Today's Sports

  • Lobo men's hoops picked 3rd...

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which won both a share of the regular season title and the conference tournament title, was picked to finish third in the official Mountain West Preseason Media Poll.
    The media poll was released Monday.
    The Lobos were picked behind No. 20 San Diego State and No. 19 UNLV.
    The conference also released the preseason All-Mountain West teams, and for the third straight year, UNM is represented on the squad. Kendall Williams, a junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of four juniors on the five-man preseason All-Conference team.
    Williams joins Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Deonta Burton of Nevada, and UNLV’s Mike Moser. Franklin was named Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate Dwayne Polee II was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, along with Bryce Dejean-Jones of UNLV.
    UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.
    The Lobos picked up 122 points in the poll of 18 media members from around the Mountain West, two members from each of the nine media markets of the league.
    San Diego State received 10 first place votes to edge UNLV in the voting 153-151.
    The Rebels took the other eight first place votes.

  • Hilltoppers, Jaguars face off...

    It might have been the defining play of the 2011 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team. It was certainly the most significant.

    With the District 2-4A championship on the line, the Capital Jaguars' main offensive threat, Jason Alarcon beat the Hilltopper defense to a long through-ball. Backpedaling to intercept Alarcon was Henry Steinkamp while coming forward full throttle was Los Alamos goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.

    The two never saw each other and Venneri plowed into Steinkamp, allowing not only the goal that would ultimately give the Jaguars the tiebreaker for the district title, it would dislocate Steinkamp's shoulder, knocking him out of the playoffs two weeks later.

    Today, the Hilltoppers will head back to Jaguar Field in a very similar position. Except, in 2012, it's the Hilltoppers in second place looking up to the Jaguars, who defeated the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field earlier this month.

    The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. It's the regular season finale for Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos will have to beat Capital, which is a perfect 8-0 at home this year, to have a shot at the district title.

    Steinkamp, the engine that makes the Hilltoppers go, has had an outstanding senior year. All he's worried about, he said, is picking up a victory.

  • Giants blast Cardinals, head to...

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the Giants had overcome to get back to the World Series, a late shower wasn't about to dampen their celebration.

    All right, it was a driving downpour.

    So reliever Sergio Romo danced through the raindrops, Tim Lincecum helped lead a soaked victory lap around the ballpark and Angel Pagan stayed on the field with his daughter long after his teammates took the party indoors.

    Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday night.

    "The rain never felt so good," series MVP Marco Scutaro said. "We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable."

    San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.

    The Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Triple Crown slugger Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Verlander is set to pitch Wednesday's opener at AT&T Park. Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted before Monday's game he had not planned any further in advance.

  • LA takes over first place in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its second sweep of the District 2-4A season over the Beranlillo Spartans Saturday.

    More importantly, it also took over sole possession of first place in the 2-4A standings with the victory, coupled by a 3-2 loss by Española Valley against Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers now sit alone atop the district with a mark of 4-1 (10-6 overall), while Santa Fe and Española Valley are tied at 3-2 behind them.

    Los Alamos, which has some tough contests with Bernalillo over the past few seasons, picked up a solid 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 win on the road to start the second half of the district season.

    The Spartans (4-12, 1-4) had little answer for Hilltopper middle Claire Stewart. Stewart had a match-high 18 spike kills, one of the top offensive totals of the season for Los Alamos.

    Also for Los Alamos, Erin Kirk and Sam Fenner finished with 8 spike kills. Setter Savanah Romero earned 39 assists.

    Saturday’s win was the fourth in a row for the Hilltoppers, who have given up just three games in those four victories.

    This week, however, will go a long way to determining how the 2-4A regular season will shake out. Los Alamos faces Santa Fe Wednesday night at home then travels to Esapñola Valley Saturday night.

  • UCI strips Armstrong of his 7...

    GENEVA (AP) — Cycling's governing body agreed Monday to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.

    Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said the race would go along with whatever cycling's governing body decides and will have no official winners for those years.

    USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen" within his U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.

  • The AP top 25 college football...

