 to 14, with his performance against the Sartans.

    Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said it was the team’s back third that set it up with the scoring chances.

    “Our defense looked a lot better,” he said. “We’re still working on it a little bit, but we were solid. They had a lot of attacks. They ruled possession of the game but we were organized in the back. They had a lot of shots, but not a lot of good looks.”

  • On Schedule 09-08-13

    Football: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Santa Fe Indian School at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque Valley, C team 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.; LAMS at Española, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos vs. Las Cruces at Academy Invite, 2:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos vs. Farmington at Academy Invite, 4:30 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Pojoaque, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at West Mesa Invite, boys and girls C team/JV/varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at ATC Invite, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Taos, JV, noon.

  • Pedicini wins at the Pace Race

    Georgia Pedicini was the top predictor in last week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Last week’s Pace Race was held in Pajarito Acres.
    In all, 18 people took part.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday starting near the Pajarito Mountain ski lodge.
    In last week’s race, runners could choose the number of 1-mile paved loops they wanted to do, provided they could finish in 45 minutes or less. Most contestants opted to do 1 or 3 miles, the standard Pace Race distances.
    Pedicini, who actually ran 2 miles, was just 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. Laura McClellan was 13 seconds off her predicted time running 3 miles.
    The fastest finishers for each distance included Jackie Marr for 1 mile (13:20, Bob Weeks for 2 miles (27:44), McClellan for 3 miles (23:28), Nikol Strother for 4 miles (30:21), Roxana Candia for 5 miles (41:50) and Ted Romero for 6 miles (42:00).

  • LA girls are third in season-opening XC race

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team finished in third place in its season-opening meet Saturday.

    Los Alamos’ teams competed in the University of New Mexico Invitational, a combined prep and college meet, Saturday in Albuquerque. It’s one of the biggest meets in the state and 25 girls and boys teams took part.

    Hilltopper Maddy Foley finished in the top 10 individually with a time of 19 minutes, 48 seconds, to help Los Alamos net 95 team points and put it third place. Eldorado was the girls team winner with 54 points and Los Alamos’ top contender in Class 4A, Albuquerque Academy, was second with 68 points.

    On the boys side, the Hilltoppers were seventh overall with 188 points.

  • LA stung by Scorpions Friday night

    In its season opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was able to do a lot of different things offensively to win.

    Friday night, it became clear early in the ballgame the Farmington Scorpions had no intention of letting the Hilltoppers do at least one of those things.

    Farmington’s defense keyed in early and often on Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison, often rotating two linebackers and a safety to wherever it was Dennison happened to be going on that particular play.

    With one key weapon neutralized, Los Alamos struggled to sustain drives Friday.

    Farmington’s offense, however, had no such problem as it scored two touchdowns in the both the second and third quarters to win 41-6 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos’ offense, which rolled up 448 yards in its season-opening win a week earlier, had three 3-and-out drives in the first half and turned the ball over twice – the second of which was a desperation heave as the half came to an end.

    In stark contrast to a week earlier, the Hilltoppers managed just 48 yards total offense in the opening half as the Scorpions (2-0) held Dennison in check. Dennison managed just 26 yards on 9 carries in the first half and 38 for the game, that coming a week after a monster 230-yard performance.

  • Farmington thumps LA in home opener

    The Farmington Scorpions scored a late first half touchdown that set the tone for the rest of the contest, spoiling the Los Alamos Hilltoppers' home opening football game Friday.

    Farmington made some key plays on offense behind tailback Brian Farley, who had touchdown runs of 69 and 70 yards, to drub the Hilltoppers 41-6 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos (1-1) was hoping to bring some momentum, especially on the offensive side of the ball, into Friday's game following a big win over Pojoaque Valley last week, but the Scorpion defense held the Hilltoppers to just 48 yards and no points in the first half.

    Read more about Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Topper girls are young but have experience

    The more things change, the more they stay the same around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    Even with a lot of underclassmen on its projected starting lineup this year, the Hilltoppers are returning a lot of varsity experience in 2013, while some of the younger girls who are stepping up to fill spots that were lost to graduation are showing promise already.
    Los Alamos will attempt to keep its four-year streak of state titles alive when it hits the course for Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. UNM’s meet, which is run at the North Golf Course and includes both prep and collegiate races, may be the largest race in the state in terms of competing teams going together in one race.
    Returning sophomore Maddy Foley said thinks she and the rest of the Hilltoppers are ready.
    “I’m a little nervous but I think we’ve been training pretty well,” Foley said. “Our team seems pretty good. With Jen (Mooday) gone and Teresa (Sandoval) gone, it’s a little nerve-wracking, but I think we can pull through, and hopefully win UNM. I don’t know, but I think we’ll be fine.”