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  • Sports Update 11-16-11

    No LA players picked for North-South volleyball

  • Webb takes sixth in N.M. Open

    Patrick Webb of Los Alamos finished sixth in the Open Mixed Epee competition at the New Mexico Open last month.
    Webb, who competes for Los Alamos Fencing Club, was among the top finishers in Epee, pacing three LAFC participants in the event.
    The New Mexico Open, held in Albuquerque, is one of the major fencing events sponsored by United States Fencing Association’s Rocky Mountain Section. In all, 46 Epeeists took part in the open mixed division from all around the southwest.
    Following Webb, who advanced to the quarterfinals of direct elimination, Tom Hill was 18th overall and Jack Stafurik finished 42nd.

  • LA tops Capital, loses to St. Pius

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad split its final two games of the regular season, topping Capital but falling to St. Pius X.
    In its home finale Oct. 24, the Hilltoppers thumped Capital’s Jaguars 59-14. The following week, the Hilltoppers lost to St. Pius’ Sartans, 26-6.
    Against Capital, Skylar Veenis and Sam Ortiz combined for a whopping seven touchdowns, with Veenis scoring four times. Alex Delamarter also scored in that contest.
    In both the final two games, Los Alamos shuffled in as many players as it could.

  • Ortiz, Knapp named Players of the Year

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team dominated the postseason honor roll for District 2-4A.

    The All-District honorees were announced Monday. Los Alamos swept the three biggest honors, taking the offensive and defensive players of the year titles as well as the Coach of the Year.

    Garett Williams, only in his second season of leading the Hilltoppers, took the Coach of the Year honors for 2011 after guiding his team to a perfect 4-0 record in district competition, including knocking off two-time 2-4A champ Bernalillo and preseason district favorite Santa Fe in consecutive weeks.

  • Title dreams dashed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team and football team were both knocked out of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.

  • ´Toppers thumped in playoff contest

    LOS LUNAS — The biggest thing on the side of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team heading into Friday’s game was momentum.

    That momentum, however, was dashed with one long jaunt early in the first quarter.

    Los Alamos was one-and-done in the Class 4A playoffs for 2011. The powerful and lightning fast Los Lunas Tigers scored early and often against the Hilltoppers Friday night at Willie Chavez Stadium.

    After forcing a quick three-and-out, Los Lunas’ Tigers needed just one play to score a 91-yard touchdown. Los Lunas running back Jalen Chavez went off-tackle and found nothing but open field in front of him, rumbling to the end zone to spark a 55-0 rout.

  • LA’s comeback attempt falls short

    RIO RANCHO – Just when it looked like things were over, they were just getting started.

    After falling down 2-0 to its arch-rival, St. Pius X, including taking an ugly second set loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team rallied in sets three and four to send Friday evening’s match to a deciding contest.

    Unfortunately, the Sartans got up on the Hilltoppers early in the fifth set and never relinquished the lead. The Sartans took a 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9 victory in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state tournament at Santa Ana Star Center.

    It was the fourth consecutive year the Hilltoppers fell to the Sartans at the Star Center and the second straight year the Sartans dropped the Hilltoppers in the semifinal round.

  • Hilltoppers Defy The Odds

    In the locker room following practice, members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program are staring at the only light in the room: a projected image on the back wall.

    Before the projection, a clip of game film, even gets fully rolling; several of the Hilltoppers call out, “counter, counter!”

    They’re right. The Valencia Jaguars are executing a counter-tray against the Hilltoppers’ upcoming opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers.

    “You see that?” head coach Garett Williams asks no one in particular. “The defensive end stays there, he stays right there and he gets kicked out.”

  • LA goes 4-0 to open state play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team opened the Class 4A postseason with a spotless mark in pool play.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament, advances to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. They will take on the winner of tonight’s match between Piedra Vista and Bernalillo. The quarterfinal contest is set for 8 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    “We looked really good today,” said Hilltopper outside hitter Erin Kirk. “The defense was really good. If a ball wasn’t touched by the blockers, it was dug up by someone.”

  • Toppers feel prepared heading into first round

    Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
    To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
    Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
    The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.