Today's Sports

  • 'Toppers win home tournament

    All three games the 'Toppers boys soccer team played in its home tournament were close, but the 'Toppers won all three to calim the Louie Cernicek championship.

    Los Alamos beat Bosque, 2-1, Saturday night to clinch the title. It was the team's third straight victory by the same score.

    After a scoreless first half, DC Kim gave Los Alamos the lead with a long goal in the second. Eric Burnside added a late score to put Los Alamos up, 2-0. Bosque cut the lead in half with a goal on a penalty kick, but Los Alamos held on to win the game.

    Los Alamos also beat Clovis and Goddard, 2-1, during the tournament.

  • 'Toppers reach tonight...

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team and Bosque Prep will meet for the second time this season tonight.

    After tying 2-2 on Tuesday, the two teams will play again in the championship game of Los Alamos' Louie Cernicek Tournament. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.

    After beating Clovis in overtime, 2-1, Los Alamos scored another 2-1 victory in the semifinals against Goddard.

    Los Alamos fired shot after shot on goal, but Goddard's goalkeeper Miguel Robles made some incredible diving saves to keep the Rockets in the game.

    Joe Singleton scored in the first half for Los Alamos and it remained 1-0 until the 79th minute. Los Alamos' George Steinkamp then took an Eric Burnside pass and knocked it in the goal to put Los Alamos up by two. 

    Less than 20 seconds later, Goddard got on the scoreboard, but the final whistle blew before Goddard had a chance to tie it.

    Bosque beat Santa Fe Prep and Roswell to reach the championship game.

  • Girls soccer mercy-rules...

    Los Alamos boys and girls soccer team both got into the win column in their home openers.

    The Hilltopper girls shut out Moriarty, 10-0, Thursday night to improve to 1-1-1.

    Sierra Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice, including the walkoff goal, while Abby Schmalz, Allison Haagenstad, Jaci Linn and Maria Sandoval also scored in the contest.

    Boys soccer

    The Hilltopper boys (1-0-1), meanwhile, needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning.

    The Hilltoppers led 1-0 after Levon Wiggins scored in the 24th minute. The score stayed that way until the 79th minute when Clovis found the equalizer to sent into overtime.

    Wiggins, however, came up big again and scored the goalden goal in the first overtime.

    Los Alamos will now play the winner of Piedra Vista / Goddard in the tournament's semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Hilltoppers begin football...

    The 2015 season will kick off tonight for both the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Pojoaque Valley Elk football teams.
    Tonight’s game will be played in Jacona. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers and the Elks will both go into tonight’s game with something to prove.
    Los Alamos enters this season looking to turn a corner that it has struggled to turn for the last several seasons. Los Alamos has taken its lumps since its last postseason appearance in 2010, including last year when it won just one game, that coming against Española Valley late in the season.
    The Hilltoppers will go into tonight’s game with a new starting quarterback, their third different opening day starter in three seasons, in junior Nick Quartieri. Quartieri is listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
    Quartieri will be asked to guide the Hilltoppers’ option-based offense, aided by fullback Derek Selvage and returning running back Diego Diaz.
    Pojoaque Valley is at a crossroads, too, after losing several key players to graduation last season.
    Like Los Alamos, the Elks’ roster is short. As of earlier this week there were only 25 players on Pojoaque’s active roster, the bulk of them juniors and sophomores.

  • Senior-led volleyball team has...

    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.

  • Los Alamos opens season with tie...

    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.

  • Los Alamos girls soccer team...

    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.

  • Golf superintendent receives...

    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.

  • Cross country teams scrimmage La...

    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;

  • Jerry Bower 5K near

    The Jerry Bower 5K will be held on Sept. 12 this year.
    The race will start at 9:30 a.m. at East Park on East Road (N.M. 502) in Los Alamos.
    The event is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, held in conjunction with the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Walk activities.
    The price to participate is $25. The money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
    The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with Alzheimer’s Logo.
    Printable registration form are available at atomicrunners.com/next.html.
    Call 672-1639 for more information.