• Boys soccer beats defending champs, again

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos’ boys soccer team played its biggest game of the season so far Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers took on the defending Class 5A state champs, the Capital Jaguars, in both teams’ District 2-5A openers.
    Two early goals, however, helped Los Alamos score a 2-1 victory in the game and beat Capital for the second time this season. Los Alamos also beat Capital, 1-0, during the Albuquerque Academy tournament.
    “We were all looking forward to this game,” Eric Burnside said. “Winning this is a huge stepping stone in the district.”
    “When we made goals at the beginning of the season, one of our goals was to beat Capital at Capital,” Ralph Archbold said.
    In just the sixth minute of the game, Burnside scored from a tough angle on the left side of the goal, sneaking one by Capital’s goalkeeper to give Los Alamos the early advantage.
    A little over two minutes later, Burnside scored again. DC Kim got the ball on the left side of the goal. With a couple Capital defenders on him and in front of the goal, Kim threaded the needled with a perfect pass to Burnside in front of the goal. Burnside touched the ball once to control it, then fired a shot in the net to put Los Alamos up, 2-0.

  • Hilltopper volleyball wins at Moriarty

    Los Alamos' volleyball team gave Moriarty its first home loss of the season Tuesday night. Moriarty entered the contest 4-0 at home, and 8-1 overall, but Los Alamos was able to overcome the Pintos, and their loud crowd, to score its fifth-straight win. Los Alamos is now 6-2.

    "It was a very good game," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "When you have two teams equally talented like that, it's always going to be a good match. It was nice to come away with a win there."

    Moriarty won the first set, 25-21. "They have a really strong crowd and I think that put the girls on edge," Espinoza said. "It was hard to hear."

    The 'Toppers, however, settled down and won the next three sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23, to take the match.

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

  • LA soccer teams beat Capital

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos' boys and girls soccer teams both jumped into the district driver's seat with victories at Capital Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper boys beat the Jaguars for the second time this season in their district opener, 2-1.

    "What a great team Capital is," Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said. "This is a huge win. We had a tough pre-season, but we knew this was going to be the biggest game of the season so far."

    The Hilltopper girls, meamwhile, scored a 5-0 shutout against Capital.

    "That was a much better outcome (than our last couple of games)," Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said. "Playing healthy really makes a difference."

    Both Los Alamos teams scored early in their contests to set the tone.

    Eric Burnside scored in the sixth minute and in the eighth minute to give Los Alamos' boys all of the scoring they'd need to beat Capital.

    "We showed up ready to win," Burnside said. "It definitely helped to get those first two in."

    Capital scored in the second half to make it a one-goal game, but goalkeeper Seth Hailey made numerous good saves to keep Los Alamos on top.

  • Scoreboard, Sept. 16 - 19

    Cross country

    Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, Sept.19.

    1 - Rio Rancho, 44; 2 - Los Alamos, 78; 3 - Volcano Vista, 88; 4 - Cleveland, 94; 5 - Albuquerque Academy, 120; 6 - Eldorado, 127; 7 - Hope Christian, 181; 8 - La Cueva - 186; 9 - Manzano, 240.

    Los Alamos runners:
    Madison Foley (3rd, 18:58.52), Sophia Galvez (5th, 19:01.98), Talia Dreicer (6th, 19:21.09), Zoe Hemez (20th, 20:21.40), Rachel Wallstrom (44th, 21:41.28), Sydney Schake (50th, 21:51.58) and Matilde Jacobsen (56th, 23:55.25).

    1 - Rio Rancho, 46; 2 - Cleveland, 81; 3 - Los Alamos, 86; 4 - Albuquerque Academy, 100; 5 - Eldorado, 125; 6 - Volcano Vista, 128; 7 - Hope Christian, 165; 8 - La Cueva, 179; 9 - Manzano, 260.

    Los Alamos runners:
    Victor Kim (6th, 16:22.86), John Rees (11th, 16:48.52), Hayden Walker (14th, 16:53.35), Elijah Velasquez (27th, 17:16.05), Kyler Parkinson (28th, 17:18.19), Connor Bailey (32nd. 17:25.51) and Joshua Strevell (44th, 18:06.75).


    Santa Fe at Los Alamos, Sept. 16
    Los Alamos — 3
    Santa Fe — 0

  • Two LA golfers shoot qualifying legs in opener

    Sean Rau and Jennifer Necker both shot state-qualifying legs in the teams’ opening tournament of the year, which was held here at the Los Alamos Golf Course Monday.
    Necker shot an 80 to lead the Hilltopper girls to a second-place team finish. She was also the second-place individual finisher.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 393 as a team, missing a state team leg by only five strokes.
    Elizabeth Lockhart shot a 95 while Malorie Apgar shot a 107 for Los Alamos.
    V. Sue Cleveland, led by Jacque Galloway’s first-place score of 69, shot a 367 to finish ahead of Los Alamos.
    Taos, Hope Christian, Belen, Rio Rancho and St. Michael’s also participated in the girls’ tournament, but didn’t post team scores.
    Rau shot a 78 to lead the Hilltopper boys to a fourth-place team finish.
    Eigth-grader Henry Poston only missed a state-qualifying leg by three strokes, shooting an 81. “(That’s an) outstanding round for an eighth-grader in (his) first varsity event,” Los Alamos head boys coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Senior captain Nick Koskelo (82), Isaac Suazo (83) and Brendan Duran (88) also had some of their best performances to date, shooting new career lows in a competitive round at the tournament.

