• ’Toppers volleyball falls to Moriarty

    The Los Alamos volleyball team wasn’t able to take of advantage of winning the first set on Monday, losing to Moriarty 19-25, 25-23, 28-18, 25-15 at Griffith Gym.
    “The first two sets they (Los Alamos) had enough energy but the last two sets they just tanked because they didn’t have the energy,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “In the first set they played real quick but it’s hard to keep that tempo when you’re not feeling up to par.”
    The Hilltoppers (5-5) started set one on a 17-11 run and fended off Moriarty (9-2), who cut the Los Alamos lead to 21-19.
    Los Alamos got off to another strong start in the second set, leading 12-9. After the Pintos tied the set 15-15, the Hilltoppers went on a 4-0 run to lead 19-15. But again Moriarty answered and tied it 19-19 and finished the set on a 6-4 run.
    “Moriarty played tough defense,” Stokes said. “They attacked our open holes and that’s something we need to work on.”
    Moriarty took over in set three and led 20-13. In the fourth set, the Pintos started the set leading 19-13 and sealed the victory with a 6-2 run.
    Seniors Ellie Hayward and Mackenzie Alexander led the Hilltoppers with seven kills apiece. Alexander also tallied five total blocks.

  • ’Toppers football set for Gallup tonight

    One win can be enough to switch the season’s momentum for the Los Alamos football team.
    The Hilltoppers will get that opportunity and attempt to snap a three-game losing streak at 7 p.m. tonight at Gallup.
    Los Alamos goes into the contest at 1-3 on the season, while Gallup sits at 2-1. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 40-14 home loss against Kirtland Central, and the Bengals lost for the first time this season last week against Shiprock, 28-14.
    Los Alamos’ offense continues to evolve, as Garett Williams and his coaching staff have allowed quarterback Nick Quartieri to throw the ball in a triple option offense that relies on its running game.
    But, the Hilltoppers have experienced some success with their passing attack. Last week, Quartieri threw for two touchdowns. And he also threw a touchdown pass in week one against Pojoaque Valley.
    However, Los Alamos banks on having success on the ground. Last week, the Hilltoppers faced an aggressive and physical defensive line that enabled their running game to break out for big plays.
    It appears that Gallup doesn’t possess that type of defensive line play, which can open opportunities for sophomore fullback Dylan Irish, who had the most success running ball for Los Alamos against Kirtland Central.  

  • LAHS football starts strong, falls to KC

    The Los Alamos football team got the start it wanted, but it couldn’t hang on to the momentum.   
    Scoring on their first offensive drive wasn’t enough for the Hilltoppers to hold off Kirtland Central, who came out with a 40-14 win in Friday’s Homecoming game for Los Alamos at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos fell to 1-3 on the season, while the Broncos improved to 3-1.
    The Hilltoppers started by going 78 yards in their first drive - that was eventually capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Nick Quartieri to Kevin Maresca.
    The Los Alamos lead only lasted two minutes, as the Broncos scored off a 34-yard touchdown pass with 5:13 left in the first quarter. Kirtland Central led 7-6 after the first quarter.
    Kirtland Central’s leading rushing Derek Curley suffered a game-ending injury in the Broncos second play of the game. However, that didn’t lead to good news for the Hilltoppers.
    Kirtland Central went to Cadan Flack and Jacob Franco to find success on the ground.
    Flack extended the Broncos lead to 14-6, after a 15-yard touchdown run with 5:29 left in the second quarter.
    Kirtland Central added another a touchdown in the second quarter, and led 21-6 at halftime.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers boys, girls earn 1-0 wins against PV

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was able to stay resilient despite missing key opportunities to score on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers controlled the majority of possession in their 1-0 win against Piedra Vista at Sullivan Field.
    “They don’t let up and they know that it’s an 80 minute game,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “Every opportunity we had, we tried to hit the net. They picked themselves all back up and just kept going to get the win.”     
    Los Alamos broke the deadlock in the 66th minute when Alissia Haagenstad put in a corner kick that found Kenidee Hatler, who put away the first-time finish. That was Hatler’s second goal of the season, and Haagenstad’s third assist.
    Goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense stifled the Panthers offense, which only managed to get a few goal scoring opportunities. Piedra Vista’s biggest threats were two free kick attempts that Lemke was able to save.
    Lemke finished with five saves.

  • LAHS volleyball eases past Rio Grande in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team garnered its second straight-set win of the season, after defeating Rio Grande 25-11, 24-14, 25-8 on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 5-4 on the season with the win.
    Senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett led Los Alamos with 12 kills and four total blocks.
    Hilltoppers sophomore setter Sophia Salazar added five kills.
    Los Alamos had one of its best serving performances of the season, tallying 11 service aces. Three of those aces were tallied by sophomore middle hitter/setter Elodie Thelliez.
    Thelliez and senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 12 assists each for Los Alamos.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a match-high 12 digs and 36 passes off serves.
    Saturday’s win was the Hilltoppers second against Class 6A opponents this season.
    Los Alamos is one week away from opening district play, its most important part of the season. The Hilltoppers had argueably the most difficult non-district schedule in District 2-5A, and will look to use its stregnth of schedule as a confidence builder.



  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers trounce Bloomfield

    Despite not playing for a week, the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team didn’t miss a step on Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers shutout Bloomfield 6-0 at Sullivan Field, marking their second win against the Bobcats this season. With the win, Los Alamos improved to 8-2 on the season, pending a game against Piedra Vista.
    “We worked hard this week because you can’t take any team lightly,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “It was a bit difficult for us to maneuver the ball in the first half. But, they (Bloomfield) are a tough team and we slowly wore them down.”
    The Hilltoppers led 2-0 at halftime, after getting a pair of goals from senior forward Sienna Ahlers.
    “I felt pretty good,” Sienna Ahlers said. “Some of my shots were a bit off but it was good.”
    Sienna Ahlers completed her third hat trick of the season by scoring another goal in the second half.
    Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior campaign by scoring the other three goals for Los Alamos. It was her second time scoring at least three goals in a game this season.
    Thursday was also the fifth shutout this season for sophomore goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer downs Farmington in OT

    Facing the same opponent in a span of five days could’ve been trouble for the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team.
    But, after defeating Farmington 4-0 last Friday in Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers garnered their second win against the Scorpions in a 2-1 overtime thriller on Tuesday at Sullivan Field. It was the Hilltoppers second overtime win of the season.
    Both teams were knotted up 1-1 after 80 minutes of regulation. But, Los Alamos only needed one minute to clinch the overtime win.
    Moments after the overtime period began, the Hilltoppers earned a corner kick. Andreas Runde took the corner kick and delivered a low cross, as Ben Rees was able to get enough on the ball to put it past the Farmington goalkeeper for the Los Alamos game winner.    
    Tuesday’s match up was not only more competitive on the score line, but also on the field. Both teams had numerous opportunities to open the scoring but neither were able to open the scoring, as the first half ended 0-0.
    Farmington struck first in the 48th minute, after Yosmar Ruiz took it upon himself to get past the Los Alamos defense and give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead.
    In the 65th minute, Los Alamos looked to its leading goal scorer for the equalizer. Arthur Steinkamp found a loose ball in the box and scored his 11th goal of the season to tie it 1-1.

  • They’re coming home

    Every Los Alamos football team for the last 50 years has been trying to repeat what the 1966 Hilltoppers did.
    Fifty years ago, Los Alamos won its lone football state championship. The 1966 triumph is regarded as one of the premier moments in Hilltoppers history.
    Now, 23 members of the 1966 team are coming back to Los Alamos to celebrate the half-century anniversary of its state championship win. The 1966 team will participate in tonight’s Homecoming game festivities.
    “I’ve been working on organizing this reunion of our football team for the last couple years,” said Bob Russo, who was the starting quarterback of the 1966 team. “Trying to track down guys by telephone is extremely hard nowadays. I had to work through social media and friends of friends to reach all of our players. I’m real pleased that we were able to connect with so many of them.”
    The team will presented a half hour before kickoff tonight.
    “We’re all excited to be back on that football field one last time, where we were 50 years ago,” Russo said.
    Only five team members who will be present tonight still live in Los Alamos. The others traveled from out of town to reunite with former teammates.

  • Prep football: ’Toppers fall short against Grants

    Last Friday can catapult the Los Alamos football team’s season in two different directions.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-2 on the season after dropping a 21-20 heartbreaker against Grants at Sullivan Field.
    The Pirates (1-2) took a 21-14 lead with 3:55 left to play, after quarterback Justin Mattila found wide receiver Joshua Bustos for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
    Los Alamos started its next drive on the Grants 48 yard line. After penalties forced the Hilltoppers to their side of the field, quarterback Nick Quartieri ran 54 yards to pay dirt to cut the Pirates lead to 21-20 with 3:04 left in the game.
    On the extra point attempt, the Hilltoppers field goal was blocked by Grants, as the scored stayed 21-20.
    However, Los Alamos was able to give itself another shot, after recovering a fumble on the Pirates 37-yard line with 45 seconds left.
    Back-to-back penalties pushed the Hilltoppers back to their own 47-yard line. And less than a minute was not enough time for Los Alamos to travel half the field, as time eventually ran out on the Hilltoppers.
    After a scoreless first quarter, Los Alamos got the scoring started when Quartieri scored a one-yard touchdown run with 8:20 left in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers failed to convert their two-point attempt.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer goes 1-2 in tourney

    Last week’s Albuquerque Academy Tournament was a good measuring tool for the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team.
    The Hilltoppers won a game and dropped a pair in Albuquerque to fall to 6-3 on the season, reassuring what they already knew - the 2016 season will be filled with state title contenders.
    After dropping its first round game against St. Pius 1-0, Los Alamos shutout Farmington 4-0 on Friday in the consolation bracket.
    Against the Scorpions, sophomore forward Arthur Steinkamp scored a hat trick, while junior midfielder Tristen Semelsberger scored the other goal for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers fifth shutout of the season assured a rematch from last year’s Class 5A state championship against Albuquerque Academy. The Chargers lost in the first round of their tournament 2-1 against Hope Christian.
    Los Alamos and Academy met-up on Saturday with the hosts successfully defending its home field advantage and earning a 3-0 victory in the tournament’s fifth place game. The three goals matched the season total Los Alamos had allowed prior to facing Academy.   
    The Hilltoppers and Chargers will play twice during District 2-5A play on Oct. 4 in Los Alamos and Oct. 15 in Albuquerque.
    Cleveland defeated Hope Christian 3-0 in the Academy Tournament championship game.