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • LA blasted in critical 2-4A game

    For the second straight week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was involved in a game that, on paper, appeared to be a pretty even match.
    For the second straight week, that seemingly well-matched game turned into a blowout. There was one big difference this week, though: it was the Hilltoppers on the wrong end of that blowout.
    The Santa Fe Demons scored two touchdowns in 1:06 span at the end of the first half and two more touchdowns in 1:30 at the start of the second half. The Hilltoppers mounted something of a comeback in the third quarter, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as the Demons crushed the Hilltoppers 62-30 at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos simply had no answer for the Santa Fe running duo of quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer and tailback Anthony Abeyta.
    Abeyta, one of the top rushers in Class 4A, ran for 215 yards — a number that would’ve been significantly higher if not for him taking a 30-yard loss on a botched punt snap — and three touchdowns, while Booth-Homer went for 90 yards on 11 carries, including three touchdowns on four attempts running the ball in the second half.

  • ’Toppers pick up win in home...

    The end of the season, as virtually any coach will tell you, is when you want to have your team peaking.
    That is the strategy the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team is employing as the end of the 2012 season nears, and that team may be right on schedule. And with a mammoth-sized game this week, the Hilltoppers will be looking for any advantage they can get.
    Los Alamos, in its final tune-up game Saturday afternoon for what is likely going to be a war Tuesday night in Santa Fe, got two second half goals to drop the Piedra Vista Panthers. Rohun Iyer headed in a corner kick in the 53rd minute and Cooper Christensen tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th minute as Los Alamos blanked Piedra Vista 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Saturday’s victory over Piedra Vista, a Class 4A team from District 1, was also Senior Day at Sullivan Field. A gaggle of Hilltopper seniors were making their final regular season appearance in front of their home crowd, among them Nick Thoma, who scored the team’s first goal on the new Sullivan Field turf in 2011.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos wanted to make sure everything was in working order so it was ready to play Capital Tuesday night. Capital, which currently holds the District 2-4A lead, topped Los Alamos 1-0 Oct. 6 and can clinch its second straight district title with a win at home.

  • LA blanks Piedra Vista Saturday...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a shutout against a solid Class 4A team on the road Saturday.
    Los Alamos earned goals in each half as it topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 2-0 in Farmington, one of two tune-up games the Hilltoppers (15-3) have scheduled late in the regular season to get set for the upcoming playoffs.
    Katelyn Leslie scored late in the first half and Amy Neal tacked on an insurance goal in the second half while Los Alamos’ defense posted its 11th shutout victory this season.
    “I’m very happy with the game,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “You never know what’s going to happen when you come up here. 2-0 is a solid win. We didn’t give them any opportunities.”
    With just two remaining games, Los Alamos is on the very short list of teams that could get the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Saturday’s win over Piedra Vista (8-8), which played well in the nondistrict season but has struggled against tough District 1 competition, could boost the Hilltoppers’ chances of grabbing that top seed.
    Los Alamos locked up its sixth consecutive district title last week with a 4-1 win over Santa Fe, a game in which Kubicek was unimpressed with his team’s execution.

  • Sports Update 10-21-12

    Fusion to hold open house

    The Fusion Junior Olympic volleyball program, will host an open house Oct. 28.
    The open house is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
    Interested players, age 12-18, are welcome to attend. Information about tryouts, competition and prices for participation will be available at the event. Nets will also be set up for play.
    Yum Run returns Saturday

    The eighth annual Ruby K’s Yum Run is scheduled for Oct. 27.
    The Yum Run includes a 5K run/walk event and a 10K run/walk, as well as a 1K non-competitive fun run. All races start and finish at Ruby K’s on Central Avenue.
    Price for participation is $30 per person for the 5K and 10K races or $90 per family and $15 per person or $35 per family for the 1K. All proceeds from the races will go to benefit LA Cares.
    Entry forms are available online at rubykbagel.com or may be picked up at Ruby K’s Los Alamos Fitness Center, the YMCA or Mesa Public Library.

    LAHS volleyball’s ‘Dig Pink’ night scheduled for Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will host “Dig Pink” night Wednesday.