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  • 'Toppers pound Jags in...

    Despite a relatively good showing in 2013, it appears that if the rest of District 2-5A wants to compete with Los Alamos in girls soccer, it still has a long way to go.
    The Hilltoppers opened up their 2014 district season at home Tuesday, taking on one of those teams that has made strides to improve, the Capital Jaguars.
    And while the Jaguars seem to have their ship pointed in the right direction, it was sunk without too much trouble by Los Alamos, which rolled to a 10-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos connected for goals on a string of five consecutive shots in the second half and eighth grader Alissia Haagenstad closed out the game a few minutes early with her 1-touch shot from a pass by Catie McDonald.
    McDonald, who is one of the most prolific scorers in New Mexico, had a monster game against the Jaguars, scoring four goals and dishing out four assists. For the season, McDonald has 44 points.
    Los Alamos has won every district race it has been involved in since 2007. During that streak, the only year it had run into much in the way of a challenge was last season.
    The Hilltoppers have not been defeated in district play during their remarkable 7-year run and the only game it was in any danger of losing was in Santa Fe last year against Capital.

  • Pair of 2nd half goals lift Jags...

    Round one goes to the Capital Jaguars.
    In what is shaping up to be a big fight for the District 2-5A boys soccer title this season, Capital delivered the first blow Tuesday against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and now the Hilltoppers will have to find a way to counter.
    Capital pushed the ball up the field effectively in the second half, particularly after Los Alamos was slapped with a red card early in the half. The card, for unsportsmanlike conduct, came in the 54th minute and the Jaguars capitalized quickly.
    The Jaguars scored less than a minute later – that goal would be the game-winner, although it would tack on a second goal late in the contest to win 2-0 a Sullivan Field.
    With the loss in the district opener, Los Alamos (3-7-2) will have to find a way to rebound, likely in the rematch in Santa Fe set for Oct. 11.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle said picking up the early win gives his team a clear advantage going forward.
    “This win is very important,” he said. “Coming up here and playing one of the better teams in the state, one of the better teams in our district, that’s a very difficult thing to do, to jump out ahead in the district standings. But we have a lot of work to do.”

  • N.M. high school football results

    Artesia 53, Deming 15
    Atrisco Heritage 45, Highland 16
    Aztec 29, Del Norte 6
    Belen 28, Goddard 21, OT
    Bloomfield 33, Taos 15
    Capital 46, West Las Vegas 6
    Cleveland 35, Clovis 13
    Clint Mountain View, Texas 48, Chaparral 22
    Durango, Colo. 29, Farmington 22
    Eldorado 35, Volcano Vista 6
    Escalante 34, Raton 13
    Española Valley 40, Questa 6
    Estancia 41, Capitan 13
    Gadsden 32, Santa Teresa 24
    Jemez Valley 52, Alamo-Navajo 14
    Laguna-Acoma 40, Socorro 8
    Lovington 42, Albuquerque Academy 22
    Manzano 55, West Mesa 14
    Mayfield 51, Alamogordo 20
    Miyamura 50, Grants 0
    Oñate 25, Hobbs 21
    Piedra Vista 46, Moriarty 6
    Rio Rancho 30, Las Cruces 22
    Robertson 20, St. Michael’s 0
    Roswell 45, Silver 12
    Ruidoso 41, Pojoaque 2
    Santa Fe 28, Gallup 17
    Santa Rosa 26, Hope Christian 22
    St. Pius 55, Bernalillo 0
    Valencia 38, Albuquerque High 21

  • LAHS inducts top athletic...

    The inaugural class of the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame was honored last weekend during the homecoming festivities.
    Los Alamos inducted 13 former athletes, coaches, administrators and sports-related personalities into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the honor opened earlier this year and winners were announced in early August.
    The inductees were recognized prior to the homecoming football game Friday — Los Alamos was defeated 24-6 by the Kirtland Central Broncos in the 2014 contest — and were recognized at the formal induction ceremony Sunday at Fuller Lodge.
    Among those honored were the following:

    • Walt Arnold — Arnold was a standout tight end for Los Alamos during his high school career and was an All-State honoree in 1976. After his career playing for the University of New Mexico, Arnold played in the NFL for seven years, mostly with Los Angeles and Kansas City.

    • Lynn Bjorklund — A top runner during her high school career, Bjorklund set a longstanding high school record in the 3,000 meters, a record that stood until last year. She qualified for Team USA in 1974 and 1976 and ran in several international competitions during her career. She also set a record for the Pikes Peak Marathon that stood for several years.

