• 'Toppers beat St. Mike's to stay undefeated

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stayed undefeated with a 3-0 victory over St. Mike's on Wednesday.
    The closest thing about the game, however, might have been the score.
    Los Alamos outshot St. Mike's 30-5 in the contest and had an 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
    "They battled and played hard, but I always felt like we were in control," Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    Los Alamos was in possession of the ball for the vast majority of the game.
    Los Alamos also had no problems getting shots off, but many off them were off target. Seven of its first 11 shots missed high or wide. Out of the four that were on goal, two of them scored.
    Eric Burnside created the first opportunity, dribbling past a pair of St. Mike's defenders on the right sideline. Burnside then centered the ball to DC Kim who scored with his left foot in the sixth minute of the game.
    Burnside then put Los Alamos up 2-0 in the 17th minute. Levon Wiggins stole the ball deep in St. Mike's territory and passed to Burnside who kicked it off the left post and in.
    Four of the 'Toppers last five shots in the half were on goal, but saved.
    "We didn't finish well, but they were a difficult team to break down," Blue said. "They had a lot of numbers behind the ball."

  • Williams, Marr lead predictors

    The annual staggered-start Pace Race and fun run was held Tuesday on the White Rock bike path.
    The runners with the slowest predicted times started first from Piñon/Rocket Park.
    Starting last were the runners with the fastest predicted times.
    The best predictors for the one-mile course were Joan Williams and Duane Marr, both of whom were 5 seconds off.
    For the three-mile course, the best predictors were Roxana Candia and Zachary Medin at 23 seconds off.
    David Kratzer was 27 seconds off while Sanna Sevanto was 33 seconds off.
    The fastest runners were Jackie Marr and Brian Newnam on the one-mile course.
    Valerio Pinchetti, Ted Romero, Laura Woodroffe, and Nikol Strother had the fastest three-mile times.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place at the end of North Mesa on San Ildefonso Road South below the Big Rock Loop.
    One-and and three-mile courses will be available.
    For information, call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Roadrunner’s website atomicrunners.com

  • Volleyball hopes to learn from loss at St. Pius X

    The Los Alamos volleyball team started its season against a tough opponent Tuesday night in Albuquerque, the St. Pius X Sartans.
    The senior-led Hilltoppers were hoping to make a statement in its first game of the fall, but instead found some parts of its game that still need improvement.
    St. Pius X won the contest in three games — 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.
    “It was a good opener for us,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “St. Pius is a team that will expose the things you need to work on.”
    Timing its blocks were one thing Espinoza said her team still needs practice on.
    Mackenzie Alexander, the 6-foot junior who moved up to varsity this season, did havesome success blocking shots, especially later in the game, though.
    “She’s a wall when she gets her hands up,” Espinoza said.
    Middle hitters Noelle Gallegos and Halie Street “did well,” Espinoza said, while outside hitters Brianna Montaño and Sierra Foley “did a good job moving the ball around,” but added her team needed to “spread the ball around a little more” to give the outside hitters’ arms a rest.
    First match jitters, however, caused a lot of unforced for Los Alamos in the match, especially in the first two games.

  • ’Toppers hold their own against St. Pius X

    For the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Tuesday, it was in a position to stay right with the St. Pius X Sartans heading into halftime.
    Unfortunately, after a solid first half which included some good scoring chances, the Hilltoppers couldn’t keep that good thing going in the second half.
    The Sartans dominated the second half, controlling the touches and not allowing the Hilltoppers to get off another shot until there were only seconds left in regulation. The Sartans prevailed 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    Outside of St. Pius’ first goal of the game, the first half couldn’t have gone much better for Los Alamos. Los Alamos was the aggressor for the early part of the game, then made a late second half offensive push that had the Sartan back line back on its heels.
    The Hilltoppers (1-2-1) actually outshot St. Pius in the first half, 8-5, putting 5 of those shots on-goal.
    One of Los Alamos’ best chances in the game came right off the bat. About 90 seconds into the contest, Los Alamos’ Jaci Linn launched a 35-yard line drive from near the center of the field, which sailed over the outstretched arms of St. Pius goalkeeper Tatiana Sarracino, but the shot clanged off the crossbar and bounced away.

