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  • LA’s C team tops Moriarty, 40-20

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football team picked up its third win of the season Monday at Moriarty.
    Marcos Vigil scored four touchdowns for Los Alamos while the Hilltopper defense forced three turnovers as the team earned a 40-20 win.
    Lane Saunders also scored two touchdowns for Los Alamos, which has scored at least 40 points in all three of its victories this season.
    Los Alamos opened the season with a 44-14 win over St. Pius X, then followed that up with a 40-13 win over Albuquerque Academy. It dropped a 20-14 decision at St. Michael’s Sept. 10 before Monday’s win at Moriarty.
    Against Moriarty, cornerback Alex Delamarter picked off two passes to lead the defensive effort.
    Los Alamos will host Hope Christian Oct. 1.

  • Runners tie for best prediction

    Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel tied for best predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday starting at the roundabout on Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    Kinkead and Kluegel both finished with errors of 66 seconds on the difficult, figure-8 course. Georgia Pedicini finished with a prediction error of 69 seconds.
    On the 1-mile course, Pedicini had the fastest finish (14:32) and Roy Cope was the top-finishing male participant (18:53).
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero (24:12) and Nikol Strother (24:17) were the top finishers.
    All race finishers earned a lollipop.
    In the Roadrunners’ Sept. 11 race, Lynn Bjorklund had the best prediction (17 seconds), while top finishers in the race included Strother and Romero on the 3-mile course and Tom Sandford on the 1-mile course.
    The next race will be Tuesday on North Mesa, near the intersection of San Ildefonso Road and Big Rock Loop.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • LA entertains KC tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will tangle with an old foe tonight.
    For the 2012 homecoming contest, Los Alamos will meet the Kirtland Central Broncos. The Broncos, a Class 4A team from the Four Corners area, was once a regularly-scheduled opponent for the Hilltoppers but were pre-empted from the Hilltoppers’ schedule several years ago in favor of another Farmington-area team, the Aztec Tigers.
    The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (1-2) will make its second home appearance of the season tonight. It won the 2012 season opener over Pojoaque in convincing fashion, 55-14.
    However, the two road games for the Hilltoppers following their initial win were rough ones.
    The Hilltoppers were shut out at Farmington, 28-0, then were trounced in Albuquerque by St. Pius X, 41-0 a week ago.
    Los Alamos will attempt to right the ship, particularly on offense, which struggled with turnovers and miscues all throughout the St. Pius contest. Los Alamos didn’t get even particularly close to scoring against the Sartans.
    Traditionally, the Broncos have been known for their size upfront and this year appears to be no exception. On their roster, the Broncos list seven linemen who tip the scales at 240 pounds or above, including 285-pound senior defensive tackle Landon Love.

  • New officials impacting Vegas...

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Casinos think this weekend’s NFL games will be the highest-scoring ever thanks to the league’s replacement officials.
    Oddsmakers say casinos are changing their expectations as interim referees add new variables to the game, changing its pace and the approaches taken by coaches.
    Casinos haven’t fully changed lines yet because there have been only two weeks of games and referees might adjust how they call games based on weekly feedback from the league. But oddsmaker Mike Colbert of Cantor Gaming says home teams will deserve an extra half-point in their favor if games are called all year the way they were officiated in Week 2.
    “It’s starting to concern us a bit,” Colbert said. “(Officials) should have no influence on the total or the side.”
    Penalties were skewed in favor of home teams during the first two weeks this year, with visitors getting 55.1 percent of 419 penalties. Last year began in a similar fashion— visitors took 54.8 percent of 407 total penalties through the first two games — before evening out over the rest of the season. Penalties were relatively even between home and road teams for all of 2010 and 2011, and it’s anybody’s guess how this year’s penalties will split.

  • Topper Notes 09-20-12

    LA moves up in state, national girls soccer rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is among the top 25 teams in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
    The Hilltoppers, prior to this week’s play, moved up 15 slots in the national rankings to No. 25 in the country and No. 2 in the state, behind Volcano Vista.
    The big jump came after the Hilltoppers (now 8-1) captured the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this past weekend where they defeated the No. 1 team in the state, the Las Cruces Bulldawgs, convincingly in the opening round. Rankings were released Tuesday.
    St. Pius X (5-4), the only team to beat Los Alamos this season, tumbled to No. 15 in the state. Only one other Class 4A team, Aztec, was ranked in the top 10 in New Mexico – MaxPreps doesn’t break down team rankings by state.
    Volcano Vista (7-0) is ranked No. 9 in the nation. Perrysburg, Ohio, tops the national MaxPreps rankings.

