• 'Toppers score 4 goals in 2nd half

    The reason “stars” are given that moniker is because they come up big when things are on the line.
    Enter Catie McDonald.
    With the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team limping through the first half of a big game Tuesday night, McDonald took command in the second half, scoring twice and being a menacing offensive presence, helping to turn what appeared to be a struggle against the Santa Fe Demons into a full-on rout.
    McDonald was virtually unstoppable in the second half. She scored in the 61st and 74th minute to lead her team to a 5-1 victory over its toughest District 2-4A opponent and helped lock up the Hilltoppers’ seventh consecutive district title Tuesday at Sullivan Field.
    “She just did a good job,” said Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek. “She would make a run and punish them. She’s just a talented kid.”
    McDonald, just a sophomore, is the fifth-leading scorer in Class 4A this season and is far-and-away the top scorer for the Hilltoppers with 19 goals.
    If not for McDonald’s big performance, the outcome of Tuesday night’s game could’ve been very different.
    Los Alamos couldn’t get much of a sustained attack in the first half against Santa Fe and actually got outplayed for a big chunk of the first 40 minutes.

  • LA blanks Santa Fe at home, 3-0

    Going into Tuesday afternoon’s game at Sullivan Field, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team knew that to keep pace in the district race, the Santa Fe Demons would need an upset.

    But other than a push toward the end of the second half, the Demons wouldn’t get much of an opportunity for that upset they needed.

    Los Alamos played a solid, ball-control game, something that has been a little hard to come by this season, as it had the Santa Fe defense and midfield scrambling to keep up.

    Meanwhile, Hilltopper forward Collin Stone, who gave Santa Fe fits in the teams’ first outing Sept. 28, picked up right where he left off, tallying two goals as the Hilltoppers won by a comfortable 3-0 margin Tuesday.

    For Los Alamos, the win was a matter of keeping the ball away from the Demons, particularly their scoring crew up top.

    “We were trying to move the ball instead of clearing it,” said Los Alamos’ Skyler Veenis, who was a big part of the defensive effort that earned the team’s first shutout of the year.

    “We were trying to work from the defense to the midfield and get our looks there.”

  • LA teams to take on Santa Fe today

    Today’s games between the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams and their counterparts from Santa Fe could go a long way to determining the outcome of this year’s District 2-4A races.
    Both Los Alamos teams will take on the Demons at Sullivan Field. The Los Alamos-Santa Fe boys game is set for 4 p.m. and the girls game for 6 p.m.
    While most years, neither of these games would be much more than a blip on the radar, that isn’t the case this season.
    On the boys side, both Los Alamos and Santa Fe are very much alive for a shot at a district title. On the girls side, Los Alamos is well positioned for its seventh straight district crown but the deal isn’t closed just yet.
    The Hilltopper girls (6-10 overall, 4-0 in 2-4A) can clinch with a win this afternoon over Santa Fe’s girls (10-5, 2-1), but had some trouble with the Demons in the teams’ first meeting Sept. 28.
    In that game, Los Alamos earned a 3-1 victory over Santa Fe at Ivan Head Stadium despite being short-handed — starters Elena Atencio and Kristin Funsten were out and leading scorer Catie McDonald was slapped with a red card just before halftime for running into the Santa Fe goalkeeper on what appeared to be a routine play near the Demon goal.

  • On Schedule 10-13-13


    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Boys golf: Los Alamos at St. Pius X Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.


    Cross country: LAMS at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.; Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.


    Football: Escalante at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.


    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, boys and girls, varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m.; Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, JV, 1 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, varsity, 3 p.m.; Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 10-13-13

    Yum Run returns Oct. 26
    The Yum Run/Walk is scheduled for Oct. 26.
    The 5K, 10K and 1K event will start at 8 a.m. in front of Ruby K’s Bagel Shop on Central Ave.
    The 10K race will mostly be run on the trail near the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and a short downtown loop. The 5K race will consist of two downtown loops.
    Both the 5K and 10K Runs will have age-graded handicaps for all ages for timing purposes.  
     All proceeds will benefit LA Cares.
    Registrations can be picked up at Ruby K’s or the business’ website, rubykbagel.com.
    For other information on the race, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    5K run to benefit Micah 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.

    Lobo athletics hosting National Anthem auditions Wednesday

  • Toppers blank Spartans in girls soccer

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team picked up a win over the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    In doing so, however, the Hilltoppers failed to impress head coach Jiri Kubicek.

    Los Alamos scored four goals in the first half but seemed to go slack after that, although it still won by a comfortable 6-0 margin in the District 2-4A game.

