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  • Results from senior men's...

    Spike Jones was the top finisher of the third flight at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s annual championship tournament last week.
    The NNMSMGA championship is a two-day affair that wraps up the season for the association. This year, the tournament was played at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Jones finished with a gross score of 168 for the two-day event, which was eight shots better than next-low gross finisher Don Holifield of Santa Fe.
    The tournament’s overall winner was Rob Schneider of Santa Fe. Schneider has been the top player on the NNMSMGA tour all season.
    Schneider finished with a score of 151 for his two rounds to win.
    Among the other top finishers at the championship from Los Alamos were Bob Quick, who had the best net score in the first flight, Ron Krantz, who had the second-best net score in the second flight and Don Pompeo, who had the second-best net score in the third flight.

    Here are the results from the NNMSMGA championship:

    Overall low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 151.
    Overall low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 132.

  • 'Toppers open season at UNM...

    The past three years has seen unprecedented success for two of the most successful programs in the state.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls cross country programs, which have won a collective eight state team championships in the last five years, will open their seasons Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers will be at the University of New Mexico Invitational for Saturday’s race, which is a combined prep-level and collegiate-level meet. The prep boys race is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and the girls race is set for 9:30 a.m. at UNM’s North Golf Course.
    Los Alamos’ girls, the most successful program in the history of New Mexico cross country and one of the most successful in the nation, will go into 2014 having won five consecutive state championships at the Class 4A level. Los Alamos will be moving up to Class 5A this season, although that’s mostly a paper move — most 4A teams around the state are also moving to 5A.
    The outlook for Los Alamos’ girls this season is as bright as it has been at any time during their five-year win streak. The Hilltoppers will be returning most of their key runners, including juniors Nica Vasquez, Maddy Foley and Sophia Galvez.

  • Sun Devils see UNM as a step up

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Despite his small-program background, Todd Graham is not a proponent of facing schools from college football’s lower ranks now that he’s at Arizona State.
    Win and, well, you were supposed to. Lose or even play poorly, things can get ugly. And, regardless of the outcome, the games almost always get sloppy in the second half.
    Despite his disdain for facing FCS opponents, Graham didn’t mind the 19th-ranked Sun Devils opening this season against Weber State.
    Arizona State won in a blowout, as it should have, but also gave its young defensive players a confidence boost and allowed the entire team a chance to identify areas that need to be worked on before the schedule starts getting tougher. It was almost like a preseason game for the Sun Devils.
    “I’m glad we had that opponent first because we needed that kind of experience there,” Graham said.
    As openers go, the Sun Devils couldn’t have asked for a much better start against Weber State.
    Arizona overwhelmed an overmatched opponent 45-14 and came away relatively healthy.
    The offense revved up after some miscues the opening two drives, racing to a 31-0 halftime lead, allowing Graham to rest most of his starters in the second half.

  • Sports Briefs 09-04-14

    Flag football starts Sunday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ youth flag football program registration closes Friday.
    Flag football is for kids ages 8-12. Games, which will be Sundays, will run through Oct. 19 and be played at Mesa Field at Los Alamos High School. Sessions will run from 2-3:30 p.m.
    The program will be coached by longtime former Los Alamos head coach Bob Scott.
    Price for participation is $15 for YMCA members, $20 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Snow is best predictor at Pace Race

    Mary Snow was the best predictor for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race Tuesday.
    Snow nipped David Kratzer by one second for the top prediction Tuesday. That race was run on the Estante Way Trail in Pajarito Acres.
    Snow finished with a differential of 15 seconds, just ahead of Kratzer. Georgia Pedicini was off by 21 seconds.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Tamara Jurado with a time of 9 minutes, 12 seconds. On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero was the top finisher, completing that course in a time of 20:44.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail at Bandelier National Monument. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, visit atomicrunners.com.

  • LA gets nipped by St. Pius X...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got off to a hot start Tuesday against the St. Pius X Sartans, but the Sartans came back in the second half.
    Los Alamos went up 2-0 in the first half Tuesday at Ben Rios Field in Albuquerque with Sienna Ahlers scoring a goal and assisting Catie McDonald on a goal in quick succession midway through the first half. Ahlers went to the near post to put the Hilltoppers on the board in the 25th minute, while McDonald scored in the 27th.
    Unfortunately, the Sartans (5-0), with one of the top offenses in the state, are hard to put away. Such was the case Tuesday, as the Sartans scored three times in the second half to win it 4-3.
    That loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hilltoppers (2-3).
    Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said his team definitely had an upset in mind and came out slugging.
    “We went into the game knowing that we can compete with anyone in the state,” he said. “St. Pius is one of the best teams in the state, if not the best. Knowing we have the ability to go their home ground and be up with eight minutes left, that speaks volumes of our potential.”

