Today's Sports

  • LA county named bike friendly...

    For three years, Los Alamos County’s Public Works Department has been taking steps to get the county recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

    Thursday morning, the hard work paid off, as the county was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

    Los Alamos County joins more than 400 communities around the country that have been honored by the league at various levels. It is also just the fourth community in New Mexico to earn the distinction, joining Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.

    Santa Fe is recognized as a silver tier community, while Albuquerque and Las Cruces are alongside Los Alamos on the bronze tier.

    According to its official website, the League “represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America.”

    Los Alamos County was one of 65 communities honored this year by the league, either as a new, or renewed, Bicycle Friendly Community.

  • Young Hilltopper basketball team...

    This season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is out to prove that the phrase “practice makes perfect” really is true.

    After finishing with a disappointing 6-21 record last year under first-year head coach Josh Archuleta, the team instituted an entirely new offseason training regimen.

    It was aimed at improving the chemistry of the team and bringing out all of the players’ best qualities on the court.

    Archuleta believes that goal was accomplished.

    “The strengths on this roster have been proven throughout the summer,” Archuleta said. “We played more than 30 games during the summer, and never stopped working preseason.”

    Archuleta believes that the team has a stronger sense of cohesion than last year, and that the results of that have shown on the court in practice this month.

    “We are the type of basketball team that is very unselfish,” Archuleta said. “We aren’t prideful in terms of individual pride. We are prideful in terms of team pride. If the team wins, we all win.”

    The players seem to share that sentiment, with several of them saying they have a different feeling about this season than in previous years.

  • Fusion Volleyball to host...

    For many people in Los Alamos County, volleyball is more than a sport. It is a lifelong passion.

    For more than 20 years, the volleyball community in Los Alamos has run and organized Fusion Volleyball, a competitive youth club affiliated nationally with USA volleyball.

    “It is such a great opportunity for local kids to learn the game,” said Cheryl Bell, the club’s director.

    The organization is run completely by volunteers.

    Many of them have been around the sport their entire lives, coaching and playing at various levels.

    The number of teams the club puts together varies from year-to-year, based on the interest from the community.

    This year, that will be determined at the club’s tryouts, scheduled for Sunday.

    Last year, the team organized two 12-and-under teams, as well as teams in the 11-and-under, 13-and-under and 14-and-under groups.

    In past years, the number of teams has varied between two and six.

    Bell encouraged anyone in those age groups to come to the tryouts, which will be at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m. for children 12 and under, and at 1 p.m. for 13 and 14 year olds.

    The tryout will cost $20 and includes a T-shirt from the club.

  • Hopkins named first team all-...

    Katie Hopkins earned first-team honors and 11 other Hilltoppers were honored, as All-State soccer performers for Class 5A were announced this week.

    In total, seven girls made the cut, along with five boys.

    This is Hopkins’ first appearance on the First-Team list. The junior has been on the Honorable Mention All-State list the past two years.

    This year, she scored 10 goals and added five assists while playing in the midfield.

    Shelly Doyle made the cut on the Second-Team list. She was one of the Hilltoppers’ top defenders this season, and played a key role on the team’s run to the state championship game.

    Five girls made the Honorable Mention list for LAHS. They are: senior goalkeeper Ashley Atencio, senior defender Perla Terrazas, senior forward Elsa Gram, junior forward Alissia Haagenstad and junior forward Alix Hailey.

    Atencio played extremely well this season in her first year as a full time goalkeeper, while Terrazas was part of the back line that made life easier for Atencio.

    Gram, Haagenstad and Hailey were key contributors to the offense, each of them finishing with more than 10 goals.

  • Atomic City Update: Fall sports...

    It seems like just yesterday that the fall sports season was getting underway at Los Alamos High School. And now, in the blink of an eye, the season has come to an end.

    And what a season it was. There were outstanding performances across the board, as all of the teams provided excitement for this community.

    The cross country teams once again proved they are among the best programs in the state, as both teams once again finished in the top three at the state meet last weekend.

    Perhaps the most exciting thing about these teams is that the future looks so bright.

    The top runners for both the boys and girls teams were freshman, Rafael Sanchez and Lidia Appell. As they continue to grow over the next few years, they will only get better and better.

    Equally exciting were the soccer teams, both of which were factors in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row.

    The accomplishments of the girls’ soccer team at LAHS are impossible to ignore.

    With an entirely new coaching staff, the team won 17 games and advanced to the state championship game with one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the state.

    The boys’ team was equally impressive, battling through major adversity to win 15 games and advance to the state semifinals.

  • LAHS XC teams finish in top...

    Every year, the Los Alamos cross country teams are among the top competitors at the Class 5A state meet. And this year was no different, as the Hilltopper girls took the second place prize, and the boys finished in third place.

    Heading into the boys race, everyone expected it to be a three-team battle between Albuquerque Academy, Kirtland Central and LAHS. And the meet lived up to expectations, with those three teams finishing well ahead of every other team in the race.

