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  • Prep soccer: LAHS girls romp Grants, boys fall in tourney

    Two first-half hat tricks by Katie Hopkins and Sienna Ahlers led the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team to another mercy-rule victory.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Grants 10-0 on Thursday at Sullivan Field, for their second win without playing a full 80 minutes this season.
    “We really started pulling it together and some players are starting to visually play the field better,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “This was a good game for us to work on our passing and include players from our bench. Some players had better opportunities than others and some were able to put their teammates in positions to score.”  
    Los Alamos improved to 7-2 on the season and has outscored its opponents 39-9.
    Against Grants, the Hilltoppers got off to a quick start scoring six goals in the first half, three from Hopkins and three from Sienna Ahlers.
    Sienna Ahlers has tallied 10 goals this season and six assists.
    “The fact that we’ve picked up speed of play and aren’t scared to take players one-one-one has been good to see,” Gary Ahlers said.
    In the second half, Los Alamos saw more offensive success, scoring three goals in less than five minutes.

  • Prep football: ’Toppers host Grants tonight

    The Los Alamos football team has a prime opportunity tonight to rebound from a shutout loss.
    The Hilltoppers (1-1) will host Grants at 7 p.m. tonight at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos is coming off a 41-0 loss at Moriarty, while Grants (0-2) lost at West Las Vegas 45-30 last Friday and dropped its season opener to Miyamura 30-6.
    Grants is one of the Hilltoppers’ new opponents this season, both schools haven’t faced each other in the past 12 seasons.
    Los Alamos will look to execute its triple option offense against a smaller Pirates defense that’s had trouble defending against the run.
    Garett Williams and the Los Alamos coaching staff have opened up the playbook a bit more on offense and have allowed Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Quartieri to throw the ball more than in years past. That aggressiveness has worked and also back fired for Los Alamos. Tonight’s game could provide more aerial opportunities for the Hilltoppers, as the Pirates haven’t had much success defending the pass.
    Grants has allowed 315 passing yards and 538 rushing yards this season.

  • LAHS volleyball falls at home to Pojoaque

    Missing two of its senior leaders hurt the Los Alamos volleyball team on Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers were without right side hitter Mackenzie Alexander and outside hitter Jessica Moore in their 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 14-25, 25-18) loss to Pojoaque Valley at Griffith Gym.
    “The hard part is that I haven’t had the same line up in every match that we’ve played,” said Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes. “It would be really nice if we could settle down and everyone could stay well and healthy.”
    Alexander, who’s nursing a foot injury, and Moore, who was on vacation, were missed more on the defensive end, as the Hilltoppers had trouble defending Pojoaque’s attack of Brandy Torres, Grace Lopez and Rachael Garcia.
    The Elkettes started the first set on a 9-5 run and never looked back. In the second set, Los Alamos was able to string together some points and both teams were knotted up at 12-12. Pojoaque closed the set on a 13-9 run to take a 2-0 lead on the match.
    Los Alamos was able to avoid the sweep with an all-round stellar performance in set three, starting with a 10-2 run and not letting Pojoaque back in the set.
    The lack of numbers began to show for the Hilltoppers in the fourth set when Torres and company took over with an offensive frenzy to seal the match.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers win at Taos

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team continues to provide strong offensive and defensive performances.
    The Hilltoppers garnered their third-consecutive shutout with a 5-0 win against Taos on Tuesday at the Taos Eco Park. As of Tuesday, Los Alamos had outscored opponents 21-2.     
    In the sixth minute against Taos, Hilltoppers junior midfielder Andreas Runde drove in a free kick to the middle of the box where sophomore Arthur Steinkamp was waiting to put away the first-touch finish.
    Junior midfielder Ben Rees added another goal for Los Alamos in the 12th minute, after pouncing on a loose ball in the box and the Taos keeper.  
    Senior midfielder Jonathan Coons converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute to give the Hilltoppers a 3-0 lead.
    In the 28th minute, Runde scored what could be the goal of the season so far for Los Alamos. He found himself in acres of space and ripped a 25-yard shot into the top left corner of the net.
    Runde and Steinkamp once again connected in the 31st minute for Steinkamp’s second goal of the game and the Hilltoppers’ fifth. For the remainder of the first and the entire second half, Los Alamos maintained the majority of possession and continued to stifle the Taos offense.

  • LAHS girl's soccer mercy rules Belen

    It was the offensive performance the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was waiting for all season.
    The Hilltoppers routed Belen 11-1 Saturday at Sullivan Field for their fifth win of the season. The 11 goals are the most for Los Alamos since defeating Del Norte 11-1 in 2015.
    Los Alamos used its main attacking threats to put together its best all-around performance this season. Hilltopper midfielders were connecting passes to their attacking counterparts, while the wings managed to make runs that Belen had no answer for.
    It only took three different Los Alamos players for the Hilltoppers to score 11 goals.
    Sophomore midfielder/forward Katie Hopkins got on the score sheet four times, as she helped the Hilltoppers take a 5-0 lead at halftime. Hopkins also assisted two goals.  
    Los Alamos midfielder Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior season with a four goal and two assist performance. As of Saturday, Schmalz had tallied six goals and a team-leading five assists.
    The Hilltoppers’ second leading scorer senior forward Sienna Ahlers helped finish off Belen with her first hat trick of the season. Saturday’s performance put Ahlers at seven goals on the season.

