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  • 'Toppers sweep Elkettes...

    It was a long time in the making. So long, in fact, no one was sure it had ever happened before.
    But the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a big win at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos usually struggles against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, who have been among the most successful volleyball programs in state history, particularly with their remarkable five-season streak heading into 2014.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to pull off not only a huge win over their rivals from down the hill, but a sweep.
    After a battle of momentum in set one, the Hilltoppers dominated set two and made enough plays late in set three to complete a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Elkettes at Griffith Gymnasium.
    During Pojoaque Valley’s string of five straight state titles, the team has been hard to touch by anybody and Los Alamos was hardly an exception.
    But it was clearly the better team Tuesday.
    “We just stuck to what we do,” Hilltopper outside hitter Sierra Foley said. “We knew Pojoaque’s defense. We knew they were fast and they could get to every ball. We sped things up a little bit and we played at our level of game, not their level of game, and it worked.”

  • On Schedule 09-09-14

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.; Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 5 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 3:30 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; Española at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Mayfield vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, noon; Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Cleveland vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Pojoaque at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Questa, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Coronado at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, JV/C team, TBA.

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

    Cross country: Los Alamos at ATC Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at ATC Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 11 a.m.

  • Neal gets big pay bump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday.
    Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said.
    New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March.
    Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season.
    "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career."
    Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.

  • Hilltoppers go 2-1 at Moriarty...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the Moriarty Pinto Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. After getting swept by the Sandia Prep Sundevils in the opening round of the tournament, the Hilltoppers came back to knock off both the host Pintos and the Bosque School Bobcats in the consolation rounds.
    The Sundevils, who at 3-1 are off to a very good start this season, picked up a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory Friday night over the Hilltoppers. The Sundevils’ win was keyed by a pair of freshmen, Camryn Nelson and Catherine Kelly, who combined for 29 spike kills in the three sets.
    Following Friday afternoon’s loss, the Hilltoppers bounced back Saturday morning to trip up the Pintos, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 for their first win of the year. The Hilltoppers followed that up with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over Bosque School’s Bobcats.
    Los Alamos (2-2) will face longtime rival Pojoaque Valley tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque Valley lost its only match of the season so far, a 3-1 decision against Sandia Prep.

  • LA's results from Saturday...

    Here are the results from Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational cross country meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores
    1. Mountain Vista, 61; 2. Rio Rancho, 101; 3. Albuquerque Academy, 123; 4. Los Alamos, 188; 5. Volcano Vista, 192; 6. La Cueva, 195; 7. El Paso Americas, 237; 8. Classical Academy, 240; 9. Eldorado, 270; 10. Miyamura, 320; 11. St. Michael’s, 322; 12. Belen, 379; 13. East Mountain, 404; 14. Piedra Vista, 428; 15. Cleveland, 429; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 433; 17. Manzano, 443; 18. Pojoaque Valley, 463; (tie) Pecos, 463; 20. El Paso El Dorado, 487; 21. Sandia, 514; 22. Kirtland Central, 538; 23. Valencia, 541; 24. Gallup, 645; 25. St. Pius X, 691; 26. Sandia Prep. 709; 27. Santa Fe Prep, 776; 28. Bosque School, 822; 29. Albuquerque, 843; 30. Dulce, 877; 31; Cottonwood Classical, 930.

    Individual results

    1. Nile Thomas, Miyamura, 16:03; 2. Aaron Valenzuela, Belen, 16:16; 3. Jordan Lesansee, Academy, 16:18; 4. Paxton Smith, Mountain Vista, 16:26; 5. Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 16:30; 6. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:34.15; 7. Tyler Matzke, Mountain Vista, 16:34.37; 8. Thomas Hiett, La Cueva, 16:34.95; 9. Connor Laktasic, Cibola, 16:39; 10. Josh Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 16:45;

  • LA football team trounced by...


    ALBUQUERQUE — There were some big plusses and minuses for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team Saturday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers were dumped by the St. Pius X Sartans at Community Field. The Sartans scored on all six of their possessions in the first half and ran an attempted onside kick by Los Alamos back for a touchdown to open the second half.

    But Los Alamos, which was held to less than 30 yards total offense in the first half, would get the ball into the end zone to avoid the shutout.

    St. Pius prevailed in the contest, 49-6.

  • LA boys soccer team tops St....


    Few teams are ever going to complain about winning a game over the St. Pius X Sartan boys soccer team.

    And while there certainly wasn’t any complaining about the win by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers about Friday night’s win, the Hilltoppers felt they could’ve made it a little easier than they did.

    The Hilltoppers dominated the first half and seemed to have the Sartans on the ropes Friday at Sullivan Field, but the Sartans came out aggressive in the second half and had the Hilltoppers back on their heels.

    St. Pius knotted the game at the 67-minute mark before Los Alamos rebounded late to earn a 3-2 victory.

  • LA boys have strong showing in...


    ALBUQUERQUE — Greg Ahlers and John Rees had top-20 finishes as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had a strong showing at its first meet of the year.

    Los Alamos took part in the University of New Mexico Invitational meet Saturday in Albuquerque. 

    That meet, despite being the kickoff event of the season, is one of the biggest meets of the year.

    Saturday’s race included 31 full teams from throughout New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

  • Academy tops LA girls in first...


    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team will almost certainly be one of the teams to beat in the state this season.

    But on Saturday, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers managed to do just that.

    The Chargers, who have been the Hilltoppers’ main competition for most years since 2000, pulled off an impressive runner-up finish at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational meet.

    The meet, held at the UNM North Golf Course in Albuquerque, is one of the biggest meets of the regular season for the teams involved. There were 26 teams competing at the race from all across the state.

  • LA takes on St. Pius

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face a tough opponent in week two of its season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans Saturday morning. That game will be at 11 a.m. at Community Stadium on the extreme west side of Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t get their season off to a particularly good start at home last week, losing to the Pojoaque Valley Elks 18-6. The Hilltoppers gave up some big plays to the Elk offense, committed four turnovers and had some untimely penalties, two of which cost them potential scores.
    In the schools’ history, Los Alamos has never beaten St. Pius in football.
     Los Alamos had a shot to upend the Sartans last year at home, but the Sartans prevailed 10-8.
    St. Pius (1-0) beat Los Alamos’ new district rival, Del Norte, 39-28, to open its season.