• LA girls cross country wins state

    The Los Alamos girls' cross country team ran away from the competition Saturday morning at the Class 5A state championships.

    Los Alamos defended its title with 27 points, 40 fewer than second-place St. Pius X.

    Talia Dreicer, Sophia Galvez, Maddy Foley and Zoe Hemez all finished in the top-six while Marin Kelly's 19-place finish wrapped up the team title.

    The Hilltopper boys also had a great race, but they just missed a title. The boys finished three points behind Albuquerque Academy's winning 45.

    Connor Bailey, Hayden Walker and John Reese all finished in the top-eight, Victor Kim crossed 11th and Kai Coblentz finished 17th for the 'Toppers.

    On the soccer field, Los Alamos' boys and girls both finished second in the state.

    In the championship games, the Hilltopper girls fell 1-0 to St. Pius X and the boys lost 2-0 to Albuquerque Academy.

    On Friday night, Los Alamos' football team lost its final regular season game to Del Norte. The Knights beat Los Alamos, 42-0.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • LA boys reach title game

    After 100 minutes, Los Alamos' boys soccer team and Roswell were scoreless in Saturday's Class 5A semifinal battle.
    The spot in the championship game had to be decided by a shootout.
    Los Alamos went first and Alex Csanadi scored to set the tone for the Hilltoppers.
    Roswell tied it on its first shot, but Geoerge Steinkamp put Los Alamos back up with a score.
    Goalkeeper Seth Hailey then continued his strong tournament, making a critical save for Los Alamos. The blocked shot proved to be the difference in the contest.
    Tristen Roach, Arthur Steinkamp and Andreas Runde followed with goals to help Los Alamos make the finals.
    The No. 3 seeded 'Toppers were scheduled to play No. 1 Albuquerque Academy in Saturday's championship.
    Los Alamos was pushing the tempo early in the contest against No. 2 Roswell, but didn't have any real good shots to show for it. A lot of the game was then played in the middle of the field.
    Roswell was the aggressor in the second half, but Los Alamos managed to keep them from scoring.
    Los Alamos also created a couple of good scoring chances, but its two closest shots missed just high.
    The two overtimes saw good shots by both teams, but nobody was able to score until the shootout.
    Special thanks to KRSN for help with this report.

  • Los Alamos makes it to title game

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team upset the top-seeded Farmington Scorpions, 3-1, to advance to the Class 5A state championships.

    Los Alamos will play in the championship game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Farmington. Emily Hopkins scored on a free kick in the 26th minute, firing a bullet over the wall and into the top shelf. About eight minutes later, Abby Schmalz assisted Sienna Ahlers on a goal to put Los Alamos up by two.

    Los Alamos' defense did a good job shutting the Scorpions down in the first half. Anna Lemke made a number of good saves while Sophie Wood kept a lid on a lot of Farmington shots. Right before halftime, however, Farmington scored to cut the lead in half.

    In the second half, Farmington attacked and attacked, but couldn't get one in. Then, in the 79th minute, Ahlers took a long through ball and scored a huge insurance goal for the 'Toppers.

    Special thanks to KRSN for help with this report.

  • 'Toppers advance to soccer semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both scored wins in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Thursday.

    The No. 5 seeded girls got the ball rolling in the morning, beating No. 4 Aztec 2-1 in overtime. 

    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys then shut out No. 6 St. Pius X, 3-0, in the afternoon.

    The Hilltopper girls will now take on No. 1 Farmington at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semis.

    Los Alamos' boys will square off with No. 2 Roswell at 2 p.m. Friday.

    The girls got off to a slow start Thursday against Aztec. Aztec took its first shot less than 20 seconds into the game, made Anna Lemke dive to make a save in the fifth minute and took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

    "i think because it was our first game at state, it made us panic," Jordan Henson said.

    "In the first half, our nerves overwhelmed us," Charlotte Leonard said.

    The 'Toppers, however, were able to weather the storm and they only went into halftime down one.

    In the second half, Los Alamos tied it up right away. In the the 43rd minute, Sienna Ahlers took a pass from Abby Schmalz and, with multiple defenders around her, kicked a hard shot into the net.

  • Turkey Trot scheduled for Nov. 22

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Girls' soccer kicks for the cure

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer teams stepped up for the community and spent much of October raising funds for their Kick for the Cure campaign.
    After their hard work, the teams were able to donate $1,400 and to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.
    The soccer program was grateful to the community for its donations and also for its support in the stands this season.

  • Skaters fly high in competition

    The Atomic Kings hosted the Halloween Fallout Skate Slam Saturday at the White Rock Skate Park.
    The all-ages events featured a half-pipe competition, a high ollie competition and also a costume contest for skateboarders and BMX bikers.

  • Extreme wins Zia Bowl

    The Los Alamos division three Extreme football team won the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League championship Saturday in Santa Fe.
    In the Zia Bowl against the Capital Jaguars, Los Alamos won 8-7. A safety proved to be the difference in game.
    With the league and regional championship, the 9-11 year-old team improved to 10-0. The team also advances to the state championships.
    Los Alamos’ division four team (11-13 year olds) placed fourth in the Zia Bowl.

  • Los Alamos volleyball goes 8-0 in District 2-5A

    The Los Alamos volleyball team beat Del Norte in three sets Friday to finish its District 2-5A regular season undefeated.
    The Hilltoppers scored a perfect an 8-0 record against the league and only lost one set the entire time.
    As the regular season champs, the ’Toppers get to host the district championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Capital was scheduled to play at Del Norte Tuesday night in the district tournament. The winner of that game will take on Española Valley Thursday for a spot in Saturday’s championship.
    On Friday, Los Alamos beat the Knights 25-22, 25-12 and 25-21.
    Elizabeth Anaya led Los Alamos in digs (15) and aces (3).
    Brianna Montaño had 16 of Los Alamos’ 34 kills in the contest.
    Samantha Melton assisted 26 of those kills. Ashlynn Trujillo, meanwhile, led the team with 13 serves received and also had 12 digs.
    The Hilltoppers are now riding a 10-game winning streak and are 17-3 overall.
    To keep the players sharp and help them peak for state, Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said she’s having them do different drills, mixing up the tempo in practices and also asking them lots of questions.
    “I want thinking athletes out there on the court,” Espinoza said.
    The state volleyball brackets will be released Sunday.

  • ’Toppers dominate district race

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams dominated the District 2-5A tournament Saturday at Del Norte.
    The girls won the race with a perfect score of 15 while the boys took the crown with 21 points.
    It was the boys’ 19th consecutive district title and the girls’ 16th straight title.
    The Hilltopper girls not only claimed the top-five spots for their perfect score, they also had runners place sixth, eighth and ninth in the race.
    Maddy Foley won the race in 22 minutes, 8 seconds to lead Los Alamos. Talia Dreicer crossed second in 22:13. Sophia Galvez finished third in 22:15. Zoe Hemez and Marin Kelly finished one second apart to score Los Alamos’ final team points, finishing fourth and fifth in 23:42 and 23:43, respectively.
    Nica Vasquez (sixth, 24:07), Paulina Burnside (eighth, 24:07), Elise Koskely (ninth, 24:38) and Emily Mercer (23rd, 26:58) extended the Hilltopper girls’ dominance.
    In the team race, Española Valley took second behind the ’Toppers with 53 points while Del Norte took third with 78. Bernalillo and Capital didn’t post team scores in the girls’ race.
    In the boys’ race, Los Alamos claimed the top-three spots and all eight of its runners who competed finished 11th or better.