• LA dominating district this fall

    Teams from Los Alamos have dominated District 2-5A this fall.
    It’s possible that Hilltoppers could win district titles in every fall sport, but the football team will need help from Española Valley tonight.
    Two Los Alamos teams, however, have already won district titles and three others are in the driver’s seat to do the same.
    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ soccer teams got the ball rolling by winning district titles, each clinching the crown before their final contest. Now both teams will try to carry that momentum into the state tournament.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos’ volleyball team won the regular-season district title by beating Española Valley in four sets. The win gave Los Alamos a 6-0 district mark with two games left while every other squad had at least three losses. It also improved the Hilltoppers’ record to 15-3 overall.
    The district volleyball champion won’t be determined until the district tournament, but winning the regular season sets the ’Toppers up nicely to win that tournament. Since the it’s a ladder-style tournament, Los Alamos gets to wait and see which team advances to the championship game here at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Girls’ soccer kicking off championship season

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer team will kick off the fall state championship season Saturday.
    As the No. 5 seed, the Hilltoppers just missed getting one of the four first-round byes, but they get to start the tournament by hosting the final team that made it on the bracket.
    The Hilltoppers will host the No. 12 seeded Belen Eagles at 11 a.m.
    Belen finished its regular season 10-10-2, but it had a lot of close losses and showed some signs of having a potent offensive attack.
    “It’s not going to an easy game,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “We’re lucky we’re playing at home — we’re used to playing on this field.”
    Los Alamos has gone 8-3 at Sullivan Field and 13-5-2 overall during its regular season. Los Alamos also scored a District 2-5A title with a perfect 6-0 league mark. Los Alamos also scored shutouts in nine of its last 11 games and hasn’t suffered a loss since Sept. 17.
    During that stretch, Los Alamos has outscored its opponents 50-3.
    In addition to blowing by its district, the ’Toppers also scored a 2-2 tie in its second to last game against St. Michael’s (16-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A tournament.

  • LA soccer teams get high state seeds

    After the Los Alamos boys’ soccer team finished its regular season 13-5-2 and as the District 2-5A champion, the team was rewarded with a first-round bye in the state championship tournament.
    The boys earned the No. 3 seed, behind No. 1 Albuquerque Academy (18-1-1) and No. 2 Roswell (16-2-1).
    Farmington (14-4-2) earned the No. 4 seed and the final first-round bye.
    Los Alamos will begin the state tournament in the quarterfinals Nov. 5 at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The ’Toppers will play the winner of the No. 6 St. Pius X (11-6-3) and No. 11 Los Lunas (12-8) contest.
    The semifinals will take place Nov. 6 and the state championship will be held Nov. 7.
    The District 2-5A runner-up, and defending state champion, Capital (12-6-1), got the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Valencia (15-5) in the first round.

  • LA volleyball stays unbeaten in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its eighth straight game Saturday, beating the Española Valley Sundevils 3-1 in Española.
    The Hilltoppers won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-13. Española then did something no team had done in almost a month — it won a set against the ’Toppers, 25-23.
    Los Alamos, however, was able to close out the contest by winning the fourth set, 25-20.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in District 2-5A. With every other district team having at least three losses, the win clinched the district crown for Los Alamos with two games to go.
    Española slipped to 10-8, 3-3 2-5A with the loss.
    Tonight at 6 p.m., Los Alamos will host its final home regular-season game against Bernalillo (5-12, 0-6).

  • LA girls beat top 5A squads

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams saw their biggest competition for the Class 5A crowns Friday in their home meet.
    The girls ran against Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X while the boys got to take on Albuquerque Academy.
    “It’s nice — you don’t go in blind,” senior Maddy Foley said. “You get a sense of what you’re running against.”
    If Friday’s performance was any indication of how state will go, the girls have a great chance to defend their title, but the boys have an uphill battle to defend theirs.
    The Hilltopper girls won the 14-team tournament with 53 points. Cleveland (53) took second, followed by Taos (73), St. Pius X (98) and Albuquerque Academy (100).
    “We definitely want to win state,” Foley said. “We’ve won it every year I’ve been here, and it would be an awesome way to finish my high school career with a team win.”

  • Game of the week, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

    Los Alamos’ football team will play its final home game of the season against Bernalillo Friday.

    The Hilltoppers have improved tremendously over the season and proved a lot of doubters wrong by giving Española Valley its first loss of the season last Friday.

    The win also kept Los Alamos' playoff hopes alive, but the 'Toppers will need to win out and they'll also need Española to beat Capital if they're to have any chance at winning the district.

