• ‘Toppers volleyball wins five-set thriller

    The Los Alamos volleyball team added another thrilling victory on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 7-8 overall but more importantly improved to 2-1 in District 2-5A play with a five-set victory against Española Valley at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos claimed the first set 25-16 and won the second set 25-19.
    The Sundevils (9-5 overall, 2-1 District 2-5A) came back to win a competitive third set 27-25, and claimed the fourth set 25-18.
    The Hilltoppers managed to fend off the Española Valley rally and win the fifth set 15-13 to claim their fifth-straight win against the Sundevils.
    Senior Mackenzie Alexander led the Los Alamos attack with eight kills. Senior Kaitlin Bennett and sophomore Sophia Salazar added five kills for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos had a strong blocking performance finishing with 19 total blocks as a team. Bennett tallied 12 assisted blocks, while Alexander and senior Jessica Moore added two solo blocks apiece.
    Four Hilltoppers finished with double-digit digs. Salazar led with 21 digs, while junior Alize Garcia tallied 17, and senior Gabriela Vallejos and sophomore Elodie Thelliez finished with 13 each.
    Thelliez was essential for the Los Alamos attack with 15 assists.

  • Del Norte football rolls past Los Alamos

    Del Norte got off to quick start and didn’t hold back.
    The Los Alamos football team was unable to contain Knights running back Avery See in Del Norte’s 52-14 District 2-5A opening win on Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    “Attitude wise and focus wise, we’re just going to move on,” Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. “We got three more games that we can win and that’s where I focus has got to be. We’re going to learn from this but we just need to move on and fight.”
    Not only did the Hilltoppers (3-4 overall, 0-1 District 2-5A) had to deal with See, but they also had to compete with much a smaller personnel group and less depth than Del Norte (2-3-1 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A).
    “You can only put 11 players on the field. Yes, they got more guys than us but we can never focus on that,” Williams said. “We can’t control that. In a game like that, regardless of how big they are, we just always focus on what can we do to be successful.”
    See finished Saturday with 232 yards on 19 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead Del Norte to its second win of the season.  
    “Defensively, we didn’t play good,” Williams said. “They (Del Norte) scored right out of the gate and kind of shut us down a bit.”

  • LAHS cross country places fourth in Colorado

    The Los Alamos cross country teams both finished in fourth place at Friday’s Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On the boy’s side, Rafael Sanchez continued his stellar eighth-grade campaign by leading the Hilltoppers with a 13th place finish and a time of 17:13.
    Senior Chris Buntain was the second-best runner for Los Alamos, finishing in 25th place individually with a 17:51. Fellow senior Kai Coblentz rounded out the top three for the Hilltoppers, as he placed 30th and ran a time of 17:57.
    The rest of the boy’s team included Josh Strevell (31st), Shawn Williams (43rd), Kevin Parkinson (53rd), Brandon Bao (57th) and Miroslav Betts (67th).
    On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell once again was the top Los Alamos finisher placing 18th with a time of 20:58.
    Junior Zoe Hemez finished one second behind Appell in 19th place. It was Hemez’s best run of the season.
    Paulina Burnside was third Hilltopper to cross the finish line. Burnside placed 26th and finished with a time of 21:30.
    The girl’s team also included Hannah Gartz (27th), Maddie Beck (28th), Marin Kelly (35th), Sydney Schake (40th) and Sophia Mamula (43rd).  
    Appell and Sanchez have been the top Los Alamos finishers in every meet this season.

  • LAHS girl's soccer mercy rules Capital, boys fall

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team successfully rebounded from its first district loss by claiming two-straight shutouts.
    On Thursday, the Hilltoppers traveled to Albuquerque and defeated Hope Christian 1-0, and on Saturday, mercy ruled Capital 10-0 at Sullivan Field.  
    Abby Schmalz scored the game-winning goal for Los Alamos in the 60th minute against Hope.
    Schmalz also got the scoring started for the Hilltoppers against Capital. In the first minute, she capitalized from a Jaguars turnover and scored from 18 yards out to give Los Alamos an early lead.
    Three minutes later, Schmalz gave the Hilltoppers a 2-0 lead with a goal assisted by Alissia Haagenstad.
    Haagenstad had another opportunity in the seventh minute, but this time she took it upon herself and made it 3-0 for Los Alamos.
    Alix Hailey began a three-goal frenzy for Los Alamos to close out the first half. During that scoring series, Sophie Wood scored a 50-yard free kick, and Schmalz completed her hat trick minutes before the end of the half.
    Sienna Ahlers added two goals in the second half, while Alyssa Parker and Katie Hopkins scored a goal apiece to seal the mercy rule victory for Los Alamos.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers fall to Academy

    Oct. 16, 2004, the last time the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team had lost a district game.
    That was until Tuesday, when Albuquerque Academy went into Sullivan Field and defeated the Hilltoppers 3-1 in a key District 2-5A match up. With the loss, Los Alamos fell to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in district play, with games against Hope Christian (Thursday) and Capital (Saturday) pending.
    With the win, the Chargers improved to 8-6 overall and moved into first place in District 2-5A.
    Tuesday was also the Hilltoppers first home loss since Sept. 15, 2015, ending a 12-game winning streak at Sullivan Field.
    Academy got off to a quick start scoring three goals in the opening 25 minutes. Skylar Carson got the scoring started with a 25-yard free kick she put past Los Alamos goalkeeper Anne Lemke, who got the start after missing the Oct. 2 game against Del Norte.
    Five minutes later, the Chargers capitalized from a Los Alamos turnover and Eliza Mariner put away a shot to the bottom right corner to extend Academy’s lead to 2-0.
    Academy’s Alli Leggot headed in a goal off a corner kick in the 25th minute to give Los Alamos it largest first-half deficit of the season.

