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Today's Sports

  • Title dreams dashed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team and football team were both knocked out of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night.

  • Penn State gets back to business

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Nebraska and Penn State players gathered at midfield before the game, kneeling together for a long moment in a quiet stadium.
    Sometimes, the most powerful statements are the simplest.
    Saturday’s game was a combination of pep rally, cleansing and tribute for a Penn State community rocked by the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky that cost Joe Paterno his job.
    “We’ve had better weeks in our lives, obviously,” Jay Paterno, the quarterbacks coach, said after the game. “The world’s kind of turned upside down, but I think our kids were resilient.”

  • ´Toppers thumped in playoff...

    LOS LUNAS — The biggest thing on the side of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team heading into Friday’s game was momentum.

    That momentum, however, was dashed with one long jaunt early in the first quarter.

    Los Alamos was one-and-done in the Class 4A playoffs for 2011. The powerful and lightning fast Los Lunas Tigers scored early and often against the Hilltoppers Friday night at Willie Chavez Stadium.

    After forcing a quick three-and-out, Los Lunas’ Tigers needed just one play to score a 91-yard touchdown. Los Lunas running back Jalen Chavez went off-tackle and found nothing but open field in front of him, rumbling to the end zone to spark a 55-0 rout.

  • LA’s comeback attempt falls short

    RIO RANCHO – Just when it looked like things were over, they were just getting started.

    After falling down 2-0 to its arch-rival, St. Pius X, including taking an ugly second set loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team rallied in sets three and four to send Friday evening’s match to a deciding contest.

    Unfortunately, the Sartans got up on the Hilltoppers early in the fifth set and never relinquished the lead. The Sartans took a 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9 victory in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state tournament at Santa Ana Star Center.

    It was the fourth consecutive year the Hilltoppers fell to the Sartans at the Star Center and the second straight year the Sartans dropped the Hilltoppers in the semifinal round.

  • Los Alamos falls to Los Lunas in...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Class 5A

    First Round

    Clovis 20, Sandia 14

    La Cueva 17, Carlsbad 7

    Rio Rancho 56, Alamogordo 34

     

    Class 4A

    First Round

    Farmington 34, St. Pius 20

    Los Lunas 55, Los Alamos 0

    Moriarty 42, Deming 20

     

  • LA volleyball team to clash with...

     RIO RANCHO – Coming back from a slow start Friday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up some steam in the third set and kept right on rolling.
    Los Alamos trailed for much of the early part of the first set, then dropped the second set to the Piedra Vista Panthers. Then, after Piedra Vista took a three-point edge midway through the third set, Los Alamos settled in.
    Senior Alicia Rendon had 12 spike kills in the final set-and-a-half to lead the Hilltoppers to a 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18 win at the Santa Ana Star Center.

  • Hilltoppers Defy The Odds

    In the locker room following practice, members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program are staring at the only light in the room: a projected image on the back wall.

    Before the projection, a clip of game film, even gets fully rolling; several of the Hilltoppers call out, “counter, counter!”

    They’re right. The Valencia Jaguars are executing a counter-tray against the Hilltoppers’ upcoming opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers.

    “You see that?” head coach Garett Williams asks no one in particular. “The defensive end stays there, he stays right there and he gets kicked out.”

  • Penn St. campus is rattled

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — After nearly a half-century on the job, Joe Paterno says he is still getting used to the idea of not being Penn State’s football coach. So is the rest of the shaken campus, after one of the most tumultuous days in its history.
    In less than 24 hours Wednesday, the winningest coach in major college football announced his retirement at the end of the season — then was abruptly fired by the board of trustees.

  • LA goes 4-0 to open state play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team opened the Class 4A postseason with a spotless mark in pool play.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament, advances to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. They will take on the winner of tonight’s match between Piedra Vista and Bernalillo. The quarterfinal contest is set for 8 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    “We looked really good today,” said Hilltopper outside hitter Erin Kirk. “The defense was really good. If a ball wasn’t touched by the blockers, it was dug up by someone.”

  • Toppers feel prepared heading...

    Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
    To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
    Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
    The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.