• Volleyball club has meeting tonight

    Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball will host a parent information meeting tonight at Mesa Public Library.
    The Fusion is a Junior Olympic program sanctioned by USA Volleyball. It is for girls ages 11-17 interested in playing competitively.
    Teams are grouped by skill level and usually consist of 8-10 players each. Most of the competitive season will take place within the state of New Mexico.
    The season starts in January. Tryouts will start in mid-November.
    Anyone interested is encouraged to have their parents attend tonight’s meeting, which will take place in the library’s meeting room No. 1. Meeting time is 7 p.m.
    A short presentation on the Fusion will be given, after which parents may ask questions of the Fusion coaching staff.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, nmvolleyball.org.

  • Class 4A boys soccer tournament

    Here are the results and remaining schedule for the Class 4A boys soccer tournament. All games Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    First round

    (8) Chaparral 4, (9) Miyamura 2
    (5) Capital 3, (12) St. Pius X 0
    (6) Los Alamos 2, (11) Centennial 2
    (10) Artesia 1, (7) Santa Teresa 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Chaparral vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 10:45 a.m.
    Capital vs. (4) Los Lunas, 11 a.m.
    Los Alamos vs. (3) Farmington, 10:45 a.m.
    Artesia vs. (2) Roswell, 11 a.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

    Chaparral-Academy winner vs. Capital-Los Lunas winner, 10:30 a.m.
    Los Alamos-Farmington winner vs. Artesia-Roswell winner, 10:30 a.m.

    Saturday’s championship

    Semifinal winners, 10:30 a.m.

  • LA, Farmington clash in quarterfinal

    The quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs will feature the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team going up against a very familiar foe.
    Los Alamos meets the third-seeded Farmington Scorpions Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The two teams square off at 10:45 a.m.
    It will be a tough test for Los Alamos, which earned a solid 2-0 victory in the opening round of the playoffs last weekend to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal.
    Farmington doesn’t have a wide array of offensive weaponry. It doesn’t have a scorer in the top 20 overall in points among Class 4A players, and its top scorer managed just 22 points during the regular season.
    However, the Scorpions’ strength lies in their defense. And the Hilltoppers are well aware of it.
    To that end, Los Alamos won’t be looking for the quick strikes it had last week against Centennial to open the playoffs. Instead, patience will be the key for the Hilltoppers’ game plan.
    “We’re really working on possessing the ball so we can try to go at them methodically,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. “It’ll be a challenge, but our boys are ready.”

  • LAHS finishes in second place in Director’s Cup standings

    Los Alamos High School was the runner-up in this year’s New Mexico Activities Association Director’s Cup competition.
    The Director’s Cup is presented annually to high schools around the state by the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic athletics and activities around the state.
    Los Alamos finished behind Piedra Vista for the competition during the 2012-13 academic year.
    Teams receive points based on their finishes in district and state athletic competition, as well as for activities such as bowling, chess rodeo, mock trial and debate.
    Los Alamos also earned 200 of a possible 300 points in upholding the Pursuing Victory with Honor ideals endorsed by the NMAA.
    For the year, LAHS earned 2,620 points.

  • McCloskey receives lifetime acheivement award from PGA

    Former Los Alamos Golf Course professional Dennis McCloskey earned the Sun Country Section Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him Sunday.
    The award is given out annually to golf professionals whose service is recognized by their peers as distinguished within the Sun Country Section (New Mexico and west Texas) and to the PGA.
    McCloskey has been a member of the Sun Country Section for the last 38 years. He began his professional career as an apprentice under J.D. Taylor at the Valley Country Club in Denver, Colo. 
    He served on the Sun Country board of directors for eight years as the Club Relations and Employment chairman and as senior chairman. 
    Section awards McCloskey had earned in his career include Merchandiser of the Year, Senior Player of the Year and was the two-time Bill Strausbaugh award winner.
    As a player, McCloskey qualified for the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, N.Y. He is also a senior sectional champion, senior match play champion and has won sectional pro-pro and senior-junior tournaments as well.
    McCloskey retired from LAGC in 2009 after working there for 32 years.

