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  • '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.

  • 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 XC boys are runners...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had a huge showing at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree.

    Los Alamos' boys finished second in team standings to the Rio Rancho Rams, finishing with 147 points. Moreover, the Hilltoppers stunned the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, their main nemesis. The Chargers finished in third place with 159 points.

    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is run at the same venue as the state championship meet, which is now just three weeks away.

    Los Alamos got top-20 finishes from two of its runners, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples, in the invidiual competition, for its runner-up finish.

    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place. The Hilltoppers had 145 points, which easily outpaced the other competing Class 5A teams at the race.

    Los Alamos' girls were paced by Maddy Foley, who finished in third place overall.

    More information on the Hilltoppers' big finish will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • ’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.