• 'Toppers beat Del Norte in battle for first place

    Los Alamos' and Del Norte both entered Wednesday's contest with 3-0 District 2-5A marks. 

    Los Alamos, however, was able to 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," 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.

    The first game was tied, 6-6. Two kills by Brianna Montaño and back-to-back aces by Elizabeth Anaya helped Los Alamos pull away in the game.

    Los Alamos fell behind early in the second game, 7-6. Los Alamos then scored 15 of the next 17 points to cruise to a victory. Samantha Melton served seven consecutive points, including two aces, during that stretch.

    In the third set, Sierra Foley got a kill for a side out and then served three aces and eight points to help Los Alamos jump out to an 11-3 lead. Del Norte fought back and cut the Hilltoppers' lead to two, 19-17.

    Los Alamos, however, was able to close out the game and grab hold of sole possession of the district lead.

  • LA volleyball spikes Bernalillo

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team handled Bernalillo without much problem Saturday.
    The ’Toppers took down the Spartans in three sets: 25-22, 25-11 and 25-12.
    With the team’s fifth-straight win, Los Alamos improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in District 2-5A.
    The win also sets up a battle for first place in the district with Del Norte.
    The Knights are also 3-0 in district contests.
    That game will take place here in Los Alamos and conclude the ’Toppers’ first round of district games.

  • LA girls soccer team scores another shutout

    Los Alamos’ defense continued its strong play Saturday against Capital. The Hilltopper girls scored their seventh consecutive shutout to improve to 10-5-1 overall and stay undefeated in District 2-5A.
    By scoring a 6-0 shutout, it seems like the team’s offense is also finding its groove.
    “We’re finding the back of the net, for sure,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers continued to lead Los Alamos’ offense, scoring a hat trick in the contest to give her 14 goals on the season.
    Jordan Henson scored from a tough angle, squeaking a low shot under Capital’s diving goalie, to put Los Alamos up 1-0 in the 11th minute.
    Ahlers scored Los Alamos’ next three goals.
    On the first one, Jennifer Paige played a long ball into Capital’s goal box. Right before the goalie could grab it, Allissia Haagenstad swooped in and got the ball. Haagenstad then centered it to Ahlers and Ahlers put Los Alamos up 2-0 in the 18th minute.
    Haagenstad assisted Ahlers on the next goal, as well, and Los Alamos went into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
    Ahlers then scored her third goal with a long, high shot in the 51st minute.

  • ’Toppers take first in Colorado

    Los Alamos boys and girls cross country teams both finished first Friday at the Titan Thunder Invitational up in Colorado.
    Both teams had all five of its scoring runners finish in the top-18 to win the crowns.
    The Hilltopper girls won with 41 points while the boys finished first with 45.
    Madison Foley finished second in 19:18, followed by Sophia Galvez (third, 19:20), Talia Dreicer (10th, 19:43), Zoe Hemez (11th, 19:48), Nica Vasquez (18th, 20:38), Marin Kelly (22nd, 20:41) and Paulina Burnside (44th, 21:48).
    John Rees led the Hilltopper boys with a fourth-place in finish (16:50), followed by Hayden Walker (fifth, 16:51), Victor Kim (eighth, 17:04), Connor Bailey (13th, 17:27), Kai Coblentz (15th, 17:36), Chris Buntain (24th, 17:43) and Kyler Parkinson (28th, 17:49).
    Thirteen girls teams and 14 boys teams competed.
    Following the Hilltopper girls were Salida (52), Classical Academy (93), Pine Creek (103) and Dakota Ridge in fifth (108).
    Following the boys were Classical Academy (51), Dakota Ridge (84), Salida (11) and Littleton (112).
    Los Alamos’ JV boys also had a perfect 15 to take first. Shawn Williams, Elijah Vasquez, Miroslav Betts, Ryan Melke, Brandon Bao and Kevin Parkinson finished first through sixth.
    Elise Koskelo finished sixth to lead the JV girls.

  • ’Toppers strengthen lead in district with tie

    For Los Alamos’ boys soccer team, a 2-2 tie Saturday against Capital was a win.
    Since the ’Toppers beat Capital at Capital earlier in the season, the tie gave them a nearly insurmountable lead in District 2-5A.
    “It’s awesome,” captain Alex Csanadi said. “One of our goals was to win the district. A minor goal was to beat Capital at Capital, and we didn’t give up (the lead in the district). Another goal was to win the Cernicek tournament, so we’ve accomplished everything we’ve wanted so far. The next step is state.”
    To get the tie Saturday, Los Alamos had to make furious comeback and score twice in the last 15 minutes of the game.
    “I’m so proud,” Csanadi said. “Nobody gave up. We showed a lot of mental resilience, and that’s more important than technical proficiency.”
    The ’Toppers seemed like they were in control almost the entire first half. The majority was played on Capital’s side of the field and Los Alamos outshot the Jaguars 11-4.
    Levon Wiggins even found the back of the net, but his goal was called off sides and the game went into halftime scoreless.

