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  • 'Toppers fall in 4 sets to Sundevils

    In a big early District 2-5A volleyball matchup, the Española Valley Sundevils’ high-powered offense proved to be too tough for the Los Alamos Hilltopper defense.
    The Sundevils, who are earmarked as the team to beat in the 2-5A race this season, got some big swings all night from their big hitters upfront, Elana Salazar and Kaitlyn Romero.
    Salazar, Española Valley’s primary weapon, finished with 21 spike kills as the Sundevils took Wednesday’s match at Griffith Gymnasium, 3-1.
    The Sundevils cruised to a 25-11 first set win — libero Victoria Valdez served up 12 straight points to close out that set after Los Alamos had cut a 7-point Española Valley advantage down to 1.
    Los Alamos bounced back in the second set, holding on to win 25-22, but Española Valley took sets three and four 25-17, 25-21.
    With that win, their ninth in a row, the Sundevils (10-2 overall, 2-0 in 2-5A) move into a first-place tie in the early district standings with the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, will have some catch-up work to do, work that will start Saturday when it travels to Bernalillo.

  • LA girls just 1 leg shy of trip to state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team moved one step closer to an early qualification for the state Class 5A golf tournament in a two-day event at Grants Monday and Tuesday.
    Los Alamos had the low team score at the Grants Invitational Monday, shooting a 390 at the tournament. That put them 9 shots ahead of runner-up St. Pius X.
    Jennifer Necker finished as the individual runner-up Monday, shooting an 82, which got her the second individual leg of her season — she earned a third leg and trip to the state tournament with her showing Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers were nearly as good as a unit on day two at Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course, finishing with a 395, which was good enough for a runner-up team finish.
    Day two’s event, played at the same venue as the Grants Invitational, was dubbed the Piedra Vista Invitational. The Class 6A Cleveland Storm ran away with the girls team title Tuesday, shooting a 327.
    Los Alamos’ boys team also took part in the two tournaments. Hilltopper No. 1 player Jonathan Osden qualified for his second consecutive state tournament with his showings both days.
    Osden shot a 76 Monday to pick up his second leg of the season, then followed that up with a 78 Tuesday to earn his trip to the 5A championship tournament. The state tournaments are held in May following spring play.

  • Sundevils slip by 'Toppers in four sets

    The Espanola Valley Sundevil volleyball team picked up a key victory over Los Alamos Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Led by their big hitters, Elana Salazar and Kaitlyn Romero, the Sundevils knocked off the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium, 25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22.

    With the loss, the Hilltoppers slip to 6-8 on the year and, more importantly, 1-1 in District 2-5A play. The Sundevils are 2-0 in district, which ties them for the district lead with Bernalillo.

    More information will be in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • McDonald, Hilltoppers rout Knights to go to 3-0 in 2-5A

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is still a ways away from officially clinching the District 2-5A championship this season, it took a big step toward that goal Tuesday at home.
    Behind the strength of its top player, forward Catie McDonald, the Hilltoppers turned a scoreless contest into a runaway win in very short order. McDonald, one of the most prolific goal-producers in the state, had a foot in all of Los Alamos’ scores Tuesday at Sullivan Field.
    In the span of just a little more than two minutes in the first half, McDonald scored a pair of goals and assisted Sienna Ahlers on a third to send the Del Norte Knights reeling.
    Los Alamos cruised to a 5-0 victory over Del Norte, scoring twice in the second half by virtue of a goal and another assist from McDonald.
    With Tuesday’s win, the Hilltoppers (10-6 overall) completed a perfect first run through District 2-5A.
    Interestingly, Los Alamos won’t be able to clinch the title until its second meeting with the Knights Oct. 22, assuming neither it nor Del Norte stumbles against either Capital or Bernalillo, an unlikely scenario.

