Today's Sports

  • Leonard taking talents to...

    Los Alamos mid-fielder Charlotte Leonard will be a Mountaineer next year. Leonard will be attending Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and plans to play soccer for the school as well.
    “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.”
    Leonard plays outside midfielder for the ’Toppers, running from end line to end line to play defense and offense.
    She also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero.
    “I love club, it’s so much fun,” Leonard said. “Not only has high school helped me, but club also benefitted me as a player.”
    Leonard said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman.
    He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp.
    “I was terrified,” Leonard said. “I was the youngest one there and college was such a distant thought.”
    This last spring, Clevenger reached out to Leonard again and invited her to a recruitment camp. When she showed up, it was just her and two other girls at the camp.

  • Extreme wins Zia Bowl

    The Los Alamos division three Extreme football team won the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League championship Saturday in Santa Fe.
    In the Zia Bowl against the Capital Jaguars, Los Alamos won 8-7. A safety proved to be the difference in game.
    With the league and regional championship, the 9-11 year-old team improved to 10-0. The team also advances to the state championships.
    Los Alamos’ division four team (11-13 year olds) placed fourth in the Zia Bowl.

  • Los Alamos volleyball goes 8-0...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team beat Del Norte in three sets Friday to finish its District 2-5A regular season undefeated.
    The Hilltoppers scored a perfect an 8-0 record against the league and only lost one set the entire time.
    As the regular season champs, the ’Toppers get to host the district championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Capital was scheduled to play at Del Norte Tuesday night in the district tournament. The winner of that game will take on Española Valley Thursday for a spot in Saturday’s championship.
    On Friday, Los Alamos beat the Knights 25-22, 25-12 and 25-21.
    Elizabeth Anaya led Los Alamos in digs (15) and aces (3).
    Brianna Montaño had 16 of Los Alamos’ 34 kills in the contest.
    Samantha Melton assisted 26 of those kills. Ashlynn Trujillo, meanwhile, led the team with 13 serves received and also had 12 digs.
    The Hilltoppers are now riding a 10-game winning streak and are 17-3 overall.
    To keep the players sharp and help them peak for state, Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said she’s having them do different drills, mixing up the tempo in practices and also asking them lots of questions.
    “I want thinking athletes out there on the court,” Espinoza said.
    The state volleyball brackets will be released Sunday.

  • ’Toppers dominate district race

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams dominated the District 2-5A tournament Saturday at Del Norte.
    The girls won the race with a perfect score of 15 while the boys took the crown with 21 points.
    It was the boys’ 19th consecutive district title and the girls’ 16th straight title.
    The Hilltopper girls not only claimed the top-five spots for their perfect score, they also had runners place sixth, eighth and ninth in the race.
    Maddy Foley won the race in 22 minutes, 8 seconds to lead Los Alamos. Talia Dreicer crossed second in 22:13. Sophia Galvez finished third in 22:15. Zoe Hemez and Marin Kelly finished one second apart to score Los Alamos’ final team points, finishing fourth and fifth in 23:42 and 23:43, respectively.
    Nica Vasquez (sixth, 24:07), Paulina Burnside (eighth, 24:07), Elise Koskely (ninth, 24:38) and Emily Mercer (23rd, 26:58) extended the Hilltopper girls’ dominance.
    In the team race, Española Valley took second behind the ’Toppers with 53 points while Del Norte took third with 78. Bernalillo and Capital didn’t post team scores in the girls’ race.
    In the boys’ race, Los Alamos claimed the top-three spots and all eight of its runners who competed finished 11th or better.

  • Game of the week, Nov. 2-8

    There’s no shortage of exciting sports action this week. On Saturday, the Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will compete in the state championships at Rio Rancho High School. The girls and boys have dominated the state meet in recent years, winning title after title. On Saturday, the teams will try to defend their crowns once again. The girls’ race is at 10 a.m. and the boys’ race is at 12:35 p.m.
    The Los Alamos boys’ soccer team will kick off its state tournament Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The No. 3 seeded Hilltoppers received a first-round bye and will take on No. 6 St. Pius X. Game time is 3:45 p.m. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will take place Friday and Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team beat Belen in the first round, 4-0, and will also be in Albuquerque competing. The No. 5 girls' soccer team will play No. 4 Aztec Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
    The Los Alamos volleyball team also has a big game Saturday. The ’Toppers will host the District 2-5A championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

