Today's Sports

  • ’Toppers volleyball edges...

    In a tight District 2-5A race, the Los Alamos volleyball team has made the most out of its pressure situations.
    The Hilltoppers won their fourth match in the last five - all in five sets - after downing Albuquerque Academy 25-27, 25-13, 29-31, 25-16, 15-7 on Wednesday’s “Dig Pink” match at Griffith Gym.
    “The good part about going five (sets) all the time is that it’s going to keep us in condition and keep us going,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “We had some good moments there. Each time they (Los Alamos) play well, they have to believe in themselves.”
    With the exception of last Saturday’s loss to Del Norte, Los Alamos (9-9 overall, 4-2 District 2-5A)  has been stellar in decisive sets, and that was the case on Wednesday against Academy (7-11 overall, 0-6 District 2-5A). The Hilltoppers jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fifth set and sealed the win with a strong defensive performance.
    “Seniors came through tonight,” Stokes said. “Kaitlin (Bennett) came through big again tonight. Jessica (Moore) her first game was a little rough but that last dig that she got in the back row just fired up everybody. They just to learn that they have to keep fired up.”

  • LAHS cross country to host home...

    A strong performance at home can help the Los Alamos cross country teams build momentum for the ladder stages of the season.
    The Hilltoppers will host their annual home invitational with events starting at 3 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course.
    The meet comes at a timely matter for Los Alamos, as it’ll host the District 2-5A meet next Friday, and the Class 5A state meet is scheduled for Nov. 5.
    Los Alamos has experienced a bit of everything in its opening four meets, including two eighth-graders leading both the boy’s and girl’s teams.
    Lidia Appell has been the top runner in every meet this season for the Hilltopper girls. The eighth-grader ran a season-best 19:49 at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational on Sept. 23.
    Paulina Burnside and Sydney Schake have also provided the Los Alamos girls with strong performances this season. The Hilltoppers have also benefited from the return on junior Zoe Hemez, who made her first appearance of the season two weeks ago at the Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On the boy’s side, Los Alamos is lead by eighth-grader Rafael Sanchez, who’s finished in under 17 minutes in all meets except for one this season.
    Senior Kai Coblentz and junior Josh Strevell have contributed with top 20 and 30 finishes.

  • Prep football: Defense leads ’...

    Going into Friday’s game against Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos head football coach Garett Williams said his team needed to key in on the Chargers single-wing offense.
    But Academy appeared to confuse itself more in the Hilltoppers 44-7 win at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos stifled the Chargers offense in route to improving to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in District 2-5A.
    The Hilltoppers finished with 463 yards of total offense. Quarterback Nick Quartieri tallied a season-high 245 passing yards, while rushing for 61 yards. Senior Aaron Waller rushed for a game-high 72 yards, while senior Travis Gonzales finished with three receptions and 131 receiving yards for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos didn’t waste anytime, scoring on its first play from scrimmage. Quartieri found Kevin Maresca for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Hilltoppers an early 7-0 lead.
    Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Academy’s Clay Crosby rushed for a 23-yard touchdown to get within seven. But that was as close as the Chargers got.
    On the Hilltoppers ensuing possession, a four play, 80-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 27-yard touchdown run by Quartieri. With three minutes left in the first half, Quartieri and Gonzales connected for an 82-yard touchdown that gave Los Alamos a 30-7 halftime lead.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer stuns Academy...

    With selection Sunday approaching, the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team was in need of a signature win and it got it.
    The Hilltoppers, who improved to 13-5-1 overall and 3-2 in District 2-5A, defeated Albuquerque Academy 1-0 on Saturday in Albuquerque, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Chargers. Prior to Saturday, Los Alamos’ last win against Academy was in the 2010 Class 4A quarterfinals.
    “We hadn’t had a lot of success against them (Academy) but It was good to know that we could beat them,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “We’ve known that we had enough to play with them but to win a game like that we needed a full team effort and that’s what they did.”
    Academy (15-3-1 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) went into Saturday’s game ranked No. 1 in New Mexico by maxpreps.com, and a win away from clinching the District 2-5A title. But, not only did the Hilltoppers extend the district race, they likely solidified at least a top eight seed and a home game for the Class 5A state tournament, and perhaps put themselves back in the top four seed conversation.
    “Obviously some things need to happen,” Blue said. “But, if you look at our strength of schedule and if we could beat Capital, then I think we could be in consideration for a top four seed.”

  • LAHS volleyball falls at Del...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team had become accustomed to winning five-set matches, but things didn’t shape as usual this time.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Del Norte 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23,15-12 on Saturday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in District 2-5A play, while the Knights improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in district.
    The loss ends a three-match winning streak, which included three five-set performances by the Hilltoppers.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos had a 2 sets to 1 lead, and a 17-13 lead in the fourth set, before the Knights went on a seven-point run to get a 20-17 lead. Del Norte ended up winning the set to set-up a decisive fifth set.
    The early stages of the fifth set were highly competitive and both teams were knotted up 6-6. Los Alamos took an 11-10 lead before Del Norte sealed the win with a 5-1 run.
    In the first set, Los Alamos overcame a 17-11 Knights lead and took a 22-18 lead. The Hilltoppers won the set after an Elodie Thelliez block.
    Led by a Mackenzie Alexander block and an Alize Garcia ace, Los Alamos took a 23-20 lead in the third set. A Jessica Moore kill sealed the set for the Hilltoppers.
    Alexander led Los Alamos with 11 kills, while Thelliez tallied six solo blocks and 11 total. Garcia finished with a team-high 26 wins.

