• LA girls soccer scores two shutouts

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored a pair of shutouts over the weekend. The Hilltoppers shut out Highland, 6-0, Friday and then blanked Bernalillo, 3-0, Saturday.
    “They’re playing really good,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “They’re passing the ball and they’re starting to find the back of the net.”
    The shutouts were in large part due to the team’s defenders and it possession up front. Goalkeeper Anna Lemke didn’t have to make a save in either contest.
    “The defense is really playing strong,” Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers scored three goals to lead Los Alamos’ offense against Highland. The ‘Toppers also got goals from Katie Hopkins, Maria Sandoval and Charlotte Leonard.
    Abby Schmalz, meanwhile, assisted three of those goals. She also assisted two goals against Bernalillo. “Those assists are big,” coach Ahlers said. “She can find those open people in those open spots.”
    Sophie Wood, Alix Haily, Jennifer Paige, Sandoval and Hopkins also had assists.
    Emily Hopkins also had another good game against Highland. “She’s a very decisive and controlling player,” coach Ahlers said. “She has great vision.”

  • Hilltopper girls golf gets second state leg

    Wind and rain made conditions tough for Los Alamos' boys and girls golf teams Monday at the Grants Coyote Invite.
    "I was very proud of both teams for simply sticking it out and finishing the round," Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. "The weather was absolutely horrendous... at many times it was a torrential downpour."
    Despite the rough weather, Los Alamos' girls golf team shot their second state qualifying leg of the season. The Hilltopper girls shot a 381 to earn the state leg. They also tied with Piedra Vista for first-place in the team competition.
    "The girls getting a qualifying leg was a remarkable achievement," Ainsworth said.
    Jennifer Necker led the Hilltopper girls once again. Necker qualified for state with a 91 — her third state-qualifying leg in the team's third tournament of the season.
    Emily Moulton finished right behind Necker with a 92 and earned her first qualifying leg with the score.
    "Individual legs by Emily and Jennifer showed some real toughness," Ainsworth said.
    Elizabeth Lockhart (98) and Leah Mountain (100) rounded out Los Alamos' team score while Sophia Sivils (132) also competed.
    Piedra Vista's Chantalle Kovacs won the individual title with an 82.

  • On Schedule 10-5-15

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

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

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Chritian, boys junior varsity, 3:30 p.m.; girls junior varsity 5 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, boys junior varsity, 4 p.m.; girls junior varsity 6 p.m.

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

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Fountain, Colo., varsity and junior varsity, TBA

    Boys Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 1 p.m.; junior varsity, noon; C-team, 11 a.m.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 5 - 11

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will look to strengthen its grip on first-place in District 2-5A with a pair of district contests next week.
    On Tuesday, the ‘Toppers will travel to Del Norte to take on the Knights at 3 p.m.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos will welcome Capital to town. That game will start at 6 p.m.

  • LA football beats Santa Fe

    Los Alamos' football team ruined the Santa Fe's Homecoming Friday, beating the Demons 49-13.

    The teams traded early touchdowns, but Derek Selvage scored his second touchdown midway through the first quarter to put Los Alamos up, 12-7, and the 'Toppers led the rest of the way.

    Los Alamos took a 26-13 lead into halftime.

    In the third quarter, Lane Saunders scored a touchdown — his second of the game — and then Nick Quartieri ran into the end zone twice to initiate the running clock phase of the mercy rule.

    Los Alamos also got a safety in the third after a Santa Fe long snap went over its punters head and into the end zone.

    The 'Toppers other touchdown came in the second quarter. Los Alamos fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line, but a 'Topper recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the score.

    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 overall with the win. It will begin its District 2-5A season next week against Capital. 

    Santa Fe, meanwhile, remained winless. The Demons are 0-6.

    Special thanks to KRSN for its help with this report.

  • LA volleyball wins second straight

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its second game in as many nights Thursday. The 'Toppers beat Albuquerque Academy, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.

    "The girls came to compete today," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "I could tell they were fired up and ready to play hard."

    Los Alamos jumped all over Albuquerque Academy to start the contest and took a 20-7 lead in the first set.

    "Last year we lost in three (games against Academy), so we knew had to come out and send the message that we're not the same team," Ashlynn Trujillo said.

    Academy made a run late in the first set, but Los Alamos was able to close it out. Academy carried some of that momentum into the second set and made it competitive early. The 'Toppers, however, pulled away at the end second set and then dominated the final set.

