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  • LA ranked No. 20 in Class 5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed toward the bottom of the MaxPreps preseason rankings, which were released earlier this week.
    Los Alamos finished at the No. 20 spot in the Class 5A rankings ahead of its season opener, slated for Aug. 29 against Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos has a preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6 p.m. today against Valencia and Piedra Vista.
    Teams are rated based on previous records, number of starters returning and lost, and other factors. Subjective measures, such as other polls, aren’t taken into account in the power rankings.
    Los Alamos finished with a rating of -18.6. More than half the 24 teams in Class 5A rated in negative territory and two others, Pierdra Vista and Roswell, were just above zero.
    The Goddard Rockets rated the highest in the initial poll. The Rockets finished with a rating of 34.6, more than 8 points better than runner-up in the poll and the 2013 Class 4A champion Farmington — most teams in Class 4A last season moved into Class 5A for the two-year block starting this fall.
    While Los Alamos is down toward the bottom of the rankings, it’s not alone among the teams in District 2-5A. Bernalillo is only one slot ahead of Los Alamos, while Capital is one slot below at No. 21.

  • Krohn is tops at Pace Race

    Burton Krohn was the top predictor in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was Tuesday. It was in Lower Water Canyon Trail, starting near N.M. 4.
    Krohn finished 48 seconds off his time, which was 2 seconds better than Mark Bjorklund and 5 seconds better than last week’s winner, Steve Shook.
    The fastest finisher on Tuesday’s 1-mile course was Heather Hughes, who came in at 11 minutes, 52 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 15:33.
    On the 3-mile course this week, Ted Romero had the best time, 22:53, while Nikol Strother finished in 24:22. There was also a 2-mile course Tuesday. The top finisher on that course was Isolina Viloria (19:57).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will start at the trailhead directly behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The next race will include 1- and 3.3-mile trail courses and a 1-mile paved course.
    For more information on the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Girls Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Cory Carnes, D
    Chelsea Challacombe, D
    Jessica Heironimus, D

    Juniors

    Catie McDonald, F
    Megan Bucklin, GK
    Jordan Henson, D
    Melissa Teter, MF
    Charlotte Leonard, MF-F
    Isabelle Runde, D
    Emily Hopkins, MF

    Sophomores

    Maria Sandoval, MF
    Sienna Ahlers, MF-F
    Sophie Wood, D
    Kayla Palmer, MF
    Rachel Thoma, MF
    Abby Schmalz, F

    Freshmen

    Jaci Linn, MF-D
    Ashley Atencio, D

    8th graders

    Alissa Haagenstad, MF
    Anna Lemke, GK

    2014 Schedule

  • 'Topper roster features 10 underclassmen this season

    As is often the case, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will be the first to start the 2014 fall season at the high school.
    Los Alamos is chock full of new, young faces heading into this season, not the least of which is its new head coach.
    After leading the team for more than 20 years, longtime Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek stepped down this past winter. Replacing Kubicek is AJ Herrera.
    Herrera coached the Hilltopper boys program for a brief time. Most recently he was the head coach of the Santa Fe Demon boys program.
    Last season, Santa Fe went 10-10 and had a chance to either qualify for a bid in the state Class 4A tournament or play spoiler for archrival Capital, but lost its season finale to the Jaguars, 5-0.
    The 2014 preseason with the Hilltoppers, Herrera said, is going about as well as could be expected.
    He said most of his players came into the preseason in good physical shape, which has allowed him to focus on development and working on plays as opposed to spending a lot of time on conditioning.
    Los Alamos opens its season on the road, taking on the Farmington Scorpions. That game is set for Saturday at noon in Farmington.

  • Sports Briefs 08-20-14

    Cernicek Invite set for Aug. 29-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will host Santa Fe Prep in the opening round of the 2014 Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    The Cernicek Invitational is scheduled for Aug. 29-30. First round games are scheduled for the morning of Aug. 29 with semifinal winner’s bracket games set for the morning of Aug. 30 and loser’s bracket games scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 29.
    The other first round games for the tournament include Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, Farmington vs. Clovis and Bosque School vs. Goddard.
    Los Alamos opens its season at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

