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  • No. 8 Farmington takes on LA tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will make its debut on its new turf at Sullivan Field tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Farmington Scorpions at the newly refurbished Sullivan Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
    Farmington will go into tonight’s game as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A. It also heads into the game off a big victory last Thursday against the Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rival, Bernalillo.
    Bernalillo, the two-time defending district champs, got waxed by the Scorpions 40-0 in the Four Corners last week, one night before Los Alamos took a 60-0 defeat against the Aztec Tigers, a game that lasted only until halftime.

  • JV girls XC team earns big win

    Amanda Mercer led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity team to a big win over the rest of the cross country field at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational.
    The UNM race was held at the school’s North Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper girls JV finished with 22 points, one-quarter that of the Eldorado, the competition’s runner-up. The Hilltoppers placed four runners in the top five and all five scorers in the top nine to win the race going away.
    Mercer finished the course in 20:34 to hold off Rebecca Castillo of Volcano Vista by 5.8 seconds.
    The race was the season opener for both Los Alamos’ boys and girls JV teams.

  • LA C team falls to St. Mike's

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football team fell into a hole in the first half Tuesday.
    Despite a better showing in the second half, in which it outscore the host St. Michael’s Horsemen, Los Alamos fell 44-24 at Brother Abdon Field.
    Los Alamos (0-2) held the Horsemen to 12 points after halftime but its 16 second-half points weren’t enough to spark a comeback.
    Quarterback Danny Finn, who has been playing up with the varsity during the early part of the season, connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Veenis in the first half. Finn also had a 60-yard scramble for a touchdown and a 2-yard dive for another score late in the contest.

  • Topper boys, girls face Cleveland at Academy

    Just coming off a tough, grueling tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will head straight into another one.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls will both compete in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. The tournament, hosted by Academy’s Chargers, will get going Thursday afternoon.
    Both Los Alamos teams will take on the Cleveland Storm in the opening round of the tournament. The Academy Invitational continues through Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ boys (3-3) enter the tournament after finishing fourth at the Louie Cernicek Invitational this past weekend. That tournament, which the Hilltoppers hosted, included three of the four top teams in Class 4A.

  • Sports Schedule Sept. 6-10

    Tuesday

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

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

    Football: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Cross country: LAMS at Pecos Invite, boys and girls, 4 p.m.

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

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos vs. Cleveland at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 2:30 p.m.

  • Johnson holds off Finch, Swertfeger wins at tourney--see attached results

    The bottom two seeds in this year’s Atomic City Invitational men’s championship flight ended up facing off in Monday’s final round.
    Tim Johnson, the No. 7 seed in the men’s flight, held off eighth-seeded Warren Finch in the final round of the 2011 ACI. Johnson picked up his second career ACI victory, albeit his first since the late 1980s.
    This year’s ACI was held around the Labor Day weekend instead of its usual late June-early July schedule. The tournament was postponed due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire which started in late June.
    The only year since 1950 the ACI has been canceled was in 2000, that because of the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • Hilltoppers knock off Horsemen at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team topped the St. Michael's Horsemen 3-1 Monday night at Sullivan Field.

    The Hilltoppers' victory Monday came on the heels of their 1-2 showing at the Louie Cernicek Invitational tournament showing this past weekend.

    Monday, the Hilltoppers got goals from Cooper Christensen, Collin Stone and Henry Steinkamp to pick up the victory. Nick Thoma and Steinkamp were credited with assists on the day.

    St. Mike's midfielder Zachary Saiz had the goal for the Horsemen.

    In goal, Lorenzo Venneri made seven saves.

  • Tigers maul Hilltoppers Friday, 60-0

    AZTEC – In the Four Corners area Friday night, it was all Aztec Tigers all the time. Or, more accurately, it was all Aztec half of the time.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was thumped on the road Friday night against the Aztec Tigers. The Tigers scored six times – including four times in a span of 1 minute, 41 seconds – in the first quarter to go up 40-0, then closed out the contest at halftime, winning 60-0 at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.

  • Sandoval leads ’Topper girls to big win at UNM

    Teresa Sandoval took top honors in the season-opening cross country race at Albuquerque Saturday morning.
    Sandoval, a junior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper squad, nipped Volcano Vista’s Elisa Woody by less than two seconds at the finish line to win the University of New Mexico Invitational Saturday. The UNM meet, which combines a high school and collegiate race, was run at the UNM North Golf Course.
    The first-place finish by Sandoval paced the Hilltopper girls, who won the team title at UNM for the second straight year. The Hilltoppers finished with 63 points, 20 points below the final tally of Class 5A Eldorado, the only other team in the girls field to score under 148 points.

  • LA takes fourth at home tourney this weekend

    Few people will ever accuse the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team of stacking its home tournament in its favor.
    The Hilltoppers finished fourth at their home tournament this weekend, going 1-2 against some top competition from around the state.  In the third-place game Saturday afternoon, The Hilltoppers lost a heartbreaker to the Farmington Scorpions, 4-3.
    Farmington scored two goals in the final nine minutes of play after Los Alamos went up 3-2 in the 68th minute. Ryan Maestas scored on a counter-attack after a big push from Farmington resulted in a line shot from CJ Klepac right to the gut of Hilltopper goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.