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  • Girls soccer: Hilltoppers defeat...

    In the regular season finale, the Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team did exactly what it needed, defeating Capital High School 6-0.
    The win gives them a boost heading into the upcoming state tournament, which begins next weekend. The Hilltoppers are currently ranked fifth in Class 5A.
    If that ranking holds, the team would host a first-round tournament game at Sullivan Field for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
    Head coach Ann Cernicek believes her team has made great progress this season, but still has some work to do to compete with the best in the state.
    “I think with this team, we have all the big things figured out,” Cernicek said. “Now it’s just the little things that we need to do consistently.”
    It was a slow start for the Hilltoppers against Capital, a team that has struggled since district play began.
    Though LAHS was able to keep control of the ball without much difficulty in the early going, the team was unable to get much going toward the net, as Capital did a good job of clearing away attempts at long passes through the middle of the field

  • Boy’s soccer wins district finale

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team is heading into the state tournament with momentum, as it defeated district rival Capital High School 2-1 at home Thursday to finish the regular season.
    It was an important game for the Hilltoppers, currently ranked fourth in Class 5A, as it solidifies the team’s chances of earning a top-four seed in the state tournament. In the tournament, the top four seeds receive a bye directly to the quarterfinals, leaving them three games from a potential championship.
    The bracket for the state tournament will be revealed this weekend.
    While head coach Ron Blue does not yet know where his team will end up in the tournament, he said he is proud of the way his players have performed this season to be in consideration for a top seed.
    “It shows that we really do have talent in this group, and the depth is pretty impressive,” Blue said. “We have had a ton of guys step up big this year, and it shows what kind of character we have.”
    From the opening whistle, it seemed the Hilltoppers understood the importance of Thursday’s matchup. The team kept good possession in the early going, and was able to get good runs toward goal, as Capital had a difficult time stopping the duo of Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp.

  • Sipapu starts snowmaking efforts

    Sipapu Ski Resort announced that it has begun snowmaking operations for the 2017-18 ski season.
    Snowmaking started at the resort at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday and continued until 9 a.m. Sunday.
    The crews at Sipapu used 17 snow guns for its beginner’s and intermediate trails, Butterfly, Thumper and Lower Bambi.
    “We were able to take full advantage of the freezing temperatures and low humidity to make snow over the weekend, focusing on covering key intermediate and beginner terrain off of Lift 5 and Lift 12,” Sipapu Mountain Manager John Paul Bradley said.
    The efforts will continue this week as a cold front is expected to roll through Northern New Mexico.
    Anticipated opening day at Sipapu, according to officials there, is Nov. 11. Most ski areas in the state are hoping to open for the season on or near Thanksgiving Day.
    Sipapu, located near Vadito, N.M., has made several renovations over the offseason to its historic lodge area, its rental shop and locker room.
    For information on the ski area, visit SipapuNM.com.
     

  • UNM men’s b-ball picked 9th in MW

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish ninth in the Mountain West this season, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Nevada has been predicted to repeat.
    

The Mountain West preseason poll is comprised of votes by conference media members and was announced by the league at the 2017-18 Media Summit, being held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.
    The Wolf Pack received 19 of a possible 24 first-place votes and 257 points to earn the top spot.


    Nevada was followed by San Diego State which garnered two first-place nods and 229 points while Boise State also received two first-place votes, 211 points and landed in third place.


    Fresno State collected 188 points for the fourth spot in the poll followed by Colorado State (5th, 154), UNLV (6th, 138), Wyoming (7th, 133) and Utah State (8th, 102). UNM (93), San José State (41) and Air Force (38) rounded out the poll.

Under first-year head coach Paul Weir, the Lobos return just five players from last season’s squad that finished 17-14, 10-8 MW, and welcome nine talented newcomers that include six transfers.

  • UNM volleyball falls to Wyoming

    Lauren Twitty posted her ninth double-double of the season and Carly Beddingfield set an all-time career high in kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Mexico volleyball team fell in four sets to Wyoming Thursday evening.
    Despite the strong offensive effort, which included a 43-assist performance from freshman setter Sarah Lobo, the Lobos (11-11 overall, 3-6 Mountain West) couldn’t hold off the Cowgirls (12-9, 7-2) in Johnson Center as they fell by set scores of 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18.
    “I think we battled and fought really well,” Lobo said after her first collegiate start. “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we went for balls we knew to go for. Wyoming got kills, and it happens, but that’s part of the game. I’m not upset with how we played.”
    Between Twitty’s and Beddingfield’s kills and Lobo’s setting, New Mexico’s offense roared to its best showing in over a month.
    “This game was a little nerve-wracking,” Lobo said. “I tried not to think about it, just tried to stay out of my head and just play volleyball.”

  • LAHS golf keeps rolling through...

