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  • Cross country: LA girls team earns a record 15th championship

    RIO RANCHO — There’s a new undisputed champion of girls cross country.
    With a big victory Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team earned its 15th state title in school history, surpassing Gallup High School to earn its spot in New Mexico history.
    Los Alamos took home its record 15th blue trophy with solid victory over its arch-rival, Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos finished with 42 team points, less than half the total of Academy’s Chargers, the only other team in AAAA to finish with less than a triple-digit score.

  • Soccer: Topper boys upend Eagles, win their first state title since 1986

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s been a long time coming. Twenty-four years to be exact.
    But Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex, the 2010 version of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team pulled off what so many other teams before it had tried to do and not succeeded.
    The Hilltoppers hoisted the championship trophy.

  • 'TOPPER TEAMS WIN 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper sports program got a huge boost Saturday as the girls cross country team came away with their 15th AAAA state championship. To read the story, click here.

    Meanwhile, the boys soccer team won their first AAAA state championship trophy since 1986. Click here for the story, or pick up a copy of the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA boys once again upset-minded heading into state

    Whatever pressure there may be heading into the Class AAAA boys cross country meet appears not to be on the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. At least not any external pressure.
    Heading into the Class AAAA championship race, which is scheduled for Saturday at Rio Rancho High School, Los Alamos knows that it’s not expected to win but has enough confidence to pull off what could be another monumental upset.

  • ´Topper girls shooting for record 15th championship

    In girls sports in New Mexico, some programs have shown over the years to be completely dominant.
    Kirtland Central, for example, is one of the premier basketball programs not just in the state, but in the nation, winning 18 state titles. Before that in that same sport, Eldorado was the cream of the state’s crop. Also in the Four Corners area, Piedra Vista is quickly establishing itself as the elite softball program in the state.
    Saturday, Los Alamos can take its place as the pre-eminent power in the history of girls cross country in New Mexico.

  • 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.