• 'Toppers sweep Elkettes Tuesday

    It was a long time in the making. So long, in fact, no one was sure it had ever happened before.
    But the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a big win at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos usually struggles against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, who have been among the most successful volleyball programs in state history, particularly with their remarkable five-season streak heading into 2014.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to pull off not only a huge win over their rivals from down the hill, but a sweep.
    After a battle of momentum in set one, the Hilltoppers dominated set two and made enough plays late in set three to complete a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Elkettes at Griffith Gymnasium.
    During Pojoaque Valley’s string of five straight state titles, the team has been hard to touch by anybody and Los Alamos was hardly an exception.
    But it was clearly the better team Tuesday.
    “We just stuck to what we do,” Hilltopper outside hitter Sierra Foley said. “We knew Pojoaque’s defense. We knew they were fast and they could get to every ball. We sped things up a little bit and we played at our level of game, not their level of game, and it worked.”

  • On Schedule 09-09-14

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 3 p.m.; Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 5 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 3:30 p.m.; Los Alamos at Moreno Valley, C team, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; Española at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Mayfield vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, noon; Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Cleveland vs. Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Pojoaque at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Academy Invitational, varsity, TBA; Los Alamos at Questa, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Coronado at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, JV/C team, TBA.

    Football: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at ATC Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at ATC Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 11 a.m.

  • Hilltoppers go 2-1 at Moriarty tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the Moriarty Pinto Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. After getting swept by the Sandia Prep Sundevils in the opening round of the tournament, the Hilltoppers came back to knock off both the host Pintos and the Bosque School Bobcats in the consolation rounds.
    The Sundevils, who at 3-1 are off to a very good start this season, picked up a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory Friday night over the Hilltoppers. The Sundevils’ win was keyed by a pair of freshmen, Camryn Nelson and Catherine Kelly, who combined for 29 spike kills in the three sets.
    Following Friday afternoon’s loss, the Hilltoppers bounced back Saturday morning to trip up the Pintos, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 for their first win of the year. The Hilltoppers followed that up with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over Bosque School’s Bobcats.
    Los Alamos (2-2) will face longtime rival Pojoaque Valley tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque Valley lost its only match of the season so far, a 3-1 decision against Sandia Prep.

  • LA's results from Saturday's UNM Invitational

    Here are the results from Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational cross country meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores
    1. Mountain Vista, 61; 2. Rio Rancho, 101; 3. Albuquerque Academy, 123; 4. Los Alamos, 188; 5. Volcano Vista, 192; 6. La Cueva, 195; 7. El Paso Americas, 237; 8. Classical Academy, 240; 9. Eldorado, 270; 10. Miyamura, 320; 11. St. Michael’s, 322; 12. Belen, 379; 13. East Mountain, 404; 14. Piedra Vista, 428; 15. Cleveland, 429; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 433; 17. Manzano, 443; 18. Pojoaque Valley, 463; (tie) Pecos, 463; 20. El Paso El Dorado, 487; 21. Sandia, 514; 22. Kirtland Central, 538; 23. Valencia, 541; 24. Gallup, 645; 25. St. Pius X, 691; 26. Sandia Prep. 709; 27. Santa Fe Prep, 776; 28. Bosque School, 822; 29. Albuquerque, 843; 30. Dulce, 877; 31; Cottonwood Classical, 930.

    Individual results

    1. Nile Thomas, Miyamura, 16:03; 2. Aaron Valenzuela, Belen, 16:16; 3. Jordan Lesansee, Academy, 16:18; 4. Paxton Smith, Mountain Vista, 16:26; 5. Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 16:30; 6. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:34.15; 7. Tyler Matzke, Mountain Vista, 16:34.37; 8. Thomas Hiett, La Cueva, 16:34.95; 9. Connor Laktasic, Cibola, 16:39; 10. Josh Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 16:45;

  • LA takes on St. Pius

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face a tough opponent in week two of its season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans Saturday morning. That game will be at 11 a.m. at Community Stadium on the extreme west side of Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t get their season off to a particularly good start at home last week, losing to the Pojoaque Valley Elks 18-6. The Hilltoppers gave up some big plays to the Elk offense, committed four turnovers and had some untimely penalties, two of which cost them potential scores.
    In the schools’ history, Los Alamos has never beaten St. Pius in football.
     Los Alamos had a shot to upend the Sartans last year at home, but the Sartans prevailed 10-8.
    St. Pius (1-0) beat Los Alamos’ new district rival, Del Norte, 39-28, to open its season.

