• LA struggles in homecoming contest Friday

    After a solid showing against a very good Class 4A team, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football liked its chances to get back on track heading into Friday’s homecoming game.
    Phillip Romero had other plans.
    Romero, a halfback on the very potent single wing offense of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard scamper on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
    The Chargers went on to spoil the Hilltoppers’ homecoming, winning 28-13 at Sullivan Field.
    A week earlier, Los Alamos, which had a rough month of September up to that point, played very well against a very tough Belen Eagles squad. The Hilltoppers lost the game 28-14 but actually outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second half.
    Los Alamos (1-5) was hoping that good showing would carry over into Friday’s game against an Academy team which was 4-1 on the season but had played a relatively soft schedule so far.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers again spun their wheels on offense, turning the ball over on their first two drives of the night and were shut out in the first half.
    Los Alamos wide out Simon Heath was shaking his head after the loss.

  • On Schedule 10-06-13


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

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

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, JV, 4 p.m.


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


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

    Football: Santa Fe Indian School at LAMS, 4 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at McCurdy, seventh grade, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Belen at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.


    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Invite, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Jamboree, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 1 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 1 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 11 a.m.

  • Veterans Day run to benefit 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. 

  • Academy prevails in LA's homecoming contest

    Coming home to Los Alamos didn’t equate into better fortunes for the Hilltopper football team Friday.
    Los Alamos fell in its homecoming contest to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 28-13 Friday night at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos never led in the game and was shut out in the first half.
    The Hilltopper defense couldn’t stop Academy wingback Phillip Romero, who rushed for better than 200 yards Friday, much of it coming running wide.
    More information on the homecoming game will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA boys rally to drop La Cueva in overtime

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team may have gotten a big shot of confidence heading into a huge game Saturday.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit Thursday to top the La Cueva Bears in overtime.
    The Hilltoppers, who kept the Bears out of the net for the balance of the game, scored the equalizer in the second half and the game-winner in the first overtime period to win 2-1 at Sullivan Field.
    The win comes two days ahead of its most important contest of the season so far. Los Alamos will face the Capital Jaguars for the first time this season Saturday. The winner of Saturday’s game will grab early control of District 2-4A.
    Capital (6-5) has lost just one game on the field this season — its other four losses came via forfeit after it was found to be using ineligible players in those games, all wins.
    For the Hilltoppers (7-8), their defensive effort was led by Chris Parker. Parker grabbed nine saves against Class 5A La Cueva (7-5) to preserve the win.

  • 'Toppers suffer a big loss vs. Bears

    The bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is that it took another big loss Thursday night.
    The good news is there is still time to recover.
    Los Alamos, which was thumped at home by Volcano Vista Tuesday night, was whacked again Thursday, this time on the road by another Class 5A school from Albuquerque, the La Cueva Bears.
    The Hilltoppers played even with the Bears through about 35 minutes of the first half, but a late first half Bears’ goal, which broke the scoreless tie, seemed to open the floodgates.
    La Cueva would score five times in the second half to win 6-1 in Albuquerque.
    “As a team we worked hard, but we let in easy goals,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We need to stop those goals.”
    Los Alamos (4-10) was outscored in its games against Volcano Vista and La Cueva this week by a combined 13-1.
    However, the Hilltoppers are still playing short-handed.
    The big missing piece right now is starting goalkeeper Elena Atencio, although she and Kristin Funsten, who is also injured, are expected to be back by Monday or Tuesday of next week.
    But Kubicek said it was frustrating for his team to work as hard as it had this week only to allow several easy goals, most of which were a result of the defense and the goalkeeper being out of position.

  • Roadrunners end their year

    Georgia Pedicini picked up the victory in the final Pace Race of the 2013 season.
    The last Pace Race was Tuesday night at the Canyon Rim Trail. It was the Cooper Run, which helps participants gauge their level of fitness and whether it has improved over the course of the Pace Race season.
    Pedicini finished just 9 seconds off her predicted time at Tuesday’s race. She topped Lauraine Maness (12 seconds off) and Jennifer Reglien (18 seconds off) to earn the best prediction.
    The fastest finishers included Paul Elkins for 1 mile (12:54), Linda Vance for 1.5 miles (14:27), Rose Nyenhuis for 2 miles (14:36) and Ted Romero for 3 miles (19:50).
    The weekly Pace Races are hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, a local racing club.
    Club president Ted Williams said the next Pace Race season will begin on April 1.
    The Roadrunners will also take part in two upcoming races, the Veterans Benefits 5K Nov. 11 and the CROP/Turkey Trot race Nov. 24.
    For more information about the Roadrunners, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners dot com, or call Williams at 672-1639. 

  • LA tops Academy in 5 sets at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team held on through a touch-and-go fifth set to top the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers and Chargers battled back and forth, tying the score four times before the Hilltoppers finally pulled away.
    Los Alamos won the key battle against a very good Class 4A squad, by a final of 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 15-12.
    Academy (7-6) was ranked 10th in this week’s MaxPreps 4A poll, three spots ahead of Los Alamos, but Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the contest.
    The Chargers battled back, however, and dominated set four before the tough final set.
    Thursday night’s match was only the second home match of the season so far for the Hilltoppers (7-4), who won their other home match over St. Michael’s Sept. 11. The Hilltoppers won’t play at home again until Oct. 12.
    Thursday’s win was the second in a row of a very key stretch for Los Alamos, which will have a huge contest Saturday at Santa Fe. Santa Fe (10-3, 0-1) lost its District 2-4A opener at home to Española Valley Wednesday and is in need of a victory to avoid getting into an early hole.
    Meanwhile, Los Alamos has a golden opportunity to improve to 2-0 in district play ahead of a critical 2-4 contest next Wednesday at Española Valley.

  • LA hoping to turn fortunes around for homecoming

    Two seasons ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a rough start to the season, but a better-than-expected showing against a top-ranked Belen team helped turn the team’s fortunes around.

    Now, the Hilltoppers are hoping that particular lightning bolt will strike twice.

    The Hilltoppers (1-4) will host their homecoming game Friday night when they take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Heading into last week’s game at Belen, Los Alamos was reeling from three straight losses to Class 4A teams, only one of which was not a lopsided loss.

    But the Hilltoppers were able to slow down what has been for most of the 2013 season a devastating Belen Eagles’ running game — it had averaged 275 yards per contest heading in — and forced the Eagles to put the ball in the air for much of the second half.

    “That second half, the way they played, we had a lot of confidence,” Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “We’re really excited about the things they did.”

    While Belen still had a very good showing on the ground, it was also hampered by some big turnovers in Los Alamos territory when the Hilltopper defense stiffened.

  • District-winning 1972 football team will be honored 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, prior to the Los Alamos homecoming contest with Albuquerque Academy.
    In 1972, the Hilltoppers, which were not an exceptionally talented team, but put together a 10-win season to capture the district title.
    The public is invited to attend the get-together, particularly anyone who played football for Los Alamos between 1970-1980.