Today's Sports

  • LA cross country teams are ones...

     The scenario heading into the Class 4A state cross country championship meet rarely changes: the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls are the team to beat, the Hilltopper boys will be hoping for an upset of Albuquerque Academy.
    While the 2011 state title race could be more of the same, this year, there’s a wrinkle. By most practical measures, the Hilltopper boys will still be the underdog heading into the state meet, but it may have the psychological edge over Academy after an upset win over the Chargers two weeks earlier.
    That, combined with earning a perfect score at the District 2 race last week, could make the Hilltoppers primed to pull off another upset.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.

  • UNM looks to move past hype

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two seasons ago, when New Mexico surged into the national spotlight behind coach Steve Alford and a gritty group of overachievers, it took many people by surprise.
    Now the Lobos are getting some preseason hype and Alford is relishing the opportunity to deliver on those projections when the regular season starts at home Nov. 11 against New Orleans.
    “There’s obviously some good expectations and when you look at us on paper, that’s kind of what we’ve told our guys,” he said. “Looking on paper, we look pretty good, but you have to go play the games and that’s what’s fun right now, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your team right at both ends of the floor.”

  • LA could have tough road to...

    Having a week off can be a blessing heading into the playoffs, or it can be a mixed blessing.
    Whether a week’s worth of rest turns out to be the former or the latter for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team remains to be seen.
    On the one hand for the Hilltoppers, who will open the 2011 state Class 4A playoffs Thursday morning, they have had plenty of time to iron out some details. Their last game of the regular season was Oct. 22 and have nearly two weeks to get their game in top form.
    But time off from competition can mean rust. It can also mean momentum gained during the regular season can be lost.

  • LA girls will meet Piedra Vista

    The Class 4A boys and girls soccer championship tournaments shift to Albuquerque after last weekend’s opening round.
    Thursday, the remaining eight teams in each playoff bracket will head to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex on the extreme west side of Albuquerque to determine the 2011 state champions. Class 4A girls games start at 10:45 a.m. Thursday while boys games will get going at 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos girls soccer team, the No. 2 seed in that tournament, learned it will face seventh-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Piedra Vista, which finished third in a very tough District 1, took a 1-0 decision over Del Norte, the tournament’s No. 10 seed Saturday in Farmington.

  • Ruby K's Yum Run results

    Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Thomas Chadwick had the top finish in the men’s 5K race Saturday in the Ruby K’s Yum Run.
    The Yum Run, an annual fundraising event for LA Cares, started and ended in downtown Los Alamos. The event consisted of a 5K and 10K cross-country event, as well as a 1K fun run/walk. This year marked the seventh annual running.
    Chadwick, 11, finished with an age-adjusted time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds, scoring a decisive win over runner-up Sevngheon Kim, who finished in 20:30.
    Chip Cooper won the men’s 10K race with his time of 44:35. On the women’s side, Miranda Barraza had a 20:12 to win the women’s 5K race, while Erica Baron’s 45:46 was the best age-adjusted time in the women’s 10K.

  • LA loses in a shootout, 2-1

    It might have been the most complete game the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had put together all season.
    Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to pull off a first round upset Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, were knocked out by the seventh-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers in the opening round. The Panthers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to score the equalizer, then earn the victory in penalty kicks.
    Piedra Vista’s 2-1 shootout win over Los Alamos advances it into the quarterfinals, where the No. 2-seeded St. Pius X Sartans await. Their game is set for Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    For the Hilltoppers, their quest for a repeat Class 4A title ended early.

  • LA falls in first round of boys...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team played one of its most complete games of the 2011 season Saturday, but that wouldn't be enough to pull off an upset.

    The Hilltoppers fell in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Saturday to the Piedra Vista Panthers. After going up 1-0 in the first half, the Hilltoppers couldn't convert on several more chances throughout the game.

    The game would ultimately go into penalty kicks, with the Panthers winning the shootout 3-1 to take the first round victory.

    "We played really well," Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. "The energy was there. We had a lot of momentum during the game. We actually had a lot more scoring chances than they did. They left it all on the field today."

  • Hilltoppers are district champs!

    Los Alamos receiver Jake Downs stretches out for a reception during the Hilltoppers’ 50-0 romp of Capital Friday night in Santa Fe. The victory secured the district championship for Los Alamos, which finished its regular season at 6-4.

  • ´Toppers roll over Jaguars,...

    SANTA FE – It didn’t seem to be a likely scenario in mid-September.
    Now, in late October, it has come to pass. Or, more accurately, it has come to rush.
    Putting together an impressive run in District 2-4A, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team capped off a perfect district season with a 50-0 clubbing of the Capital Jaguars.
    Los Alamos rolled up 303 rushing yards in just one half Friday night at Jaguar Field. Arnoldo Ortiz and Xavier Dennison duplicated their feat of rushing for 100 yards-plus in about a quarter’s worth of work that they pulled off a week earlier, with Dennison going for 112 yards on just four carries in the second quarter and Ortiz earning 109 yards on 11 carries in just a little over 14 minutes of play.