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  • Prep boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Tournament championship cancelled

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled Saturday due to weather. Both teams will look to reschedule later in the season. The Hilltoppers defeated Valencia and Aztec to reach the championship game.

    Semifinals: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team advanced to the Louie Cernicek tournament championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. The Hilltoppers will play the winner of Roswell/Clovis at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    First Round: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team defeated Aztec 10-0 Friday in the first round the Louie Cernicek tournament.

  • LAHS volleyball to host season opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will begin its 2016 campaign at 2 p.m. Saturday with a home match against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into the season with a rebuilding state of mind, after graduating seven players from last year’s team that finished 19-4, went unbeaten in District 2-5A play and made its 10th-consecutive state tournament appearance.
    Los Alamos will be under the guidance of Diana (Dee Di) Stokes, who previously coached the Hilltoppers for a combined six years. Stokes was named Los Alamos head coach in April, after two-year coach Sharleen Espinoza departed from the team.   
    Junior right side hitter Mackenzie Alexander and defensive specialist Samantha Miller are expected to be key returners for the Hilltoppers.
    Newcomers for Los Alamos include Alize Garcia, Sophia Salazar, Ellie Hayward, Jessica Moore, Kaitlyn Bennett, Elodie Theillez and Gabby Vallejos.
    The Hilltoppers will learn a lot about the shape of its team Saturday and could be used for Stokes and company to evaluate its spew of new pieces.
     A fast start could be the key for Los Alamos, as it prepares for a season full of tough tasks.
    Bloomfield is making its way up to Class 5A, after spending the last four seasons in Class 4A and 3A.

  • LAHS football opens season tonight

    Los Alamos football begins its quest for a successful season at 7 p.m. tonight by hosting Pojoaque at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers have several returners from last year’s 4-6 squad, including senior quarterback Nick Quartieri, who’s expected to be Los Alamos’ key to success in 2016.   
    “We’re all excited to get out there and see how the team looks against Pojoaque,” Quartieri said. “It’s the first game and it’s always interesting. I’m definitely excited.”
    Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said his team is ready to put everything they’ve been working on this summer into real-game scenarios.
    “I’m excited to watch these guys play,” Williams said. “They’ve been working so hard all summer. It’s time to watch all that work pay off. And that’s the best thing as a coach, getting to watch those guys actually use the things that they’ve been working at, and see everything start clicking.”
    Friday will be the seventh-consecutive season-opening meeting between Los Alamos and Pojoaque. The Hilltoppers have defeated Pojoaque three of the last four seasons, and are 4-2 in the last six seasons against the Elks.

  • Prep boys soccer: ‘Toppers fall in season opener

    Before the season started, Los Alamos boy’s soccer coach Ron Blue said his team might have some trouble defending set pieces.
    And one set piece ended up dooming the Hilltoppers (0-1) in their season opener.
    Los Alamos fell 1-0 to defending Class A/4A state champion Bosque School at Sullivan Field Tuesday, after giving up a fifth-minute free-kick goal.
    “They’re high school kids... Mistakes are going to happen,” Blue said. “I was just really proud of their fight. The difficult thing is that we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
    Bosque scored the lone goal when it was awarded a free kick in the fourth minute. Zech Meddleton whipped the free kick into the Hilltoppers box where Peter Panagopoulos headed the ball over Los Alamos goalkeeper Seth Hailey for the Bobcats’ eventual game-winning goal.
    “We weren’t sharp early and we didn’t take care of the things that we talked about before the game,” Blue said. “We talked about set pieces possibly being our Achilles heel and that’s what happened.”  
    Los Alamos had ample opportunities to equalize, especially towards the ladder stages of the game.
    The Hilltoppers’ most prominent chance came in the 68th minute when Andreas Runde hit the crossbar from 30 yards out.

  • LAHS girl’s soccer tops Bosque at home

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was glad to be back home where it could play its style of game.
    The advantage of playing in Sullivan Field’s turf was evident for the Hilltoppers in their 3-0 victory against Bosque School on Tuesday.
    “It gave the girls a big boost (playing at home),” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “They put the weekend and the Aztec game behind them and concentrated on this game.”
    It took a last-minute effort for Los Alamos to dispatch Bosque last weekend in Aztec. But, playing at home allowed the Hilltoppers to up the tempo and come away with a larger margin of victory on Tuesday.
    “The girls played well. I was proud of what they did,” Ahlers said.  
    Los Alamos senior forward Sienna Ahlers provided the majority of attacking opportunities, while tallying two goals and a game-high seven shots on goal. Ahlers has scored a team-high four goals on the season.
    Valerie Li added a goal, while Abby Schmalz, Kenidee Hatier and Katie Hopkins tallied an assist on Tuesday.
    “I was able to use my entire bench and the outcome ended being great,” Ahlers said.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to St. Pius next Tuesday for a rematch of last year’s Class 5A state championship, where the Sartans defeated Los Alamos 1-0.

