• 'Toppers drop 5th straight vs. Rams

    For the second night in a row, the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys soccer team dropped a contest to a tough opponent from the metro area.
    After trailing much of the first half, the Hilltoppers scored an equalizing goal at the 39-minute mark. Unfortunately, the Rio Rancho Rams would come right back only seconds later to retake the lead.
    That goal would be enough to pick up the victory. The Rams would tack on an insurance goal in the second half as they earned a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-7) had few chances against the Rams (5-4), who have played tough on the road.
    The Hilltoppers’ goal was scored by Brandon Hodges during a scrum in front of the Rams goal late in the first half. Los Alamos had several swings at the ball on an Eric Schmalz corner kick before Hodges came up with the goal.
    It was Schmalz’s sixth assist on the season.
    For the second straight game, Los Alamos started in goal without Chris Parker, although Parker, who was sick the day before in a lopsided loss to Albuquerque Academy, came into the game in the second half.
    Tyler Mullen had five saves in the first half in goal.

  • Sports Briefs 09-18-13

    Hockey association is hosting a golf tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hockey Association will host its second annual Los Alamos High School Fundraiser Golf Tournament.
    The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday. It is a scramble-format event and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
    Food will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the top gross and net finishers, as well as closest to the pin and a longest drive award.
    For more information, call Kevin Brake at 670-8838.

    YMCA flag football to be coached by Bob Scott

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting flag football clinics starting Sept. 22.
    The flag football clinics will be taught by former Los Alamos High School head coach Bob Scott. They are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoons through Oct. 27.
    The clinics, which are open to boys and girls ages 8-12, will include lessons on punting, kicking, passing and receiving.
    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100. 

  • LA falls big on the road Tuesday, 5-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was thumped on the road in an important Class 4A contest Tuesday afternoon.
    The Albuquerque Academy Chargers scored three times in the opening half and cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Hilltoppers at Richard Harper Memorial Stadium in Albuquerque.
    The Chargers (8-1) are considered a serious threat in Class 4A this season, although Tuesday’s win was the first win by the Chargers over another 4A opponent.
    Los Alamos (4-6) played without starting goalkeeper Chris Parker, who was ill.
    The loss was the fourth straight for Los Alamos, which dropped three games at Academy’s home tournament last weekend before Tuesday’s rout.
    Academy has outscored its opponents by a combined 20-5 on the season. Its only loss came against Class 5A powerhouse Sandia in late August.
    The Hilltoppers will host a 5A opponent, Rio Rancho, at 6 p.m.

  • Academy scores in OT to down LA

    A long, tough-fought battle Tuesday night didn’t go the way of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team.
    Los Alamos hosted one of its arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Tuesday night at Sullivan Field. The two teams played scoreless soccer for 95 minutes before the Chargers finally notched the sudden-death score.
    After controlling the action for most of the two overtime periods, the Chargers’ Ali Leggot flipped the ball to the center of the field to teammate Maddie Higgins. Higgins, who got the ball near the top of the penalty box, flipped the ball over Los Alamos goalkeeper Elena Atencio’s outstretched arms and under the crossbar for the only score of the 1-0 contest.
    It was once again a knock-down, drag-out fight between the two old foes, a game which featured a pair of yellow cards and some aggressive play that mostly went unwhistled.
    The two teams are regulars in the final two rounds of the state Class 4A playoffs and faced each other in the championship game in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with the Chargers winning all three contests.
    “We made one mistake and we paid for it,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We had a good 80, 90, 95 minutes, then we have one mistake. This is the first year of varsity for a lot of our players and it showed.”

  • 'Topper soccer teams will take on Academy's Chargers today

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have their hands full today when they face an old rival.
    Both Hilltopper teams will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers today. The Hilltopper boys will face the Chargers at 4:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, while the Hilltopper girls will host the Chargers at 6 p.m.
    Unfortunately, neither Los Alamos team will be heading into today’s game on a high note. Los Alamos’ girls lost 2 of 3 contests at last week’s Academy Invitational, while the boys dropped all three of their tournament contests.
    Los Alamos’ boys were swept at the Academy tournament, falling 1-0 to Sandia Prep in their consolation round game Friday against a very tough Sandia Prep squad, then losing 3-2 to the Oñate Knights in the seventh-place game Saturday morning.
    Against Sandia Prep, the Sundevils’ Ryan Hunter scored the lone goal of the game in the second half off an assist from Sam Albert.
    In goal for Los Alamos, Chris Parker had five saves.
    Against Oñate, Collin Stone picked up a goal for the Hilltoppers (4-5), as did Skylar Veenis, who also had a big goal for them against St. Michael’s earlier last week.
    Eric Schmalz was credited with his fifth assist of the season.