  • Hilltoppers persevere in home tournament

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team scored a trio of 2-1 victories to win its home tournament over the weekend. The ’Toppers beat Clovis, Goddard and then Bosque Prep claim the Louie Cernicek title.
    “It certainly makes us look better and it gives us all a big morale boost,” captain Eric Burnside said. “We feel confident, but at the same time we know we still need to get better.”
    Even though Los Alamos never trailed in the tournament, every game was tense until the very end. Late goals in all three contests by its opposition kept the outcomes uncertain and their opponents’ hopes alive, but Los Alamos was able to hold on and win every game.
    Despite the late goals, Los Alamos’ defense did a good job limiting the amount, and quality, of scoring opportunities its opponents had during the tournament.
    Los Alamos’ midfielders were also able to control possession and each game’s tempo. That control led plenty of scoring opportunities, and some good finishes, throughout the tournament.
    “We played a lot of teams without good midfields,” Burnside said. “We took advantage of that in our transitions from our midfield to our offense.”
    In the championship game, Los Alamos squared off with Bosque, a team it tied earlier in the week, 2-2.

  • ’Toppers start home tournament with OT win

    Despite leading most of the contest, the Hilltopper boys soccer team (1-0-1) needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning, 2-1.
    After scoring in the 79th minute, Clovis had all of the momentum heading into the extra period.
    Los Alamos’ Levon Wiggins. however, got the golden goal in the 84th minute to send the Hilltoppers to the semifinals in the Louie Cernicek bracket Saturday morning. Visit lamonitor.com for more tournament coverage.
    Wiggins got the ball deep in Clovis territory. Clovis’ goalkeeper then dove after the ball, but Wiggins kept it away from him.
    Another player slid trying to knock the ball loose, but Wiggins chipped the ball over him for the score, and the win.
    “Clovis was flying high so we needed an outstanding individual effort like Levon’s to win the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said. “For us to regroup, stay organized and give ourselves a chance to win was outstanding.”

  • Los Alamos handles Moriarty easily, 10-0

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team had trouble finishing Tuesday at Bosque.
    Its solution to the problem was to shoot, shoot and shoot some more Thursday against Moriarty.
    “You can only finish if you shoot,” head coach Gary Ahlers said. “We were shooting from every position and every angle.”
    After putting over 30 shots on goal, and numerous others wide or high, Los Alamos got its 10th goal into the back of the net to beat Moriarty, 10-0, in the 68th minute Thursday.
    Six ’Toppers scored in the game.
    Sienna Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals in the game, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice while Abby Schmalz, Allissia Haagenstad, Maria Sandoval and Jaci Linn all added goals, as well.
    “Everybody was shooting,” coach Ahlers said.
    Schmalz scored the team’s first goal, bouncing it off of the post and in, just over a minute into the game.
    Later in the half, Emily Hopkins and Ahlers started connecting. Hopkins played a trio of through balls, which Ahlers ran down to get behind the defense, and then beat Morarty’s goalkeeper in one-on-ones.
    Just before halftime, Sandoval placed a high shot just above the goalkeeper’s reach to give Los Alamos a 6-0 lead at the break.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will look to make a statement in its first game of the season tonight.
    Los Alamos begins its new year against the team who ended its state run last year in the quarterfinals — St. Pius X.
    With seven seniors bringing a lot of experience, and height, to the court, the Hilltoppers have high hopes for the new season and want to begin it by ending the Spartans’ recent dominance over them.
    The game will take place in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ home opener isn’t until Sept. 9 when it welcomes St. Michael’s to town.

  • 'Toppers win home tournament

    All three games the 'Toppers boys soccer team played in its home tournament were close, but the 'Toppers won all three to calim the Louie Cernicek championship.

    Los Alamos beat Bosque, 2-1, Saturday night to clinch the title. It was the team's third straight victory by the same score.

    After a scoreless first half, DC Kim gave Los Alamos the lead with a long goal in the second. Eric Burnside added a late score to put Los Alamos up, 2-0. Bosque cut the lead in half with a goal on a penalty kick, but Los Alamos held on to win the game.

    Los Alamos also beat Clovis and Goddard, 2-1, during the tournament.

  • 'Toppers reach tonight's championship game

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team and Bosque Prep will meet for the second time this season tonight.

    After tying 2-2 on Tuesday, the two teams will play again in the championship game of Los Alamos' Louie Cernicek Tournament. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.

    After beating Clovis in overtime, 2-1, Los Alamos scored another 2-1 victory in the semifinals against Goddard.

    Los Alamos fired shot after shot on goal, but Goddard's goalkeeper Miguel Robles made some incredible diving saves to keep the Rockets in the game.

    Joe Singleton scored in the first half for Los Alamos and it remained 1-0 until the 79th minute. Los Alamos' George Steinkamp then took an Eric Burnside pass and knocked it in the goal to put Los Alamos up by two. 

    Less than 20 seconds later, Goddard got on the scoreboard, but the final whistle blew before Goddard had a chance to tie it.

    Bosque beat Santa Fe Prep and Roswell to reach the championship game.