Today's Sports

  • Tumblers begin season

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their season Nov. 7 with a meet in Santa Fe. The team had five first-place finishers and swept the awards in several divisions.
    The team’s high scorer of the day was Chantel Biebeault. Biebeault scored a 37.60 to win the silver junior division. Biebeault won the vault (9.30), bars (9.50), beam (9.50) and floor (9.30) to win the overall title. Anika Lovato finished second in the same division with a 35.50 and Deeanna Foster placed third with 34.085.
    In the silver children’s division, Danielle Trellue took first with 35.55, Colette Biebeault placed second with 34.95 and Alexandra Simakov took third with 31.70.
    In the silver senior division, Cyra Bishop placed first with a 34.50, Sarah Hutchens took second with 34.20 and Sara Gardner took third with 34.00.
    In the gold competition, Kayli Lincoln finished first with 35.10, Faith Koh took second with 34.95 and Addie Richie finnished third with 34.85. Lincoln won the vault (8.90), beam (8.70) and floor (9.00) while Koh took first on on the bars (8.90).
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took first with 36.80, Anna Clark was a very close second with 36.75 and Brianna Fryer took third with 34.20. Cox won the beam with a 9.40 while Clark finished first on the vault (9.30), bars (9.20) and floor (9.30).

  • Time to Ride: New Mexico's...

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort spun its lifts Saturday, Sunday and Monday to once again kick off New Mexico’s ski season. The mountain had its main lift at the base, Lift 1, running to carry skiers up the hill and one route for them to ride down. The mountain is closed for a few days to make more snow and will reopen Friday through Nov. 29. With a few days to make snow and 22 inches dumping on the mountain Monday night, additional terrain is expected to be open Friday.
    The storm hit other New Mexico resorts as well. Pajarito received well over a foot of new snow up top while Taos Ski Valley reported 24 inches in 24 hours Tuesday morning.

  • ’Topper athletes commit to...

    In the last week, five athletes from Los Alamos committed to colleges to play sports next year.
    On Tuesday, four of those athletes signed letters of intent at the high school during a ceremony. Sarah Lott signed with the University of Utah to swim for the Utes. Lane Saunders signed with Eastern New Mexico University to play baseball for the Greyhounds. Ashlynn Trujillo signed with New Mexico Highlands University to play basketball. Brianna Montaño also signed with Highlands. Montaño will play volleyball for the Cowgirls.
    Connor Mang, meanwhile, committed to the University of New Mexico’s baseball team last week.
    Lott had several offers from Division I schools, including New Mexico, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee and others, but decided to compete in the PAC-12 against many of the sports’ powerhouse teams. She got athletic and academic scholarships to the school.
    “Going out there, I loved the school and everyone I got to meet,” Lott said.
    Lott’s main strokes are the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. She won state two years ago in the 100 free with a time of 52.07 seconds.

  • Hilltoppers ousted by defending...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
    The Hilltoppers traded blows with the defending state champs, Centennial, but the Hawks were able score late to close out the first two games and then finished the ’Toppers off in the third set.
    Centennial won the match 25-22, 25-23 and 25-15.
    “The first two games we played well together and were really gunning for it,” Sierra Foley said.
    “In the first and second games, they were scared,” Samantha Melton said. “That was a good feeling.”
    In the first game, Los Alamos took an early lead and played with confidence the rest of the way.
    Noelle Gallegos scored the first point of the game with a dink on the line and Melton followed up with an ace. Centennial fought back and took a 4-2 lead, but three straight Foley kills put Los Alamos back in front.
    “At this level, you have to score out first,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “When you score to start a set, it catches the other team on its heels a little.”
    The teams kept trading leads and the first game was tied 10 different times.

  • Los Alamos soccer players...

    District 2-5A recently honored Los Alamos girls and boys soccer players for their performances during the teams’ successful seasons.
    Los Alamos’ Ralph Archbold, Eric Burnside, Kayla Parker and Sienna Ahlers were all named district players of the year.
    Archbold and Parker led the teams’ defenses and were both big keys to their respective club’s success.
    Capital’s Victor Lazoya was named the boys’ district offensive player of the year. Lazoya led Class 5A with 84 points, scoring 34 goals and assisting 16 for the Jaguars.
    After scoring two goals against St. Pius X to help Los Alamos reach the state semifinals, Burnside was added to the player of the year list. He was the team’s leader in goals and assists.
    Ahlers led the district in scoring and was one of the state’s top scorers, as well. She finished the season with 23 goals and 12 assists.
    Los Alamos also had six boys and six girls make the district’s first team.
    The boys’ first team honorees were Archbold, Burnside, goalie Seth Hailey, midfielders Alex Csanadi and George Steinkamp and forward Levon Wiggins.
    Capital had four first-team players, Bernalillo had two and Del Norte had one.

  • Sipapu to open top-to-bottom...

