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  • LA girls are unanimous pick for...

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

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. Los Alamos (6)    60    1
    2. St. Pius X            52    2
    3. Farmington          42    4
    4. Aztec                  38    5

  • Toppers roll over Sundevils in...

    ESPAÑOLA — Being on the road, going into hostile territory and having to duke it out with an arch-rival for the top spot in the district race would seem to be a daunting task.
    But Wednesday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team made it look easy.
    Los Alamos, facing off against the Española Valley Sundevils for the early lead in the district standings, used a late surge in the first set and dominated the second set to put Española Valley back on its heels. Los Alamos’ final set was sloppy, but it was still good enough to earn a 25-16, 25-10, 25-22 win at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • Using Her Head

    Los Alamos’ Leslie Guarello heads a ball toward the Capital goal Saturday at Sullivan Field. Guarello finished Saturday’s match with three goals and an assist as the Hilltoppers routed the Jaguars 10-0.

    The Hilltoppers, the top-ranked team in the state, have a big nondistrict contest scheduled for Friday when they travel to Albuquerque to take on St. Pius X.

    A win in that contest would give the Hilltoppers virtually undisputed claim on the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A championship tournament, which starts later this month.

  • Beltre’s 3 homers lift Rangers...

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This is what Adrian Beltre envisioned when he signed with Texas in the offseason. Balls jumping off his bat in October, the Rangers making another run for the pennant.
    Beltre hit three straight home runs and the defending AL champions advanced again, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game 4 Tuesday to win their playoff matchup.
    Beltre put on a power show that few players in major league history have matched, helping Texas take the best-of-five series and ending the Rays’ remarkable run to the wild-card spot. The Rangers next play the Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees winner.

  • Bob Visel shoots ace

    Bob Visel scored his first ace Sept. 20 at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Visel, playing on the 122-yard eighth hole, picked up his ace hitting a pitching wedge.
    Witnessing the ace were Young Nilsen, John Stam and Eddie Sanchez.

  • Lobos come out flat as Aggies...

    LAS CRUCES — For sure, you have to give the Aggie their dues.
    After all, New Mexico State beat the Lobos three games out of four and used solid net work to grab a 3-1 win over New Mexico Tuesday night in the Pan American
    But Lobo Coach Jeff Nelson also blamed another team for UNM’s loss to Aggies. He blamed the Lobos.
    “We came out with no intensity, really flat,” said Nelson of the 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17 loss to the Aggies in front of a crowd of 1,669. “They’re just not bringing it. They (the Aggies) outworked us. I think they wanted it a lot more than we did.”

  • Toppers, Sundevils to meet...

    The two top teams in the District 2-4A volleyball standings will face off tonight when Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers will take on Española Valley’s Sundevils.
    That match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española.
    Heading into that contest, the Hilltoppers and Sundevils are tied for the 2-4A lead. Both teams sport 2-0 district records.
    Española Valley, which has been Los Alamos’ toughest district opponent for the last several seasons, will be heading into tonight’s contest on a roll. It has won three straight matches, including a 3-2 victory over Santa Fe Sept. 28 and a 3-1 win over Capital Saturday.

  • Rumbling In

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang gets by the Albuquerque Academy defense en route to a first quarter score Friday night. Mang scored three touchdowns in Friday’s Homecoming game as the Hilltoppers picked up a 36-20 win over Academy’s Chargers, its biggest win of the season to date. Los Alamos takes on Bernalillo in its District 2-4A opener Friday night at Sullivan Field.

  • Tampa Bay keeps Colts winless

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Call it ugly. Call it sloppy. Call it anything you want.
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t care. Close games, rallies, penalty-filled performances, as long as they end with celebrations, the Bucs will take them all.
    Josh Freeman threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and a score, and the Buccaneers rallied to beat the winless Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.
    Freeman picked up the tough yards, Blount had the highlight play and the defense ended the night with four sacks. Together, they helped the Buccaneers win their third consecutive game.

  • Lawrence, Stam combine to win...

    The duo of Jim Lawrence/John Stam rolled to a big victory at the Los Alamos Golf Course’s Oktoberfest tournament.
    The tournament was held this weekend at LAGC. Teams of two were selected by blind draw with the two net scores for the players combined to calculate the teams’ totals.
    Lawrence/Stam finished with a net total of 129, topping runner-up team Randy Balice/Jon Rau by 10 shots. Lawrence had a net 63 and Stam finished with a net 66 to win the tournament going away.
    Oktoberfest is the final big event of the year at the golf course.