• 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.

  • Senior golfers play in Colorado

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) traveled to Colorado for a trio of tournaments at two different courses in the middle of August.
    On Aug. 12, the golfers took on the Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colorado.
    Los Alamos’ Spike Jones shot an 87 to win the second flight.
    Ron Krantz also shot an 87 in the second flight and finished one spot behind Krantz.
    Bob Quick finished second in the first flight with a 67 net score.
    In the third flight, Los Alamos golfers had the best two net scores. Kerry Coffelt shot a 63 and Jim Steedle shot a 67.
    Steedle also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole.
    The next two days, the golfers played the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Quick had the second best net score in the first flight, a 72.
    Steedle and Coffelt had the best net scores in the third flight again, but this time Steedle finished ahead of Coffelt.
    Steedle shot a 69 and Coffelt shot a 71.
    On Aug. 14, no local golfer had a top-two finish.

  • Jerry Bower 5K near

    The Jerry Bower 5K will be held on Sept. 12 this year.
    The race will start at 9:30 a.m. at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) in Los Alamos.
    The event is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Walk activities.
    The price to participate is $25. The money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
    The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with Alzheimer’s Logo.
    Printable registration form are available at atomicrunners.com/next.html.
    Call 672-1639 for more information.

  • Kirk talks with students at Piñon

    Alex Kirk visited Piñon Elementary School last week and talked to kids, answered questions, took time to autograph items and also play basketball with fourth-sixth graders.
    Kirk spoke with sixth graders in Ms. Sinnis’, Ms. Martinez’s, and Ms. Nolen’s classes. He discussed the importance of having goals and working hard in school.
    Kirk told the classes that working hard in school gave him many opportunities in basketball. He credits his mother, Pat Kirk, who works at Piñon, for staying on top of him and his grades while he was a student in Los Alamos.
    After his talk, students asked questions, such as what is your favorite sport, besides basketball. Kirk said, “I love to golf.”
    Kirk autographed student backpacks, binders and water cups.
    Kirk then played basketball with students and impressed them with his slam-dunking skills.

  • Cross country teams scrimmage La Cueva

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls cross country teams got their first action of the year Saturday in a scrimmage at La Cueva.
    For the girls, the scrimmage featured last year’s state champs in Class 5A and Class 6A going head-to-head.
    The boys scrimmage featured last year’s Class 5A state champs and Class 6A’s fifth-place team.
    Even though no official scores were kept, both Los Alamos teams did well in the scrimmage.
    Each Los Alamos team finished with five of the top six finishers, including the winners.
    Maddy Foley led the girls with a first-place finish in 19 minutes, 48 seconds.
    John Rees, meanwhile, led the boys with a first-place finish in 17:43.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s scrimmage meet with La Cueva:


    1. Maddy Foley, 19:48; 2. Talia Dreicer, 20:28; 3. Nica Vasquez, 20:38; 4. Sophia Galvez, 20:42; 6. Marin Kelly, 21:50; 8. Zoe Hemez, 22:06; 11. Paulina Burnside, 22:45; 12. Sydney Schake, 22:49; 18. Elise Koskelo, 24:09; 20. Matilde Jacobson, 24:27;

    24. Lexi Montoya, 24:51; 27. Jessica Cooke, 25:03; 29. Emily Mercer, 25:27; 30. Michaelle Sutton, 25:47; 31. Zoe Chalacombe, 25:50; 32. Katie Delgado, 25:54; 39. Elise Phillips, 27:44;

  • Golf superintendent receives professional certification

    LAWRENCE, Kansas— Matthew Allen, golf course superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course, has earned the title of Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), a top designation currently held by only about 1,500 golf course superintendents worldwide.
    Allen, an 11-year GCSAA member, has been the superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course since 2014.
    “This certification program requires the highest set of competencies in golf course management through testing and practical application, and we are proud of the Association’s Class A members who have advanced to earn this highest level of professional recognition as a certified golf course superintendent,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “We congratulate Matthew on his accomplishment.”
    To qualify for GCSAA’s top certification, a candidate must have at least three years’ experience as a golf course superintendent, be currently employed in that capacity and meet post-secondary educational requirements and/or continuing education points.

