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  • LA girls breeze to victory

    ESPAÑOLA — Friday’s win was a long time coming for Jennifer Mooday.
    Mooday, the top senior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, had been looking forward to a chance to compete for the District 2-4A title since joining the team in 2009. This year, she was able to grab that elusive title.
    With the race coming to a finish and Mooday running just a stride ahead of teammate Jordan Parker, Mooday beat Parker up a small but difficult hill less than half a mile from the finish.
    Mooday held off a late comeback attempt by Parker to win with a time of 20 minutes 25 seconds.
    “It was definitely tough,” Mooday said. “I was running slower than I normally do, but it’s good at this course. This course takes a lot of heart. It was a challenge.”
    Los Alamos, as expected, earned the 2-4A championship, its 13th straight, with a near-perfect score of 16 points.
    Santa Fe’s Demons finished with 59 points and host Española Valley Sundevils had 72 points, those scores advancing those two teams to state along with the Hilltoppers.
    The bid by the Hilltoppers for their fourth perfect score at district in five years was upset by interloper Noel Pradoni of Santa Fe.

  • LA perfect at 2-4A meet

    ESPAÑOLA — One race down, one to go.
    There was little doubt going into Friday’s District 2-4A race whether the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team could earn its 13th consecutive district title. About the only question was whether the Hilltoppers could sweep the competition.
    The answer was yes.
    With Sean Reardon and Nick Hill firmly in the lead, the next three Los Alamos runners had to come from behind with just over a quarter of a mile to go. Santa Fe’s Zachary Grand had a two-second lead over Los Alamos’ Colin Hemez, Zak Kennison and Orion Staples, but the Hilltopper trio was able to overtake Grand to sweep the top five spots.
    Los Alamos finished the meet with a perfect score of 15 points, well ahead of runner-up Española Valley.
    Reardon just nipped Hill at the line to earn the District 2-4A individual title. The two, who ran the last mile shoulder-to-shoulder, were separated by just .23 seconds to pick up the top honor.
    Los Alamos won at Española Valley’s tough course that winds through the hilly backside of the high school campus.

  • Friday's prep football...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Belen 48, Valencia 7

    Bloomfield 51, Wingate 0

    Centennial High School 33, Chaparral 28

    Cleveland 56, Volcano Vista 41

    Clovis 34, Carlsbad 29

    Dexter 53, NMMI 12

    Estancia 72, Santa Fe Indian 21

    Eunice 35, Loving 6

    Farmington 48, Kirtland Central 6

    Fort Sumner 41, Jal 13

    Gateway Christian 60, Carrizozo 6

    Goddard 49, Artesia 19

    Grants 46, Gallup 20

    Las Cruces 50, Gadsden 0

  • Boys, girls XC win at 2-4A title...

    ESPAÑOLA — Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams were winners at Friday's District 2-4A championship meet.
    Los Alamos' boys finished with a perfect score of 15 at the meet while Los Alamos' girls had a near-perfect score of 16 to win the team titles.
    Individually, Los Alamos' Sean Reardon and Jennifer Mooday won their races to earn district crowns.
    Read more about the races in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA football blasts Capital in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team closed out the Capital Jaguars early to win their 2012 regular season finale Friday night.
    Hilltopper linebacker Sam Ortiz stripped Jaguar running back Manuel Segura and ran 33 yards for a score early in the second half to give Los Alamos a mercy-rule 52-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos scored 40 points in the first half and held Capital to just three yards on its first two possessions to pick up the victory.
    Read more on Friday's game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Auburn, NMSU seek wins

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers used to treat games like this as nearly automatic wins.
    Now, they’re looking at Saturday’s visit from struggling New Mexico State (1-7) as more in the must-win category.
    The Tigers (1-7) are hoping another quarterback change and an opponent afflicted with some of the same issues will give them something to cheer about in a lost season that has fans clamoring for coach Gene Chizik’s firing.
    Chizik’s just clamoring for his players to win a game.
    “They know where we’re at in terms of urgency to win, and they want to win,” the embattled coach said. “We’re certainly not in a position to overlook any of our opponents. I think our team understands the urgency of the game.”
    Auburn has lost five games in a row and gave up a school-record 671 yards in last week’s 63-21 humbling by No. 16 Texas A&M. Seemingly unwinnable games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama still await. The Tigers are 22-1/2-point favorites in this one.
    If last week felt like rock-bottom for the season, losing to a one-win Western Athletic Conference team would feel even worse.
    NMSU has dropped its last seven games since an opening win over Sacramento State but played well No. 22 Louisiana Tech close in last week’s loss.

