• LA boys, girls sweep ATC Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both won crushing victories at last weekend’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 6 of the 10 top-10 spots in Saturday’s race in Santa Fe to finish with 23 team points, only about a quarter of the total of next-nearest finisher, Shiprock.
    The Hilltopper boys were nearly as good Saturday, finishing with 30 points to Pecos’ 110 points. For the second time in as many races this season, Greg Ahlers and John Rees were a solid 1-2 punch for Los Alamos, taking Nos. 3 and 4 in the individual competition.
    ATC’s meet wasn’t the most competitive meet Los Alamos will have this season. Pojoaque Valley was the most consistently competitive team taking part in the meet, which was comprised mostly of teams in the immediate surrounding area of Santa Fe.
    On the girls side, Maddy Foley, who had a huge showing a week earlier at the University of New Mexico Invitational, won for the first time in her career at ATC. Foley, a junior, finished in 18 minutes, 33 seconds, a 28-second victory over the next-best finisher, teammate Sophia Galvez. At UNM, Foley finished fourth overall and first among competitors in Class 5A.

  • Chargers score in 2nd half to sink LA

    It was a good first half Tuesday night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team against one of its biggest rivals.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain it in the second half.
    Los Alamos met its old foe, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The two teams battled to a draw after the first half, but the Chargers would end up tallying the only goal of game in the second half to win it 1-0.
    If it were just the one goal that was the difference in the second half, that might have been an OK loss — Academy is one of the premier programs in the state — but the Hilltoppers weren’t satisfied with their second half performance in any way, shape or form.
    Los Alamos got virtually nothing going on its offensive third in the final 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers didn’t get a single shot off in the second half, or even get particularly close to getting a shot off.
    That second half spoiled what was a good start to the game.
    “Energy-wise it was a tale of two halves,” said Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz. “The first half was good. We were able to take away (the Chargers’) game. The second half they just settled in and did what they wanted to do. They were first to the ball and they dominated us in the second half.”

  • LA looks to bounce back after tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team went 0-1-2 at last weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational tournament.
    Of those three games, though, the loss, a sizeable one, wasn’t nearly as disappointing as the two ties for Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz.
    Gartz said his team had a chance to earn two victories over two quality programs, in Cleveland and Hope Christian Thursday and Friday, but couldn’t secure either of those victories.
    After tying both the Storm and the Huskies, the Hilltoppers were blasted by the Capital Jaguars 5-1 in the seventh-place game Saturday. However, the Hilltoppers had no real interest in winning that game — Los Alamos (3-4-2) flipped its lineup around liberally, having most of its players way out of their regular positions just to see what would happen.
    Los Alamos and Capital, of course, will play twice more this season during District 2-5A play.
    Today, the Hilltoppers will get another chance for a win against a quality program. Academy’s Chargers will roll into town for a game at Sullivan Field. Kickoff time is 6 p.m.
    There is no magic bullet to defeat Academy, Gartz said. It will be a matter of effort, which he felt was lacking against Cleveland and Hope Christian.

  • Trio of 'Toppers earn qualifying legs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a runner-up finish at its season opener Monday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos placed two players in the top seven individually as it finished with 383 team strokes. That score put the Hilltoppers directly behind the Cleveland Storm, one of the top big school programs in the state.
    Jennifer Necker and Malorie Apgar finished with scores of 87 and 88 to pace the Hilltoppers.
    Monday’s tournament was also the season opener for Los Alamos’ boys, who finished fifth out of the seven full teams taking part.
    The golf season is played both during the fall and spring. To qualify for the state tournament, which is played in May, teams and individuals must earn three qualification scores, or legs.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the state tournament last year, earned their first team leg with Monday’s performance.
    Also earning a leg was Jonathan Osden, a senior for Los Alamos. Osden was Los Alamos’ only boys representative at state last May.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a score of 354. Individually, Osden shot a 4-over 76, which was good enough for eighth place.

  • On Schedule 09-14-14


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

    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: LAMS at Española Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at McCurdy, seventh grade 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m.


