• McDonald, Hilltoppers rout Knights to go to 3-0 in 2-5A

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is still a ways away from officially clinching the District 2-5A championship this season, it took a big step toward that goal Tuesday at home.
    Behind the strength of its top player, forward Catie McDonald, the Hilltoppers turned a scoreless contest into a runaway win in very short order. McDonald, one of the most prolific goal-producers in the state, had a foot in all of Los Alamos’ scores Tuesday at Sullivan Field.
    In the span of just a little more than two minutes in the first half, McDonald scored a pair of goals and assisted Sienna Ahlers on a third to send the Del Norte Knights reeling.
    Los Alamos cruised to a 5-0 victory over Del Norte, scoring twice in the second half by virtue of a goal and another assist from McDonald.
    With Tuesday’s win, the Hilltoppers (10-6 overall) completed a perfect first run through District 2-5A.
    Interestingly, Los Alamos won’t be able to clinch the title until its second meeting with the Knights Oct. 22, assuming neither it nor Del Norte stumbles against either Capital or Bernalillo, an unlikely scenario.

  • LA blows out Del Norte in 2nd half to keep pace in 2-5A

    A big win in a big game by the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team Tuesday night sets the team up with another big game this weekend.
    Los Alamos dominated in just about every way there was to dominate the Del Norte Knights at home in a critical District 2-5A contest. After pushing the ball down the field virtually at-will against the Knights in the first half, the Hilltoppers scored two quick goals to start the second half.
    The Hilltoppers earned a lopsided 6-0 victory in that game to take over sole possession of second place in the 2-5A standings.
    But now, Los Alamos must find a way to get back the game it dropped at home late last month to the Capital Jaguars. Moreover, Los Alamos will have to do it on the Jaguars’ home turf.
    But, with its current four-game win streak, momentum shouldn’t be a problem for the Hilltoppers heading in.
    “We’re coming out confident,” Los Alamos’ Eric Burnside said after the Del Norte victory. “We’re ready for this game. We want to show that we’re the better team.”
    Burnside got the ball rolling for Tuesday’s one-sided win. He scored just four minutes into the contest, that coming off an assist from Jairo Marquez.

  • LA posts big road win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team jumped all over the Bernalillo Spartans in the first half, then cruised to an 11-1 win Saturday.
    Los Alamos scored eight goals in the first 40 minutes, then added another three goals to close out that District 2-5A contest early.
    Eric Burnside finished with four goals and an assist for Los Alamos (6-7-2) which has now won three straight decisions. Alex Csanadi and Eric Schmalz scored twice for Los Alamos, while George Steinkamp, Joe Singleton and Jairo Marquez also scored Saturday.

  • 'Topper girls thump Spartans in district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team scored seven times in the second half of its game Saturday to trounce the Bernalillo Spartans.
    Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald tallied four goals in a big 8-0 win over the Spartans in Bernalillo. Now, the Hilltoppers need just one more win to go through the first half of District 2-5A play undefeated and get to within striking distance of a district championship.
    The Hilltoppers (9-6) will take on the Del Norte Knights, which appear to be their toughest district opponents, at 6 p.m. today at Sullivan Field. The Knights, like the Hilltoppers, are also 2-0 in 2-5A play.
    Saturday, Los Alamos got off to a surprisingly quiet start, managing just one goal in the first half against Bernalillo (1-12-1 overall), a team that has given Los Alamos little trouble in the past.
    Los Alamos led just 1-0 after 40 minutes, but in the second half, the dam burst open as the Hilltopper offense came up big to secure the win.
    McDonald, the team’s leading scorer, also had an assist to go along with her four goals. Also tallying for Los Alamos were Emily Hopkins, who scored twice, and Charlotte Leonard and Abby Schmalz, who each chipped in one goal. Schmalz also had a pair of assists.

