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Today's Sports

  • NFL refs back to work Thursday...

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.

    After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration throughout the league — the NFL and the officials' union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.

    The deal came on the heels of Seattle's chaotic last-second win over Green Bay on Monday night in which the replacement officials struggled. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore on Thursday night.

    "We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week's games," NFL Referees Association president Scott Green said.

    And plenty of players echoed that sentiment.

  • LA volleyball earns decisive win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up an impressive victory against a solid Class 4A opponent Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers trailed only brielfy on two occassions Wednesday as they rolled to a big 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 win over the Moriarty Pintos.

    Los Alamos had the better of Moriarty in virtually all facets of the match and its defense was able to neutralize Moriarty's Arianna Jacquez, one of the top hitters in Class 4A. Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hitters were on track throughout, paced by outside hitter Erin Kirk's 14 spike kills.

    More about the Hilltoppers' victory will be in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Breaking News: Marquez named new...

    Wednesday morning, the New Mexico Activities Association announced that Sally Marquez has been named its new executive director.
    Marquez had been an assistant director under Gary Tripp and has been with the NMAA since 2004.
    The NMAA is the governing body of most interscholastic high school and middle school sports in the state.
    See Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • ENMU expects penalty

    PORTALES (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University's president says he expects the school to receive some form of punishment from the NCAA because of eligibility issues it discovered with many student-athletes.

    Steven Gamble tells the Portales News-Tribune that he expects the college's eligibility issues to be cleared up by mid-November.

    The issues were not the fault of students and the university reported them to the NCAA after problems were discovered.

    The problems range from lack of signatures on required forms to a lack of degree plans or needed credit-hours to play sports.

    The university has 11 affected sports. Only non-NCAA sanctioned rodeo teams are not affected.

    ENMU is reviewing all of its 408 current student-athlete files and notifying the NCAA of those where it discovers problems.

  • Gustafson wins 10K race at Trail...

    Local runner Nathaniel Gustafson was one of the big winners at last weekend’s Pajarito Trail Fest.
    The Pajarito Trail Fest was held in conjunction with Pajarito Mountain’s yearly Ullrfest. Saturday’s competition included a 10K and a 15-mile run.
    Gustafson earned a comfortable win in the men’s 10K, topping Los Alamos’ Hans Hanson by more than two minutes. Each of the top five finishers in the men’s 10K were from Los Alamos, including third-place finisher Chip Cooper, the winner of this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Albuquerque’s Elizabeth Turner won the women’s 10K. Runner-up in that race was Los Alamos’ Sarah Milligan. Michael Ehrmentraut of Santa Fe and Saray Demay of Jemez Springs were the top finishers in the 15-mile race.
    More than 100 runners took part in the two races.

    Here are the results from the Pajarito Trail Fest. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted:

    10K race

    Men

    1. Nathaniel Gustafson, 50:25; 2. Hans Hanson, 52:33; 3. Chip Cooper, 56:41; 4. George Perkins, 58:32; 5. David Coblentz, 1:01:08; 6. Craig Blankenship, Silver City, 1:04:49; 7. Nathaniel Ortega, 1:06:03; 8. Christopher Buntain, 1:09:11; 9. Tarik Sahleh, 1:10:58; 10. Jonas Fransson, 1:11:00;

  • Hilltoppers win big in 2-4A...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams cruised to victory in their District 2-4A season opening doubleheader Tuesday.
    Los Alamos’ teams both won by double-digit margins Tuesday, with the Hilltopper boys topping the Bernalillo Spartans 13-3 in the opener and the Hilltopper girls taking an 11-0 nightcap victory in a game that was over by halftime.
    The Spartans, who have won just one game between the two teams this season, were overmatched from the outset, although the boys team did earn two goals in the first half. The Hilltopper boys, however, scored seven goals in the first 40 minutes.
    In the boys game, five Hilltoppers scored multiple goals, including Cooper Christensen, who tallied a hat trick and had an assist on top of that. Rohun Iyer, named by the Hilltopper coaching staff as the Player of the Game Tuesday, had a pair of goals — including one ripped from 24 yards away — and an assist.
    Also scoring multiple goals were Collin Stone, Ryan Maestas and Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp had a pair of assists, while Dallin Parker had three assists to go along with one goal.
    Michael Maestas had a goal, Ryan Maestas finished with three assists, and Nick Thoma and Cameron Guy both had one assist.
    Los Alamos’ 13 goals were more than it had scored in the previous eight games put together.

