Today's Sports

  • Volleyball: Toppers pick up wins...

    Things may just be looking up for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team.

    After starting the 2008 season with a pair of losses, one of them a 5-set heartbreaker against St. Pius X, Los Alamos has followed those up with a win Thursday over Albuquerque Academy and a good showing at this weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

    Los Alamos took two out of three pool play matches at the two-day tournament, hosted by the defending Class AAAA champion Moriarty Pintos, then followed that up with two wins in three bracket play contests.

  • Girls cross country: Toppers...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Starting its season against some of the best competition in the state of New Mexico didn’t seem to faze the Hilltopper girls cross country squad.

    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers placed three runners in the top 30, picking up a very respectable fourth-place finish at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. The Hilltoppers finished with 159 team points Saturday. The Class AAAAA La Cueva Bears finished with 86 points to win Saturday’s meet, 14 points better than the runner-up Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos’ main Class AAAA rival.

  • Boys cross country: LA finishes...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The first meet of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team confirmed two things most people suspected.

    Number one, Los Alamos is pretty good. Number two, so is Albuquerque Academy.

    The Hilltoppers finished second behind Academy’s Chargers at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational, run at UNM’s North Golf Course.

  • Football: Toppers impressive in...

    SANTA FE — Corey Clark made the announcement that he’s back in New Mexico.

    No word yet if the rest of the state’s prep football teams heard, but St. Michael’s certainly did Saturday.

    Clark scored three touchdowns on his return to the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team in its opener against the Horsemen of St. Michael’s.

  • Volleyball: LA tops Academy on...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got into the win column at Albuquerque Academy Thursday.

    Los Alamos held on through three close sets to knock off Academy’s Chargers on the road, winning in straight sets, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.

    Grabbing their first win of the season was a good way for the Hilltoppers to enter this weekend’s Moriarty Invitational. The Hilltoppers had, among others, second-ranked Class AAAAA squad Las Cruces as a pool play opponent this morning.

    Los Alamos continues play at Moriarty through Saturday.

  • Football: Toppers to unveil new...

    Things didn’t finish off very well for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team in 2007.

    This season, however, things started to look up even before preseason practices officially began.

    Los Alamos had approximately 50 players come out regularly for its summer workouts and got a lot of weight room and conditioning work done. That extra work allowed the Hilltoppers to install a whole new offensive look.

  • Cross country: LA girls like...

    Some may have thought that when Kathy Hipwood said the Belen Eagles shouldn’t be overlooked heading into the 2007 state Class AAAA girls cross country championship race, she was being polite.

    Apparently, though, Hipwood was doing more than trying to avoid giving the Eagles locker room fodder, and she alone may have seen the Eagles as a legitimate state title threat.

    Of course, Belen proved Hipwood, the co-head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country program correct on all counts, topping all comers at the state championship race, held at Rio Rancho.

  • Cross country: LA boys were 2nd...

    There are worse ways to end the season than the way the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country squad ended 2007.

    Few thought the 2007 state Class AAAA title meet was going to be little more than a coronation run for the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, but the Hilltoppers stunned the Chargers at that meet, grabbing four top 10 team finishes.

    Little did anyone know, however, Los Alamos was just getting warmed up.

  • Cross country: LA boys are 2nd,...

    Here are the first 2008 New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association polls for prep boys and girls cross country teams. First-place votes are in parentheses.


    Class A-AAA

       Team        Total pts.

    1. Zuni (3)        88

    2. St. Michael’s (4)    83

    3. Navajo Pine (3)    82

    4. Pojoaque        69

    5. Santa Fe Prep    47

    6. West Las Vegas    39

  • Swimming: Black, Bernstein...

    Los Alamos High School announced just before noon today the hiring of a pair of interim coaches to lead the Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams for the upcoming 2008-09 season.

    Cindy Black and Rusty Bernstein will take over the head coaching duties vacated by Bev Leasure earlier this year.

    Black and Bernstein didn’t actually apply for the position as a unit, but after meeting with the interview panels and with the two applicants themselves, school officials decided the co-head coaching job would be the best situation.