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  • LA boys XC finishes 2nd at key...

    Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams do their best work toward the end of the season and Saturday’s race may have been a precursor of what is to come.
    The Hilltopper boys had their biggest showing of the 2014 regular season Saturday at the Rio Rancho Jamboree.
    As a team, the Hilltoppers finished as the runner-up behind the host Rio Rancho Rams.
    Los Alamos finished with 147 points. Although the Rams cruised to the team title, the bigger news for Los Alamos was its 12-point win over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Prior to Saturday’s race, the Hilltoppers in 2014 hadn’t beaten the Chargers, who are this year considered the team to beat in Class 5A.
    The win at Rio Rancho is significant because the Jamboree is held at the same venue as next month’s state championship meet.
    “They worked really hard for it and are really excited for the upcoming weeks,” Los Alamos head coach Kathy Hipwood said. “We need to keep them calm and healthy.”
    Initially, the results showed Academy coming out on top, but those results omitted John Rees, who was the No. 4 finisher for Los Alamos.
    Also Saturday, the Hilltopper girls took third place in the team competition. Paced once again by Maddy Foley, the Hilltoppers finished with 145 points.

  • 'Topper boys cruise to 6-1...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team blasted the Piedra Vista Panthers in a nondistrict contest Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers scored four times in the first half, then cruised in the second half as they rolled to a 6-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    It was a big win for the Hilltoppers heading into the final week of the regular season. The Hilltoppers will have their final home game of the season tonight when they take on the Bernalillo Spartans, then finish off their schedule with a road game at Del Norte.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos thoroughly dominated the opening half. Los Alamos scored two goals inside of three minutes, those provided by Eric Burnside and George Steinkamp.
    The Hilltoppers upped their advantage to 3-0 at the 14-minute mark with a goal by DC Kim. Kim finished the game with a pair of goals in another solid outing for him.
    Los Alamos’ big performer Saturday was freshman Tristen Semelsberger. Semelsberger, who worked his way onto the varsity roster following a rash of injuries last month, has put in some very productive minutes since his call-up.
    Against the Panthers (6-12), Semelsberger finished with a goal and two first half assists, sending passes from the left wing into the middle to Burnside and Kim.

  • Did Royals, Giants get rested or...

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
    Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.
    “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.
    It’ll be more frustrating than funny if those are the same awkward swings the Royals and San Francisco Giants take once the World Series begins.
    Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?
    Buster Posey and the Giants zipped through the playoffs, and now will try for their third title in five years. Lorenzo Cain and the Royals zoomed along, reaching the Series for the first time since 1985.
    And then, they all got some time off. Almost an eternity, by October standards.
    The Royals went 8-0 in the AL playoffs, giving them five idle days before Shields starts the opener. San Francisco went 8-2 on the NL side and had four days to relax before Madison Bumgarner pitches.

  • ’Topper boys, girls hope to end...

    There’s just one week in prep soccer before Selection Sunday and there are still a few loose ends for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls teams to tie up.
    Los Alamos’ girls have three games in three days to end their year, while the Hilltopper boys have a pair of district games left to play.
    With seven days remaining before the New Mexico Activities Association releases the Class 5A postseason bracket, it doesn’t appear either Los Alamos team is poised to move up substantially, but if they’re not careful they could slip.
    Los Alamos’ girls are currently in the No. 4 spot in the MaxPreps.com 5A rankings, while the Hilltopper boys are ranked ninth.
    Los Alamos’ boys will meet Bernalillo Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday game at Del Norte. Los Alamos had a Saturday contest against Piedra Vista, but results weren’t available as of press time.
    While the Hilltopper boys were trying to keep their eyes on the upcoming week, they did so first by looking back at what they did in their outing Oct. 11 against Capital.
    With a chance to force a tie at the top of the District 2-5A standings with a win, Los Alamos was outplayed from the opening whistle and lost that contest 3-0.

  • On Schedule 10-19-14

    Monday
    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 5 p.m.; Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

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

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 7 p.m.

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

  • LA finishes 2nd in fall finale

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished second at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational to wrap up its fall 2014 season.
    Los Alamos will return in March with five more tournaments to try to qualify for the state Class 5A playoffs, which are scheduled for May.
    The Hilltoppers posted a team score of 363 at Tuesday’s tournament, played at Ladera Golf Course in Albuquerque. That was 12 shots better than third-place Cibola.
    La Cueva’s Bears, however, ran away with the tournament title. The Bears, a Class 6A program, shot a 298 Tuesday, sweeping the top three spots individually, with Kevin Fanelli carding a 71.
    Los Alamos was the only full team competing from a Class 5A school at the APS contest.
    For the Hilltoppers, freshman Sean Rau picked up his first individual qualifying leg of the year. Rau shot a 79 at Ladera, which placed him seventh on the leaderboard.
    With his qualifying score, Rau becomes the second Hilltopper to earn a leg this fall — Los Alamos senior Jonathan Osden has already earned his spot at May’s state tournament.
    Los Alamos has five more events scheduled in the spring for Rau to try to earn his other two legs, as well as for Los Alamos to earn a team qualification.