  • 'Toppers score 6 times vs....

    Eric Burnside and Jairo Marquez each scored a pair of goals as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team routed the St. Michael’s Horsemen Wednesday.
    Los Alamos picked up its first road win of the season at Brother Abdon Field. The Hilltoppers scored four times in the second half, more goals than they’d scored in their previous four games, as they won 6-1 over the Horsemen.
    Prior to that game, Los Alamos had managed just three goals on the season in four outings. With his two goals against St. Mike’s, Burnside now has three for the season, while Marquez’s two goals were his first two so far.
    Along with Burnside and Marquez, Eric Schmalz and Hernan Lebensohn also found the net. Bryan Mujica was credited with an assist, his first point of the season, and Tristen Roach had another assist for Los Alamos.
    Heading into the game, the Horsemen (1-3-1) had been somewhat shaky on defense. It had given up eight goals in four games, including allowing four goals to Capital in their season opener.
    In goal, Chris Parker played three quarters of the contest, giving up the St. Mike’s goal, which was scored by Lucas Curry. Seth Hailey played the final 20 minutes and made two saves.
    The Hilltoppers (2-3) have a big upcoming game. They will be at home Friday afternoon to take on the St. Pius X Sartans.

  • LA girls soccer team falls on...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the St. Pius X Sartans Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos led 2-0 in the first half and were tied with under 10 minutes remaining before the Sartans earned the game-winner. See more details online or in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA volleyball team swept by St....

     One of the good things about playing a tough opponent early in the season is it lets you know right away what needs to improve.

    Such was the case for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team Tuesday in its 2014 opener.

    The Hilltoppers took on an old rival, the St. Pius X Sartans, at Griffith Gymnasium. The Sartans, using a balanced, efficient attack, upended the Hilltoppers in three straight sets.

    Los Alamos started off the match fairly well, but St. Pius’ service game and attack got rolling midway through set one and carried it through the second set. Though Los Alamos mounted a stand in the third set, the Sartans still prevailed 25-16, 25-16, 26-24.

  • Sports Briefs 09-02-14

    Fencing class returns today at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will resume its fencing class starting this evening.
    The class will be only for fencers with previous experience. It will consist of 30 minutes of combined drills, followed by 30 minutes of bouting or individual instruction.
    Class begins at 6:30 p.m., however, students who are interested only in bouting may come at approximately 7 p.m.
    There won’t be a class for beginning fencers until February or March.
    For more information, call instructor Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    Bike MS event slated for this weekend

    A Bike MS ride is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday starting and ending at the Cities of Golf Hotel in Pojoaque.
    Bike MS supports research in the field of multiple sclerosis. Riders collect pledges prior to the event to go toward research.
    The event will start at 7 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s course will go through five of the eight Northern Pueblos before returning to the Cities of Gold for an overnight celebration. Riders on Sunday can choose a 40- or a 56-mile route before returning to Pojoaque.
    Price for participation is $45 until Thursday. Riders are committed to a minimum $250 in pledges prior to the race.
    For more information, visit bikemsnewmexico.org.

    Isotopes drop their finale

  • 'Toppers blank Panthers...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team picked up its second consecutive victory Saturday in its second trip of the season to Farmington.
    Los Alamos topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 1-0 Saturday, earning for itself not only a win but a measure of revenge after the Panthers downed the Hilltoppers in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
    With the victory, the Hilltoppers even their season record at 2-2. The Hilltoppers trounced the Moriarty Pintos 11-0.
    It will be a big test today, however, as Los Alamos will take on St. Pius X, last season’s Class 4A state champion. St. Pius’ Sartans are a spotless 4-0 on the year heading into today’s game.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos got off 8 shots to the Panthers’ 3 and controlled possession most of the contest.
    Los Alamos got on the board in the 56th minute. Hilltopper Emily Hopkins got a pass from the opposite side of the box from Catie McDonald and went into the lower right-hand corner.
    In goal, Anna Lemke made two stops to earn the shutout victory.
    For the Panthers (3-2), it was their second shutout loss of the season. They fell 3-0 to the Sartans in their season opener Aug. 22.