  • LA girls take 5th in Arizona, boys are 6th

    Los Alamos’ cross country teams both cracked the top six in the Sweepstakes competition at Friday night’s Twilight Festival in Arizona.
    The event, which featured teams from all over the southwest region, was in Casa Grande, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. In all, 21 teams — mostly from Arizona — competed on the girls side and 25 teams were in the Sweepstakes race on the boys side.
    This race is one of the most popular ones of the season among the team members, not only because it occurs out-of-state but because it is run at night under the lights.
    The Hilltopper girls, paced by Maddy Foley, finished in the fifth spot in the team standings. The Hilltoppers picked up 162 points, and were within striking distance of fourth-place Highland, Arizona, which had 149 points.
    Foley, who had been Los Alamos’ No. 1 runner since the start of 2014, came in 12th in the race, breaking 18 minutes.
    Los Alamos’ girls, who displayed an outstanding ability to pack a week earlier in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, managed to do so again in Arizona. Just 14 slots separated No. 3 finisher Zoe Hemez — who is off to a very good start to her freshman year — and No. 6 finisher Katy Stockton. Timewise, those four runners were separated by just 21 seconds.

  • Sports Briefs 10-05-14

    YMCA Little Youth Basketball registration is open until Thursday

    Registration is open for the Family YMCA’s Little Youth Basketball league. The league is open for players ages 4-6.
    The season runs from Oct. 14-Nov. 21. Registration continues through Tuesday.
    Players can participate in practices and games in either Los Alamos or White Rock. Those are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the season.
    Price for participation is $40 for YMCA members, $60 for nonmembers. Volunteer coaches and team parents are also being sought.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Yum Run to benefit LA Cares

    The annual Yum Run will return this year Nov. 1.
    The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares.
    The Yum Run will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    LAGC starts new hours Monday

  • On Schedule 10-05-14


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, JV, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, JV, 6 p.m.


    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: LAMS Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Volleyball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at Coronado, eighth grade, TBA.

    Football: LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School, 4 p.m.

    Football: McCurdy at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

  • ’Toppers blanked for 2nd straight game by Santa Fe

    The nondistrict season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is officially over and no one around the team is going to miss it.
    That phase of the Hilltoppers’ season wrapped up at home Friday night. And it wrapped up with a lopsided loss.
    Los Alamos again struggled early in the game at Sullivan Field, giving up two quick scores, one coming quickly after an early turnover. Los Alamos couldn’t keep a hold on the ball Friday and the visiting Santa Fe Demons took full advantage.
    Much like its game the week before at Farmington, Los Alamos gave up a touchdown in less than 30 seconds on the Demons’ first play from scrimmage. The Demons scored again off a fumble on Los Alamos’ first play from scrimmage and the rout was on.
    Santa Fe prevailed 50-0. The game ended via the mercy rule with Santa Fe scoring with 4:22 remaining in regulation, that coming immediately after a safety.
    The only good thing for Los Alamos is now it can shift its focus to the upcoming District 2-5A season.
    And, as in previous years, most of the district teams have struggled so far in 2014, so the race for the 2-5A title appears to be up for grabs.

  • McClellan wins at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan was the top predictor at Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly run hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners club. The winner is the person who most accurately predicts his or her finish time.
    In al, 32 runners and walkers took part in Tuesday’s Pace Race, which was held on Barranca Mesa going into Bayo Canyon.
    McClellan finished with a prediction error of just 8 seconds running on the 3-mile course. She topped Nikol Strother, who was 11 seconds off, as well as the top female finisher on the 3-mile course with her time of 22:20.
    Ted Romero, who had the third-best prediction on the long course, was the fastest finisher with a time of 22:00.
    On the 1-mile course, Mariela Saenz had a time of 9:15 to finish first in that race.
    Predictions on the shorter course were off, possibly due to the flat, paved course being faster than most competitors estimated. Only a handful of participants on the short course finished with errors of under 1 minute.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday at the Canyon Rim trailhead, just across from Entrada Park. Race time is 6 p.m. Both 1- and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Martinson, Griggs are big winners at state senior golf tournament

    Top current local women’s golfer Tami Martinson and the top women’s golfer historically in Los Alamos County, Ev Griggs, won at the state amateur championships last month.

    The seniors’ event, won by Martinson, played at Santa Fe Country Club, took place over three days, while the super senior tournament, won by Griggs, was a two-day affair.
    In all, six local payers took part in the tournament and all six earned accolades.
    Along with the wins by Martinson and Griggs, Carmen Chavez finished with the second-low gross score in the senior’s second flight and Ellen Stallings had the top net score in that same flight.
    In the super seniors’ tournament, Barbara Schmitt and Alma Sondreal were among the top finishers.