    Boys soccer slips to No. 8

  • LA nipped late by Rio Rancho, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team appeared to be headed into another overtime game Wednesday against Rio Rancho, but the Rams had other plans.
    With only about 30 seconds remaining, the Rams took advantage of the Hilltoppers’ slow rotation to the right flank and connected with the game-winner, grabbing a 2-1 victory at Rio Rancho.
    It was a disappointing end for Los Alamos, which had controlled the ball for the lion’s share of the game but only had one goal to show for its efforts.
    The loss was the fourth for the Hilltoppers in five games. During this final key stretch of the nondistrict season, the Hilltoppers managed just one tie and took four losses, albeit against high-quality opponents such as Albuquerque Academy, Sandia Prep and the Rams (6-2).
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said his team’s play has him shaking his head right now.
    “Our team’s digressing a little bit,” Gartz said. “We’re not making our opportunities in front of the goal. We killed (Rio Rancho) in possession but we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. Rio Rancho’s a good team but we’re a better team. I’m really frustrated right now. We’re a better team than this.”

  • Toppers pick up fifth straight...

    In the toughest stretch of its 2012 regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team went an impressive 5-1, including five straight wins in a span of six days.

    The team will be getting some well-deserved time off for the balance of this week following the capper of the stretch, a victory over the Rio Rancho Rams Wednesday night.

    Los Alamos bounced back from a disastrous sequence at the start of the game, letting a goal in at the 12-minute mark, to score twice in the first half and hang on for a 2-1 victory at Sullivan Field.

    The Rams would have very little success penetrating the Hilltopper back line Wednesday, but the Hilltoppers did that for them in the 12th minute, when an innocent looking through ball came between Los Alamos’ best defensive player, Stephanie Blair, and goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld.

    Blair tried to tap the ball back to Theesfeld to clear it, but the Rams’ leading scorer, Brittany Shrader, beat Theesfeld to the ball and tipped it past the goalkeeper and in.

    “It was my fault,” said Blair of the error. “I just didn’t kick it hard enough...but we had to keep picking it up and do what we had to do.”

    Blair would make up for it later in the half, however.

  • LA golf team opens season at...
  • NNMSMGA’s recent results

    Here are recent results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments:

    Rio Grande Club,
    Aug. 21

    Championship flight
    1st low gross: Fred Anschutz, South Fork, Colo., 74
    2nd low gross: Jim Crowden, Corrales, 76
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight
    1st low gross: Wally Bryniarski, Durango, Colo., 78
    2nd low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 82
    1st low net: Robert Frank, Santa Fe, 65

    Second flight
    1st low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 85
    2nd low gross: Ralph Hey, Westcliffe, Colo., 89
    1st low net: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 71

    Third flight
    1st low gross: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 93
    2nd low gross, Gary Joseph, Westcliffe, Colo., 93
    1st low net: Vidal Varela, Las Vegas, 67

    Fourth flight
    1st low gross: Henry Vigil, Farmington, 89
    2nd low gross: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 98
    1st low net: Charles Barbee, Santa Fe, 65

    Rio Grande Club, Aug. 22

    Championship flight
    1st low gross: Fred Anschutz, South Fork, Colo., 77
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Jim Quick, Placitas, 70

    First flight

  • UNM’s Nare named MW Player of...

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Liz Nare has had a season of firsts so far, including her first career goal and first career assist.  
    Monday, Nare picked up her first Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award as well. She was named for her play in UNM’s 1-0 win over New Mexico State University.
    Nare is the second Lobo in three weeks to earn a conference honor, as Jordan Craig was named MW Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals in wins over SMU and Texas.
    Originally from Lake Forest, Calif., Nare anchored the UNM defense in the 1-0 double-overtime victory over in-state rival NMSU. The Lobo defense allowed just three shots and none from inside 25 yards of the goal.  
    Nare drew an assist on the winning goal, as her long pass found Jordan Craig at the edge of the box, who settled the ball and passed to Elba Holguin for the winning shot.
    That game was Nare’s 50th consecutive start — she hasn’t missed a game in her career.
    Despite playing in the back, Nare is tied for third on the team in scoring with a goal and two assists. She held down the fort with teammate Lauren Irwin in front of Kelli Cornell as UNM saw a change in the defensive back line on Sunday due to an injury.