• LAHS girl’s soccer splits in tourney

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team lost and won a game in last weekend’s Sandia Prep Invitational in Albuquerque.
    On Friday, the Hilltoppers battled with host Sandia Prep, one of the state’s top teams, and fell 1-0. Sandia Prep freshman Avery Cordero netted in the second-half game winner.
    The Los Alamos attacking trio of Katie Hopkins, Sienna Ahlers and Abby Schmalz were unable to get past the Sandi Prep defense, as the Hilltoppers were shutout for only the second time this season.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos concluded the invitational by defeating St. Michael’s 4-2.
    Alissia Haagenstad led the Hilltoppers with two goals. Ashley Atencio and Kenidee Hatler scored the other two for Los Alamos. Schmalz was credited with four assists, while Ahlers was credited with one.
    Saturday’s win was the Hilltoppers second St. Michael’s this season. Los Alamos finished the pre-district schedule by outscoring its opponents 50-12.
    The Hilltoppers begin District 2-5A play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Del Norte in Albuquerque.    

  • ’Toppers volleyball drop a pair in Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos volleyball team participated in the competitive Rio Rancho tournament last weekend, dropping both of its matches.
    The Hilltoppers were upended by Goddard 3-1 on Friday. The Rockets won the first set 25-13, and were able to tame a Los Alamos comeback in the second set, winning 26-24. The Hilltoppers won their lone set of the match by winning the third 25-22. Goddard sealed the win with a 25-15 performance in the fourth set.
    Los Alamos got an earlier than expected look at new district foe Albuquerque Academy. On Saturday, the Chargers defeated Los Alamos 3-1. Academy won its sets 25-22, 25-17 and 25-18. The Hilltoppers won the third set 25-20.
    The Hilltoppers begin District 2-5A play at 6 p.m. today by hosting Del Norte at Griffith Gym.



  • Prep XC: Sanchez, Appell lead ’Toppers in Academy meet

    Both the Los Alamos boys and girl’s cross country teams placed ninth, respectively, at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    Eighth-grader Rafael Sanchez led the Hilltopper boys by running a 16:18 and placing 10th individually. Sanchez’s time was the fastest time by an eighth-grader in the history of the Academy Invitational.
    Miroslav Betts ran a 17:16 (48th), Josh Strevell finished at 17:22 (55th) and Kai Coblentz ran a 17:37 (71st) for Los Alamos.
    On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell led Los Alamos, placing 29th individually and running a 19:49.
    Paulina Burnside placed 46th, while finishing with a 20:40, and Hannah Gartz completed the top three for Los Alamos, finishing in 47th place and running a 20:43.
    Sydney Schake placed 62nd individually and ran a 21:30, making her the fourth fastest Hilltopper on Friday.

  • ’Toppers claim Cernicek title in PKs

    Playing two state title contenders in a span of 15 hours didn’t faze the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team.
    After defeating Hope Christian 2-1 on Thursday, the Hilltoppers won the make up championship game of the Louie Cernicek Tournament, outlasting Roswell in a penalty shootout on Friday at Sullivan Field.
    “For them (Los Alamos) to win a difficult game and comeback and play arguably one of the best teams in the state, I couldn’t be happier,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “I’m very proud of them. Guys are starting to recognize what it means. For us, to be good we need to be a team, we need to be cohesive, be flexible and move.”
    “We’ve got talent. It’s just about putting it all together.”
    On Friday, which was a make up game from the Louie Cernicek Tournament championship that was cancelled due to weather on Aug. 27, Los Alamos and Roswell battled for 80 minutes to a scoreless draw at the end of regulation. The teams played a sudden death overtime period of 10 minutes, but neither of them prevailed with a golden goal.

  • ’Toppers volleyball falls to Moriarty

    The Los Alamos volleyball team wasn’t able to take of advantage of winning the first set on Monday, losing to Moriarty 19-25, 25-23, 28-18, 25-15 at Griffith Gym.
    “The first two sets they (Los Alamos) had enough energy but the last two sets they just tanked because they didn’t have the energy,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “In the first set they played real quick but it’s hard to keep that tempo when you’re not feeling up to par.”
    The Hilltoppers (5-5) started set one on a 17-11 run and fended off Moriarty (9-2), who cut the Los Alamos lead to 21-19.
    Los Alamos got off to another strong start in the second set, leading 12-9. After the Pintos tied the set 15-15, the Hilltoppers went on a 4-0 run to lead 19-15. But again Moriarty answered and tied it 19-19 and finished the set on a 6-4 run.
    “Moriarty played tough defense,” Stokes said. “They attacked our open holes and that’s something we need to work on.”
    Moriarty took over in set three and led 20-13. In the fourth set, the Pintos started the set leading 19-13 and sealed the victory with a 6-2 run.
    Seniors Ellie Hayward and Mackenzie Alexander led the Hilltoppers with seven kills apiece. Alexander also tallied five total blocks.

