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  • LA drops season opener to Bosque

    In time, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team may turn some heads. But the 2014 season opener was not one of those times.
    Los Alamos dropped its season opener at Sullivan Field Tuesday to the Bosque School Bobcats. The Bobcats, a very tough program, picked up a goal in each half and, after an initial offensive push by the Hilltoppers, limited the home team’s chances in a 2-0 victory.
    There was nothing alarming about Tuesday’s loss, Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said, but there wasn’t much that impressed him, either.
    “It was an OK game,” he said. “Their goals were mistakes of ours. Those were things that are correctable, which is nice.”
    Gartz said a defensive breakdown led to the first Bobcat goal, something which is inclined to happen to teams early in the season. The second goal, however, was a little less acceptable.
    In the second half, Bosque was awarded a corner kick. The kick sailed over the heads of three Hilltopper players and to the far post, where it was knocked in.
    Los Alamos had a notable height advantage over the Bobcats (2-0), but the Bobcats were consistently beating the Hilltoppers to balls in the air, something that displeased Gartz.

  • 'Topes continue their...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game.
    Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly.
    Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings.
    With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18.
    The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday.
    Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year.
    The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs.

    Pederson joins exclusive club

  • LA drops decision to Scorps

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped its first game of the season Saturday afternoon to the Farmington Scorpions.
    Los Alamos fell 4-3 to the Scorpions in Farmington. Farmington (1-0) scored three goals in the second half to Los Alamos’ two to take the victory.
    The Hilltoppers (0-1) won’t have much time for a turnaround, either, as they were scheduled to play a tough team in the Bosque School Bobcats this afternoon at home.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ top offensive threat, Catie McDonald, got her season off to a fast start with a hat trick. She scored all three of the Hilltoppers’ goals, two of them assisted.
    Abby Schmalz and Charlotte Leonard earned the assists on two of the goals.
    Saturday was also the first start in the career of eighth grade goalkeeper Anna Lemke. Lemke, who earned the starting job during the preseason, played all 80 minutes for Los Alamos and made five stops.
    Today’s game will be the season opener for Bosque School.
    The Bobcats were 11-10 last season and advanced to the second round of the Class A-3A playoffs.
    Like Los Alamos this season, Bosque is a young team.
    It features just two seniors and three juniors on its 2014 roster.
    Following today’s game, the Hilltoppers will be on the road again to face Moriarty Thursday. 

  • Lobo soccer issues hazing apology

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for alcohol intoxication.
    The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity.
    Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women’s soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.
    Athletic director Paul Krebs said assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo also will receive letters of reprimand.
    School officials say last week’s hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital.

  • Rees wins XC scrimmage race

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams performed well in their preseason scrimmage Saturday.
    Los Alamos took on the La Cueva Bears, its traditional opening scrimmage opponent, in Albuquerque. In the scrimmage, Los Alamos’ girls took six of the top 10 individual spots, while the Hilltopper boys did likewise.
    Unofficially, both Hilltopper teams finished with 23 points.
    John Rees was the first finisher on the boys side with his time of 16:55. Maddy Foley was the second overall placer on the girls side with a time of 19:17.
    The Hilltoppers, who won both ends of the Class 4A state championship meet last season but who move up to Class 5A in 2014, have attracted big numbers this season. In all, 27 girls and 44 boys took part in Saturday’s scrimmage.
    Los Alamos opens its regular season in earnest Sept. 6. Both teams will compete at the University of New Mexico Invitational – which features both prep-level meets and a collegiate meet – at the university’s North Golf Course in Albuquerque.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s scrimmage against La Cueva:

    Girls

  • Full Contact

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team hosted Piedra Vista and Valencia Friday night in a three-way preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers will get their first taste of regular season action Friday when they face the Pojoaque Valley Elks at home. 

  • LA feeling optimistic as it...

    It’s going to be a trial by fire at the top of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
    But the Hilltoppers are hoping that will light the spark for bigger and better things down the road.
    Los Alamos has some key returners coming back in some key spots and, with an extra year of experience under their belts, they feel they have a chance to make a run in Class 5A this season.
    Los Alamos opens its season with a tough game, taking on the Bosque School Bobcats at home Tuesday. That will be followed up later this week by the Louie Cernicek Invitational, which almost invariably features some solid competition.
    For the Hilltoppers, the pieces may be there for a very productive season. The key will be getting and staying on the same page as quickly as possible.
    Los Alamos veteran goalkeeper Chris Parker, the hero of his team’s upset win over Farmington last season, knows to get there, the Hilltoppers will have to keep their mental focus.
    “We should do fine everywhere, it’s really just how hard we work,” he said. “As long as everyone’s trying their best and not giving up when they get beat, we should do fine.”
    Despite some big losses to graduation off last season’s team, there is plenty of experience coming back.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Boys Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Austin Rowan, MF-D
    Luke Kachelmeier, MF-D
    Hernan Lebensohn, MF
    Eric Schmalz, MF
    Jairo Marquez
    Nick Torres, D
    Eric Page, D
    Chris Parker, GK
    Jon Michael Weaver
    Matthew Ticknor, MF
    Jacob Holesinger, MF

    Juniors

    Joe Singleton, MF
    Bryan Mujica, D
    Alex Csanadi, MF
    Eric Burnside, MF

    Sophomores

    George Steinkamp, MF-F
    Seth Hailey, GK
    Daniel Castano, MF
    Tristen Roach, F

    2014 Schedule

    Aug. 26: vs. Bosque School, 6 p.m.
    Aug. 29-30: Cernicek Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 3: at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 5: vs. St. Pius X, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 11: vs. Cleveland at Academy Invite, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 12-13: at Academy Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 16: vs. Academy, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 18: at Rio Rancho, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 23: vs. Capital, 4 p.m.*
    Sept. 27: at Taos, 1 p.m.
    Oct. 1: vs. Santa Fe, 4 p.m.
    Oct. 4: at Bernalillo, 11 a.m.*
    Oct. 7: vs. Del Norte, 4 p.m.*
    Oct. 11: at Capital, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 18: vs. Piedra Vista,  2 p.m.
    Oct. 21: vs. Bernalilo, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 22: at Del Norte, 5 p.m.*

    *: District 2-5A game 

  • On Schedule 08-24-14

    Monday

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 4p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Questa at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Football: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, JV, 1 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, varsity, 1 p.m.; Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, 3 p.m.

  • Davie thinks Lobos will improve

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bob Davie sees an opportunity entering his third season at New Mexico.
    "We're in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program," Davie said. "I really believe that. We know what the first year was. We know what the second year was. This is the third year and we have a chance to gain some momentum that will continue to multiply over the years."
    In the three years before Davie arrived, the Lobos had won a total of three games. New Mexico has won seven games since.
    Davie said the past doesn't loom over the program anymore.
    "I am really excited with where we are," Davie said. "And that's what's fun about this. We've got some talent. We've got some talent."
    Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to look ahead:
    THE OFFENSE IS THE THING: The Lobos had few problems moving the ball last season behind their spread/option offense that put a premium on quarterback Cole Gautsche's decision-making ability. In the high-scoring Mountain West, however, teams tended to surge up and down the field nearly at will.
    "Teams are going to move the ball in this league," Davie said. "I think we are very progressive on offense. I think we are ahead of the curve on offense."