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  • Hilltoppers handle Espanola,...

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Artesia 58, Roswell 13

    Aztec 20, Farmington 7

    Belen 51, Miyamura 30

    Bernalillo 26, Capital 0

    Bloomfield 54, Thoreau 0

    Capitan 54, Mescalero Apache 0

    Carlsbad 57, Hobbs 7

    Cleveland 54, Cibola 16

    Deming 42, Chaparral 7

    Dexter 20, Eunice 14

    Dulce 33, Navajo Pine 20

    Escalante 48, Questa 14

    Gadsden 14, Alamogordo 12

  • Giants go up 2-0 in World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long ball one night, a Giant dose of small ball the next.
    Two wins in two games and suddenly San Francisco doesn’t need to dig itself out of a postseason hole for a change.
    Madison Bumgarner shut down the Detroit Tigers for seven innings, then the Giants took advantage of a bunt that stayed fair to eke out the go-ahead run in a 2-0 win Thursday night for a 2-0 edge in the World Series.
    Gregor Blanco’s single trickled to a stop inches fair on the infield dirt, setting up Brandon Crawford’s run-scoring double-play grounder in the seventh. Hunter Pence added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and that was plenty for these masters of the October comeback.
    “It definitely feels a whole lot better than having our backs against the wall,” Bumgarner said. “But you can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing.”
    Game 3 will be Saturday night in Detroit and for once, the Giants aren’t playing from behind. They overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati in the best-of-five division series and escaped a 3-1 hole against St. Louis in the NLCS.

  • Duke City Soccer League results

    In the fifth week of Duke City Soccer League action, the KIXX 2000 U13 girls team lost a tough contest to the Alameda Animals, 1-0.
    KIXX 2000, playing short-handed because of illness and injury, controlled possession most of the way.
    Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio played well in emergency goalkeeping duties, while Emily Hammond, Victoria Salazar, Hanna Littleton, Camryn Dickson and Ashley Atencio provided the offensive pressure.
    In boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 won 2-1over the Titans NM 00 improving their record to 4-0 in their age bracket.
    Andres Runde scored both Lasers’ goals.
    The defense was anchored by the solid play of Devin Cantua, while Kauru Shimada and Caleb Cannon had outstanding games in the midfield.
    The U12 Celtics edged the Titans NM 01 Black 2-1. Celtics goals were provided by Sam Crooks and Jacob Castille.
    Donovan Atencio had an outstanding day on defense for the Celtics.

  • 'Toppers nip St. Mike’s, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team closed out its regular season with Senior Night and, in doing so, shut out the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    The Hilltoppers had numerous attack chances Thursday night at Sullivan Field, but couldn’t connect on those chances.
    Midway through the second half, however, Hilltopper senior Amy Neal picked up a goal, assisted by another senior, Leslie Guarello, to give Los Alamos a 1-0 victory.
    The game wasn’t particularly close, as the Hilltoppers finished with 18 shots on goal to the Horsemen’s 2. The Hilltoppers dominated ball possession throughout, but struggled to finish.
    “We had a bunch of close calls, a bunch of corner kicks,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to work on it and get that under control.”
    Los Alamos scheduled St. Michael’s as a tune-up contest to help it get ready for the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos, which plays in one of the least competitive big-school districts in the state, wanted to make sure it got in a couple of tough games prior to the end of the 2012 regular season.
    This year, it scheduled both Piedra Vista, which it defeated 2-0 Saturday in Farmington, and the Horsemen, a solid Class A-3A program.

  • Topper Notes 10-26-12

    Football team takes on Española Valley tonight

  • WAC coaches pick Aggie men’s...

