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  • New-look LA boys open Saturday at UNM Invite

    Year in and year out, the goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is the same: knock Albuquerque Academy off its perch.
    In 2011, it may take some extra work to accomplish that task, but extra effort isn’t something the Hilltoppers have ever shied away from.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 season Saturday when it travels to the University of New Mexico Invitational. That meet, which has become Los Alamos’ traditional opening day event, usually attracts the top talent from around the state, a slate which includes the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival.
    The Hilltoppers finished last year the same way they’d finished eight of the previous 10 years: as the runner-up in the Class 4A championship meet to Academy’s Chargers.

  • Topper girls may be team to beat in 4A again

    There is no longer a question as to which girls cross country team is the heavyweight champion of New Mexico.
    That team is the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers cemented that title in 2010 and there’s good reason to believe they can defend that title in 2011.
    Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational Saturday morning.
    The Hilltoppers picked up a historic win at the 2010 Class 4A state championship meet, earning their 15th team title, breaking a tie with the Gallup Bengals for most titles won by a program in state history.

  • Toppers tripped up by Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad fell to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Monday on the road.
    Los Alamos scored three touchdowns in the second half, but those touchdowns weren’t enough to get it back in the contest. The Chargers rolled to a 59-22 victory.
    Los Alamos C team coach Marco Lucero said his team was able to move the ball effectively through most of the contest but some costly turnovers and penalties in the first half did in three potential scoring drives.
    Academy led 28-0 at halftime.
    In the second half, Los Alamos quarterback Bryce Van Etten threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Sidney Ellis and another to Scott Gasway. Van Etten also ran for a touchdown on a quarterback keeper.

  • Sports Update 08-31-11

    KRSN to air volleyball match Thursday night

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast Thursday night’s Los Alamos-Albuquerque Academy volleyball match.
    The match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” will call the game live from Griffith Gymnasium. The match will also be streamed live on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

    LAHS XC coach needed

  • LASG opens season Sept. 10

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers will open their competitive season Sept. 10 and are hoping to start the 2011-12 year the way they closed out 2010-11.
    The Atomic Tumblers will open at the two-day state clinic in Albuquerque. Following that clinic, the Tumblers will hold an intersquad meet Oct. 1.
    LASG has 25 gymnasts on its roster for the season in five different levels.
    Among its top returning performers are Level 4 state champion Elizabeth Lockhart and state runner-up at Level 4, Alyssa Hilger. Both Lockhart and Hilger graduated to Level 5 competition for the upcoming season.

  • Finishing Touches

    Crews worked late Monday night on Sullivan Field. Here a cart drops small pieces of rubber onto the new artificial surface. Work at Sullivan Field started in mid-May.

  • Aquatomics' long course results

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team from the New Mexico State Long Course Championship (name, age group, event, place, time).

    Ashlynn Bennett, girls 13-14
    200 IM, 8, 2:47.38; 50 freestyle, 6, 30.44; 100 breaststroke, 8, 1:27.30; 200 breaststroke, 3, 3:02.49; 200 freestyle, 3, 2:22.88; 100 freestyle, 4, 1:06.18; 50 breaststroke, 5, 40.10.

    Jillian Bennett, girls 10 and under
    50 breaststroke, 4, 47.22; 100 backstroke, 12, 1:41.99; 50 backstroke, 11, 47.11; 50 freestyle, 14, 38.92; 100 breaststroke, 3, 1:42.38; 200 IM, 10, 3:45.27.

    Kaitlin Bennett, girls 11-12

  • LA cross country results from Saturday's La Cueva scrimmage

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the La Cueva cross country scrimmage Saturday. Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.

    Girls

    Varsity score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 50.

    JV score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 48.

    C Team score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva 44.

    Individual results

    1. Jennifer Mooday, 20:14; 2. Teresa Sandoval, 20:35; 3. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 4. Elizabeth Turner, 21:19; 5. Jordan Parker, 21:23; 6. Mikayla Pulliam, 21:29; 7. Eliana Riciputi, 21:32; 8. Anna Wermer, 21:32; 9. Amanda Mercer, 21:47;

  • LA looks strong vs. La Cueva

    In a preseason race Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team exceeded expectations.
    Los Alamos and Albuquerque’s La Cueva ran a scrimmage Saturday in Albuquerque, with the Hilltopper boys’ top five nipping the Bears’ top five in unofficial scoring.
    Meanwhile, the powerful Hilltopper girls team swept the top five places against La Cueva to roll to a victory in the preseason contest.
    The Hilltopper cross country program will open in earnest Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.
    In the scrimmage, the Hilltopper boys finished with an unofficial total of 27 points, while the Bears, the defending Class 5A champions, had a total of 29 points.

  • Pojoaque’s rallies sink Los Alamos in opener

    As Garry Maskaly said heading into Saturday’s opening match for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, getting over the mental stumbling block that is the Pojoaque Elks would be its big challenge.
    Unfortunately, Los Alamos wasn’t able to clear it.
    Los Alamos put together several good attacks throughout, but couldn’t string enough together to keep pace with Pojoaque’s big rallies.
    Pojoaque, the top-ranked team in Class 3A heading into the regular season, showed it was worthy of that ranking with an impressive 25-20, 25-13, 25-27, 25-14 victory in Griffith Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.