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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Girl’s soccer struggles against...

    In one of the most important games of the district season, The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team fell to Albuquerque Academy 3-0, the Hilltoppers’ second loss to the Chargers in two weeks.

    Though the scoreboard may not show it, LAHS head coach Ann Cernicek felt her team played much better than the first times the two teams met.

    “I thought the first half was really good,” Cernicek said. “And we were able to fight until the bitter end. We were able to create opportunities and just couldn’t convert them unfortunately.”

    The Hilltoppers came out strong in the first half, as an early shot from Anna Rose Matuszak went just wide of the net.

    Her shot came from the high energy of LAHS in the early going, as they understood how important getting off to a good start is against Academy, which has been consistently ranked as the top team in Class 5A.

    Though Academy kept most of the possession in the first half, the back line of LAHS, led by Jaci Linn, Vianey Terrazas and Valeri Li, were successful at keeping the ball out of the dangerous areas.

    That began to change 15 minutes into the game, as Academy started lofting passes high into the air and over the head of the defense, while the forwards from Academy used their speed to get behind the defense.

  • Atomic City Update: Cross...

    Playing a low-profile sport isn’t always the easiest thing to do in high school. Unless you’re playing football, soccer, basketball or baseball, you do all the hard work, put in all the long hours, yet you receive little credit or accolades.

    I know firsthand how difficult that can be. As a swimmer in high school, few people outside of the swim parents ever attended the meets, and people around school didn’t realize how big of a deal it was for us to beat a rival school. It just wasn’t at the top of mind like football games were.

    It is also hard for sports that don’t compete in town very often. That’s why I think it’s important for everyone to support the Los Alamos High School cross country teams when they compete at the Los Alamos County Golf Course next weekend.

    This is the team’s only home meet of the season, and it is the last regular season meet before the team heads to the district competition.

    Throughout the fall, the community has had the opportunity to watch athletes compete in football, soccer and volleyball in town, and now the cross country athletes deserve the same type of support.

  • LAHS golf continues strong start

    The Los Alamos High School golf teams headed to Albuquerque this week, looking to build momentum after strong performances in Grants at their previous competition.

    Both teams walked away with positives, as the boys won the tournament, and the girls had two competitors earn state qualifying scores.

    This was the best event of the season so far for the boys golf team, which claimed the team title and had the top two individual competitors at the Valley and Cibola Invitational, held at the Ladera Golf Course.

    Henry Poston was the indivudal leader in the clubhouse, shooting a 73, while his teammate Jacob Benelli finished right behind him with a score of 74.

    The scores for LAHS’ other golfers were highly impressive, as Davis Johnson finished with a score of 77, as did Logan Bishop. Sean Rau finished right behind them with a score of 78, while Brandan Duran finished with an 81.

    The boys won the tournament quite easily, finishing with an overall score of 301. Second-place finisher La Cueva High School finished 21 strokes back with a score of 322, and third-place Albuquerque Academy finished with a score of 336.

  • Register now for YMCA youth...

    YMCA Youth Basketball program registration is open until Oct 24.

    The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 that would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation and to play a few games.

    Registration for this program is open through Oct. 24. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet twice a week for practice Nov. 6–Feb. 2.

    Games are on Saturdays Dec. 9–Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6.

    Volunteer coaches, assistant coaches and team parents are needed. The YMCA is also looking for referees for the Saturday games. This is a paid position and applications will be accepted at The YMCA until Nov. 15.

    Price for the basketball season is $120 / $90 for Y Members. This includes team jerseys, gym rentals, practice gear and refs for the games.

  • Volleyball falls to Capital at...

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

    In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

    At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
    Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

    In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.