• Game of the week, Nov. 2-8

    There’s no shortage of exciting sports action this week. On Saturday, the Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will compete in the state championships at Rio Rancho High School. The girls and boys have dominated the state meet in recent years, winning title after title. On Saturday, the teams will try to defend their crowns once again. The girls’ race is at 10 a.m. and the boys’ race is at 12:35 p.m.
    The Los Alamos boys’ soccer team will kick off its state tournament Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The No. 3 seeded Hilltoppers received a first-round bye and will take on No. 6 St. Pius X. Game time is 3:45 p.m. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will take place Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team beat Belen in the first round, 4-0, and will also be in Albuquerque competing. The No. 5 girls' soccer team will play No. 4 Aztec Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
    The Los Alamos volleyball team also has a big game Saturday. The ’Toppers will host the District 2-5A championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

  • ’Toppers blow by Bernalillo on senior night

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its final regular-season home game Wednesday, blowing by the Bernalillo Spartans in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-8.
    The game was also Los Alamos’ senior night, honoring Sierra Foley, Samantha Melton, Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Noelle Gallegos, Halie Street and Brianna Montaño.
    “It’s pretty emotional, but getting the win makes it better,” Street said.
    In the night’s first set, the seven seniors took the floor, but in some different positions. Among the switches were Anaya playing libero and Trujillo, the team’s normal libero, moving up to outside hitter.
    “It was nice that all seven could play the whole set, and the fact they were out of their normal positions and still win the set was really nice,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.
    The ’Toppers jumped out to a big lead right away in the opening set.
    Anaya started serving with a 2-1 lead and helped Los Alamos go up 10-1. Later, a pair of Montaño aces put Los Alamos up by 11 and a Trujillo kill retained that lead after a side out.
    Bernalillo got within six points of Los Alamos, at 17-11, but the ’Toppers pulled away again after that.

  • Girls' soccer advances to state quarterfinals

    The Los Alamos' girls soccer team took down Belen, 4-0, to start its state run Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos outshot the Eagles 29-6 in the contest and was in control almost the entire time.

    With the win, the No. 5 'Toppers advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals where they'll take on No. 4 Aztec at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    Emily Hopkins scored first against Belen. In the 11th minute, Allissia Haagenstad centered the ball on a corner kick and Hopkins knocked it in the goal.

    About 6 minutes later, Haagenstad put Los Alamos up 2-0 with a goal from 35 yards out. Belen's goalie lost her high shot in the sun, allowing it to take a big bounce over her head and into the net.

    The second half was a tighter match, but Los Alamos added two goals to its lead. Abby Schmalz scored in the 47th minute with a low shot that just squeked by the goalie on the near post side.

    In the 77th minute, Jordan Henson played a long ball into the goal box and Kenidee Hatler kicked it out of the air and into the net for Los Alamos' fourth goal.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team will also be playing in the state quarterfinals Thursday. Los Alamos will play St. Pius X at 3:45 p.m. The Sartans beat Los Lunas, 3-1, in their first-round contest.

  • LA football beats Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos football team took care of business Friday night againt Bernalillo, beating the Spartans 31-6.

    With the win, Los Alamos improved to 2-1 in District 2-5A. The win also kept the team's district title hopes alive. Down the hill, Española Valley beat Capital, 26-24, to keep the Jaguars from winning the title outright.

    Los Alamos, Española and Capital all have one district loss now. If Los Alamos and Española both win next week, all three teams will be tied at 3-1 for first-place in the district. Point-differential against district teams will be used to determine the champion.

    Against Bernalillo, Los Alamos didn't waste anytime getting on the scoreboard. The 'Toppers scored on their third play from scrimmage — on a Derek Selvage nine-yard run — and added a two-point conversion to go up 8-0 less than a minute into the game.

    A 64-yard Selvage score followed by a two-yard Nick Quartieri touchdown put Los Alamos up, 22-0.

    Bernalillo responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass, but Quartieri threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Dunwoody with 11 seconds left in the second quarrter and Los Alamos went into halftime up 29-6.

    Los Alamos added a safety in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

  • Los Alamos Extreme football reaches Zia Bowl

    After winning its first nine games of the season, the Los Alamos Extreme football team (9-11 year olds) will play for the league championship Saturday in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos will take on Capital at Capital in the Zia Bowl to decide whom the northern New Mexico champion is.
    The state championships will take place Nov. 14-15 in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos beat Capital earlier in the season, 14-12, in by far the team’s closest game.
    The Pojoaque Crush was the only other team that even scored against Los Alamos. Los Alamos beat the Crush 26-6 and 39-0.
    Los Alamos also beat the New Mexico Lobos, 40-0, the Pecos Panthers, 26-0, the Rio Rancho Punishers, 26-0 and 20-0, the Santa Fe Venom, 40-0, and the Las Vegas Outlaws, 40-0.
    Now Los Alamos just needs one more win and will be able to raise the Zia Bowl trophy.
    Kickoff is at 12:45 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ division-3 football team, 11-13 years olds, has also had a successful season.
    It will compete in the third-place game Saturday.

