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  • LAHS girl’s soccer shutout...

    Finishing the regular season on a high note was key for the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team.
    The Hilltoppers did just that with a 7-0 win against Capital on Thursday in Santa Fe. Los Alamos finished the regular season 15-5 overall and 4-2 in District 2-5A.
    “This was really good because I was able to play and start some of the backup players,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “We have the injury bug that hit us. I got several players that are down right now. Being able to play some of the players that haven’t seen a lot time is a big confidence booster.”
    The Hilltoppers are virtually a lock for not only a spot in the Class 5A state tournament, but also a home game in the first round. But, the question now for Los Alamos is whether or not it did enough to earn a top-four seed and a first round bye. That question will be answered on Sunday during the soccer state tournament selection show.
    “If we get a five or a six seed, I’m not going to be upset with it,” Gary Ahlers said. “There are some teams out there that won their district and if they get the top four seeds I won’t be upset. When you get to this time of the season, the top six are pretty close on any given day.”

  • ’Toppers volleyball edges...

    In a tight District 2-5A race, the Los Alamos volleyball team has made the most out of its pressure situations.
    The Hilltoppers won their fourth match in the last five - all in five sets - after downing Albuquerque Academy 25-27, 25-13, 29-31, 25-16, 15-7 on Wednesday’s “Dig Pink” match at Griffith Gym.
    “The good part about going five (sets) all the time is that it’s going to keep us in condition and keep us going,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “We had some good moments there. Each time they (Los Alamos) play well, they have to believe in themselves.”
    With the exception of last Saturday’s loss to Del Norte, Los Alamos (9-9 overall, 4-2 District 2-5A)  has been stellar in decisive sets, and that was the case on Wednesday against Academy (7-11 overall, 0-6 District 2-5A). The Hilltoppers jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fifth set and sealed the win with a strong defensive performance.
    “Seniors came through tonight,” Stokes said. “Kaitlin (Bennett) came through big again tonight. Jessica (Moore) her first game was a little rough but that last dig that she got in the back row just fired up everybody. They just to learn that they have to keep fired up.”

  • LAHS cross country to host home...

    A strong performance at home can help the Los Alamos cross country teams build momentum for the ladder stages of the season.
    The Hilltoppers will host their annual home invitational with events starting at 3 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course.
    The meet comes at a timely matter for Los Alamos, as it’ll host the District 2-5A meet next Friday, and the Class 5A state meet is scheduled for Nov. 5.
    Los Alamos has experienced a bit of everything in its opening four meets, including two eighth-graders leading both the boy’s and girl’s teams.
    Lidia Appell has been the top runner in every meet this season for the Hilltopper girls. The eighth-grader ran a season-best 19:49 at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational on Sept. 23.
    Paulina Burnside and Sydney Schake have also provided the Los Alamos girls with strong performances this season. The Hilltoppers have also benefited from the return on junior Zoe Hemez, who made her first appearance of the season two weeks ago at the Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On the boy’s side, Los Alamos is lead by eighth-grader Rafael Sanchez, who’s finished in under 17 minutes in all meets except for one this season.
    Senior Kai Coblentz and junior Josh Strevell have contributed with top 20 and 30 finishes.

  • Prep football: Defense leads ’...

    Going into Friday’s game against Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos head football coach Garett Williams said his team needed to key in on the Chargers single-wing offense.
    But Academy appeared to confuse itself more in the Hilltoppers 44-7 win at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos stifled the Chargers offense in route to improving to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in District 2-5A.
    The Hilltoppers finished with 463 yards of total offense. Quarterback Nick Quartieri tallied a season-high 245 passing yards, while rushing for 61 yards. Senior Aaron Waller rushed for a game-high 72 yards, while senior Travis Gonzales finished with three receptions and 131 receiving yards for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos didn’t waste anytime, scoring on its first play from scrimmage. Quartieri found Kevin Maresca for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Hilltoppers an early 7-0 lead.
    Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Academy’s Clay Crosby rushed for a 23-yard touchdown to get within seven. But that was as close as the Chargers got.
    On the Hilltoppers ensuing possession, a four play, 80-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 27-yard touchdown run by Quartieri. With three minutes left in the first half, Quartieri and Gonzales connected for an 82-yard touchdown that gave Los Alamos a 30-7 halftime lead.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer stuns Academy...

    With selection Sunday approaching, the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team was in need of a signature win and it got it.
    The Hilltoppers, who improved to 13-5-1 overall and 3-2 in District 2-5A, defeated Albuquerque Academy 1-0 on Saturday in Albuquerque, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Chargers. Prior to Saturday, Los Alamos’ last win against Academy was in the 2010 Class 4A quarterfinals.
    “We hadn’t had a lot of success against them (Academy) but It was good to know that we could beat them,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “We’ve known that we had enough to play with them but to win a game like that we needed a full team effort and that’s what they did.”
    Academy (15-3-1 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) went into Saturday’s game ranked No. 1 in New Mexico by maxpreps.com, and a win away from clinching the District 2-5A title. But, not only did the Hilltoppers extend the district race, they likely solidified at least a top eight seed and a home game for the Class 5A state tournament, and perhaps put themselves back in the top four seed conversation.
    “Obviously some things need to happen,” Blue said. “But, if you look at our strength of schedule and if we could beat Capital, then I think we could be in consideration for a top four seed.”

