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Today's Sports

  • Boys soccer: LA takes 2nd at...

    Getting there was two-thirds of the fun.

    Unlike the hosts of most tournaments, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team feels fortunate when it makes it to the finale of its home tournament.

    After a year absence, Los Alamos did just that in this weekend’s Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament, squeezing by Goddard and Farmington before running into Class AAAAA contender Rio Rancho in Saturday’s final at Sullivan Field.

  • Senior Olympics: Local athletes...

    Athletes from Los Alamos earned 14 slots to the National Senior Games earlier this month.

    Local residents were among the leaders in numerous categories at the state Senior Olympics Games. Those placing in the top three in their age group in events earned a trip to the National Senior Games, which will be held August 2009 at Stanford University in northern California.

    In all, 20 Los Alamos seniors competed in the New Mexico Senior Olympic Games July 30-Aug. 3, which were held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

  • Volleyball: LA, St. Pius go to...

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was within one point of being a comeback for the ages.

    It had all the earmarkings of being a very short night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team in its opener Wednesday at St. Pius X. Los Alamos dropped the first two sets to St. Pius’ Sartans and was within four points of being swept by the bigger and more experienced squad.

    Instead, Los Alamos rallied in the third set to keep itself alive, rallied again late in the fourth set, fending off two match points and led 14-13 in the final set.

  • Boys soccer: Cernicek Invite has...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity soccer team will open its season hosting the 12th annual Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament.

    The eight-team tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday. Games are scheduled for both Sullivan Field and Dara Jones Field in White Rock.

    After a scheduling conflict with a pair of teams dropped the tournament down to six squads in 2007, the 2008 tournament returns to an eight-team format.

  • Boys soccer: Youthful Toppers...

    Virtually everyone around the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team is hoping 2008 is the start of something good.

    There is a gaggle of young talent around the squad and once the youngsters can get their feet wet, there are high hopes that the program can return to its glory days.

    But with youth comes inexperience, so for the early part of the 2008 season, the team may have to curb its enthusiasm.

    Los Alamos has four sophomores joining its squad this season, along with four juniors that weren’t on the senior-laden 2007 squad.

  • Volleyball: LA opens at St. Pius...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will open the 2008 season tonight in a nondistrict tilt at St. Pius X.

    Los Alamos and St. Pius will meet tonight in Albuquerque. The C-team contest is slated for 4 p.m., the junior varsity teams are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the varsity match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Sartan Garden.

    Both teams advanced to the state tournament elimination round last season and both were ousted by eventual state AAAA runner-up Roswell.

  • Girls soccer: LA falls in...

    Following the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team’s win at the Farmington Invitational tournament this weekend, head coach Jiri Kubicek said he wasn’t thrilled about his team’s offensive performance.

    Despite the victory in that tournament, Kubicek said he was hoping to see more than six goals in the team’s three wins, especially with 20-plus opportunities in each contest.

    It didn’t turn out any better for the Hilltoppers Tuesday at Moriarty. Los Alamos had 20 shots and nothing to show for it.

  • Cross country: LA looks solid at...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country squads looked solid in a scrimmage Saturday in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper boys were the unofficial winners of the scrimmage, which took place at Alameda/Rio Grande Open Spaces.

    Los Alamos’ boys placed seven runners in the top nine overall to finish with an unofficial score of 21. Official scores may not be kept at preseason events.

    Gareth Gilna and Kyle Pittman took first and second in the boys race on the 3.2-mile course.

  • Girls soccer: LA takes Invite...

    So far, so good.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team didn’t waste much time in getting into the win column, knocking off three Class AAAA teams from District 1 to take the Farmington Invitational team title.

    Los Alamos thumped Piedra Vista in its tournament opener Friday, 3-0, then shut out the Aztec Tigers 1-0 in a nootime game Saturday. In the championship game against the host Farmington Scorpions, the Hilltoppers scored the only goal of the second half to win 2-1 and take the tournament title.

  • Sports schedule

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moriarty, JV 3 p.m.; varsity 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C-team 4 p.m.; JV 5 p.m.; varsity 6:30 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, first round: Rio Rancho vs. Moriarty, 11 a.m.; Farmington vs. Clovis, 11 a.m.; Roswell vs. Piedra Vista, 1 p.m.; Goddard vs. Los Alamos, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Invite, C-team, TBA.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA.