• Football Notebook: LA stung by Scorpions Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was blasted by the Farmington Scorpions in the Four Corners area Friday night.

    The Scorpions scored a touchdown just 9 seconds into Friday’s game and scored on their first play of their next possession and never looked back. The Scorpions won big in just one half of play, 53-0.
    Farmington (3-2), which won the Class 4A championship last season, scored 31 points in the first quarter to begin the rout.
    Los Alamos, midway through the second quarter, had minus-4 yards total offense, while Farmington did virtually anything it wanted on both sides of the ball.
    In their last 10 quarters, the Hilltoppers have managed just one offensive score.
    Los Alamos (0-5) will have its final nondistrict game of the season Friday when it hosts the Santa Fe Demons.

    JV football team faces Hope Christian Monday

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity football team has a game set for Monday at home. Los Alamos will take on Hope Christian at 4:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers should go into Monday’s game with some momentum. They shut out the Santa Fe Demons last week 41-0 in Santa Fe.
    That win was the Hilltoppers’ second of the season. They nipped St. Michael’s 9-6 Sept. 8.

  • 'Topper boys, girls finish second at Academy Invite

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of its first big tests of the regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams passed with flying colors.
    Los Alamos faced off against some tough Albuquerque-area competition Friday afternoon at the Academy Invitational. Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams picked up runner-up finishes at the event.
    The Hilltopper girls finished second with 79 points, coming in behind only one of the top programs in Class 6A, the Eldorado Eagles. The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 110 points for their runner-up finish.
    Winning the boys event, however, was the team the Hilltoppers need to catch up to this season, Academy’s Chargers.
    The Chargers, who appear once again to be the team to beat come state meet time, finished with 48 points, earning three slots in the top 10 individually. The Chargers were paced by Jordan Lesansee, who finished as the individual runner-up.
    This is hardly the first year the Hiltoppers had to make up ground on the Chargers at this point in the season. In fact, it’s a relatively rare occurrence when the Hilltoppers beat the Chargers at any point during the regular season.

  • LA soccer teams will face Taos on Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams have a home-and-away doubleheader against Taos set for Saturday.
    Both Hilltopper teams will face Taos, a former district rival, Saturday afternoon. The Hilltopper boys will be at Eco Park in Taos, while the Hilltopper girls will host the Tigers at Sullivan Field.
    Taos’ boys (5-4) have been a formidable group this season, although they were blasted by Santa Fe Prep earlier this month, 5-0, and have lost three straight heading into Saturday’s game.
    For the Tiger girls, they had won seven straight to start the season, but dropped their last two contests. They fell to Santa Fe Sept. 16, then dropped a 3-1 decision at St. Michael’s Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ boys are 3-7-2 and are winless since Sept. 5.
    The Hilltopper girls blasted Capital 10-0 their last time out to improve to 5-6. 

  • Anderson ranks No. 18 among anglers

    Local angler Amy Anderson’s big catches this year have caught some national attention.
    Anderson, who landed a 42-inch, 25-pound tiger musky in June, is ranked 18th in the country among women who have snagged muskies this year, that’s according to a national fishing magazine.
    Rankings are done by a point system and Anderson finished a recent national poll with 20 points for the two muskies she’s landed, including the 42-incher she hooked at Bluewater Lake, which is located approximately 40 miles west of Grants.
    A tiger musky is a hybrid of a musky and a Northern Pike. Tigers are known for their needle-like teeth.
    Among all hybrids landed this year, Anderson’s ranks the 25th biggest. Interestingly, six of the of the top 25 in the nation were caught at Bluewater Lake, which is one of the hottest spots in the country for tiger musky fishing.
    Only about an hour prior to Anderson’s big catch June 12, her husband, Stan Kosiewicz landed a 35-inch tiger musky of his own.
    Kosiewicz and Anderson are catch-and-release anglers.

  • Hawk eighth graders win at Academy meet

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk eighth grade cross country teams swept both the boys and girls titles at Wednesday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    The Hawk eighth grade boys finished with a perfect score as Jevon Montoya, Shawn Williams, Duncan Fuehne, Jeremyah Palmer-Scott and Elijah Vasquez earned the top five places in that competition.
    That same group earned a perfect score at last week’s Española Middle School Invitational, with Montoya again leading the way.
    Montoya, who ran a 10:00 on the 1.72-mile course at Española, finished the Academy meet with a time of 10:43, 15 seconds ahead of Williams, the overall runner-up.
    In Wednesday’s eighth grade girls competition, Paulina Burnside paced the Haws with her time of 12:43, while Marin Kelly finished in 13:30. For the Hawk eighth grade girls, they took five of the top 11 spots in the race, which was good enough to hold off runner-up Desert Ridge.
    Ashlyn Baker, Rachel Bowman and Kristin Fassbender all scored for the Hawks.
    In the seventh grade races at Academy, the Hawk boys finished as the runners-up in team competition and the girls finished third overall.
    Leading the way for the seventh grade boys was Gavin Campos, who clocked an 11:17. Liliana Garcia finished first among the Hawk girls seventh graders, coming in at 14:22.

