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  • Volleyball loses to Piedra Vista...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team went 1-3 in pool play Thursday morning at the state Class 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos lost both sets to Piedra Vista, the tournament's No. 1 seed, by scores of 25-15, 25-18. Against Las Cruces Centennial, Los Alamos lost the first set 25-20, but bounced back to win the second set 25-14.
    The Hilltoppers will play an elimination match at 3 p.m. Their opponent hasn't yet been determined.

  • State Notes 11-15-12

    Younger Alford son signs with Lobos Wednesday

  • Hersman named top defender in 2-...

    Sophomore Elliot Hersman was named the District 2-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player for the 2012 football season.
    The All-District first and second teams were announced earlier this week, with Hersman picking up one of the top two player honors bestowed by 2-4A.
    Hersman led the Hilltoppers in solo tackles (49), total tackles (78) and sacks (3.0) from his linebacker spot.
    Los Alamos placed six players on the district’s first team offense and five on the first team defense for the season. Those 11 total selections were actually more than were earned by the district champion Santa Fe, which got nine All-District nods.
    Santa Fe, which went a perfect 4-0 in district to advance to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, did earn the Offensive MVP, which went to running back Anthony Abeyta, and Coach of the Year, which was picked up by Ray Holladay for leading the Demons to the long-awaited playoff appearance.
    Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten actually beat out Santa Fe quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer for the first team nod. Van Etten averaged 109 yards throwing and 55.2 yards rushing per game, threw 8 touchdown passes and ran for 14 touchdowns, including 4 in Los Alamos’ Oct. 26 win over Española Valley.

  • Sports Update 11-14-12

    LA hockey plays Friday at Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey season will have its first game of the 2012-13 season Friday.
    Los Alamos will face the Santa Fe Blue Jackets in New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League play at 7 p.m.
     That game was scheduled to be played in Los Alamos, but due to poor ice conditions at the county’s ice rink, it will be played at the Taos Youth and Family Center.
    The Hilltoppers will play two games this weekend. They will be on the road at Rio Rancho for a 2:15 p.m. Saturday contest.

    Sipapu set to open Saturday

    Sipapu Ski Resort announced that it will open for the season Saturday.
    Sipapu will be the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the 2012-13 ski season. As of this morning, it was reporting only a 5-inch base but will be making snow until Saturday.
    Lift tickets for the weekend are on sale for $20 or less, Ski New Mexico reported. More information about the opening can be found at sipapunm.com.
    Locally, Pajarito Mountain hasn’t yet announced an opening day for the ski season.
    No other ski areas have made announcements for opening dates, either.

    Volleyball playoffs getting underway

  • Steinkamp, Neal and Blair honored

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams picked up five of the six biggest honors of the 2012 District 2-4A season.
    The All-District first and second teams were announced this week, with Los Alamos picking up several slots on both the boys and the girls side.
    Among the top honors, the Hilltoppers’ Amy Neal was named girls Offensive Player of the Year and Stephanie Blair was Defensive Player of the Year. Los Alamos’ Henry Steinkamp earned the boys Offensive Player of the Year and both Hilltopper head coaches, Jiri Kubicek and Evan Gartz, picked up Coach of the Year honors.
    The Hilltopper girls once again breezed through the 2-4A season, going a perfect 6-0. The Hilltopper boys, however, had to come back from a game down against the Capital Jaguars on the last day of their regular season to clinch the district title.
    For Capital, which, despite finishing as the runner-up in the 2-4A race in 2012, it had perhaps its best year in program history, stunning Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs and advancing to the state tournament semifinals.
    Capital’s Luis Rios-Olivas was the only non-Hilltopper to earn a top honor in 2012. He was named the boys 2-4A Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Lobos top Davidson

    The University of New Mexico Lobos came back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half to win their men's basketball season opener.

    The Lobos played early in the morning Tuesday against Davidson, earning an 86-81 victory to open the 2012-13 campaign.

    UNM struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 26 attempts from the field as Davidson (0-1) went ahead 45-31.

    UNM shot a little better in the second half (13-for-28) but rebounded considerably better. Davidson had a 13-3 rebounding edge at one point in the first half, but the Lobos ended up winning the battle on the boards by a comfortable 45-28 margin.

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, was one of four Lobos to finish in double-digits scoring. Kirk had 14 points in 25 minutes of play. He also finished with seven rebounds, three of them on the offensive side of the court.

  • 'Toppers get No. 9 seed in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a surprisingly low seed in this year’s Class 4A state tournament.

    The brackets for the state volleyball tournaments were released Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Los Alamos’ District 2 regular season and tournament championships didn’t seem to impress the seeding committee. Los Alamos finished as the No. 9 overall seed.

    Volleyball pool play will be Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos is matched up in pool A play with No. 8 seed Las Cruces Centennial and the No. 1 overall seed, Piedra Vista.

    Piedra Vista (20-1), which won the District 1 championship, defeated Los Alamos 3-1 Sept. 15 in Farmington.
    The Panthers’ only loss this season was to Class 5A Cleveland in late September.

    Centennial (18-3) was the District 3 champion and has won 12 straight matches heading into Thursday’s pool play round. Interestingly, Centennial didn’t play one match this season that went longer than three sets.

    The runner-up in both the District 2 regular season race and tournament, Española Valley, was only afforded the 12th and last seed in the 4A playoffs.

  • LA doesn't earn 4A playoff...

    Despite finishing two games above .500 in 2012, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was shut out of the Class 4A state playoffs.
    Los Alamos wasn’t invited to this year’s playoffs, missing out on the postseason for the third time in four seasons.
    Only one team from District 2, widely considered the weakest district in the state, was selected for this year’s 4A playoffs. Santa Fe, which won the district race, including topping the Hilltoppers 62-30 in Los Alamos Oct. 19, will be the only District 2 representative in the 4A field.
    District 2 has sent the minimum of one team to state every year since 2009. Los Alamos won the district title in 2011 and advanced to the postseason as the No. 12 seed, but was drubbed by Los Lunas in the opening round.
    Surprisingly, the Demons (5-5) didn’t receive the No. 12 seed in the bracket, as many expected. Instead, the Demons earned the No. 11 seed, while Roswell (5-5), which finished three spots ahead of Santa Fe in the most recent MaxPreps.com rankings – one of the most important determinants for seeding and selection – was given the No. 12 seed.

  • The AP top 25 college football...

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Aggies stun No. 1 Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes.

    Johnny Manziel, better known around Texas as Johnny Football, staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on to beat the Crimson Tide 29-24 on Saturday.

    The Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the Southeastern Conference for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league's run of BCS titles at six years.

    The defending national champion Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1), who have been No. 1 almost all season and had won 13 straight, didn't go quietly.

    AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.

    Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92, confounding the Tide defense with his ability to keep plays alive as the Aggies scored the game's first 20 points.

    "No moment is too big for him," coach Kevin Sumlin said of his remarkable redshirt freshman.

    And no defense or venue too tough, apparently.