Today's Sports

  • LA football beats Santa Fe

    Los Alamos' football team ruined the Santa Fe's Homecoming Friday, beating the Demons 49-13.

    The teams traded early touchdowns, but Derek Selvage scored his second touchdown midway through the first quarter to put Los Alamos up, 12-7, and the 'Toppers led the rest of the way.

    Los Alamos took a 26-13 lead into halftime.

    In the third quarter, Lane Saunders scored a touchdown — his second of the game — and then Nick Quartieri ran into the end zone twice to initiate the running clock phase of the mercy rule.

    Los Alamos also got a safety in the third after a Santa Fe long snap went over its punters head and into the end zone.

    The 'Toppers other touchdown came in the second quarter. Los Alamos fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line, but a 'Topper recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the score.

    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 overall with the win. It will begin its District 2-5A season next week against Capital. 

    Santa Fe, meanwhile, remained winless. The Demons are 0-6.

    Special thanks to KRSN for its help with this report.

  • LA volleyball wins second...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its second game in as many nights Thursday. The 'Toppers beat Albuquerque Academy, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.

    "The girls came to compete today," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "I could tell they were fired up and ready to play hard."

    Los Alamos jumped all over Albuquerque Academy to start the contest and took a 20-7 lead in the first set.

    "Last year we lost in three (games against Academy), so we knew had to come out and send the message that we're not the same team," Ashlynn Trujillo said.

    Academy made a run late in the first set, but Los Alamos was able to close it out. Academy carried some of that momentum into the second set and made it competitive early. The 'Toppers, however, pulled away at the end second set and then dominated the final set.

    Los Alamos's defense did a nice job throughout the evening to contain Academy's big hitters. "A big credit goes to the defense for this win," Espinoza said. "All of the defenders really stepped up."

    Trujillo, in particular, had a good game for Los Alamos — flying around and making several diving digs.

    "Ashlynn did phenomenal back there," Espinoza said. "She was working her butt off."

  • LA volleyball wins distict opener

    The Los Alamos volleyball team beat Capital in three sets Wednesday to start its District 2-5A schedule.

    Los Alamos won the sets 25-19, 25-15 and 25-7.

    The first set was the closest of the match. The two teams were tied 11-11, but Los Alamos scored 10 of the next 13 points to pull away from the Lady Jaguars.

    "Once we saw we needed to compete against them, we got things going," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.

    Brianna Montaño finished with 14 kills for Los Alamos, incuding the game-winners in the first and second sets. Sierra Foley added 13 kills. Samantha Melton not only set the two big hitters up, but also spread the ball around to other players, as well.

    "Sam did a good job setting the ball around," Espinoza said. "Everyone got their swings in."

    The coach also said Noelle Gallegos did "a phenominal job in the middle — she had an overall great game."

  • Hopkins scores four goals in win...

    Katie Hopkins scored four goals and the Los Alamos girls soccer team shut out its third straight opponent Tuesday, beating the Robertson Cardinals 6-0.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 6-5-1 with the win. Robertson slipped to 6-4.
    "We're passing good better and now we're starting to finish," Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Hopkins scored twice in the first half to give Los Alamos an early lead. Sienna Ahlers assisted her in the 10th minute and Abby Schmalz assisted her in the 15th minute.
    Hopkins almost got her hat trick just six minutes into the second half, but Robertson's goalie, Jasmine Jaramillo, saved her shot.
    Later in the half, Schmalz passed down the line to Jordan Henson. Henson dribbled almost all that way down to the end line and, with three defenders on her, she snuck a shot into the goal to put Los Alamos up, 3-0.
    A little over a minute later, Hopkins got her hat trick. Henson and Schmalz brought the ball down the field and then Schmalz found Hopkins open in the center. Hopkins then fired a shot into the goal with her left foot.

  • Hilltoppers lose high-scoring...

    There was no shortage of offense in Friday night’s football game between Los Alamos and Famington. The two teams combined for 13 touchdowns and 91 points.
    A lop-sided second quarter, however, helped Farmington pull away from Los Alamos and win the game, 65-26.
    The Scorpions also struck first in the contest. The ’Toppers put together an 11-play drive on their first possession, but the third penalty on the drive turned a second-and-short into a second-and-10 and the drive stalled.
    After Los Alamos laboriously moved the ball the down the field, Farmington only needed two big plays to score a touchdown and take a 6-0 lead.
    Los Alamos, however, answered right back.
    A 26-yard run by quarterback Nicholas Quartieri followed by an 18-yard run by Derek Salvege helped Los Alamos get into Farmington’s red zone. Quartieri then rolled out and, right before Farmington’s pressure got to him, threw a 22-yard strike to John Meyer for a touchdown. The ’Toppers missed the extra point, but the quarter ended with the two teams tied, 6-6.
    Turnovers and a kickoff returned for a touchdown helped Farmington take control of the game in the second quarter.
    A 29-yard pass followed by a 14-yard touchdown pass put Farmington up, 13-6.

  • Boys soccer falls to top-ranked...

    Shots were tough to come by Saturday in Los Alamos’ boys soccer game against Taos.
    The two teams only combined for seven shots in the first half and finished the game with 12 shots apiece.
    The Tigers, however, capitalized on the few chances they did get to win the game, 3-1.
    Los Alamos started the contest strong and scored almost immediately. Eric Burnside received a pass in the middle of the field and capitalized with a goal to put Los Alamos up, 1-0, just 47 seconds into the game.
    Geroge Steinkamp then headed a shot just over the crossbar.
    Later, in the sixth minute, DC Kim kicked the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was called off sides.
    Taos’ Aiden Cserhat then tied the game with a shot off of the side of his foot in the 15th minute. Cserhat is the state’s leading scorer with 32 goals in nine games.
    Tristen Roach made some big defensive plays to keep the score tied. He intercepted one pass and then, after a Taos forward got by Los Alamos’ goalie, raced back and cleared the ball over the bleachers to prevent a goal.
    At the other end, Authur Steinkamp tried scoring with a bicycle kick, but his shot went high. Cserhat then scored from about 30 yards out in the 37 minute to give Taos the lead.

  • Hilltopper girls finding their...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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.