• Cross country teams run for money

    The Los Alamos cross country teams ran, ran and ran some more Wednesday.
    Not that running is something unusual for the cross country athletes, but before they ran on Wednesday they collected pledges to help support their team.
    The teams’ annual Run-a-thon — its main fundraiser for the year — took place at Sullivan Field’s track.
    For every lap the runners did, they cashed in.
    The runners got people to pledge a certain amount of money for every lap they’d run, or a flat donation, and then ran as many times as they could around the track in an hour.
    If they averaged 12-minute miles, they’d hit 20 loops. If they did 6 and 1/2 minute miles, they’d get 36 laps in.
    The athletes also had the option to run in costume, and many of the runners took advantage of the offer.
    The money the athletes raised from the event will go towards the team’s uniform fund, team awards, entry fees, home meet costs, travel and other miscellaneous expenses.

  • LA volleyball rallies to beat St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos volleyball team opened its home season by winning its third match in a row Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers, however, had to rally to beat St. Michael’s in five games.
    Los Alamos won the first set of the night, 25-19.
    The Horsemen then took the second and third sets of the match, 25-14 and 25-18.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos dug in. The Hilltoppers took the fourth set, 25-21, to force a fifth, and deciding, set.
    The final set was as close as could be, but Los Alamos was able to get to 15 first and take the set, 15-13, to win the match.
    The win was Los Alamos’ third in a row. It beat Pojoaque the night before in three games and Eldorado Saturday to finish third at the Moriarty tournament.
    The Hilltoppers are now 4-2 overall.
    St. Mike’s, meanwhile, slipped to 3-2. Moriarty gave St. Mike’s its only other loss, which also came in five games.
    Los Alamos’ next game will be at home. It will welcome Santa Fe (4-1) to town Wednesday night. The C-team game will begin at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity and varsity.
    The varsity matchup will start at approximately 6 p.m.

  • Boys soccer beats Cleveland in first round

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team took on V. Sue Cleveland in the first round of the Albuquerque Academy tournament on Thursday.
    In the first half, Alex Csanadi scored on a penalty kick to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    The goal proved to be the game-winner. Neither team could find the back of the net again and Los Alamos advanced to the tournament’s semifinals with the 1-nil shutout.
    In the semis, Los Alamos took on the host team, Albuquerque Academy as this paper was going to press Friday afternoon.
    The Chargers reached the semis by beating Hope Christian, 2-0, in the first round.
    On the other side of the bracket, the defending state champs, Capital, stayed undefeated with a 3-1 victory over Centennial in its first-round match.
    Farmington, meanwhile, beat Mayfield, 2-0, to set up its semifinal battle with the Jaguars.
    Cleveland beat Hope Christian, 3-1, to reach the tournament’s fifth-place game Saturday.
    Los Alamos improved to 5-1-1 after beating Cleveland. Cleveland, meanwhile, stayed even, 4-4-1, after coming back and beating Hope Christian’s Huskies.

  • Wiltons dominate at local tennis tournament

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club’s tournament started at the very beginning of August, but rain postponed many of the championship matches. Over a month the tournament started, the tournament has nearly completed.
    A couple consolation finals still need to be decided, but all of the championships have been played.
    Wiltons dominated the tournament, winning both singles championships, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
    In the A men’s singles bracket, Billy Wilton finished first. Patrick Raichur took second and Sean Stanfield placed third.
    In women’s singles, Stephanie Wilton won the championship. Warapha Prime took second and Barbara Roybal finished third.
    In men’s doubles, Billy Wilton and Lloyd Wilton beat Sam Menefee and Aaron Menefee in the championship round to take first.
    In mixed doubles, Stephanie Wilton and Lloyd Wilton beat Madeline Margevicius and George Margevicius in the championship. DJ Kliesen and Giri Raichur were the consolation winners.
    In the over-50 men’s singles bracket, Greg Cunningham took first and Sergey Kurenno placed second.
    In the B men’s singles bracket, Chris Lee finished first, followed by Sam Menefee and Sam Crooks.

  • YMCA focusing on improving kids’ healthy habits

    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their children’s habits with the ultimate goal of improving health.
    That’s why The Family YMCA — a leading voice on improving health— wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in children and adolescents over the past 30 years.
    Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and some cancers.
    Here in New Mexico, one-in-three third graders is either overweight or obese according to a New Mexico Department of Health 2014 Obesity Update report.
    “Educating the entire family on improving healthy habits will go a long way to ending childhood obesity,” said Jeremy Smith, Youth Sports and Programs Director at The Family YMCA. “Once a family understands weight-related risks, they can work together to incorporate more physical activity and healthy eating habits into their daily routines.”

  • Los Alamos inducting second Hall of Fame class

    The Los Alamos Athletic Department will be inducting its second class into its Hall of Fame this weekend.
    The six athletes who will enter the school’s hall include Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Robert Scott, Brian Corrie, Tracy Shipman Henderson and Paul Maley.
    The inductees will be part of the school’s Homecoming pep rally today and will also be introduced during tonight’s football game against Moriarty.
    A banquet will be held in their honor at the high school at noon on Saturday. The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are available at the LAHS athletic office for $25.