  • LA blows out Del Norte in 2nd half to keep pace in 2-5A

    A big win in a big game by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Tuesday night sets the team up with another big game this weekend.
    Los Alamos dominated in just about every way there was to dominate the Del Norte Knights at home in a critical District 2-5A contest. After pushing the ball down the field virtually at-will against the Knights in the first half, the Hilltoppers scored two quick goals to start the second half.
    The Hilltoppers earned a lopsided 6-0 victory in that game to take over sole possession of second place in the 2-5A standings.
    But now, Los Alamos must find a way to get back the game it dropped at home late last month to the Capital Jaguars. Moreover, Los Alamos will have to do it on the Jaguars’ home turf.
    But, with its current four-game win streak, momentum shouldn’t be a problem for the Hilltoppers heading in.
    “We’re coming out confident,” Los Alamos’ Eric Burnside said after the Del Norte victory. “We’re ready for this game. We want to show that we’re the better team.”
    Burnside got the ball rolling for Tuesday’s one-sided win. He scored just four minutes into the contest, that coming off an assist from Jairo Marquez.

  • LA posts big road win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team jumped all over the Bernalillo Spartans in the first half, then cruised to an 11-1 win Saturday.
    Los Alamos scored eight goals in the first 40 minutes, then added another three goals to close out that District 2-5A contest early.
    Eric Burnside finished with four goals and an assist for Los Alamos (6-7-2) which has now won three straight decisions. Alex Csanadi and Eric Schmalz scored twice for Los Alamos, while George Steinkamp, Joe Singleton and Jairo Marquez also scored Saturday.

  • 'Topper girls thump Spartans in district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team scored seven times in the second half of its game Saturday to trounce the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald tallied four goals in a big 8-0 win over the Spartans in Bernalillo. Now, the Hilltoppers need just one more win to go through the first half of District 2-5A play undefeated and get to within striking distance of a district championship.
    The Hilltoppers (9-6) will take on the Del Norte Knights, which appear to be their toughest district opponents, at 6 p.m. today at Sullivan Field. The Knights, like the Hilltoppers, are also 2-0 in 2-5A play.
    Saturday, Los Alamos got off to a surprisingly quiet start, managing just one goal in the first half against Bernalillo (1-12-1 overall), a team that has given Los Alamos little trouble in the past.
    Los Alamos led just 1-0 after 40 minutes, but in the second half, the dam burst open as the Hilltopper offense came up big to secure the win.
    McDonald, the team’s leading scorer, also had an assist to go along with her four goals. Also tallying for Los Alamos were Emily Hopkins, who scored twice, and Charlotte Leonard and Abby Schmalz, who each chipped in one goal. Schmalz also had a pair of assists.

  • LA girls take 5th in Arizona, boys are 6th

    Los Alamos’ cross country teams both cracked the top six in the Sweepstakes competition at Friday night’s Twilight Festival in Arizona.
    The event, which featured teams from all over the southwest region, was in Casa Grande, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. In all, 21 teams — mostly from Arizona — competed on the girls side and 25 teams were in the Sweepstakes race on the boys side.
    This race is one of the most popular ones of the season among the team members, not only because it occurs out-of-state but because it is run at night under the lights.
    The Hilltopper girls, paced by Maddy Foley, finished in the fifth spot in the team standings. The Hilltoppers picked up 162 points, and were within striking distance of fourth-place Highland, Arizona, which had 149 points.
    Foley, who had been Los Alamos’ No. 1 runner since the start of 2014, came in 12th in the race, breaking 18 minutes.
    Los Alamos’ girls, who displayed an outstanding ability to pack a week earlier in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, managed to do so again in Arizona. Just 14 slots separated No. 3 finisher Zoe Hemez — who is off to a very good start to her freshman year — and No. 6 finisher Katy Stockton. Timewise, those four runners were separated by just 21 seconds.

  • Sports Briefs 10-05-14

    YMCA Little Youth Basketball registration is open until Thursday

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA’s Little Youth Basketball league. The league is open for players ages 4-6.
    The season runs from Oct. 14-Nov. 21. Registration continues through Tuesday.
    Players can participate in practices and games in either Los Alamos or White Rock. Those are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the season.
    Price for participation is $40 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Volunteer coaches and team parents are also being sought.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Yum Run to benefit LA Cares

    The annual Yum Run will return this year Nov. 1.
    The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares.
    The Yum Run will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    LAGC starts new hours Monday

  • On Schedule 10-05-14

    Monday

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

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.

    Tuesday

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

    Boys soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Cross country: LAMS Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Volleyball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at Coronado, eighth grade, TBA.

    Football: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Football: McCurdy at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.