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team was voted to win the WAC title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll and finished second in the media poll.
    The 10 head coaches selected the Aggies to finish first with five first-place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first-place votes and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points.
    For the Aggies, senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings earned Preseason All-WAC honors.
    Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin was tabbed as the league’s preseason player of the year. Mullings earned a first-team nod along with Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, Idaho center Kyle Barone and Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby.
    The conference media poll selected Utah State as this year’s favorite. Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes.
    Medlin was named the preseason player of the year in the WAC.
    Here are the results from the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ and media men’s basketball polls (first place votes are in parentheses):

    Coaches’ poll

    1. NMSU (5), 77 points
    2. Utah State (5), 76 points
    3. Denver, 65 points
    4. Louisiana Tech, 54 points

  • LA sweeps, moves closer to 2-4A...

    It was somewhat fitting that, a week before Halloween, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team eradicated some Demons, albeit doing so the hard way.
    Los Alamos looked creaky, particularly in the early part of Wednesday’s match, but pulled things together to take a commanding lead in the third set.
    Outside hitters Erin Kirk and Brianna Montaño combined for seven spike kills in the final set as the Hilltoppers earned a 25-23, 27-25, 25-17 win over Santa Fe’s Demons at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Wednesday’s win gives Los Alamos a chance to clinch the District 2-4A championship Saturday. Los Alamos travels to play Española Valley, the only team with a shot at snapping the Hilltoppers’ streak of four consecutive regular season district titles.
    The win also avenged a loss in the teams’ first district meeting Oct. 6 in Santa Fe, where the Demons grabbed a 3-1 victory and put Los Alamos in a bind early in the 2-4A race.
    “We got rattled,” Hilltopper defensive specialist Allyssa Tedder said of the Oct. 6 match. “We kind of weren’t playing as a team. In this one we played better, we were sharing better and we had a lot more fun.”

  • 'Topper boys, girls host LA...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams will lace up for their final meet of the year Friday.
    Their season finale, unlike most of their other meets this season, will be close to home.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Los Alamos Invitational. Competition will start with the junior varsity girls’ race at 3 p.m. The meet, as usual, will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos traditionally hosts its final regular season meet a week before the district championship. Both Los Alamos teams will again be heavy favorites to win the 2-4A title — the boys and girls have never lost nor been seriously challenged for the district crown since joining 2-4A in 2000.
    However, the Hilltoppers will have some stiff competition to contend with Friday. Some of the top programs in the state, including Cleveland and arch-rival Albuquerque Academy are expected to take part.
    Los Alamos’ teams are both ranked as the tops in Class 4A heading in. Los Alamos’ boys are anchored by a powerful nucleus of seniors, not the least of which is Sean Reardon, who has emerged as a serious contender for the 4A individual title this season. Los Alamos’ girls are the deepest team in the state and have been paced by three different runners in four meets this season (Mikayla Pulliam, Maddy Foley and Jennifer Mooday).

  • Giants Win Game 1 of World Series

    An historic night by Pablo Sandoval led the Giants to a 1-0 lead in the World Series Wednesday night. Tigers ace Justin Verlander was ousted in the 4th inning while Giants starter Barry Zito allowed only one run in 5 and 2/3rds.

  • LA blanks Capital to finish 2-4A...

    SANTA FE — As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team wrapped up District 2-4A play with another big win.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in each half at Jaguar Field Tuesday, routing Capital 8-0. The win completed a sixth consecutive undefeated district season for the Hilltoppers, who have just one more game remaining on their 2012 schedule.
    In all, six Hilltoppers got into the scoring column. Forward Leslie Guarello, a senior, picked up a hat trick, posting her third goal midway through the second half.
    Despite the big victory, Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said it was a low-energy game for his team, which will finish off the regular season Thursday at home against St. Michael’s.
    “It was one of those games, you don’t want to be in it,” he said. “It’s hard to show up for these kinds of games.”
    To its credit, Capital (6-9 overall, 2-3 in 2-4A), in contrast to most of Los Alamos’ district opponents in recent years, actually attempted to play with a standard formation rather than stuff 10 people within a few yards of its own goal and hoping for the best — a tactic that almost never works at the prep level.
    Guarello scored in the 7th, 20th and 56th minutes, upping her season total to 11 goals.