• Hilltopper girls finding their groove on the field

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team showed it’s continuing to improve Saturday against Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls scored their second-straight shutout to win the game, 3-0.
    “Everyone is figuring out her role on the team,” coach Jamie Van Winkle said. “We’re starting to build as a team.
    The ’Toppers scored in the first minute of the game. Los Alamos marched into Taos territory and earned a corner kick. Charlotte Leonard then received a pass and nailed a long shot to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    “That totally changes the entire attitude of the game,” captain Emily Hopkins said about scoring early. “We know we have the ability to beat the team.”
    Fifteen minutes later, Hopkins scored. Jordan Henson thought about shooting, but decided to pass the ball back to Hopkins instead. Hopkins then placed the ball in the side netting from 25 yards to the put the ’Toppers up, 2-0.
    “I’m starting to get more confident (shooting),” Hopkins said. “I think everyone is getting more confident.”
    Jaci Linn stopped one of Taos’ only opportunities in the half, racing back and booting the ball out of bounds before Taos could shoot.

  • Galvez leads ’Toppers with first-place finish

    Los Alamos runners claimed the top-two spots at the Albuquerque Academy Invite to help the Hilltopper girls finish second as a team Friday.
    Sophia Galvez pulled away from the competition to win the race in 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Madison Foley finished second in the girls’ race, crossing the finish line in 19:00.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, won the 21-team race with 48 points. Los Alamos placed second with 75, followed by Volcano Vista (80), Cleveland (133), St. Pius (141), Eldorado (147), La Cueva (160), Gallup (178), Sandia (280) and Piedra Vista in 10th (306).
    Talia Dreicer also cracked into the top-10 for Los Alamos. Dreicer finished 10th in 19:32. Marin Kelly (28th, 20:42) and Nica Vasquez (34th, 21:00) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Sydney Schake (54th, 21:41) and Paulina Burnside (68th, 22:40) also ran in the varsity race.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, placed third out of 23 teams. Academy (52) also won the boys race, followed by Eldorado (109), Los Alamos (122), Cleveland (141), Pecos (148), Laguna Acoma (174), Volcano Vista (213), Miyamura (224), La Cueva (253) and Highland in 10th (351).

  • Football falls; girls soccer wins; boys soccer loses

    There was no shortage of offense in Friday night's football game between Los Alamos and Famington. The two teams combined for 91 points. A lop-sided second quarter, however, helped Farmingtom pull away from Los Alamos and win the game, 65-26.

    Los Alamos scored at the end of the first quarter to tie the game, 6-6. Farmington, however, scored the next four touchdowns to take control of the game. The 'Toppers kept fighting and found the end zone three times after that, but they weren't able to close the gap.

    Girls Soccer

    Los Alamos' girls soccer team scored just 50 seconds into its contest against Taos on Saturday and went on to win the game, 3-0. Los Alamos out-shot the Lady Tigers 39-5 in the game.

    Boys soccer

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team also scored in the first minute of its game with Taos Saturday. The Tigers, however, responded with three goals after that to beat the 'Toppers, 3-1.

    See Wednesday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • Game of the week, Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team has played well so far this season. On Wednesday, when Capital comes to town, the games will start to mean more as the Hilltoppers jump into their District 2-5A schedule. Los Alamos and Española Valley are expected to compete for the district title, but every district contest will be important.
    On Thursday, Los Alamos will host Albuquerque Academy, as well. The Chargers are 6-3, which includes a 3-1 win over Española Valley.
    The varsity contests will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • ULLR Fest coming up Saturday

    As leaves change at Pajarito Mountain, the resort is getting ready to hold its annual Ullr Fest, named after the Norse god of snow. The festival will take place next Saturday, Oct. 3.
    The popular fall event will feature a New Mexico brewer’s festival with more than a dozen local craft beers and live music by the Jimmy Stadler Band. There will also be a disc golf tournament at Camp May, a costume contest and kids activities.
    The brewer’s festival will take place from noon-5 p.m. and the band will play from 2-5 p.m.
    Atomic City Transit will also be providing a free shuttle up to the event, leaving from Sullivan Field every half hour, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    On Saturday and Sunday, Pajarito will also offer lift-accessed hiking and mountain biking. The lifts will spin from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Lift-accessed hiking and biking will also take place Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18 before the mountain switches gears to get ready for ski season.
    Pajarito is also offering discounted season passes for the upcoming winter until Oct. 4.

  • On Schedule 9-28-15

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

    Girls Soccer: Robertson at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at APS Ladera Invite, varsity, 8 a.m.

