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  • 'Topper XC boys are runners...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had a huge showing at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree.

    Los Alamos' boys finished second in team standings to the Rio Rancho Rams, finishing with 147 points. Moreover, the Hilltoppers stunned the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, their main nemesis. The Chargers finished in third place with 159 points.

    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is run at the same venue as the state championship meet, which is now just three weeks away.

    Los Alamos got top-20 finishes from two of its runners, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples, in the invidiual competition, for its runner-up finish.

    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place. The Hilltoppers had 145 points, which easily outpaced the other competing Class 5A teams at the race.

    Los Alamos' girls were paced by Maddy Foley, who finished in third place overall.

    More information on the Hilltoppers' big finish will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • ’Topper boys, girls hope to end...

    There’s just one week in prep soccer before Selection Sunday and there are still a few loose ends for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls teams to tie up.
    Los Alamos’ girls have three games in three days to end their year, while the Hilltopper boys have a pair of district games left to play.
    With seven days remaining before the New Mexico Activities Association releases the Class 5A postseason bracket, it doesn’t appear either Los Alamos team is poised to move up substantially, but if they’re not careful they could slip.
    Los Alamos’ girls are currently in the No. 4 spot in the MaxPreps.com 5A rankings, while the Hilltopper boys are ranked ninth.
    Los Alamos’ boys will meet Bernalillo Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday game at Del Norte. Los Alamos had a Saturday contest against Piedra Vista, but results weren’t available as of press time.
    While the Hilltopper boys were trying to keep their eyes on the upcoming week, they did so first by looking back at what they did in their outing Oct. 11 against Capital.
    With a chance to force a tie at the top of the District 2-5A standings with a win, Los Alamos was outplayed from the opening whistle and lost that contest 3-0.

  • On Schedule 10-19-14

    Monday
    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

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

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

    Wednesday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 5 p.m.; Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

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

    Saturday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m., varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Friday's prep scores

    Aztec 35, Farmington 28
    Belen 34, Valencia 13
    Bloomfield 52, Shiprock 0
    Capital 54, Bernalillo 0
    Centennial 41, Chaparral 6
    Cleveland 49, Santa Fe 0
    Del Norte 39, Española Valley 12
    Eldorado 29, Sandia 21
    Escalante 74, Navajo Pine 6
    Eunice 44, Roswell JV 12
    Foothill 47, Mountainair 26
    Hot Springs 49, Santa Fe Indian 0
    Kirtland Central 48, Thoreau 0
    Las Cruces 48, Gadsden 6
    Los Lunas 37, Santa Teresa 13
    Magdalena 67, Alamo-Navajo 0
    Melrose 38, Gateway Christian 12
    Miyamura 21, Piedra Vista 14
    Oñate 49, Deming 14
    Rio Rancho 42, Volcano Vista 0
    Robertson 53, Pojoaque 0
    Silver 55, Socorro 0
    St. Michael's 27, NMMI 7
    Tularosa 21, Estancia 14
    West Las Vegas 20, Taos 14
     

  • Lobos need to stop Falcons...

    In the option, the system is what you have to beat. You stop the dive, limit the quarterback keeper, shut down the pitch.
    Still, there are individuals that shine in this system. The Air Force Falcons have two of them.
    The University of New Mexico Lobo football team needs to contain Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson.
    Pearson missed most of the 2013 season and is nursing an injured shoulder this season. He is still a weapon. He orchestrates the Falcons’ option and he usually does it at a high level.
    When he does pull the right triggers at the right time, the Falcons usually win. Pearson has 360 yards on the ground. .
    “You look at their offense, it's slightly different than last year, particularly because the quarterback is back that was injured in the first game last year,” said Lobos Coach Bob Davie. “He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s fun to watch. Their offense is the same style, but the quarterback is a heck of a player.”
    The big back in the Falcons’ option is Jacobi Owens, who has 697 yards on the season and a 5.3-yard average per carry. Owens averages 112.7 yards per game.

