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Today's Sports

  • Lobos O-line named a top unit...

    Twenty-one offensive lines were named to the Joe Moore Mid-Season Honor Roll by the Foundation for Teamwork, and The University of New Mexico's unit was one of the 21 that made the list, as was announced today in New York. Of the 21 units honored, 16 reside in the current AP Top 25, and combined the teams have a record of 100-19.

    The Lobo offensive line has been anchored by two seniors in Rimington candidate Blaise Fountain at center and Avery Jordan at left tackle. Junior Aaron Jenkins at right guard has, like Fountain and Jordan, started all five games. UNM's other two spots have seen shared duty. Charlie Grammel, Ray Baylor III and Chris Estrella have all started at left guard, and Izrael Castellanos and Teton Saltes have started at right tackle.

    UNM's offensive line has certainly improved as the season has wore on, with UNM's rushing yardage total going up in each of the last four games. The Lobos are currently 12th nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 266.8 yards per game. The Lobos are the only team in the country to have finished in the top 10 in rushing in each of the last five seasons.

  • LAHS cross country prepares for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity boys cross country team finished in third place in Northglenn, Colo., last weekend, while the girls were unable to finish because of lightning in the area. Shawn Williams, seen here, finished the race in 17 minutes, 13 seconds. The team now shifts its focus to the home meet, which will take place at Los Alamos County's golf course Oct. 20. This will be the team's final regular season meet this year.

  • Volleyball falls to Capital at...

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

    In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

    At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
    Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

    In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.

  • U11 soccer Krypton Lasers win...

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the NM State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers had a successful weekend, winning two games to even their record at 3-3.

    In the first game against the Albuquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back, winning 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting on a Dhruv Thulasidasan goal. Sammy Brown-Salazar then scored a goal off of a ricochet, followed by another goal from an assist by James Ito to go up 3-1 at halftime.

    At the start of the 2nd half, the Bears scored to make it 3-2, but Taelin Stanfield dribbled through the Bears defense and put the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2. Off a corner kick from Thulasidasan, Brendan French curled a 30-yard high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms to seal the victory. Hayden
    Watkins had a strong first half in goal, while Liam Cunningham made some key diving saves in the second half.

    In the second match, the Lasers fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Rio Rapids Sounders. The Lasers re-grouped in the 2nd half and converted a penalty kick by Brown-Salazar. Stanfield and Cam McDonald solidified the defense and Thulasidasan, in his first start in goal, held the Sounders scoreless in the second half.

  • Fishing Report 10-13-17

    Bluewater Lake: Diego Artiaga, 6, of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 15-pound, tiger muskie Oct. 8. It was his first cast and he was using a large spoon.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Tommy Ledoux, of Cimarron, caught a 44-inch, 24-pound northern pike Oct. 6. He was fishing from the bank and using a big lure.
    Elephant Butte Lake: Carlton Earley, Jr., of El Paso, caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life Oct. 7. He was jigging for white bass with live bait near Rattlesnake Island.
    Fenton Lake: Patricia Scanlon, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout Oct. 9. She was using a homemade white mop and fishing from the bank.
    Navajo Lake: Brian Stangel, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 5.31-pound largemouth bass Oct. 6. He was using a Juice Custom Baits swim jig. Charlie Estep, of Colorado, caught and released a 4.44-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 7. He was using a Strike King KVD jerk bait.
    Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kashmir McCoy, 7, William McCoy, 9, and Lennon McCoy, 3, of El Paso, caught their limits of trout Oct. 3. Kashmir and Lennon were using PowerBait and Fire Balls while William was using a silver and white Aglia dressed Mepps spinner. Logan Cajete, 6, of Albuquerque, caught his first limit of trout including an 18-inch rainbow Oct. 6. He was using salmon eggs under a bobber and a brown Tasmanian Devil.
     

  • LAHS cross country heads to...

    The Los Alamos High School cross country teams headed to Northglenn, Colorado, this past weekend hoping to continue building momentum as the season moves along.

    While the varsity boys were able to do that with a third-place finish, the varsity girls were unable to finish their race due to lightning in the area.

    The conditions were less than optimal for the runners, as they battled heavy winds throughout the event, as gusts reached over 40 miles per hour.

    The wind could not stop LAHS’ top runner, freshman Rafael Sanchez, from having another great outing, as he finished in sixth place with a time of 16:16. He was with the top group of runners for the entire race, as he was just four seconds away from the fourth place finisher.

