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  • 'Toppers looking for...

    For being such a crucial race, the district championships are almost anti-climactic where the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams are concerned.
    Friday afternoon, the District 2-5A championship race is scheduled to be run at Bernalillo. Races are set to start at 3 p.m.
    At the district meet, teams can enter as many as nine runners into each varsity race — usually, teams are limited to seven entries — and Los Alamos may have a shot to put 18 participants onto the All-District team.
    Since the Hilltoppers moved into District 2-4A in 2000, they have gone undefeated at the district championships on both the boys and girls sides. There hasn’t even been a particularly close race for the district titles during that streak.
    That’s not likely to change this season, either. Both Los Alamos teams are expected to vie for a state championship title this season, with the girls team seemingly the team to beat heading into the title meet.
    However, last week’s Los Alamos Invitational didn’t see the Hilltopper girls at their best. The Hilltoppers were defeated for the first time this season by a Class 5A team — two of them, in fact.

  • Royals fans fired up for Game 7...

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels.
    Bring on Game 7!
    Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, allowed three hits over seven stifling innings. Kansas City's batters broke open the game with a seven-run second and battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to tie the World Series at three games apiece.
    "This is what we all prepared for. This is why we play the game," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.
    As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, the raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every hit in the second and then got louder the rest of the night. Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single — one of eight Royals to get hits in the seven-run burst — and Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop.
    "Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Cain said.
    Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City and Tim Hudson for San Francisco in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. Hudson, 39, will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.

  • Youth basketball starts Dec. 1

    Registration is currently open for the YMCA youth basketball program.
    The YMCA basketball program is open to both boys and girls in grades 1-6. The season runs from Dec. 1-Feb. 28.
    Registration will remain open through Nov. 21.
    Price for participation is $75 for YMCA members, $100 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
     

  • 'Topper hockey opens next...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team released its schedule for the 2014-15 season Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers will open up with six straight road games before their first home game Dec. 12 against Santa Fe.
    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, of which Los Alamos is a member, starts play this coming weekend. The league has three new members this season, Amarillo, Texas, Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and Durango, Colorado.
    Los Alamos won’t open its season until next weekend. Its first scheduled game is Nov. 8 against its arch-rival, Taos.
    Following that contest, Los Alamos will play at Rio Rancho Nov. 14, then follow that up with two games at Amarillo Nov. 22-23.
    Along with its home opener Dec. 12, Los Alamos will play two other games at home that weekend, Dec. 13 against Rio Rancho and Dec. 14 against Taos.

  • LA takes on Bernalillo tonight...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was eliminated from any shot at the District 2-5A regular season championship last weekend, and tonight it will have to duke it out with another rival for second place.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans tonight on the road. Match time in Bernalillo is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos is currently sitting in the No. 2 position in the district standings behind the Española Valley Sundevils. The Sundevils will officially clinch the district title with a victory over the Capital Jaguars tonight in Santa Fe — the Sundevils didn’t have any trouble with Capital in their first meeting of the 2-5A season Oct. 11.
    While all three sets were close in the first meeting between Los Alamos and Bernalillo, also Oct. 11, but the Hilltoppers prevailed in that contest 3-0.
    That win over the Spartans was the first of three straight victories by Los Alamos (9-9 overall, 4-2 in 2-5A), but that win streak was snapped by Española Valley Saturday night.
    Española Valley (15-3, 6-0 in district) picked up its second victory of the 2-5A season over Los Alamos at Edward Medina Gymnasium. The three sets were relatively close, but the Sundevils prevailed 25-19, 25-15, 25-22.

  • Kirk makes Cleveland's 15-...

    Former Los Alamos High School star Alex Kirk made the cut for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.
    Kirk, the 7-foot former Hilltopper and University of New Mexico standout, is on the 15-man roster for the Cavaliers as they get ready to start the 2014-15 season.
    With the announcement, Kirk becomes the first native Los Alamos athlete to make the roster of a major North American sports franchise since former pro football player Walt Arnold did so in the mid-1980s.
    What role Kirk will play for the Cavaliers this season isn’t yet known. The website Cleveland.com reported that Kirk would likely appear in some games this season for the Cavaliers’ Development League team, the Canton (Ohio) Charge.
    For now, however, Kirk is one of three centers listed on the roster. He will likely be in the No. 3 spot in terms of playing time, at least for the beginning of the season, behind Anderson Varejao — whom the Cavs announced as the starter for their opener — and Brendan Haywood.
    At 22 years of age, Kirk is by far the youngest of the three — Varaejo is 31 years old and Haywood is 34 and coming off a full season missed with a stress fracture. Should Kirk play well, particularly early in the year, he could see his minutes bumped up.

  • Giants on the cusp of another...

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 2-foot-tall image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a “W’’ underneath a crown.
    Pitcher James Shields ordered it custom made, and after wins veterans select a “King of the Game” to flip the switch that lights up the so-called “Texas Heart Shot” while a smoke machine perched atop a refrigerator fills the room with a fog more befitting a night club than a clubhouse.
    Trailing 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, the Royals hope to light up that sign two more times this week. But if they do come back to win their first title in 29 years, it’s unlikely there will be time for their usual clubhouse ceremony given the champagne-fueled chaos.
    “I doubt it. It’s going to be crazy around here if we win both games,” outfielder Lorenzo Cain said Monday.
    Kansas City turns to a 23-year-old rookie to save its season, but not just any 23-year-old rookie: the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues.

  • LA girls are No. 3 seed in 5A...

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams got exactly what they wanted out of the New Mexico Activities Association’s seeding and selection committee this weekend.
    Brackets for the upcoming Class 5A playoffs, as well as the other classifications around the state, were released Sunday. The playoffs start with the first round this coming weekend.
    In Class 5A, the Hilltopper girls soccer team finished with the No. 3 seed. The Hilltoppers, who, after a particularly upsetting loss for them Sept. 16 against Rio Rancho and falling to two games below .500, vowed to go undefeated for the balance of the 2014 season and earn a top-four seed in the 5A draw.
    Los Alamos accomplished both of those goals, running the table for its final 10 games to finish 14-6 and earning the third seed. Along with that seed, the Hilltoppers also get a bye into the 5A quarterfinal round, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos will play the winner between sixth-seeded Albuquerque Academy (9-9-2) and 11th-seeded Del Norte (10-8), which finished second in District 2 behind the Hilltoppers.
    In the girls bracket, the St. Pius X Sartans (17-3) earned the No. 1 seed. The Sartans, who are ranked among the top 50 girls soccer teams in the nation, won the Class 4A state championship last season.

  • LA girls are No. 3 seed in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team picked up a No. 8 seed in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs, while the Hilltopper girls earned a three seed.

    Los Alamos' boys will play ninth-seeded Santa Teresa in the first round of the state playoffs at home. That game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday at Sullivan Field - no time has been announced.

    The winner between Los Alamos and Santa Teresa will square off against the No. 1 overall seed in the 5A playoffs, Albuquerque Academdy Nov. 6.

    For Los Alamos' girls, they will have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs. Their first game will be in the quarterfinal round which will be Nov. 6 in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls will play the winner between sixth-seeded Albuquerque Academy and 11th-seeded Del Norte, Los Alamos' District 2 rival.

    See Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete first and second round match-ups.

  • On Schedule 10-26-14

    Monday
    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos at District 2-5A Championship (Bernalillo), boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 7 p.m.