  • LA shines in NM Senior Olympics

    Los Alamos had a good showing in last month’s New Mexico Senior Olympic Games in Roswell.
    Jackie Marr led the Los Alamos pack with 13 gold medals in women’s swimming.
    Teresa Goodwin and Robert Jaramillo helped Los Alamos with seven gold medals each in dance.   
    Margaret Ellis and Brian Newman won gold medals in track and field, while Abel Castillo and Ann ReVelle triumphed to gold in mixed doubles table tennis.
    Wendee Brunish won three bronze medals and one gold in track and field.
    Steven Aumack won gold medals in both the distance and accuracy frisbee throws.
    Ruth Doyle garnered a sliver and bronze in the women’s race walk.
    Albert Delanoy won two gold medals in pickleball.
    Robert Gill claimed silver in the men’s team bowling.
     Cryil Jakubows won the gold in frisbee accuracy throw.
    Timothy Johnson won a gold medal in track and field (standing long jump).
    Burton Krohn won three silver medals in men’s swimming.
    Susan Krohn won six bronze medals in women’s swimming.
    Duane Marr tallied two silver medal finishes and one bronze medal in track.  and field.
    For more information on the Los Alamos Senior Olympics, email laseniorolympics@gmail.com

  • LAHS girl's soccer loses tourney title after controversial call

    AZTEC — It wasn’t the ending that the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team wanted, but the Hilltoppers gained some assurance going forward from the season’s opening weekend.
    After opening the 2016 season with two wins, Los Alamos lost to Aztec 1-0 in double overtime in the Aztec Tournament championship game Saturday.
    Aztec was awarded a penalty kick halfway through the second overtime. And the Tigers’ Grace Olson converted the game-winning penalty kick.
    Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers disagreed with the official’s decision to award Aztec a penalty kick. Ahlers said both the central and assistant referees claimed that a Los Alamos player pushed an Aztec player after Los Alamos goalkeeper Anna Lemke made a play on the ball.      
    “It happened to be that an official thought he saw something that didn’t happen,” Ahlers said. “He took 90-plus minutes of play out the window. You officiate the game, not determine it. This official determined the game by guessing on a play.”
    Ahlers said he reviewed the film after the game and said he remained confused as to why the officials called a foul on one of his players.

  • Pursuit to state begins Tuesday for LAHS boy's soccer

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer program always goes into a season as state title contenders, but this season the target on the Hilltoppers’ back might be bigger after last year’s state championship appearance.
    Los Alamos plans to rely on its experience and a vigorous schedule to match last season’s success. The last time the Hilltoppers lost in a state championship, they regrouped the following season and claimed the program’s latest state championship (2009, 2010).
    The road to redemption begins 6 p.m. Tuesday as the Hilltoppers host defending Class 4A state champion Bosque School at Sullivan Field.  
    “Los Alamos always tends to have a tradition of being a pretty solid program and always has a mark on there back. So a lot of teams look at Los Alamos as a good bench mark,” said Ron Blue, who’s entering his third season as the Hilltoppers’ head coach. “Obviously this year will be a bit different. Coming in, I think we’re putting some pressure on ourselves.”
    “We believe that we have a team that can be very good. So we’re going to try to go and play and win as many games as possible.”

  • Prep Girl's Soccer: ’Toppers eye successful 2016 season

    Los Alamos girl’s soccer head coach Gary Ahlers wants his team to prove that last year’s state championship appearance wasn’t a one-year occurrence.    
    The Hilltoppers are coming off a lucrative 2015 season that included a 16-6-2 overall record, a District 2-5A championship and a Class 5A runner-up trophy.
    Los Alamos will have a much bigger target on its back for this season’s postseason triumph attempt. However, Ahlers believes the Hilltoppers can use last year’s recipe of hard work and desire to equal their success in 2016.        
    “Just hard work... Hard work and desire,” said Ahlers, who earned Class 5A coach of the year honors in 2015. “They’re going to have to want it. But I told them ‘one game at a time’. They’re glad to back and they want to prove that they deserved to be there last year.”
    Los Alamos’ quest for its fifth-consecutive district title is expected to be tougher this year with the inclusion of Albuquerque Academy. The Chargers will look to give Los Alamos its first district loss since 2011.   

  • Rebuilding season ahead for LAHS volleyball

    A familiar face is what the Los Alamos volleyball program needed for what is expected to be a rebuilding 2016 season.
    Diana (Dee Di) Stokes, who has previously spent a combined six years as the Hilltoppers head coach, will inherit a young squad that graduated seven key players from last year’s district championship team.
    “I think every year the goal is to make it to the state playoffs,” Stokes said. “Last year they graduated seven seniors. So this year is going to be a rebuilding year. We’ll have to see what we can do to build up some big hitters and setters in there.”
    Despite going into the season with one of the youngest rosters in team history, Los Alamos will be a favorite to repeat as District 2-5A champions and make its 11th-consecutive state tournament appearance.
    However, that success could depend on how Stokes and her coaching staff can develop those young pieces into important role players.
    “I think this year the team is going to be very strong. We have a really good setter that is coming up and we got a strong defensive team,” Stokes said. “We’ve also got a good tall front line that we’ll be working on.”
    Stokes also said that confidence within the team will be key in rebuilding the Hilltoppers.