    LAHS’ runners impressed at the meet, as the finishers that followed Sanchez all improved on their times from the previous meet at Albuquerque Academy in late September.

    Joshua Strevell finished with a time of 16:47, which was good for 24th place. Steven Strevell finished in 17:02, which earned him 34th place. Duncan Fuehne finished right behind him with a time of 17:05, and Kevin Parkinson finished in 37th place with a time of 17:07.

  • Girl’s soccer dominates district...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team got back in the win column Saturday afternoon against Capital High School with an 8-0 victory in which the Hilltoppers controlled the action from beginning to end.

    The win was important for the Hilltoppers, as the team was coming off a 3-1 loss against Albuquerque Academy earlier in the week.

    Though head coach Ann Cernicek was pleased with the victory, she stressed the importance of playing that way against every team her girls face.

    “We need to be steady and play the same way against every team, so that’s what we need to keep working on to get better,” Cernicek said.

    LAHS scored early and often against Capital, going on top in the 10th minute on a shot from Alissia Haagenstad to go up 1-0.

    Haagenstad scored again eight minutes later, as she made a play off of a free kick, sending a high, arcing shot toward the net and looping it right underneath the crossbar, giving her team a 2-0 advantage.

    Katie Hopkins made the score 3-0 in the 32nd minute with an easy tap in goal, and the team carried that lead into halftime.

    The Hilltoppers upped the offensive intensity even more in the second half, scoring five additional goals, leaving little doubt about the outcome as the second half progressed.

  • Boy’s soccer picks up big win...

    The pressure was on the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team heading into Saturday’s matchup on the road against Capital High School, and they responded with a 3-1 victory.

    It was an important district win for the Hilltoppers, as Albuquerque Academy had defeated them 3-1 earlier in the week.

    A loss against Capital would have dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-2 in district play.

    Instead, LAHS is back in good shape, sitting at 2-1 in district play with momentum on their side heading into the second rotation of district games.

    “We made an adjustment to bring more energy into the game and it worked,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “We played together more. It was much better all around, and I appreciated that.”

    After the teams played in the middle of the field for the majority of the early action, the Hilltoppers were able to take control in the 27th minute, as junior Arthur Steinkamp scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season to give LAHS a 1-0 lead.

    “He has been outstanding for us,” Blue said. “When he is playing with that kind of energy, it’s really great.”

  • Hilltoppers upended by Del Norte

    In recent years, the Los Alamos High School varsity football team has had trouble containing the offensive attack of Del Norte High School, going winless against the Knights since moving into the same district in 2014.

    That trend continued Friday night at Sullivan Field, as the Hilltoppers fell 51-25.

    Del Norte jumped out to a lead early, as they moved down the field with ease on their first drive thanks to the running ability of quarterback Christian Mejia and running back Aaris Curtis, who put the Knights on top 7-0 with a 2-yard touchdown run.

    The Hilltoppers answered back immediately, as quarterback Kayden Rivera connected with Walker Eaton on a long pass play to set up first-and-goal. Running back Preston Brown, who stepped in for the injured Ryan McNeil, scored the first touchdown of his career on the next play, knotting the score 7-7.

    Momentum appeared to shift firmly in the direction of the Knights following the score, as Mejia scored on a quarterback keeper to put Del Norte back on top 14-7, and then Del Norte forced a quick punt by the Hilltoppers on their next possession.

    Things changed following the Knights’ next possession, however, as LAHS forced Del Norte into a punting situation near their own goal line.

  • Atomic City Update: High school...

    As the NFL and college sports erupt in controversy and politicization, I am grateful that we still have high school football to remind us what the game is supposed to be all about.

    Right now, the NFL is dealing with the backlash and effects of many of its players kneeling during the national anthem, or deciding to stay in their locker rooms until the anthem is over.

    College athletics were rocked this week when the results of an FBI investigation revealed that players were being paid outlandish amounts of money to come to universities affiliated with Adidas brand apparel.

    That investigation has led to the arrest of four assistant coaches, and the dismissal of Rick Pitino, the highly successful basketball coach at the University of Louisville. The investigation could lead to the dismissal of more coaches, in both football and basketball.

    Luckily, the drama that has hit higher levels of sports has avoided the high school level to this point.

    Nothing has changed in Los Alamos. The players and crowd stand and face the flag in the middle of the field for the playing of the anthem before each game.

    Players at this level play because they love the game, not because they’re on a scholarship or because they’re being paid for their talents.