• Pajarito gets first snow of the season

    The first snow of the season raised the hopes at ski areas around northern New Mexico and has people anticipating a good winter.
    “It’s really refreshing to see that Mother Nature remembers how to do it,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “We’ll take it as a good sign that winter is on its way and things will work out for us.”
    While it rained constantly in town, the entire ski area got a fresh, white blanket. Long said the mountain got between 3 and 3.5 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with a little more snow falling up top.
    “The coverage is pretty solid around the mountain,” Long said.
    The winter weather system is expected to stick around a few more days before it moves on. After that, warmer temperatures are in the forecast and will probably melt a lot of the snow. The snow located in shaded areas and at higher elevations has a good chance of sticking, though.
    Pajarito was hoping for some natural snow before it started making snow for the upcoming winter — to give the man-made stuff some frozen ground to stick on.
    While the mountain is getting its snowmaking system prepped, it’s not going to start making snow for a little yet.

  • Boys soccer rolls past Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team had one of its best offensive performances of the season Saturday at Piedra Vista.
    The ’Toppers scored a 7-1 victory against the Panthers.
    The seven goals matched Los Alamos’ highest scoring game, which was also a 7-1 victory that came against Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos is now 11-5-2 overall and will conclude its regular season with a pair of games this week. The ’Toppers were scheduled to play Bernalillo Tuesday, but lightning and gail forced it to be rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. On Saturday, at 4 p.m., Los Alamos will wrap up its regular season at home against Del Norte.
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will find out its seed for the Class 5A state championships. Los Alamos is currently ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos took a 3-1 lead into halftime and scored four more goals after the break.
    Five different players scored and five different players assisted goals in the win.
    Eric Burnside and Jonathan Coons both scored a pair of goals. Andreas Runde, George Steinkamp and Ben Rees each scored once.
    Tristen Semelsberger assisted two goals while DC Kim, Nathaniel Ortega, Levon Wiggins and Author Steinkamp assisted other scores.

  • LAHS Cross Country Invite taking place Friday

    Spectators are invited to come support the hard-working harriers at their one home event of the season Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The meet will feature five races and the first one will begin at 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos will compete against 15 teams, including some of the top teams in the state at the meet. The field includes Albuquerque Academy, Bernalillo, Capital, Cleveland, East Mountain, Española Valley, Hope Christian, Pecos, Pojoaque, St Michael’s, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Indian School, St. Pius X, Taos and Valencia.
    There will be limited parking at the race. For the safety and courtesy of all event participants and golf course patrons, spectators are asked to consider alternate transportation, utilizing middle school parking (after-school hours) and carpooling.
    People can enter the golf course via Diamond Drive. The earliest arrivals will be directed to parking along the service road perimeter.
    Once full, follow directions to the passenger drop off spot (including elementary runners or spectators with disabilities), then proceed along the service road to exit.
    All vehicles will exit the golf course via one-way service road onto San Ildefonso Road.

  • Volleyball blows by Capital

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its seventh straight match Saturday. The Hilltoppers took down Capital 25-10, 25-19 and 25-19.
    The win bumped Los Alamos’ District 2-5A record up to 5-0. The ’Toppers haven’t lost a set in district play so far this season.
    Overall, Los Alamos is 14-3. Capital, meanwhile, is now 3-12.
    The ’Toppers had lots of players contribute to Saturday’s win.
    Brianna Montaño had 11 kills in 23 attacks while Sierra Foley recorded 11 kills in 26 attacks.
    Foley now has 231 kills on the season while Montaño has added 198.
    Samantha Melton has set up the majority of those kills. She had 23 of Los Alamos’ 31 assists Saturday, which gave her 480 for the season.
    Defensively, the ’Toppers blocked six shots and dug 36 others.
    Noelle Gallegos had a solo block and three assisted ones. Mackenzie Alexander and Haile Street each had two assisted blocks.
    Melton also had 12 digs to lead the ’Toppers. Ashlynn Trujillo added eight digs while Montaño had five and Elizabeth Anaya had four.
    Trujillo leads the team with 274 digs and 287 serves received so far this season.
    Melton, Foley, Montaño Anaya and Trujillo all served aces against Capital, as well.

  • Hilltoppers win big non-district contest

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team proved it deserves to be ranked ahead of the Piedra Vista with a 3-0 victory against the Panthers Saturday.
    Los Alamos entered the game as the MaxPreps’ No. 5 ranked team in Class 5A. Piedra Vista was one spot behind Los Alamos at No. 6.
    A Piedra Vista win would have certainly flipped the rankings, at least momentarily.
    The’Toppers’ win, however, will give the seeding committee another good gauge when they fill out the state championship brackets Sunday. Los Alamos improved to 11-5-1 while Piedra Vista slipped to 10-8 after the game.
    Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Bernalillo (2-15-2) Tuesday, but that game got rained out. It has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday. The ’Toppers will finish their regular season with a Thursday game at St. Michael’s (14-2) followed by a home game Saturday against Del Norte (5-12).
    Saturday’s game was tight until the end, but Los Alamos was able to finish it strong.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 19-25

    Los Alamos’ defending state champion cross country teams will have their only home meet of the season on Friday.
    Not only will spectators be able to watch Los Alamos’ varsity teams run, they’ll also be able to watch the high school’s junior varsity, C-team and the Los Alamos Middle School runners compete.
    The meet will take place at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The first race is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Alamos at Los Alamos Golf Course, girls and boys varsity, 10 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, boysvarsity, 4 p.m.; girls varsity 6 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, 4 p.m.; junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Los Alamos Golf Course, girls and boys varsity, junior varsity, C-team and middle school, 3 p.m.

