• LA girls are third in season-opening XC race

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team finished in third place in its season-opening meet Saturday.

    Los Alamos’ teams competed in the University of New Mexico Invitational, a combined prep and college meet, Saturday in Albuquerque. It’s one of the biggest meets in the state and 25 girls and boys teams took part.

    Hilltopper Maddy Foley finished in the top 10 individually with a time of 19 minutes, 48 seconds, to help Los Alamos net 95 team points and put it third place. Eldorado was the girls team winner with 54 points and Los Alamos’ top contender in Class 4A, Albuquerque Academy, was second with 68 points.

    On the boys side, the Hilltoppers were seventh overall with 188 points.

  • LA stung by Scorpions Friday night

    In its season opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was able to do a lot of different things offensively to win.

    Friday night, it became clear early in the ballgame the Farmington Scorpions had no intention of letting the Hilltoppers do at least one of those things.

    Farmington’s defense keyed in early and often on Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison, often rotating two linebackers and a safety to wherever it was Dennison happened to be going on that particular play.

    With one key weapon neutralized, Los Alamos struggled to sustain drives Friday.

    Farmington’s offense, however, had no such problem as it scored two touchdowns in the both the second and third quarters to win 41-6 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos’ offense, which rolled up 448 yards in its season-opening win a week earlier, had three 3-and-out drives in the first half and turned the ball over twice – the second of which was a desperation heave as the half came to an end.

    In stark contrast to a week earlier, the Hilltoppers managed just 48 yards total offense in the opening half as the Scorpions (2-0) held Dennison in check. Dennison managed just 26 yards on 9 carries in the first half and 38 for the game, that coming a week after a monster 230-yard performance.

  • Farmington thumps LA in home opener

    The Farmington Scorpions scored a late first half touchdown that set the tone for the rest of the contest, spoiling the Los Alamos Hilltoppers' home opening football game Friday.

    Farmington made some key plays on offense behind tailback Brian Farley, who had touchdown runs of 69 and 70 yards, to drub the Hilltoppers 41-6 at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos (1-1) was hoping to bring some momentum, especially on the offensive side of the ball, into Friday's game following a big win over Pojoaque Valley last week, but the Scorpion defense held the Hilltoppers to just 48 yards and no points in the first half.

    Read more about Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Topper girls are young but have experience

    The more things change, the more they stay the same around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    Even with a lot of underclassmen on its projected starting lineup this year, the Hilltoppers are returning a lot of varsity experience in 2013, while some of the younger girls who are stepping up to fill spots that were lost to graduation are showing promise already.
    Los Alamos will attempt to keep its four-year streak of state titles alive when it hits the course for Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. UNM’s meet, which is run at the North Golf Course and includes both prep and collegiate races, may be the largest race in the state in terms of competing teams going together in one race.
    Returning sophomore Maddy Foley said thinks she and the rest of the Hilltoppers are ready.
    “I’m a little nervous but I think we’ve been training pretty well,” Foley said. “Our team seems pretty good. With Jen (Mooday) gone and Teresa (Sandoval) gone, it’s a little nerve-wracking, but I think we can pull through, and hopefully win UNM. I don’t know, but I think we’ll be fine.”

  • LA will have several new faces to start 2013

    The Albuquerque Academy Charger boys have been the cream of the Class 4A cross country crop for most of this century.
    But the last two years have been dominated by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    To keep that title, however, will be a challenge in 2013.
    The new-look Hilltoppers will make their debut Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational, a meet that regularly attracts 30 or more prep teams and can be daunting for young runners.
    This season, the Hilltoppers will have plenty of those young runners starting for them.
    Gone from last year’s team are its top three finishers at state, including 2012 individual Class 4A champ Nick Hill. Hill led Los Alamos to a crushing victory over the Chargers in the team competition.
    Los Alamos scored just 22 team points, among the lowest totals ever recorded at the state meet, placing five of its seven runners in the top eight overall.
    This season, however, Academy has lots of talent and experience returning, while for Los Alamos, several runners with little or no varsity experience will be called up to the big squad and will be tested right off the bat.

  • Burnside, Murphy pace LAMS

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams opened their season on a solid note last week at Peñasco.
    The Hawk girls finished in second place among six competing teams at the Peñasco Invitational, while the Hawk boys finished third.
    LAMS’ girls finished 46 points behind Pojoaque’s 27 points in team competition, while the Hawk boys finished with 70 points. Pecos won the boys team title and Pojoaque was second.
    Individually, the Hawk girls were paced by Paulina Burnside. Burnside was sixth overall and was one of three Hawks to crack the top 10. Leander Murphy was seventh for LAMS’ boys, just ahead of teammate Javon Montoya.

    Here are LAMS’ results from the Peñasco Invitational:


    Team scores

    1. Pojoaque, 27; 2. LAMS, 46; 3. Las Vegas Robertson, 113.

  • LA opens at home against Farmington Friday night

    Friday will be the first chance of the 2013 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to show off in front of the home crowd.
    But it has a tall order to fill this week.
    Los Alamos will take on the Farmington Scorpions Friday at Sullivan Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    The Scorpions crushed the Gallup Bengals on the road last week, 48-0, to start their 2013 season.
    Farmington, which has thumped Los Alamos in their recent meetings, including a 28-0 victory last season in the Four Corners, has some size upfront, with six linemen listed near or above the 240-pound mark. The Farmington offensive line had an impressive showing against Gallup, helping the Scorpions to four first-half touchdowns.
    But Los Alamos should enter Friday’s game with some momentum coming off a big season-opening win over the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    The Hilltoppers had 448 yards total offense and scored five offensive touchdowns as they topped the Elks 43-14. The game’s outcome was still somewhat in doubt until the fourth quarter, but the Hilltoppers scored three times, including a 64-yard pick-6 by defensive back Simon Heath, to roll to the win.
    Los Alamos’ win over Pojoaque Valley didn’t seem to impress anyone at MaxPreps, however.

  • LA, Moreno Valley soccer teams play at Sullivan Field this afternoon

    Los Alamos High School announed this morning changes to today’s sub-varsity soccer games.
    The Hilltopper girls C team and the Hilltopper boys junior varsity game have switched start times for their games against Moreno Valley. The girls C team game will now start at 4 p.m. and the JV boys game will be at 5:30 p.m.
    Both games will be played this afternoon at Sullivan Field. This is the season-opening game for the girls C team and the second game of the season for the boys JV.

  • Sartans score two goals in 2nd half to top LA Tuesday


  • LA falls to St. Pius in opening match

    ALBUQUERQUE — If new Los Alamos head coach Robin Reynolds was looking to ease his way into the captain’s chair, he picked the wrong teams to start the season with.
    Reynolds made his head coaching debut Tuesday night for the Hilltopper volleyball team. His assignment wasn’t an enviable one, either, as the Hilltoppers faced off against longtime rival and defending Class 4A champion St. Pius X.
    Los Alamos, which wants to implement some new wrinkles in its offense this season, didn’t get much of a chance to do so, with the Sartans’ hard hitting and solid serving keeping the Hilltoppers off-balance for a good portion of the night.
    The Sartans would go on to win Tuesday’s match 25-20, 25-16, 14-25, 25-13 at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.
    “Their mental toughness is probably their biggest thing,” said Reynolds of the Sartans, who improved to 2-0 with Tuesday night’s win. “There are no ragged edges. They’re hard to exploit.”
    Los Alamos did have some success hitting to the outside, particularly with Brianna Montaño and Sierra Foley on the left side of its offense.