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  • 'Topper volleyball opens 2-...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team still has a lot to prove as it opens District 2-5A play today.
    Los Alamos (4-5) will take on the Capital Jaguars at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe to get its district season going. Capital has struggled so far this season and isn’t expected to make a lot of noise in 2-5A this season.
    However, the Hilltoppers got a preview of what they can expect coming up at the Rio Rancho Invitational last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers, by luck of the tournament draw, ended up paired up with the Española Valley Sundevils at Rio Rancho and the Sundevils earned the victory in the head-to-head contest.
    Nonscheduled district matchups don’t count in the district standings, but that 3-1 victory should give Española Valley, already the favorite heading into 2-5A this season, a psychological edge when the two teams meet Oct. 8 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Española Valley is 8-2 on the season following a 3-0 win Tuesday night against West Las Vegas.
    Currently, Los Alamos is on a three-match skid, dropping decisions to Santa Fe and Moriarty as well as the Sundevils. Prior to its current slide, Los Alamos had won four straight decisions.

  • LA rallies in 2nd half to top...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team came back from a first half deficit to top Las Vegas Robertson on the road Tuesday.
    Los Alamos’ Charlotte Leonard, Emily Hopkins and Sienna Ahlers all picked up goals in the second half after the Hilltoppers were shut out by the Robertson Cardinals in the first half to win 3-1.
    Tuesday’s win was the third in a row for Los Alamos, which now puts the team at 7-6, the first time this season it has been north of the .500 mark.
    Hilltopper head coach AJ Herrera said the conditions were tough at Robertson – the field was in less-than-ideal shape and the wind was blowing pretty hard throughout the contest – but his team gutted it out for the win.
    “Going into halftime, we knew what we were facing,” Herrera said. “Coming out, we knew what we had to do. We had to pick it up.”
    He said the first goal of the second half, coming in the 48th minute, was a huge momentum shifter.
    Leonard received a pass from Kayla Parker and ended up with a breakaway deep in Robertson territory. Leonard beat the Robertson goalkeeper for the equalizer.

  • 'Topper Notes: XC heading...

    Los Alamos’ cross country squads will be heading way down the road Friday for a big regional meet.
    Los Alamos, which took the runners-up spots in both ends of team competition last week at Albuquerque Academy, will head to the Desert Twilight Festival Friday. That meet, a rare night meet, will be in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
    Desert Twilight has become a regular meet for the Hilltoppers. That meet invites teams from all around Arizona, New Mexico and other nearby states to compete.
    Last year, Los Alamos’ girls finished with 149 team points, making it just one of five competing teams to score below 200.
    The top finisher for Los Alamos’ girls was Talia Dreicer, who is expected to compete for the Hilltoppers again this year. Dreicer finished 25ht overall, one of four Hilltopper runners to crack the top 30 overall.
    Also from that team that traveled to Mesa last year, Sophia Galvez finished in 28th place and Maddy Foley was 29th.
    Los Alamos’ boys were eighth in 2013. Greg Ahlers, who has already led Los Alamos’ runners twice in three meets this season, had the top finish among returners, placing 68th.

  • LA legend Ryan passes away

    Legendary Los Alamos resident Bernard L. 'Bun' Ryan died Monday morning.
    Ryan, the star member of the Pierotti's Clowns 5-man softball team, was a longtime resident of White Rock. During his heyday with the Clowns, 'Bullet Bun' was one of the top amateur pitchers in the nation and led the Clowns to a 177-23 record.
    No funeral arrangements have been announced.
    More about Ryan will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA trips up Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team snapped a six-game winless streak Saturday with a victory over the Taos Tigers.
    Los Alamos won’t have a ton of time to celebrate its victory, however, as it is scheduled to take on the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday at home.
    The Hilltoppers (4-7-2) tallied in each half Saturday to knock off the Tigers 2-1 in Taos. Alex Csanadi and Tristen Roach each picked up goals. Jairo Marquez earned an assist.
    Prior to Saturday’s win, the Hilltoppers hadn’t won since Sept. 5. The Hilltoppers had two straight ties at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational — it fell in both those contests in tiebreakers — then dropped four straight decisions, including losing twice to Capital.

