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  • ´Toppers bounce back from slow start to upend Spartans

    It wasn’t the kind of performance a top-rated team was supposed to have against a huge underdog in the first half Tuesday night.
    Instead of packing things up and heading for home at halftime of Tuesday’s girls soccer game between the heavily-favored Los Alamos Hilltoppers and Bernalillo Spartans, the Hilltoppers were trying to figure out why they still had a zero on the scoreboard.
    Los Alamos, which looked to be sleepwalking through most of the first half, finally got on track in the second half, attacking the Bernalillo goal consistently and finding the net en route to a win 4-0 in its District 2-4A opener. Los Alamos scored three times in about nine minutes during the second half and tacked on a late goal for good measure to top the Spartans.

  • LA opens district season with 4-1 win vs. Bernalillo

    In its District 2-4A boys soccer opener, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers were facing a team that’s something of an X-factor.
    The Hilltoppers hosted the Bernalillo Spartans Tuesday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Spartans, who came in with a near-.500 record and boasted one of the top scorers in Class 4A, made the contest a little more interesting, halving the Hilltoppers’ lead midway through the second half.
    But Los Alamos scored a pair of unanswered goals later in the second half to take a 4-1 victory over Bernalillo. Ryan Kniss, who also had an assist Tuesday, scored with about 13 minutes remaining and Colin Stone added another goal right at the end of regulation to seal the win.

  • Sports Update 09-20-11

    LA is runner-up at T of C this weekend

  • LA gets off to slow start at first tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams struggled in their first outing of the 2011-12 season at home Monday.
    The Hilltopper teams hosted the Los Alamos Fall Invitational at Los Alamos Golf Course. At the tournament, four boys teams and two girls teams took part, as well as a handful of individuals from other schools.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school from Rio Rancho, was the big winner on both sides of the tournament Monday. Cleveland’s Storm took both the boys and girls team titles as well as picking up both individual titles.
    The Storm picked up a 20-shot victory over runner-up Bernalillo on the boys’ side and a 47-shot win over Los Alamos in the girls competition.

  • Sports Schedule, Sept. 19-24

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 3:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 3:30 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Boys soccer: Bernalilo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Robertson, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 5:30 p.m.

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

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.

  • LA shut out at Academy

    A loss to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers always stings, but it’s a lack of effort that will really stick in the craw of the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys soccer team.
    Los Alamos couldn’t get over the hump during Friday’s contest at Academy, the fifth-ranked team in the state. Academy scored a 72nd-minute goal on a crossing pass that got through the defense to the uncovered left flank as it grabbed a 1-0 victory.
    It was the second loss for Los Alamos against Academy this season. Los Alamos was hoping to redeem itself in Friday’s game after taking a 3-2 loss Sept. 10.
    But Friday, Los Alamos simply got beat.
    “I never thought I’d say this, but we got outworked,” Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said.

  • LA’s offense, defense come up big vs. Bobcats

    In 2010, the Bloomfield Bobcats came back from a late deficit with the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team needing just to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.
    Friday night, the Hilltoppers found themselves in much the same position, backed up on their 4-yard line and clinging to a 1-point lead.
    But on a long sideline route on third down, Bloomfield was flagged for pass interference. Then, three plays later, quarterback Danny Finn scrambled down the right side for a big 7-yard pickup to earn another first down which all but sealed the game for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos earned its first win of the season Friday, topping Bloomfield 21-20 at Sullivan Field.

  • ´Toppers blank top-ranked Chargers Saturday

    A hot start to the 2011 season had some whispering that this could be the year for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team to knock off the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Those whispers could get considerably louder now.
    The Hilltoppers, who didn’t have the greatest week coming into Saturday’s contest, losing two straight to a pair of quality opponents, picked up a huge win over their arch-rival Chargers. Forward Amy Neal scored goals in both halves and Katie Hemphill scored near the midpoint of the first half as the Hilltoppers shut out the Chargers, 3-0.

  • LA picks up first win of season over Bloomfield

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team picked up its first win of the 2011 season, holding off the Bloomfield Bobcats 21-20 at Sullivan Field Friday night.

    Los Alamos got 136 yards on the ground from Arnoldo Ortiz, starting in his first game of the season after breaking his finger during the preseason, while the Hilltopper defense forced two turnovers on their side of the field in the third quarter to help preserve the victory.

    Danny Finn connected with Jared Mang on a 53-yard swing pass in the second quarter, while Ortiz rumbled for a 45-yard score in the third quarter. Ortiz also converted a two-point try following his touchdown run, which proved to be the difference in the game.

  • Kosiewicz lands 40-inch tiger muskie

    Just before the Las Conchas Fire in late June, local resident Stan Kosiewicz and his wife Amy Anderson went fishing, or, as he calls it “tiger hunting.”
    During a trip to Bluewater Lake, near Grants, Kosiewicz landed a 40-inch tiger muskie, which weight approximately 20-1/2 pounds.
    A tiger muskie is a sterile hybrid of a cross between a purebred muskie and a northern pike. While this cross occasionally occurs in the wild, it happens most often under controlled conditions at a fish hatchery.
    Kosiewicz, who let the fish go because “she was just too cute,” caught the tiger muskie on a 8-inch Koi-colored lure.