• ’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.

  • LA prevails in season opener

    JACONA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team scored three times in the second half after falling behind in the first half to prevail over the Pojoaque Valley Elks in its 2015 season opener.

    Fullback Derek Selvage scored three times, including what would be the game winner with 4:13 remaining, to help lead Los Alamos to a 19-13 win against the Elks.

    The Elks, using their two-pronged attack of Chris Quintana and Daniel Rael, put together some long, clock-chewing drives, but had trouble punching the ball into the end zone.

    Los Alamos had several chances in the ballgame, but likewise couldn't get to paydirt until the second half. Selvage's third touchdown was the only time the Hilltoppers had the lead in the game.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday's game.

  • Girls soccer mercy-rules Moriarty; Boys beat Clovis in OT

    Los Alamos boys and girls soccer team both got into the win column in their home openers.

    The Hilltopper girls shut out Moriarty, 10-0, Thursday night to improve to 1-1-1.

    Sierra Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice, including the walkoff goal, while Abby Schmalz, Allison Haagenstad, Jaci Linn and Maria Sandoval also scored in the contest.

    Boys soccer

    The Hilltopper boys (1-0-1), meanwhile, needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning.

    The Hilltoppers led 1-0 after Levon Wiggins scored in the 24th minute. The score stayed that way until the 79th minute when Clovis found the equalizer to sent into overtime.

    Wiggins, however, came up big again and scored the goalden goal in the first overtime.

    Los Alamos will now play the winner of Piedra Vista / Goddard in the tournament's semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Hilltoppers begin football season tonight

    The 2015 season will kick off tonight for both the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Pojoaque Valley Elk football teams.
    Tonight’s game will be played in Jacona. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers and the Elks will both go into tonight’s game with something to prove.
    Los Alamos enters this season looking to turn a corner that it has struggled to turn for the last several seasons. Los Alamos has taken its lumps since its last postseason appearance in 2010, including last year when it won just one game, that coming against Española Valley late in the season.
    The Hilltoppers will go into tonight’s game with a new starting quarterback, their third different opening day starter in three seasons, in junior Nick Quartieri. Quartieri is listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
    Quartieri will be asked to guide the Hilltoppers’ option-based offense, aided by fullback Derek Selvage and returning running back Diego Diaz.
    Pojoaque Valley is at a crossroads, too, after losing several key players to graduation last season.
    Like Los Alamos, the Elks’ roster is short. As of earlier this week there were only 25 players on Pojoaque’s active roster, the bulk of them juniors and sophomores.