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  • 'Toppers face tough test on Homecoming

    Unlike most other teams, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team won’t be coming home to an easy victory.
    For the 2011 Homecoming game, the Hilltoppers will take on a very tough Albuquerque Academy Chargers’ squad. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    Tonight’s game is also the finale of Los Alamos’ non-district season. It hosts Bernalillo next week in its first District 2-4A contest.

    While getting a victory for Homecoming is always nice, Los Alamos is far more concerned right now about preparing for the district season.

    It will, however, be going into the game with some momentum.

  • Phoenix Running

    Hilltoppers Miranda Barraza (foreground) and Janali Gustafson head to the finish line of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational last week.

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls are competing in the Twilight Festival meet in Phoenix tonight. The meet takes place on the same course as the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet. Several top regional teams are expected to compete at tonight’s race.

  • Marr wins Pace Race

    Jackie Marr had a spotless prediction at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race was Tuesday in Pajarito Acres, run on paved roads.
    Marr, running on the 1-mile course, just beat out Karen Thorn, who was only off her predicted time by two seconds on the 2.8-mile course, and David Kratzer, who was just 10 seconds off.
    On the long course, Jamie Jablin finished in a time of 18 minutes, 11 seconds. Laura McClellan was the fastest female finisher on the long course with her time of 20:49.
    On the 1-mile course, Hannah and Norald Gartz tied for the fastest finish, both coming in at 9:16.
    The next Pace Race is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Canyon Rim Trail. For more information, call 672-1639.

  • Results from Senior Men's championship

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association championship tournament, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

    Overall low gross
    Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 156.

    Overall low net
    Phil Allen, Gallup, 130.

    Championship flight

    First low gross
    Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 157.

    Second low gross
    Dean Boice, Alamosa, Colo., 161.

    First low net
    Larry Minarsich, Bernalillo, 144.

    First flight

    First low gross
    Jerry McKee, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 164.

    Second low gross
    Robert Frank, Santa Fe, 166.

    First low net

  • Jr. ’Topper hoops program starting

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball programs will again be hosting the Jr. ‘Toppers youth program.
    The program, which emphasizes fundamental basketball skills, will begin Saturday. All sessions of the program are free.
    This year, however, the clinics will be held every other Saturday.
    There are also new start times and a new venue this year. Youth in preschool through second grade will start at 9 a.m. and have their clinics at Mountain Elementary School’s gymnasium.
    For players in grades three through eight, clinics will be held at Los Alamos High School from 9-10:30 a.m.
    Interested participants are asked to register online at www.laschools.net.

  • Toppers open district with 3-1 win on road

    BERNALILLO — In their district openers, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Bernalillo Spartan volleyball teams picked up right where they left off in the 2010 season.
    Bernalillo gave Los Alamos its toughest District 2-4A contest last year and, with a veteran lineup returning, was looking to pick up a win right off the bat.
    But, despite some up-and-down offense and falling behind in every set, the Hilltoppers escaped with a hard-fought four-set win at Spartan Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers dropped the first set 19-25, but bounced back to sweep the final three sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 in their 2011 district opener Wednesday.

  • Sports Update 09-28-11

    Trail Fest set for Oct. 8

    The fifth annual Pajarito Trail Fest will return Oct. 8.
    The Trail Fest consists of a half-marathon, 10K race and kids fun run. All the races will be held on Pajarito Mountain.
    Proceeds from the races will go to benefit the Las Conchas Fire Trail Recovery Fund.
    For more information, visit www.pajaritotrailfest.com on the Internet.

    Yum Run returns for seventh year

  • Weiss makes his pro umpiring debut

    It didn’t take long for players of the North American League to try to ruffle the feathers of a rookie man in blue.
    Nor did it take long for the man in blue to squawk back.
    Local umpire Doug Weiss got a chance to call balls and strikes this summer for the North American League professional baseball organization. Weiss, who has worked in every baseball level from Little League to the pros, did 24 games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the independent professional league.
    “It’s a lot of fun,” Weiss said of his stint calling pro ball. “Baseball at that level is very different. It’s a lot faster. The pitching’s a lot faster and a lot better. The amount you have to know and retain is a lot higher.”

  • Cope tops predictors at Pace Race

    Roy Cope had the top prediction at last week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.
    Last week’s pace race was held on North Mesa. The  Roadrunners will host another Pace Race tonight starting at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    In last week’s race, Cope finished with a prediction error of just three seconds. Cope just narrowly beat out Ted Williams, who was four seconds off his predicted finish time, while Tim Sandford missed by just six seconds.
    Sandford was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 10 minutes, 2 seconds, while Jackie Marr finished in 10:58.
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had a finish time of 20:54, while Laura McClellan finished in 21:56.

  • C team rolls to big win Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad picked up its second win in a row, routing the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Los Alamos’ defense keyed the big win Monday at Sullivan Field.
    Hilltopper Sam Ortiz had four sacks on the contest and Ricky Whittemore had a pick-six as Los Alamos cruised to a 32-0 victory.
    “(The) coaching staff believed that our team was improving, which was clear as day (Monday),” Los Alamos C team coach Marco Lucero said. “We feel that the elimination of mistakes, big hits, causing and recovering turnovers was what was more impressive than the win or the final score.”