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  • Washburn returns following...

    BERNALILLO — Just three days after his reinstatement onto the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, Grant Washburn suited up in his first game of the 2012 season.
    Washburn, a two-year offensive and defensive line starter, as well as a 2011 first team All-District player at both positions, made an appearance in Friday’s game against the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Washburn was suspended from extracurricular activities Aug. 30 for a violation of Los Alamos Public Schools’ alcohol and drug policy, but his suspension was overturned Tuesday by the Los Alamos School board.
    According to New Mexico Activities Association rules, players must have 10 days of practice before they can compete, but Washburn was suspended just one day before the start of the regular season and had put his mandatory practice time in by then.
    “He was back at practice (Wednesday), Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “The team is happy to have their teammate back.”
    Williams said Washburn kept up with his conditioning and strength training during his suspension.

  • Big 2nd half gives LA huge win...

    BERNALILLO – A game against two evenly matched teams started as a nip-and-tuck affair, but ended in a rout.

    And the routing team, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, could be in a position at the end of this week to all but sewing-up the District 2-4A title.

    Los Alamos opened its district title defense campaign Friday nigh at Spartan Field in Bernalillo, a place Los Alamos has struggled at in the past, to take on Bernalillo’s Spartans, one of three teams along with the Hilltoppers and Santa Fe’s Demons, that appear to have the best crack at earning the 2-4A championship.

    The two teams matched each other’s running attack for a good share of the ballgame, but a 95-yard touchdown toss in the third quarter from Hilltopper Brice Van Etten to slotback Seth Drop broke the back of the Spartans.

    The Spartans fell apart following the huge play, which put the Hilltoppers up by three scores at the time. The Hilltoppers would break open the game late, giving them a 34-0 victory on the road.

    Hilltopper Arnoldo Ortiz, who led all rushers with 116 yards on the contest, said Los Alamos went into Bernalillo Friday ready to win.

  • LA among winners in Friday prep...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Artesia 55, Clovis 48

    Aztec 46, St. Pius 27

    Capitan 47, Loving 0

    Carrizozo 46, Melrose 22

    Centennial High School 41, Hot Springs 20

    Deming 29, Alamogordo 28

    EP Cathedral, Texas 49, Chaparral 6

    Escalante 35, Fort Sumner 20

    Farmington 35, Bloomfield 12

    Goddard 20, Carlsbad 17

    Grants 36, Miyamura 18

    Hagerman 48, Cloudcroft 12

    Kirtland Central 49, Capital 0

  • LA makes good showing against No...

    It was an opportunity not many people get, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took advantage of it Thursday night.

    The Strongsville, Ohio, Mustangs, traveling through northern New Mexico this week, wanted to take in some local sights and sounds, as well as play some soccer.

    Strongsville, however, is not just a bunch of ordinary tourists. It so happens to be the No. 1-ranked team prep team in the country.

    Thursday, it dropped in for a visit to Sullivan Field to take on the Hilltoppers, one of the premier teams in the area.

    Strongsville is a suburb of Cleveland and the Mustangs make annual treks to various places across the country. This year’s trip just happened to be through the area.

    In the offseason, Mustangs’ head coach Jon Felton got in touch with girls soccer organizers in Taos and asked if his team could drop by for a visit. From Taos, Felton was connected with Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek, who jumped at the chance for his team to host an elite program such as Strongsville.

    In Thursday’s contest, the Hilltoppers had a solid showing, keeping pace with the Mustangs for most of the way despite having to play most of the contest a man down after drawing a first half red card.

  • Orioles hold on in ALDS, force...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Just maybe the Baltimore Orioles' remarkable run into October is not so improbable after all.

    Seventeen wins in extra innings, 31 victories in one-run games. Staving off elimination from the postseason twice already.

    They've done all that, and might not be done yet.

    Bouncing back from a demoralizing defeat, the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 2-1 in, yep, 13 innings on J.J. Hardy's double in Game 4 of the division series Thursday night.

    Now they get a chance to prove one more time that they're unflappable, in a winner-take-all Game 5 Friday.

