• Game of the week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will look to make a statement in its first game of the season tonight.
    Los Alamos begins its new year against the team who ended its state run last year in the quarterfinals — St. Pius X.
    With seven seniors bringing a lot of experience, and height, to the court, the Hilltoppers have high hopes for the new season and want to begin it by ending the Spartans’ recent dominance over them.
    The game will take place in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ home opener isn’t until Sept. 9 when it welcomes St. Michael’s to town.

  • 'Toppers win home tournament

    All three games the 'Toppers boys soccer team played in its home tournament were close, but the 'Toppers won all three to calim the Louie Cernicek championship.

    Los Alamos beat Bosque, 2-1, Saturday night to clinch the title. It was the team's third straight victory by the same score.

    After a scoreless first half, DC Kim gave Los Alamos the lead with a long goal in the second. Eric Burnside added a late score to put Los Alamos up, 2-0. Bosque cut the lead in half with a goal on a penalty kick, but Los Alamos held on to win the game.

    Los Alamos also beat Clovis and Goddard, 2-1, during the tournament.

  • 'Toppers reach tonight's championship game

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team and Bosque Prep will meet for the second time this season tonight.

    After tying 2-2 on Tuesday, the two teams will play again in the championship game of Los Alamos' Louie Cernicek Tournament. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.

    After beating Clovis in overtime, 2-1, Los Alamos scored another 2-1 victory in the semifinals against Goddard.

    Los Alamos fired shot after shot on goal, but Goddard's goalkeeper Miguel Robles made some incredible diving saves to keep the Rockets in the game.

    Joe Singleton scored in the first half for Los Alamos and it remained 1-0 until the 79th minute. Los Alamos' George Steinkamp then took an Eric Burnside pass and knocked it in the goal to put Los Alamos up by two. 

    Less than 20 seconds later, Goddard got on the scoreboard, but the final whistle blew before Goddard had a chance to tie it.

    Bosque beat Santa Fe Prep and Roswell to reach the championship game.

  • LA prevails in season opener

    JACONA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team scored three times in the second half after falling behind in the first half to prevail over the Pojoaque Valley Elks in its 2015 season opener.

    Fullback Derek Selvage scored three times, including what would be the game winner with 4:13 remaining, to help lead Los Alamos to a 19-13 win against the Elks.

    The Elks, using their two-pronged attack of Chris Quintana and Daniel Rael, put together some long, clock-chewing drives, but had trouble punching the ball into the end zone.

    Los Alamos had several chances in the ballgame, but likewise couldn't get to paydirt until the second half. Selvage's third touchdown was the only time the Hilltoppers had the lead in the game.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday's game.

  • Girls soccer mercy-rules Moriarty; Boys beat Clovis in OT

    Los Alamos boys and girls soccer team both got into the win column in their home openers.

    The Hilltopper girls shut out Moriarty, 10-0, Thursday night to improve to 1-1-1.

    Sierra Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice, including the walkoff goal, while Abby Schmalz, Allison Haagenstad, Jaci Linn and Maria Sandoval also scored in the contest.

    Boys soccer

    The Hilltopper boys (1-0-1), meanwhile, needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning.

    The Hilltoppers led 1-0 after Levon Wiggins scored in the 24th minute. The score stayed that way until the 79th minute when Clovis found the equalizer to sent into overtime.

    Wiggins, however, came up big again and scored the goalden goal in the first overtime.

    Los Alamos will now play the winner of Piedra Vista / Goddard in the tournament's semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Hilltoppers begin football season tonight

    The 2015 season will kick off tonight for both the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Pojoaque Valley Elk football teams.
    Tonight’s game will be played in Jacona. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers and the Elks will both go into tonight’s game with something to prove.
    Los Alamos enters this season looking to turn a corner that it has struggled to turn for the last several seasons. Los Alamos has taken its lumps since its last postseason appearance in 2010, including last year when it won just one game, that coming against Española Valley late in the season.
    The Hilltoppers will go into tonight’s game with a new starting quarterback, their third different opening day starter in three seasons, in junior Nick Quartieri. Quartieri is listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
    Quartieri will be asked to guide the Hilltoppers’ option-based offense, aided by fullback Derek Selvage and returning running back Diego Diaz.
    Pojoaque Valley is at a crossroads, too, after losing several key players to graduation last season.
    Like Los Alamos, the Elks’ roster is short. As of earlier this week there were only 25 players on Pojoaque’s active roster, the bulk of them juniors and sophomores.