  • ’Toppers blow by Bernalillo on...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its final regular-season home game Wednesday, blowing by the Bernalillo Spartans in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-8.
    The game was also Los Alamos’ senior night, honoring Sierra Foley, Samantha Melton, Ashlynn Trujillo, Elizabeth Anaya, Noelle Gallegos, Halie Street and Brianna Montaño.
    “It’s pretty emotional, but getting the win makes it better,” Street said.
    In the night’s first set, the seven seniors took the floor, but in some different positions. Among the switches were Anaya playing libero and Trujillo, the team’s normal libero, moving up to outside hitter.
    “It was nice that all seven could play the whole set, and the fact they were out of their normal positions and still win the set was really nice,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.
    The ’Toppers jumped out to a big lead right away in the opening set.
    Anaya started serving with a 2-1 lead and helped Los Alamos go up 10-1. Later, a pair of Montaño aces put Los Alamos up by 11 and a Trujillo kill retained that lead after a side out.
    Bernalillo got within six points of Los Alamos, at 17-11, but the ’Toppers pulled away again after that.

  • Girls' soccer advances to...

    The Los Alamos' girls soccer team took down Belen, 4-0, to start its state run Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos outshot the Eagles 29-6 in the contest and was in control almost the entire time.

    With the win, the No. 5 'Toppers advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals where they'll take on No. 4 Aztec at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    Emily Hopkins scored first against Belen. In the 11th minute, Allissia Haagenstad centered the ball on a corner kick and Hopkins knocked it in the goal.

    About 6 minutes later, Haagenstad put Los Alamos up 2-0 with a goal from 35 yards out. Belen's goalie lost her high shot in the sun, allowing it to take a big bounce over her head and into the net.

    The second half was a tighter match, but Los Alamos added two goals to its lead. Abby Schmalz scored in the 47th minute with a low shot that just squeked by the goalie on the near post side.

    In the 77th minute, Jordan Henson played a long ball into the goal box and Kenidee Hatler kicked it out of the air and into the net for Los Alamos' fourth goal.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team will also be playing in the state quarterfinals Thursday. Los Alamos will play St. Pius X at 3:45 p.m. The Sartans beat Los Lunas, 3-1, in their first-round contest.

  • LA football beats Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos football team took care of business Friday night againt Bernalillo, beating the Spartans 31-6.

    With the win, Los Alamos improved to 2-1 in District 2-5A. The win also kept the team's district title hopes alive. Down the hill, Española Valley beat Capital, 26-24, to keep the Jaguars from winning the title outright.

    Los Alamos, Española and Capital all have one district loss now. If Los Alamos and Española both win next week, all three teams will be tied at 3-1 for first-place in the district. Point-differential against district teams will be used to determine the champion.

    Against Bernalillo, Los Alamos didn't waste anytime getting on the scoreboard. The 'Toppers scored on their third play from scrimmage — on a Derek Selvage nine-yard run — and added a two-point conversion to go up 8-0 less than a minute into the game.

    A 64-yard Selvage score followed by a two-yard Nick Quartieri touchdown put Los Alamos up, 22-0.

    Bernalillo responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass, but Quartieri threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Dunwoody with 11 seconds left in the second quarrter and Los Alamos went into halftime up 29-6.

    Los Alamos added a safety in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

  • Fishing season wrapping up in...

    Abiquiu Lake:
    Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. There have been no signs of kokanee for snagging. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers and spoons for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 543 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.

  • Los Alamos Extreme football...

    After winning its first nine games of the season, the Los Alamos Extreme football team (9-11 year olds) will play for the league championship Saturday in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos will take on Capital at Capital in the Zia Bowl to decide whom the northern New Mexico champion is.
    The state championships will take place Nov. 14-15 in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos beat Capital earlier in the season, 14-12, in by far the team’s closest game.
    The Pojoaque Crush was the only other team that even scored against Los Alamos. Los Alamos beat the Crush 26-6 and 39-0.
    Los Alamos also beat the New Mexico Lobos, 40-0, the Pecos Panthers, 26-0, the Rio Rancho Punishers, 26-0 and 20-0, the Santa Fe Venom, 40-0, and the Las Vegas Outlaws, 40-0.
    Now Los Alamos just needs one more win and will be able to raise the Zia Bowl trophy.
    Kickoff is at 12:45 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ division-3 football team, 11-13 years olds, has also had a successful season.
    It will compete in the third-place game Saturday.