• Trio of 'Toppers earn qualifying legs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a runner-up finish at its season opener Monday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos placed two players in the top seven individually as it finished with 383 team strokes. That score put the Hilltoppers directly behind the Cleveland Storm, one of the top big school programs in the state.
    Jennifer Necker and Malorie Apgar finished with scores of 87 and 88 to pace the Hilltoppers.
    Monday’s tournament was also the season opener for Los Alamos’ boys, who finished fifth out of the seven full teams taking part.
    The golf season is played both during the fall and spring. To qualify for the state tournament, which is played in May, teams and individuals must earn three qualification scores, or legs.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the state tournament last year, earned their first team leg with Monday’s performance.
    Also earning a leg was Jonathan Osden, a senior for Los Alamos. Osden was Los Alamos’ only boys representative at state last May.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a score of 354. Individually, Osden shot a 4-over 76, which was good enough for eighth place.

  • On Schedule 09-14-14


    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: LAMS at Española Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at McCurdy, seventh grade 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m.


    Football: Kirtland Central at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, JV, 11 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 09-14-14

    Bower Run will support Alzheimer’s research

    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.
    For questions or to receive a copy of the Bower run’s registration form, contact Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Hall of Fame banquet is Sept. 21

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will host its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sept. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    The banquet will be at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
    Tickets for the event are on sale at the Los Alamos High School athletic office. Tickets are $25 apiece.
    Inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame class are Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorklund, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William D. McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz and Anthony Sandoval.
    For more information, call the athletic office at 663-2531.

  • LA golf teams open at home Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams will open their 2014 fall season at the local golf course Monday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will tee off for their fall tournament at 9 a.m. Monday.
    The prep golf season is broken into a fall and spring season each year. The season ends with the state tournament in early May.
    The Hilltopper girls golf team qualified for the spring 2014 state Class 4A tournament, finishing fifth overall with a two-day score of 792. The team was paced at state by Emma Haines, who finished ninth in the final individual standings.
    For his role in leading the Hilltoppers to the state tournament, head coach Mike Lippiatt was named the Coach of the Year for Los Alamos High School in a ceremony in May.
    In order to qualify for postseason competition, teams and individuals must earn three target scores, or legs, during the regular season. Target scores vary depending on which course is being played.
    For Los Alamos’ boys, only one player qualified for state, Jonathan Osden. Osden, who finished in 23rd place in the individual 4A standings, is scheduled to return for his senior season.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be moving up to Class 5A for the next two years. Most teams around the state that were classified as 4A previously have moved up to 5A along with Los Alamos.

  • LA tops Academy in third-place contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a win over the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the final round of the Chargers’ home tournament Saturday morning.
    The two teams played a back-and-forth contest throughout Saturday’s third-place tournament game, but the Hilltoppers struck the final blow. Emily Hopkins scored off a corner kick with only about 7 minutes left in regulation to give Los Alamos a 3-2 victory in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos can’t be too complacent with its victory Saturday morning, however, as it will meet up with the Chargers again Tuesday. That game will also be on the Academy campus.
    But for now, Los Alamos will take the win.
    “We’re feeling great,” Hilltopper head coach AJ Herrera said. “Especially coming off our effort (Friday) against Hope. We wanted to make sure we bounced back.”
    Sophie Wood scored the opening goal of the contest in the 28th minute off another Hilltopper corner kick from Catie McDonald. Los Alamos led 1-0 at the break, but Academy would come back to tie the score just two minutes into the second half.
    McDonald, who had a hand in all three goals, gave Los Alamos (4-4) the lead once again at the 52-minute mark, that coming off an assist from Kayla Parker.

  • Hilltoppers fall again in Week 3, 27-7

    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 off Elkettes for first win

    ’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 shootout in first round

    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 advance in tourney

    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 teams will face tests at Academy

    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.