    Academy took home the state championship with 37 points, while Kirtland Central took second place with 61 points.

    The Hilltoppers finished just two points behind Kirtland Central with 63 points.

    Two weeks ago, following the Hilltoppers’ home meet, head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood explained that whichever of those three teams was able to put together the most complete meet would walk away as the champions, and on Saturday Albuquerque Academy proved to be up to the task with its decisive victory.

    Despite not accomplishing its goal of a state championship, the Hilltopper runners all put together impressive performances.

    Freshman Rafael Sanchez was the team’s top finisher with a time of 17:03. He finished in fifth place overall, and earned All-State honors.

  • Football falls to Capital in...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity football team entered Friday’s regular season finale against Capital High School with a chance to earn a playoff spot for the first time since 2011.

    The Hilltoppers came into the game with a 6-3 record, with a chance of winning District 2-5A, and a better chance of earning an at-large bid to the playoffs with a victory.

    As the game went along, however, the Hilltoppers watched those dreams slowly slip away, as Capital won the game, and the district, ending any chance of LAHS slipping into the 12-team Class 5A playoff field.

    Things may not have ended the way the Hilltoppers envisioned, but the team could not have asked for a better start.

    After trading punts on the first two possessions of the game, the Hilltoppers took over past midfield and cashed in almost immediately, as quarterback Dylan Irish ran the ball in from 37 yards out to put LAHS up 7-0 early.

    LAHS forced another punt by Capital on the ensuing drive, and got right back to work on offense. The three-headed rushing attack of Irish, Ryan McNeil and Jack Stewart moved the Hilltoppers down the field without much resistance. It took eight plays to get LAHS to the 2-yard line, and on the ninth play of the drive, Irish ran the ball in from two yards away.

  • LA lacrosse awarded $9,000...

    Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse has received an equipment grant valued at $9,000 from US Lacrosse.

    The First Stick Grant awards the league with equipment for boys and girls players including sticks, helmets, eyewear, pads, gloves, and goalie equipment. The grant includes complimentary membership to US Lacrosse for up to 40 new players and four coaches.

    In addition, SISU Mouthguards has awarded the league an equipment grant of 100 mouthguards as part of the US Lacrosse Diversity and Inclusion program.

    “These grants will boost our program and help us to introduce more players to the game of lacrosse,” said high school boys’ coach James Miller.

    Last season the Hilltopper boys ended the season in second place, losing to the Duke City Scorpions at the state championships in May.

    “We look forward to building the girl’s lacrosse program in Los Alamos with the help of these equipment grants,” added high school girls’ coach Whitney Pryce.

    Last season was the first season for the Los Alamos high school girls’ team.

    The players went to the quarterfinals while participating on a composite team with players from other towns.

    “This year, we hope to have our own standalone high school team and a youth girls’ team,” Pryce said.

  • Girls soccer falls in state...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girls’ soccer team was perhaps the biggest surprise of the Class 5A state soccer tournament, as the Hilltoppers proved they are among the best teams in the state.

    “I am really pleased with how the team progressed and where we ended up,” said head coach Ann Cernicek.

    No. 6 seed LAHS knocked off No. 3 seed St. Pius X and No. 2 seed Aztec High School on back-to-back days, setting up a rematch with District 2-5A rival, and No. 1 seed, Albuquerque Academy, for the state championship.

    And though the Hilltoppers gave a championship-level effort, it wasn’t quite enough, as the Chargers escaped with a 1-0 victory, and the team’s second consecutive state championship.

    Heading in, there were no surprises between these two teams. The Hilltoppers and Chargers met twice during the regular season, won 3-1 and 3-0, by Academy.

    In the regular season, the recipe for success for Academy was maintaining possession as often as possible and forcing the Hilltoppers to chase the action.

    Early in the championship match, it appeared the Hilltoppers were intent on not allowing this strategy to work a third time.

  • LAHS boys soccer falls to...

    For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team watched its season slip away in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament. Just like last year, the Hilltoppers fell to Albuquerque Academy 4-1 in the semifinals.

    LAHS, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, entered the game as the underdogs against Academy, the No. 1 seed.

    Though LAHS was able to stay competitive into the second half, the strength and speed of Academy became too much to handle as the game moved along, and the Chargers took control and never let go.

    Academy maintained the majority of the possession in the early going, as the Chargers’ strikers kept the back line of the Hilltoppers, as well as freshman goalkeeper Jaxson Martines, busy in the early going.

    The LAHS defense was up to the task, however, as Hilltopper defenders Ben Rees and Cid Rice were able to clear the ball out of danger and keep the Chargers off the scoreboard as the Hilltoppers survived the early onslaught of Academy shots.

    Hilltopper senior Tristan Semelsberger was given a yellow card in the 17th minute, as he was guilty of tripping an Academy defender. After the call was made, Semelsberger was not pleased and complained to the official, earning the card and forcing him out of the game momentarily.