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  • 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.

  • Williams is the top predictor at Pace Race Tuesday


    Ted Williams was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was held Tuesday starting at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Williams finished the race with a prediction error of just two seconds, topping runner-up Tom Sanford, who was off by eight seconds. Ted Romero finished the race 10 seconds off his predicted finish time.
    The fastest finishers on the 3-mile course Tuesday was James Jablin and Amy Regan. Bob Weeks and Sammy Keie were the fastest finishers on the 1-mile course.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at Estante Way Loop in Pajarito Acres. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-9519.

  • Hilltoppers top Rams in OT, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious Thursday on the road, topping the Rio Rancho Rams in overtime.
    Los Alamos and Rio Rancho both scored early in the first half, but the two teams played the rest of regulation scoreless.
    In the 83rd minute, Hilltopper Amy Neal hit a shot into the corner of the Rio Rancho goal off an assist from Meghan McDonald to pick up 2-1 victory.
    It was the fourth straight win to start the season off for the Hilltoppers, who now have a week off until the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    “(The Rams) are ranked No. 4 in the big schools, so that’s a good win,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “It was a great effort.”

  • LA scores late, wins in OT, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team christened its new artificial turf home field with a victory in the first round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    In the tournament-opening contest at Sullivan Field today, Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit with under two minutes remaining in regulation to tie the score against the Goddard Rockets.
    Then, in the second overtime period, Henry Steinkamp buried a direct kick into the upper right corner of the Goddard goal to give the Hillltoppers a 2-1 win and move on to the second round of the tournament. Los Alamos will play at 8 a.m. Saturday, also at Sullivan Field.

  • LA picks up big sweep at home vs. Academy

    Heading into its first tournament of the season today, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to get some momentum going Thursday night.
    And the Hilltoppers managed just that.
    The Hilltoppers, playing a tough Albuquerque Academy squad, came from behind in both the first and second sets Thursday, then cruised to big victory in the third set, earning a 25-18, 28-26, 25-12.
    Los Alamos fell behind quickly in each of the first two sets, trailing Academy’s Chargers 6-1 right off the bat in the opening set and was down as late as 18-13 before making an impressive comeback in set two.

  • Update: Cernicek games to be played at Sullivan Field

    Los Alamos High School announced Thursday afternoon it will play the opening round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational at Sullivan Field.

    LAHS athletic director Vicki Nelms made the announcement at about 1 p.m. Thursday. The tournament opens Friday morning with Los Alamos facing off against Goddard.

    Sullivan Field has been under renovation since mid-May, installing artificial turf on the formerly-grass field.

    Tickets for the tournament will be on sale for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

    All of Friday's first round games are set for Sullivan Field except for the Farmington-Clovis game at 11 a.m.

  • ACI scheduled to tee off Friday

    The 2011 Atomic City Invitational gets going Friday and continues through Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The ACI, one of the oldest match-play tournaments in the state, will hold its championship qualifying round for the men’s and senior’s divisions starting at noon.
    Elimination matches start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    LAGC usually holds this tournament around the July 4 holiday, but had to postpone this year’s tournament due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June. This year, the championship flight will be limited to the top eight finishers in Friday’s qualifier — the title flight usually consists of 16 players.

  • Venue for Cernicek Invite still unknown

    The 2011 Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament starts up in a few hours, although, as of press time Thursday, the venue for the first round hadn’t been determined.
    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers will take part in the Louie Cernicek Invitational starting Friday morning. The tournament has been played every year since 1997, when it was known as the Mountain Top Invitational.
    The Cernicek tournament is usually among the toughest tournaments in the state during the regular season. This season looks to be no exception.

  • New-look LA boys open Saturday at UNM Invite

    Year in and year out, the goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is the same: knock Albuquerque Academy off its perch.
    In 2011, it may take some extra work to accomplish that task, but extra effort isn’t something the Hilltoppers have ever shied away from.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 season Saturday when it travels to the University of New Mexico Invitational. That meet, which has become Los Alamos’ traditional opening day event, usually attracts the top talent from around the state, a slate which includes the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival.
    The Hilltoppers finished last year the same way they’d finished eight of the previous 10 years: as the runner-up in the Class 4A championship meet to Academy’s Chargers.