• LA football loses district opener

    Three plays in just over two minutes completely changed the complexion of Los Alamos' football game at Capital Friday.

    The 'Toppers were in Capital's red zone and seemed poised to take the lead. A fumble, however, ended the threat and led to a Capital touchdown drive and the Jaguars took a 14-6 second-quarter lead.

    On the ensuing kickoff, Capital stripped the ball from Los Alamos' return man and ran into the end zone for another score.

    On the next kickoff, Capital once again stripped the ball and recovered it. That led to another Jaguar touchdown and a 28-6 lead.

    Capital went on to win the game, 34-22.

    Lane Saunders gave Los Alamos the first lead of the game. On Los Allamos' first possession, he scored on a 70-yard touchdown run.

    A big play by Capital tied things up near the end of the first quarter.

    After that it seemed like Los Alamos was going to go back on top, but the wheels came off and Capital took a big lead before Los Alamos was able to get rolling again.

    Two halfback touchdown passes from Saunders got the 'Toppers back in the game. After Los Alamos' last score, the team recovered an onside kick with a little over two minutes left in the game. An interception, however, ended Los Alamos' comeback bid.

  • Covering new ground

    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will be competing in a new tournament against some new teams today. The ’Toppers are up in Fountain, Colorado, running in the Titan Thunder Invite.

  • ’Toppers football begins districts tonight at Capital

    After lots of tough games, the Hilltopper football team should be battle-ready as it begins its District 2-5A season.
    Los Alamos (2-4) starts its district play tonight at Capital (4-2).
    The district looks like a pretty wide-open race.
    Based on MaxPreps playoff predictions, Española Valley is the only team from the district picked to make the playoffs. The undefeated Sundevils (6-0) are predicted to grab the 11th seed, out of 12 teams that make the tournament, in the Class 5A bracket.
    Española not only has the best record in the league, it has already guaranteed itself a winning record. The Sundevils, however, haven’t played a single team predicted to make the state tournament.
    Capital has the district’s only win against a team predicted to make it to state. Capital beat Robertson, the ninth-ranked team in Class 4A, 50-28.
    Capital and Del Norte are currently on the playoff bubble, sitting in 14th and 15th, respectively.
    Del Norte was the only team from the district that made the state tournament last year — the Knights got the 12th seed.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte (2-4) have had arguably the toughest schedules so far.
    Three of Los Alamos’ losses have been against teams predicted to make the Class 5A state playoffs.

  • Woodroffe wins last Pace Race

    Laura Woodroffe was the big winner in the final Pace Race of the 2015 season, which was held Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail.
    Woodroffe led all predictors with a five-second differential. She was also the fastest female on the three-mile course. Her winning time was 20 minutes, 55 seconds.
    Other accurate predictors were Roxana Candia, Isolina Viloria and Valerio Pinchetti. All of them were eight seconds off their predicted time. Pinchetti was also the fastest finisher on the three-mile course, recording an 18:52.
    Jesse Woodroffe was 14 seconds off followed by Lyle Cunningham with a 15-second difference and Ryan Smeltzer with a 17-second difference.
    The final Pace Race featured four different distances: one mile, one-and-a-half miles, two miles and three miles.
    In the one-mile competition, Lauraine Maness was the best finisher (9:00) and 5-year-old Diego Leonard was the first male (9:42).
    Jeanette Rondeau was tops in the one-and-a-half mile mile distance, finishing in 16:02.
    Reid Rivenburg was the best male, recording a 19:19.
    The two-mile race had Isolina Viloria take first in 18:15.
    The 2015 season may be over, but the next Pace Race is already scheduled.
    The 2016 season will start at 6 p.m. April 5 on the Canyon Rim Trail.

  • ’Topper girls grab hold of first place

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team and Del Norte were tied atop District 2-5A heading into Tuesday’s showdown in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers and the Knights both entered the game with 2-0 league marks.
    Los Alamos, however, scored a 3-0 victory to gain sole possession of first place in the district.
    The shutout was the Hilltoppers’ sixth straight and it helped them improve to 9-5-1 overall and 3-0-0 in 2-5A.
    Del Norte slipped to 4-11-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the league, but it’s still in second place ahead of Capital (8-7-1, 1-2-0) and Bernalillo (1-12-2, 0-3-0).
    The ’Toppers have now beat each of its district foes, outscoring them 11-0.
    During Los Alamos’ impressive six-game shutout streak, it has outscored its opponents 26-0.
    On Tuesday, Katie Hopkins, Sienna Ahlers and Allissia Haagenstad all scored for Los Alamos.
    Hopkins and Ahlers have now both scored double-digit goals for Los Alamos this season. Ahlers leads the team with 11 goals while Hopkins has scored 10.
    Haagenstad and Jordan Henson have both scored four goals while eight other ’Toppers have also found the back of the net this season.
    Abby Schmalz leads the team with 15 assists. Ahlers has assisted five goals while Jennifer Paige and Emily Hopkins have each assisted four goals.

