• LAMS 8th graders win big at Academy

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade cross country teams earned victories at last week’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    LAMS’ eighth grade girls held off Santa Fe Indian School, scoring 42 points to take the team title in that competition. Meanwhile, the eighth grade Hawk boys earned a scant 23 points to take top honors there.
    In the eighth grade boys race, LAMS grabbed five top-10 finishes, paced by individual runner-up Ben Rees.
    Rees finished in a time of 11 minutes, 32 seconds to lead the Hawks team to victory.
    In the eighth grade girls race, Zoe Hemez finished as the individual runner-up with her time of 13:02, just one spot ahead of teammate Kathryn McClenahan.
    The Hawk seventh graders were also in action, with both teams finishing at the runners-up.
    Jevon Montoya had a third place finish for the Hawk boys, while Paulina Burnside was sixth overall.
    Here are LAMS’ results from the Albuquerque Academy Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. Albuquerque Academy, 23; 2. LAMS, 77; 3. Desert Ridge, 79.

    Individual results

  • LA girls, boys thumped by Hawks

    It was a rough evening Tuesday for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams as they took on a tough competitor from Class 5A.
    Los Alamos’ teams were waxed in both their contests against the Volcano Vista Hawks. Los Alamos’ girls, playing at home, fell 7-0 to the Hawks, while the Hilltoppers boys were blasted 8-1 in Albuquerque.
    In Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers (6-8) couldn’t do much to stop the Hawks in the first half, allowing five goals in the first 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers finally got on the board in the second half with a goal by Jairo Marquez.
    Volcano Vista (7-4) got its eight goals from six different players. CJ Slough and Calvin Payne both scored twice for Volcano Vista, while Andrew Luca and Samuel Benally both earned a pair of assists.
    The Hilltoppers finished the night with four shots-on-goal.
    Things weren’t any better at Sullivan Field Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos, playing without several starters, including Catie McDonald and Chandler Art due to card situations, couldn’t match up with the Hawks’ potent offense.

  • Sports Briefs 10-01-13

    Class of 1973 honoring its football team Friday

    The Los Alamos High School Class of 1973 is celebrating its District 1-4A winning football team of 1972 with a get-together Friday.
    The get-together is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. at the Dixie Girl Restaurant.
    In 1972, the Hilltoppers, which were not an exceptionally talented team, but put together a 10-win season to capture the title.
    The public is invited to attend the get-together, particularly anyone who played football for Los Alamos between 1970-1980.

    Final Pace Race of year set for tonight

    The final Pace Race of the 2013 season is scheduled for tonight.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners will host the Pace Race starting at the trailhead of the Canyon Rim Trail.
    The race is scheduled for 6 p.m. Anyone who is interested in participating may do so.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

    Fencing class starts tonight at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ beginning fencing class is scheduled to start tonight.
    The class if for those with no previous fencing experience. Those with questions can contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

  • Volleyball team to open 2-4A season

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will look to get its District 2-4A season started on the right foot Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in their 2-4A opener. That match, which will be in Bernalillo, is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    This season’s district race could be a tight one, with four of the five teams that could figure into the mix — only Capital, which is struggling this season, isn’t likely to factor into the race.
    While, heading into the race, only two teams in the district have records above .500, that may not be a good indicator of where the teams end up.
    Los Alamos is currently 5-4 but all four of those losses have come to the same two teams, St. Pius X and Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos lost to both teams early in the season, then fell to them again this weekend at the Rio Rancho Volleybash.
    At Rio Rancho, a high-level tournament hosted by the Rams, the Hilltoppers were on the wrong end of a sweep against both St. Pius and Pojoaque Valley. The Elks topped Los Alamos handily in two of the three sets, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-20, while St. Pius won, albeit in closer contests, 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.

  • LA's teams topple Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will both be back in action today after big wins on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will take on the Volcano Vista Hawks in nondistrict contests.
    Los Alamos’ boys will travel to Volcano Vista (6-4) while the Los Alamos girls will host the Hawks at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday, both Hilltopper teams topped the Santa Fe Demons in a doubleheader at Ivan Head Stadium. They were both games the Hilltoppers needed to have.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos held on for a 3-1 victory over Santa Fe in what may well be the toughest District 2-4A contest it will have.
    Santa Fe, the only district team in several seasons with any realistic shot of topping Los Alamos for a district crown, played even with the Hilltoppers for much of the first half until a late goal by Meghan McDonald broke the 1-1 tie. Chandler Art’s header early in the second half provided a big insurance score.
    Today, however, Los Alamos (4-8) will be without the services of Catie McDonald. McDonald, the team’s leading scorer, was hit with a red card late in the first half on an inadvertent collision with Santa Fe goalkeeper Mia Melchor.
    Because of the red card, McDonald will also miss today’s game.

