Today's Sports

  • LA boys finish with red trophy

    The Los Alamos boys’ soccer team came up short of a state title Saturday, falling to Albuquerque Academy 2-0 in the Class 5A championship game.
    Even though Los Alamos didn’t reach the pinnacle, the team made an incredible run to bring home a red trophy.
    “I don’t think it was luck,” senior captain Alex Csanadi said. “Everything we’ve been working on for the last couple of months came together and we showed we’re one of the best teams in the state.”
    After getting a first-round bye, the No. 3 ’Toppers blew by No. 6 St. Pius X, 3-0, in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos then battled the No. 2 Roswell Coyotes for 100 minutes only to have the semifinal contest decided by a shootout.
    “The best was winning it on PKs,” Csanadi said. “We’ll all be happy about that for the rest of our lives.”
    The shootout win gave Los Alamos a spot in the finals, but after finishing second two years in a row, Albuquerque Academy wasn’t going to be denied a third-straight year.
    Academy fired shot after shot in the game, but defenders Ralph Archbold, Tristan Roach and Kye Jones did a good job limiting the quality of those shots. Goalie Seth Hailey also had double-digit saves in the contest.

  • LA girls win seventh straight...

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos girls’ cross country team all season had its sights set on extending its state title streak to seven. On Saturday, the Hilltopper girls didn’t just win another title, they dominated their competition.
    Los Alamos had four runners finish in the top six, two more finish in the top 20 and it scored the Class 5A championship with 27 points, 40 better than second-place Albuquerque Academy and 52 lower than third-place St. Pius X.
    “I never dreamed it would have been that awesome,” senior Sophia Galvez said.
    “I’m just glad all of the work paid off,” Zoe Hemez said.
    The Hilltopper boys were also gunning to extend their state-title streak Saturday to five. Albuquerque Academy entered the championship as the favorite, but Los Alamos almost pulled off the upset. After four runners from each team finished, the two squads were tied with 31 points. Academy’s fifth runner, however, crossed six seconds ahead of Los Alamos’ fifth to help the Chargers squeak by Los Alamos, 45-48.

  • LA girls cross country wins state

    The Los Alamos girls' cross country team ran away from the competition Saturday morning at the Class 5A state championships.

    Los Alamos defended its title with 27 points, 40 fewer than second-place St. Pius X.

    Talia Dreicer, Sophia Galvez, Maddy Foley and Zoe Hemez all finished in the top-six while Marin Kelly's 19-place finish wrapped up the team title.

    The Hilltopper boys also had a great race, but they just missed a title. The boys finished three points behind Albuquerque Academy's winning 45.

    Connor Bailey, Hayden Walker and John Reese all finished in the top-eight, Victor Kim crossed 11th and Kai Coblentz finished 17th for the 'Toppers.

    On the soccer field, Los Alamos' boys and girls both finished second in the state.

    In the championship games, the Hilltopper girls fell 1-0 to St. Pius X and the boys lost 2-0 to Albuquerque Academy.

    On Friday night, Los Alamos' football team lost its final regular season game to Del Norte. The Knights beat Los Alamos, 42-0.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete stories.

  • LA boys reach title game

    After 100 minutes, Los Alamos' boys soccer team and Roswell were scoreless in Saturday's Class 5A semifinal battle.
    The spot in the championship game had to be decided by a shootout.
    Los Alamos went first and Alex Csanadi scored to set the tone for the Hilltoppers.
    Roswell tied it on its first shot, but Geoerge Steinkamp put Los Alamos back up with a score.
    Goalkeeper Seth Hailey then continued his strong tournament, making a critical save for Los Alamos. The blocked shot proved to be the difference in the contest.
    Tristen Roach, Arthur Steinkamp and Andreas Runde followed with goals to help Los Alamos make the finals.
    The No. 3 seeded 'Toppers were scheduled to play No. 1 Albuquerque Academy in Saturday's championship.
    Los Alamos was pushing the tempo early in the contest against No. 2 Roswell, but didn't have any real good shots to show for it. A lot of the game was then played in the middle of the field.
    Roswell was the aggressor in the second half, but Los Alamos managed to keep them from scoring.
    Los Alamos also created a couple of good scoring chances, but its two closest shots missed just high.
    The two overtimes saw good shots by both teams, but nobody was able to score until the shootout.
    Special thanks to KRSN for help with this report.

