• Roundup: 'Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    ’Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity volleyball team needed three sets to do it, but it picked up a victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos, playing at home, struggled in the opening set against Pojoaque Valley, falling there 25-12, but bounced back to nip the Elkettes in set two 25-23. In the decisive third set, the Hilltoppers (1-2) secured their first win of the year, taking that 15-9.
    It was a big night for the Hilltopper volleyball program, winning the varsity, JV and C team contests Tuesday.
    The next night, Los Alamos fell to St. Michael’s on the road, 2-0.

    C team volleyball beats Pojoaque Valley, falls to St. Mike’s

  • 'Toppers, Storm go to shootout in first round

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bad break to start the game could’ve been a big setback the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Thursday.
    But Los Alamos bounced back against the Cleveland Storm in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    However, the Hilltoppers wouldn’t be able to find a game-winning goal through regulation or the overtime periods, and the game would be won by the Storm at the mark.
    Cleveland outdueled Los Alamos in the penalty kick round, connecting on 5 shots against the Hilltoppers’ 4 after six shooters. With the win in the shootout, the Storm advanced to the semifinal round of Academy’s tournament, while Los Alamos dropped into the consolation round.
    The game was tied 2-2 heading into the shootout with Eric Burnside and Joe Singleton scoring during regulation.
    The contest didn’t open the way the Hilltoppers would’ve liked, however. In just the third minute of play, Cleveland’s Bryce Roberts made a run in from the right side and sent a chip shot toward goal.
    That shot was deflected by one of the Hilltopper fullbacks, who was trying to flick it away with his foot, but it ended up in the back of Los Alamos’ goal.

  • LA survives slow start to advance in tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE – It may not have been the start the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wanted, but it certainly was the finish.
    Los Alamos came out sluggish in the first half of its opening round game of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. The Mayfield Trojans, the Hilltoppers’ first round opponent, was far quicker to the ball early and set themselves up with some chances.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to dodge the early bullet and score the only goal of the first half.
    In the second half, it was Los Alamos that controlled possession most of the way as it earned a 2-0 victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    With its win, Los Alamos advanced to today’s semifinal round where it was scheduled to take on the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Starting off as slow as they did, the Hilltoppers were fortunate not to be playing from behind. The Trojans (2-4-1) were winning the vast majority of the 50-50 balls for the first 20 minutes of the ballgame and their passing game was keeping the Hilltopper back line scrambling.
    Los Alamos veteran fullback Cory Carnes said it was hectic near her team’s goal for much of the early part of the contest.

  • LA teams will face tests at Academy

    Almost invariably, the Albuquerque Academy boys and girls soccer tournaments are among the toughest in the state.
    This year doesn’t appear to be an exception.
    The Academy tournament starts Thursday on the campus of the Chargers. Los Alamos’ teams, regular participants in the tournament, will again take part.
    And, as usual, both Hilltopper teams have tough draws.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on the Mayfield Trojans at noon Tuesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Cleveland Storm at 4 p.m.
    While some tournaments are notorious for stacking the deck in favor of the home team, this tournament isn’t one of them. Both the Charger teams have tough opening round draws Thursday as well.
    The good news for both the Hilltopper teams is they should be going into the tournament with some momentum, despite the fact Los Alamos’ girls won’t be going in off a win.
    So far, Mayfield’s Trojans (2-3-1), not surprisingly, have played exclusively teams from the southern part of the state. Most recently, they played in the Las Cruces Public Schools round robin tournament and went 2-1 in those three games, topping Alamogordo and Oñate before falling to Las Cruces.
    Thursday’s game will be the first contest for the Trojans since Aug. 30.

  • 'Toppers sweep Elkettes Tuesday

    It was a long time in the making. So long, in fact, no one was sure it had ever happened before.
    But the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a big win at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos usually struggles against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, who have been among the most successful volleyball programs in state history, particularly with their remarkable five-season streak heading into 2014.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to pull off not only a huge win over their rivals from down the hill, but a sweep.
    After a battle of momentum in set one, the Hilltoppers dominated set two and made enough plays late in set three to complete a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Elkettes at Griffith Gymnasium.
    During Pojoaque Valley’s string of five straight state titles, the team has been hard to touch by anybody and Los Alamos was hardly an exception.
    But it was clearly the better team Tuesday.
    “We just stuck to what we do,” Hilltopper outside hitter Sierra Foley said. “We knew Pojoaque’s defense. We knew they were fast and they could get to every ball. We sped things up a little bit and we played at our level of game, not their level of game, and it worked.”

