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  • LA gets No. 12 seed in 4A state playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s big finish at the end of the 2011 regular season didn’t afford it much respect from the state’s seeding and selection committee.
    Los Alamos was saddled with the No. 12 seed in the upcoming state Class 4A football playoffs, the lowest seed in the tournament.
    By virtue of its 12 seed, the Hilltoppers (6-4) will be on the road in the first round. They will meet the fifth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers this weekend.
    For the fourth year in a row, District 2-4A will send just a lone representative into the playoffs and for the second year in a row, it is the lowest possible seed.

  • ´Toppers sweep Spartans at home

    The dominance by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in District 2-4A volleyball continued with a big win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos hosted the district tournament championship match Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans had been the Hilltoppers’ toughest opponents during the district season, but the Hilltoppers dispatched them in straight sets.
    Los Alamos held on in the first set with Bernalillo serving at set point, then held on to win late in the third set, grabbing a 26-24, 25-16, 25-21 victory. The win gave Los Alamos its third consecutive 2-4A tournament title.
    The three set victories upped the consecutive set win streak by Los Alamos to 27. The win, however, didn’t come without a few hiccups.

  • LA girls run away with 4A title

    RIO RANCHO — Even for a team with 15 previous state titles under its belt, the win by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team was an impressive one.

    The Hilltoppers thoroughly dominated the Class 4A state cross country championship race Saturday.

    The state title race was held at Rio Rancho High School under cold and windy conditions, conditions that suited Los Alamos just fine.

    “The course was really good for us. We train in the cold,” Hilltopper junior Jennifer Mooday said. “When we saw the weather, we were overly excited. We were ecstatic.”

    Mooday, who has helped the Hilltoppers to two previous state titles, finished fourth overall in this year’s race.

  • LA triumphs big at state

    RIO RANCHO — Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team saves the best for last.
    That has never been truer than it was on Saturday.

    Los Alamos appeared primed and ready for an upset Saturday at the Class 4A state championship.  The underdog Hilltoppers, however, turned what looked to be a dogfight into a mauling.

    At Rio Rancho High School, the Hilltoppers placed five runners in the top 10 individually, sweeping positions two, three and four, to crush all comers at the title meet.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.

  • LA could have tough road to state title game

    Having a week off can be a blessing heading into the playoffs, or it can be a mixed blessing.
    Whether a week’s worth of rest turns out to be the former or the latter for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team remains to be seen.
    On the one hand for the Hilltoppers, who will open the 2011 state Class 4A playoffs Thursday morning, they have had plenty of time to iron out some details. Their last game of the regular season was Oct. 22 and have nearly two weeks to get their game in top form.
    But time off from competition can mean rust. It can also mean momentum gained during the regular season can be lost.

  • LA girls will meet Piedra Vista

    The Class 4A boys and girls soccer championship tournaments shift to Albuquerque after last weekend’s opening round.
    Thursday, the remaining eight teams in each playoff bracket will head to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex on the extreme west side of Albuquerque to determine the 2011 state champions. Class 4A girls games start at 10:45 a.m. Thursday while boys games will get going at 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos girls soccer team, the No. 2 seed in that tournament, learned it will face seventh-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Piedra Vista, which finished third in a very tough District 1, took a 1-0 decision over Del Norte, the tournament’s No. 10 seed Saturday in Farmington.

  • Ruby K's Yum Run results

    Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Thomas Chadwick had the top finish in the men’s 5K race Saturday in the Ruby K’s Yum Run.
    The Yum Run, an annual fundraising event for LA Cares, started and ended in downtown Los Alamos. The event consisted of a 5K and 10K cross-country event, as well as a 1K fun run/walk. This year marked the seventh annual running.
    Chadwick, 11, finished with an age-adjusted time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds, scoring a decisive win over runner-up Sevngheon Kim, who finished in 20:30.
    Chip Cooper won the men’s 10K race with his time of 44:35. On the women’s side, Miranda Barraza had a 20:12 to win the women’s 5K race, while Erica Baron’s 45:46 was the best age-adjusted time in the women’s 10K.

  • LA loses in a shootout, 2-1

    It might have been the most complete game the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had put together all season.
    Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to pull off a first round upset Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, were knocked out by the seventh-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers in the opening round. The Panthers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to score the equalizer, then earn the victory in penalty kicks.
    Piedra Vista’s 2-1 shootout win over Los Alamos advances it into the quarterfinals, where the No. 2-seeded St. Pius X Sartans await. Their game is set for Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    For the Hilltoppers, their quest for a repeat Class 4A title ended early.

  • LA falls in first round of boys soccer tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team played one of its most complete games of the 2011 season Saturday, but that wouldn't be enough to pull off an upset.

    The Hilltoppers fell in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Saturday to the Piedra Vista Panthers. After going up 1-0 in the first half, the Hilltoppers couldn't convert on several more chances throughout the game.

    The game would ultimately go into penalty kicks, with the Panthers winning the shootout 3-1 to take the first round victory.

    "We played really well," Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. "The energy was there. We had a lot of momentum during the game. We actually had a lot more scoring chances than they did. They left it all on the field today."