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  • ´Toppers thumped by Elks in opener

    Head coach Garett Williams knew the Los Alamos Hilltoppers football team was young and lacked varsity experience.
    But after a 59-22 drubbing at the hands of the Pojoaque Elks Saturday afternoon, Williams has to hope his team matures in a hurry.
    The Hilltoppers faced plenty of adversity from the onset. Dressing only 25 players, Los Alamos tried to deal with the heat, injuries and expulsions to its top players, but it had no way of stopping Pojoaque’s offense, which rolled up a whopping 428 yards.
    “These young kids are going to have to grow up fast,” Williams said. “The older guys we have have to get healthy and we also have older guys getting their first chance at varsity football. They have to step up.”

  • LA’s offense continues to produce in win over Scorps

    Heading into the 2011 season, one of the big questions looming over the Los Alamos Hillltopper girls soccer team was whether it would be able to generate goals consistently.
    For the opening week of the season, anyway, that question was answered definitively.
    Los Alamos scored a pair of goals early in the first half and tacked on two more in the second half to drop its toughest opponent to date, the Farmington Scorpions, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    The Hilltoppers finished the week a perfect 3-0 and put 22 balls into the onion bag against three Class 4A teams.

  • Young Toppers looking for improvement

    A big chunk of the roster of the 2011 Los Alamos Hilltopper football team has limited or no varsity experience.
    Those youngsters, however, will get tested in a hurry this season.
    The Hilltoppers’ season kicks off Saturday against Pojoaque. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
    Even before the first snap, however, the Hilltoppers will have plenty of challenges ahead of them this season. The Hilltoppers have only 25 players listed on the varsity roster, more than half of those being freshmen or sophomores, the majority of which have little or no experience at the varsity level.

  • Marr is best predictor at Pace Race

    Duane Marr was the top predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday in the Quemazon subdivision. The Quemazon Climb/Decadent Table Dessert Run featured a big climb up Quemazon Road toward the Perimeter Trail and attracted 16 runners and walkers.
    Marr, who competed on the 1-mile course Tuesday, was 24 seconds off his predicted finish time. He topped Tom Sanford, who was 30 seconds off. No other competitor Tuesday finished with a prediction error of under two minutes.
    On the 1-mile course, Anya Gonzales was the top finisher, completing her run in 13:38. On the 3-mile course, Jamie Jablin was the top finisher with his time of 21:41, while Sammy Keie finished in 33:04.

  • LA steamrolls Moriarty, 8-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took nine shots in the first 10 minutes, connecting on two of them to set the tempo for a whitewashing Thursday afternoon in White Rock.
    The Hilltopper offense ran roughshod over the Moriarty Pintos back line in the first half Thursday, connecting on three goals in the first 13 minutes. The Pintos would never mount any kind of serious attack as the Hilltoppers rolled to an 8-0 victory at the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex.
    The score might have been worse had Los Alamos not misfired on two open-goal opportunities and Moriarty goalkeeper Taylor Luker not stopped two well-placed balls in the first half.

  • Toppers hold on in shootout to win

    Second verse, same as the first.
    The 2010 state champion Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rarely failed to keep fans on the edges of their seats and the 2011 Hilltoppers picked up right where their predecessors left off in Thursday’s season opener.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit midway through the second half Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams. After two scoreless overtime periods, Los Alamos picked up a 4-2 shootout victory to take its season opening contest 2-1 over the Rams at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    Henry Steinkamp, assisted by Cooper Christensen, found the net in the 62nd minute Thursday, answering a goal 19 minutes earlier by Rio Rancho midfielder Josh Trujillo.

  • Sports Update 08-25-11

    Bower Run is Sept. 10

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Los Alamos.
    Proceeds from the run will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
    Day-of registration will start at 4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The race will start from the senior center.
    Price for participation is $25. Participants receive a T-shirt.
    For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Car wash is Saturday

    The Los Alamos Middle School  football team will hold a car wash Saturday.
    The car wash will be from 9 a.m.-noon at the Shell Station, 2591 Trinity Dr. Proceeds from the car wash will benefit the LAMS football program.

  • LA looks to keep confidence level up this year

    An impressive showing during the summer has the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team filled with confidence going into the 2011 season.
    But with a tough early season schedule, the Hilltoppers could well need all the confidence they can muster.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 campaign Saturday afternoon at home. It will host a very tough customer, the Pojoaque Elks, to kick off the season.

  • Hilltoppers close out Eagles in 68 minutes to win opener

    The weather was hot and so was the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team’s offense in its season opener Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers scored six times in a 25-minute span during the second half Tuesday to close out their opener against the Belen Eagles. Five different Hilltoppers got into the scoring column in the second half as Los Alamos crushed Belen 10-0 in 68 minutes.
    The temperature hovered near 100 degrees at Belen, so Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek kept shuffling personnel in and out of the game.
    Those that got into the game responded very well.
    “Belen doesn’t show much,” Kubicek said. “It was pretty one-sided, but it was a good way to get started.”

  • 'Toppers looking for a repeat performance in 2011

    It was one of the crowning moments in the history of Los Alamos High School boys soccer.

    In 2010, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers thumped the Belen Eagles in the Class 4A championship game, 4-0, to claim its first state title in 24 years.

    But that was then and this is now. With nine seniors, most of them starters, graduating from that team it would seem unlikely the 2011 Hilltoppers will be in the same position to contend.

    Or is it? The Hilltoppers don’t seem to think so.

    “I feel like we’re confident this year,” Hilltopper Zeke Zumbro said during practice Tuesday as the team preps for its season opener Thursday. “Last year, we were really confident and I feel the same confidence this year.”