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  • ‘Toppers volleyball eases past Bloomfield in opener

    Saturday’s season opener provided season-long answers for Diana Stokes and the Los Alamos volleyball team.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) claimed a straight-set 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 win against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    Among the questions Los Alamos had going into the season was finding players to step into key roles. Stokes was able to get a glimpse of who can provide the Hilltoppers with big plays.
    “It’s always nervous in the first game because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Stokes said. “This was an OK hitting team (Bloomfield). We need to work on our blocking for when we do face powerful hitting teams. But I thought it was good for us to see what we need to work on.”
    Sophomore middle hitter Elodie Thelliez led the Hilltoppers with eight kills and three total blocks. Senior outside hitters Ellie Hayward and Jessica Moore contributed offensively with six kills apiece.
    Los Alamos senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett provided a strong defensive performance with five total blocks, including four solo.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a team-high 13 digs, while sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led the Hilltoppers with 12 assists.
    Senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 10 digs and 10 assists for Los Alamos.

  • LAHS girl's soccer falls at St. Pius

    The Los Alamos girl's soccer team fell to St. Pius 4-1 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A state championship game. The Hilltoppers are now 3-2 on the season. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's state championship rematch will be in Friday's Monitor print edition. 

  • LAHS boys soccer edges St. Pius

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team won a key Class 5A match-up 1-0 against St. Pius on Tuesday at Griffith Gym. The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.

    The Monitor's Friday edition will include a full recap of Los Alamos' thrilling win.

  • Prep volleyball: St. Pius tops Los Alamos in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team lost for the first time this season Tuesday against St. Pius at Griffith Gym. The Sartans won in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-16. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's macth will be in the Monitor's Friday edition.  

  • LAHS cross country looks to continue dominance

    Kathy Hipwood and Rob Hipwood have been in charge of one the best cross country programs in the state for the last 23 years.
    The Los Alamos cross country coaching duo plan to use the same recipe for success in 2016 that they’ve been using the past two decades.
    However, the Hilltoppers will likely experience two challenges that could impede their progress as a dynasty. The first challenge will be replacing key runners from last year’s team. And the second will be the inclusion of Albuquerque Academy into District 2-5A, a district Los Alamos has dominated the past two decades.
    “It remains to be seen, but we definitely graduated a lot from last year and probably the second most talented group of girls we’ve ever had,” Kathy Hipwood said. “We’re just going to build what’s here. They’re going to get better throughout the season and we’re going to see how much we can improve.”     
    Los Alamos is accustomed to cruising through their district meets. But this year, its biggest challenger of the last two decades, Academy, will look to knock-off the Hilltoppers before the two teams meet in the state meet.     

  • LAHS football downs Pojoaque in season opener

    The Los Alamos football team defeated Pojoaque 63-24 in a physical encounter Friday night at Sullivan Field.

    The Monitor's Wednesday edition will include a full recap of Friday's season opener. 

  • Prep boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Tournament championship cancelled

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled Saturday due to weather. Both teams will look to reschedule later in the season. The Hilltoppers defeated Valencia and Aztec to reach the championship game.

    Semifinals: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team advanced to the Louie Cernicek tournament championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. The Hilltoppers will play the winner of Roswell/Clovis at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    First Round: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team defeated Aztec 10-0 Friday in the first round the Louie Cernicek tournament.

  • LAHS volleyball to host season opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will begin its 2016 campaign at 2 p.m. Saturday with a home match against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into the season with a rebuilding state of mind, after graduating seven players from last year’s team that finished 19-4, went unbeaten in District 2-5A play and made its 10th-consecutive state tournament appearance.
    Los Alamos will be under the guidance of Diana (Dee Di) Stokes, who previously coached the Hilltoppers for a combined six years. Stokes was named Los Alamos head coach in April, after two-year coach Sharleen Espinoza departed from the team.   
    Junior right side hitter Mackenzie Alexander and defensive specialist Samantha Miller are expected to be key returners for the Hilltoppers.
    Newcomers for Los Alamos include Alize Garcia, Sophia Salazar, Ellie Hayward, Jessica Moore, Kaitlyn Bennett, Elodie Theillez and Gabby Vallejos.
    The Hilltoppers will learn a lot about the shape of its team Saturday and could be used for Stokes and company to evaluate its spew of new pieces.
     A fast start could be the key for Los Alamos, as it prepares for a season full of tough tasks.
    Bloomfield is making its way up to Class 5A, after spending the last four seasons in Class 4A and 3A.

  • LAHS football opens season tonight

    Los Alamos football begins its quest for a successful season at 7 p.m. tonight by hosting Pojoaque at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers have several returners from last year’s 4-6 squad, including senior quarterback Nick Quartieri, who’s expected to be Los Alamos’ key to success in 2016.   
    “We’re all excited to get out there and see how the team looks against Pojoaque,” Quartieri said. “It’s the first game and it’s always interesting. I’m definitely excited.”
    Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said his team is ready to put everything they’ve been working on this summer into real-game scenarios.
    “I’m excited to watch these guys play,” Williams said. “They’ve been working so hard all summer. It’s time to watch all that work pay off. And that’s the best thing as a coach, getting to watch those guys actually use the things that they’ve been working at, and see everything start clicking.”
    Friday will be the seventh-consecutive season-opening meeting between Los Alamos and Pojoaque. The Hilltoppers have defeated Pojoaque three of the last four seasons, and are 4-2 in the last six seasons against the Elks.

  • Prep boys soccer: ‘Toppers fall in season opener

    Before the season started, Los Alamos boy’s soccer coach Ron Blue said his team might have some trouble defending set pieces.
    And one set piece ended up dooming the Hilltoppers (0-1) in their season opener.
    Los Alamos fell 1-0 to defending Class A/4A state champion Bosque School at Sullivan Field Tuesday, after giving up a fifth-minute free-kick goal.
    “They’re high school kids... Mistakes are going to happen,” Blue said. “I was just really proud of their fight. The difficult thing is that we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
    Bosque scored the lone goal when it was awarded a free kick in the fourth minute. Zech Meddleton whipped the free kick into the Hilltoppers box where Peter Panagopoulos headed the ball over Los Alamos goalkeeper Seth Hailey for the Bobcats’ eventual game-winning goal.
    “We weren’t sharp early and we didn’t take care of the things that we talked about before the game,” Blue said. “We talked about set pieces possibly being our Achilles heel and that’s what happened.”  
    Los Alamos had ample opportunities to equalize, especially towards the ladder stages of the game.
    The Hilltoppers’ most prominent chance came in the 68th minute when Andreas Runde hit the crossbar from 30 yards out.