  • LAHS volleyball hosts Sundevils Saturday

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will host a key District 2-5A match at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym against Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers are coming off their first district win of the season, defeating Albuquerque Academy in five sets last Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos goes into the match with a 6-8 overall record a 1-1 record in District 2-5A play. The Hilltoppers are led by senior Ellie Hayward, who’s tallied 74 kills for Los Alamos this season. Senior Kaitlin Bennett has 64 kills so far this season. Bennett also has a team-leading 61 kills.
    Española Valley goes into the contest in first place in District 2-5A with a 9-4 overall record and 2-0 in district play.
    The Sundevils defeated Academy and Capital to garner their first two district wins.
    Española Valley also has win against Artesia, Aztec and Carlsbad.
    Freshman Dulce Maldonado leads the Sundevils with an impressive 136 kills this season. Sophomore Chloe Fell has added 108 kills for the Sundevils. Brenda Garduno leads Española Valley with 37 total blocks.
    Saturday will be a rematch of last year’s District 2-5A championship game, which Los Alamos won in a thrilling five-set match.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley have won the last the two District 2-5A championships.   

  • ’Toppers football opens district play Saturday at Del Norte

    The Los Alamos football team will go into District 2-5A play with some momentum.
    The Hilltoppers begin their quest for their first district title since 2011, at 1 p.m. Saturday against Del Norte at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    “I think we’re right where we need to be,” Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. “These guys have done a great job the last three weeks. They kind of made the decision to refocus and elevate their level in practice. And it’s starting to show.”
    After wins against Gallup and Santa Fe High, the Hilltoppers (3-3) also assured they would have the best record going into District 2-5A play.
    “It’s been great for these guys coming off two big wins,” Williams said. “They’re playing great and they just elevated their level the last two weeks.”
    Los Alamos goes into Saturday scoring 28.8 points per game, which is the most of any District 2-5A team this season.
    Quarterback Nick Quartieri has likely been the most explosive District 2-5A player. The Los Alamos quarterback has scored a district-leading 15 rushing touchdowns and has also thrown five touchdown passes.
    The Hilltoppers defense has improved, and last week had to come up with key stops against Santa Fe. The Los Alamos defense is allowing 26.3 points per game.

  • LAHS volleyball claims first district win against Academy

    The Los Alamos volleyball team picked up a key district win by defeating Albuquerque Academy in five sets on Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers won by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 12-25, 21-25, 15-13. Los Alamos improved to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in District 2-5A. The Chargers fell to 7-6 overall and remained winless (0-2) in district play.
    Sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led Los Alamos with nine kills. Seniors Jessica Moore and Kaitlin Bennett added seven kills a pieces for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos also had solid serving and finished with 12 service aces as a team. Hilltoppers senior Samantha Miller tallied a match-high four sets.
    Bennett and fellow senior Mackenzie Alexander made it difficult for Academy to get it going offensively. Alexander finished with a match-high eight total blocks, while Bennett tallied seven. Los Alamos had 17 total blocks as a team.
    The Hilltoppers had three players who finished with double-digit digs. Salazar led with a team-high 14 digs, while junior Alize Garcia tallied 11 and senior Gabriela Vallejos added 10 for Los Alamos.
    Elodie Thelliez continued her stellar sophomore campaign by finishing with a team-high 18 assists for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos will host Española Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers open 2-5A with wins

    For one half of Saturday’s District 2-5A opening win against Del Norte, the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team performed how coach Gary Ahlers wanted it to.
    But, Gary Ahlers wants that to happen for two complete halves.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Del Norte 8-1 in Albuquerque. Los Alamos got a brace from Sienna Ahlers, and led 2-0 at halftime. Four minutes into the second half, the Knights stunned Los Alamos with a goal to make it 2-1.
    The Del Norte goal seemed to have propelled Los Alamos more, as the Hilltoppers scored six goals in the final 25 minutes. Alix Hailey, Abby Schmalz, Jaci Linn and Kayla Parker also got on the scoring sheet for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers hosted Albuquerque Academy on Tuesday, after the Monitor’s print deadline.
    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team began district with a 7-0 win against Del Norte in Albuquerque.
    Arthur Steinkamp, Jonathan Coons, Levon Wiggins and Nick Criscuolo all scored for Los Alamos, which also hosted Acedmey on Tuesday.

  • Prep football: ’Toppers outlast Santa Fe High

    In its non-district schedule, the Los Alamos football team experienced a variety of different scenarios and results.
    And winning a heavily contested game can now be added to the Hilltoppers non-district resume.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 25-18 on Friday at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe. With the win and Albuquerque Academy’s loss to Socorro, Los Alamos (3-3) assured it would enter District 2-5A play with the best record in the district. Santa Fe High fell to 0-5 on the season.
    After forcing a Santa Fe turnover on downs with 8:49 left to play, Los Alamos opened up a 25-12 lead, when Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Quartieri found Cade Yost for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter.
    The Demons didn’t make it easy as they marched down the field on their ensuing possession and capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run to cut the Los Alamos lead to 25-18 with 30 seconds left to play.
    Los Alamos junior Ryan McNeil recovered Santa Fe’s onside kick attempt to seal the win for the Hilltoppers.
    The Demons opened up the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run by Bailey Lozada-Cabbage with 2:40 left in the first quarter.
    In the early stages of the second quarter, Los Alamos drove down the field and eventually to Santa Fe’s one-yard line. From there, Quartieri punched it in to give the Hilltoppers a 7-6 lead.