• Demons win going away vs. Toppers

    SANTA FE – In the first half of Friday’s game, it was the Santa Fe Demons who couldn’t do anything right.

    But those miscues were corrected at halftime and after the break it was all Santa Fe.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a chance to take a big step toward regaining the District 2-4A title it lost in 2012, but had no answer for the power rushing game of the Demons in the second half.

    Los Alamos took a 9-0 lead into the locker room at the break, but the Demons scored on four straight possessions in the second half to win going away, 28-9, at Ivan Head Stadium.

    Santa Fe, which features a huge offensive line, wore the Hilltopper defensive front seven down throughout the contest and in the second half its rushing game was a model of efficiency.

    That was in stark contrast to the first half, when Santa Fe put the ball on the ground five times and Los Alamos’ defense stopped the Demon offense on two big possessions deep in Hilltopper territory.

    Now, with the loss, the Hilltoppers’ chances to advance to the postseason are tenuous at best. The Hilltoppers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) now must beat both Española Valley and Capital and hope the Demons trip up in one of their last two district games.

  • On Schedule 10-20-13


    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, JV, 4 p.m.kkkk


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

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


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

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, JV, 5 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls C team/JV/varsity, 3 p.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


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

  • 'Toppers fall to Demons in big 2-4A contest

    SANTA FE - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was thumped in the second half of Friday's game against its biggest challenger in District 2-4A.
    The Santa Fe Demons scored 28 unaswered points after a horrible first half for them as they knocked off Los Alamos 28-9 at Ivan Head Stadium.
    Santa Fe pounded the ball against Los Alamos' defense in the second half to win going away.
    Los Alamos could've taken a big step toward a district title run Friday, but with the loss now must hope for the Demons to falter down the stretch.
    Read more about Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA girls are fifth in coaches soccer poll

    Here are the NMSoccer.com rankings for Class 4A teams for the week ending Oct. 13. Voting is done by head coaches from around the state. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. St. Pius X (5) 50 3
    2. Aztec 41 1
    3. Academy 36 2
    4. Farmington 31 T-4
    5. Los Alamos 25 T-4
    6. Piedra Vista 21 7
    7. Kirtland Central 16 6
    (tie) Belen 16 8
    9. Capital 9 10
    10. Santa Fe 6 -
    (tie) Los Lunas 6 -

    Also receiving votes: Deming, 5; Miyamura, 4; Valencia, 4; Goddard, 2; Grants, 2; Santa Teresa, 1.

    Boys 4A

    Team Total pts. Pvs.

    1. Academy (4) 45 2
    2. Roswell (1) 43 1
    3. Capital 38 6
    4. Farmington 30 5
    (tie) Los Lunas 30 3
    6. Moriarty 19 4
    7. Artesia 18 7
    8. Los Alamos 12 T-9
    9. Santa Fe 8 -
    (tie) Centennial 8 T-9

    Also receiving votes: Chaparral, 7; Miyamura, 7; St. Pius X, 6; Goddard, 4.

  • LA is back in action Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country team will be back in action this weekend after a week off from competition.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will both take part in the Rio Rancho Jamboree Saturday.
    The Rio Rancho meet is the third of three straight big races for the Hilltoppers, who are just a week away from hosting their season finale at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Most of the top teams in the state, including St. Pius X, Eldorado, Piedra and district foes Española Valley and Santa Fe, are scheduled to take part in Saturday’s race, which is run on the same course that will host the state championship meet Nov. 9.
    One of the notable no-shows at Rio Rancho this weekend will be Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos’ main rival, which elected to compete in the Sandia Invitational this weekend.
    This is the finish of a critical stretch for the Hilltoppers, who took part in the Academy Invitational in late September before traveling to the Desert Twilight Festival in Mesa, Ariz., Oct. 4.
    Los Alamos’ teams had good showings at those two meets. Los Alamos’ girls finished second at Academy, behind Class 5A Eldorado and ahead of Academy’s Chargers, their main competition for a state team championship.

  • 'Toppers, Demons battle for 1st place

    While not officially, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s season could well come down to Friday’s game.
    The Hilltoppers have the biggest game of their season scheduled for Friday when they take on the Santa Fe Demons. That game is set for 7 p.m. at Ivan Head Stadium.
    The winner of that game will control its own destiny for the balance of the District 2-4A season, while the loser’s odds of winning a district title become considerably longer.
    Los Alamos in particular can jump right into the driver’s seat of the district standings. Following Friday’s game, it has just two very winnable games remaining, at home against Española Valley and at Capital, two teams that have struggled all season.
    The Hilltoppers (2-5 overall, 1-0 in 2-4A) and the Demons (2-4, 1-0) met under identical circumstances in 2012 at Sullivan Field.
    In that game, Santa Fe’s duo of quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer and tailback Anthony Abeyta combined for 305 yards and six touchdowns — one of Booth-Homer’s touchdowns was on a kick return where he was completely untouched — as the Demons pasted the Hilltoppers 62-30.

  • Sports Briefs 10-16-13

    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.

    Veterans Day 5K run to benefit LA’s 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.

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  • '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.