• Correction 09-25-14

    In Tuesday’s story, “LA inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame,” it was incorrectly stated the Hilltopper football team had won just one state championship in its history. It has actually won two state championships, those coming in 1950 and in 1966. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • LA travels to play 2013 4A champion

    One of the toughest tests of the 2014 season is coming up this weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    Right on the heels of its unhappy homecoming game, a 24-6 loss to the Kirtland Central Broncos, the Hilltoppers will hit the road to take on a state champion from just a year ago.
    Los Alamos will meet the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at Hutchison Stadium. The Scorpions, despite dropping two straight contests, are still a very tough customer that the Hilltoppers will have to be leery of.
    Los Alamos, of course, is 0-4 on the season following the homecoming loss, one of just two teams in Class 5A that haven’t secured a win in 2014.
    There isn’t an overabundance of positives in Los Alamos’ circumstances right now, but there are a few.
    Except for the St. Pius contest, the Hilltopper defense has played fairly well for most of the year. The defense, which has been affected by injuries but not to the same extent as the offense, has managed to keep Los Alamos within striking distance the past two weeks and was responsible for the only Hilltopper points against Moriarty.
    The defense should be further buoyed by the return of senior middle linebacker Eliott Hersman, who was injured in the preseason but made some important stops Friday against Kirtland Central.

  • 'Toppers head to Academy

    It may be early in the season, but it’s still one of the big showdowns prior to the state meet.
    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will head to Albuquerque Friday to take part in the Academy Invitational. That race, of course, is hosted by the Hilltoppers’ toughest Class 5A foe, the Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers took last week off following their win at the Academy for Technology and the Classics meet victories. The Hilltoppers swept both sides of that event, winning the girls team championship with 23 points and the boys title with 30 points.
    While those were solid wins on both ends for Los Alamos, the competition will be ratcheted up considerably Friday afternoon.
    Along with the Chargers, some formidable Class 6A competition from the Albuquerque area is expected to participate, including teams from Eldorado, Cleveland, Cibola and La Cueva.
    But the highlight will be the Los Alamos-Academy heads-up competition. Those two teams, as usual, are projected to go toe-to-toe for this year’s state title.

  • LA comes back from big deficit but falls to Pintos, 3-2

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team was looking to pick up its second win of the season over the Moriarty Pintos, but the Pintos had other plans Tuesday.
    Moriarty, which fell 3-1 to Los Alamos at its home tournament earlier this month, returned the favor by knocking off the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium. Moriarty took the first two sets 25-21, 25-23 before the Hilltoppers bounced back in sets three and four, taking those 25-21, 25-13.
    But the Pintos got the early edge in the decisive fifth set, winning that 15-8 for the match win.
    After the Pintos went ahead 2-0, the Hilltoppers’ service game got going in the next two sets, while the Pintos (5-6) struggled to get serves back, particularly against Los Alamos libero Ashlynn Trujillo, who had a big match.
    Those few serves that Moriarty did manage to return were often free balls which Los Alamos teed off on.
    But Moriarty jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the final set and Los Alamos never put up the rally it needed to get back into contention.
    Los Alamos (4-4) had won four straight contests, giving up just two sets in those wins, but has now lost two straight decisions. It fell to Santa Fe last week 3-1.
    Next up, the Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Invitational. 

  • 'Toppers pound Jags in opener

    Despite a relatively good showing in 2013, it appears that if the rest of District 2-5A wants to compete with Los Alamos in girls soccer, it still has a long way to go.
    The Hilltoppers opened up their 2014 district season at home Tuesday, taking on one of those teams that has made strides to improve, the Capital Jaguars.
    And while the Jaguars seem to have their ship pointed in the right direction, it was sunk without too much trouble by Los Alamos, which rolled to a 10-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos connected for goals on a string of five consecutive shots in the second half and eighth grader Alissia Haagenstad closed out the game a few minutes early with her 1-touch shot from a pass by Catie McDonald.
    McDonald, who is one of the most prolific scorers in New Mexico, had a monster game against the Jaguars, scoring four goals and dishing out four assists. For the season, McDonald has 44 points.
    Los Alamos has won every district race it has been involved in since 2007. During that streak, the only year it had run into much in the way of a challenge was last season.
    The Hilltoppers have not been defeated in district play during their remarkable 7-year run and the only game it was in any danger of losing was in Santa Fe last year against Capital.