    Steve Myers
    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. He led the boys to state titles in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 and 2004. The 1984 title was the team’s ninth straight.
    Myers led coached the girls to titles in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988 and 2004. The 1982 title was the team’s seventh straight.

  • Football ready to tackle Pintos for Homecoming

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season tonight when it hosts the Moriarty Pintos for Homecoming.
    But the Hilltoppers will have battles on several fronts if they want to get back on the right track.
    Los Alamos took it on the chin last week against one of its oldest rivals, the St. Pius X Sartans. For the second straight week, Los Alamos struggled to slow down a mobile quarterback, St. Pius’ Drew Ortiz, who ran for two long touchdowns in addition with throwing for two more in the first half.
    Los Alamos fell to the Sartans 46-0.
    But even with its defensive struggles, Los Alamos had to play the second half without its No. 1 offensive threat, Derek Selvage. Selvage was injured just before halftime and sat out practice time this week with a leg injury.
    Two weeks ago, Selvage had 129 rushing yards. He had 46 yards on the ground before he got hurt against St. Pius. But he had also been doing the bulk of the running out of the backfield, getting 37 touches in six quarters before the injury.
    Los Alamos finished the St. Pius game with Lane Saunders and Edward Lavelle in the backfield, both of which ran well in Selvage’s absence.

  • ’Toppers get shut out in home opener

    One of the slipperiest runners in Class 5A did some of his best work in the first half of Friday night’s game against the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    Los Alamos had virtually no answer for Drew Ortiz, who was effective with not only his feet but with his arm at the quarterback spot for the St. Pius X Sartans. Ortiz rushed for 136 yards and threw for another 116 in the first half, both numbers better than the Hilltoppers’ total output for the first half, as the Sartans cruised to a 46-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    The Sartans scored just a little over a minute into Friday night’s game and tacked on a second score about 2-1/2 minutes later to get the rout going. They ruined the home opener for Los Alamos, which went into the game feeling good after a 19-13 opening game victory over Pojoaque Valley.
    The worst news of the contest, however, came in the second quarter when fullback Derek Selvage left the game with an injury. He was sidelined and on crutches for the rest of the contest.
    Selvage keyed the Hilltoppers’ season-opening win on the road against the Elks a week before, scoring all three of their touchdowns in the second half.
    Against St. Pius, Selvage rushed for 46 yards in the first half, the majority of the Hilltoppers’ offensive output up to that time.

  • Hilltopper girls run to victory at Lobo Invite

    Los Alamos started the cross country season on the right foot Saturday at UNM’s Lobo Invite. The Hilltopper girls finished first out of 26 squads while the Hilltopper boys placed sixth out of 31.
    “We were really pleased with the performances at the UNM Invite this morning,” co-head coach Kathy Hipwood said.
    The girls team race was tight, with only three points separating the top three teams. The Hilltopper girls won the team title by a single point. Los Alamos finished first with 80 points while Albuquerque Academy finished second with 81 and Rio Rancho took third with 83.
    Madison Foley led Los Alamos with a third-place finish in 19 minutes, 31.20 seconds. She was the first runner to finish from the top three teams, as well.
    Los Alamos’ one through five split was 1:23 and their average time was 20:23, which was also the fastest. Its top-three runners gave them a nine-point lead over Academy. Rio Rancho’s top-three, on the other hand, all finished in the top-10 and gave the Rams a seven-point advantage over Los Alamos. The Hilltopper’s fifth runner, however, made up that difference against Rio Rancho’s fifth runner.
    Sophia Galvez was second ’Topper to finish. Galvez finished 11th in 20:21.01.

  • Los Alamos places third at Moriarty tournament

    The Los Alamos volleyball team finished third out of 16 teams at the Moriarty tournament and backed up its strong performance by beating Pojoaque in three games on Tuesday.
    “I keep seeing this team improve every step of the way,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “They’re talented players. Now they’re getting to dig deep and find the little things that need to work on — which is good because it means the big things are working. The girls keep raising the bar for us.”
    The Hilltoppers started the Moriarty tournament Friday in a pool with Estancia, Bernalillo and Portales. Los Alamos finished first in pool play to move into the tournament’s gold bracket.
    In its first game in the bracket, Los Alamos took on a team that finished second in its pool, Hatch Valley.
    “Hatch had some big middles which posed some difficulties with (their) blocks,” Espinoza said. “It forced us to move our shots around.”
    The match was tight, but the ’Toppers were able to win it in three sets — 25-23, 25-10 and 25-23.
    After beating Hatch, Los Alamos took on Sandia Prep in the tournament’s semifinals.
    Sandia Prep, however, was able to beat Los Alamos en route to a tournament title.