  • On Schedule 09-21-14


    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

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


    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

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

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Ranch Invite, varsity, TBA.


  • ’Toppers fall 24-6 in their 2014...

    The 2014 season, it appears, will be about taking small steps for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    After getting pummeled in its first three contests, Los Alamos will have to concentrate now on what it’s good and hope it can tighten up what’s not so good prior to the start of the District 2-5A season in three weeks.
    The good news for Los Alamos was that it took a step in the right direction Friday in its annual homecoming game. Los Alamos had some positives in the contest — a takeaway that led to a touchdown, stopping a couple of potential scoring drives and two solid drives in the second half — despite coming out on the short end of a 24-6 decision against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Kirtland Central, a traditional opponent of the Hilltoppers, was fired up for Friday’s game, particularly on the defensive end, forcing an early turnover deep in Los Alamos territory.
    But the Hilltoppers returned the favor one play later when cornerback Isaac Dunwoody intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line to prevent a score and giving the Broncos a chance to turn the game into a rout early.

  • Strother wins Pace Race

    Nikol Strother was the big winner at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening in Pajarito Acres.
    Unlike most Pace Races, Tuesday’s race, held on a fairly flat, 1-mile loop, had runners and walkers choose how many loops they wanted to do within 45 minutes and guess how long it would take them to do those loops.
    In all, 24 people took part.
    Strother, who ran 6 miles, was only 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. David Krazter was 13 seconds off for five miles. All finish times were adjusted for a 3-mile course, the normal length of a long Pace Race course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at 1287 San Ildefonso Road in North Mesa. Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Rams control contest in win over...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team couldn’t get much going on offense Thursday against one of the top programs in the state.
    The Hilltoppers managed only four shots in Thursday’s contest against the Rio Rancho Rams. The Rams, a Class 6A school, have been very impressive during the first month of the season and their game against the Hilltoppers was no exception.
    Rio Rancho (9-2) dominated possession against Los Alamos. It attacked the goal efficiently during the first half then, after scoring in the 15th minute, took its foot off the accelerator, but still hung onto the ball most of the way.
    The Rams earne a 3-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-6) went into this week’s play hoping to pull off a pair of wins against two solid programs, but instead dropped both those contests. Los Alamos was nipped Tuesday at Albuquerque Academy.
    While it’s hard to argue with the results, the Rams’ offensive strategy was interesting against the Hilltoppers.
    During the first part of the game, the ball rarely left the Hilltoppers’ side of the field. The Rams moved the ball efficiently, employing mostly 1- an 2-touch passes that kept the Hilltoppers scrambling.

  • Aggies know what's at stake...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The carrot, the tease, the motivation New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin dangles in front of his Aggies have a silver lining of postseason implications.
    “If we don’t lose two games in a row for the rest of the season, we are 7-5 and we are in a bowl game. That’s how important that is for your football program,” Martin said of avoiding losing streaks.
    What Martin is challenging his Aggies to do is beat the University of New Mexico Lobos Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium and set a season’s precedence of avoiding a losing streak, which would make NMSU bowl-eligible.
    That’s one way to get Aggies up for Saturday’s game.  Another way is to say, “The Lobos are coming.” 
    That usually does it for this Rio Grande Rivalry game that provides football bragging rights for a season. Martin also could remind his Aggies of their 66-17 loss to UNM last year on Branch Field.
    The Aggies are an improved football team from 2013.  They are 2-1, but they’re coming off a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners, who beat the Lobos 31-24 in late August.
    NMSU, like UNM before it, was not happy with its offensive production against the Miners.

  • 'Toppers look to right the...

    There has been no shortage of bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to start the 2014 season.
    There were some injuries in the preseason, compounded by injuries in the team’s first three games, it has struggled on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and head coach Garett Williams has been missing for the last two games with few people talking about where he might be or when he might be back.
    But there is a bit of good news heading into the 2014 homecoming contest: the Hilltoppers will also be facing a struggling squad.
    Los Alamos will meet up with the Kirtland Central Broncos Friday night at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers and Broncos go way back — for many years under the tenure of former head coach Bob Scott the teams opened their seasons against one another.
    The Hilltoppers dropped all three of their games so far this season, having been outscored by a combined 94-19 in those three games.
    Despite the early season issues, the Hilltoppers have shown some signs of life. Quarterback Clay Singer had a solid game last week against the Moriarty Pintos, throwing for 115 yards and moving the ball into Moriarty territory consistently through much of the contest.