  • Roundup: JV soccer teams tie...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls junior varsity soccer teams played two separate games with their counterparts from Hope Christian and in both instances nothing was resolved.
    Wednesday, the Hiltopper girls JV team deadlocked with the Huskies 1-1 at Sullivan Field. That same day, Los Alamos’ boys JV squad finished in a 1-1 tie with Hope Christian, also at home.
    The boys game pitted two strong teams against each other. Los Alamos was 9-3 heading into the contest, while Hope Christian was 11-2.
    In that game, Hope Christian’s Kevin Sanchez scored in the first half, the same half Los Alamos’ goal was scored. Both teams’ offenses were shut out in the second half.
    Valerie Li, an eighth grader, got the lone score for the Hilltoppers in the girls game Wednesday. Li’s goal gave Los Alamos the edge at halftime, but Hope cored in the second half to tie things up.
    The Hilltopper girls followed that up with a victory Thursday night at home. The Hilltoppers got a second half goal from Hannah Littleton to nip the St. Michael’s Horsemen 1-0.
    With that win, Los Alamos’ girls improve to 5-7-1 on the year.

    Capital tops Los Alamos 27-20 in football

  • Giants' Ishikawa hits walk-...

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After three years away with four different teams, Travis Ishikawa landed himself a second chance with San Francisco right where he so wanted to be.
    And with one sweet swing, he sent the Giants back to the World Series.
    It was the Shot That Shook the Bay.
    For all the questions about San Francisco’s failures to clear the fences and weird ways they’re winning during their latest special October, the Giants got back to the World Series with the home run. A trio of longballs, in fact.
    Ishikawa made good on the big stage only a few months removed from the minors, hitting the first homer to end an NL Championship Series on a three-run drive that lifted San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
    “It’s gratifying,” Ishikawa said. “If there’s an organization I’d want to do it for, it would be this one.”
    These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series.
    A journeyman who began the season with Pittsburgh, Ishikawa connected for the first game-ending home run that sent the Giants into the World Series since perhaps the most famous drive in baseball history — Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in a 1951 playoff.

  • 'Toppers head to Rio Rancho...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams are coming right down to the nitty-gritty of their regular season, starting Saturday at Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls will head to the Rio Rancho Jamboree Saturday, the first of their final two regular season contests. Following Saturday’s meet, the teams will host their home meet Oct. 24 at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is a key late-season contest, primarily because it takes place around the campus of Rio Rancho High School, the same venue that hosts the state meet.
    The state championship meet is slated for Nov. 8.
    Rio Rancho features a relatively fast but deceptively challenging course, known for its dust and a couple of tough climbs that runners will have to be wary of.
    The Hilltoppers, of course, won both the boys and girls state titles in 2013 as members of Class 4A and both appear to be contenders in Class 5A this season.
    Los Alamos’ girls are looking very much like the team to beat in 5A at this point, having downed every other 5A team they’ve gone up against this season except for in their first meet in early September.

  • Royals sweep Orioles to advance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the final out was made on another improbable night, and the Kansas City Royals were headed back to the World Series, Ned Yost stood in the dugout and watched.
    He watched as a bunch of young players he’s nurtured for years celebrated. He watched as veterans and journeymen and baseball vagabonds piled onto the infield. And he watched as a fan base that has so often criticized him relished a moment 29 years in the making.
    “These kids, from the minute you saw them, you knew they were going to be special,” Yost said. “Their goal was to get here and win a championship, and today they accomplished that.”
    Led by a dynamic defense, an opportunistic offense and one of the best bullpens in the game, the Royals swept aside the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. With another tight win, 2-1, the Royals captured their first the American League championship since 1985.
    “It’s hard to explain,” said outfielder Lorenzo Cain, whose clutch hits and dramatic grabs earned him the series MVP award. “We’re clicking at the right moment right now.”

  • 'Toppers stay put in 5A...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is still near the bottom of the Class 5A rankings this week, according to MaxPreps.com.
    But the Hilltoppers didn’t slip this week, despite falling to 0-7 and dropping a 10-7 decision at home in their District 2-5A opener last Friday.
    Los Alamos stayed put at No. 21 this week. Not only did it not go down, it’s not the lowest-ranked team in the district — that dubious honor is held by the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Spartans, who are in the No. 23 spot, according to the website, also lost their 2-5A opener last week. They were blown out 42-0 by district newcomer Del Norte. That win was just Del Norte’s second victory of the year.
    Del Norte, as it has been all season, is the top-ranked team in 2-5A, coming in at No. 16, the same place it was a week ago.
    Capital moved up to No. 18 in this week’s poll following its win over the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field. Capital’s Adrian Ornelas booted a 28-yard field goal with just half a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the win.
    The Jaguars (3-4) are one spot ahead of Española Valley (4-2), which was idle last week. The Sundevils will play Del Norte Friday night in Albuquerque.