  • Results from senior men's championship

    Spike Jones was the top finisher of the third flight at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s annual championship tournament last week.
    The NNMSMGA championship is a two-day affair that wraps up the season for the association. This year, the tournament was played at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Jones finished with a gross score of 168 for the two-day event, which was eight shots better than next-low gross finisher Don Holifield of Santa Fe.
    The tournament’s overall winner was Rob Schneider of Santa Fe. Schneider has been the top player on the NNMSMGA tour all season.
    Schneider finished with a score of 151 for his two rounds to win.
    Among the other top finishers at the championship from Los Alamos were Bob Quick, who had the best net score in the first flight, Ron Krantz, who had the second-best net score in the second flight and Don Pompeo, who had the second-best net score in the third flight.

    Here are the results from the NNMSMGA championship:

    Overall low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 151.
    Overall low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 132.

  • 'Toppers open season at UNM Invite

    The past three years has seen unprecedented success for two of the most successful programs in the state.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls cross country programs, which have won a collective eight state team championships in the last five years, will open their seasons Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers will be at the University of New Mexico Invitational for Saturday’s race, which is a combined prep-level and collegiate-level meet. The prep boys race is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and the girls race is set for 9:30 a.m. at UNM’s North Golf Course.
    Los Alamos’ girls, the most successful program in the history of New Mexico cross country and one of the most successful in the nation, will go into 2014 having won five consecutive state championships at the Class 4A level. Los Alamos will be moving up to Class 5A this season, although that’s mostly a paper move — most 4A teams around the state are also moving to 5A.
    The outlook for Los Alamos’ girls this season is as bright as it has been at any time during their five-year win streak. The Hilltoppers will be returning most of their key runners, including juniors Nica Vasquez, Maddy Foley and Sophia Galvez.

  • Sun Devils see UNM as a step up

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Despite his small-program background, Todd Graham is not a proponent of facing schools from college football’s lower ranks now that he’s at Arizona State.
    Win and, well, you were supposed to. Lose or even play poorly, things can get ugly. And, regardless of the outcome, the games almost always get sloppy in the second half.
    Despite his disdain for facing FCS opponents, Graham didn’t mind the 19th-ranked Sun Devils opening this season against Weber State.
    Arizona State won in a blowout, as it should have, but also gave its young defensive players a confidence boost and allowed the entire team a chance to identify areas that need to be worked on before the schedule starts getting tougher. It was almost like a preseason game for the Sun Devils.
    “I’m glad we had that opponent first because we needed that kind of experience there,” Graham said.
    As openers go, the Sun Devils couldn’t have asked for a much better start against Weber State.
    Arizona overwhelmed an overmatched opponent 45-14 and came away relatively healthy.
    The offense revved up after some miscues the opening two drives, racing to a 31-0 halftime lead, allowing Graham to rest most of his starters in the second half.

  • Sports Briefs 09-04-14

    Flag football starts Sunday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ youth flag football program registration closes Friday.
    Flag football is for kids ages 8-12. Games, which will be Sundays, will run through Oct. 19 and be played at Mesa Field at Los Alamos High School. Sessions will run from 2-3:30 p.m.
    The program will be coached by longtime former Los Alamos head coach Bob Scott.
    Price for participation is $15 for YMCA members, $20 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Snow is best predictor at Pace Race

    Mary Snow was the best predictor for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race Tuesday.
    Snow nipped David Kratzer by one second for the top prediction Tuesday. That race was run on the Estante Way Trail in Pajarito Acres.
    Snow finished with a differential of 15 seconds, just ahead of Kratzer. Georgia Pedicini was off by 21 seconds.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Tamara Jurado with a time of 9 minutes, 12 seconds. On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero was the top finisher, completing that course in a time of 20:44.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday on Burnt Mesa Trail at Bandelier National Monument. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, visit atomicrunners.com.

  • LA gets nipped by St. Pius X Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got off to a hot start Tuesday against the St. Pius X Sartans, but the Sartans came back in the second half.
    Los Alamos went up 2-0 in the first half Tuesday at Ben Rios Field in Albuquerque with Sienna Ahlers scoring a goal and assisting Catie McDonald on a goal in quick succession midway through the first half. Ahlers went to the near post to put the Hilltoppers on the board in the 25th minute, while McDonald scored in the 27th.
    Unfortunately, the Sartans (5-0), with one of the top offenses in the state, are hard to put away. Such was the case Tuesday, as the Sartans scored three times in the second half to win it 4-3.
    That loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hilltoppers (2-3).
    Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said his team definitely had an upset in mind and came out slugging.
    “We went into the game knowing that we can compete with anyone in the state,” he said. “St. Pius is one of the best teams in the state, if not the best. Knowing we have the ability to go their home ground and be up with eight minutes left, that speaks volumes of our potential.”