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Today's Sports

  • LA looks strong vs. La Cueva

    In a preseason race Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team exceeded expectations.
    Los Alamos and Albuquerque’s La Cueva ran a scrimmage Saturday in Albuquerque, with the Hilltopper boys’ top five nipping the Bears’ top five in unofficial scoring.
    Meanwhile, the powerful Hilltopper girls team swept the top five places against La Cueva to roll to a victory in the preseason contest.
    The Hilltopper cross country program will open in earnest Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.
    In the scrimmage, the Hilltopper boys finished with an unofficial total of 27 points, while the Bears, the defending Class 5A champions, had a total of 29 points.

  • Pojoaque’s rallies sink Los...

    As Garry Maskaly said heading into Saturday’s opening match for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, getting over the mental stumbling block that is the Pojoaque Elks would be its big challenge.
    Unfortunately, Los Alamos wasn’t able to clear it.
    Los Alamos put together several good attacks throughout, but couldn’t string enough together to keep pace with Pojoaque’s big rallies.
    Pojoaque, the top-ranked team in Class 3A heading into the regular season, showed it was worthy of that ranking with an impressive 25-20, 25-13, 25-27, 25-14 victory in Griffith Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

  • Sports Schedule Aug. 29-Sept. 3

    Monday
    Football: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Volleyball: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

    Thursday
    Football: LAMS at Taos, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, varsity, JV 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity 6:30 p.m.; Pecos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

  • LA blanked by Farmington, 5-0

    The first big Class 4A test for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team didn’t go as well as the team had hoped.
    Charles Klepac and Jeremy Klepac combined for four of five of the Farmington Scorpions’ goals Saturday at Hutchison stadium. The Scorpions, which the Hilltoppers feel might be the team to beat in Class 4A this season, scored a big win Saturday, cruising to a 5-0 victory.
    Klepac, a senior, also had an assist to go with his two goals Saturday, while senior Ryan Reeves finished with a goal and an assist.
    Los Alamos (1-1) had five shots on goal in the game, all of which were picked up by Farmington’s two goalkeepers, Cort Cox and Isaac Kynast, who split time to take the shutout win.

  • ´Toppers thumped by Elks in...

    Head coach Garett Williams knew the Los Alamos Hilltoppers football team was young and lacked varsity experience.
    But after a 59-22 drubbing at the hands of the Pojoaque Elks Saturday afternoon, Williams has to hope his team matures in a hurry.
    The Hilltoppers faced plenty of adversity from the onset. Dressing only 25 players, Los Alamos tried to deal with the heat, injuries and expulsions to its top players, but it had no way of stopping Pojoaque’s offense, which rolled up a whopping 428 yards.
    “These young kids are going to have to grow up fast,” Williams said. “The older guys we have have to get healthy and we also have older guys getting their first chance at varsity football. They have to step up.”

  • LA’s offense continues to...

    Heading into the 2011 season, one of the big questions looming over the Los Alamos Hillltopper girls soccer team was whether it would be able to generate goals consistently.
    For the opening week of the season, anyway, that question was answered definitively.
    Los Alamos scored a pair of goals early in the first half and tacked on two more in the second half to drop its toughest opponent to date, the Farmington Scorpions, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    The Hilltoppers finished the week a perfect 3-0 and put 22 balls into the onion bag against three Class 4A teams.

  • Young Toppers looking for...

    A big chunk of the roster of the 2011 Los Alamos Hilltopper football team has limited or no varsity experience.
    Those youngsters, however, will get tested in a hurry this season.
    The Hilltoppers’ season kicks off Saturday against Pojoaque. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
    Even before the first snap, however, the Hilltoppers will have plenty of challenges ahead of them this season. The Hilltoppers have only 25 players listed on the varsity roster, more than half of those being freshmen or sophomores, the majority of which have little or no experience at the varsity level.

  • Thursday's prep football...

    A pair of Class 4A teams were big winners in the opening night of prep football in New Mexico.
    High school football got going with four games Thursday night, including a pair of nail-biters pitting two of the top teams in the southern part of the state going up against opponents from El Paso, Texas.
    Las Cruces Mayfield edged El Paso Chapin 28-27 to open its season, while the Las Cruces Bulldawgs were nipped by El Paso El Dorado, 26-23.
    In the other two games Thursday, Atrisco Heritage, which plays in District 5-4A, pounded Class 5A’s Albuquerque High 37-0 to open its season, while Valencia, from District 6-4A, crushed Taos 68-18.

  • Marr is best predictor at Pace...

    Duane Marr was the top predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday in the Quemazon subdivision. The Quemazon Climb/Decadent Table Dessert Run featured a big climb up Quemazon Road toward the Perimeter Trail and attracted 16 runners and walkers.
    Marr, who competed on the 1-mile course Tuesday, was 24 seconds off his predicted finish time. He topped Tom Sanford, who was 30 seconds off. No other competitor Tuesday finished with a prediction error of under two minutes.
    On the 1-mile course, Anya Gonzales was the top finisher, completing her run in 13:38. On the 3-mile course, Jamie Jablin was the top finisher with his time of 21:41, while Sammy Keie finished in 33:04.

  • LA steamrolls Moriarty, 8-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took nine shots in the first 10 minutes, connecting on two of them to set the tempo for a whitewashing Thursday afternoon in White Rock.
    The Hilltopper offense ran roughshod over the Moriarty Pintos back line in the first half Thursday, connecting on three goals in the first 13 minutes. The Pintos would never mount any kind of serious attack as the Hilltoppers rolled to an 8-0 victory at the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex.
    The score might have been worse had Los Alamos not misfired on two open-goal opportunities and Moriarty goalkeeper Taylor Luker not stopped two well-placed balls in the first half.