  • Romero wins twice Tuesday

    Ted Romero was a dual winner at Tuesday’s Atomic City Roadrunners Pace Race.
    This week’s race was on North Mesa.
    Not only was Romero the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course, finishing in a time of 19 minutes, 50 seconds, he was also the best predictor. Romero was off by just 2 seconds, which was good enough to just nip David Kratzer, who was 3 seconds off.
    Also on the 3-mile course, Nikol Strother finished in 20:02. On the 1-mile course, Rao Garimella and Lauraine Maness were the fastest finishers.
    The next Pace Race will be 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start at the Barranca Mesa Elementary School parking lot.
    There will be both 1-mile and 3-mile courses available.
    For Tuesday’s race, short course will be paved and the longer course will have both paved and trail portions.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com. 

  • Correction 09-25-14

    In Tuesday’s story, “LA inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame,” it was incorrectly stated the Hilltopper football team had won just one state championship in its history. It has actually won two state championships, those coming in 1950 and in 1966. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • LA travels to play 2013 4A champion

    One of the toughest tests of the 2014 season is coming up this weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    Right on the heels of its unhappy homecoming game, a 24-6 loss to the Kirtland Central Broncos, the Hilltoppers will hit the road to take on a state champion from just a year ago.
    Los Alamos will meet the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at Hutchison Stadium. The Scorpions, despite dropping two straight contests, are still a very tough customer that the Hilltoppers will have to be leery of.
    Los Alamos, of course, is 0-4 on the season following the homecoming loss, one of just two teams in Class 5A that haven’t secured a win in 2014.
    There isn’t an overabundance of positives in Los Alamos’ circumstances right now, but there are a few.
    Except for the St. Pius contest, the Hilltopper defense has played fairly well for most of the year. The defense, which has been affected by injuries but not to the same extent as the offense, has managed to keep Los Alamos within striking distance the past two weeks and was responsible for the only Hilltopper points against Moriarty.
    The defense should be further buoyed by the return of senior middle linebacker Eliott Hersman, who was injured in the preseason but made some important stops Friday against Kirtland Central.

  • 'Toppers head to Academy

    It may be early in the season, but it’s still one of the big showdowns prior to the state meet.
    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will head to Albuquerque Friday to take part in the Academy Invitational. That race, of course, is hosted by the Hilltoppers’ toughest Class 5A foe, the Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers took last week off following their win at the Academy for Technology and the Classics meet victories. The Hilltoppers swept both sides of that event, winning the girls team championship with 23 points and the boys title with 30 points.
    While those were solid wins on both ends for Los Alamos, the competition will be ratcheted up considerably Friday afternoon.
    Along with the Chargers, some formidable Class 6A competition from the Albuquerque area is expected to participate, including teams from Eldorado, Cleveland, Cibola and La Cueva.
    But the highlight will be the Los Alamos-Academy heads-up competition. Those two teams, as usual, are projected to go toe-to-toe for this year’s state title.

  • LA comes back from big deficit but falls to Pintos, 3-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to pick up its second win of the season over the Moriarty Pintos, but the Pintos had other plans Tuesday.
    Moriarty, which fell 3-1 to Los Alamos at its home tournament earlier this month, returned the favor by knocking off the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium. Moriarty took the first two sets 25-21, 25-23 before the Hilltoppers bounced back in sets three and four, taking those 25-21, 25-13.
    But the Pintos got the early edge in the decisive fifth set, winning that 15-8 for the match win.
    After the Pintos went ahead 2-0, the Hilltoppers’ service game got going in the next two sets, while the Pintos (5-6) struggled to get serves back, particularly against Los Alamos libero Ashlynn Trujillo, who had a big match.
    Those few serves that Moriarty did manage to return were often free balls which Los Alamos teed off on.
    But Moriarty jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the final set and Los Alamos never put up the rally it needed to get back into contention.
    Los Alamos (4-4) had won four straight contests, giving up just two sets in those wins, but has now lost two straight decisions. It fell to Santa Fe last week 3-1.
    Next up, the Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational.