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Today's Sports

  • LA crushes Farmington, 6-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its 2012 season started with a bang Saturday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in the second half of their season opener with the Farmington Scorpions. Freshman Catie McDonald earned the first hat-trick of her prep career and senior Amy Neal scored a pair of goals and assisted McDonald with all three of her goals as the Hilltoppers won in a rout, 6-0 on the road.
    Los Alamos, which was much quicker up top than were the Scorpions, fixed itself up with several 1-on-1 scoring opportunities and took advantage.
    Due to some absences, the Hilltoppers went into the game playing short-handed — Los Alamos only kept 16 players on its preseason roster — but their sub-varsity call-ups for the game came through against the Scorpions (0-1) under toasty conditions at Hutchison Stadium.
    “Some of the JV players stepped up and played very well,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I could not be pleased more with the first game of the season.”
    Kubicek said his team’s marking wasn’t where it should be and he would’ve liked to see a better overall contest out of his midfield, but he said he didn’t seen any unfixable problems.

  • Front Runners

    Los Alamos’ Orion Staples (left) and Nick Hill head to the finish line of the 2011 Albuquerque Academy Invitational. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will take part in a scrimmage with La Cueva Saturday morning in Albuquerque.

  • Candia is a dual winner Friday

    Roxana Candia predicted her finish time down the second Tuesday.
    Candia was the big winner at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race this week. The Pace Race is a weekly event where competitors guess at their finish times for the race’s 1- or 3-mile courses.
    Candia was not only perfect with her prediction of 23 minutes, 30 seconds, she was also the top female finisher on the 3-mile course. Ted Romero, who was the top male finisher on the 3-mile course, had the second best prediction of the evening, being eight seconds off. Matt Fair was off by nine seconds, while Steve Shook was 12 seconds off and Katie Gattiker was 26 seconds off.
    On the 1-mile course, Sue Kinkead was the fastest finisher (10:28), while Bob Weservelt had a finish time of 11:29. On the 3-mile course, Romero finished in 19:47.
    The next Pace Race will be 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will start near the San Ildefonso playground on Barranca Mesa.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • Fishing Report 08-24-12

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    Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

    Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, tricos, zebra midges, small spinners salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 25 cfs. The water was slightly stained from recent rains. From now to Aug. 30, anglers may experience restricted access to Cimarron Canyon State Park between the Perryville Fishing Access and the eastern boundary of the park. Crews filming “The Lone Ranger” will be shooting a scene on U.S.64 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs.

    Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

  • State Notes 08-24-12

    Lobo men’s basketball reveals 2012-13 schedule

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico men’s head basketball coach Steve Alford has announced the 2012-13 schedule earlier this week and it includes 20 contests against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.

  • Senior-heavy LA could again be a...

    During the 2012 preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has been focused on its conditioning.

    And with the team projected to have a short bench this season, the Hilltoppers will likely need that extra work.

    Los Alamos opens the season up Saturday when it goes on the road to face Farmington for a scheduled noon kickoff.

    The Hilltoppers have high hopes for the 2012 season and they have good reason to. The majority of their roster is returning following a successful 2011 season in which they advanced to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Nevertheless, one big obstacle still remains: getting by Albuquerque Academy. But heading into the regular season, Los Alamos likes the hand it’s been dealt.

    “I think it’s really good,” Hilltopper star forward Amy Neal said just days before she starts her senior season campaign, trying to grab that state title that has so far eluded her. “We’ve got a ton of good players on this team...I think our team will mix really well and we’ll be able to get that team goal.”

  • Davie, Lobos looking to turn...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Coming off three consecutive one-win seasons and a turbulent era under Mike Locksley that saw the first-time head coach fired in the middle of last season, the University of New Mexico’s football program is struggling to make progress.
    Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie has been brought in to restore some Lobos luster, but he last walked the sidelines a decade ago, spending the time since as an analyst with ESPN.
    And Davie acknowledged things are far from glowing as New Mexico prepares for the upcoming season.
    “I’m sure every team we play, they’re looking at that schedule and saying, ‘We’re going to beat New Mexico,’ “ he said.
    This despite returning 16 starters on both sides of the ball, among the most in the Mountain West.
    “We don’t care how many players we have back,” Davie said. “Because they haven’t won, so I don’t know that that matters a whole lot. We’re really starting over.”
    The makeover starts with the offense, which will be employing a hybrid, shotgun/option package.

  • Sports Update 08-22-12

    Golf tourney will benefit LA baseball, softball
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will host a fundraising golf tournament Saturday.
    The Diamonds in the Rough tournament is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Los Alamos Golf Course. Price for participation is $80 per player, which includes greens fees, cart and dinner.
    The tournament is a 4-player scramble, blind bogey format. Prizes for top scores and closest to the pin will be awarded.
    For registration or hole sponsorship information, call Jamie Aslin at 699-2320 or Roger Anaya at 670-6717.

  • Scrimmages set for Saturday

    While most Los Alamos High School sports aren’t officially getting their seasons started just yet, there will be plenty of them in action Saturday.
    The fall 2011 season for most teams gets going next week, but Saturday the Los Alamos football, volleyball and cross country teams will all be involved in preseason events.
    The Hilltopper football team, which is coming off a 2011 postseason appearance, its first in three years, will travel to Bloomfield for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers, who have several key offensive and defensive players returning this season, topped Bloomfield during the 2011 regular season, winning in a nail-biter, 21-20.
    Closer to home, the Los Alamos volleyball team will take part in the Española Valley Jamboree preseason scrimmage. That scrimmage will be hosted by the Hilltoppers’ arch-rivals, the Española Valley Sundevils.
    That scrimmage is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.
    In cross country, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams will be at La Cueva for a preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers and Bears regularly meet in the preseason in Albuquerque.

  • Pushing the Pace

    The 38th annual Los Alamos Triathlon took place Saturday. The event included a 20K bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5K run.