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  • LA rallies to top Española Valley

    Barring a runaway victory in the fourth set by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, the difference between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils in their match Wednesday night was zero points.
    Los Alamos, trying to avoid falling into a big early hole in the District 2-4A volleyball race, hosted Española Valley at Griffith Gymnasium. Española Valley, which came out victorious in its first two district outings, had a chance to take a commanding 2-game lead with a win.
    The Sundevils looked to be on their way after outlasting the Hilltoppers in a grueling, emotional third set, but following that set, which both teams had and lost chances to put away, the Hilltoppers rallied to take the final two sets.
    In the fourth set, Los Alamos libero Danielle Ortiz reeled off eight straight points to start, giving her team a big advantage. The momentum from the fourth set carried Los Alamos through a tough fifth set to take a 24-26, 25-23, 28-30, 25-8, 15-13 victory.
    Like in many of their recent outings, the Hilltoppers had trouble getting things going against the Sundevils early.
    “It was shaky,” said Ortiz. “We were tied at 1-1 and that third game was really tight. We battled it out, but coming down to the wire it was anyone’s game.”

  • 'Toppers rally to beat...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team came back from a 2-1 deficit in a crucial District 2-4A match Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos swept the final two matches against the Española Valley Sundevils to take a 3-2 victory. A victory by the Sundevils would’ve put the Hilltoppers in a deep hole early in the district race.

    Both teams are now 2-1 and tied atop the district standings. Santa Fe took a surprising 3-1 victory over Los Alamos last weekend.

    More on Wednesday’s victory will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Bounty suspensions upheld by...

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith on Tuesday for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

    Though an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds, Goodell ruled he was sticking with his decision to suspend Vilma for the season and Smith for four games.

    Hargrove, a free agent defensive lineman, will face a two-game suspension once he signs with a team. He originally was hit with eight games, but that was reduced to seven with five games already served. Fujita, who plays for Cleveland, will now miss only one game instead of three.

    The responses of Vilma, Smith and the NFL Players Association left little doubt that the seven-month-old bounty saga is far from over.

    Vilma said on Twitter that the new ruling "this is not news to me pride won't let him admit he's wrong." Smith issued a statement saying he will continue to explore his appeal options.

  • LA taking on No. 1 team in the...

    Just in case the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was asking itself exactly where it stacks up among the best in the country, it will get that question answered as thoroughly as is possible.
    The Hilltoppers will host the No. 1 team in the United States Thursday night when it takes on the Strongsville, Ohio, Mustangs. The Mustangs, the defending Ohio state champions, will visit Sullivan Field at 6 p.m. Thursday.
    Strongsville is an affluent suburb, about 10 miles southwest of Cleveland, and Strongsville High School is the most decorated public school girls soccer program in the history of Ohio, having won four state championships including the 2011 crown.
    So far this season, Strongsville is a spotless 12-0 and has allowed just four goals, two of those coming in its most recent outing, a 3-2 win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Ohio, on Friday.
    Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said the Mustangs called him over the offseason saying they were taking a swing through northern New Mexico and were looking for teams to play. The Hilltoppers and the Taos Tigers agreed to face off against the Mustangs – Taos plays Strongsville Saturday at Taos Eco Park.

  • Toppers rally to beat Sandia Prep

    One set of Sundevils down. One set of Sundevils to go.
    Coming back after struggling in a District 2-4A road contest Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team couldn’t seem to find its rhythm until the very end of its contest against Class 3A Sandia Prep.
    That rhythm, however, carried the Hilltoppers to a 3-1 win over the Sundevils Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos trailed 15-10 in the fourth set of its home contest with Sandia Prep holding serve and was down 16-13, but reeled off 12 straight points to win, 11 of them with veteran Erin Kirk at the service line.
    Samantha Fenner and Brianna Montaño had block kills during Kirk’s run at the service line to help secure a 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16 victory.
    “I just trust in what I’ve been trained and just not think about it,” said Kirk of her string of 11 straight points, which came just moments after the Sundevils had taken a five-point lead and seemed to have the momentum on their side. “Just get a consistent serve and a consistent toss every point.”
    The big showing at the service line came on the heels of two subpar serve performances in consecutive losses to Albuquerque Academy and Santa Fe, the latter knocking Los Alamos out of the top spot in the District 2-4A race.

  • LA picks up 3-1 win over Sandia...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team had to overcome several unforced errors, but it came back from fourth set hole to top the Sandia Prep Sundevils.

    One night before it faces its arch rival, Española Valley, Los Alamos dropped Class 3A Sandia Prep 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16.

    Sandia Prep was up 15-10 and 16-13 with the side-out, but the Hilltoppers in the fourth set, but Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk reeled off 11 straight points from the service line to close out the match.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers’ win in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Lobos rebound to top Denver in...