  • Senior golfers play in Colorado

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) traveled to Colorado for a trio of tournaments at two different courses in the middle of August.
    On Aug. 12, the golfers took on the Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colorado.
    Los Alamos’ Spike Jones shot an 87 to win the second flight.
    Ron Krantz also shot an 87 in the second flight and finished one spot behind Krantz.
    Bob Quick finished second in the first flight with a 67 net score.
    In the third flight, Los Alamos golfers had the best two net scores. Kerry Coffelt shot a 63 and Jim Steedle shot a 67.
    Steedle also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole.
    The next two days, the golfers played the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Quick had the second best net score in the first flight, a 72.
    Steedle and Coffelt had the best net scores in the third flight again, but this time Steedle finished ahead of Coffelt.
    Steedle shot a 69 and Coffelt shot a 71.
    On Aug. 14, no local golfer had a top-two finish.

  • Jerry Bower 5K near

    The Jerry Bower 5K will be held on Sept. 12 this year.
    The race will start at 9:30 a.m. at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) in Los Alamos.
    The event is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Walk activities.
    The price to participate is $25. The money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
    The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with Alzheimer’s Logo.
    Printable registration form are available at atomicrunners.com/next.html.
    Call 672-1639 for more information.

  • Kirk talks with students at Piñon

    Alex Kirk visited Piñon Elementary School last week and talked to kids, answered questions, took time to autograph items and also play basketball with fourth-sixth graders.
    Kirk spoke with sixth graders in Ms. Sinnis’, Ms. Martinez’s, and Ms. Nolen’s classes. He discussed the importance of having goals and working hard in school.
    Kirk told the classes that working hard in school gave him many opportunities in basketball. He credits his mother, Pat Kirk, who works at Piñon, for staying on top of him and his grades while he was a student in Los Alamos.
    After his talk, students asked questions, such as what is your favorite sport, besides basketball. Kirk said, “I love to golf.”
    Kirk autographed student backpacks, binders and water cups.
    Kirk then played basketball with students and impressed them with his slam-dunking skills.

  • Cross country teams scrimmage La Cueva

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls cross country teams got their first action of the year Saturday in a scrimmage at La Cueva.
    For the girls, the scrimmage featured last year’s state champs in Class 5A and Class 6A going head-to-head.
    The boys scrimmage featured last year’s Class 5A state champs and Class 6A’s fifth-place team.
    Even though no official scores were kept, both Los Alamos teams did well in the scrimmage.
    Each Los Alamos team finished with five of the top six finishers, including the winners.
    Maddy Foley led the girls with a first-place finish in 19 minutes, 48 seconds.
    John Rees, meanwhile, led the boys with a first-place finish in 17:43.

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s scrimmage meet with La Cueva:


    1. Maddy Foley, 19:48; 2. Talia Dreicer, 20:28; 3. Nica Vasquez, 20:38; 4. Sophia Galvez, 20:42; 6. Marin Kelly, 21:50; 8. Zoe Hemez, 22:06; 11. Paulina Burnside, 22:45; 12. Sydney Schake, 22:49; 18. Elise Koskelo, 24:09; 20. Matilde Jacobson, 24:27;

    24. Lexi Montoya, 24:51; 27. Jessica Cooke, 25:03; 29. Emily Mercer, 25:27; 30. Michaelle Sutton, 25:47; 31. Zoe Chalacombe, 25:50; 32. Katie Delgado, 25:54; 39. Elise Phillips, 27:44;