Today's Sports

  • Two LA golfers shoot qualifying...

    Sean Rau and Jennifer Necker both shot state-qualifying legs in the teams’ opening tournament of the year, which was held here at the Los Alamos Golf Course Monday.
    Necker shot an 80 to lead the Hilltopper girls to a second-place team finish. She was also the second-place individual finisher.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 393 as a team, missing a state team leg by only five strokes.
    Elizabeth Lockhart shot a 95 while Malorie Apgar shot a 107 for Los Alamos.
    V. Sue Cleveland, led by Jacque Galloway’s first-place score of 69, shot a 367 to finish ahead of Los Alamos.
    Taos, Hope Christian, Belen, Rio Rancho and St. Michael’s also participated in the girls’ tournament, but didn’t post team scores.
    Rau shot a 78 to lead the Hilltopper boys to a fourth-place team finish.
    Eigth-grader Henry Poston only missed a state-qualifying leg by three strokes, shooting an 81. “(That’s an) outstanding round for an eighth-grader in (his) first varsity event,” Los Alamos head boys coach Andy Ainsworth said.
    Senior captain Nick Koskelo (82), Isaac Suazo (83) and Brendan Duran (88) also had some of their best performances to date, shooting new career lows in a competitive round at the tournament.

  • Football drops third straight

    Los Alamos’ football team had a tight game Friday at Kirtland Central.
    The Broncos, however, were able to come out on top of the Hilltoppers, 33-24, to score their first victory of the season. Kirtland Central is now 1-3.
    Los Alamos is also 1-3 after suffering its third-straight loss of the season.
    This Friday, at 6 p.m., Los Alamos will try and get back on track at home against the Farmington Scorpions. That game was originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, but the start time was bumped up an hour.
    Farmington (3-1) won its first three games of the season, but will be looking to rebound after suffering a 39-6 loss against Durango, Colo., last week.
    The Scorpions beat Kirtland Central earlier in the season, 63-26.

  • LA inducts Hall of Fame class

    Los Alamos High School inducted its second Hall of Fame class during Homecoming weekend. It also retired its first athlete’s number. No ’Topper football player will ever wear No. 76 again — the number Walt Arnold wore for Los Alamos.
    Arnold told the crowd gathered for Los Alamos’ Homecoming game against Moriarty that there was a simple reason he wore No. 76 — he had big shoulder pads and 76 was the only jersey that fit. Arnold was a 6-foot-3, 253 pound tight end in the NFL. Arnold, however, said he was proud to wear No. 76 because he graduated from Los Alamos in 1976.
    Arnold, a fullback in high school, also played baseball and basketball for the Hilltoppers.
    After graduating from Los Alamos, Arnold played both football and baseball for the University of New Mexico.
    Arnold then played eight seasons in the NFL as a tight end. He caught 99 passes for 1,053 yards and seven touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
    The 2015 Hall of Fame class also included Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Robert Scott, Brian Corrie, Tracy Shipman Henderson and Paul Maley.
    Myers was the boys and girls swimming coach during his time at Los Alamos. He led the teams to 11 state titles during his tenure.

  • LA golf teams ready to swing...

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls golf teams both won district titles last year. Two girls and one boy also qualified for the state championships.
    This year, both squads are hoping their entire team can make it to state.
    “Our main goal is to qualify for state as a team,” Los Alamos girls head coach Jordan Pollard said. “I’m pretty sure we will.”
    “We’ve won the district two years in a row so I think it’s time we started thinking about getting a team to state,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “The boys are out there working hard and they’re into it. We’re trying to get back to the glory days (when Los Alamos was the state champion).”
    Last year the girls’ team had two qualifying legs, but needed one more to get to state. A state leg is the course ranking, multiplied by four, plus 120 for girls and plus 45 for boys. A Class 5A boys team of four, for instance, needs to shoot a 319 on the Los Alamos Golf Course to get a state leg.

  • Girls soccer team battles...

    Albuquerque Academy wasn’t the only opponent the Los Alamos girls soccer team had to fight Tuesday. About half of the team was also battling a respiratory infection.
    “I think if we would have been healthy we would have been able to get to the through balls and finish,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos subbed players in and out constantly in the game, which helped some, but not enough to chase down the long balls.
    Time and time again the ’Toppers got behind the Chargers’ defense, but were unable to catch up to a pass before it rolled out of bounds.
    Academy ended up winning the game, 2-0.
    “We’re still climbing, but we’re getting better,” Ahlers said. “Albuquerque Academy is a class team and we hung with them.”
    Los Alamos had actually had a slight advantage in shots during the game, 9-7, but it was unable to finish.
    After Los Alamos fell behind by two goals is when the team put the most pressure on Academy. Claire Ticknor fired a long direct kick on target and it almost bounced into the upper corner, but was saved. Later Emily Hopkins fired a shot, but it just missed high. Numerous other ’Topper shots were blocked before they reached the goalkeeper.

