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Today's Sports

  • Los Alamos plays first home game...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will play its first home game of the season tonight. The ’Toppers will welcome the St. Pius X Sartans to town.
    Kick off is at 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos is 1-0 after coming from behind to beat Pojoaque, 19-13, in its season opener last Friday.
    Fullback Derek Salvege will lead Los Alamos’ attack against the Sartans. He scored all three of Los Alamos’ touchdowns — all in the second half — to help the ’Toppers complete their comeback.
    Selvage finished with 129 rushing yards on 26 carries against Pojoaque.
    Quarterback Nick Quartieri added 23 rushing yards on 9 attempts.He also threw five passes in the game, but had no completions.
    After the win, Los Alamos moved up five spots in MaxPrep’s Class 5A rankings, from No. 23 to No. 18. It also passed a pair of District 2-5A foes in the rankings — Española Valley (No. 19) and Bernalillo (No. 23).
    St. Pius X, meanwhile, destroyed the team that was favored to win District 2-5A in its opener, Del Norte. St. Pius beat the Knights, 47-8.
    Quarterback Drew Ortiz will lead a potent passing attack for the Sartans tonight.

  • Cross country teams begin...

    The Los Alamos cross country teams will begin their seasons Saturday at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Invitational.
    For Los Alamos, the defending Class 5A boys and girls state champions, the meet will give it a good look at how it stacks up against some of the fastest teams teams around.
    The meet will feature many of New Mexico’s top teams in multiple classifications.
    The Los Alamos boys won the meet in 2010 while the Hilltopper girls won it in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
    The meet was originally scheduled to have a community race, two divisions of high school races and college races, as well. The college races, however, have been cancelled.
    Two collegiate institutions that were slated to participate at the Lobo Invitational, New Mexico State and UTEP, are instead competing at the Texas Tech Double Duals this Friday in Ruidoso.
    Without the adequate number of collegiate teams, New Mexico was unable to count the competition towards its mandated number of events for a competition season.
    Consequently, instead of forfeiting the weekend and risking issues with countable competitions, New Mexico will now also participate at the Texas Tech Double Duals this Friday.

  • 'Toppers beat St. Mike...

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stayed undefeated with a 3-0 victory over St. Mike's on Wednesday.
    The closest thing about the game, however, might have been the score.
    Los Alamos outshot St. Mike's 30-5 in the contest and had an 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
    "They battled and played hard, but I always felt like we were in control," Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    Los Alamos was in possession of the ball for the vast majority of the game.
    Los Alamos also had no problems getting shots off, but many off them were off target. Seven of its first 11 shots missed high or wide. Out of the four that were on goal, two of them scored.
    Eric Burnside created the first opportunity, dribbling past a pair of St. Mike's defenders on the right sideline. Burnside then centered the ball to DC Kim who scored with his left foot in the sixth minute of the game.
    Burnside then put Los Alamos up 2-0 in the 17th minute. Levon Wiggins stole the ball deep in St. Mike's territory and passed to Burnside who kicked it off the left post and in.
    Four of the 'Toppers last five shots in the half were on goal, but saved.
    "We didn't finish well, but they were a difficult team to break down," Blue said. "They had a lot of numbers behind the ball."

  • Volleyball hopes to learn from...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team started its season against a tough opponent Tuesday night in Albuquerque, the St. Pius X Sartans.
    The senior-led Hilltoppers were hoping to make a statement in its first game of the fall, but instead found some parts of its game that still need improvement.
    St. Pius X won the contest in three games — 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.
    “It was a good opener for us,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “St. Pius is a team that will expose the things you need to work on.”
    Timing its blocks were one thing Espinoza said her team still needs practice on.
    Mackenzie Alexander, the 6-foot junior who moved up to varsity this season, did havesome success blocking shots, especially later in the game, though.
    “She’s a wall when she gets her hands up,” Espinoza said.
    Middle hitters Noelle Gallegos and Halie Street “did well,” Espinoza said, while outside hitters Brianna Montaño and Sierra Foley “did a good job moving the ball around,” but added her team needed to “spread the ball around a little more” to give the outside hitters’ arms a rest.
    First match jitters, however, caused a lot of unforced for Los Alamos in the match, especially in the first two games.

  • ’Toppers hold their own against...