  • Friday's prep scores

    Aztec 35, Farmington 28
    Belen 34, Valencia 13
    Bloomfield 52, Shiprock 0
    Capital 54, Bernalillo 0
    Centennial 41, Chaparral 6
    Cleveland 49, Santa Fe 0
    Del Norte 39, Española Valley 12
    Eldorado 29, Sandia 21
    Escalante 74, Navajo Pine 6
    Eunice 44, Roswell JV 12
    Foothill 47, Mountainair 26
    Hot Springs 49, Santa Fe Indian 0
    Kirtland Central 48, Thoreau 0
    Las Cruces 48, Gadsden 6
    Los Lunas 37, Santa Teresa 13
    Magdalena 67, Alamo-Navajo 0
    Melrose 38, Gateway Christian 12
    Miyamura 21, Piedra Vista 14
    Oñate 49, Deming 14
    Rio Rancho 42, Volcano Vista 0
    Robertson 53, Pojoaque 0
    Silver 55, Socorro 0
    St. Michael's 27, NMMI 7
    Tularosa 21, Estancia 14
    West Las Vegas 20, Taos 14
     

  • 'Toppers stay put in 5A...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is still near the bottom of the Class 5A rankings this week, according to MaxPreps.com.
    But the Hilltoppers didn’t slip this week, despite falling to 0-7 and dropping a 10-7 decision at home in their District 2-5A opener last Friday.
    Los Alamos stayed put at No. 21 this week. Not only did it not go down, it’s not the lowest-ranked team in the district — that dubious honor is held by the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans, who are in the No. 23 spot, according to the website, also lost their 2-5A opener last week. They were blown out 42-0 by district newcomer Del Norte. That win was just Del Norte’s second victory of the year.
    Del Norte, as it has been all season, is the top-ranked team in 2-5A, coming in at No. 16, the same place it was a week ago.
    Capital moved up to No. 18 in this week’s poll following its win over the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field. Capital’s Adrian Ornelas booted a 28-yard field goal with just half a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the win.
    The Jaguars (3-4) are one spot ahead of Española Valley (4-2), which was idle last week. The Sundevils will play Del Norte Friday night in Albuquerque.

  • 'Toppers move to 3-1 in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team improved to 3-1 in District 2-5A play with its win on the road Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos picked up its second straight sweep of the district season, downing the Del Norte Knights. The two teams played relatively tight the first two sets, but Los Alamos pounded Del Norte in the final set, winning 25-19, 27-25, 25-5.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers move to 8-8 overall. They’ve won three of their last four contests.
    More importantly for Los Alamos, it keeps pace with Española Valley in the 2-5A race. Los Alamos downed Bernalillo Saturday, also in three sets, to take over the No. 2 spot in the district standings.
    Del Norte (6-8 overall, 1-3 in 2-5A) is in fourth place, just one match ahead of Capital.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, improved to 4-0 after picking up a sweep at Bernalillo Wednesday. The Hilltoppers and Sundevils (13-2 overall) are scheduled to meet Oct. 25 in the valley, potentially with the district regular season title on the line.
    Los Alamos has just four regular season matches remaining ahead of the 2-5A tournament, including Saturday against Capital. Los Alamos swept Capital in the teams’ first meeting.
    The Jaguars are 0-4 on the district season and have won just twice in all of 2014.

  • Royals sweep Orioles to advance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the final out was made on another improbable night, and the Kansas City Royals were headed back to the World Series, Ned Yost stood in the dugout and watched.
    He watched as a bunch of young players he’s nurtured for years celebrated. He watched as veterans and journeymen and baseball vagabonds piled onto the infield. And he watched as a fan base that has so often criticized him relished a moment 29 years in the making.
    “These kids, from the minute you saw them, you knew they were going to be special,” Yost said. “Their goal was to get here and win a championship, and today they accomplished that.”
    Led by a dynamic defense, an opportunistic offense and one of the best bullpens in the game, the Royals swept aside the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. With another tight win, 2-1, the Royals captured their first the American League championship since 1985.
    “It’s hard to explain,” said outfielder Lorenzo Cain, whose clutch hits and dramatic grabs earned him the series MVP award. “We’re clicking at the right moment right now.”