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will kick off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year Saturday.
    The mountain will have Lift 1 — its main lift at the base — spinning to carry skiers and riders up the hill.
    The route down will begin at the top pitch of Gamble and then hook onto Sasafras. The route will then drop down Loose Caboose, Thumper and cross over to Don Diego around Tower 2.
    No beginner terrain will be open and neither of mountain’s magic carpets will be running.
    The mountain also doesn’t expect to open right at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Sipapu has received 12 inches of natural snow this year and it began making snow Nov. 5 to get ready for the upcoming season. The mountain’s crew had been working around the clock to get the ski area ready for Saturday’s opening. At 3 a.m. Wednesday, however, the crew encountered an unexpected snag. A tree fell down at the ski area and took out its transformer, knocking out its electricity and phones. The power outage cost the crew 14 hours of potential snowmaking time and put it a little behind schedule, but the crew has remained committed to opening Saturday. The opening time will just depend on how much snow it’s able to make before then and how quick it can push that snow onto the route.

  • LA volleyball advances to state...

    RIO RANCHO — Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza described the state volleyball tournament as “a mental game.”
    “The competition is up there,” Espinoza said. “You have to expect to play hard and have tough games. It comes down to who’s the tougher team.”
    After finishing second in its pool, Los Alamos was able to refocus and advance in state tournament.
    In its first-round game, Los Alamos spiked Santa Teresa in three sets to advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Los Alamos beat the Desert Warriors, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-14.
    The No. 5 seeded ’Toppers will now play No. 3 Centennial at 9:45 a.m. today.
    Centennial took first in Pool C with No. 6 Piedra Vista and No. 10 Artesia to make the quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos started the tournament with a tough draw in its pool-play matches. The ‘Toppers beat No. 9 Moriarty, 25-14 and 25-20, but fell to No. 4 Los Lunas, 25-15 and 25-23, to finish second in Pool D.
    Los Alamos beat Moriarty earlier in the season and carried that confidence into Thursday’s match.
    “I think we carried the momentum the majority of the game,” Espinoza said. “That’s easy to do with a team you’ve beaten.”

  • Volleyball wins district, gets...

    Española Valley fought like heck to keep from giving up its District 2-5A volleyball title Saturday, but Los Alamos was able to beat the Sundevils a fourth time and finish its district season with an unblemished record.
    The Hilltoppers won the district championship in five games.
    The Sundevils won the first set, 25-18, but Los Alamos tied things up by taking the second set, 25-21.
    The Sundevils then put Los Alamos’ back against the wall by taking the third set, 25-19. The Hilltoppers, however, finished strong and won the fourth and fifth set, 25-22 and 15-8, to take the match.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 18-3 overall and 9-0 in district games.
    The ’Toppers will now enter the Class 5A state championships as the No. 5 seed.
    The state tournament will begin with pool play at 8 a.m. Thursday. In Pool D with Los Alamos are No. 4 Los Lunas and No. 9 Moriarty.
    The winner of each pool will get a first-round bye and an automatic spot in the quarterfinals while the second and third finishers will have to compete in the round-of-12 Thursday afternoon. The quarter and semifinals will take place Friday and the championship is Saturday.
    St. Pius X got the No. 1 seed and is in Pool A with No. 8 Albuquerque Academy and No. 12 Española Valley.

  • LA football loses to Del Norte...

    Los Alamos’ football team headed into Friday night’s game against Del Norte with an opportunity to force the playoff selection committee to take a good, hard look at it.
    A win would have given Los Alamos a second-place finish in District 2-5A, ahead of the 9-1 Española Valley Sundevils. That would have meant if the selection committee wanted Española in the playoffs, it would have had to take Los Alamos as well.
    Del Norte, however, ended any chance Los Alamos had. The Knights stacked the box to squash Los Alamos’ running attack and went on to win the game, 42-0.
    After sitting out against Bernalillo with a concussion, Lane Saunders returned to the lineup against Del Norte. Running back Derek Selvage, however, got hurt early against Del Norte and did not return.
    While Del Norte stifled Los Alamos’ run, it ran for several big plays to successfully end Los Alamos’ season.
    With the Del Norte win, Española Valley (9-1, 3-1 2-5A) claimed the District 2-5A championship, Capital (7-3, 3-1) finished second followed by Del Norte (4-6, 2-2), Los Alamos (4-6, 2-2) and Bernalillo (0-10, 0-4).
    Española and Capital will now represent the district in the Class 5A state playoffs.

  • ’Topper girls take second in 5A

    ALBUQUERQUE — When the Los Alamos girls’ soccer team traveled to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex for the latter rounds of the Class 5A state tournament, it knew any game could be its last.
    The No. 5 seeded Hilltopper girls, however, embraced the underdog spirit and kept their season going longer than anyone expected. Los Alamos knocked off No. 5 Aztec in overtime in the quarterfinals, 2-1, and then stunned the top-seeded Farmington Scorpions, 3-1, in the semifinals.
    Heading into the Saturday’s championship game against No. 3 St. Pius X., the Hilltoppers knew that, win or lose, the next game would be its last.
    “Last night we gathered in a hotel room and talked about our favorite memories,” senior Emily Hopkins said after the championship game. “We all cried.”
    The Sartans had won the previous two state championships and Los Alamos wasn’t able keep them from making it three in a row Saturday. St. Pius beat Los Alamos in the championship game, 1-0.
    “The game was extremely close,” Hopkins said. “We had our chances.”