    For the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Tuesday, it was in a position to stay right with the St. Pius X Sartans heading into halftime.
    Unfortunately, after a solid first half which included some good scoring chances, the Hilltoppers couldn’t keep that good thing going in the second half.
    The Sartans dominated the second half, controlling the touches and not allowing the Hilltoppers to get off another shot until there were only seconds left in regulation. The Sartans prevailed 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Outside of St. Pius’ first goal of the game, the first half couldn’t have gone much better for Los Alamos. Los Alamos was the aggressor for the early part of the game, then made a late second half offensive push that had the Sartan back line back on its heels.
    The Hilltoppers (1-2-1) actually outshot St. Pius in the first half, 8-5, putting 5 of those shots on-goal.
    One of Los Alamos’ best chances in the game came right off the bat. About 90 seconds into the contest, Los Alamos’ Jaci Linn launched a 35-yard line drive from near the center of the field, which sailed over the outstretched arms of St. Pius goalkeeper Tatiana Sarracino, but the shot clanged off the crossbar and bounced away.

  • Hilltoppers persevere in home...

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team scored a trio of 2-1 victories to win its home tournament over the weekend. The ’Toppers beat Clovis, Goddard and then Bosque Prep claim the Louie Cernicek title.
    “It certainly makes us look better and it gives us all a big morale boost,” captain Eric Burnside said. “We feel confident, but at the same time we know we still need to get better.”
    Even though Los Alamos never trailed in the tournament, every game was tense until the very end. Late goals in all three contests by its opposition kept the outcomes uncertain and their opponents’ hopes alive, but Los Alamos was able to hold on and win every game.
    Despite the late goals, Los Alamos’ defense did a good job limiting the amount, and quality, of scoring opportunities its opponents had during the tournament.
    Los Alamos’ midfielders were also able to control possession and each game’s tempo. That control led plenty of scoring opportunities, and some good finishes, throughout the tournament.
    “We played a lot of teams without good midfields,” Burnside said. “We took advantage of that in our transitions from our midfield to our offense.”
    In the championship game, Los Alamos squared off with Bosque, a team it tied earlier in the week, 2-2.

  • Hunting season ramps up across...

    SANTA FE — Many hunters took to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk and turkey archery hunts and for most small game and upland game birds.
    Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels will open in many areas of the state starting Sept. 1.
    Licenses, maps, questionnaires and other related materials are available online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us
    The 2015-16 migratory game-bird hunting rules and information booklet is available on the department website.
    Printed copies will be available soon at game and fish offices and license vendors.
    The department will accept draw applications for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts from Sept. 2 to Sept. 30.
    Apply online with a customer account at wildlifestate.nm.us or by phone at 1-888-248-6866.
    A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the department website.
    This year, department staff manning crane harvest check stations also will inspect harvested ducks for evidence of avian flu, said Kristin Madden, bird program manager for the department.

  • Infielder Adames earns All-PCL...

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames was named to the All-PCL Team as a shortstop, the league announced Monday morning. It is just the latest honor for Adames who represented to Isotopes in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this season and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player prior to last Sunday’s game.
    In 116 games this season, Adames is batting .311, which ranks sixth in the PCL. He also has 20 doubles, three triples, a career-high 11 homers, 51 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Adames’ 144 hits rank third in the league, and he has a team-high 43 multi-hit games, which is 14 more than any other player.
    Adames has heated up during the dog days of August, hitting safely 23 of 27 games in the month. Adames has a .372 (42-for-113) average in August with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases.
    The 24-year-old was called up for one day this season on July 28 following the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He did not appear in a game.

  • Williams, Marr lead predictors

    The annual staggered-start Pace Race and fun run was held Tuesday on the White Rock bike path.
    The runners with the slowest predicted times started first from Piñon/Rocket Park.
    Starting last were the runners with the fastest predicted times.
    The best predictors for the one-mile course were Joan Williams and Duane Marr, both of whom were 5 seconds off.
    For the three-mile course, the best predictors were Roxana Candia and Zachary Medin at 23 seconds off.
    David Kratzer was 27 seconds off while Sanna Sevanto was 33 seconds off.
    The fastest runners were Jackie Marr and Brian Newnam on the one-mile course.
    Valerio Pinchetti, Ted Romero, Laura Woodroffe, and Nikol Strother had the fastest three-mile times.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place at the end of North Mesa on San Ildefonso Road South below the Big Rock Loop.
    One-and and three-mile courses will be available.
    For information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunner’s website atomicrunners.com

  • Game of the week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will look to make a statement in its first game of the season tonight.
    Los Alamos begins its new year against the team who ended its state run last year in the quarterfinals — St. Pius X.
    With seven seniors bringing a lot of experience, and height, to the court, the Hilltoppers have high hopes for the new season and want to begin it by ending the Spartans’ recent dominance over them.
    The game will take place in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ home opener isn’t until Sept. 9 when it welcomes St. Michael’s to town.