    The Hilltoppers (6-10 overall) have just four games remaining on their regular season schedule, the most important of which is Tuesday when they host the Santa Fe Demons. A win assures the Hilltoppers of their seventh consecutive district title.

    But Kubicek was hoping to see better effort, especially on the offensive side, than his team showed him Saturday.

    “We had a lot of shots, a lot of long shots, that weren’t very good,” he said. “We also missed a penalty kick. We kicked it straight to the goalie.”

    Los Alamos outshot Bernalillo 24-0, but many of the shots were low quality.

    Kubicek was also critical of his team’s performance in its previous outing a week earlier when Capital, a much-improved team but not one that should’ve given Los Alamos a lot of problems, pushed the Hilltoppers into overtime before the Hilltoppers picked up the victory.

  • LA holds on to win thriller over Bernalillo’s Spartans

    While it wasn’t precisely a do-or-die situation Friday night at Sullivan Field, it wasn’t too far off, either.
    And both the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans played like it.
    Los Alamos and Bernalillo went blow-for-blow in a thriller in the District 2-4A opening football game for both schools. But it would be Los Alamos winning a tight decision in the final round.
    Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison plunged in for a touchdown from a yard out to give Los Alamos a 39-35 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
    The Spartans weren’t done yet, though. They drove the ball down to the Hilltopper 9 yard line with about 25 seconds left to play, but couldn’t procure the game-winning score.
    With three shots at the end zone – Bernalillo had to spike the ball on first down to stop the clock – the Hilltoppers forced three straight incompletions to pick up the victory.
    “We were trying to stay in the game, stay cool, stay calm,” Los Alamos lineback Elliot Hersman said of the Spartans’ final possession. “I was telling my teammates to be strong. We worked so hard for this. It’s an amazing feeling.”

  • Football team wins thriller vs. Bernalillo

    It was a wild finish to a wild game, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team prevailed.

    Los Alamos’ defense held on with less than :30 left to play and the Bernalillo Spartans having a first-and-goal, but the secondary forced three straight incompletions as the Hilltoppers won 39-35 at Sullivan Field.

    The win for Los Alamos was in its District 2-4A opener.

    Los Alamos trailed in the fourth quarter but Xavier Dennsion scored from a yard out with 2:01 to play to give the Hilltoppers the lead and ultimately the victory.

    Read more about Los Alamos’ nail-biting win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Local teams get going at Duke City

    The Duke City Soccer League is back in full swing for Los Alamos Football Club boys and girls teams.
    Among the teams competing in the DCSL are the Juventus Kings, an U11 boys club team.
    After getting off to a slow start this fall season, leaving them winless after two games, the Juventus Kings earned a pair of victories.
    The Kings blanked the Albuquerque United Football Club 8-0 for one win and doubled-up FC Northern 4-2 for the other.
    Against Albuquerque United, Filippo Delzanno had a huge outing with four goals and an assist. Additional goals were delivered by
    Shaun Newman, Sam Bond and Devin Atencio.
    Against FC Northern, Atencio and Sammy Castille scored the first two goals for the Juventus Kings, but Northern came back to tie the game at 2-2 late in the 2nd half.
    Castille then fired in two goals in rapid succession, the second coming on a breakaway down the right side of the field, with his kick arcing across the field and bouncing into the goal off the far post.
    The defense was led by Max Berndt and Sam Cirigliano, with strong goalkeeping from Jaxson Martines and Noah Lyons.
    Also for the LAFC, the U13 boys Atomic City Football Club went 1-2. It opened its season with a 2-0 win over longtime rival, the Rio SC Bears.

  • LAMS teams sweep title at SFIS meet

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks took all four team titles at the Santa Fe Indian School cross country meet last week.
    Three of the four contests were tight at the meet. The biggest margin of victory, however, was posted by the Hawk boys seventh graders, who topped host SFIS by 37 points, placing four runners in the top 10 individually.
    Paulina Burnside was the overall winner in the girls seventh grade race and Jevon Montoya the top finisher in the boys seventh grade race for the Hawks.
    Here are LAMS’ results from the Santa Fe Indian School Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores
    1. LAMS, 51; 2. Española, 65; 3. Pojoaque, 115.

    Individual results

    1. Paulina Burnside, 14:37; 5. Marin Kelly, 15:23; 10. Amy Littleton, 15:23; 17. Rachel Bowman, 16:10; 18. Sonyia Williams, 16:21; 25. Kassidy Shedd, 17:25; 33. Heather Willbanks, 18:11.

    Seventh grade boys

    Team scores

    1. LAMS, 32; 2. Santa Fe Indian School, 69; 3. Española, 83.

    Individual results