• LA volleyball takes down Sundevils

    Los Alamos' volleyball team beat Española Valley in three games Wednesday.

    The 'Toppers had numerous players step up to win 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21.

    "Everyone stepped up this game," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "There was no standout player; it took all of them working hard out there."

    Los Alamos improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A with the win.

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

  • LA soccer teams take down Del Norte

    Los Alamos' boys and girls soccer teams both improved to 3-0 in District 2-5A with victories at Del Norte Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper boys beat the Knights, 4-0, and the Hilltopper girls won their contest, 3-0.

    Both Los Alamos soccer teams are now alone on top of the district standings.

    The Hilltopper girls (9-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) and Del Norte both entered Tuesday's contest with 2-0 league marks. Los Alamos, however, separated itself with the win.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team (10-5-1, 3-0) was already alone in first place. On Saturday, however, it will host Capital (10-6, 2-1) in a game that will pretty much determine the district champion.

    The boys will take on Capital at 11 a.m., followed by the girls' game at 1 p.m.

  • Volleyball game against Española switched to Los Alamos

    Los Alamos’ volleyball won its final non-district game of the season Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat Farmington in three sets to secure their third straight win. Los Alamos won the contest 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20.
    Los Alamos (10-3, 1-0 2-5A) will now conclude its regular season with seven straight District 2-5A matches, beginning tonight against Española Valley (6-6, 0-1). The game was originally scheduled to take place in Española, but the schedule changed and now the contest will take place in Los Alamos. Tonight's varsity contest will begin at roughly 6:30 p.m.
    Los Alamos beat the Sundevils at the Rio Rancho Jamboree in three sets, so it has already got past the first mental hurdle. A win tonight, however, will go a long way towards usurping the Sundevils at the top of the district.
    Currently, Del Norte (7-5, 2-0) is also undefeated in the district. Capital (3-9, 1-1) is currently third in district action while Bernalillo (5-7, 0-2) is at the bottom of the standings.

  • LA boys soccer stays on top of district

    Seven different Hilltoppers scored to help Los Alamos’ boys soccer team take down Bernalillo, 7-1, Saturday.
    “We were the better team and played like it all facets in the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    The win helped Los Alamos stay undefeated in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is now 2-0 in the district and 9-5-1 overall. It was also scheduled to plat Del Norte (1-11, 0-1-1 2-5A) Tuesday as this paper was going to press. “We should be able to get a result,” Blue said. “We just have to get out there and prove it.”
    Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 4-5-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the district.
    “They have some nice players, they just don’t have the depth,” Blue said.
    DC Kim, Eric Burnside, Daniel Castaño, Andreas Runde, Levon Wiggins, George Steinkamp and Alex Csanadi all scored for Los Alamos against the Spartans.
    Burnside also assisted three goals.
    “It was good to see guys put the ball in the back of the net,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos also had a few goals negated by off side penalties. The ’Toppers got called off sides 11 times in the game.

  • LA girls soccer scores two shutouts

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored a pair of shutouts over the weekend. The Hilltoppers shut out Highland, 6-0, Friday and then blanked Bernalillo, 3-0, Saturday.
    “They’re playing really good,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “They’re passing the ball and they’re starting to find the back of the net.”
    The shutouts were in large part due to the team’s defenders and it possession up front. Goalkeeper Anna Lemke didn’t have to make a save in either contest.
    “The defense is really playing strong,” Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers scored three goals to lead Los Alamos’ offense against Highland. The ‘Toppers also got goals from Katie Hopkins, Maria Sandoval and Charlotte Leonard.
    Abby Schmalz, meanwhile, assisted three of those goals. She also assisted two goals against Bernalillo. “Those assists are big,” coach Ahlers said. “She can find those open people in those open spots.”
    Sophie Wood, Alix Haily, Jennifer Paige, Sandoval and Hopkins also had assists.
    Emily Hopkins also had another good game against Highland. “She’s a very decisive and controlling player,” coach Ahlers said. “She has great vision.”

  • Hilltopper girls golf gets second state leg

    Wind and rain made conditions tough for Los Alamos' boys and girls golf teams Monday at the Grants Coyote Invite.
    "I was very proud of both teams for simply sticking it out and finishing the round," Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. "The weather was absolutely horrendous... at many times it was a torrential downpour."
    Despite the rough weather, Los Alamos' girls golf team shot their second state qualifying leg of the season. The Hilltopper girls shot a 381 to earn the state leg. They also tied with Piedra Vista for first-place in the team competition.
    "The girls getting a qualifying leg was a remarkable achievement," Ainsworth said.
    Jennifer Necker led the Hilltopper girls once again. Necker qualified for state with a 91 — her third state-qualifying leg in the team's third tournament of the season.
    Emily Moulton finished right behind Necker with a 92 and earned her first qualifying leg with the score.
    "Individual legs by Emily and Jennifer showed some real toughness," Ainsworth said.
    Elizabeth Lockhart (98) and Leah Mountain (100) rounded out Los Alamos' team score while Sophia Sivils (132) also competed.
    Piedra Vista's Chantalle Kovacs won the individual title with an 82.

  • On Schedule 10-5-15

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Chritian, boys junior varsity, 3:30 p.m.; girls junior varsity 5 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, boys junior varsity, 4 p.m.; girls junior varsity 6 p.m.

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

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Fountain, Colo., varsity and junior varsity, TBA

    Boys Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 1 p.m.; junior varsity, noon; C-team, 11 a.m.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 5 - 11

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will look to strengthen its grip on first-place in District 2-5A with a pair of district contests next week.
    On Tuesday, the ‘Toppers will travel to Del Norte to take on the Knights at 3 p.m.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos will welcome Capital to town. That game will start at 6 p.m.

  • LA football beats Santa Fe

    Los Alamos' football team ruined the Santa Fe's Homecoming Friday, beating the Demons 49-13.

    The teams traded early touchdowns, but Derek Selvage scored his second touchdown midway through the first quarter to put Los Alamos up, 12-7, and the 'Toppers led the rest of the way.

    Los Alamos took a 26-13 lead into halftime.

    In the third quarter, Lane Saunders scored a touchdown — his second of the game — and then Nick Quartieri ran into the end zone twice to initiate the running clock phase of the mercy rule.

    Los Alamos also got a safety in the third after a Santa Fe long snap went over its punters head and into the end zone.

    The 'Toppers other touchdown came in the second quarter. Los Alamos fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line, but a 'Topper recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the score.

    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 overall with the win. It will begin its District 2-5A season next week against Capital. 

    Santa Fe, meanwhile, remained winless. The Demons are 0-6.

    Special thanks to KRSN for its help with this report.

  • LA volleyball wins second straight

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its second game in as many nights Thursday. The 'Toppers beat Albuquerque Academy, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.

    "The girls came to compete today," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "I could tell they were fired up and ready to play hard."

    Los Alamos jumped all over Albuquerque Academy to start the contest and took a 20-7 lead in the first set.

    "Last year we lost in three (games against Academy), so we knew had to come out and send the message that we're not the same team," Ashlynn Trujillo said.

    Academy made a run late in the first set, but Los Alamos was able to close it out. Academy carried some of that momentum into the second set and made it competitive early. The 'Toppers, however, pulled away at the end second set and then dominated the final set.

    Los Alamos's defense did a nice job throughout the evening to contain Academy's big hitters. "A big credit goes to the defense for this win," Espinoza said. "All of the defenders really stepped up."

    Trujillo, in particular, had a good game for Los Alamos — flying around and making several diving digs.

    "Ashlynn did phenomenal back there," Espinoza said. "She was working her butt off."