• Los Alamos girls soccer team ties Bobcats

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team took on two tough opponents Tuesday in Albuquerque — the Bosque Bobcats and a bright sun that made the temperature reach into the 90s.
    “We played phenomenal with the weather conditions — the heat itself took a lot out of the girls,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    After 80 minutes in the heat, the game was tied 1-1 and headed into overtime.
    “The girls dug deep and really put the pressure on (Bosque in overtime),” Ahlers said.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it was unable to find the go-ahead goal after another 20 minutes of action and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
    “I think we dominated the game, we just couldn’t finish,” Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos outshot Bosque in the contest. Los Alamos had 16 shots in the game, eight of which were on goal. Bosque, meanwhile, had six shots on goal.
    Bosque, however, scored first. A pass to the middle of the field followed by a quick shot from about 20 yards out put the Bobcats up, 1-0.
    In the second half, Los Alamos found the equalizer. Claire Ticknor stole a pass and took it in by herself. From about 25 yards out, Ticknor fired a shot that found the upper right-hand corner of the net for a goal.
    “It was a very nice shot,” Ahlers said.

  • Los Alamos opens season with tie at Bosque

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stepped on the field for its first game of the season Tuesday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos squared off with Bosque Prep School, but after 100 minutes of action the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    “It was an outstanding game — very well played by both teams and a lot of fun,” Los Alamos’ new head coach Ron Blue said. “For our first game against a very strong opponent, I thought we played well.”
    Los Alamos struck first in the game.
    Joe Singleton beat several Bosque players to get the ball deep into Bobcat territory. Singleton then passed the ball to DC Kim who scored to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    “It was a great pass and a beautiful finish,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos took the lead back.
    Andreas Runde got fouled just outside of the box. On the ensuing free kick, he placed the ball near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in for the score.
    “We had two very nice goals,” Blue said.

  • Senior-led volleyball team has its sights set high

    With seven seniors and a lot of height, including a 6-foot tall junior transfer, Los Alamos’ volleyball team has high hopes for its upcoming season.
    “We have a lot of heart and drive to win and a lot of seniors — it’s our do-or-die year,” Brianna Montaño said.
    “We want to take first in our district, that’s one of our main goals,” Sierra Foley said. “Also coming together as a team with our new girls (is a goal) and we’re pushing to win state. Everyone knows this is the year to take it all. Since all of the seniors are pushing to win state, the underclassmen are striving to be part of that goal, too.”
    Last year, Los Alamos reached the state quarterfinals where St. Pius X eliminated the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos finished 13-11 overall and second behind Española Valley in District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos, however, only lost one senior from that squad. Its seven seniors this year all played on varsity last year, and three of them have played varsity since they were freshman.
    Foley, Montaño and Samantha Melton will be playing their fourth varsity season this year. Seniors Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Halie Street and Noelle Gallegos also return.

  • Girls, boys soccer teams tie Bosque

    Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both tied Bosque Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls tied the Bobcats, 1-1.

    "I think we dominatd the game, we just couldn't finish," Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said.

    After Bosque scored in the first half, Claire Ticknor scored Los Alamos' goal in the second half to even things up. Ticknor stole a pass and scored from about 25 yards out.

    The Hilltopper girls are now 0-1-1. Bosque's girls are 0-0-1.

    The Hilltopper boys then stepped on the field for their first game of the season and ended up with the same result as the girls. The Hilltopper boys tied Bosque, 2-2.

    "For our first game out against a strong opponent, I thought we played well," Los Alamos boys head coach Ron Blue said.

    Los Alamos scored first in the contest — Joe Singleton assisted DC Kim — and led 1-0 at halftime.

    In the second half, Bosque tied the game, 1-1.

    Andreas Runde then placed a free kick near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in to put Los Alamos back on top, 2-1.

    Bosque, however, tied the game on a penalty kick and the game remained notched at two through two overtimes.