  • Sports Briefs 10-11-15

    Dig Pink
    On Wednesday, Los Alamos High School’s volleyball teams will be playing not only to win, but also to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation.
    “The girls are really excited to participate in this year’s Dig Pink Rally,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “As a program, we try to emphasize supporting one another and Dig Pink allows us to extend that support to a much larger community. We want people to know that Dig Pink is more than just wearing a pink shirt. This is a way for us all to give back and raise awareness about a cause that affects so many families.”
    This year, each girl will take the court in honor, in memory, or in support of someone stricken by breast cancer. Throughout the three games, players on the varsity, junior varsity and C-team will be taking donations in the stands and selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle.
    The C-team will play Del Norte first at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and varsity contests.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 12 - 18

    Los Alamos will welcome Del Norte to town Wednesday in a battle for the top spot in District 2-5A. Los Alamos hasn’t seen the Knights yet this season, so it will need to be ready for anything.
    The game is also Los Alamos’ Dig Pink match. The ’Toppers will be accepting donations and holding a 50/50 raffle to support the Side-Out foundation.
    The games will start at 4 p.m. with the varsity contest beginning at roughly 6:30 p.m.

    This week's games:

    Football: Los Alamos at Escalante, junior varsity, 6 p.m.

    Volleyball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, middle school, 3 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Public Schools Los Altos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Football: Escalante at Los Alamos, middle school, 4 p.m.

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

    Girls Soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, varsity, 2 p.m.; junior varsity, noon.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, varsity, noon; junior varsity 2 p.m.

  • Sipapu putting final touches on new quad

    Ski season is getting closer and closer every day.
    In some places in Colorado, people have already got their first powder days in. Silverton Mountain posted pictures of skiers and snowboarders getting face shots on Oct. 6 — it claims they’re the the first ski-area turns of Colorado’s 2015-2016 ski season.
    Telluride, Keystone, Loveland and others resorts also posted photos of fresh snow on their mountains last week.
    While no New Mexico ski area has claimed any snow yet, ski season is scheduled to begin here earlier than ever this year.
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort has announced its projected opening as Nov. 14, which would be a day earlier than the record it set last year for New Mexico’s earliest opening ever.
    “Between the improvements happening at each resort and a strong El Niño in the forecast, our teams are excited to kick off the ski season as quickly as possible,” James Coleman, managing partner of Sipapu and Pajarito, said.
    Sipapu will be open that Saturday and Sunday, closed for a few days to make snow, then it will be open Nov. 21 through the Thanksgiving holiday. It will close for a few more days after that, and then begin daily operations Dec. 4.

  • LA soccer teams hold on to district lead

    For Los Alamos' boys soccer team, a tie was a win for the team Saturday against Capital.

    The 'Toppers tied Capital, 2-2, to hold on to first place in District 2-5A and put themselves in the driver's seat to win the district crown.

    Los Alamos is now 3-0-1 in the district while second-place Capital is 2-1-1.

    After falling behind 2-0, the 'Toppers rallied back and scored a pair of goals in the last 15 minutes of regulation. Alex Csanadi scored both goals on penalty kicks. 

    Girls Soccer

    Los Alamos' girls soccer team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a 6-0 win against Capital. It was the team's seventh straight shutout. The Hilltopper girls are now 4-0 in the district.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • LA football loses district opener

    Three plays in just over two minutes completely changed the complexion of Los Alamos' football game at Capital Friday.

    The 'Toppers were in Capital's red zone and seemed poised to take the lead. A fumble, however, ended the threat and led to a Capital touchdown drive and the Jaguars took a 14-6 second-quarter lead.

    On the ensuing kickoff, Capital stripped the ball from Los Alamos' return man and ran into the end zone for another score.

    On the next kickoff, Capital once again stripped the ball and recovered it. That led to another Jaguar touchdown and a 28-6 lead.

    Capital went on to win the game, 34-22.

    Lane Saunders gave Los Alamos the first lead of the game. On Los Allamos' first possession, he scored on a 70-yard touchdown run.

    A big play by Capital tied things up near the end of the first quarter.

    After that it seemed like Los Alamos was going to go back on top, but the wheels came off and Capital took a big lead before Los Alamos was able to get rolling again.

    Two halfback touchdown passes from Saunders got the 'Toppers back in the game. After Los Alamos' last score, the team recovered an onside kick with a little over two minutes left in the game. An interception, however, ended Los Alamos' comeback bid.