  • Los Alamos makes it to title game

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team upset the top-seeded Farmington Scorpions, 3-1, to advance to the Class 5A state championships.

    Los Alamos will play in the championship game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Farmington. Emily Hopkins scored on a free kick in the 26th minute, firing a bullet over the wall and into the top shelf. About eight minutes later, Abby Schmalz assisted Sienna Ahlers on a goal to put Los Alamos up by two.

    Los Alamos' defense did a good job shutting the Scorpions down in the first half. Anna Lemke made a number of good saves while Sophie Wood kept a lid on a lot of Farmington shots. Right before halftime, however, Farmington scored to cut the lead in half.

    In the second half, Farmington attacked and attacked, but couldn't get one in. Then, in the 79th minute, Ahlers took a long through ball and scored a huge insurance goal for the 'Toppers.

    Special thanks to KRSN for help with this report.

  • 'Toppers advance to soccer...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos' girls and boys soccer teams both scored wins in the Class 5A state quarterfinals Thursday.

    The No. 5 seeded girls got the ball rolling in the morning, beating No. 4 Aztec 2-1 in overtime. 

    The No. 3 Hilltopper boys then shut out No. 6 St. Pius X, 3-0, in the afternoon.

    The Hilltopper girls will now take on No. 1 Farmington at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semis.

    Los Alamos' boys will square off with No. 2 Roswell at 2 p.m. Friday.

    The girls got off to a slow start Thursday against Aztec. Aztec took its first shot less than 20 seconds into the game, made Anna Lemke dive to make a save in the fifth minute and took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.

    "i think because it was our first game at state, it made us panic," Jordan Henson said.

    "In the first half, our nerves overwhelmed us," Charlotte Leonard said.

    The 'Toppers, however, were able to weather the storm and they only went into halftime down one.

    In the second half, Los Alamos tied it up right away. In the the 43rd minute, Sienna Ahlers took a pass from Abby Schmalz and, with multiple defenders around her, kicked a hard shot into the net.

  • Fishing still reported good in...

    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Fishing was fair to good using senkos, 4-inch tubes and deep diving crank baits for smallmouth bass. The best action was in the mid-morning hours.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for tiger musky was slow but a few were caught by anglers using large spoons and spinner baits.
    Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area. Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 76 cfs and 84 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using egg patterns, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout and an occasional cutthroat. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using egg patterns, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms.
    Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs, vilecraws and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass. The surface temp was in the low 60s.

  • New Mexico looks to return to...

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Mountain West championships, a depleted New Mexico had trouble replacing departed and injured players last season, falling below .500.
    But Lobos coach Craig Neal is convinced that he now has a better roster that is more capable of playing through any hiccups that might arise.
    “I think we’re able to play,” he said. “We’ve got depth.”
    New Mexico was never quite able to replace post Alex Kirk, who left with a year of eligibility remaining to go pro, and couldn’t overcome the early-season injury to leading returning scorer Cullen Neal, the coach’s son.
    Throw in a few more banged up bodies throughout the year and the Lobos struggled to their worst season (15-16, 7-11 Mountain West) since Craig Neal joined the program in 2007 as an assistant.
    Some things to consider about the Lobos as they try to regroup for another run at the postseason:

  • Turkey Trot scheduled for Nov. 22

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Girls' soccer kicks for the...

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer teams stepped up for the community and spent much of October raising funds for their Kick for the Cure campaign.
    After their hard work, the teams were able to donate $1,400 and to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.
    The soccer program was grateful to the community for its donations and also for its support in the stands this season.