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    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 8, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • LA's split decision: Boys...

     

    If you were 30 seconds late to Saturday night’s boys soccer game between Los Alamos and St. Pius X at Sullivan Field, you missed all the scoring.

    The Hilltoppers struck just 21 seconds into the game with a goal from Alexi Ortega and held on for a 1-0 victory.

    “We struck early and sometimes that wakes up the other team,” Los Alamos coach Evan Gartz said. “They came after us but we had possession most of the game though. We had quality chances and we had more than they did. I am really happy.”

  • Prep football scores from around...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Anthony, Texas 30, Cobre 26

    Artesia 57, Hobbs 13

    Atrisco Heritage 47, Gallup 0

    Belen 48, Del Norte 7

    Bloomfield 25, Pojoaque 6

    Carlsbad 16, Del Rio, Texas 10

    Clovis 67, Highland 12

    Crownpoint 26, Navajo Pine 14

    Deming 55, Hot Springs 6

    Durango, Colo. 30, Kirtland Central 0

    EP Chapin, Texas 29, Rio Rancho 22

    EP Chapin, Texas 29, Cleveland 22

    EP Irvin, Texas 55, Chaparral 18

  • Cowboys, Giants rivalry kicks...

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A good start is what is on the line this time when the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL season opener.
    The stakes were much greater the last time the NFC East foes faced off to close the last regular season. New York won to claim the division title en route to the Super Bowl title. Dallas was left out of the postseason.
    Tonight at MetLife Stadium, the winner will take the early upper hand in the divisional race.
    For Eli Manning and the Super Bowl champion Giants, this will be a chance to silence the critics and detractors who have sounded off repeatedly after they beat the New England Patriots in February to claim their second title in five seasons.
    The Giants heard it all. They were lucky to get into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. They really didn’t beat the Packers or 49ers, they were just handed the games. There is a lot more, but that is the gist.
    That is now over.
    The goal for Tom Coughlin’s players is to show they have constructed that bridge the 65-year-old coach urged them to build to link their late-season 6-0 run to the title to the 2012 campaign.

  • LAHS volleyball team drops opener

     The Los Alamos volleyball team found out in a hurry Tuesday night what it will be up against if expects to contend for state accolades this season.
    In the past four seasons, LAHS had fallen to St. Pius X in the state semifinals.
    On Tuesday night, the  Lady Toppers opened their season against their nemesis, falling 25-23, 18-25-25-22 and 26-24.
    The Toppers likely will face St. Pius again. The two are scheduled to compete in the Farmington Tournament later this season and chances are they could meet again the state playoffs.
    This weekend, the Lady Toppers will travel to the Moriarty Tournament.

  • ´Toppers bounce back vs. Scorps

    The last time the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team went on to win the Louie Cernicek Invitational, it would go on to win the state championship.

    In 2012, the Hilltoppers are hoping this weekend’s tournament is a harbinger of things to come.

    Los Alamos picked up two impressive victories in the opening rounds of the tournament, but had to slug it out against the defending Class 4A champion Farmington Scorpions.

    After 78 minutes of scoreless ball and both teams struggling to produce any offense, Farmington’s Jeremy Klepac, quite possibly the most dangerous player in 4A, outhustled the Hilltopper defense to a long boot ball. Klepac emerged with the ball from a converging triangle of Los Alamos defenders to clang a shot off the crossbar and in.

    But the drama wasn’t over, not by a long shot.

    Deep in extra time, Cooper Christensen was fouled just outside of the Farmington penalty box. Midfielder Rohun Iyer was locked on to fullback Ben Stewart as he set up a flip-over kick that went right to Stewart’s head and into the goal.

    Stewart, who was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament, said he felt responsible for Klepac’s late goal and new it was up to him to make something happen.

  • LA boys, girls top all comers...

    If there were any doubters remaining, and apparently there were, they should be quieted now.

    Before Friday’s University of New Mexico Invitational, Los Alamos runner Orion Staples said there were Albuquerque Academy faithful claiming on the Internet that the Hilltoppers’ decisive victory at the 2011 state tournament was a happy turn of events for Los Alamos and nothing more.

    Well, maybe not.

    The Hilltopper boys, along with the Hilltopper girls, the queens of New Mexico cross country, scored wins at the UNM Invitational meet, their season openers.

    Los Alamos’ boys stole the show in that race, scoring a scant 38 points, less than half the total of Class 5A juggernaut Cleveland. Los Alamos placed four runners in the top 10 in a loaded field of individuals.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls may not have been the flashiest team running Friday night, but they were far and away the most consistent.

    The Hilltopper girls nipped a top-loaded St. Pius X by four points to claim the title in their first race of the season.

    The UNM Invitational is traditionally the largest single running event in the state. This year, 35 boys teams and 33 girls teams took part, including heavyweights such as Cleveland’s Storm, Rio Rancho, Academy and La Cueva.

  • Elks Stewed By LA

    While the skill position players get the lion’s share of the credit in football, as the old saying goes, “the war is won in the trenches.”

    So score a victory for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday night.

    Los Alamos’ undersized offensive and defensive lines were dominant at Sullivan Field against Pojoaque, which featured some big bodies upfront. But Los Alamos, using its speed advantage to full effect, hit the Elks hard and fast, creating holes on offense and creating havoc on defense.

    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the first half, one on a strip-and-go by Cory Geyer late in the first quarter and the other on a pick-six by Arnoldo Ortiz after Pojoaque quarterback Ryan Koller was hammered by Chandler Lauritzen coming off the right side.

    The Elks made a valiant attempt to right their ship in the second half, but by that time it was far too late as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 55-14 win at Sullivan Field.

    “Basically, our strategy is not size,” said Los Alamos senior lineman John Gibson. “We never had size. This year, our line focused on agility and speed. What we do isn’t anything fancy....When we work our technique, we’re unstoppable.”

  • Friday's prep football...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Artesia 56, Lovington 7

    Belen 14, Deming 7

    Carlsbad 20, Roswell 6

    Carrizozo 20, Menaul 14

    Clayton 54, Dulce 0

    Clovis 55, Capital 0

    EP Bel Air, Texas 20, Onate 14

    Escalante 54, Magdalena 8

    Eunice 42, Jal 0

    Farmington 54, Gallup 0

    Gadsden 34, Hobbs 33

    Gateway Christian 50, Mountainair 8

    Grants 30, Santa Fe 26