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  • LA survives slow start to...

    ALBUQUERQUE – It may not have been the start the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wanted, but it certainly was the finish.
    Los Alamos came out sluggish in the first half of its opening round game of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. The Mayfield Trojans, the Hilltoppers’ first round opponent, was far quicker to the ball early and set themselves up with some chances.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to dodge the early bullet and score the only goal of the first half.
    In the second half, it was Los Alamos that controlled possession most of the way as it earned a 2-0 victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    With its win, Los Alamos advanced to today’s semifinal round where it was scheduled to take on the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Starting off as slow as they did, the Hilltoppers were fortunate not to be playing from behind. The Trojans (2-4-1) were winning the vast majority of the 50-50 balls for the first 20 minutes of the ballgame and their passing game was keeping the Hilltopper back line scrambling.
    Los Alamos veteran fullback Cory Carnes said it was hectic near her team’s goal for much of the early part of the contest.

  • LA still looking for its first...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team dropped in the MaxPreps.com Class 5A rankings ahead of its week three game at Moriarty.

    The Hilltoppers will try to break into the win column this week after two tough losses to open the season. The Hilltoppers and the Pintos meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Moriarty.

    Saturday, Los Alamos was blasted by the St. Pius X Sartans. The Sartans scored six unanswered touchdowns in the first half, then ran the attempted onside kick back for a touchdown to start the second half en route to a 49-6 victory.

    Los Alamos has managed just 12 points in two games so far. Both of its touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter of the two games.

  • Sports briefs 09-11-14

     

    Bower Run set for Sept. 20

     

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K race will return this year Sept. 20.

    The Bower run is a fundraising event that goes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

    It is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The race will start at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

    It will go down Bathtub Row and Rose Street. The course will be completely paved.

    A donation of $25 is requested to participate. The first 50 participants will receive an Alzheimer’s Association water bottle.

  • LA still looking for its first...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team dropped in the MaxPreps.com Class 5A rankings ahead of its week three game at Moriarty.

    The Hilltoppers will try to break into the win column this week after two tough losses to open the season. The Hilltoppers and the Pintos meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Moriarty.

    Saturday, Los Alamos was blasted by the St. Pius X Sartans. The Sartans scored six unanswered touchdowns in the first half, then ran the attempted onside kick back for a touchdown to start the second half en route to a 49-6 victory.

    Los Alamos has managed just 12 points in two games so far. Both of its touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter of the two games.

  • Rice is top predictor Tuesday

     

    Bill Rice was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.

    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Runners and walkers race at various spots around Los Alamos County and the winner is determined by who most closely predicts their actual finish time.

    Tuesday’s race was at the Burnt Mesa Trail at Bandelier National Monument.

    Rice finished his race with an error of just 3 seconds, which bested Tamara Jurado, who was 10 seconds off, Artemia Rojas, who was 11 seconds off, and Katie Gattiker who missed by 13 seconds. Three other runners finished within 35 seconds of their predicted times.

    On the 1-mile course, Brian Newman was the fastest finisher. He came in with a time of 12:31. Joan Williams finished in 24:24.

  • Lobo baseball team unveils new...

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.”
    The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series.
    Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV.
    “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.”
    UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers.
    The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.

  • LA teams will face tests at...

    Almost invariably, the Albuquerque Academy boys and girls soccer tournaments are among the toughest in the state.
    This year doesn’t appear to be an exception.
    The Academy tournament starts Thursday on the campus of the Chargers. Los Alamos’ teams, regular participants in the tournament, will again take part.
    And, as usual, both Hilltopper teams have tough draws.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on the Mayfield Trojans at noon Tuesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Cleveland Storm at 4 p.m.
    While some tournaments are notorious for stacking the deck in favor of the home team, this tournament isn’t one of them. Both the Charger teams have tough opening round draws Thursday as well.
    The good news for both the Hilltopper teams is they should be going into the tournament with some momentum, despite the fact Los Alamos’ girls won’t be going in off a win.
    So far, Mayfield’s Trojans (2-3-1), not surprisingly, have played exclusively teams from the southern part of the state. Most recently, they played in the Las Cruces Public Schools round robin tournament and went 2-1 in those three games, topping Alamogordo and Oñate before falling to Las Cruces.
    Thursday’s game will be the first contest for the Trojans since Aug. 30.

  • '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

    Today
    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.

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

    Thursday
    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.

    Friday
    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.

    Saturday
    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.