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

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 4 p.m.; junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Taos, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Desert Ridge, middle school, 3 p.m.

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

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, middle school, 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at West Las Vegas, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Highland at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at La Cueva, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Local golfers defend home turf in NNMSMGA event

    The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association held its annual championship at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this month.
    Ninety-six golfers from New Mexico and Colorado showed up to compete, but Los Alamos golfers stepped up and defended their home turf in the event.
    Local golfers won four of the six flights and finished second in the other two.
    The championship differed from most of the other NNMSMGA events. The golfers usually compete two days in a row, but at different golf courses with stand-alone scores.
    For the championship, they played the Los Alamos Golf Course on Sept. 9-10, and then combined their scores from both rounds to determine the winners.
    Local Bruce Norman won the championship flight, and nobody even came close to his two-day 145 gross score.
    On the first day of the competition, Norman shot a 68 — the lowest round any golfer has shot on the tour this year. The 68 was also six shots lower than any other golfer managed on the first day.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider gained two strokes on Norman with a 75 on the second day, but Norman still won the title by four shots with a 145.

  • Kickoff moved to 6 p.m.

    The Los Alamos home football game against Farmington will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled. The game will now begin at 6 p.m.
    Los Alamos enters the contest with 1-3 record after suffering its third-straight loss of the season last Friday against Kirtland Central, 33-24.
    The ’Toppers will try to get back on track tonight, but they’ll have to do it against a tough opponent, the Farmington Scorpions.
    Farmington (3-1) won its first three games of the season, but the Scorpions will also be looking to rebound tonight. The Scorpions fell 39-6 to Durango, Colo., last week.
    Kirtland Central is the only common opponent the teams have played. The Scorpions, however, beat Kirtland Central, 63-26, when they met.
    After tonight’s game, Los Alamos will take on the Santa Fe Demons next Friday during Santa Fe’s Homecoming.
    The ’Toppers will then begin their District 2-5A schedule Oct. 9 at Capital.
    Capital is currently 3-1 and has the second-best record in the district. Española Valley has the best record. The Sundevils are a perfect 4-0. Last year’s district champions, Del Norte, is 2-2. Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 0-4.

  • Parra-Vasquas has best prediction

    Sixteen dedicated runner and walkers appeared in the pouring rain Tuesday night to test their pace racing skills on Los Alamos’ original Turkey Trot course — on North Mesa and in the Bayo Canyon.
    As the runners started the one-and three-mile courses, however, the rain ceased and pleasant running conditions prevailed.
    The best predictor of the night was Nicholas Parra-Vasquas who only had a two-second error on the long course.
    The next best predictors were Inez Ross, with an adjusted error of 39 seconds on the short course, and Rigo Chavez, with a 55-second error on the long course.
    The fastest female and male runners on the one-mile course were Beth Davenport (11 minutes, 28 seconds) and Anders Medin, (12:45).
    The fastest runner on the three-mile course was Parra-Vasquas (24:44).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will be held on a trail in Water Canyon in the White Rock area. The trailhead is on N.M. 4, about 2.6 miles west of the Pajarito Road N.M. 4 junction.
    The races will start at 6 p.m. with one-and three-mile courses available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Runners lower their times at Cleveland Invite

    Los Alamos’ runners dropped a ton of time in their second cross country race of the season Saturday at the Cleveland Invitational.
    Every varsity runner that competed in a second meet lowered their time and a few of the athletes knocked over a minute off their previous times.
    Victor Kim showed the most improvement. He led the Hilltopper boys with a sixth-place finish in 16 minutes, 22.86 seconds. That time was over 1:43 faster than his previous mark.
    For the girls, Sophia Galvez and Talia Dreicer each knocked over a minute off, as well. Dreicer finished fifth in 19:01.98 and Galvez crossed sixth in 19:21.09.
    Madison Foley and Zoe Hemez both lowered their times by over 30 seconds.
    Foley led Los Alamos for the second meet in a row with her second third-place finish of the season in 18:58.52. Hemez finished 20th in 20:21.40.
    The Hilltopper girls’ No. 5, 6 and 7 runners competed in their first varsity race of the season. Rachel Wallstrom scored the team’s final points with a 44th-place finish in 21:41.28. Sydney Schake placed 50th in 21:51.58 and Matilde Jacobsen finished 56th in 23:55.25.
    As a team, the Hilltopper girls finished second with 78 points behind Rio Rancho in the nine-team race.