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  • LA knocks off Farmington to advance to semifinals

    ALBUQUERQUE — It took 153 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of overtime play before the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team cracked through the defense of the Farmington Scorpions.
    It could scarcely have come at a better time.
    Shannon Blair tallied the first goal of the season by the Hilltoppers over the Farmington Scorpions late in Thursday’s semifinal round of the Class AAAA state championship tournament.

  • ’Toppers upset Academy, will play St. Pius X tonight

    ALBUQUERQUE — One down, two to go.
    After surviving a wild first half and an equalizing goal midway through the second half, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored late in regulation to knock off one of the most dangerous teams in the state to advance to the semifinal round of the state Class AAAA playoffs.
    Los Alamos might have had a flashback to mid-September following the tying goal in the 58th minute by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, but a 73rd minute goal from Cooper Christensen gave the Hilltoppers the victory.

  • Girls soccer: Toppers face tough test in state quarterfinal

    For a team struggling to put balls into the net, Saturday’s win over the Kirtland Central Broncos couldn’t have come at a better time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team.
    However, goal scoring was one of the main problems the Hilltoppers encountered early this season in a loss to Farmington.
    But now, the Hilltoppers will have a chance to do what they failed to do earlier this season. They will face the Farmington Scorpions in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA playoffs noon Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

  • Boys soccer: LA, Academy meet Thursday

    It’s a rare year when Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X aren’t both hanging around near the state boys soccer title game.
    That would make 2009 an exceptionally rare year, as neither team made the championship round and only Academy got as far as the semifinals.
    But for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers to get to the finals again for the second straight season, it will most likely need to go through both squads to get there.

  • Football: LA wins big over Capital but loses out on 2-4A title

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team closed its season out on a high note Friday, it wasn’t as high of a note as it was hoping for.
    In its season finale Friday night at Sullivan Field, the Hilltoppers blasted the Capital Jaguars 47-14. The Hilltoppers scored 40 points in the first half of the District 2AAAA contest and liberally shuffled in its sub-varsity call-ups for the bulk of the second half to earn the victory.

  • Soccer: LA's boys thump Tigers to advance

    An early first half goal may have been a big problem for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Saturday afternoon.
    But that goal might have been the worst thing that happened Saturday for the Los Lunas Tigers.
    The Tigers got on the board quickly during the first round of the Class AAAA boys soccer state championship tournament, played at Sullivan Field, but things quickly took a turn for the worse for them.

  • Girls soccer: Toppers rout Broncos at home

    Throughout the 2010 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has been looking to up its offensive output.
    That wasn’t a problem in the first round of the playoffs.
    Hosting the opening round contest of the Class AAAA championship tournament, the Hilltoppers had one of their most aggressive offensive games of the season, not to mention one of their most efficient. They connected on four of five shots-on-goal in the first half as they routed the Kirtland Central Broncos 6-0 at Sullivan Field.

  • Cross country: LA wins big once again in district

    As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams were the big winners at Friday’s District 2AAAA championship.
    Los Alamos rolled over all comers at the district title race, hosted by Santa Fe High, with the Hilltopper girls picking up a perfect score of 15 and the Hilltopper boys just missing out on duplicating that same feat.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a total of 19 points, taking nine of the top 11 individual spots Friday — this year, a rule was passed allowing teams to run nine athletes at the district meets statewide.

  • Football: YAFL teams to play today

    A pair of Los Alamos-area Young America Football League teams will play in the 2010 Chile Bowl playoffs starting today.
    The Division 2 Los Alamos Atomos will face off against the Lobos at 11:30 a.m. That game is scheduled to be played at St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe.
    In Division 3, the Los Alamos Outlaws will play the Lobos. That game is also set for St. Michael's High School at 2 p.m.

  • Boys soccer: LA boys looking to make another deep run in playoffs

    1986.
    It was an eventful year in the world of sports. The mighty Chicago Bears, who flirted with a 16-0 record in the regular season, won the Super Bowl in a rout. Bill Buckner missed a ground ball to help the New York Mets win the World Series.
    In Los Alamos, the year’s biggest significance might be the state tournament victory by the Hilltopper boys soccer team, which knocked off Eldorado 2-0 in the finale to grab its one and only state title.