• LA returns home to face Española Valley

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will look to bounce back from its first loss of the District 2-4A season and has the right matchup to bounce back with.
    Los Alamos will be at home Friday night to take on the Española Valley Sundevils. Game time at Sullivan Field is 7 p.m.
    With its loss last week at Santa Fe, Los Alamos will need some help from the other teams in 2-4A to keep its chances for a district title alive. It is very likely only one team, the district champion, will advance to the Class 4A playoffs from District 2.
    The only hope for the Hilltoppers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) to make the playoff cut is for either Bernalillo or Capital to knock off Santa Fe’s Demons (3-4 overall, 2-0) in district play and force a three-way tie at the top of the district standings.
    Interestingly, there is a possibility, however unlikely, that Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Capital and Bernalillo could all finish their district schedules with a 2-2 record.
    For now, the Hilltoppers need to be concerned with the Sundevils.
    This season has been another struggle for the Sundevils, who have won just one game in eight outings, that coming against Santa Fe Indian School, a struggling Class 3A squad.

  • LA XC team to host home invite Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams will host their one and only home appearance of the season Friday.
    The Hilltopper teams, along with 12 other teams from around the area, are scheduled to take part in the Los Alamos Invitational Friday. The meet will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Sub-varsity races will begin at 3 p.m. The girls varsity race is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. with the elementary school mile and the boys varsity race to follow.
    Friday’s race will be the regular season finale for the Hilltoppers, who will compete in the District 2-4A championship race next week.
    Los Alamos heads into Friday’s meet off a strong finish at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Los Alamos’ girls finished as the runners-up at Rio Rancho to Eldorado.
    Last week’s meet was a huge one, with 30 full teams competing on the girls side and nearly as many on the boys side.
    The Hilltopper boys placed fifth at Rio Rancho, but that happened without their No. 1 runner, Colin Hemez. Mike Walker, who finished 15th overall, was the top runner from Los Alamos.
    On the girls side, Sophia Galvez finished in a time of 19:28 to pace Los Alamos. Galvez finished just out of the top 10 individually.

  • LA earns big sweep over Santa Fe

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or in the case of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, in straight sets.
    Los Alamos dropped the Santa Fe Demons in three sets Wednesday night, picking up a big win in what appears will be a battle for second place in the upcoming District 2-4A tournament.

    After a solid win in set one, the Hilltoppers and Demons were back-and-forth in sets two and three. The Hilltoppers had to stave off a couple of Demon rallies in the second set and then come from behind late in the third set to win 25-18, 25-22, 27-25 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos outside hitter Sierra Foley, who otherwise had a productive night Wednesday, banged a pair of serves into the net in two straight trips late in set two and early in set three. She found herself at the service line with a chance to put the match away and did so, scoring the final two points to give Los Alamos the win.

    Besides that, Foley finished with a match-high nine spike kills, mostly using some holes in the middle of the floor to her advantage.

    “If we tipped, it was usually open,” Foley said. “We tried to tip around the blockers and hit into the corners. It’s more difficult because (the Demons) are taller. We’re used to having shorter blockers.”

  • LA boys top Capital, have a shot at claiming 2-4A crown

    Break out the calculators.

    After scoring two quick goals in the first half, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was able to withstand a barrage of shots from the Capital Jaguars Tuesday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos forward Collin Stone knocked in a pair of goals, one in the seventh minute and the other in the 19th minute, to give Los Alamos a quick 2-0 edge in a huge District 2-4A game.

    Capital dominated play for the rest of the game, but would only come up with one goal as the Hilltoppers earned a 2-1 victory.

    With the Hilltoppers’ win, they are now statistically knotted up with the Jaguars at the top of the district standings. Now, the Hilltoppers must await the outcome of the Capital-Santa Fe season finale Saturday to see if they or the Jaguars pick up this year’s district crown.

    Stone said his team knew going into Tuesday’s contest it would be a knock-down, drag-out battle, as it almost invariably is when the Hilltoppers (10-10 overall, 5-1 in 2-4A) and Jaguars square off.

    “Mostly, they’re good at possessing the ball up top,” said Stone of the Jaguars. “The best defense is a good offense. That’s what they were going for.”