  • On Schedule 09-09-14

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.; Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 5 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 3:30 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

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

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

    Girls soccer: Mayfield vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, noon; Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Cleveland vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Pojoaque at LAMS, 4 p.m.

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

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Questa, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Coronado at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, JV/C team, TBA.

    Football: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at ATC Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at ATC Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 11 a.m.

  • Hilltoppers go 2-1 at Moriarty tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the Moriarty Pinto Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. After getting swept by the Sandia Prep Sundevils in the opening round of the tournament, the Hilltoppers came back to knock off both the host Pintos and the Bosque School Bobcats in the consolation rounds.
    The Sundevils, who at 3-1 are off to a very good start this season, picked up a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory Friday night over the Hilltoppers. The Sundevils’ win was keyed by a pair of freshmen, Camryn Nelson and Catherine Kelly, who combined for 29 spike kills in the three sets.
    Following Friday afternoon’s loss, the Hilltoppers bounced back Saturday morning to trip up the Pintos, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 for their first win of the year. The Hilltoppers followed that up with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over Bosque School’s Bobcats.
    Los Alamos (2-2) will face longtime rival Pojoaque Valley tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque Valley lost its only match of the season so far, a 3-1 decision against Sandia Prep.

  • LA's results from Saturday's UNM Invitational

    Here are the results from Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational cross country meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores
    1. Mountain Vista, 61; 2. Rio Rancho, 101; 3. Albuquerque Academy, 123; 4. Los Alamos, 188; 5. Volcano Vista, 192; 6. La Cueva, 195; 7. El Paso Americas, 237; 8. Classical Academy, 240; 9. Eldorado, 270; 10. Miyamura, 320; 11. St. Michael’s, 322; 12. Belen, 379; 13. East Mountain, 404; 14. Piedra Vista, 428; 15. Cleveland, 429; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 433; 17. Manzano, 443; 18. Pojoaque Valley, 463; (tie) Pecos, 463; 20. El Paso El Dorado, 487; 21. Sandia, 514; 22. Kirtland Central, 538; 23. Valencia, 541; 24. Gallup, 645; 25. St. Pius X, 691; 26. Sandia Prep. 709; 27. Santa Fe Prep, 776; 28. Bosque School, 822; 29. Albuquerque, 843; 30. Dulce, 877; 31; Cottonwood Classical, 930.

    Individual results

    1. Nile Thomas, Miyamura, 16:03; 2. Aaron Valenzuela, Belen, 16:16; 3. Jordan Lesansee, Academy, 16:18; 4. Paxton Smith, Mountain Vista, 16:26; 5. Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 16:30; 6. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:34.15; 7. Tyler Matzke, Mountain Vista, 16:34.37; 8. Thomas Hiett, La Cueva, 16:34.95; 9. Connor Laktasic, Cibola, 16:39; 10. Josh Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 16:45;

  • LA takes on St. Pius

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face a tough opponent in week two of its season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans Saturday morning. That game will be at 11 a.m. at Community Stadium on the extreme west side of Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t get their season off to a particularly good start at home last week, losing to the Pojoaque Valley Elks 18-6. The Hilltoppers gave up some big plays to the Elk offense, committed four turnovers and had some untimely penalties, two of which cost them potential scores.
    In the schools’ history, Los Alamos has never beaten St. Pius in football.
     Los Alamos had a shot to upend the Sartans last year at home, but the Sartans prevailed 10-8.
    St. Pius (1-0) beat Los Alamos’ new district rival, Del Norte, 39-28, to open its season.

  • Results from senior men's championship

    Spike Jones was the top finisher of the third flight at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s annual championship tournament last week.
    The NNMSMGA championship is a two-day affair that wraps up the season for the association. This year, the tournament was played at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Jones finished with a gross score of 168 for the two-day event, which was eight shots better than next-low gross finisher Don Holifield of Santa Fe.
    The tournament’s overall winner was Rob Schneider of Santa Fe. Schneider has been the top player on the NNMSMGA tour all season.
    Schneider finished with a score of 151 for his two rounds to win.
    Among the other top finishers at the championship from Los Alamos were Bob Quick, who had the best net score in the first flight, Ron Krantz, who had the second-best net score in the second flight and Don Pompeo, who had the second-best net score in the third flight.

    Here are the results from the NNMSMGA championship:

    Overall low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 151.
    Overall low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 132.