    ALBUQUERQUE — On the heels of the program’s first regular-season loss at home in nearly two years, the fifth-ranked were looking for an answer at home against Denver University (5-3-3).
    The Lobos had to wait 106 minutes Sunday afternoon before getting the game’s only goal from Devon Sandoval.
    Sandoval, a senior from Albuquerque, recorded his fourth game-winning goal of the season after capitalizing on a defensive miscue by the Denver back line.
    A Pioneer defender misplayed a long Michael Calderon ball, which bounced long off his chest to Sandoval, who buried it for his eighth goal of the season.
    “I felt it was a deserving win, and I thought we played really well,” said Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein. “Today was eerily similar to Friday in that we created a lot of great chances but didn’t put them in the net.”
    Sandoval’s goal in double overtime ended a contest that saw the Lobos miss out on several scoring opportunities. UNM out-shot Denver 18-11 and held an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks.
    After a slow-paced opening ten minutes of play, the Lobos began to threaten on deep attacking runs. On several occasions Lobo players elected to pass instead of shoot.

  • Toppers downed by Demons 3-1...

    The last time the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team lost a District 2-4A contest, it was to Española Valley in 2008.
    The head coach of the Sundevils at the time was Garry Maskaly, who now helms Los Alamos’ program.
    But Saturday night, the Hilltoppers fell 3-1 to the Santa Fe Demons, dropping them to 1-1 in 2-4A play.
    Now, to avoid falling into a big hole in the district race, the Hilltoppers (6-6 overall) will have to find a way to trip up Española Valley Wednesday night.
    Española Valley (8-5), coming into the district season, seemed poised to be Los Alamos’ biggest challenger as it attempts to claim its fifth consecutive 2-4A title. But with Saturday’s loss against Santa Fe (6-8, 1-1) and a road date with the Capital Jaguars (5-7, 0-1) this weekend, the Hilltoppers  may not be able to afford a loss Wednesday.
    Prior to Wednesday’s match, the Hilltoppers will host Sandia Prep (4-8) tonight in a nondistrict contest. Sandia Prep got off to a slow start this season but has rebounded to win three of its last four.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, is on a bit of a slide, having lost three of its last five outings, a slide that’s somewhat surprising after it blasted Moriarty and Bernalillo before being swept by Albuquerque Academy Thursday and the loss to Santa Fe Saturday.

  • Baseball Playoff Glance 10-09-12

    National League

    Wildcard, Oct. 5

    St. Louis 6, Atlanta 3

    Division Series

    Cincinnati 2, San Francisco, 0

    Saturday: Cincinnati 5, San Francisco 2
    Sunday: Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 0
    Today: San Francisco (Vogelson 14-9) at Cincinnati (Bailey 13-10)
    Wednesday: San Francisco (Zito 15-8) at Cincinnati (TBD), 2:07 p.m. (if necessary)

    Washington 1, St. Louis 1

    Sunday: Washington 3, St. Louis 2
    Monday: St. Louis 12, Washington 4
    Wednesday: St. Louis (Carpenter 0-2) at Washington (Jackson 10-11), 11:07 a.m.

    American League

    Wildcard, Oct. 5

    Baltimore 5, Texas 1

    Division Series

    Detroit 2, Oakland 0

    Saturday: Detroit 3, Oakland 1
    Sunday: Detroit 5, Oakland 4
    Today: Detroit (Sanchez 4-6) at Oakland (Anderson 4-2), 7:07 p.m.

    New York 1, Baltimore 1

    Sunday: New York 7, Baltimore 2
    Monday: Baltimore 3, New York 2
    Wednesday: Baltimore (Gonzales 9-4) at New York (Hughes 16-13), 5:37 p.m.

  • Duke City results from weeks 3...

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Football Club in Duke City Soccer League play for:

    In week four of Duke City Soccer League action, the U11 girls Hotshots 2002 won 2-0 over the Classic FC Dynamite, with both scores provided by Alyssa Parker.
    Kaya Krantz had a big game for the Hotshots, while goalkeepers Tanna  Hollander and Chloe Rooney earned the shutout, with Rooney forcing a missed penalty kick against the Dynamite.
    In boys week 4 games, the U13 Lasers 2000 earned a 4-1 in their contest against the Classic FC Millennials, bringing their record to 3-0 in their age bracket.
    The Lasers trailed 1-0 on a penalty kick in the first half, but rallied for four unanswered goals to win going away.
    Arthur Stienkamp and Andres Runde scored two goals apiece, while Alex Bullock had a big showing in goal. The defense of Ben Rees, Cameron Art, Devin Cantua and Cid Rice in front of Bullock was solid throughout.
    Kauru Shimada, Dean Chandler and Christopher Blue also had good showings for the Lasers in the midfield.
    The U-12 Atomic City FC were dropped 8-2 to the NM Bears. Goals came from Wyatt Watson and Dakota Duran with Jesse Prime earning an assist.
    In a non-league game, the Boys U10 LAFC tournament team won 4-1 over the U13 Northern Atkeson.