  • LA the team to beat after one district round

    After playing everyone in District 2-5A once, the Los Alamos volleyball team is alone on top of the standings with a perfect 4-0 mark.
    With four district games remaining in Los Alamos’ regular season, the ’Toppers are currently 13-3 overall and hoping to get to 17-3.
    Los Alamos is also MaxPreps’ third ranked team in Class 5A, behind No. 1 St. Pius X (12-2) and No. 2 Centennial (13-2).
    On Wednesday, Los Alamos knocked off the other district squad who started 3-0 in the league, Del Norte.
    The ’Toppers beat the Knights in three games — 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21.
    “I think it was really important to show we deserve to be first in the district,” senior Noelle Gallegos said. “Only one team was going to come away undefeated in the district, and I think we wanted it.”
    All three games were close at some point, but the ’Toppers were able to finish every game strong.

  • Hilltopper golfers swing away at Los Altos

    The Los Alamos boys’ golf team placed sixth out of 11 participating schools Thursday at Albuquerque’s Los Altos Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper boys shot their second lowest team score of the year — a 347.
    The tournament, however, had some of the best teams in New Mexico competing, including St. Pius X, La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy. St. Pius won the tournament, shooting a 296. Patrick McCarthy of St. Pius won the individual title, shooting a 69.
    Four Los Alamos eighth-graders qualified for the top six positions in the event — five varsity spots plus one varsity individual.
    Senior Nick Koskelo shot and 82 to lead the team while sophomore Sean Rau shot an 89. Joining them were eighth graders Henry Poston (84), Logan Bishop (90), Jacob Benello (92) and Davis Johnson (96).
    Two Hilltopper girls also competed at Los Altos. Eighth-grader Leah Mountain shot under 100 for the second tournament in a row. Jessica Hall, meanwhile, shot a personal tournament best of 107.
    Eldorado and St. Pius hosted the tournament.
    Los Alamos will compete in its final tournament of the fall Monday. The ’Toppers will host Grants, Belen, Robertson, East Mountain and Española Valley in the Los Alamos Fall Finale.

  • Sports Briefs 10-16-15

    Waffle Breakfast
    On Saturday, the Pajarito Masonic Lodge will be hosting a waffle breakfast to benefit the Northern New Mexico Fusion Volleyball Club.
    The event will take place at the Pajarito Lodge located at 15th Street and Canyon, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for kids six and under. Along with waffles there will be eggs, bacon, sausage, juices and coffee served.
    “We are so grateful to the Pajarito Masonic Lodge for choosing Fusion to benefit from the waffle breakfast they are hosting,” said Susan Segler, Fusion Club Director. “Organized sports are so beneficial to our kids. Not only do they learn how to work hard towards a goal and how to play well with others, but also studies show that kids who play sports do better academically. The more girls that have the opportunity to play club volleyball because of the scholarship money the breakfast will help provide, the better!”
    Fusion Volleyball Club strives for excellence through hard work, commitment, and fun!
    Its coaches have combined decades of playing and coaching experience. For more information, visit fusionvolleyball.org.

  • Kirk, Pistoia start season with two wins

    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk has started strong in Italy. Kirk and his team, the Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia, are 2-0 after two weeks of action.
    Kirk was also named the team’s MVP for his performance in their opening game. Pistoria started its season by beating Enel Brindisi, 85-78, Oct. 4. Kirk scored 20 points, snagged 10 rebounds and blocked five shots in the game.
    The club’s website also said Kirk was the “autore di uno spettacolare alley-oop,” which translates to him being the author of a spectacular all-oop.
    In the fourth quarter, he slammed down a lob pass to put Pistoria up, 69-64, and get the team’s home crowd on its feet.
    Last Saturday, in the team’s second game, Pistoia trailed Victoria Libertas Pesaro 19-2 in the first quarter. A strong second quarter and a “great last quarter,” according to the team’s website, helped Pistoia close the gap and finish on top by a single point, 74-73.
    On Sunday, Pistoia will take on one of the other four undefeated teams in left in the Serie A Beko league. Pistoia will take on Dolomiti Energia Trento.
    More news on the team can be found on its website, PistoiaBasket2000.com. The club also has a YouTube channel, PistoiaBasketTv, where it regularly posts highlight videos of its games.