    Sports passes now on sale at LAHS

  • Fall sports teams get started soon

    The 2014 fall sports season officially gets going this weekend at Los Alamos High School.
    Los Alamos fall sports teams started practicing earlier this month and three of the five programs will be in action by the end of next week.
    The Hilltopper girls soccer team, boys soccer team and football team will all get their season going by Aug. 29.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team isn’t waiting that long, however. The Hilltoppers will play the Farmington Scorpions Saturday at noon in the Four Corners area.
    The girls soccer program is one of two fall sports teams at the school with new coaches this year. Former All-American prep soccer player and former Los Alamos boys head soccer coach AJ Herrera officially starts his tenure Saturday.
    Also new this year is Sharleen Espinoza to the Hilltopper volleyball program. Espinoza is a former assistant under the two most recent head coaches of the Hilltoppers, Garry Maskaly and Robin Reynolds.
    Los Alamos’ football team, which began practice Aug. 4, will open at home Aug. 29 against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.

  • YMCA youth soccer league taking registrations

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is accepting registrations for its Little Youth Soccer League.
    The league will run from Aug. 25-Oct. 3. Competition will be at fields in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    Little Youth Soccer is open to players ages 3-6.
    Price for participation is $40 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Registration closes Tuesday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • Miller, Moseley are tops at triathlon

    It hasn’t been because of a lack of competition, but it’s been very tough to catch up to Liz Miller at the Los Alamos Triathlon for several years now.
    Miller, one of Los Alamos’ top multi-sport athletes, held off another tough challenge from Santa Fe veteran athlete Mary Uhl to win her third consecutive women’s triathlon title Saturday.
    The triathlon celebrated its 40th running this year. It features a 20-kilometer bike leg — which goes down and back Pajarito Road on Los Alamos National Laboratory property — followed by a 400-meter swim in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center pool followed by a 5-kilometer run.
    Miller was the first woman out on the course Saturday morning, which actually isn’t an enviable position because it’s tougher to judge by how much one is leading or trailing at any given point in the race.
    But Miller posted a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 27 seconds, which was close to a minute and 45 seconds better than Uhl, who went out second in the women’s race.
    There was less than 45 seconds separating the two following the bike portion and about 50 seconds between them following the swim before Miller put it away in the final leg.

  • Results from 2014 Los Alamos Triathlon

    Here are the results from the 2014 Los Alamos Triathlon. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

    Elite men

    1. Clay Moseley, 1:03:35; 2. Robert Browning, Albuquerque, 1:06:11; 3. Orion Staples, 1:11:04.

    Elite women

    1. Liz Miller, 1:11:27; 2. Mary Uhl, Santa Fe, 1:13:16; 3. Kim Katko, 1:14:45; 4. Amy Lee, 1:18:54; 5. Kori Mannon, Elephant Butte, 1:19:18; 6. Lynn Bjorklund, 1:21:20.

    Men 15-19

    1. Joseph Harris, 1:32:49; 2. Quinn Abfalterer, 1:33:31.

    Men 20-24

    1. Clark Smith, Santa Fe, 1:17:25; 2. Jesse Martinez, Española, 1:33:44.

    Men 25-29

    1. Logan Ott, 1:12:46; 2. Ryan Smeltzer, 1:13:31; 3. Adam Martinez, Hernandez, 1:13:49; 4. Russell Bainbridge, 1:13:52; 5. Ben Eftink, 1:33:49.

    Men 30-34

    1. Josh Coleman, 1:06:15; 2. Daniel Seitz, 1:19:07; 3. Colby Blauwkamp, Albuquerque, 1:21:01; 4. Britton Lambson, 1:24:15; 5. Michael Cayton, Rio Rancho, 1:27:31; 6. John Chicoine, 1:35:16.

    Men 35-39

    1. Shane Treadway, Albuquerque, 1:06:39; 2. Scott Baily, 1:15:05; 3. Ryan Hess, Sandia Park, 1:29:02; 4. Joseph Palmer, 1:36:54.

    Men 40-44

  • Moseley, Miller win at LA Triathlon

    Local top athletes Clay Moseley and Liz Miller won Saturday morning’s Los Alamos Triathlon.
    The Los Alamos Triathlon had its 40th running Saturday. It features a 20K bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5K running leg.
    Miller, for her part, earned her third consecutive victory. She came in with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds.
    Moseley, the 2013 runner-up at the triathlon, finished in 1:03:35.
    More information on the triathlon will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.