  • 'Toppers take third, fifth...

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team finished third at the Albuquerque Academy tournament while the Hilltopper girls rallied after their first-round loss to finish fifth.

    The Hilltopper boys beat Cleveland in the first round, 1-0, but fell to the eventual champs, Albuquerque Academy in the semis, 2-0. Academy beat Farmington in the championship, 3-0.

    In the third-place game, the Hilltopper boys took on District 2-5A rival, and last year's state champion, Capital. Los Alamos, however, took down the Jaguars, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals.

    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, lost its opening game, 5-0, to Hope Christian, but won its next two games to claim fifth.

    Los Alamos beat Mayfield in the second round, 2-0.

    In the fifth-place game, Los Alamos took a team that enterred the tournament undefeated — Carlsbad. The shots on goal were nearly equal — Los Alamos had seven shots while the Cavemen forced Anna Lemke to make eight saves in the game.

    A first-half goal by Los Alamos' Jordan Henson, however, propelled the 'Toppers to a 1-0 victory in the game.

    Farmington won the girls championship, beating Aztec 4-0 in the finals. Academy beat Hope, 4-2, to take third.

  • Game of the week, Sept. 13 - 19

    The Los Alamos volleyball team (4-2) will have a tough test Wednesday when it welcomes the Santa Fe Demons to town. The Hilltoppers will look to stay undefeated at home and get their fourth-straight win against the Class 6A squad. Santa Fe, meanwhile, will try and stay undefeated against District 2-5A teams. The Demons (4-1) have beat Bernalillo and Capital this season.
    The C-teams begin the action at 4 p.m. and the varsity game will start at approximately 6 p.m.

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  • Los Alamos loses Homecoming game

    A full house showed up to watch Los Alamos' Homecoming football game against Moriarty Friday night. The game was tied 6-6 after one quarter, but a lot of penalties and Moriarty big plays ensued and the Fighting Pintos ended up winning the game, 38-12.

    Los Alamos fumbled on its opening possession and it only took Moriarty three plays to go 21 yards, score a touchdown and take the early lead.

    Down 6-0, Los Alamos answered back. Derek Selvage ran 10 yards and then 19 yards to get into Pinto territory. Lane Saunders then broke free for a 29-yard run to give Los Alamos first-and-goal. Three plays later, Selvage broke a pair of tackles to score a touchdown and tie the game.

    Moriarty, however, scored the next 32 points in the game.

    Los Alamos didn't reach the end zone again until there was only 1:35 left on the clock. Hard, determined running by Selvage helped Los Alamos score again, but Moriarty simply took a knee after the late touchdown to end the game.

    Los Alamos is now 1-2 while Moriarty improved to 2-1.

    At halftime of the game, Allison Cunningham and Devon McCleskey were named Los Alamos' Homecoming Queen and King.

    See Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • Cross country teams run for money

    The Los Alamos cross country teams ran, ran and ran some more Wednesday.
    Not that running is something unusual for the cross country athletes, but before they ran on Wednesday they collected pledges to help support their team.
    The teams’ annual Run-a-thon — its main fundraiser for the year — took place at Sullivan Field’s track.
    For every lap the runners did, they cashed in.
    The runners got people to pledge a certain amount of money for every lap they’d run, or a flat donation, and then ran as many times as they could around the track in an hour.
    If they averaged 12-minute miles, they’d hit 20 loops. If they did 6 and 1/2 minute miles, they’d get 36 laps in.
    The athletes also had the option to run in costume, and many of the runners took advantage of the offer.
    The money the athletes raised from the event will go towards the team’s uniform fund, team awards, entry fees, home meet costs, travel and other miscellaneous expenses.

  • LA volleyball rallies to beat St...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team opened its home season by winning its third match in a row Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers, however, had to rally to beat St. Michael’s in five games.
    Los Alamos won the first set of the night, 25-19.
    The Horsemen then took the second and third sets of the match, 25-14 and 25-18.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos dug in. The Hilltoppers took the fourth set, 25-21, to force a fifth, and deciding, set.
    The final set was as close as could be, but Los Alamos was able to get to 15 first and take the set, 15-13, to win the match.
    The win was Los Alamos’ third in a row. It beat Pojoaque the night before in three games and Eldorado Saturday to finish third at the Moriarty tournament.
    The Hilltoppers are now 4-2 overall.
    St. Mike’s, meanwhile, slipped to 3-2. Moriarty gave St. Mike’s its only other loss, which also came in five games.
    Los Alamos’ next game will be at home. It will welcome Santa Fe (4-1) to town Wednesday night. The C-team game will begin at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity and varsity.
    The varsity matchup will start at approximately 6 p.m.