  • On Schedule 09-27-13



    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.




    Girls soccer: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 6 p.m.




    Cross country: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.


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




    Boys soccer: Sandia at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Volleyball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at Española, 4 p.m.




    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Desert Twilight Festival (Mesa, Ariz.), boys and girls varsity, TBA.




  • LA picks up 2nd place finish Friday

     ALBUQUERQUE — It’s still early in the cross country season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls may already be starting to hit their stride.
    The Hilltoppers put a pair of runners in the top 10 individually and had another fall just outside of it as they put together an impressive showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Los Alamos finished second in the team standings Friday despite running on a deceptively tough course amid weather conditions that were unusual for that race.
    Academy’s home meet, which includes some very tough teams from the metro area, almost invariably boasts chamber of commerce weather, but Friday there was a stiff breeze and overcast conditions throughout.
    Los Alamos sophomore Sophia Galvez, who is having an excellent start to the 2013 season despite having no varsity experience coming in, was the Hilltoppers’ top finisher, edging out teammate Nica Vasquez for sixth place in the girls race.
    Individually, Friday’s race was dominated by a trio from Class 5A Eldorado. Led by Jessie Hix, who posted a virtual wire-to-wire victory, the Eagles finished with 47 points.
    Right on their heels, however, were the Hilltoppers, just six points behind.

  • ’Topper boys take 5th at Academy

    ALBUQUERQUE — The goal right now for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is to improve.
    In the meantime, the Hilltoppers got a close look at what they can expect to see as the season wears on.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Friday afternoon, along with some tough squads around the metro area. Los Alamos finished fifth out of 19 competing teams.
    Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A once again this season, won its home meet handily. Academy earned just 41 points, placing three runners in the top 10, including individual champ Kevin Wyss and runner-up Kyle Carrozza.
    The Hilltoppers, for their part, finished with 122 points.
    Los Alamos, going into the 2013 season, has one of the youngest, least experienced rosters it’s had in recent years, so the emphasis the Hilltoppers have put on the team is improvement.
    “We were hoping to do a lot better than at UNM,” said Los Alamos’ Gus Saeger, who finished third on the team Friday, noting the team’s fifth-place finish. “That’s around where we were working for.”
    Saeger and Cameron Staples stayed within a few strides of each other for much of the race, with Forrest White not far behind. Saeger and White finished back-to-back at 32nd and 33rd places.

  • LA has much better showing vs. Eagles

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had its best showing in a month Friday night, and did so against one of the toughest customers in the state.
    Los Alamos scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a late-game drive to stay close to the Belen Eagles. The Hilltoppers outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second half.
    Unfortunately, the Eagles, the No. 2-ranked team in the state, scored three times in the first half to win 28-14 in Belen.
    Nevertheless, Los Alamos forced several turnovers in the second half and limited the effectiveness of a very potent Belen running game to get back into the contest.
    In its three previous outings, Los Alamos struggled against three consecutive Class 4A teams, but against the best team it has faced, had a solid showing.
    Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten found Tristen Hill in the end zone with 8:56 to play for Los Alamos’ first score of the ballgame.
    With less than a minute remaining in the game, Los Alamos fullback Xavier Dennison went up the middle for a 2-yard score for another Hilltopper touchdown.
    Belen (4-1), which has one of the best running games in the state, had success throughout the first half on the ground, scoring on runs of 23 and 25 yards in the second quarter.

  • Girls soccer team outlasts Demons

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a key win Saturday in Santa Fe, but it got the win the hard way.

    If it could go wrong, it did for Los Alamos, which got two big cards and a key player hurt prior to the game, but the Hilltoppers still came away from Ivan Head Stadium with a 3-1 victory over the Santa Fe Demons.

    Meghan McDonald scored on a breakaway chance in the first half, then Chandler Art added an insurance goal for Los Alamos in the second half to put the game away.

    It was a costly win, however. Late in the first half, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, Catie McDonald, was slapped with a red card for a collision near Santa Fe’s goal. Art was hit with a yellow card later in the first half.

    “In the first half, we were frustrated,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubiceksaid. “We had some opportunities. There were some fouls, but you can’t get frustrated.”

    Prior to the game, Los Alamos’ Kristin Funsten was hit with a ball while trying to exit the field and was complaining of concussion-like symptoms. Funsten, one of the team’s veterans, was unable to play Saturday.