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Today's Sports

  • ’Topper boys XC gets nipped in...

    The bar has been set pretty high for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team for the balance of the season, so anything that doesn’t meet that standard could be considered a disappointment.
    But, with the 2014 season quickly coming to a close, it is promising to be a very exciting end for both the Hilltoppers and their archrivals.
    The Hilltoppers and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers squared off in the regular season finale for both schools, the Los Alamos Invitational, Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos, fresh off its huge upset win over the Chargers a week earlier at Rio Rancho, was hoping to pull off the same feat Friday. Unfortunately, Academy, which is still probably the team to beat in 5A, got some big performances from its runners near the front of the pack.
    Academy’s Jordan Lesansee, who is having a big year, was the top finisher at the invitational and may have been the difference between a win and a loss for his team. Lesansee finished in a time of 16:32, topping runner-up Roy Madrid of Taos by 13 seconds.
    His finish gave the Chargers a 44-54 victory over the Hilltoppers, who finished in the runner-up spot.
    And, along with Lesansee, Academy’s Cody Bratzler and Carlos C De Baca also cracked the top 10, finishing sixth and ninth.

  • LA wins first game of year in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team finally broke into the win column with a victory on the road against its oldest rival.

    The Hilltoppers downed the Espanola Valley Sundevils in an important District 2-5A contest Friday night, 38-28. The Hilltoppers got three touchdowns from fullback Derek Selvage to upend the Sundevils. Both teams needed wins Friday to stay alive in the chase for the 2-5A title this season.

    Heading into the game, Los Alamos had dropped its first seven games of 2014.

    More information on the Hiltoppers' big victory will be in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 'Toppers, Sundevils on...

    Tonight, a pair of teams in desperate need of a win will duke it out.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team and the Española Valley Sundevils will need a win, and some help, to stay alive in the District 2-5A race.
    Both the Hilltoppers and Sundevils dropped their district opener — Los Alamos two weeks ago against Capital at home and Española Valley last week in Albuquerque against Del Norte — and will have to win out to even have the hope of forcing a tie atop the district race.
    However, even the winner of today’s contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. in Española, could fall short regardless of whatever else it does this season.
    In the other schedule 2-5A game tonight, Capital will be in Albuquerque to face Del Norte. Both teams are 2-0 in district.
    The winner of that contest can do no worse than split the top spot this regular season.
    And, for Los Alamos and Española Valley, that game will eliminate one or the other from any chance at a title. If Capital wins, Los Alamos is out. If Del Norte wins, Española Valley is out.
    But for the Hilltoppers, a win tonight would be welcome enough, regardless of what happens in the other game.

  • 'Toppers earn a key win to...

    The goal the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team set for itself several weeks back has been realized.
    Taking a 2-0 win over a very good team from St. Michael’s Thursday evening at Sullivan Field put the icing on that cake.
    With its win over one of the top-ranked teams in Class 4A, the Hilltoppers made it to their goal of winning 10 straight games to close out the season. The Hilltoppers’ victory at Sullivan Field was their final regular season contest.
    The Hilltoppers set that goal when they were sitting at 4-6 on the year and had taken a particularly tough loss against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.
    Along with the goal of running the table the rest of the way, Los Alamos also wanted to put itself in a position to earn a top-four seed for the upcoming state tournament. Los Alamos may, in fact, be in that position, but the team will have to wait and see what the New Mexico Activities Association says on Sunday.
    For now, the Hilltoppers are going to enjoy their string of success.
    “We feel great about it,” Los Alamos’ Jordan Henson said. “We were kind of underdogs this season. Not a lot of people expected us to do this. Now we’re heading to state to get that trophy.”

  • LA closes out its season on...

    Those wanting to see a preview of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams as they head into the postseason won’t have to look very far.
    Friday, the Hilltopper teams will host their annual home invitational meet. The boys varsity race is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course and the girls varsity race will follow shortly thereafter.
    Los Alamos tends to do its best work toward the end of the year and this year may be no exception after a big showing last week in a key regular season contest.
    The Hilltopper boys finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s Rio Rancho Jamboree, a crowded race that attracts some of the top teams in the state.
    Even bigger than their finish, the Hilltoppers stunned their main rival for the Class 5A championship, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Hilltopper scored a 12-point victory over Academy, their first win over the Chargers this season.
    There had been some question whether Los Alamos, which won three consecutive titles at the 4A level prior to this season, had the depth to compete with Academy in 2014, but that question was answered decisively at Rio Rancho.