  • Prep volleyball: ’Toppers get...

    For the third-straight match, the Los Alamos volleyball team needed five sets to win a pivotal District 2-5A match.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Capital 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 23-25, 15-8 on Wednesday in Santa Fe. It was the second-straight match that Los Alamos led 2 sets to 0, and then dropped the next two and eventually sealed the win in the fifth set.
    “We’ve been talking about it and we think that they’re full of energy in the first two games, and then they kind of relax a little too much,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “They just lose that edge. But in the fifth game, they just walked all over them.”
    Los Alamos led the fourth set 23-22, before Capital rallied three-straight points to force the decisive fifth set. The fifth set ended up being the least competitive of the night, as the Hilltoppers started the set on a 12-3 run and eventually won it 15-8.
    “I think what they’re starting to see is that they are good and that they can do this,” Stokes said. “I’m just trying to press on them that they need to keep working at it. I had a (junior varsity player) who played outside setter and she ended up getting the nine-straight points for us.”

  • LAHS boy's, girl's...

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team got a bit of a competitive game from Del Norte on Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Del Norte 4-2 at Sullivan Field to snap a two-game district-losing streak. That competitive push from the Knights will benefit Los Alamos, which improved to 12-5-1 overall and 2-2 in District 2-5A, and will travel to face Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.
    “This was good for a lot of guys to come in and sub,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “It’s a shame that we let them (Del Norte) stay in the game as long as they did. I was just proud of how the guys played and they finished some more chances this time.”
    On Tuesday, Los Alamos led 3-0 after Levon Wiggins converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute. Less than a minute later, the Knights cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal from Samir Mohammed.
    A Tristen Semelsberger goal from the top of the 18-yard box gave the Hilltoppers a 4-1 cushion with nine minutes left to play. Del Norte didn’t let up scoring a penalty just three minutes after Semeslberger’s goal, but that was as close as the Knights got.
    “We moved the ball really well and we played good as a team,” Blue said. “Hopefully we can keep that going and keep building, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

  • ‘Toppers volleyball wins five-...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team added another thrilling victory on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 7-8 overall but more importantly improved to 2-1 in District 2-5A play with a five-set victory against Española Valley at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos claimed the first set 25-16 and won the second set 25-19.
    The Sundevils (9-5 overall, 2-1 District 2-5A) came back to win a competitive third set 27-25, and claimed the fourth set 25-18.
    The Hilltoppers managed to fend off the Española Valley rally and win the fifth set 15-13 to claim their fifth-straight win against the Sundevils.
    Senior Mackenzie Alexander led the Los Alamos attack with eight kills. Senior Kaitlin Bennett and sophomore Sophia Salazar added five kills for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos had a strong blocking performance finishing with 19 total blocks as a team. Bennett tallied 12 assisted blocks, while Alexander and senior Jessica Moore added two solo blocks apiece.
    Four Hilltoppers finished with double-digit digs. Salazar led with 21 digs, while junior Alize Garcia tallied 17, and senior Gabriela Vallejos and sophomore Elodie Thelliez finished with 13 each.
    Thelliez was essential for the Los Alamos attack with 15 assists.

  • Del Norte football rolls past...

    Del Norte got off to quick start and didn’t hold back.
    The Los Alamos football team was unable to contain Knights running back Avery See in Del Norte’s 52-14 District 2-5A opening win on Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    “Attitude wise and focus wise, we’re just going to move on,” Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. “We got three more games that we can win and that’s where I focus has got to be. We’re going to learn from this but we just need to move on and fight.”
    Not only did the Hilltoppers (3-4 overall, 0-1 District 2-5A) had to deal with See, but they also had to compete with much a smaller personnel group and less depth than Del Norte (2-3-1 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A).
    “You can only put 11 players on the field. Yes, they got more guys than us but we can never focus on that,” Williams said. “We can’t control that. In a game like that, regardless of how big they are, we just always focus on what can we do to be successful.”
    See finished Saturday with 232 yards on 19 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead Del Norte to its second win of the season.  
    “Defensively, we didn’t play good,” Williams said. “They (Del Norte) scored right out of the gate and kind of shut us down a bit.”

  • LAHS cross country places fourth...

    The Los Alamos cross country teams both finished in fourth place at Friday’s Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On the boy’s side, Rafael Sanchez continued his stellar eighth-grade campaign by leading the Hilltoppers with a 13th place finish and a time of 17:13.
    Senior Chris Buntain was the second-best runner for Los Alamos, finishing in 25th place individually with a 17:51. Fellow senior Kai Coblentz rounded out the top three for the Hilltoppers, as he placed 30th and ran a time of 17:57.
    The rest of the boy’s team included Josh Strevell (31st), Shawn Williams (43rd), Kevin Parkinson (53rd), Brandon Bao (57th) and Miroslav Betts (67th).
    On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell once again was the top Los Alamos finisher placing 18th with a time of 20:58.
    Junior Zoe Hemez finished one second behind Appell in 19th place. It was Hemez’s best run of the season.
    Paulina Burnside was third Hilltopper to cross the finish line. Burnside placed 26th and finished with a time of 21:30.
    The girl’s team also included Hannah Gartz (27th), Maddie Beck (28th), Marin Kelly (35th), Sydney Schake (40th) and Sophia Mamula (43rd).  
    Appell and Sanchez have been the top Los Alamos finishers in every meet this season.