    Los Alamos's defense did a nice job throughout the evening to contain Academy's big hitters. "A big credit goes to the defense for this win," Espinoza said. "All of the defenders really stepped up."

    Trujillo, in particular, had a good game for Los Alamos — flying around and making several diving digs.

    "Ashlynn did phenomenal back there," Espinoza said. "She was working her butt off."

  • LA volleyball wins distict opener

    The Los Alamos volleyball team beat Capital in three sets Wednesday to start its District 2-5A schedule.

    Los Alamos won the sets 25-19, 25-15 and 25-7.

    The first set was the closest of the match. The two teams were tied 11-11, but Los Alamos scored 10 of the next 13 points to pull away from the Lady Jaguars.

    "Once we saw we needed to compete against them, we got things going," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.

    Brianna Montaño finished with 14 kills for Los Alamos, incuding the game-winners in the first and second sets. Sierra Foley added 13 kills. Samantha Melton not only set the two big hitters up, but also spread the ball around to other players, as well.

    "Sam did a good job setting the ball around," Espinoza said. "Everyone got their swings in."

    The coach also said Noelle Gallegos did "a phenominal job in the middle — she had an overall great game."

  • Hopkins scores four goals in win over Robertson

    Katie Hopkins scored four goals and the Los Alamos girls soccer team shut out its third straight opponent Tuesday, beating the Robertson Cardinals 6-0.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 6-5-1 with the win. Robertson slipped to 6-4.
    "We're passing good better and now we're starting to finish," Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Hopkins scored twice in the first half to give Los Alamos an early lead. Sienna Ahlers assisted her in the 10th minute and Abby Schmalz assisted her in the 15th minute.
    Hopkins almost got her hat trick just six minutes into the second half, but Robertson's goalie, Jasmine Jaramillo, saved her shot.
    Later in the half, Schmalz passed down the line to Jordan Henson. Henson dribbled almost all that way down to the end line and, with three defenders on her, she snuck a shot into the goal to put Los Alamos up, 3-0.
    A little over a minute later, Hopkins got her hat trick. Henson and Schmalz brought the ball down the field and then Schmalz found Hopkins open in the center. Hopkins then fired a shot into the goal with her left foot.

  • Hilltoppers lose high-scoring affair to Farmington

    There was no shortage of offense in Friday night’s football game between Los Alamos and Famington. The two teams combined for 13 touchdowns and 91 points.
    A lop-sided second quarter, however, helped Farmington pull away from Los Alamos and win the game, 65-26.
    The Scorpions also struck first in the contest. The ’Toppers put together an 11-play drive on their first possession, but the third penalty on the drive turned a second-and-short into a second-and-10 and the drive stalled.
    After Los Alamos laboriously moved the ball the down the field, Farmington only needed two big plays to score a touchdown and take a 6-0 lead.
    Los Alamos, however, answered right back.
    A 26-yard run by quarterback Nicholas Quartieri followed by an 18-yard run by Derek Salvege helped Los Alamos get into Farmington’s red zone. Quartieri then rolled out and, right before Farmington’s pressure got to him, threw a 22-yard strike to John Meyer for a touchdown. The ’Toppers missed the extra point, but the quarter ended with the two teams tied, 6-6.
    Turnovers and a kickoff returned for a touchdown helped Farmington take control of the game in the second quarter.
    A 29-yard pass followed by a 14-yard touchdown pass put Farmington up, 13-6.

  • Boys soccer falls to top-ranked Taos Tigers

    Shots were tough to come by Saturday in Los Alamos’ boys soccer game against Taos.
    The two teams only combined for seven shots in the first half and finished the game with 12 shots apiece.
    The Tigers, however, capitalized on the few chances they did get to win the game, 3-1.
    Los Alamos started the contest strong and scored almost immediately. Eric Burnside received a pass in the middle of the field and capitalized with a goal to put Los Alamos up, 1-0, just 47 seconds into the game.
    Geroge Steinkamp then headed a shot just over the crossbar.
    Later, in the sixth minute, DC Kim kicked the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was called off sides.
    Taos’ Aiden Cserhat then tied the game with a shot off of the side of his foot in the 15th minute. Cserhat is the state’s leading scorer with 32 goals in nine games.
    Tristen Roach made some big defensive plays to keep the score tied. He intercepted one pass and then, after a Taos forward got by Los Alamos’ goalie, raced back and cleared the ball over the bleachers to prevent a goal.
    At the other end, Authur Steinkamp tried scoring with a bicycle kick, but his shot went high. Cserhat then scored from about 30 yards out in the 37 minute to give Taos the lead.