Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • LAHS girls soccer advances to...

    For the second day in a row, the No. 6 seed Los Alamos High School varsity soccer team pulled off an impressive upset victory at the Class 5A state soccer tournament. This time, the Hilltoppers defeated No. 2 seed Aztec High School 4-1 in the semifinals, sending LAHS to the state championship game.

    It was a dominant showing for the Hilltoppers, as the team took control of the semifinal match early, and never let go, leaving little doubt they deserved a chance to earn a state championship.

    In the third minute, the Hilltoppers went on top 1-0. Katie Hopkins took a free kick from about 25 yards away after Aztec committed a violation. The goalkeeper Sierra Sanders appeared to save the initial shot, but the officials said that she was standing across the goal line when she made the save, giving the goal to Hopkins.

    LAHS extended its lead in the 11th minute, as Vianey Terrazas started the ball back up the field, then passed it to Alissia Haagenstad, who sprinted up the field about 35 yards from the goal. She let a shot go, and watched it sail directly over the head of Sanders and into the back of the net. LAHS led 2-0.

  • LAHS boys soccer advances to...

    It was a dominant showing for the No. 4 seed Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team in the state quarterfinals, as the Hilltoppers defeated No. 5 seed Roswell High School 3-0.

    It was a rematch from the regular season, as LAHS defeated Roswell 2-0 earlier this season at the Albuquerque Academy Tournament on Sept. 9.

    After falling to the Hilltoppers, Roswell went undefeated through the rest of the regular season, going 8-0 down the stretch, including a 6-0 record in district play.

    Much like the first matchup between the two teams, the Hilltoppers were highly aggressive early, sending balls toward the Roswell net at every opportunity, as senior captain Tristan Semelsberger was able to dictate the pace at the beginning of the game with his ball-handling ability.

    The Hilltoppers’ aggressiveness paid off quickly, as LAHS scored the game’s opening goal in the 6th minute. LAHS senior defender Ben Rees made a nice play near the sideline to keep a ball in play, and sent a pass toward the goal over to sophomore Samuel Cirigliano, who took a quick shot and sent it into the back of the net. The Hilltoppers led 1-0.

  • LAHS girls soccer advances to...

    The No. 6 seed Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament, defeating No. 3 seed St. Pius X High School 3-2 in double overtime.

    Heading in, it was expected to be a highly competitive matchup, as the Hilltoppers had defeated the Sartans at Sullivan Field earlier this season 2-1.

    However, the Sartans had put together a great regular season, compiling a record of 11-5-1, and going 7-0-1 in district play.

    The game did not start out well for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS surrendered a goal just three minutes into the contest after the Sartans were set up with an early corner kick. Though the corner kick was not on target, the redirected shot by Miranda Hart was. Hilltopper goalkeeper Ashley Atencio had no chance to stop the shot, which gave St. Pius X a 1-0 lead.

    Much of the early action took place in the Hilltopper defensive zone, as the Sartans tried over and over to get the ball onto the feet of Hart, who was St. Pius’ leading scorer this season. During the regular season, Hart scored 27 goals.

  • Rematches await both LAHS soccer...

    The matchups are set for the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A soccer championships, and regular season rematches await both teams from Los Alamos High School.

    The girls advanced to the quarterfinal round following a 10-0 first round victory over Grants High School Saturday morning.

    The team was led by a hat trick from Elsa Gram, and two goals apiece from Alix Hailey, Katie Hopkins and Kaitlyn McGrane.

    The team will now face St. Pius X High School Thursday at 9:30 a.m. On Aug. 29, the Hilltoppers defeated the Sartans 2-1 at Sullivan Field as Hailey and Gram both scored second half goals to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.

    The Sartans enter the game with a record of 11-4-1, and a near-perfect district record of 7-0-1.

    In the team’s most recent game, St. Pius lost to top-ranked Albuquerque Academy 1-0.

    The winner of Thursday’s contest will advance to the semifinal round to face the winner of the Los Lunas vs. Aztec matchup.

    The Hilltopper boys received a bye in the first round of the state championship tournament after being awarded a top-four seed by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The team will face off against Roswell High School Thursday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.

  • LAHS cross country qualifies for...

    The Los Alamos High School  boys and girls cross country teams successfully qualified for the state championships at Friday’s district meet held at Española High School.  

    The Hilltoppers were the runners up to defending state champions Albuquerque Academy in both divisions.  

    Six runners were presented with All-District awards based on their top 10 finishes.

    For the boys, that included freshman standout Rafael Sanchez, junior Shawn Williams, and senior Kevin Parkinson.  

    For the girls, junior Marin Kelly, freshman Mabel Pyle and sophomore Abby Beus earned All-District.

    “The course was challenging, but fun and included long stretches of sand and hills, plus a loops on trails near the school with a lot of sharp turns and steep climbs and descents,” said head coach Kathy Hipwood. “With the state meet being one week away, we asked the kids to approach the race with an appropriate amount of caution.  We felt they managed the situation very well.  They definitely ran hard and competed, but shouldn’t have to deal with recovering from excessive race fatigue.”

    The girls ran without front-runners Lidia Appell and Norissa Valdez, who were rested in preparation of this week’s state championship.  

  • Football completes another...

    For the Los Alamos High School varsity football team, completing improbable comebacks over Española Valley High School has become an annual tradition.

    Almost exactly one year ago, the Sundevils entered the fourth quarter with a double-digit lead and watched it slowly slip away, capped off by a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Nick Quartieri to Kevin Maresca with no time left on the clock. The Hilltoppers walked away with a 35-34 win, and Española Valley and its fans walked away in stunned silence.

    This year’s game followed a similar script. The Sundevils’ lead was just five points entering the fourth quarter, but the team’s sense of control was just as strong. With two minutes left, Española Valley had the ball and the lead, needing just one more yard to run out the clock.

    Instead, everything that could go wrong for the Sundevils did go wrong. The Hilltoppers got the ball back, and with exactly one minute left on the clock, Kayden Rivera connected on a pass with Jack Stewart, who walked into the end zone for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown. The Hilltoppers won 21-20, and the Sullivan Field crowd erupted in a stunned celebration.

    For the second year in a row, the Sundevils walked away empty-handed.

  • LAHS volleyball advances to...

    For the second night in a row, the Los Alamos High School varsity volleyball team pulled off an upset victory in the District 2-5A tournament, defeating Española Valley 3-1.

    The Hilltoppers, the No. 5 seed in the district tournament, won just one district game in the regular season. But that hasn’t stopped the team from rolling through the first two rounds of the district tournament, after defeating Del Norte High School Monday evening.

    Heading into Tuesday’s quarterfinal match, the Hilltoppers had a sense of confidence facing the Sundevils, as LAHS had defeated Española Valley twice in the regular season, most recently last Thursday inside Griffith Gymnasium.

    That confidence showed early in the first set, as the Hilltoppers jumped out to an early lead, and led by as many as nine points, at 18-9. But the Sundevils came roaring back in the set, tying the score at 19-19 and maintaining the momentum, eventually winning the set 26-24 to take a 1-0 lead.

    As the second set began, it appeared that the Sundevils would continue to roll, jumping out to a 10-5 lead. But the Hilltoppers continued to chip away, led by junior Sophia Salazar, who had 6 kills in the second set.