  • On Schedule 09-30-14

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: Española at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Highland, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Twilight Festival (Phoenix, Arizona), boys and girls varsity, TBA.

    Saturday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls JV, C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Volleyball: Farmington at Los Alamos, C team, 3 p.m.; JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Girls soccer holds on to top...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team and the Taos Tigers scored all the goals in their game Saturday in a 7-minute span in the first half.
    But Los Alamos’ two goals, coming just four minutes apart, would hold up as it picked up a 2-1 victory.
    Hilltopper Charlotte Leonard scored in the 32nd minute coming off an assist from Catie McDonald. McDonald scored shortly afterward off an assist from Cory Carnes to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    Just before halftime, Taos scored to halve the lead, but neither team could find the net in the second half.
    Los Alamos dominated the game from start to end, getting off 28 shots in the contest to just 3 for the Tigers. Goalkeeper Megan Bucklin got the start and was credited with the win for the Hilltoppers.
    “I was happy with our performance,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We knew exactly what was coming at us from Taos. Taos worked it up to their fast forwards up top, but we did very well with balls in the air to prevent that.”

  • Football Notebook: LA stung by...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was blasted by the Farmington Scorpions in the Four Corners area Friday night.

    The Scorpions scored a touchdown just 9 seconds into Friday’s game and scored on their first play of their next possession and never looked back. The Scorpions won big in just one half of play, 53-0.
    Farmington (3-2), which won the Class 4A championship last season, scored 31 points in the first quarter to begin the rout.
    Los Alamos, midway through the second quarter, had minus-4 yards total offense, while Farmington did virtually anything it wanted on both sides of the ball.
    In their last 10 quarters, the Hilltoppers have managed just one offensive score.
    Los Alamos (0-5) will have its final nondistrict game of the season Friday when it hosts the Santa Fe Demons.

    JV football team faces Hope Christian Monday

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity football team has a game set for Monday at home. Los Alamos will take on Hope Christian at 4:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers should go into Monday’s game with some momentum. They shut out the Santa Fe Demons last week 41-0 in Santa Fe.
    That win was the Hilltoppers’ second of the season. They nipped St. Michael’s 9-6 Sept. 8.

  • 'Topper boys, girls finish...

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of its first big tests of the regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams passed with flying colors.
    Los Alamos faced off against some tough Albuquerque-area competition Friday afternoon at the Academy Invitational. Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams picked up runner-up finishes at the event.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second with 79 points, coming in behind only one of the top programs in Class 6A, the Eldorado Eagles. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 110 points for their runner-up finish.
    Winning the boys event, however, was the team the Hilltoppers need to catch up to this season, Academy’s Chargers.
    The Chargers, who appear once again to be the team to beat come state meet time, finished with 48 points, earning three slots in the top 10 individually. The Chargers were paced by Jordan Lesansee, who finished as the individual runner-up.
    This is hardly the first year the Hiltoppers had to make up ground on the Chargers at this point in the season. In fact, it’s a relatively rare occurrence when the Hilltoppers beat the Chargers at any point during the regular season.

  • LA soccer teams will face Taos...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams have a home-and-away doubleheader against Taos set for Saturday.
    Both Hilltopper teams will face Taos, a former district rival, Saturday afternoon. The Hilltopper boys will be at Eco Park in Taos, while the Hilltopper girls will host the Tigers at Sullivan Field.
    Taos’ boys (5-4) have been a formidable group this season, although they were blasted by Santa Fe Prep earlier this month, 5-0, and have lost three straight heading into Saturday’s game.
    For the Tiger girls, they had won seven straight to start the season, but dropped their last two contests. They fell to Santa Fe Sept. 16, then dropped a 3-1 decision at St. Michael’s Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ boys are 3-7-2 and are winless since Sept. 5.
    The Hilltopper girls blasted Capital 10-0 their last time out to improve to 5-6.