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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Friday's prep football...

    Artesia 56, Roswell 6
    Atrisco Heritage 65, Rio Grande 14
    Aztec 49, Piedra Vista 14
    Belen 49, Los Lunas 7
    Bloomfield 55, Thoreau 0
    Carlsbad 25, Hobbs 14
    Chaparral 24, Santa Teresa 19
    Clayton 57, Raton 0
    Cleveland 38, Volcano Vista 0
    Clovis 35, Alamogordo 0
    Cobre 48, Socorro 6
    Del Norte 41, Capital 7
    Dexter 19, Texico 18
    Escalante 52, Questa 14
    Estancia 74, Dulce 0
    Floyd 51, San Jon/Grady 0
    Foothill 44, Menaul 34
    Gateway Christian 22, Tatum 14
    Goddard 50, Lovington 0
    Grants 13, Albuquerque Academy 12
    Hagerman 58, Fort Sumner 35
    Hondo 68, Animas 18
    Jemez Valley 39, Ramah 20
    Kirtland Central 60, Wingate 0
    La Cueva 28, Sandia 17
    Laguna-Acoma 64, Cuba 0
    Lake Arthur 74, Roy/Wagon Mound 0
    Logan 60, Mescalero Apache 0
    Lordsburg 39, Capitan 13
    Magdalena 71, Cloudcroft 0
    Mayfield 51, Deming 0
    Melrose 66, Dora 14
    Miyamura 38, Gallup 0
    Navajo Prep 50, Tohatchi 0
    Oñate 45, Gadsden 20
    Pojoaque 21, West Las Vegas 19
    Rio Rancho 51, Cibola 16
    Ruidoso 35, Portales 0
    Santa Fe Indian 28, Crownpoint 22
    Shiprock def. Zuni, forfeit

  • LA scores first win of year vs...

    ESPAÑOLA — It took two long months for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to get over the hump.
    After struggling this entire season, the Hilltoppers finally broke into the win column Friday night, and managed to do so in a tough place: Española Valley.
    Los Alamos had to gut it out through a sloppy fourth quarter, but held on for a 38-28 victory over the Sundevils.
    The two teams were playing for a chance to stay alive in the District 2-5A race, although both teams needed not just a win but also some help in order to do so. It was Los Alamos that ended up getting both, not only picking up the win but getting the win it needed from Del Norte, which crushed Capital 41-7 Friday night, to stay alive.
    Now, with a winnable game scheduled for next week at Bernalillo, Los Alamos could find itself in a position that seemed almost absurd just days ago: a chance to play for the district title and the right to go to the state playoffs.
    “We knew we needed to win,” said Hilltopper fullback Derek Selvage, who had a monster game against the Sundevils. “We haven’t had many guys out (for football) this season, but we’ve had as many guys as we’ve needed.”

  • Playoff brackets to be released...

    Los Alamos’ girls and boys soccer teams, not to mention the rest of the teams in the state, will learn their postseason fates today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association will release it playoff brackets for all classifications today. Brackets will be released on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org, by 5 p.m.
    The Hilltopper girls have clinched a playoff spot and Los Alamos’ boys, with a 10-8-2 record and a runner-up finish in District 2, appear to be a very safe bet to get entry into the playoff field.
    The first round of the 5A postseason will be played Friday and Saturday at various sites around the state. The main draw, which will include the top four seeds — all of which have byes in the first round — will begin Nov. 6 in Albuquerque.
    In the state rankings, released last week, Los Alamos’ boys are ranked ninth. If they were to remain in that position when today’s seeding is released, they would be on the road for the first round, possibly heading to eighth-ranked Santa Teresa.
    Should Los Alamos move into the top eight, which it may have a chance to do after sweeping its final three contests of the year, it would have a first-round game at Sullivan Field.

  • LA’s Foley is the big winner in...

    It wasn’t the finish the home crowd was expecting from the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team.
    But, despite a lackluster showing at the Los Alamos Invitational Friday, the Hilltoppers aren’t quite ready to push the panic button.
    Los Alamos hosted the final meet of its regular season Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Los Alamos, which has been the dominant program in Class 5A all season long, finished behind not one but two 5A teams taking part in the meet, the St. Pius X Sartans and the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
    Academy and St. Pius, the two teams the Hilltoppers will likely have to fend off in their quest for a sixth consecutive state championship in two weeks, both scored their first better team finishes of the season against the Hilltoppers Friday. The Chargers finished with 74 team points — good enough for the runner-up spot — and the Sartans finished in third place with 86 points, which edged out Los Alamos, which had 87 points and finished fourth in team standings.
    Despite being at home for the only time in 2014, Los Alamos knew Friday’s race would be a challenge going in.
    Los Alamos was dealing with both injury and illness Friday. Regular starter Zoe Hemez sat out the race and Los Alamos elected to start just six runners.