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  • Full Contact

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team hosted Piedra Vista and Valencia Friday night in a three-way preseason scrimmage. The Hilltoppers will get their first taste of regular season action Friday when they face the Pojoaque Valley Elks at home. 

  • LA feeling optimistic as it...

    It’s going to be a trial by fire at the top of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
    But the Hilltoppers are hoping that will light the spark for bigger and better things down the road.
    Los Alamos has some key returners coming back in some key spots and, with an extra year of experience under their belts, they feel they have a chance to make a run in Class 5A this season.
    Los Alamos opens its season with a tough game, taking on the Bosque School Bobcats at home Tuesday. That will be followed up later this week by the Louie Cernicek Invitational, which almost invariably features some solid competition.
    For the Hilltoppers, the pieces may be there for a very productive season. The key will be getting and staying on the same page as quickly as possible.
    Los Alamos veteran goalkeeper Chris Parker, the hero of his team’s upset win over Farmington last season, knows to get there, the Hilltoppers will have to keep their mental focus.
    “We should do fine everywhere, it’s really just how hard we work,” he said. “As long as everyone’s trying their best and not giving up when they get beat, we should do fine.”
    Despite some big losses to graduation off last season’s team, there is plenty of experience coming back.

  • 2014 Hilltopper Boys Soccer

    2014 Roster

    Seniors

    Austin Rowan, MF-D
    Luke Kachelmeier, MF-D
    Hernan Lebensohn, MF
    Eric Schmalz, MF
    Jairo Marquez
    Nick Torres, D
    Eric Page, D
    Chris Parker, GK
    Jon Michael Weaver
    Matthew Ticknor, MF
    Jacob Holesinger, MF

    Juniors

    Joe Singleton, MF
    Bryan Mujica, D
    Alex Csanadi, MF
    Eric Burnside, MF

    Sophomores

    George Steinkamp, MF-F
    Seth Hailey, GK
    Daniel Castano, MF
    Tristen Roach, F

    2014 Schedule

    Aug. 26: vs. Bosque School, 6 p.m.
    Aug. 29-30: Cernicek Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 3: at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 5: vs. St. Pius X, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 11: vs. Cleveland at Academy Invite, 4 p.m.
    Sept. 12-13: at Academy Invite, TBA.
    Sept. 16: vs. Academy, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 18: at Rio Rancho, 6 p.m.
    Sept. 23: vs. Capital, 4 p.m.*
    Sept. 27: at Taos, 1 p.m.
    Oct. 1: vs. Santa Fe, 4 p.m.
    Oct. 4: at Bernalillo, 11 a.m.*
    Oct. 7: vs. Del Norte, 4 p.m.*
    Oct. 11: at Capital, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 18: vs. Piedra Vista,  2 p.m.
    Oct. 21: vs. Bernalilo, 6 p.m.*
    Oct. 22: at Del Norte, 5 p.m.*

    *: District 2-5A game 

  • On Schedule 08-24-14

    Monday

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 4p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys soccer: Questa at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Football: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, varsity 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, JV, 1 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, varsity, 1 p.m.; Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, 3 p.m.

  • Davie thinks Lobos will improve

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bob Davie sees an opportunity entering his third season at New Mexico.
    "We're in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program," Davie said. "I really believe that. We know what the first year was. We know what the second year was. This is the third year and we have a chance to gain some momentum that will continue to multiply over the years."
    In the three years before Davie arrived, the Lobos had won a total of three games. New Mexico has won seven games since.
    Davie said the past doesn't loom over the program anymore.
    "I am really excited with where we are," Davie said. "And that's what's fun about this. We've got some talent. We've got some talent."
    Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to look ahead:
    THE OFFENSE IS THE THING: The Lobos had few problems moving the ball last season behind their spread/option offense that put a premium on quarterback Cole Gautsche's decision-making ability. In the high-scoring Mountain West, however, teams tended to surge up and down the field nearly at will.
    "Teams are going to move the ball in this league," Davie said. "I think we are very progressive on offense. I think we are ahead of the curve on offense."

  • LAGC's Slugfest starts Aug...

    Los Alamos Golf Course will host its annual Labor Day Slugfest Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. each day.
    The Slugfest will consist of three flights, including blue tee only, blue/red tee and white tee.
    Play will consist of a modified scotch format Aug. 30, a scramble Aug. 31 and a best ball Sept. 1.
    To play, all players must have registered handicaps as of Aug. 14.
    Price for participation is $45, not including greens fees and carts. Entry deadline is Tuesday.
    For more information, call the LAGC pro shop at 662-8139.
     

  • LA girls soccer drops its opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped its first outing of the season Saturday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers fell to the Farmington Scorpions 4-3. That game was played in Farmington.
    Los Alamos will open its home schedule Tuesday when it takes on the Bosque School Bobcats. That game is set for 4 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
     

  • Sports Briefs 08-22-14

    Sky Sox take walk-off win

    The Albuquerque Isotopes led after 8-1/2 innings Thursday night at Colorado Springs, but couldn’t hold onto the lead.
    Tim Wheeler came through with a RBI single for Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox as they escaped with a 9-8 walk-off win in the second game of their four-game series with the Isotopes.
    Half an inning earlier, the Isotopes rallied for three runs to take an 8-7 advantage, but Albuquerque reliever Robert Carson (2-5, 7.28 ERA) couldn’t hold the edge in the bottom of the ninth.
    In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson hit his 31st home run of the year. That was followed up two batters later by Brock Peterson’s two-run homer after a Clint Robinson single.
    Albuquerque and Colorado Springs play their series through Saturday. Following this series, the Isotopes will be at Oklahoma City for four games before ending their 2014 season with three games against the Las Vegas 51s starting Aug. 28.
    The Isotopes are now 58-74 on the season.
    Las Vegas (74-60) has already locked up the PCL Pacific Southern division title.

    Lobos picked to sweep the MW

  • Fishing Report 08-22-14

    Northwest

  • LA ranked No. 20 in Class 5A

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team placed toward the bottom of the MaxPreps preseason rankings, which were released earlier this week.
    Los Alamos finished at the No. 20 spot in the Class 5A rankings ahead of its season opener, slated for Aug. 29 against Pojoaque Valley. Los Alamos has a preseason scrimmage scheduled for 6 p.m. today against Valencia and Piedra Vista.
    Teams are rated based on previous records, number of starters returning and lost, and other factors. Subjective measures, such as other polls, aren’t taken into account in the power rankings.
    Los Alamos finished with a rating of -18.6. More than half the 24 teams in Class 5A rated in negative territory and two others, Pierdra Vista and Roswell, were just above zero.
    The Goddard Rockets rated the highest in the initial poll. The Rockets finished with a rating of 34.6, more than 8 points better than runner-up in the poll and the 2013 Class 4A champion Farmington — most teams in Class 4A last season moved into Class 5A for the two-year block starting this fall.
    While Los Alamos is down toward the bottom of the rankings, it’s not alone among the teams in District 2-5A. Bernalillo is only one slot ahead of Los Alamos, while Capital is one slot below at No. 21.