  • LA dominating district this fall

    Teams from Los Alamos have dominated District 2-5A this fall.
    It’s possible that Hilltoppers could win district titles in every fall sport, but the football team will need help from Española Valley tonight.
    Two Los Alamos teams, however, have already won district titles and three others are in the driver’s seat to do the same.
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ soccer teams got the ball rolling by winning district titles, each clinching the crown before their final contest. Now both teams will try to carry that momentum into the state tournament.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos’ volleyball team won the regular-season district title by beating Española Valley in four sets. The win gave Los Alamos a 6-0 district mark with two games left while every other squad had at least three losses. It also improved the Hilltoppers’ record to 15-3 overall.
    The district volleyball champion won’t be determined until the district tournament, but winning the regular season sets the ’Toppers up nicely to win that tournament. Since the it’s a ladder-style tournament, Los Alamos gets to wait and see which team advances to the championship game here at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Girls’ soccer kicking off championship season

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer team will kick off the fall state championship season Saturday.
    As the No. 5 seed, the Hilltoppers just missed getting one of the four first-round byes, but they get to start the tournament by hosting the final team that made it on the bracket.
    The Hilltoppers will host the No. 12 seeded Belen Eagles at 11 a.m.
    Belen finished its regular season 10-10-2, but it had a lot of close losses and showed some signs of having a potent offensive attack.
    “It’s not going to an easy game,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “We’re lucky we’re playing at home — we’re used to playing on this field.”
    Los Alamos has gone 8-3 at Sullivan Field and 13-5-2 overall during its regular season. Los Alamos also scored a District 2-5A title with a perfect 6-0 league mark. Los Alamos also scored shutouts in nine of its last 11 games and hasn’t suffered a loss since Sept. 17.
    During that stretch, Los Alamos has outscored its opponents 50-3.
    In addition to blowing by its district, the ’Toppers also scored a 2-2 tie in its second to last game against St. Michael’s (16-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A tournament.

  • LA soccer teams get high state seeds

    After the Los Alamos boys’ soccer team finished its regular season 13-5-2 and as the District 2-5A champion, the team was rewarded with a first-round bye in the state championship tournament.
    The boys earned the No. 3 seed, behind No. 1 Albuquerque Academy (18-1-1) and No. 2 Roswell (16-2-1).
    Farmington (14-4-2) earned the No. 4 seed and the final first-round bye.
    Los Alamos will begin the state tournament in the quarterfinals Nov. 5 at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The ’Toppers will play the winner of the No. 6 St. Pius X (11-6-3) and No. 11 Los Lunas (12-8) contest.
    The semifinals will take place Nov. 6 and the state championship will be held Nov. 7.
    The District 2-5A runner-up, and defending state champion, Capital (12-6-1), got the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Valencia (15-5) in the first round.

  • LA volleyball stays unbeaten in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its eighth straight game Saturday, beating the Española Valley Sundevils 3-1 in Española.
    The Hilltoppers won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-13. Española then did something no team had done in almost a month — it won a set against the ’Toppers, 25-23.
    Los Alamos, however, was able to close out the contest by winning the fourth set, 25-20.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in District 2-5A. With every other district team having at least three losses, the win clinched the district crown for Los Alamos with two games to go.
    Española slipped to 10-8, 3-3 2-5A with the loss.
    Tonight at 6 p.m., Los Alamos will host its final home regular-season game against Bernalillo (5-12, 0-6).

  • LA girls beat top 5A squads

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams saw their biggest competition for the Class 5A crowns Friday in their home meet.
    The girls ran against Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X while the boys got to take on Albuquerque Academy.
    “It’s nice — you don’t go in blind,” senior Maddy Foley said. “You get a sense of what you’re running against.”
    If Friday’s performance was any indication of how state will go, the girls have a great chance to defend their title, but the boys have an uphill battle to defend theirs.
    The Hilltopper girls won the 14-team tournament with 53 points. Cleveland (53) took second, followed by Taos (73), St. Pius X (98) and Albuquerque Academy (100).
    “We definitely want to win state,” Foley said. “We’ve won it every year I’ve been here, and it would be an awesome way to finish my high school career with a team win.”