• Roswell tops LA in Cernicek final

    Fernando Sanchez was nearly unstoppable in last weekend’s Louie Cernicek Invitational. It remains to be seen if the Roswell Coyotes can be stopped.
    The Coyotes were the big winners in the Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament, hosted by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers got a first-hand look at Sanchez, who scored three goals and had two assists as the Coyotes routed the Hilltoppers in the final, 6-2, Saturday night at Sullivan Field.
    It capped an impressive run in the tournament for Roswell (5-0), which crushed recent two-time Class 4A runner-up Belen in Friday’s first round, 10-0, then bounced a tough Farmington squad 2-1 in a shootout Saturday morning.
    Los Alamos was looking to grab its second straight Cernicek win and third win in four years, but Roswell took control of the contest and, except for a stretch late in the first half, didn’t let up.
    Roswell jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 22 minutes, moving the ball down the field virtually at-will.
    It was then that the Hilltoppers finally got some offense going — they had just three shots, only one on frame, in the early minutes — with Collin Stone tallying a goal in the 24th minute. Eric Schmalz would follow up Stone’s goal with one of his own just five minutes later.

  • Roswell romps to Cernicek Tourney win

    The Roswell Coyote offense was howling in the finale of the Louie Cernicek boys soccer tournament Saturday.

    The Coyotes scored four times in the first half of the tournament championship game against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Saturday night and tallied another pair of goals in the second half to win in decisive fashion, 6-2, and take the tournament title.

    Roswell’s Fernando Sanchez spearheaded an impressively coordinated attack, picking up a hat trick and dishing out a pair of assists, while three other Coyotes also got in the scoring column.

    Los Alamos tried to make a game of it after Roswell went up 4-0 in just 22 minutes. Collin Stone struck from the left side at the 24-minute mark and Eric Schmalz picked up a goal off a direct kick just five minutes later to halve the Coyote lead.

    But the Coyotes (5-0) would go on to outshoot Los Alamos (2-2) by a 3-to-1 margin Saturday.

    Sanchez was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Roswell fullback Jonathan Campos was Defensive MVP.

    Schmalz, Brandon Hodges and goalkeeper Chris Parker were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Hilltoppers.

  • On Schedule 09-01-13


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4:30 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 5:30 p.m.


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

    Football: LAMS at Taos, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pecos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius, varsity, JV, 5 p.m.

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

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls C team, JV, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.

  • Rivenburgh wins Pace Race

    Cecilia Rivenburgh was by far and away the best predictor at last week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, which was held Tuesday, started at the bottom of Quemazon Road and went up to the top and toward the Perimeter Trail. In all, 20 runners and walkers took part.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at Estancia Way in White Rock.
    For the Quemazon race, Rivenburgh finished with a predicted finish time just 4 seconds off her actual finish time. Only a handful of others had better than a triple-digit error.
    The top finisher on the 2.87-mile course last week was Ted Romero, who came in at 22:34 — he finished nearly two minutes better than he did on the same course in 2012. On the 1-mile course, Bob Weeks was the top finisher at 13:35.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race is scheduled for 6 p.m. The course is a 1-mile loop and participants can choose their own distances, but must finish in 45 minutes or less.
    For more information, visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.

  • Topper offense is too much for Elks

    JACONA – Although it features several returning starters, one of the big changes for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team heading into the 2013 season is what Xavier Dennison could do switching from wingback to fullback.

    That question was answered in a big way Friday night.

    Dennison, now the feature back in Los Alamos pistol offense, rolled up a whopping 230 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Hilltoppers thumped the Pojoaque Valley Elks 43-14 in their season opener.

    Dennison had seven carries of 18 yards or better on the game, including a 48-yard scamper in the fourth quarter after Los Alamos was pinned deep in its own territory with the game’s outcome still somewhat in doubt.

    The Hilltoppers scored three times in the fourth quarter to put the contest away.

    Following the game, Dennison said he and the rest of the team left all his energy on the field.

    “We need a lot more players,” he said. “At halftime, we were really starting to feel it. By the end of the fourth quarter, we were done.”

  • Toppers, Coyotes meet in Cernicek finale

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will have a chance to defend its Louie Cernicek championship tonight.

    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of goals in the first half and held off a late comeback attempt by the Clovis Wildcats to win 3-2 in the semifinal round of their home tournament this morning.

    Los Alamos (2-1), which got by a feisty Goddard team in a shootout in Friday’s first round, will face the Roswell Coyotes for the tournament title. Game time is 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    Roswell bounced Farmington, one of the tournament favorites, in a shootout in Saturday’s early game, taking that contest 2-1.