  • Sports briefs

    ’Toppers cross country at Lobo Invite
    The Los Alamos cross country team began its 2016 season by competing in the annual Lobo Invitational, hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers boys finished Saturday’s season opening meet in ninth, while the girls finished in 16th place. About 43 schools competed in this year’s Lobo Invitational.  
    Rafael Sanchez, Chris Buntain and Josh Strevell led the Los Alamos boys. Sanchez earned a 10th place finish, Buntain finished 63rd and Strevell came in 70th place.  
    For the Hilltopper girls, Lidia Appell led the way with a 47th place finish. The second-best Los Alamos runner was Paulina Burnside who finished in 69th place, while Sydney Schake came in 113th place.
    Los Alamos will compete in the ATC Invitational in Santa Fe on Saturday.
    LAHS volleyball wins a pair in Moriarty
    The Los Alamos volleyball team won two matches and dropped one last weekend at the Moriarty Tournament.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Hot Springs in five sets (25-14, 25-6, 18-25, 25-27, 15-11) and beat Bosque School 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23). Los Alamos lost to Hatch Valley in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 32-30).

  • Prep football: Moriarty runs past ‘Toppers, 41-0

    The Los Alamos football team couldn’t restrain the physical and explosive running game of Moriarty last Friday.
    The Hilltoppers were shutout 41-0 at Moriarty, as the Pintos rushed for six touchdowns.
    Moriarty led 15-0 at the end of the first quarter. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Pintos running back Elijah Tapia ran past the Los Alamos defense for a 64-yard touchdown to make it 21-0.
    It appeared like Los Alamos had some life when Kevin Maresca intercepted a pass with 7:27 left in the second quarter. However, the Hilltoppers gave it back two plays later when Nick Quartieri was picked off.
    Tapia made Los Alamos pay with a 10-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to Moriarty ahead 28-0 at half.
    In the opening drive of the second half, the Hilltoppers maintained possession for 10 minutes until turning the ball over on downs, after not reaching the end zone on fourth and goal from the Moriarty six-yard line.
    Two plays after the Pintos took over on downs, Marvin Encinias scored a 90-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.
    Tapia finished with three rushing touchdowns.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-1 on the season and will Grants at 7 p.m. Friday at Sullivan Field.
     

  • LAHS boy's, girl's soccer shutout St. Mike’s

    The typical quick play of the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team wasn’t in sync on Thursday but two of its skilled individuals were.
    And that’s what the Hilltoppers needed to fend off St. Michael’s 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    “Unfortunately we just didn’t do our game plan. The girls didn’t execute what we needed to do and we played down to St. Mike’s game,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “We were trying to move the ball in the middle too much.”
    It appeared that Los Alamos was going to take control early after getting the scoring started in the third minute. Sophomore midfielder Alix Haily was able to find senior midfielder Abby Schmalz, who opened the scoring for the Hilltoppers.
    In the remainder of the half, Los Alamos had few opportunities to add a second goal, as passes from the midfield weren’t connecting with wingers making runs toward the attacking third.
    The sloppy play continued from both teams until the 52nd minute, when Los Alamos sophomore midfielder/forward Katie Hopkins found a crease in the Horsemen defense and drilled a left-footed shot to the bottom-right corner for the Hilltoppers’ second goal.

  • LAHS cross country opens season at UNM Saturday

    The quest to continue its rich dynasty begins Saturday for the Los Alamos Cross Country team.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Albuquerque to partake in the annual Lobo Invitational, one of the season’s most competitive meets which is held at the University of New Mexico campus.
    Last Saturday, Los Alamos completed its annual scrimmage with La Cueva. The Hilltoppers had the top two finishers in the boy’s race and a third and fourth place finisher on the girl’s side.
    Rafael Sanchez and Kai Coblentz led the Hilltopper boys, while Lidia Appell and Marin Kelly were the top Los Alamos girls.    
    Last year, Los Alamos girl’s cross country returner Zoe Hemez ran a 20:54.96 and finished in 31st place to help the Hilltoppers win the Lobo Invitational. Kelly finished 32nd in last season’s meet.
    Elijah Velasquez ran a 17:49.84 and helped the Hilltopper boy’s place sixth at last year’s Lobo Invitational.
    Saturday will be a good test for Los Alamos, who will sport one of its youngest squads since coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood took over the program 23 years ago.
    The Lobo Invitational will once again include some of the state’s best programs like Albuquerque Academy, La Cueva, Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Eldorado.

  • Prep volleyball: St. Pius ousts ‘Toppers in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team put itself in position to steal a couple sets from St. Pius on Tuesday.
    But, the Hilltoppers (1-1) were unable to overcome power hitting and stout defense in the Sartans’ 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 victory at Griffith Gym.
    “We were excited because I thought they played very well,” Hilltoppers coach Diana Stokes said. “We know that there are things we need to work on but they were all ecstatic about how good they played against them.”
    Los Alamos matched the St. Pius (1-0) attack early, as both teams were knotted-up 12-12 in the first set. The Hilltoppers took a brief lead at 13-12 but the Sartans began to execute their potent offense and eventually took a 23-19 lead in the opening set.
    St. Pius got off to a quick start in set two and led 15-7. The Sartans’ setters began getting their stellar hitters Julianna Zamora and Nicole Perry involved on the attack. That attacking prowess helped St. Pius take a 20-12 lead. Los Alamos strung together some points to cut the St. Pius lead to 24-20. But that was as close as the Hilltoppers got in the second set.
    “They were all just excited to know that they could play with this group,” Stokes said.