  • ’Toppers football set for Gallup tonight

    One win can be enough to switch the season’s momentum for the Los Alamos football team.
    The Hilltoppers will get that opportunity and attempt to snap a three-game losing streak at 7 p.m. tonight at Gallup.
    Los Alamos goes into the contest at 1-3 on the season, while Gallup sits at 2-1. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 40-14 home loss against Kirtland Central, and the Bengals lost for the first time this season last week against Shiprock, 28-14.
    Los Alamos’ offense continues to evolve, as Garett Williams and his coaching staff have allowed quarterback Nick Quartieri to throw the ball in a triple option offense that relies on its running game.
    But, the Hilltoppers have experienced some success with their passing attack. Last week, Quartieri threw for two touchdowns. And he also threw a touchdown pass in week one against Pojoaque Valley.
    However, Los Alamos banks on having success on the ground. Last week, the Hilltoppers faced an aggressive and physical defensive line that enabled their running game to break out for big plays.
    It appears that Gallup doesn’t possess that type of defensive line play, which can open opportunities for sophomore fullback Dylan Irish, who had the most success running ball for Los Alamos against Kirtland Central.  

  • LAHS football starts strong, falls to KC

    The Los Alamos football team got the start it wanted, but it couldn’t hang on to the momentum.   
    Scoring on their first offensive drive wasn’t enough for the Hilltoppers to hold off Kirtland Central, who came out with a 40-14 win in Friday’s Homecoming game for Los Alamos at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos fell to 1-3 on the season, while the Broncos improved to 3-1.
    The Hilltoppers started by going 78 yards in their first drive - that was eventually capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Nick Quartieri to Kevin Maresca.
    The Los Alamos lead only lasted two minutes, as the Broncos scored off a 34-yard touchdown pass with 5:13 left in the first quarter. Kirtland Central led 7-6 after the first quarter.
    Kirtland Central’s leading rushing Derek Curley suffered a game-ending injury in the Broncos second play of the game. However, that didn’t lead to good news for the Hilltoppers.
    Kirtland Central went to Cadan Flack and Jacob Franco to find success on the ground.
    Flack extended the Broncos lead to 14-6, after a 15-yard touchdown run with 5:29 left in the second quarter.
    Kirtland Central added another a touchdown in the second quarter, and led 21-6 at halftime.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers boys, girls earn 1-0 wins against PV

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was able to stay resilient despite missing key opportunities to score on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers controlled the majority of possession in their 1-0 win against Piedra Vista at Sullivan Field.
    “They don’t let up and they know that it’s an 80 minute game,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “Every opportunity we had, we tried to hit the net. They picked themselves all back up and just kept going to get the win.”     
    Los Alamos broke the deadlock in the 66th minute when Alissia Haagenstad put in a corner kick that found Kenidee Hatler, who put away the first-time finish. That was Hatler’s second goal of the season, and Haagenstad’s third assist.
    Goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense stifled the Panthers offense, which only managed to get a few goal scoring opportunities. Piedra Vista’s biggest threats were two free kick attempts that Lemke was able to save.
    Lemke finished with five saves.

  • LAHS volleyball eases past Rio Grande in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team garnered its second straight-set win of the season, after defeating Rio Grande 25-11, 24-14, 25-8 on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 5-4 on the season with the win.
    Senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett led Los Alamos with 12 kills and four total blocks.
    Hilltoppers sophomore setter Sophia Salazar added five kills.
    Los Alamos had one of its best serving performances of the season, tallying 11 service aces. Three of those aces were tallied by sophomore middle hitter/setter Elodie Thelliez.
    Thelliez and senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 12 assists each for Los Alamos.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a match-high 12 digs and 36 passes off serves.
    Saturday’s win was the Hilltoppers second against Class 6A opponents this season.
    Los Alamos is one week away from opening district play, its most important part of the season. The Hilltoppers had argueably the most difficult non-district schedule in District 2-5A, and will look to use its stregnth of schedule as a confidence builder.



  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers trounce Bloomfield

    Despite not playing for a week, the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team didn’t miss a step on Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers shutout Bloomfield 6-0 at Sullivan Field, marking their second win against the Bobcats this season. With the win, Los Alamos improved to 8-2 on the season, pending a game against Piedra Vista.
    “We worked hard this week because you can’t take any team lightly,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “It was a bit difficult for us to maneuver the ball in the first half. But, they (Bloomfield) are a tough team and we slowly wore them down.”
    The Hilltoppers led 2-0 at halftime, after getting a pair of goals from senior forward Sienna Ahlers.
    “I felt pretty good,” Sienna Ahlers said. “Some of my shots were a bit off but it was good.”
    Sienna Ahlers completed her third hat trick of the season by scoring another goal in the second half.
    Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior campaign by scoring the other three goals for Los Alamos. It was her second time scoring at least three goals in a game this season.
    Thursday was also the fifth shutout this season for sophomore goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense.