Today's Sports

  • Hockey: LA ties with Santa Fe in...

    Los Alamos goaltender Dylan Stupka survived a barrage of shots Sunday to preserve a tie against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets Sunday.

    Santa Fe outshot the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team Sunday afternoon at Genoveva Chavez Community Center by a 2-1 margin, but thanks to 31 saves from Stupka, the Hilltoppers held on for a 3-3 tie to remain undefeated in New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League play.

    Santa Fe, led by its star, Peter Bessone, scored a pair of goals with just over three minutes remaining in regulation after dominating the final period.

  • LA knocked out by two-seed Aztec

    AZTEC — The opportunities were there in the first half. The execution wasn’t.

    To knock off the 800-pound gorilla that was the Aztec Tigers, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team would have to play four quarters of mistake-free football. But four turnovers and an expensive penalty, not to mention the top offense in Class AAAA was too much to fight back from.

    The Aztec Tigers, the second-seed in the Class AAAA state playoffs, rolled to a 42-8 victory over the Hilltoppers in the quarterfinals at Fred Cook Stadium Saturday afternoon.

  • Topper boys tip off Tuesday vs....

    The latter half of November not only means Thanksgiving in northern New Mexico, but the start of prep basketball season as well.

    Los Alamos is no exception, as the Hilltoppers open their 2008-09 season Tuesday. The Hilltoppers tip-off for the first time Tuesday at Kirtland Central.

    The first few weeks of the season could be very telling for the Hilltoppers, as they have several contests scheduled with some very good competition including some tough squads in Class AAAA.

  • Cross country: Pittman finishes...

    Kyle Pittman led a big effort by the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country team at Saturday’s boys Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional.

    Pittman, who just two weeks earlier took his first state Class AAAA individual championship, finished fourth at the Southwest Regional meet, held Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. With a time of 15 minutes, 24 seconds to lead the Hilltoppers to a fifth-place finish.

  • Swimming and Diving: LA has...

    For at least the regular season, there won’t be a lot of pressure on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams.

    Not that those athletes tend to feel much pressure, anyway.

    The Hilltoppers will start their 2008-09 season Saturday at the Peter Barney Relays in Albuquerque. The diving portion of Saturday’s meet starts at 10:30 a.m. and swimming gets underway at 1 p.m.

  • Football: LA taking on its...

    A team that has on its roster the leading rusher in the state is a team to be leery of. So is a team with the leading passer in the state.

    The Aztec Tigers have both.

    Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face an offensive juggernaut in the Aztec Tigers. The two face off in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at 2 p.m. The game will be held at Fred Cook Stadium in Aztec.

  • Cross country: LA teams will...

    For those who didn’t get their fill of the rivalry at the Class AAAA state championship two weeks ago, fear not. The second round of what has turned into one of the best prep rivalries in New Mexico will be held Saturday.

    As if New Mexico wasn’t big enough to contain it, however, the venue will shift to Tempe, Ariz.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team will square off against arch-rival Albuquerque Academy at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional Saturday in Tempe.

  • Football: Toppers sweep All-...

    Los Alamos football stars Raul Rodriguez and Zach Mang were named the top players in District 2AAAA this season, and head coach Bob Scott was named top coach for 2008.

    Rodriguez, a senior running back, earned District Offensive Player of the Year honors when All-District awards were announced this week.

    Meanwhile, the District Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Mang, a senior safety for the Hilltoppers.

  • LA advances to quarterfinals...

    RIO RANCHO – A first-game win wasn’t enough to get or keep the momentum rolling for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team Thursday night.

    The Hilltoppers couldn’t overcome the taller, stronger and more experienced St. Pius X Sartans in Thursday’s state Class AAAA quarterfinal match. Despite holding on at game point to take the first game 26-24, the Hilltoppers couldn’t get by the Sartans’ hunkered-down defense the rest of the way.

  • Soccer: Chitanvis named Player...

    Maneesha Chitanvis of Los Alamos earned the top player’s honor for girls Class AAAA soccer this season.

    Chitanvis, a senior for the Hilltoppers’ squad that advanced to the Class AAAA championship game, was named the Class AAAA Player of the Year for 2008.