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  • Rams control contest in win over...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team couldn’t get much going on offense Thursday against one of the top programs in the state.
    The Hilltoppers managed only four shots in Thursday’s contest against the Rio Rancho Rams. The Rams, a Class 6A school, have been very impressive during the first month of the season and their game against the Hilltoppers was no exception.
    Rio Rancho (9-2) dominated possession against Los Alamos. It attacked the goal efficiently during the first half then, after scoring in the 15th minute, took its foot off the accelerator, but still hung onto the ball most of the way.
    The Rams earne a 3-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-6) went into this week’s play hoping to pull off a pair of wins against two solid programs, but instead dropped both those contests. Los Alamos was nipped Tuesday at Albuquerque Academy.
    While it’s hard to argue with the results, the Rams’ offensive strategy was interesting against the Hilltoppers.
    During the first part of the game, the ball rarely left the Hilltoppers’ side of the field. The Rams moved the ball efficiently, employing mostly 1- an 2-touch passes that kept the Hilltoppers scrambling.

  • Aggies know what's at stake...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The carrot, the tease, the motivation New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin dangles in front of his Aggies have a silver lining of postseason implications.
    “If we don’t lose two games in a row for the rest of the season, we are 7-5 and we are in a bowl game. That’s how important that is for your football program,” Martin said of avoiding losing streaks.
    What Martin is challenging his Aggies to do is beat the University of New Mexico Lobos Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium and set a season’s precedence of avoiding a losing streak, which would make NMSU bowl-eligible.
    That’s one way to get Aggies up for Saturday’s game.  Another way is to say, “The Lobos are coming.” 
    That usually does it for this Rio Grande Rivalry game that provides football bragging rights for a season. Martin also could remind his Aggies of their 66-17 loss to UNM last year on Branch Field.
    The Aggies are an improved football team from 2013.  They are 2-1, but they’re coming off a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners, who beat the Lobos 31-24 in late August.
    NMSU, like UNM before it, was not happy with its offensive production against the Miners.

  • Strother wins Pace Race

    Nikol Strother was the big winner at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening in Pajarito Acres.
    Unlike most Pace Races, Tuesday’s race, held on a fairly flat, 1-mile loop, had runners and walkers choose how many loops they wanted to do within 45 minutes and guess how long it would take them to do those loops.
    In all, 24 people took part.
    Strother, who ran 6 miles, was only 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. David Krazter was 13 seconds off for five miles. All finish times were adjusted for a 3-mile course, the normal length of a long Pace Race course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at 1287 San Ildefonso Road in North Mesa. Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • 'Toppers knocked off by...

    SANTA FE — It wasn’t a win, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team did manage to do something only one other team — a very good team — has been able to do in 2014.
    Los Alamos traveled to Santa Fe to take on its old district rivals, the Santa Fe Demonettes. The Demonettes, with a very solid corps returning after one of the best seasons in program history last year, are playing about as well as any team in the state.
    It appeared early in Wednesday’s contest the Demonettes might do to the Hilltoppers what they’ve done to most teams this year, but the Hilltoppers bounced back after being dominated in the first set to have just as dominating a performance in the second set.
    The two teams played even much of the way, but in the end Santa Fe prevailed 25-15, 13-25, 25-21, 25-21 at Toby Roybal Gymnasium.
    The set won by the Hilltoppers, however, was just the second the Demonettes have lost in six matches. The other set Santa Fe dropped was against small-school powerhouse Texico, which Santa Fe defeated 3-1 at the Moriarty Invitational.
    In the first set, Los Alamos swung big against the very solid Santa Fe block at the net. Against that block, Los Alamos’ potent offense was largely ineffective.

  • Hawk 8th graders win at ATC XC...

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade boys finished with a near-perfect score at Saturday’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational meet.
    Jevon Montoya was the big winner for the Hawks, followed immediately by three teammates as the Hawks finished with 20 team points, as well as taking five of the top 10 individual slots.
    Montoya finished in 8 minutes, 31 seconds, which was 10 seconds faster than teammate Shawn Williams in the runner-up spot. Duncan Fuehne and Elijah Vasquez took third and fourth in the race, both coming in within seven seconds of Williams.
    All four Hawk teams took part in the ATC meet. LAMS’ eighth grade girls were paced by Paulina Burnside, who was second overall in that race with her finish time of 9:35. Marin Kelly was fifth overall.
    The Hawk eighth graders finished third in team competition.
    In the seventh grade boys race, Dakota Duran finished in the top 10 for LAMS.

    Here are Los Alamos Middle School’s individual results from Saturday’s meet.