  • Boys soccer ready for huge game

    After one round of District 2-5A games, Los Alamos’ boys soccer team stands on top of the league standings with a 3-0 mark.
    The ’Toppers beat Del Norte, 4-0, Tuesday to stay undefeated in district games.
    Saturday’s rematch with Capital, however, will pretty much determine the district champion. In a lot of ways, it’s a must-win game for the ’Toppers.
    Los Alamos (10-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) has already beaten the defending state champs twice this season. One of those wins, however, was in a tournament and won’t factor in the district standings.
    Los Alamos also beat the Jaguars, 2-1, in Santa Fe in their district opener.
    While a win Saturday for Los Alamos will give it a strangle hold on the district lead, Capital (10-6, 2-1) can overtake the top spot in the district if they beat Los Alamos by more than one goal.
    If Capital wins by a single goal, like Los Alamos did, the second tiebreaker is goal differential against district teams.
    The Jaguars have a five-goal lead in that race.
    Bernalillo (5-5-1, 0-2-1) or Del Norte (1-12-1, 0-2-1) could technically pull an upset to shake things up after this weekend, but neither squad has given Los Alamos or Capital much trouble so far this season.
    Saturday’s game will begin at 11 a.m. at Sullivan Field.

  • LA volleyball gets big win against the Sundevils

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team took a big step towards its goal of winning the District 2-5A championship Wednesday. The Hilltoppers beat Española Valley, the team who has finished on top of the district the last few years, in three games.
    Los Alamos won the sets 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21 to improve to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the district.
    “We definitely have a mental game with Española so it meant a lot to win this game,” Brianna Montaño said.
    “Everyone stepped up this game,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “There was no standout player. It took all of them working hard out there and the bench; it took all 14.”
    The Hilltoppers still have six district games left.
    Del Norte is also undefeated in the district action. The Knights are 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the district.
    Capital is 3-10, 1-3, Española is 6-7, 0-2 and Bernalillo is 5-8, 0-2.
    Wednesday’s win, however, was still a big boost for Los Alamos.
    “Our goal is to push to 17-3 (overall),” Sierra Foley said. “We weren’t going to lose this game.”
    All three of the sets were pretty close and featured long rally after long rally.

  • LA volleyball takes down Sundevils

    Los Alamos' volleyball team beat Española Valley in three games Wednesday.

    The 'Toppers had numerous players step up to win 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21.

    "Everyone stepped up this game," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "There was no standout player; it took all of them working hard out there."

    Los Alamos improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A with the win.

    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • LA soccer teams take down Del Norte

    Los Alamos' boys and girls soccer teams both improved to 3-0 in District 2-5A with victories at Del Norte Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper boys beat the Knights, 4-0, and the Hilltopper girls won their contest, 3-0.

    Both Los Alamos soccer teams are now alone on top of the district standings.

    The Hilltopper girls (9-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) and Del Norte both entered Tuesday's contest with 2-0 league marks. Los Alamos, however, separated itself with the win.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team (10-5-1, 3-0) was already alone in first place. On Saturday, however, it will host Capital (10-6, 2-1) in a game that will pretty much determine the district champion.

    The boys will take on Capital at 11 a.m., followed by the girls' game at 1 p.m.

  • Volleyball game against Española switched to Los Alamos

    Los Alamos’ volleyball won its final non-district game of the season Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat Farmington in three sets to secure their third straight win. Los Alamos won the contest 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20.
    Los Alamos (10-3, 1-0 2-5A) will now conclude its regular season with seven straight District 2-5A matches, beginning tonight against Española Valley (6-6, 0-1). The game was originally scheduled to take place in Española, but the schedule changed and now the contest will take place in Los Alamos. Tonight's varsity contest will begin at roughly 6:30 p.m.
    Los Alamos beat the Sundevils at the Rio Rancho Jamboree in three sets, so it has already got past the first mental hurdle. A win tonight, however, will go a long way towards usurping the Sundevils at the top of the district.
    Currently, Del Norte (7-5, 2-0) is also undefeated in the district. Capital (3-9, 1-1) is currently third in district action while Bernalillo (5-7, 0-2) is at the bottom of the standings.