  • LA's boys, girls XC teams take top honors Saturday

    Saturday morning was an eventful one in many ways for the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams.
    The weather called a halt to the Hilltoppers’ originally scheduled meet, the West Mesa Invitational, something Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were informed of at 5 a.m.
    But by about 5:40 a.m., Los Alamos found another meet to run in.
    Los Alamos ended up competing at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, which was hosting its own meet Saturday and did quite well there despite the last-minute change of venue.
    Both Hilltopper teams placed first at the meet, which included 11 other full girls teams and 16 other full boys teams. The Hilltopper girls finished with just 29 team points, 51 points better than runner-up Sandia Prep, while the Hilltopper boys earned 48 points, a little more than half the total of St. Michael’s in second place.
    Individually, Colin Hemez was first overall in the boys race. Hemez, who finished a strong second in Los Alamos’ season opener a week earlier at the University of New Mexico meet, finished in 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
    He was one of two Hilltoppers to crack the top 10, with Mike Walker finishing seventh overall.

  • Frye paces LA boys golf at home tourney, girls take 3rd

    Matt Frye was the top finisher in the season-opening golf tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls hosted their home invitational at Los Alamos Golf Course with teams from around the area competing.
    In addition to having their first tournament of the fall season, Monday was also the debut of new Los Alamos boys golf coach Andy Ainsworth, who takes over this season for Ann Stewart.
    Frye finished the tournament shooting an 86, which was one shot better than teammate Jonnie Osden and two strokes better than Sean Rau.
    The Hilltopper boys didn’t earn any state qualifications in their opener — teams and individuals must hit target scores to earn “legs” toward state tournament entry. The Hilltopper team didn’t make the state Class 4A postseason last year and only one individual, then-senior Raul Roybal, earned an invitation to May’s championship.
    Los Alamos’ girls did make it to the state tournament, finishing seventh overall.
    Monday, the Hilltopper girls finished with a team score of 413. They finished behind Bosque School, which finished with a tournament-best 354, with Sarah Greene shooting a 2-over 74 and Nicole Spence a 5-over 77 to pace all comers.

  • On Schedule 09-15-13


    Cross country: LAMS at Española Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Football: Rio Rancho at LAMS, 4 p.m.


    Football: Los Alamos at Kirtland Central, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls soccer: ATC at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 7 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 09-15-13

    Pace Race set for Tuesday 

    Due to rainy conditions, last week’s Pace Race was canceled.

    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners.

    Last week’s race was scheduled to be run at Pajarito Mountain, but was called off by the weather.

    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be run on the Bridges Loop behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Race time is 6 p.m.

    Both 1- and 3- mile courses are planned for that race.

    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

    Flag football starts Sept. 22 at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting flag football clinics starting Sept. 22.

    The flag football clinics will be taught by former Los Alamos High School head coach Bob Scott. They are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoons through Oct. 27.

    The clinics, which are open to boys and girls ages 8-12, will include lessons on punting, kicking, passing and receiving.

    Price for participation is $20 for YMCA members, $30 for nonmembers.

    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100. 

  • Late-game field goal sinks LA Friday night

    First, it seemed like the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was finished. Then it seemed like the Hilltoppers had the game in the bag.

    But when the final buzzer went off, it was the St. Pius X Sartans who had pulled off the improbable comeback to win.

    Los Alamos, after being shut out for more than 45 minutes, scored a touchdown with 2:51 remaining and made a 2-point conversion – after a flag in the end zone gave it a second chance – to take its one and only lead of the ballgame Friday night against its bitter rival.

    But St. Pius marched 67 yards down the field to set up a 19-yard field goal by Javier Jaramillo with 4.7 seconds left for the winning score, giving the Sartans a 10-8 victory at Sullivan Field.

    It was a wacky final 4:10 of the game Friday, with Los Alamos moving the ball down the field for the first time in the entire game, culminating in a 50-yard completion down the right hash from Brice Van Etten to Tristen Hill to get the Hilltoppers to within one point of the Sartans.

    Then on the ensuing 2-point try, St. Pius was flagged for a pass interference penalty, giving the Hilltoppers a second chance. Van Etten found Hill again on an out route to give the Hilltoppers an 8-7 lead.

    But the drama was far from over.