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  • ’Toppers fall 24-6 in their 2014...

    The 2014 season, it appears, will be about taking small steps for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    After getting pummeled in its first three contests, Los Alamos will have to concentrate now on what it’s good and hope it can tighten up what’s not so good prior to the start of the District 2-5A season in three weeks.
    The good news for Los Alamos was that it took a step in the right direction Friday in its annual homecoming game. Los Alamos had some positives in the contest — a takeaway that led to a touchdown, stopping a couple of potential scoring drives and two solid drives in the second half — despite coming out on the short end of a 24-6 decision against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Kirtland Central, a traditional opponent of the Hilltoppers, was fired up for Friday’s game, particularly on the defensive end, forcing an early turnover deep in Los Alamos territory.
    But the Hilltoppers returned the favor one play later when cornerback Isaac Dunwoody intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line to prevent a score and giving the Broncos a chance to turn the game into a rout early.

  • On Schedule 09-21-14

    Monday

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

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Farmington, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Ranch Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

  • 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.