• 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;

  • Golf superintendent receives professional certification

    LAWRENCE, Kansas— Matthew Allen, golf course superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course, has earned the title of Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), a top designation currently held by only about 1,500 golf course superintendents worldwide.
    Allen, an 11-year GCSAA member, has been the superintendent at Los Alamos Golf Course since 2014.
    “This certification program requires the highest set of competencies in golf course management through testing and practical application, and we are proud of the Association’s Class A members who have advanced to earn this highest level of professional recognition as a certified golf course superintendent,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “We congratulate Matthew on his accomplishment.”
    To qualify for GCSAA’s top certification, a candidate must have at least three years’ experience as a golf course superintendent, be currently employed in that capacity and meet post-secondary educational requirements and/or continuing education points.

  • Los Alamos girls soccer team ties Bobcats

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team took on two tough opponents Tuesday in Albuquerque — the Bosque Bobcats and a bright sun that made the temperature reach into the 90s.
    “We played phenomenal with the weather conditions — the heat itself took a lot out of the girls,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    After 80 minutes in the heat, the game was tied 1-1 and headed into overtime.
    “The girls dug deep and really put the pressure on (Bosque in overtime),” Ahlers said.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it was unable to find the go-ahead goal after another 20 minutes of action and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
    “I think we dominated the game, we just couldn’t finish,” Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos outshot Bosque in the contest. Los Alamos had 16 shots in the game, eight of which were on goal. Bosque, meanwhile, had six shots on goal.
    Bosque, however, scored first. A pass to the middle of the field followed by a quick shot from about 20 yards out put the Bobcats up, 1-0.
    In the second half, Los Alamos found the equalizer. Claire Ticknor stole a pass and took it in by herself. From about 25 yards out, Ticknor fired a shot that found the upper right-hand corner of the net for a goal.
    “It was a very nice shot,” Ahlers said.

  • Los Alamos opens season with tie at Bosque

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team stepped on the field for its first game of the season Tuesday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos squared off with Bosque Prep School, but after 100 minutes of action the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    “It was an outstanding game — very well played by both teams and a lot of fun,” Los Alamos’ new head coach Ron Blue said. “For our first game against a very strong opponent, I thought we played well.”
    Los Alamos struck first in the game.
    Joe Singleton beat several Bosque players to get the ball deep into Bobcat territory. Singleton then passed the ball to DC Kim who scored to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    “It was a great pass and a beautiful finish,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    In the second half, Bosque tied the game with a shot that found the left corner of the net. “Unfortunately it was a lapse on our side,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos took the lead back.
    Andreas Runde got fouled just outside of the box. On the ensuing free kick, he placed the ball near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in for the score.
    “We had two very nice goals,” Blue said.

  • Senior-led volleyball team has its sights set high

    With seven seniors and a lot of height, including a 6-foot tall junior transfer, Los Alamos’ volleyball team has high hopes for its upcoming season.
    “We have a lot of heart and drive to win and a lot of seniors — it’s our do-or-die year,” Brianna Montaño said.
    “We want to take first in our district, that’s one of our main goals,” Sierra Foley said. “Also coming together as a team with our new girls (is a goal) and we’re pushing to win state. Everyone knows this is the year to take it all. Since all of the seniors are pushing to win state, the underclassmen are striving to be part of that goal, too.”
    Last year, Los Alamos reached the state quarterfinals where St. Pius X eliminated the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos finished 13-11 overall and second behind Española Valley in District 2-5A.
    Los Alamos, however, only lost one senior from that squad. Its seven seniors this year all played on varsity last year, and three of them have played varsity since they were freshman.
    Foley, Montaño and Samantha Melton will be playing their fourth varsity season this year. Seniors Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Halie Street and Noelle Gallegos also return.

  • Girls, boys soccer teams tie Bosque

    Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both tied Bosque Tuesday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls tied the Bobcats, 1-1.

    "I think we dominatd the game, we just couldn't finish," Los Alamos girls head coach Gary Ahlers said.

    After Bosque scored in the first half, Claire Ticknor scored Los Alamos' goal in the second half to even things up. Ticknor stole a pass and scored from about 25 yards out.

    The Hilltopper girls are now 0-1-1. Bosque's girls are 0-0-1.

    The Hilltopper boys then stepped on the field for their first game of the season and ended up with the same result as the girls. The Hilltopper boys tied Bosque, 2-2.

    "For our first game out against a strong opponent, I thought we played well," Los Alamos boys head coach Ron Blue said.

    Los Alamos scored first in the contest — Joe Singleton assisted DC Kim — and led 1-0 at halftime.

    In the second half, Bosque tied the game, 1-1.

    Andreas Runde then placed a free kick near the goal and Alex Csanadi headed it in to put Los Alamos back on top, 2-1.

    Bosque, however, tied the game on a penalty kick and the game remained notched at two through two overtimes.

  • Scorpions prevail in girls soccer opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team fell behind near halftime of Saturday’s opening game of the season as it struggled to generate offense.
    Los Alamos took on the Farmington Scorpions in the first game of 2015 for any sport at the high school. Farmington, which sports one of the most seasoned rosters of any team in Class 5A, didn’t light things up, either, but set itself up with enough chances to stay on top.
    Hannah Kelley of Farmington came through with goals late in the first half and early in the second half to help the Scorpions score a 3-1 win at Sullivan Field.
    Kelley took advantage of a miscue late in the half, while another Hilltopper miscue would lead to a big insurance goal after Los Alamos had worked its way back to within striking distance midway through the second half.
    Los Alamos forward Sienna Ahlers scored at the 57-minute mark. Ahlers, who will be charged with the task of shoring up a front line that lost its primary weapon, Catie McDonald, over the offseason, blew through the Farmington defense on a charge down the left hashmark.
    Ahlers found daylight between three converging Farmington defenders and went to the near post against Bailey Carter for the first Los Alamos score of the season.

  • Game of the week, Aug. 23-29

    The 19th edition of the Louie Cernicek boys’ soccer tournament will feature eight competitive teams here at Sullivan Field.
    In addition to Los Alamos, the bracket includes Clovis, Piedra Vista, Roswell, Goddard, Farmington, Santa Fe Prep and Bosque Prep.
    To get to the top, Los Alamos will first need to win its opening-round game.
    Los Alamos will kick off its home tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis.
    The tournament’s championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • 'Topper girls soccer drops opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team lost its opening day game Saturday at Sullivan Field to a tough opponent.

    Los Alamos couldn't get enough going offensively to counteract a couple of critical miscues in the back against the Farmington Scorpions. The Scorpions prevailed 3-1.

    Hailey Kelley scored two of the three goals for the Scorpions (1-0), one in each half, to key the victory.

    Los Alamos' only goal came midway through the second half when Sienna Ahlers chugged her way through the Farmington back line and went across the goal mouth for the first goal of the Hilltoppers' 2015 season.

    Los Alamos (0-1) plays at Bosque School Tuesday afternoon.

    More information on Saturday's contest will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.