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Today's Sports

  • LA blows out Del Norte in 2nd...

    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...

    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,...

    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.

  • List of NFL star players with...

    The NFL’s injury epidemic began even before any preseason games were played, with Sean Lee and Kiko Alonso going down.
    Since then, big-name players (RG3, Robert Mathis, Knowshon Moreno, Sam Bradford, B.J. Raji, DeAngelo Hall, Chris Long, Ike Taylor) have been sidelined, and entire units such as Atlanta and Philadelphia’s offensive lines and Carolina’s backfield have been ravaged.
    What gives? ACLs, Achilles tendons and shoulders, among other things.
    Consider what has happened to the Vikings, who lost quarterback Matt Cassel (broken foot), and right guard Brandon Fusco (torn pectoral muscle) for the season. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia surgery) will miss about six weeks.
    That almost makes linebacker Chad Greenway’s hand and rib problems from which he will soon return seem tame.
    “I never envisioned that, but it’s a part of football,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after all of those injuries occurred in one game. “Last year in Cincinnati we lost our best defensive tackle, our best corner, one of our best linebackers, a very good defensive end. Things happen in the NFL, so this is a survival of the fittest game, it’s always a marathon.”

  • Friday’s prep scores

    Alamogordo 27, Deming 20
    Artesia 41, Las Cruces 33
    Eldorado 57, Cleveland 56
    Escalante 52, Jal 0
    Estancia 43, Socorro 0
    Farmington 48, Grants 12
    Fort Sumner 21, Texico 20, OT
    Gadsden 48, Chaparral 24
    Goddard 63, Fabens, Texas 13
    Hatch Valley 42, Tularosa 0
    Hot Springs 39, Mesilla Valley Christian 0
    Lake Arthur 54, Clovis Christian 18
    Logan 56, Mountainair 0
    Lordsburg 40, Cobre 14
    Lovington 29, Capital 0
    Lubbock Coronado, Texas 38, Hobbs 20
    Magdalena 61, Foothill 8
    Melrose 60, Tse Yi Gai 0
    Miyamura 27, St. Pius 24
    Newcomb 34, Whitehorse, Utah 15
    NMMI 35, Capitan 7
    Oñate 48, Rio Grande 0
    Piedra Vista 31, Roswell 23
    Portales 51, Pojoaque Valley 13
    Rio Rancho 57, Atrisco Heritage 14
    Robertson 27, Ruidoso 24
    Sandia 34, Carlsbad 14
    Santa Teresa 20, El Paso Cathedral, Texas 19
    Silver 27, Clint, Texas 7
    Taos 49, Española Valley 20
    Thoreau 16, Zuni 0
    Valley 40, Aztec 25
    Volcano Vista 53, West Mesa 16
    West Las Vegas 33, Raton 16
    Wolfforth Frenship, Texas 27, Clovis 21

  • ’Toppers blanked for 2nd...

    The nondistrict season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is officially over and no one around the team is going to miss it.
    That phase of the Hilltoppers’ season wrapped up at home Friday night. And it wrapped up with a lopsided loss.
    Los Alamos again struggled early in the game at Sullivan Field, giving up two quick scores, one coming quickly after an early turnover. Los Alamos couldn’t keep a hold on the ball Friday and the visiting Santa Fe Demons took full advantage.
    Much like its game the week before at Farmington, Los Alamos gave up a touchdown in less than 30 seconds on the Demons’ first play from scrimmage. The Demons scored again off a fumble on Los Alamos’ first play from scrimmage and the rout was on.
    Santa Fe prevailed 50-0. The game ended via the mercy rule with Santa Fe scoring with 4:22 remaining in regulation, that coming immediately after a safety.
    The only good thing for Los Alamos is now it can shift its focus to the upcoming District 2-5A season.
    And, as in previous years, most of the district teams have struggled so far in 2014, so the race for the 2-5A title appears to be up for grabs.

  • Wildcats upset No. 2 Ducks

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The look on Marcus Mariota's face was unmistakable: He was stunned.
    Oregon's star quarterback lingered on the field late Thursday night following his team's 31-24 loss to Arizona, shaking hands with the Wildcats after they upset the heavily favored Ducks for the second consecutive season.
    Later, he shouldered the blame for a loss that left No. 2 Oregon with a tough hill to climb if it wants an invite to college football's first postseason playoff.
    And he credited the unranked Wildcats, who were 24-point underdogs.
    "They're undefeated," he said. "It's obviously a testament to our conference. If you're not prepared each week, if you're not ready to play, you'll lose."
    Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost told reporters after the game that Mariota was not 100 percent after he was sacked seven times in the Ducks' 38-31 victory at Washington State in their previous game Sept. 20.
    True freshman Nick Wilson ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from quarterback Anu Solomon to help the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) open the season with five straight victories for the first time since 1998.