  • Freyer leads LASG at meet

    Brianna Freyer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational in Rio Rancho Oct. 20-21.
    More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part.
    The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver, and 26 bronze, led by Fryer.
    Freyer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals in each of the four events, bars (9.50), beam (9.30), floor (9.05), and vault (8.80). She also earned a fifth gold for her top all-around score of 36.65.
    The Xcel program is an alternative to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
    For the Atomic Tumblers, six gymnasts competed in the Xcel Program, while 15 are in the Junior Olympic Program. Fryer and Anna Clark, competed in both.
    Clark stood strong as the all-around champion in the Silver Level Xcel, with an all-around score of 35.15. She earned a gold on beam (9.25), silver on bars (8.80) and floor (9.00), and a bronze on vault (8.10).
    Also for the Atomic Tumblers, Suyanna Ferreira took third in the all-around Silver Level Xcel with a score of 34.35, earning a gold on bars (9.00).

  • JV results from the Los Alamos...

    Jordan Parker led the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity cross country team to a near-perfect finish at the Los Alamos Invitational last week.
    Parker won the girls JV race in a time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds to take top honors at the race, held Oct. 26 at Los Alamos Golf Course. Parker was followed by her teammate, race runner-up Amanda Mercer and Miranda Barraza, Emily Pittman and Janali Gustafson, who took the Nos. 4-6 spots.
    On the boys side, Cameron Staples was the top finisher for the Hilltopper JV team. Staples’ time of 17:53.56 was good enough for fourth place and was .32 seconds better than teammate Gus Saeger.
    The Hilltopper JV boys finished second, two points behind Albuquerque Academy.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Los Alamos Invitational:

    Girls

    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 18; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 42; 3. Cleveland, 86; 4. St. Pius X, 118; 5. Santa Fe Indian School, 157; 6. Santa Fe, 172; 7. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 184

    Individual results

  • Armstong to be burned in effigy

    LONDON (AP) — His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

    The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during an English town's nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.

    Edenbridge in southeast England has built a 30-foot (9-meter) model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.

    The effigy, to be burnt Saturday, sports a sign saying "For sale, racing bike, no longer required."

    Towns across Britain light bonfires and set off fireworks on Nov. 5 to commemorate Guy Fawkes' failed plot in 1605 to blow up Parliament.

    The bonfires are traditionally topped with an effigy of Fawkes but have been decorated with contemporary figures over recent years.

    Previous Edenbridge effigies include comedian Russell Brand and soccer star Wayne Rooney.

  • Toppers close out 2-4A season...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team closed out its District 2-4A season with an impressive victory Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars in their final home game of the season. They served an impressive 10 aces as they dropped the Jaguars 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos closes out its regular season at St. Michael’s tonight. Los Alamos and St. Mike’s were scheduled to play in mid-September but that match was postponed due to a water leak in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    With Wednesday’s win, Los Alamos (13-6) finishes with a district mark of 7-1. The team clinched the 2-4A regular season title, the No. 1 seed in the district tournament – which starts next week – and a berth in the Class 4A playoffs Saturday with its win over Española Valley.
    Los Alamos lost 3-1 to Santa Fe early in the district season, but bounced back, losing just three sets for the rest of the district season and earning four 2-4A sweeps.
    Against Capital, senior Erin Kirk, playing her final regular season match at Griffith Gym, led the way with 15 spike kills, scoring those on 22 attempts. Claire Stewart and Brianna Montaño both finished with 5 spike kills.
    Setter Savanah Romero, also a senior, had 27 assists.