  • LA drops Farmington in finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team closed out its regular season with a big upset victory Saturday afternoon.
    Los Alamos came back from a 2-1 deficit against Farmington in the Four Corners. Los Alamos took the final two sets to earn a 26-24, 15-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-10 win over the Scorpions.
    The win was a big one heading into this week’s District 2-4A tournament. The Scorpions are the No. 4-ranked team in this week’s MaxPrep.com power ratings and have been near the top much of the season.
    Prior to Saturday, all but one of the Scorpions’ losses had been to its cross-town rival Piedra Vista, the No. 1 team in Class 4A.
    The win by the Hilltoppers (13-7 overall) could boost their seeding when the 4A postseason selections are revealed this weekend. The 4A state tournament starts Nov. 14.
    In this week’s district tournament, Los Alamos is the No. 2 seed and will host the tournament semifinals Thursday night against the winner of tonight’s quarterfinal round in Santa Fe. Los Alamos nipped Santa Fe for the district’s runner-up slot with a tiebreaker.
    The winner of Thursday’s match at Griffith Gymnasium will take on top-seeded Española Valley Saturday at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • LA teams advance to state 4A meet

    Los Alamos High School was one of four Class 4A schools to sweep their district championship meets this weekend in both boys and girls.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls were the big winners in Friday’s District 2-4A championship races, held at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    Along with the Hilltopper teams, Piedra Vista in District 1, Roswell in District 4 and Albuquerque Academy in District 5 were also dual winners in their races.
    The district races around the state are the only qualifying races for the state championship meet, which will start at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.
    The top three finishing schools, and any individuals that make the top 10 regardless of what school they run for, qualify to compete at the state meet.

    Here are the results from the District 2-4A championship meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted. (NOTE: The runner-up in the girls race was misidentified in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor. Nica Vasquez of Los Alamos was the 2013 district’s second place finisher.)


    Team scores
    1. Los Alamos, 17; 2. Santa Fe, 44; 3. Española Valley, 92.

    Individual results

  • LA romps Capital in its finale

     SANTA FE – Even if the door isn’t wide open, it was still open, and the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team marched right through it.

    Los Alamos was in need of a win to keep its hopes of a District 2-4A title alive, and it was able to do just that Friday night against the Capital Jaguars. The Hilltoppers rushed for better than 10 yards per carry in the second half, blowing open what had been a tight game in the third quarter.

    Fullback Xavier Dennison rushed for 126 yards in one of the biggest nights of his season as the Hilltoppers thumped Capital 42-0 at Jaguar Field.

    Friday’s game was the season finale for the Hilltoppers (3-6), who, going into this week’s play, have a half-game lead over the Santa Fe Demons. The Demons, however, play those same Jaguars at Ivan Head Stadium and, if they prevail, will win the district by virtue of the tiebreaker.

    Bernalillo, which is in line to finish 3-1 in district along with Santa Fe and Los Alamos, was effectively eliminated from advancing to the state tournament with the Hilltoppers’ win.

    It was Bernalillo that kept Los Alamos’ hopes of a 2-4A crown alive Thursday night, upsetting Santa Fe 43-42 and setting up a likely 3-way tie scenario at the top of the 2-4A standings.

  • LA teams roll to two more 2-4A wins

    SANTA FE – Another District 2-4A meet, another big victory for the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams.
    The Hilltoppers, as they have done for 13 previous year, dominated the district championship meet Friday afternoon at Capital High School. The Hilltopper girls scored 17 points en route to their 14th consecutive 2-4A title, while the Hilltopper boys finished with 20 points to earn the sweep.
    While Los Alamos has thoroughly dominated the district in recent years – rarely do teams get any closer than double Los Alamos’ point total – this is a race the teams don’t take lightly, as it is the only meet that qualifies them for the state championship race.
    “We feel pretty confident, but we were careful not to be overconfident,” said Hilltopper Amanda Mercer, who, along with winning the individual 2-4A girls title, was helping teammate Maddy Foley put ice on her knee after the race.
    Mercer led a solid pack of Hilltoppers to the finish line Friday along the sandy, groove- and rock-filled course behind the campus of Capital High. Mercer, Talia Dreicer and Foley finished 1-2-3 in the race, with Mercer finishing in a time of 20 minutes, 7 seconds and Dreicer finishing 13 seconds behind her.

  • LA girls eliminated by Panthers in first round

     It’s a first for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, although it’s a first the Hilltoppers didn’t want.

    Since joining Class 4A under its current alignment in 2000, the Hilltoppers have never failed to get to at least the 4A state tournament semifinals. It’s an impressive streak, but that streak came to an end Saturday.

    Los Alamos, taking on the Piedra Vista Panthers, a team it had handled well two weeks earlier, struggled against the Panthers to sustain an attack. Los Alamos couldn’t counter after Piedra Vista’s Peyton Pigford connected on 35-yard direct kick for the equalizer at the 67-minute mark.

    The game went into a shootout, and in the shootout, Pigford again came through, making the final kick from the mark count as the Panthers upset the Hilltoppers 2-1 in the first round of the 4A playoffs at Sullivan Field.

    Throughout much of the second half and the two overtime periods, Piedra Vista was the more physical and more aggressive of the two squads. Although Pieidra Vista got off only one shot in each of the overtime periods, it controlled the flow for virtually the entire second OT.

    Although it wasn’t sharp after Meghan McDonald’s goal in the 53rd minute, Los Alamos appeared poised to escape with a victory.