• Scorpions prevail in girls soccer opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team fell behind near halftime of Saturday’s opening game of the season as it struggled to generate offense.
    Los Alamos took on the Farmington Scorpions in the first game of 2015 for any sport at the high school. Farmington, which sports one of the most seasoned rosters of any team in Class 5A, didn’t light things up, either, but set itself up with enough chances to stay on top.
    Hannah Kelley of Farmington came through with goals late in the first half and early in the second half to help the Scorpions score a 3-1 win at Sullivan Field.
    Kelley took advantage of a miscue late in the half, while another Hilltopper miscue would lead to a big insurance goal after Los Alamos had worked its way back to within striking distance midway through the second half.
    Los Alamos forward Sienna Ahlers scored at the 57-minute mark. Ahlers, who will be charged with the task of shoring up a front line that lost its primary weapon, Catie McDonald, over the offseason, blew through the Farmington defense on a charge down the left hashmark.
    Ahlers found daylight between three converging Farmington defenders and went to the near post against Bailey Carter for the first Los Alamos score of the season.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 23-29

    The 19th edition of the Louie Cernicek boys’ soccer tournament will feature eight competitive teams here at Sullivan Field.
    In addition to Los Alamos, the bracket includes Clovis, Piedra Vista, Roswell, Goddard, Farmington, Santa Fe Prep and Bosque Prep.
    To get to the top, Los Alamos will first need to win its opening-round game.
    Los Alamos will kick off its home tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis.
    The tournament’s championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • 'Topper girls soccer drops opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team lost its opening day game Saturday at Sullivan Field to a tough opponent.

    Los Alamos couldn't get enough going offensively to counteract a couple of critical miscues in the back against the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions prevailed 3-1.

    Hailey Kelley scored two of the three goals for the Scorpions (1-0), one in each half, to key the victory.

    Los Alamos' only goal came midway through the second half when Sienna Ahlers chugged her way through the Farmington back line and went across the goal mouth for the first goal of the Hilltoppers' 2015 season.

    Los Alamos (0-1) plays at Bosque School Tuesday afternoon.

    More information on Saturday's contest will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 8-23-15

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m.
    Football: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Clovis at Los Alamos, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys Soccer: TBD at Los Alamos, varsity, TBD

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, junior varsity, 1 p.m.

  • Cross country teams putting in work for a good end

    For the last six years, the Los Alamos girls cross country team has won a state championship.
    For the last four years, the Los Alamos boys cross country team has won a state championship.
    If the girls are going to extend their streak, the same athletes who won it last year will need to step up again.
    All five girls who scored for Los Alamos at last year’s state championship, and the team’s seventh runner, return this year. Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez, Zoe Hemez, Talia Dreicer, Nica Vasquez and Paulina Burnside are back in action. Those girls won the team’s title last year with 46 points, 12 ahead of Albuquerque Academy.
    The girls average time at state was 19 minutes, 53.98 seconds. co-head girls and boys coach Kathy Hipwood said, “some good young ones will be in the mix as well” this year.
    “I think as a team we want to win state again,” Dreicer said.
    “We want to keep our steak going,” Foley said.
    For the boys to extend their streak, some new faces will need to rise to challenge this year.
    The top-three runners from last year’s team — Greg Ahlers, Cameron Staples and Forrest White — all graduated. The team’s fourth, fifth and seventh runners, however, are all back and are seniors this year.

  • Runners right on pace

    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on the Pipeline “Gutbuster.”
    The best predictor of the night was Lauraine Maness with a seven-second error, followed by Jesse Woodroffe, nine seconds off, Laura Woodroffe, 10 seconds off, and Ryan Smeltzer, 11 seconds off.
    The fastest female and male on the one-mile course were Mariela Saenz (10 minutes, 53 seconds) and Jack Ammerman (11:26).
    The fastest male and female on the 3.2-mile course were Valerio Pinchetti (27:30) and Nikol Strother (28:05).
    Next Tuesday’s race will start and finish at LANL’s TA-16 (S-Site) on N.M. 501 at 6 p.m.

  • Moseley repeats in triathlon, Uhl leads women

    Clay Moseley defended his title at the 41st annual Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday. All of his event times were among the best, but Moseley didn’t have the fastest bike, swim or run in the race. His transitions from event to event, however, were fastest and helped him outpace the competition. His winning time in the sprint triathlon was 1 hour, 1 minute and 15.09 seconds.
    For the women, Santa Fe’s Mary Uhl took top honors. Her winning time was 1:12:40.77. Like Moseley, all three of Uhl’s times were near the top while her transitions were the fastest.
    Liz Miller, the three-time defending champion, didn’t compete this year.
    After the bike, Moseley was just under a second out of the lead. Another local, Hugh Selby, had the fastest time in the 20K bike, finishing the first leg in 32:16.05. Those two athletes were three minutes faster on their bikes than anyone else.
    In the transition from bike to swim, which many consider the fourth event in a triathlon, Moseley had his shoes off his feet before he even jumped off of his bike and gained almost 30 seconds on Selby. The 42.96 seconds it took him to get off his bike and into the pool was faster than any of the teams, as well.

  • Synergy to make boys soccer team formidable

    Los Alamos has had some good boys soccer teams over the years. This year’s team, however, might be the best one it’s fielded in a few years.
    “We look better than any year that I’ve been here,” senior Alex Csanadi said.
    Ralph Archbold, a senior who transferred to Los Alamos from California, echoed Csanadi’s viewpoint. Archbold, who watched several practices from the sideline while he recovered from a hurt groin, seemed excited about his new team. “I like the way we look,” Archbold said.
    Part of the reason the team looks good is the way they play together.
    “Most of the guys have been playing together for a long time,” Csanadi said. “I think the synergy is there; we work well together.”
    Besides playing soccer together, the players do team-bonding activities every week.
    “We’re pretty tight friends,” Csanadi said.
    The team’s midfield is another reason why the team looks good. It will operate out of a 3-5-2 formation to take advantage of its strong middle.
    Senior Eric Burnside said the way the midfield holds and distributes the ball is what makes it tough.
    “Probably our biggest strength is our passing,” Burnside said.

  • Strong core returning to lead girls soccer team

    With the majority of the team returning that went 14-7 last year, the Los Alamos girls soccer team is excited about the new year.
    “As a whole, our team wants to go far in the state tournament,” senior captain Emily Hopkins said. “I think we have the potential to go far, we just have to work to get there.”
    “Our team dynamic is really good,” senior captain Jordan Henson said. “We all know each other and we all know how each other play.”
    Isabelle Runde and Charlotte Leonard are the other two seniors playing for Los Alamos.
    Melissa Teter, who is also a senior, tore her ACL recently. She wanted to stay involved with the program, however, so she’ll work as the team’s manager.
    After playing together since the sixth grade, the girls certainly know each other well. The girls said it’s one of their biggest strengths.
    The girls also know their new head coach, Gary Ahlers, pretty well, too. He has coached most of them before.
    Before taking last year off, Ahlers was the team’s junior varsity coach.
    “We’re all very familiar with coach Gary,” Hopkins said. “He’s really attentive and is dedicating a lot of time to the program.”

  • Leading the pack

    Saturday’s 41st edition of the Los Alamos Triathlon saw local Clay Moseley defend his title while Santa Fe’s Mary Uhl was the top female finisher. Moseley won the sprint triathlon in 1 hour, 1 minute and 15.09 seconds.

    Uhl’s time was 1:14:34.62.

    Three of the top six individual finishers, by gender, were from Los Alamos. In addition to Moseley, Hugh Selby and Kim Katko both placed third.

    See Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.