    "All these extra-inning games, all these close games. Obviously, it's fitting with the types of games we played all year," closer Jim Johnson said.

    On Thursday they played past midnight, winning a test of wills with the high-priced Yankees for a chance at a spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.

    Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees against Jason Hammel.

    "It's time to go," Sabathia said. "This is a one-game playoff, and this is what we play for. We're here in the Bronx at home, and like I said, I'll be excited and ready to go."

  • Sports Update 10-11-12

    Pickleball group playing at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an afternoon pickleball group at its gymnasium.
    The pickleball group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA.
    More information on the group is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Girls soccer goes pink Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will wear pink Saturday and will be collecting loose change to help support breast cancer research.
    Los Alamos will play Bernalillo at 11 a.m.

     

  • Toppers, Spartans to face off...

    It’s do-or-die time in District 2-4A.
    And the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will take its first step toward doing or dying Friday night.
    Los Alamos will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in the district opener for both schools. That contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Spartan Field.
    Last week, Los Alamos wrapped up its nondistrict season with a 29-25 victory at Albuquerque Academy, a game which Los Alamos trailed 11-8 at halftime but rallied to win, the clincher coming on a 42-yard touchdown strike from Brice Van Etten to Xavier Dennison.
    The Hilltoppers are seeking a second straight District 2-4A title, but so far this season, no 2-4A team has established itself as a clear frontrunner. The Hilltoppers probably have the upper hand among the three teams with the best shot to vie for the title.
    Los Alamos will have back-to-back contests with the Spartans and the Santa Fe Demons. A pair of wins will go a long way to clinching a title.
    “Our guys are feeling good,” said Hilltopper head coach Garett Williams, who led them to the 2011 district crown. “We’re coming off a win, but it’s a new season. We’re going into district. The guys had a great week of practice and we’re ready to go.”

  • LA rallies to top Española Valley

    Barring a runaway victory in the fourth set by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, the difference between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils in their match Wednesday night was zero points.
    Los Alamos, trying to avoid falling into a big early hole in the District 2-4A volleyball race, hosted Española Valley at Griffith Gymnasium. Española Valley, which came out victorious in its first two district outings, had a chance to take a commanding 2-game lead with a win.
    The Sundevils looked to be on their way after outlasting the Hilltoppers in a grueling, emotional third set, but following that set, which both teams had and lost chances to put away, the Hilltoppers rallied to take the final two sets.
    In the fourth set, Los Alamos libero Danielle Ortiz reeled off eight straight points to start, giving her team a big advantage. The momentum from the fourth set carried Los Alamos through a tough fifth set to take a 24-26, 25-23, 28-30, 25-8, 15-13 victory.
    Like in many of their recent outings, the Hilltoppers had trouble getting things going against the Sundevils early.
    “It was shaky,” said Ortiz. “We were tied at 1-1 and that third game was really tight. We battled it out, but coming down to the wire it was anyone’s game.”

  • 'Toppers rally to beat...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit in a crucial District 2-4A match Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos swept the final two matches against the Española Valley Sundevils to take a 3-2 victory. A victory by the Sundevils would’ve put the Hilltoppers in a deep hole early in the district race.

    Both teams are now 2-1 and tied atop the district standings. Santa Fe took a surprising 3-1 victory over Los Alamos last weekend.

    More on Wednesday’s victory will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Bounty suspensions upheld by...

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

    Though an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds, Goodell ruled he was sticking with his decision to suspend Vilma for the season and Smith for four games.

    Hargrove, a free agent defensive lineman, will face a two-game suspension once he signs with a team. He originally was hit with eight games, but that was reduced to seven with five games already served. Fujita, who plays for Cleveland, will now miss only one game instead of three.

    The responses of Vilma, Smith and the NFL Players Association left little doubt that the seven-month-old bounty saga is far from over.

    Vilma said on Twitter that the new ruling "this is not news to me pride won't let him admit he's wrong." Smith issued a statement saying he will continue to explore his appeal options.