  • Football drops third straight

    Los Alamos’ football team had a tight game Friday at Kirtland Central.
    The Broncos, however, were able to come out on top of the Hilltoppers, 33-24, to score their first victory of the season. Kirtland Central is now 1-3.
    Los Alamos is also 1-3 after suffering its third-straight loss of the season.
    This Friday, at 6 p.m., Los Alamos will try and get back on track at home against the Farmington Scorpions. That game was originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, but the start time was bumped up an hour.
    Farmington (3-1) won its first three games of the season, but will be looking to rebound after suffering a 39-6 loss against Durango, Colo., last week.
    The Scorpions beat Kirtland Central earlier in the season, 63-26.

  • LA inducts Hall of Fame class

    Los Alamos High School inducted its second Hall of Fame class during Homecoming weekend. It also retired its first athlete’s number. No ’Topper football player will ever wear No. 76 again — the number Walt Arnold wore for Los Alamos.
    Arnold told the crowd gathered for Los Alamos’ Homecoming game against Moriarty that there was a simple reason he wore No. 76 — he had big shoulder pads and 76 was the only jersey that fit. Arnold was a 6-foot-3, 253 pound tight end in the NFL. Arnold, however, said he was proud to wear No. 76 because he graduated from Los Alamos in 1976.
    Arnold, a fullback in high school, also played baseball and basketball for the Hilltoppers.
    After graduating from Los Alamos, Arnold played both football and baseball for the University of New Mexico.
    Arnold then played eight seasons in the NFL as a tight end. He caught 99 passes for 1,053 yards and seven touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
    The 2015 Hall of Fame class also included Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Robert Scott, Brian Corrie, Tracy Shipman Henderson and Paul Maley.
    Myers was the boys and girls swimming coach during his time at Los Alamos. He led the teams to 11 state titles during his tenure.

  • LA golf teams ready to swing into season

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls golf teams both won district titles last year. Two girls and one boy also qualified for the state championships.
    This year, both squads are hoping their entire team can make it to state.
    “Our main goal is to qualify for state as a team,” Los Alamos girls head coach Jordan Pollard said. “I’m pretty sure we will.”
    “We’ve won the district two years in a row so I think it’s time we started thinking about getting a team to state,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “The boys are out there working hard and they’re into it. We’re trying to get back to the glory days (when Los Alamos was the state champion).”
    Last year the girls’ team had two qualifying legs, but needed one more to get to state. A state leg is the course ranking, multiplied by four, plus 120 for girls and plus 45 for boys. A Class 5A boys team of four, for instance, needs to shoot a 319 on the Los Alamos Golf Course to get a state leg.

  • Girls soccer team battles Academy, sickness

    Albuquerque Academy wasn’t the only opponent the Los Alamos girls soccer team had to fight Tuesday. About half of the team was also battling a respiratory infection.
    “I think if we would have been healthy we would have been able to get to the through balls and finish,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos subbed players in and out constantly in the game, which helped some, but not enough to chase down the long balls.
    Time and time again the ’Toppers got behind the Chargers’ defense, but were unable to catch up to a pass before it rolled out of bounds.
    Academy ended up winning the game, 2-0.
    “We’re still climbing, but we’re getting better,” Ahlers said. “Albuquerque Academy is a class team and we hung with them.”
    Los Alamos had actually had a slight advantage in shots during the game, 9-7, but it was unable to finish.
    After Los Alamos fell behind by two goals is when the team put the most pressure on Academy. Claire Ticknor fired a long direct kick on target and it almost bounced into the upper corner, but was saved. Later Emily Hopkins fired a shot, but it just missed high. Numerous other ’Topper shots were blocked before they reached the goalkeeper.

  • 'Toppers take third, fifth at Academy tournament

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team finished third at the Albuquerque Academy tournament while the Hilltopper girls rallied after their first-round loss to finish fifth.

    The Hilltopper boys beat Cleveland in the first round, 1-0, but fell to the eventual champs, Albuquerque Academy in the semis, 2-0. Academy beat Farmington in the championship, 3-0.

    In the third-place game, the Hilltopper boys took on District 2-5A rival, and last year's state champion, Capital. Los Alamos, however, took down the Jaguars, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals.

    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, lost its opening game, 5-0, to Hope Christian, but won its next two games to claim fifth.

    Los Alamos beat Mayfield in the second round, 2-0.

    In the fifth-place game, Los Alamos took a team that enterred the tournament undefeated — Carlsbad. The shots on goal were nearly equal — Los Alamos had seven shots while the Cavemen forced Anna Lemke to make eight saves in the game.

    A first-half goal by Los Alamos' Jordan Henson, however, propelled the 'Toppers to a 1-0 victory in the game.

    Farmington won the girls championship, beating Aztec 4-0 in the finals. Academy beat Hope, 4-2, to take third.