  • Los Alamos girls soccer team ties Bobcats

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team took on two tough opponents Tuesday in Albuquerque — the Bosque Bobcats and a bright sun that made the temperature reach into the 90s.
    “We played phenomenal with the weather conditions — the heat itself took a lot out of the girls,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    After 80 minutes in the heat, the game was tied 1-1 and headed into overtime.
    “The girls dug deep and really put the pressure on (Bosque in overtime),” Ahlers said.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it was unable to find the go-ahead goal after another 20 minutes of action and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
    “I think we dominated the game, we just couldn’t finish,” Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos outshot Bosque in the contest. Los Alamos had 16 shots in the game, eight of which were on goal. Bosque, meanwhile, had six shots on goal.
    Bosque, however, scored first. A pass to the middle of the field followed by a quick shot from about 20 yards out put the Bobcats up, 1-0.
    In the second half, Los Alamos found the equalizer. Claire Ticknor stole a pass and took it in by herself. From about 25 yards out, Ticknor fired a shot that found the upper right-hand corner of the net for a goal.
    “It was a very nice shot,” Ahlers said.

  • Los Alamos opens season with tie at Bosque

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stepped on the field for its first game of the season Tuesday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos squared off with Bosque Prep School, but after 100 minutes of action the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    “It was an outstanding game — very well played by both teams and a lot of fun,” Los Alamos’ new head coach Ron Blue said. “For our first game against a very strong opponent, I thought we played well.”
    Los Alamos struck first in the game.
    Joe Singleton beat several Bosque players to get the ball deep into Bobcat territory. Singleton then passed the ball to DC Kim who scored to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    “It was a great pass and a beautiful finish,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos took the lead back.
    Andreas Runde got fouled just outside of the box. On the ensuing free kick, he placed the ball near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in for the score.
    “We had two very nice goals,” Blue said.

  • Senior-led volleyball team has its sights set high

    With seven seniors and a lot of height, including a 6-foot tall junior transfer, Los Alamos’ volleyball team has high hopes for its upcoming season.
    “We have a lot of heart and drive to win and a lot of seniors — it’s our do-or-die year,” Brianna Montaño said.
    “We want to take first in our district, that’s one of our main goals,” Sierra Foley said. “Also coming together as a team with our new girls (is a goal) and we’re pushing to win state. Everyone knows this is the year to take it all. Since all of the seniors are pushing to win state, the underclassmen are striving to be part of that goal, too.”
    Last year, Los Alamos reached the state quarterfinals where St. Pius X eliminated the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos finished 13-11 overall and second behind Española Valley in District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos, however, only lost one senior from that squad. Its seven seniors this year all played on varsity last year, and three of them have played varsity since they were freshman.
    Foley, Montaño and Samantha Melton will be playing their fourth varsity season this year. Seniors Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Halie Street and Noelle Gallegos also return.

  • Girls, boys soccer teams tie Bosque

    Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both tied Bosque Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls tied the Bobcats, 1-1.

    "I think we dominatd the game, we just couldn't finish," Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said.

    After Bosque scored in the first half, Claire Ticknor scored Los Alamos' goal in the second half to even things up. Ticknor stole a pass and scored from about 25 yards out.

    The Hilltopper girls are now 0-1-1. Bosque's girls are 0-0-1.

    The Hilltopper boys then stepped on the field for their first game of the season and ended up with the same result as the girls. The Hilltopper boys tied Bosque, 2-2.

    "For our first game out against a strong opponent, I thought we played well," Los Alamos boys head coach Ron Blue said.

    Los Alamos scored first in the contest — Joe Singleton assisted DC Kim — and led 1-0 at halftime.

    In the second half, Bosque tied the game, 1-1.

    Andreas Runde then placed a free kick near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in to put Los Alamos back on top, 2-1.

    Bosque, however, tied the game on a penalty kick and the game remained notched at two through two overtimes.