    Seventh-grade girls

  • Isotopes ink deal with the...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bye-bye Los Angeles Dodgers. Hello Colorado Rockies.
    Officials with the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Rockies signed a four-year player development agreement during a news conference Wednesday, marking the official move of the major league team’s Triple-A affiliation from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque.
    The Isotopes had been affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008 until the team cut its ties last month.
    “This is the start of a new era,” said John Traub, the Isotopes general manager.
    Officials with the Rockies and the Isotopes said their new relationship makes sense for geographical reasons and because Albuquerque feels like an extension of home for the major league team.
    “It’s a six-hour drive from here into Denver. It’s a one-hour flight,” said Jeff Bridich, the Rockies senior director of player development. “Did that play into it? Absolutely. And the fact that this is a large city and growing city and hopefully it’s growing full of Rockies fans.”
    Similar altitudes, a state-of-the-art ball field and the fan bases for both the Rockies and the Isotopes were also considerations for coming to Albuquerque, the officials said.

  • Chargers score in 2nd half to...

    It was a good first half Tuesday night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team against one of its biggest rivals.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain it in the second half.
    Los Alamos met its old foe, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The two teams battled to a draw after the first half, but the Chargers would end up tallying the only goal of game in the second half to win it 1-0.
    If it were just the one goal that was the difference in the second half, that might have been an OK loss — Academy is one of the premier programs in the state — but the Hilltoppers weren’t satisfied with their second half performance in any way, shape or form.
    Los Alamos got virtually nothing going on its offensive third in the final 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers didn’t get a single shot off in the second half, or even get particularly close to getting a shot off.
    That second half spoiled what was a good start to the game.
    “Energy-wise it was a tale of two halves,” said Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz. “The first half was good. We were able to take away (the Chargers’) game. The second half they just settled in and did what they wanted to do. They were first to the ball and they dominated us in the second half.”

  • LA drops rematch, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was hoping to follow up on its road victory against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers with another one.
    But that didn’t materialize for the Hilltoppers Tuesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos allowed a pair of goals in the first half of the contest at Academy. It earned a goal in the second half, but it wouldn’t find the equalizer as the Chargers prevailed 2-1.
    The two teams met Saturday in the third-place contest of Academy’s home tournament. The Hilltoppers prevailed in that contest 4-3 and had high hopes they would be able to make it two straight over their longtime rivals.
    Hilltopper Catie McDonald, who is by far and away the team’s leading scorer, tallied her 13th goal of the season in Tuesday’s second half, that coming off an assist from Rachel Thoma.
    For the contest, Academy had 8 shots on-goal, with eighth grade goalkeeper Anna Lemke stopping 6 of those chances.
    With the loss, the Hilltoppers slip to 4-5 on the year, while Academy improved to 4-4-1.
    Los Alamos won’t have much time to recover from Tuesday’s loss, however. Its next contest is at home Thursday afternoon against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.

  • LA boys, girls sweep ATC Invite...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both won crushing victories at last weekend’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 6 of the 10 top-10 spots in Saturday’s race in Santa Fe to finish with 23 team points, only about a quarter of the total of next-nearest finisher, Shiprock.
    The Hilltopper boys were nearly as good Saturday, finishing with 30 points to Pecos’ 110 points. For the second time in as many races this season, Greg Ahlers and John Rees were a solid 1-2 punch for Los Alamos, taking Nos. 3 and 4 in the individual competition.
    ATC’s meet wasn’t the most competitive meet Los Alamos will have this season. Pojoaque Valley was the most consistently competitive team taking part in the meet, which was comprised mostly of teams in the immediate surrounding area of Santa Fe.
    On the girls side, Maddy Foley, who had a huge showing a week earlier at the University of New Mexico Invitational, won for the first time in her career at ATC. Foley, a junior, finished in 18 minutes, 33 seconds, a 28-second victory over the next-best finisher, teammate Sophia Galvez. At UNM, Foley finished fourth overall and first among competitors in Class 5A.

  • Trio of 'Toppers earn...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a runner-up finish at its season opener Monday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos placed two players in the top seven individually as it finished with 383 team strokes. That score put the Hilltoppers directly behind the Cleveland Storm, one of the top big school programs in the state.
    Jennifer Necker and Malorie Apgar finished with scores of 87 and 88 to pace the Hilltoppers.
    Monday’s tournament was also the season opener for Los Alamos’ boys, who finished fifth out of the seven full teams taking part.
    The golf season is played both during the fall and spring. To qualify for the state tournament, which is played in May, teams and individuals must earn three qualification scores, or legs.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the state tournament last year, earned their first team leg with Monday’s performance.
    Also earning a leg was Jonathan Osden, a senior for Los Alamos. Osden was Los Alamos’ only boys representative at state last May.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a score of 354. Individually, Osden shot a 4-over 76, which was good enough for eighth place.