• 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.

  • '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.