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Today's Sports

  • Hilltoppers fall again in Week 3...

    MORIARTY — The good news is the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team started to make a few plays in week three.
    The bad news is, and continues to be, the Hilltoppers aren’t making enough of them to balance out the plays that aren’t being made.
    Moriarty scored twice early in the first quarter, 41 seconds apart and tacked on another touchdown with about three minutes left in the quarter to jump out to a huge 20-0 lead.
    The two teams played even the rest of the way Friday, but the Pintos prevailed handily 27-7.
    The Pintos needed just five plays to score on their opening possession of the contest, then, on the Hilltoppers’ opening possession, forced a fumble that was run back 50 yards by linebacker Daniel Anaya to go up 14-0 with under three minutes expired.
    It’s been a trying start to the season for Los Alamos, which slips to 0-3 with the loss and has scored just three times in those three games — all of those scores coming in the fourth quarter after the games’ outcomes were all but determined.

  • Roundup: 'Topper JV knocks...

    ’Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity volleyball team needed three sets to do it, but it picked up a victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos, playing at home, struggled in the opening set against Pojoaque Valley, falling there 25-12, but bounced back to nip the Elkettes in set two 25-23. In the decisive third set, the Hilltoppers (1-2) secured their first win of the year, taking that 15-9.
    It was a big night for the Hilltopper volleyball program, winning the varsity, JV and C team contests Tuesday.
    The next night, Los Alamos fell to St. Michael’s on the road, 2-0.

    C team volleyball beats Pojoaque Valley, falls to St. Mike’s

  • 'Toppers, Storm go to...

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bad break to start the game could’ve been a big setback the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Thursday.
    But Los Alamos bounced back against the Cleveland Storm in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    However, the Hilltoppers wouldn’t be able to find a game-winning goal through regulation or the overtime periods, and the game would be won by the Storm at the mark.
    Cleveland outdueled Los Alamos in the penalty kick round, connecting on 5 shots against the Hilltoppers’ 4 after six shooters. With the win in the shootout, the Storm advanced to the semifinal round of Academy’s tournament, while Los Alamos dropped into the consolation round.
    The game was tied 2-2 heading into the shootout with Eric Burnside and Joe Singleton scoring during regulation.
    The contest didn’t open the way the Hilltoppers would’ve liked, however. In just the third minute of play, Cleveland’s Bryce Roberts made a run in from the right side and sent a chip shot toward goal.
    That shot was deflected by one of the Hilltopper fullbacks, who was trying to flick it away with his foot, but it ended up in the back of Los Alamos’ goal.

  • LA survives slow start to...

    ALBUQUERQUE – It may not have been the start the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wanted, but it certainly was the finish.
    Los Alamos came out sluggish in the first half of its opening round game of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. The Mayfield Trojans, the Hilltoppers’ first round opponent, was far quicker to the ball early and set themselves up with some chances.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to dodge the early bullet and score the only goal of the first half.
    In the second half, it was Los Alamos that controlled possession most of the way as it earned a 2-0 victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    With its win, Los Alamos advanced to today’s semifinal round where it was scheduled to take on the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Starting off as slow as they did, the Hilltoppers were fortunate not to be playing from behind. The Trojans (2-4-1) were winning the vast majority of the 50-50 balls for the first 20 minutes of the ballgame and their passing game was keeping the Hilltopper back line scrambling.
    Los Alamos veteran fullback Cory Carnes said it was hectic near her team’s goal for much of the early part of the contest.

  • LA still looking for its first...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team dropped in the MaxPreps.com Class 5A rankings ahead of its week three game at Moriarty.

    The Hilltoppers will try to break into the win column this week after two tough losses to open the season. The Hilltoppers and the Pintos meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Moriarty.

    Saturday, Los Alamos was blasted by the St. Pius X Sartans. The Sartans scored six unanswered touchdowns in the first half, then ran the attempted onside kick back for a touchdown to start the second half en route to a 49-6 victory.

    Los Alamos has managed just 12 points in two games so far. Both of its touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter of the two games.

  • Sports briefs 09-11-14

     

    Bower Run set for Sept. 20

     

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K race will return this year Sept. 20.

    The Bower run is a fundraising event that goes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

    It is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The race will start at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

    It will go down Bathtub Row and Rose Street. The course will be completely paved.

    A donation of $25 is requested to participate. The first 50 participants will receive an Alzheimer’s Association water bottle.

  • LA still looking for its first...

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team dropped in the MaxPreps.com Class 5A rankings ahead of its week three game at Moriarty.

    The Hilltoppers will try to break into the win column this week after two tough losses to open the season. The Hilltoppers and the Pintos meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Moriarty.

    Saturday, Los Alamos was blasted by the St. Pius X Sartans. The Sartans scored six unanswered touchdowns in the first half, then ran the attempted onside kick back for a touchdown to start the second half en route to a 49-6 victory.

    Los Alamos has managed just 12 points in two games so far. Both of its touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter of the two games.

  • Rice is top predictor Tuesday

     

    Bill Rice was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.

    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Runners and walkers race at various spots around Los Alamos County and the winner is determined by who most closely predicts their actual finish time.

    Tuesday’s race was at the Burnt Mesa Trail at Bandelier National Monument.

    Rice finished his race with an error of just 3 seconds, which bested Tamara Jurado, who was 10 seconds off, Artemia Rojas, who was 11 seconds off, and Katie Gattiker who missed by 13 seconds. Three other runners finished within 35 seconds of their predicted times.

    On the 1-mile course, Brian Newman was the fastest finisher. He came in with a time of 12:31. Joan Williams finished in 24:24.

  • Lobo baseball team unveils new...

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.”
    The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series.
    Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV.
    “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.”
    UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers.
    The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.

  • LA teams will face tests at...

    Almost invariably, the Albuquerque Academy boys and girls soccer tournaments are among the toughest in the state.
    This year doesn’t appear to be an exception.
    The Academy tournament starts Thursday on the campus of the Chargers. Los Alamos’ teams, regular participants in the tournament, will again take part.
    And, as usual, both Hilltopper teams have tough draws.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on the Mayfield Trojans at noon Tuesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Cleveland Storm at 4 p.m.
    While some tournaments are notorious for stacking the deck in favor of the home team, this tournament isn’t one of them. Both the Charger teams have tough opening round draws Thursday as well.
    The good news for both the Hilltopper teams is they should be going into the tournament with some momentum, despite the fact Los Alamos’ girls won’t be going in off a win.
    So far, Mayfield’s Trojans (2-3-1), not surprisingly, have played exclusively teams from the southern part of the state. Most recently, they played in the Las Cruces Public Schools round robin tournament and went 2-1 in those three games, topping Alamogordo and Oñate before falling to Las Cruces.
    Thursday’s game will be the first contest for the Trojans since Aug. 30.