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  • 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.

  • LA locks up 2-4A title with win

    SANTA FE — There was quite a bit, including a fair chunk of pride, on the line Tuesday night.
    For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team and the Capital Jaguars met at Jaguar Field for the Hilltoppers’ season finale with the District 2-4A championship on the line.
    But this time, the Hilltoppers, after falling behind, were able to mount a comeback.
    Los Alamos had to bounce back after a quick-strike goal in the 6th minute by the Jaguars. It wouldn’t take long for Los Alamos to answer or claim the lead, however.
    The Hilltoppers scored their goals just about a minute apart and held on the rest of the way to claim a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
    More importantly, the Hilltoppers earned the 2012 District 2-4A championship with the win. The two teams are tied in the loss column — Capital has one more district game remaining — but the Hilltoppers pick up the tiebreaker, finishing with more net goals than the Jaguars.
    Los Alamos midfielder Henry Steinkamp, who was injured on what was the deciding play of the 2011 contest between the two teams, turned in another big performance, scoring the equalizing goal in the 11th minute, then sending a corner kick straight to the head of Brady Stokes in the 12th minute for the go-ahead goal that would ultimately prove to be the difference.

  • 'Topper boys erase early...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team scored two quick goals early in the first half after falling behind in just six minutes to top the Capital Jaguars Tuesday night.

    Henry Steinkamp had a goal and an assist in the 11th and 12th minutes as the Hilltoppers downed the Jaguars 2-1 at Jaguar Field.

    The victory clinched the District 2-4A title that Los Alamos lost in 2011 to Capital on that same field.

    Check today's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

  • Lobo men's hoops picked 3rd...

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which won both a share of the regular season title and the conference tournament title, was picked to finish third in the official Mountain West Preseason Media Poll.
    The media poll was released Monday.
    The Lobos were picked behind No. 20 San Diego State and No. 19 UNLV.
    The conference also released the preseason All-Mountain West teams, and for the third straight year, UNM is represented on the squad. Kendall Williams, a junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of four juniors on the five-man preseason All-Conference team.
    Williams joins Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Deonta Burton of Nevada, and UNLV’s Mike Moser. Franklin was named Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate Dwayne Polee II was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, along with Bryce Dejean-Jones of UNLV.
    UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.
    The Lobos picked up 122 points in the poll of 18 media members from around the Mountain West, two members from each of the nine media markets of the league.
    San Diego State received 10 first place votes to edge UNLV in the voting 153-151.
    The Rebels took the other eight first place votes.

  • Hilltoppers, Jaguars face off...

    It might have been the defining play of the 2011 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team. It was certainly the most significant.

    With the District 2-4A championship on the line, the Capital Jaguars' main offensive threat, Jason Alarcon beat the Hilltopper defense to a long through-ball. Backpedaling to intercept Alarcon was Henry Steinkamp while coming forward full throttle was Los Alamos goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.

    The two never saw each other and Venneri plowed into Steinkamp, allowing not only the goal that would ultimately give the Jaguars the tiebreaker for the district title, it would dislocate Steinkamp's shoulder, knocking him out of the playoffs two weeks later.

    Today, the Hilltoppers will head back to Jaguar Field in a very similar position. Except, in 2012, it's the Hilltoppers in second place looking up to the Jaguars, who defeated the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field earlier this month.

    The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. It's the regular season finale for Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos will have to beat Capital, which is a perfect 8-0 at home this year, to have a shot at the district title.

    Steinkamp, the engine that makes the Hilltoppers go, has had an outstanding senior year. All he's worried about, he said, is picking up a victory.

  • Giants blast Cardinals, head to...

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the Giants had overcome to get back to the World Series, a late shower wasn't about to dampen their celebration.

    All right, it was a driving downpour.

    So reliever Sergio Romo danced through the raindrops, Tim Lincecum helped lead a soaked victory lap around the ballpark and Angel Pagan stayed on the field with his daughter long after his teammates took the party indoors.

    Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday night.

    "The rain never felt so good," series MVP Marco Scutaro said. "We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable."

    San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.

    The Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Triple Crown slugger Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Verlander is set to pitch Wednesday's opener at AT&T Park. Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted before Monday's game he had not planned any further in advance.

  • LA takes over first place in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its second sweep of the District 2-4A season over the Beranlillo Spartans Saturday.

    More importantly, it also took over sole possession of first place in the 2-4A standings with the victory, coupled by a 3-2 loss by Española Valley against Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers now sit alone atop the district with a mark of 4-1 (10-6 overall), while Santa Fe and Española Valley are tied at 3-2 behind them.

    Los Alamos, which has some tough contests with Bernalillo over the past few seasons, picked up a solid 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 win on the road to start the second half of the district season.

    The Spartans (4-12, 1-4) had little answer for Hilltopper middle Claire Stewart. Stewart had a match-high 18 spike kills, one of the top offensive totals of the season for Los Alamos.

    Also for Los Alamos, Erin Kirk and Sam Fenner finished with 8 spike kills. Setter Savanah Romero earned 39 assists.

    Saturday’s win was the fourth in a row for the Hilltoppers, who have given up just three games in those four victories.

    This week, however, will go a long way to determining how the 2-4A regular season will shake out. Los Alamos faces Santa Fe Wednesday night at home then travels to Esapñola Valley Saturday night.

  • UCI strips Armstrong of his 7...

    GENEVA (AP) — Cycling's governing body agreed Monday to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.

    Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said the race would go along with whatever cycling's governing body decides and will have no official winners for those years.

    USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen" within his U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.

  • 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 Oct. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • LA blasted in critical 2-4A game

    For the second straight week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was involved in a game that, on paper, appeared to be a pretty even match.
    For the second straight week, that seemingly well-matched game turned into a blowout. There was one big difference this week, though: it was the Hilltoppers on the wrong end of that blowout.
    The Santa Fe Demons scored two touchdowns in 1:06 span at the end of the first half and two more touchdowns in 1:30 at the start of the second half. The Hilltoppers mounted something of a comeback in the third quarter, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as the Demons crushed the Hilltoppers 62-30 at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos simply had no answer for the Santa Fe running duo of quarterback Jordan Booth-Homer and tailback Anthony Abeyta.
    Abeyta, one of the top rushers in Class 4A, ran for 215 yards — a number that would’ve been significantly higher if not for him taking a 30-yard loss on a botched punt snap — and three touchdowns, while Booth-Homer went for 90 yards on 11 carries, including three touchdowns on four attempts running the ball in the second half.