  • Parking plans announced for XC meet

    Due to construction at the Los Alamos Golf Course, there is limited parking available for the upcoming Los Alamos Invitational cross country meet.
    To help expedite traffic around the LAGC, Los Alamos Public Schools has released information on parking for Friday’s meet.
    According to an email sent out this week, spectators are asked to adhere to the following:

    • Earliest arrivals will be directed through the LAGC parking lot, onto the service road to proceed to parking spots along the perimeter. Outer spots will be filled first and cars will be directed to fill in behind, in order of arrival

    • After the service road is filled, vehicles may enter into the parking lot, be directed to a passenger drop-off spot (this includes elementary school runners or spectators with disabilities) and proceed along the service road to fill vacated spots or exit onto San Ildefonso Road to park at Los Alamos Middle School, or proceed past the LAGC entrance directly to LAMS.

    Drivers are also advised there will be a limited number of spaces for those with handicap placards.

  • Sports Briefs 10-22-13

    Veterans Day run to benefit Andersen

    The Honor. Remember. Act. 5K run is being held on Veterans Day to benefit local soldier Micah Andersen.
    Andersen, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, was injured in Afghanistan by an IED. All proceeds from the race will go to him to offset costs of his recovery.
    The run will be Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.
    It will begin at 555 North Mesa Road.
    Price for participation is $25, $35 for day-of registration.
    Registration can be done online. Send email to sebaccounts@gmail.com to obtain instructions for online registration.

    Pro shop closing earlier

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced it has started closing the pro shop at 6 p.m. due to earlier sunsets.
    Additionally, due to colder temperatures, the first tee times of the day will be scheduled for 9 a.m. Tee times may be reserved with the pro shop starting at 8 a.m.
    For more information on the schedule changes, call LAGC at 662-8139.

  • LA, Capital square off for 2-4A title

    The District 2-4A boys soccer title will be on the line this afternoon when the Los Alamos Hilltoppers host the Capital Jaguars.
    Today’s game at Sullivan Field is the regular season finale for the Hilltoppers, who will be looking for an upset victory over the Jaguars, along with some revenge for a shutout loss earlier this month.
    Los Alamos (9-10) dropped a 1-0 decision to Capital (11-5) Oct. 5 at Jaguar Field.
    The win boosted the Jaguars up to the No. 1 position in the 2-4A standings, which they haven’t relinquished.
    In that contest, senior Jason Alarcon, who has given the Hilltoppers fits all throughout his prep career, scored the lone goal for the Jaguars 24 minutes into the first half. The Hilltoppers adjusted their defense afterward, marking Alarcon with Skyler Veenis, who held Alarcon largely in check for the balance of the contest.
    But due to that loss, the pressure today is squarely on the shoulders of Los Alamos.
    To wrench the title outright from Capital, which has lost just one game on the field all season, the other four losses being early season forfeits, Los Alamos must win by at least two goals.

  • The AP top 25 in college football

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Another big 2nd half for LA lifts it over Piedra Vista

     It was tough to know for certain at the beginning of the year, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team felt like, with some games under its belt, it might be able to put things together come playoff time.

    The way the Hilltoppers have played the last game-plus, that may indeed be the case.

    For the second game in a row, the Hilltoppers played a dominant second half at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers scored three times in the final 40 minutes, twice by Catie McDonald off of assists from Meghan McDonald, to top the Piedra Vista Panthers 4-0.

    With just two games remaining in the regular season, head coach Jiri Kubiceksaid his team is in a groove right now.

    “The girls responded well, they played well,” Kubicek said. “They look like a group that’s on a mission.”

    Los Alamos (8-10) has already assured itself of a playoff spot, but has to keep one eye on possible seeding for the playoffs — the seeding will be announced next Sunday. The big win over Piedra Vista (9-7) should only boost Los Alamos’ stock.

  • Back in the day

    Among the many festivities going on during Homecoming Week 2013 was a mini-class reunion for the Class of 1973.

    The senior year of 1972-1973 was a memorable one for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, which enjoyed one of the best years in program history. To share some memories of that year, several members of that team got together prior to the Hilltoppers’ homecoming game at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

    It was a good turnout at the get-together, which included players and even head coach Glen Howl and several of the team’s assistants.

    In 1972, the Hilltoppers went undefeated in the regular season, won the District 1-4A championship and advanced to the state semifinals before getting nipped by Mayfield in Las Cruces on one of the final plays of regulation.

    They finished with a record of 10-1 and a rare district title, playing in one of the most competitive big school districts in the state.

    While that season was one filled with highlights, the team’s success wasn’t an accident.