  • 'Toppers shut out Knights...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was wise not to take the Del Norte Knights lightly in its final District 2-5A game of the season.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte played to a scoreless tie through the first half. In the second half, the Hilltoppers netted a pair of scores to win 2-0 in Albuquerque and claim their eighth consecutive district championship.
    It was a game Los Alamos felt going in that could be a bit of a trap. The Knights still technically had a chance to force a tie atop the District 2-5A standings with a win, although the Knights (10-8 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A) would’ve had to win big in order to do so.
    Nevertheless, head coach AJ Herrera said that, because Del Norte would be fired up and playing at home on a grass field, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for his team.
    “The field was really small and Del Norte was able to move around on defense,” Herrera said. “It made it difficult for us to penetrate.”
    After playing even the first half, Los Alamos finally got on the scoreboard in the 50th minute. Catie McDonald hit a shot that ricocheted off the Del Norte defense and to Charlotte Leonard, who put it away.

  • Sports Briefs 10-22-14

    Yum Run returns for its 10th year

    The 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. It 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 672-1639.

    Motorists warned about meet parking Friday

    Parking will be tight around Los Alamos Golf Course for Friday’s home cross country meet, Los Alamos High School’s athletic office warns.
    Parking won’t be allowed on Diamond Drive for Friday’s event, which will start at 3 p.m.
    LAHS’ athletic office said signs will be posted around LAGC for motorists looking for a place to park.

  • Bumgarner silences Royals to...

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.
    It might as well have been 100 with the way MadBum and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series.
    Bumgarner carried a shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, putting a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll by romping 7-1 in the Series opener Tuesday night.
    "They've obviously been on a great run. You don't get here without that," Bumgarner said. "I think our team is concentrating on what they need to do, not what the Royals are doing."
    From the get-go, the Giants simply did everything right to win their seventh straight World Series game. There's a reason they're trying for their third title in five years.
    "I can't say I'm surprised by these guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
    The Royals, meanwhile, looked nothing like the fresh team that had become baseball's darlings by starting the playoffs with eight wins in a row — back on the field after a five-day layoff, their pitching, hitting and fielding all deserted them.

  • 'Toppers end home season...

    A pair of Los Alamos seniors had big games for Senior Night.
    The Hilltopper boys soccer team hosted their final regular season home game Tuesday, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans, and came away with a big victory.
    Hernan Lebensohn and Austin Rowan, both seniors, both scored twice against the Spartans as Los Alamos rolled to a 9-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos had 5 second half goals Tuesday as it blasted Bernalillo (3-11) for the second time this season. Los Alamos topped Bernalillo 11-1 in the teams’ first meeting earlier this month.
    With its win, Los Alamos improved to 9-8-2 on the season (3-2 in 2-5A play), the first time in 2014 the team has been above the .500 mark. Los Alamos also clinched the runner-up spot in 2-5A — Capital won the title with a victory over Bernalillo last week.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to close out its season today with a road game against Del Norte.
    Along with his two goals, Rowan also finished with a pair of assists, while Lebensohn was credited with an assist.
    In all, seven Hilltoppers scored Tuesday. Also picking up goals were George Steinkamp, Eric Burnside, Tristen Semelsberger, DC Kim and Alex Csanadi.

  • LA blows out Bernalillo on...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its busy week started on the right foot Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers, who have three games in three days, blasted the Bernalillo Spartans at home. The Hilltoppers scored five times in the opening half to cruise to an 8-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    With its win, Los Alamos has won eight straight contests and improves to 5-0 on the District 2-5A season. However, Los Alamos won’t be able to officially clinch the district title until today at Del Norte — that game was scheduled for 3 p.m.
    That game will probably be no more than a formality in crowning Los Alamos with its eighth consecutive district title, although the Hilltoppers weren’t assuming anything heading into that contest. The Knights (10-7 overall, 4-1 in district) were certainly going to be fired up heading in.
    “Del Norte has some players that can hurt us if we don’t bring our ‘A’ game,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said following Tuesday’s win.
    It was Senior Night at Sullivan Field Tuesday and, for the next-to-last home appearance of her career, senior Jessica Heironimus had a big showing. Heironimus finished with a goal and an assist in the first half as the Hilltoppers jumped all over the Spartans.