  • NFL upholds disputed touchdown

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has upheld the Seahawks’ 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
    The league said in a statement Tuesday that Seattle’s last-second touchdown pass should not have been overturned.
    The NFL says Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch, which would have clinched a Packers victory, but that cannot be reviewed by instant replay.
    The replacement officials ruled on the field that Tate had simultaneous possession with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, which counts as a reception. The NFL says that once that happened, the referee was correct that no indisputable visual evidence existed on review to overturn the touchdown call.
    On the final play, Russell Wilson heaved a 24-yard pass into a scrum in the end zone. Tate and Jennings both got their hands on the ball, though the Packers insisted Jennings had clear possession for a game-ending interception.

  • Hilltopper C team boys win big...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys C team cross country squad just missed a perfect score at Saturday’s Socorro Stampede.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with 17 team points, two points away from a perfect 15. Aaron Roybal, followed by Cameron Staples, Greg Ahlers and John Valdiviez swept the top four spots for Los Alamos, as it easily topped runner-up Rio Rancho.
    Also at Saturday’s race. Los Alamos’ girls C team finished second behind Cleveland. Hilltopper Anna Wermer was the top individual finisher in that race.
    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Socorro Stampede:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Cleveland, 23; 2. Los Alamos, 36; 3. Rio Rancho, 85.

    Individual results

    1. Anna Wermer, 22:06; 4. Haley Butler-Moore, 24:05; 8. Morgan Apperson, 24:53; 11. Sara Stubben, 25:15; 12. Rachel Wallstrom, 25:15; 13. Elise Koskelo, 25:37; 16. Alexandria Chavarria, 26:31; 17. Marcela Mas, 26:35; 19. Chloe Keilers, 26:43; 23. Grace Kim, 27:09. 25. Katie Bowman, 28:12; 29. Dana Crooks, 28:42; 30. Chelsea Chalacombe, 28:55; 31. Rory Cooley, 29:20; 32. Hannah Morgan, 31:00; 36. Miranda Honnell, 33:05; 38. Lauren Fugate, 34:01; 39. Marissa Salazar, 34:35; 41. Roxanne Lopez, 37:21; 43. Morgan Trujillo, 44:26.

    Boys

    Team scores

  • LA teams open district play

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams open District 2-4A play this afternoon when they travel to Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers will face Bernalillo’s Spartans in a doubleheader. The boys game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the girls game will start at 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ girls, who have won five straight district titles, not having lost a single district game during that time, will again be the team to beat in 2-4A this season. Going in, it would seem only Santa Fe, which Los Alamos faces Saturday at home and Oct. 16 in Santa Fe, has any real hope of ending the Hilltoppers’ streak of district victories.
    The Hilltopper girls (8-1) won five straight contests against stiff competition heading into tonight’s game.
    Los Alamos’ boys, meanwhile, won’t be going into the 2-4A season as the defending champs. That title belongs to Capital, which topped Los Alamos in the 2011 regular season finale and won the 2-4A title by goal differential.
    The Hilltoppers (6-5) have struggled, winning just one of their last five contests. Most recently, they were nipped at Rio Rancho by the Rams, 2-1.
    Capital (6-2) has a 19-7 goals for-goals against margin, but hasn’t played the toughest of competition during the nondistrict season.

  • Hawks pick up 3 wins at XC meet...

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk boys and girls cross country teams won three of four races at Wednesday’s meet in Española.
    The LAMS seventh grade girls, seventh grade boys and eighth grade girls picked up wins at the meet, while the eighth grade boys were second behind Española’s Cardinals.
    The Hawk seventh grade girls nipped Pojoaque by four points to win that competition, but the other two Hawk winning teams picked up solid victories.
    Individually, three Hawk runners took top honors. Kathryn McClenahan took top honors in the seventh grade girls race, Zoe Chalacombe won the eighth grade girls race and Ben Rees won his second race of the season in the seventh grade boys race. Rees was also the top overall finisher at the ATC meet Sept. 11.

    Here are the Hawks’ results from the Española Invitational:

    Seventh grade girls

    Team scores

    1. LAMS, 50; 2. Pojoaque, 54; 3. Santa Fe Indian School, 59; 4. Memorial, 89.

    Individual results