  • Scorpions prevail in girls soccer opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team fell behind near halftime of Saturday’s opening game of the season as it struggled to generate offense.
    Los Alamos took on the Farmington Scorpions in the first game of 2015 for any sport at the high school. Farmington, which sports one of the most seasoned rosters of any team in Class 5A, didn’t light things up, either, but set itself up with enough chances to stay on top.
    Hannah Kelley of Farmington came through with goals late in the first half and early in the second half to help the Scorpions score a 3-1 win at Sullivan Field.
    Kelley took advantage of a miscue late in the half, while another Hilltopper miscue would lead to a big insurance goal after Los Alamos had worked its way back to within striking distance midway through the second half.
    Los Alamos forward Sienna Ahlers scored at the 57-minute mark. Ahlers, who will be charged with the task of shoring up a front line that lost its primary weapon, Catie McDonald, over the offseason, blew through the Farmington defense on a charge down the left hashmark.
    Ahlers found daylight between three converging Farmington defenders and went to the near post against Bailey Carter for the first Los Alamos score of the season.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 23-29

    The 19th edition of the Louie Cernicek boys’ soccer tournament will feature eight competitive teams here at Sullivan Field.
    In addition to Los Alamos, the bracket includes Clovis, Piedra Vista, Roswell, Goddard, Farmington, Santa Fe Prep and Bosque Prep.
    To get to the top, Los Alamos will first need to win its opening-round game.
    Los Alamos will kick off its home tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis.
    The tournament’s championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • 'Topper girls soccer drops opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team lost its opening day game Saturday at Sullivan Field to a tough opponent.

    Los Alamos couldn't get enough going offensively to counteract a couple of critical miscues in the back against the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions prevailed 3-1.

    Hailey Kelley scored two of the three goals for the Scorpions (1-0), one in each half, to key the victory.

    Los Alamos' only goal came midway through the second half when Sienna Ahlers chugged her way through the Farmington back line and went across the goal mouth for the first goal of the Hilltoppers' 2015 season.

    Los Alamos (0-1) plays at Bosque School Tuesday afternoon.

    More information on Saturday's contest will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • On Schedule 8-23-15

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, 5 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m.
    Football: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Clovis at Los Alamos, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Boys Soccer: TBD at Los Alamos, varsity, TBD

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Prep, junior varsity, 1 p.m.

  • Cross country teams putting in work for a good end

    For the last six years, the Los Alamos girls cross country team has won a state championship.
    For the last four years, the Los Alamos boys cross country team has won a state championship.
    If the girls are going to extend their streak, the same athletes who won it last year will need to step up again.
    All five girls who scored for Los Alamos at last year’s state championship, and the team’s seventh runner, return this year. Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez, Zoe Hemez, Talia Dreicer, Nica Vasquez and Paulina Burnside are back in action. Those girls won the team’s title last year with 46 points, 12 ahead of Albuquerque Academy.
    The girls average time at state was 19 minutes, 53.98 seconds. co-head girls and boys coach Kathy Hipwood said, “some good young ones will be in the mix as well” this year.
    “I think as a team we want to win state again,” Dreicer said.
    “We want to keep our steak going,” Foley said.
    For the boys to extend their streak, some new faces will need to rise to challenge this year.
    The top-three runners from last year’s team — Greg Ahlers, Cameron Staples and Forrest White — all graduated. The team’s fourth, fifth and seventh runners, however, are all back and are seniors this year.

  • Runners right on pace

    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on the Pipeline “Gutbuster.”
    The best predictor of the night was Lauraine Maness with a seven-second error, followed by Jesse Woodroffe, nine seconds off, Laura Woodroffe, 10 seconds off, and Ryan Smeltzer, 11 seconds off.
    The fastest female and male on the one-mile course were Mariela Saenz (10 minutes, 53 seconds) and Jack Ammerman (11:26).
    The fastest male and female on the 3.2-mile course were Valerio Pinchetti (27:30) and Nikol Strother (28:05).
    Next Tuesday’s race will start and finish at LANL’s TA-16 (S-Site) on N.M. 501 at 6 p.m.