  • LAHS volleyball falls at Del...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team had become accustomed to winning five-set matches, but things didn’t shape as usual this time.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Del Norte 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23,15-12 on Saturday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in District 2-5A play, while the Knights improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in district.
    The loss ends a three-match winning streak, which included three five-set performances by the Hilltoppers.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos had a 2 sets to 1 lead, and a 17-13 lead in the fourth set, before the Knights went on a seven-point run to get a 20-17 lead. Del Norte ended up winning the set to set-up a decisive fifth set.
    The early stages of the fifth set were highly competitive and both teams were knotted up 6-6. Los Alamos took an 11-10 lead before Del Norte sealed the win with a 5-1 run.
    In the first set, Los Alamos overcame a 17-11 Knights lead and took a 22-18 lead. The Hilltoppers won the set after an Elodie Thelliez block.
    Led by a Mackenzie Alexander block and an Alize Garcia ace, Los Alamos took a 23-20 lead in the third set. A Jessica Moore kill sealed the set for the Hilltoppers.
    Alexander led Los Alamos with 11 kills, while Thelliez tallied six solo blocks and 11 total. Garcia finished with a team-high 26 wins.

  • Prep volleyball: ’Toppers get...

    For the third-straight match, the Los Alamos volleyball team needed five sets to win a pivotal District 2-5A match.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Capital 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 23-25, 15-8 on Wednesday in Santa Fe. It was the second-straight match that Los Alamos led 2 sets to 0, and then dropped the next two and eventually sealed the win in the fifth set.
    “We’ve been talking about it and we think that they’re full of energy in the first two games, and then they kind of relax a little too much,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “They just lose that edge. But in the fifth game, they just walked all over them.”
    Los Alamos led the fourth set 23-22, before Capital rallied three-straight points to force the decisive fifth set. The fifth set ended up being the least competitive of the night, as the Hilltoppers started the set on a 12-3 run and eventually won it 15-8.
    “I think what they’re starting to see is that they are good and that they can do this,” Stokes said. “I’m just trying to press on them that they need to keep working at it. I had a (junior varsity player) who played outside setter and she ended up getting the nine-straight points for us.”

  • LA sports briefs 12-2-12

    The Los Alamos hockey team will travel to Durango, Colorado to face Durango Area Youth Hockey in a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Hilltoppers are coming off a 2-1 victory against rival Taos on Nov. 18. It will be Los Alamos' second and third games of the season.

    Durango has faced Cibola twice and Amarillo twice so far this season.

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    The Los Alamos wrestling team will begin its 2016-17 season at 4 p.m. tonight by hosting Tierra Encantada at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym.

    Los Alamos will be looking to win its second consecutive season opener against Tierra Encantada.

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    The Los Alamos swimming and diving teams will compete in the APS Invitational on Saturday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

    Both Hilltopper teams (boys, girls) are coming off a second place finish at the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays, the opening meet of the season.

    Los Alamos is expected to compete against Albuquerque High, Atrisco Heritage, Cibola, Del Norte, Eldorado, Highland, Manzano, Rio Grande, Sandia, Valley, Volcano Vista, West Mesa, Cleveland, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque Academy and Las Cruces High.

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  • Pajarito delays opening day

    Another ski hill in northern New Mexico falls victim to the warm-weather bug.

    Pajarito Ski Area announced Wednesday that it will delay its winter season to Dec. 3. The ski area was originally scheduled to conduct its opening day on Saturday.  

    Pajarito joins Sipapu Ski Resort, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Santa Fe on the list of ski areas that have had to postpone its winter season due to record-breaking warm weather during late fall and early winter.

    "Although we’ve had a successful snowmaking push and picked up four feet of snow Monday night, we have made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening," said Pajarito general manager Tom Long. "We’ve experienced previous seasons that had plenty of early snow and other seasons when winter weather was slow to materialize but it ended up being a fantastic season. With the help of Mother Nature, coupled with our sophisticated snowmaking system, we will be able to provide a great ski season for our guests."

    Snowmaking at Pajarito began Nov. 17 and the ski area had been successful in producing snow but was banking on cooler weather throughout the week to help the process.  

  • ‘Toppers swimming places 2nd in...

    The boys and girls Hilltoppers did just that finishing in second place, respectively, at the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays on Saturday in Albuquerque. Host Albuquerque Academy’s boys and girls squads placed first in the meet. 

    The Hilltoppers were led by the mixed 8x50 yard freestyle relay team, which not only finished in first place, but it also broke the Barney Relays record. The Los Alamos mixed 400-yard freestyle relay finished in second. 

    On the girl’s side, the Hilltoppers 200-yard backstroke relay team finished in first with a combined time 2:17.12. The 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard individual medley relay teams both earned second place finishes. The 200-yard butterfly relay and 200-yard freestyle relays teams placed in third. 

    The Los Alamos girls finished with 130 total points. 

    The 200-yard medley relay team led Los Alamos on the boy’s side with first place finish (3:24.13). 

    In the 400-yard individual medley relay and the 200-yard medley relay, the Hilltoppers finished in second place. The 200-yard freestyle and breaststroke relay teams placed third, while Los Alamos got a fourth-place finish from the 200-yard backstroke relay team.