    Against Clovis, Collin Stone had a goal in the eighth minute off a short diagonal pass from Eric Schmalz who beat Wildcat goalkeeper James Smart in a 1-on-1 chance to put the Hilltoppers up 1-0.

    Stone would assist William Steinkamp on a rebound and putback midway through the first half to give Los Alamos a 2-1 edge shortly after Clovis’ Darrien Whiting converted to tie the score.

    Another putback by Jairo Marquez — Brandon Hodges took the initial shot — put Los Alamos up 2-1, but Whiting struck again on a corner kick header at the 71-minute mark. Clovis got off two other decent shots in regulation but wouldn’t come up with the equalizer.

  • LA has big showing in opening night win

    JACONA – The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team got its season off on the right foot with a big win Friday night.

    Los Alamos established its multi-pronged run game early against the Pojoaque Valley Elks, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions. The early touchdowns set the tone for a big 43-14 victory at Jacona Field.

    Xavier Dennison rolled up 113 yards in the first half alone, busting through with four runs of 18-plus yards on a big night at his new fullback spot, while quarterback Brice Van Etten ran for a pair of touchdowns in the first half and threw a touchdown pass in the second half.

    It was the first season opener for Pojoaque Valley under its lights, which were installed, last season, but the Elks couldn’t get much going until the third quarter after they were already down by four scores.

    See more information on Los Alamos’ big win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA routs Moriarty at home, 10-0

    It took the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team just three minutes longer than the minimum amount of time to close out the Moriarty Pintos Thursday.
    Los Alamos scored three goals in about 45 seconds and added a fourth goal another 45 seconds after that en route to a 10-0 victory against the Pintos at Sullivan Field.
    It was the first win of the season for the Hilltoppers (1-2), whose offense blew through the inexperienced and undermanned Moriarty defense at will in the latter part of the first half and into the second half.
    Both Los Alamos forward Catie McDonald and midfielder Meghan McDonald earned hat tricks Thursday, their first goals of the season. Catie McDonald, who actually finished with four goals and two assists, scored the first two Los Alamos goals of the contest, the first coming 19 seconds into the game and the second in the 12th minute, while Meghan McDonald scored in the 36th, 37th and 42nd to go along with a pair of assists herself.
    Moriarty (0-3) is off to a rough start this season and that was compounded Thursday by the fact it had just 11 players available for its game with Los Alamos. Despite solid efforts by sophomore Elizabeth Robinson and goalkeeper Sierra Stacy, who made a whopping 11 saves in the first half alone, the Pintos just didn’t have the horses to hang with the Hilltoppers.

  • Boys soccer squeaks by in 1st round vs. Rockets

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team just escaped the first round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational intact.
    Los Alamos trailed for the bulk of the contest, in which it was favored, Friday morning at Sullivan Field. But it was the Goddard Rockets that got the lone goal of the first 78 minutes of regulation.
    Then, with about 90 seconds to play, Hilltopper William Steinkamp booted in a loose ball in front of the Goddard net for the equalizer. After two scoreless overtime periods, the shootout took seven rounds before the last shooter, Hernan Lebensohn, buried his kick into the left side of the goal to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 victory.
    Los Alamos (1-1) will now advance to the semifinals of its home tournament, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. The tournament championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
    It will have to feel somewhat fortunate to escape, however, as it misfired on several chances, including a pair of open goal chances, in regulation, and pushed a pair of shootout kicks way wide right.
    However, in the shootout, Los Alamos goalkeeper Christopher Parker kept his team alive with four saves, including his top-shelf save against Goddard counterpart Miguel Robles for what would’ve been the clincher in the fifth round of kicks.

  • 'Toppers, Sartans meet in opener

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team doesn’t have a home away from home picked out yet, it might as well do so now.

    Los Alamos will be on the road quite a bit in 2013, particularly in the early season, starting with Tuesday’s season opener against its bitter rival.

    The new-look Hilltoppers are preparing to make their debut on the road against the St. Pius X Sartans. And there is some history there.

    St. Pius, one of the premier squads in Class 4A, has knocked Los Alamos out of the state playoffs each of the past five years, including in its last match of 2012.

    The Hilltoppers are hoping to reverse that trend starting this season. And they’re hoping to do it with a different lineup than the one that has carried them deep into the playoffs for three straight years.

    Among the new faces around the Hilltoppers is head coach Robin Reynolds. Reynolds, a former C team coach with the program, said he’s learned quite a bit in his first preseason with the team and is sure that will continue as 2013 progresses.