    Bernalillo lost its first eight games of the season. Los Alamos will try to make it nine straight, keep the Spartans in the district cellar and keep their own playoff hopes alive. 
    Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

    This week's games:

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity 6 p.m.; junior varsity, 5 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity 6 p.m.; junior varsity, 5 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

  • 'Toppers give Española its first loss

    The Española Valley Sundevils entered Friday night's football game against Los Alamos with a perfect 7-0 record.

    Los Alamos, however, was the better team from start to finish and beat Española, 46-28.

    "We had a bye week to get pepared and we executed tonight," Derek Selvage said. "It was so much fun."

    The win improved Los Alamos' record to 3-5 overall, but, more importantly, it moved them to 1-1 in District 2-5A and kept the Hilltoppers in the running  to win the district.

    "If we hang on and do what we need to do, we have a great chance, but we've got to win two more," Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said.

    Los Alamos never trailed Española Valley in the contest. The 'Toppers put together a seven-play, 63 yard touchdown drive on their first possession. Quarterback Nick Quartieri capped the drive with a one-yard sneak up the middle and Los Alamos went up, 6-0.

    Española tied the game just before the first quarter ended on a 28-yard run.

    Los Alamos responded with a 17-play touchdown drive that ate over half the second quarter. The 'Toppers converted four third downs, one fourth down on the drive and then Quartieri scored his second touchdown from a yard out.

  • Girls soccer wins district, ninth straight game

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team wrapped a District 2-5A title Wednesday with a 2-0 win against Bernalillo.
    The win put Los Alamos at 5-0-0 in the district and clinched the title before its last game Saturday against second-place Del Norte (3-2-0).
    The win also improved the Hilltoppers’ record to 12-5-1 overall.
    Behind Los Alamos in the district standings are Del Norte (5-12-0, 3-2-0 2-5A), Capital (10-8-1, 3-3-0) and Bernalillo (2-16-2, 0-6-0).
    Los Alamos was also scheduled to play a non-district game Thursday at St. Michael’s (14-2) as this section was going to press.
    The win Wednesday was Los Alamos’ ninth straight. It was also the ’Toppers ninth straight shutout.
    During that stretch, Los Alamos has outscored its opponents 37-0.
    So far against district teams, the ’Toppers have outscored their foes 19-0.
    On Wednesday, however, Los Alamos had a tough scoring in the cold rain that fell all day and even turned to snow for a few minutes during the contest.
    It took Los Alamos 17 shots before it got one by Bernalillo’s goalkeeper, Mia Montaño.
    Abby Schmalz, however, capitalized with a hard shot into the top of the net that put Los Alamos up, 1-0, in the 35th minute.

  • ’Toppers clinch district in rain

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls soccer teams were both scheduled to play Bernalillo at Sullivan Field Tuesday evening.
    Lightning delay after lightning delay, however, forced the games to be called off and postponed until Wednesday.
    It rained pretty much all day Wednesday while it snowed up in the Jemez Mountains, but the teams played anyway.
    With the state brackets being released Sunday and other games scheduled before then, playing in the rain was one of the few options available.
    Despite the soggy, cold conditions, Los Alamos boys’ soccer team clinched the District 2-5A title with a 10-0 win over the Spartans.
    “It’s awesome for the boys,” Los Alamos boys’ head coach Ron Blue said. “They wanted to win the district so I’m thrilled for them.”
    The downpour might have actually given the ’Toppers the edge in the contest.
    “I think it helped us because we were aggressive,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos took a 5-0 lead into halftime and raddled off five more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to enact the mercy rule and end the game.
    Levon Wiggins scored Los Alamos’ first two goals and added a third goal in the second half to get a hat trick.
    Eric Burnside scored twice in the contest.

  • Pajarito gets first snow of the season

    The first snow of the season raised the hopes at ski areas around northern New Mexico and has people anticipating a good winter.
    “It’s really refreshing to see that Mother Nature remembers how to do it,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “We’ll take it as a good sign that winter is on its way and things will work out for us.”
    While it rained constantly in town, the entire ski area got a fresh, white blanket. Long said the mountain got between 3 and 3.5 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with a little more snow falling up top.
    “The coverage is pretty solid around the mountain,” Long said.
    The winter weather system is expected to stick around a few more days before it moves on. After that, warmer temperatures are in the forecast and will probably melt a lot of the snow. The snow located in shaded areas and at higher elevations has a good chance of sticking, though.
    Pajarito was hoping for some natural snow before it started making snow for the upcoming winter — to give the man-made stuff some frozen ground to stick on.
    While the mountain is getting its snowmaking system prepped, it’s not going to start making snow for a little yet.