• 'Toppers advance to soccer semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both scored wins in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Thursday.

    The No. 5 seeded girls got the ball rolling in the morning, beating No. 4 Aztec 2-1 in overtime. 

    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys then shut out No. 6 St. Pius X, 3-0, in the afternoon.

    The Hilltopper girls will now take on No. 1 Farmington at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semis.

    Los Alamos' boys will square off with No. 2 Roswell at 2 p.m. Friday.

    The girls got off to a slow start Thursday against Aztec. Aztec took its first shot less than 20 seconds into the game, made Anna Lemke dive to make a save in the fifth minute and took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

    "i think because it was our first game at state, it made us panic," Jordan Henson said.

    "In the first half, our nerves overwhelmed us," Charlotte Leonard said.

    The 'Toppers, however, were able to weather the storm and they only went into halftime down one.

    In the second half, Los Alamos tied it up right away. In the the 43rd minute, Sienna Ahlers took a pass from Abby Schmalz and, with multiple defenders around her, kicked a hard shot into the net.

  • Turkey Trot scheduled for Nov. 22

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Girls' soccer kicks for the cure

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer teams stepped up for the community and spent much of October raising funds for their Kick for the Cure campaign.
    After their hard work, the teams were able to donate $1,400 and to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.
    The soccer program was grateful to the community for its donations and also for its support in the stands this season.

  • Skaters fly high in competition

    The Atomic Kings hosted the Halloween Fallout Skate Slam Saturday at the White Rock Skate Park.
    The all-ages events featured a half-pipe competition, a high ollie competition and also a costume contest for skateboarders and BMX bikers.

  • Extreme wins Zia Bowl

    The Los Alamos division three Extreme football team won the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League championship Saturday in Santa Fe.
    In the Zia Bowl against the Capital Jaguars, Los Alamos won 8-7. A safety proved to be the difference in game.
    With the league and regional championship, the 9-11 year-old team improved to 10-0. The team also advances to the state championships.
    Los Alamos’ division four team (11-13 year olds) placed fourth in the Zia Bowl.

  • Los Alamos volleyball goes 8-0 in District 2-5A

    The Los Alamos volleyball team beat Del Norte in three sets Friday to finish its District 2-5A regular season undefeated.
    The Hilltoppers scored a perfect an 8-0 record against the league and only lost one set the entire time.
    As the regular season champs, the ’Toppers get to host the district championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Capital was scheduled to play at Del Norte Tuesday night in the district tournament. The winner of that game will take on Española Valley Thursday for a spot in Saturday’s championship.
    On Friday, Los Alamos beat the Knights 25-22, 25-12 and 25-21.
    Elizabeth Anaya led Los Alamos in digs (15) and aces (3).
    Brianna Montaño had 16 of Los Alamos’ 34 kills in the contest.
    Samantha Melton assisted 26 of those kills. Ashlynn Trujillo, meanwhile, led the team with 13 serves received and also had 12 digs.
    The Hilltoppers are now riding a 10-game winning streak and are 17-3 overall.
    To keep the players sharp and help them peak for state, Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said she’s having them do different drills, mixing up the tempo in practices and also asking them lots of questions.
    “I want thinking athletes out there on the court,” Espinoza said.
    The state volleyball brackets will be released Sunday.

  • ’Toppers dominate district race

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams dominated the District 2-5A tournament Saturday at Del Norte.
    The girls won the race with a perfect score of 15 while the boys took the crown with 21 points.
    It was the boys’ 19th consecutive district title and the girls’ 16th straight title.
    The Hilltopper girls not only claimed the top-five spots for their perfect score, they also had runners place sixth, eighth and ninth in the race.
    Maddy Foley won the race in 22 minutes, 8 seconds to lead Los Alamos. Talia Dreicer crossed second in 22:13. Sophia Galvez finished third in 22:15. Zoe Hemez and Marin Kelly finished one second apart to score Los Alamos’ final team points, finishing fourth and fifth in 23:42 and 23:43, respectively.
    Nica Vasquez (sixth, 24:07), Paulina Burnside (eighth, 24:07), Elise Koskely (ninth, 24:38) and Emily Mercer (23rd, 26:58) extended the Hilltopper girls’ dominance.
    In the team race, Española Valley took second behind the ’Toppers with 53 points while Del Norte took third with 78. Bernalillo and Capital didn’t post team scores in the girls’ race.
    In the boys’ race, Los Alamos claimed the top-three spots and all eight of its runners who competed finished 11th or better.

  • Game of the week, Nov. 2-8

    There’s no shortage of exciting sports action this week. On Saturday, the Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will compete in the state championships at Rio Rancho High School. The girls and boys have dominated the state meet in recent years, winning title after title. On Saturday, the teams will try to defend their crowns once again. The girls’ race is at 10 a.m. and the boys’ race is at 12:35 p.m.
    The Los Alamos boys’ soccer team will kick off its state tournament Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The No. 3 seeded Hilltoppers received a first-round bye and will take on No. 6 St. Pius X. Game time is 3:45 p.m. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will take place Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team beat Belen in the first round, 4-0, and will also be in Albuquerque competing. The No. 5 girls' soccer team will play No. 4 Aztec Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
    The Los Alamos volleyball team also has a big game Saturday. The ’Toppers will host the District 2-5A championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

  • ’Toppers blow by Bernalillo on senior night

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its final regular-season home game Wednesday, blowing by the Bernalillo Spartans in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-8.
    The game was also Los Alamos’ senior night, honoring Sierra Foley, Samantha Melton, Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Noelle Gallegos, Halie Street and Brianna Montaño.
    “It’s pretty emotional, but getting the win makes it better,” Street said.
    In the night’s first set, the seven seniors took the floor, but in some different positions. Among the switches were Anaya playing libero and Trujillo, the team’s normal libero, moving up to outside hitter.
    “It was nice that all seven could play the whole set, and the fact they were out of their normal positions and still win the set was really nice,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.
    The ’Toppers jumped out to a big lead right away in the opening set.
    Anaya started serving with a 2-1 lead and helped Los Alamos go up 10-1. Later, a pair of Montaño aces put Los Alamos up by 11 and a Trujillo kill retained that lead after a side out.
    Bernalillo got within six points of Los Alamos, at 17-11, but the ’Toppers pulled away again after that.

  • Girls' soccer advances to state quarterfinals

    The Los Alamos' girls soccer team took down Belen, 4-0, to start its state run Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos outshot the Eagles 29-6 in the contest and was in control almost the entire time.

    With the win, the No. 5 'Toppers advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals where they'll take on No. 4 Aztec at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    Emily Hopkins scored first against Belen. In the 11th minute, Allissia Haagenstad centered the ball on a corner kick and Hopkins knocked it in the goal.

    About 6 minutes later, Haagenstad put Los Alamos up 2-0 with a goal from 35 yards out. Belen's goalie lost her high shot in the sun, allowing it to take a big bounce over her head and into the net.

    The second half was a tighter match, but Los Alamos added two goals to its lead. Abby Schmalz scored in the 47th minute with a low shot that just squeked by the goalie on the near post side.

    In the 77th minute, Jordan Henson played a long ball into the goal box and Kenidee Hatler kicked it out of the air and into the net for Los Alamos' fourth goal.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team will also be playing in the state quarterfinals Thursday. Los Alamos will play St. Pius X at 3:45 p.m. The Sartans beat Los Lunas, 3-1, in their first-round contest.