    The highly successful fall season continued for the Los Alamos High School’s boy’s and girl’s golf teams this week at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course. The boys picked up their third victory in a row, and the girls once again had two girls earn state qualifying legs, while finishing in third as a team.
    The boys finished with a score of 317, winning the tournament over second-place La Cueva by six strokes, which finished with a score of 323. The Hilltoppers were 19 strokes ahead of third-place Rio Rancho.
    While the boy’s head coach, Andy Ainsworth, was pleased with the win, he felt the team could have performed even better.
    “It’s good for the boys to get another win in a quality field in Albuquerque,” Ainsworth said. “As a team, we didn’t have our best stuff for most of the day.”
    The team’s best score came from Sean Rau, who finished with a 75. The score was good enough for second overall, behind Bowen Davis of Manzano, who shot a 71.
    “Sean’s 75 could have easily been a 68 or 70 if a few putts had gone in,” Ainsworth said. “He made nothing all day outside of five feet and still shot 75.”
    The other Hilltoppers put together good rounds as well, as the four other scorers all shot 85 or lower.

  • Volleyball falls in close battle...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, which is winless in District 2-5A, took on the top team in the district Wednesday and took it to the wire.
    Los Alamos pushed the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to five sets Wednesday in Albuquerque, then was tied with the Chargers 14-14 in that final set.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, Academy was able to come away with the final two points to win the match. Set scores were 19-25, 25-16, 25-17, 19-25, 16-14 in favor of the Chargers.
    Prior to its last two matches, to Espanola Valley and Los Alamos, Academy had lost a total of just one set in 2-5A play, but both the Hilltoppers and Sundevils pushed the district leader to five sets and made the Chargers sweat out the fifth.
    Playing without its leading hitter, Elodie Thelliez, Los Alamos (4-14 overall, 0-6 in district) actually outhit the powerful Charger lineup Wednesday, earning 48 spike kills to just 44 for Academy.
    The Hilltoppers were paced by Natalie Gallegos and Sophia Salazar, who both finished with 12 spike kills, a match-high for both, while Kimberly McKinley added 9 spike kills.
    Sophia Greer had 11 spike kills for Academy (12-6, 6-0 in 2-5A), and Academy’s outstanding freshmen duo, Sofia Brito and Zoe Foster, both finished in double-digits hitting.

  • UNM star earns second national...

    For the second time this season, University of New Mexico cross country athlete Ednah Kurgat was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Women’s Athlete of the Week.
    She also earned Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday.
    Kurgat a sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya, by way of Liberty University, helped lead the now-second ranked New Mexico women to a win at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour last Friday, winning her second individual title of the season.
    Just two weeks after capturing the individual title at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Kurgat won the six-kilometer race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course with a time of 19:23.2
    The leader from virtually the start, Kurgat led at every intermediate split before running away from the competition over the final half of the race.
    Kurgat’s title also helped the UNM women to head-to-head wins over 15 other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, helping bolster the squad’s position for the NCAA Championships next month.

  • Football rolls past ABQ Academy

    ALBUQUERQUE - Saturday’s game against Albuquerque Academy was a must-win for the Los Alamos High School varsity football team, and the Hilltoppers delivered with a 50-0 victory.

    After falling to Del Norte the previous week 51-25, LAHS needed a victory over Academy to remain competitive in the race for District 2, where dropping to 0-2 would have all but eliminated the team.

    Instead, the team sits at 1-1 in the district, and is still alive in the race.

    The Hilltoppers came out with a sense of urgency in this game, and were firing on all cylinders from the opening kickoff.

    LAHS got the scoring started early, as quarterback Dylan Irish, known primarily for his running ability, fired a deep pass across the middle of the field on the team’s first possession.

    The pass was perfect, dropping right into the arms of the wide-open Wyatt Saeger, who was sprinting down the middle of the field for a 69-yard touchdown to give the Hilltoppers a 7-0 lead.

    Carson Schramm came up with an interception on the next Charger possession, setting LAHS up at midfield, and the Hilltoppers took advantage.

    On the first play of the drive, Jack Stewart took a handoff and ran 48 yards for a touchdown, dragging a defender with him the last 15 yards, extending the LAHS lead to 14-0.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer loses to...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team walked onto Sullivan Field Friday evening hoping to get revenge against Albuquerque Academy from a 3-1 loss two weeks ago in Albuquerque.

    Though LAHS played better in Friday’s rematch, the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of Albuquerque Academy as the final whistle blew. The game clinched the district title for Academy and put the pressure on the Hilltoppers as they try to lock up a top-four seed in the upcoming state tournament.

    As the game began, it appeared the Hilltoppers had learned some valuable lessons from the first matchup against Academy, controlling much of the early action.

    Arthur Steinkamp, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, nearly put his team on top just two minutes into the game, as Jesse Prime made a pass to him in the middle of the field that gave him a one-on-one opportunity against the goalkeeper.

    Steinkamp got a good shot off, but it sailed high over the goalkeeper and the net.

    He nearly scored again 10 minutes later, as the Hilltoppers were given a free kick from 35 yards away. He measured the shot and had plenty of power, but it sailed just wide.

    LAHS head coach Ron Blue said he has been impressed with the way Steinkamp has played this year, especially since the start of district play.