  • Pair of 2nd half goals lift Jags over 'Toppers

    Round one goes to the Capital Jaguars.
    In what is shaping up to be a big fight for the District 2-5A boys soccer title this season, Capital delivered the first blow Tuesday against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and now the Hilltoppers will have to find a way to counter.
    Capital pushed the ball up the field effectively in the second half, particularly after Los Alamos was slapped with a red card early in the half. The card, for unsportsmanlike conduct, came in the 54th minute and the Jaguars capitalized quickly.
    The Jaguars scored less than a minute later – that goal would be the game-winner, although it would tack on a second goal late in the contest to win 2-0 a Sullivan Field.
    With the loss in the district opener, Los Alamos (3-7-2) will have to find a way to rebound, likely in the rematch in Santa Fe set for Oct. 11.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle said picking up the early win gives his team a clear advantage going forward.
    “This win is very important,” he said. “Coming up here and playing one of the better teams in the state, one of the better teams in our district, that’s a very difficult thing to do, to jump out ahead in the district standings. But we have a lot of work to do.”

  • LAHS inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame

    The inaugural class of the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame was honored last weekend during the homecoming festivities.
    Los Alamos inducted 13 former athletes, coaches, administrators and sports-related personalities into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the honor opened earlier this year and winners were announced in early August.
    The inductees were recognized prior to the homecoming football game Friday — Los Alamos was defeated 24-6 by the Kirtland Central Broncos in the 2014 contest — and were recognized at the formal induction ceremony Sunday at Fuller Lodge.
    Among those honored were the following:

    • Walt Arnold — Arnold was a standout tight end for Los Alamos during his high school career and was an All-State honoree in 1976. After his career playing for the University of New Mexico, Arnold played in the NFL for seven years, mostly with Los Angeles and Kansas City.

    • Lynn Bjorklund — A top runner during her high school career, Bjorklund set a longstanding high school record in the 3,000 meters, a record that stood until last year. She qualified for Team USA in 1974 and 1976 and ran in several international competitions during her career. She also set a record for the Pikes Peak Marathon that stood for several years.

  • On Schedule 09-21-14


    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Boys soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Cross country: LAMS at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at Española Middle School, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Football: LAMS at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at West Las Vegas, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Farmington, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Rio Ranch Invite, varsity, TBA.


  • ’Toppers fall 24-6 in their 2014 homecoming game

    The 2014 season, it appears, will be about taking small steps for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    After getting pummeled in its first three contests, Los Alamos will have to concentrate now on what it’s good and hope it can tighten up what’s not so good prior to the start of the District 2-5A season in three weeks.
    The good news for Los Alamos was that it took a step in the right direction Friday in its annual homecoming game. Los Alamos had some positives in the contest — a takeaway that led to a touchdown, stopping a couple of potential scoring drives and two solid drives in the second half — despite coming out on the short end of a 24-6 decision against the Kirtland Central Broncos.
    Kirtland Central, a traditional opponent of the Hilltoppers, was fired up for Friday’s game, particularly on the defensive end, forcing an early turnover deep in Los Alamos territory.
    But the Hilltoppers returned the favor one play later when cornerback Isaac Dunwoody intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line to prevent a score and giving the Broncos a chance to turn the game into a rout early.

  • Strother wins Pace Race

    Nikol Strother was the big winner at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening in Pajarito Acres.
    Unlike most Pace Races, Tuesday’s race, held on a fairly flat, 1-mile loop, had runners and walkers choose how many loops they wanted to do within 45 minutes and guess how long it would take them to do those loops.
    In all, 24 people took part.
    Strother, who ran 6 miles, was only 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. David Krazter was 13 seconds off for five miles. All finish times were adjusted for a 3-mile course, the normal length of a long Pace Race course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at 1287 San Ildefonso Road in North Mesa. Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.