Today's Sports

  • Cross country: Topper boys take...

    Things are still progressing about as expected for the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams as evidenced by their first race of the season Saturday.

    The Hilltopper girls finished eighth at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational meet Saturday while the Hilltopper boys took fourth place in team competition. The powerful Academy boys won Saturday’s team title and Academy’s girls finished second behind Chaparral, Colo.

  • Volleyball: LA wins a pair in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team grabbed two match win and two pool play wins at its tournament in Moriarty.

    The Hilltoppers picked up victories over a pair of Class AAAA schools, Kirtland Central and host Moriarty Saturday at the Pinto Invitational.

    Los Alamos advanced in the tournament to the gold bracket of the Pinto Invitational by placing second in its four-team pool Friday. After a first round loss in pool play, Los Alamos downed Moriarty 3-0 and Kirtland Central 3-1 to wrap up the tournament.

  • UPDATE: Football, volleyball...

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association released its first football and volleyball polls of the season Wednesday.

    The NMHSCA published the polls for the top 10 prep teams around the state.

    Both Los Alamos teams picked up votes in the weekly poll. Read today's Monitor to see how they fared!

  • Football: Hilltoppers open their...

    While the numbers around the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team are reasonably steady heading into this season, that is hardly the case for some of its nearby neighbors.

    Los Alamos, which opens its 2009 season Friday at home against old rival St. Michael’s, will suit up approximately 35 players for its home dates this season and will travel with around 32 players.

  • Cross country: Pittman, Walker...

    Runners from the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country boys and girls teams took first place in both races at Saturday’s La Cueva scrimmage.

    Holly Walker of Los Alamos set the pace in Saturday’s girls race, winning the contest in 20 minutes, 16 seconds. Walker is returning for her senior season in 2009.

    Meanwhile, Senior Kyle Pittman earned the victory in the boys race Saturday with his time of 16:21. Pittman is the top returner for the Hilltopper boys and one of the top runners in the state.

  • Health and fitness: Bodybuilding...

    Returning Sept. 12 for its sixth year is the Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition.

    Once again you can expect a bigger and better show.

    This year the competition will feature competitors from throughout New Mexico and from around the country.

    The level of competition is even greater than in past years. Each competitive group – men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, women’s figure, and women’s fitness model – has several strong competitors and the judges may have their work cut out for them.

  • Volleyball: Toppers fall in...

    The debut for Garry Maskaly and the 2009 Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team didn’t go as well as they might have hoped Saturday.

    Los Alamos picked up a win in the opening game of its season and narrowly lost a hotly-contested game two, but the Pojoaque Elks were in control the balance of the contest, picking up a 3-1 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

    After surviving a late rally from the Elks, the Hilltoppers grabbed a win in the first game, but the Elks swept the next three games to earn the 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-13 win.

  • Boys soccer: LA takes fifth at...

    The drought will continue for at least one more year.

    It took only one round to ensure the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team won’t win its own tournament, the Louie Cernicek Memorial Invitational, in the 2009 season. The Hilltoppers were dropped from the championship side of the bracket with an opening round loss to the Clovis Wildcats Friday morning.

  • Boys soccer: LA likes its...

    To say that the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team is looking forward to the 2009 season would be something of an understatement.

    Following a big season in 2008, the Hilltoppers like their chances to make a push to a state title in 2009. They feel good about this season despite some key losses to graduation after last season.

    “I’m excited,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. “I’ve known we’d improve. Every year we get better and better. This year is no exception.”

  • Girls soccer: LA downs St. Mike...

    All anybody could do was watch.

    A slow, bouncing shot off the foot of Hilltopper striker Saya Shimada took its time, but it found the St. Michael’s net in overtime Saturday.

    Following a terrific run through traffic, Los Alamos’ Summer Shelley bounced a pass in the general direction of Shimada, who got just enough of the ball to get it passed St. Michael’s goalkeeper Sally Feldwert and over the line to give the Hilltoppers a 1-0 win and the championship of the Los Alamos Girls Soccer Invitational.