    Football: Kirtland Central at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, JV, 11 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 09-14-14

    Bower Run will support Alzheimer’s research

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K race will return this year Sept. 20.
    The Bower run is a fundraising event that goes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
    It is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The race will start at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. It will go down Bathtub Row and Rose Street. The course will be completely paved.
    A donation of $25 is requested to participate. The first 50 participants will receive an Alzheimer’s Association water bottle.
    For questions or to receive a copy of the Bower run’s registration form, contact Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Hall of Fame banquet is Sept. 21

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will host its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sept. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    The banquet will be at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
    Tickets for the event are on sale at the Los Alamos High School athletic office. Tickets are $25 apiece.
    Inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame class are Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorklund, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William D. McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz and Anthony Sandoval.
    For more information, call the athletic office at 663-2531.

  • LA golf teams open at home Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams will open their 2014 fall season at the local golf course Monday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will tee off for their fall tournament at 9 a.m. Monday.
    The prep golf season is broken into a fall and spring season each year. The season ends with the state tournament in early May.
    The Hilltopper girls golf team qualified for the spring 2014 state Class 4A tournament, finishing fifth overall with a two-day score of 792. The team was paced at state by Emma Haines, who finished ninth in the final individual standings.
    For his role in leading the Hilltoppers to the state tournament, head coach Mike Lippiatt was named the Coach of the Year for Los Alamos High School in a ceremony in May.
    In order to qualify for postseason competition, teams and individuals must earn three target scores, or legs, during the regular season. Target scores vary depending on which course is being played.
    For Los Alamos’ boys, only one player qualified for state, Jonathan Osden. Osden, who finished in 23rd place in the individual 4A standings, is scheduled to return for his senior season.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be moving up to Class 5A for the next two years. Most teams around the state that were classified as 4A previously have moved up to 5A along with Los Alamos.

  • LA tops Academy in third-place contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a win over the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the final round of the Chargers’ home tournament Saturday morning.
    The two teams played a back-and-forth contest throughout Saturday’s third-place tournament game, but the Hilltoppers struck the final blow. Emily Hopkins scored off a corner kick with only about 7 minutes left in regulation to give Los Alamos a 3-2 victory in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos can’t be too complacent with its victory Saturday morning, however, as it will meet up with the Chargers again Tuesday. That game will also be on the Academy campus.
    But for now, Los Alamos will take the win.
    “We’re feeling great,” Hilltopper head coach AJ Herrera said. “Especially coming off our effort (Friday) against Hope. We wanted to make sure we bounced back.”
    Sophie Wood scored the opening goal of the contest in the 28th minute off another Hilltopper corner kick from Catie McDonald. Los Alamos led 1-0 at the break, but Academy would come back to tie the score just two minutes into the second half.
    McDonald, who had a hand in all three goals, gave Los Alamos (4-4) the lead once again at the 52-minute mark, that coming off an assist from Kayla Parker.

  • Hilltoppers fall again in Week 3, 27-7

    MORIARTY — The good news is the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team started to make a few plays in week three.
    The bad news is, and continues to be, the Hilltoppers aren’t making enough of them to balance out the plays that aren’t being made.
    Moriarty scored twice early in the first quarter, 41 seconds apart and tacked on another touchdown with about three minutes left in the quarter to jump out to a huge 20-0 lead.
    The two teams played even the rest of the way Friday, but the Pintos prevailed handily 27-7.
    The Pintos needed just five plays to score on their opening possession of the contest, then, on the Hilltoppers’ opening possession, forced a fumble that was run back 50 yards by linebacker Daniel Anaya to go up 14-0 with under three minutes expired.
    It’s been a trying start to the season for Los Alamos, which slips to 0-3 with the loss and has scored just three times in those three games — all of those scores coming in the fourth quarter after the games’ outcomes were all but determined.

  • Roundup: 'Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    ’Topper JV knocks off Elkettes for first win

    Los Alamos’ junior varsity volleyball team needed three sets to do it, but it picked up a victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos, playing at home, struggled in the opening set against Pojoaque Valley, falling there 25-12, but bounced back to nip the Elkettes in set two 25-23. In the decisive third set, the Hilltoppers (1-2) secured their first win of the year, taking that 15-9.
    It was a big night for the Hilltopper volleyball program, winning the varsity, JV and C team contests Tuesday.
    The next night, Los Alamos fell to St. Michael’s on the road, 2-0.

    C team volleyball beats Pojoaque Valley, falls to St. Mike’s