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Today's Sports

  • Volleyball climbs 1 spot in 4A...

    Here are this week’s Class 4A football and volleyball coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Football

        Team     Total pts.    Previous
    1. Goddard (18)    180    1
    2. Artesia              151    2
    3. Aztec                139    3
    4. Valencia           108    5

  • Rio Rancho shuts out LA at home...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team will have just one day to prepare for the Albuquerque Academy Chargers following a rough outing Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers fell to the Rio Rancho Rams at home Thursday. The game, which was delayed one hour due to lightning, was thoroughly controlled by the Rams, the No. 3 team in Class 5A, who won 3-0.

    "You have to give them credit, they outplayed us," Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. "We could not get anything going. We had the same problems as we did against La Cueva (Tuesday). We need to play better, that's all."

    Kubicek said his defense is struggling — it has given up seven goals in its two games this week — and he may make some lineup changes for Academy.

  • Class 4A soccer polls

    Here are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls soccer coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by NMSoccer.com. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous
    1. Academy (6)       78    1
    2. Los Alamos (2)    71    3
    3. St. Pius X            57    2
    4. Aztec                   48    6
    5. Farmington         36    5

  • Pace Racers have tough time this...

    Karen Thorn was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race and by a wide margin.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held at the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail. Predictions on the Rim Trail were tough this week and most competitors finished with actual times considerably slower than predicted times.
    Thorn, however, finished just eight seconds off her predicted time. No other runner finished closer than 151 seconds of their times.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Anya Gonzales, who posted a 15:58. On the 3.25-mile course, Jamie Jablin finished in 24:46 and Katie Gattiker had a 44:08.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday. It will start at 6 p.m. at 1279 San Ildefonso Road on North Mesa.

  • LA's teams open at home...

    For the fall 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams are keeping their goals attainable.
    With heavy losses to graduation off the 2010-11 teams, Los Alamos will be starting several players with little or no varsity experience.
    Los Alamos’ teams start their season Monday when they host the Los Alamos Fall Invitational. Tee-off is set for 9 a.m.
    Along with some new starters, the Los Alamos boys team will also be under the direction of a new coach. Mike Lippiatt, who led the Hilltopper girls team last year, also takes over the reins of the boys team.

  • LA hangs to beat St. Mike's...

    There were some bumps in the road with the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team’s lineup shifts Wednesday, but head coach Garry Maskaly is hoping the rest of the season will be smooth going.
    Wednesday night, the Hilltoppers hosted the St. Michael’s Horsemen, who so far have had an up-and-down season. Keeping true to form, the Horsemen had an up-and-down contest, picking up victories in the first and third sets to keep the pressure on the Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers, however, easily won sets two and four, then came back from a 7-5 deficit midway through the 15-point fifth set to top the Horsemen 3-2.
    Los Alamos’ set scores Wednesday were 24-26, 25-17, 23-25, 25-10, 15-11.

  • Season could be delayed for NBA

    NEW YORK (AP) — The long looks on players’ faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver’s voice made it obvious: There was no progress Tuesday in talks to end the NBA lockout.
    And with less than three weeks until training camps, the latest setback may be a tough one.
    “I think coming out of today, obviously because of the calendar, we can’t come out of here feeling as though training camps and the season is going to start on time at this point,” players’ association president and Los Angeles Lakers president Derek Fisher said.
    Still divided over the salary cap structure, owners and players decided to pass on talking again Wednesday.

  • LA dropped by La Cueva, 6-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had some breakdowns at the beginning and the end of its game Tuesday against the La Cueva Bears, falling at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex 6-1.
    The Bears took advantage of a pair of mistakes early in the contest, taking a quick 2-0 edge. Then, late in the game, the Bears went on a scoring frenzy, picking up three goals in the space of about five minutes to win going away.
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said it was a disappointing way to start the game, but his team picked it up afterwards and played fairly even with the Bears until a late-game mental breakdown.

  • La Cueva holds on to top LA at...

    A long, grinding week got off to a rough start for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Tuesday night.
    The Hilltoppers got through an initial offensive push by the La Cueva Bears Tuesday at Sullivan Field, taking an early lead. But the Bears scored twice later in the first half and twice more in the second half. The Hilltoppers earned a late goal in the contest, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears held on for a 4-3 victory.
    The Bears, ranked No. 4 in last week’s Class 5A coaches’ poll, had the Hilltoppers back on their heels for most of the contest.
    Despite scoring three goals, the Hilltoppers (6-2) weren’t able to mount much of a sustained attack Tuesday.

  • Dolphins torched by Tom Brady

    MIAMI (AP) — Desperate to slow down Tom Brady, the Miami Dolphins tried playing 12 men on defense.
    That didn’t work. They drew a penalty. Using only 11 defenders was even worse.
    Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker, and the New England Patriots opened their season Monday night by beating Miami 38-24.
    Brady and the reigning AFC East champions picked up where they left off last season, when he was a unanimous choice for NFL MVP, and his team led the league in scoring.
    “He’s a great quarterback,” teammate Aaron Hernandez said, “and the world knows that.”