Today's Sports

  • Girls’ soccer kicking off...

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer team will kick off the fall state championship season Saturday.
    As the No. 5 seed, the Hilltoppers just missed getting one of the four first-round byes, but they get to start the tournament by hosting the final team that made it on the bracket.
    The Hilltoppers will host the No. 12 seeded Belen Eagles at 11 a.m.
    Belen finished its regular season 10-10-2, but it had a lot of close losses and showed some signs of having a potent offensive attack.
    “It’s not going to an easy game,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “We’re lucky we’re playing at home — we’re used to playing on this field.”
    Los Alamos has gone 8-3 at Sullivan Field and 13-5-2 overall during its regular season. Los Alamos also scored a District 2-5A title with a perfect 6-0 league mark. Los Alamos also scored shutouts in nine of its last 11 games and hasn’t suffered a loss since Sept. 17.
    During that stretch, Los Alamos has outscored its opponents 50-3.
    In addition to blowing by its district, the ’Toppers also scored a 2-2 tie in its second to last game against St. Michael’s (16-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A tournament.

  • LA soccer teams get high state...

    After the Los Alamos boys’ soccer team finished its regular season 13-5-2 and as the District 2-5A champion, the team was rewarded with a first-round bye in the state championship tournament.
    The boys earned the No. 3 seed, behind No. 1 Albuquerque Academy (18-1-1) and No. 2 Roswell (16-2-1).
    Farmington (14-4-2) earned the No. 4 seed and the final first-round bye.
    Los Alamos will begin the state tournament in the quarterfinals Nov. 5 at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The ’Toppers will play the winner of the No. 6 St. Pius X (11-6-3) and No. 11 Los Lunas (12-8) contest.
    The semifinals will take place Nov. 6 and the state championship will be held Nov. 7.
    The District 2-5A runner-up, and defending state champion, Capital (12-6-1), got the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Valencia (15-5) in the first round.

  • LA volleyball stays unbeaten in...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its eighth straight game Saturday, beating the Española Valley Sundevils 3-1 in Española.
    The Hilltoppers won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-13. Española then did something no team had done in almost a month — it won a set against the ’Toppers, 25-23.
    Los Alamos, however, was able to close out the contest by winning the fourth set, 25-20.
    The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in District 2-5A. With every other district team having at least three losses, the win clinched the district crown for Los Alamos with two games to go.
    Española slipped to 10-8, 3-3 2-5A with the loss.
    Tonight at 6 p.m., Los Alamos will host its final home regular-season game against Bernalillo (5-12, 0-6).

  • LA girls beat top 5A squads

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ cross country teams saw their biggest competition for the Class 5A crowns Friday in their home meet.
    The girls ran against Albuquerque Academy and St. Pius X while the boys got to take on Albuquerque Academy.
    “It’s nice — you don’t go in blind,” senior Maddy Foley said. “You get a sense of what you’re running against.”
    If Friday’s performance was any indication of how state will go, the girls have a great chance to defend their title, but the boys have an uphill battle to defend theirs.
    The Hilltopper girls won the 14-team tournament with 53 points. Cleveland (53) took second, followed by Taos (73), St. Pius X (98) and Albuquerque Academy (100).
    “We definitely want to win state,” Foley said. “We’ve won it every year I’ve been here, and it would be an awesome way to finish my high school career with a team win.”

  • Game of the week, Oct. 26 - Nov...

    Los Alamos’ football team will play its final home game of the season against Bernalillo Friday.

    The Hilltoppers have improved tremendously over the season and proved a lot of doubters wrong by giving Española Valley its first loss of the season last Friday.

    The win also kept Los Alamos' playoff hopes alive, but the 'Toppers will need to win out and they'll also need Española to beat Capital if they're to have any chance at winning the district.

    Bernalillo lost its first eight games of the season. Los Alamos will try to make it nine straight, keep the Spartans in the district cellar and keep their own playoff hopes alive. 
    Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

    This week's games:

    Football: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity 6 p.m.; junior varsity, 5 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

    Football: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity 6 p.m.; junior varsity, 5 p.m.; C-team, 4 p.m.

  • 'Toppers give Española its...

    The Española Valley Sundevils entered Friday night's football game against Los Alamos with a perfect 7-0 record.

    Los Alamos, however, was the better team from start to finish and beat Española, 46-28.

    "We had a bye week to get pepared and we executed tonight," Derek Selvage said. "It was so much fun."

    The win improved Los Alamos' record to 3-5 overall, but, more importantly, it moved them to 1-1 in District 2-5A and kept the Hilltoppers in the running  to win the district.

    "If we hang on and do what we need to do, we have a great chance, but we've got to win two more," Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said.

    Los Alamos never trailed Española Valley in the contest. The 'Toppers put together a seven-play, 63 yard touchdown drive on their first possession. Quarterback Nick Quartieri capped the drive with a one-yard sneak up the middle and Los Alamos went up, 6-0.

    Española tied the game just before the first quarter ended on a 28-yard run.

    Los Alamos responded with a 17-play touchdown drive that ate over half the second quarter. The 'Toppers converted four third downs, one fourth down on the drive and then Quartieri scored his second touchdown from a yard out.

  • Two Lobos named conference...

    Two Lobo athletes were recently named player of the week in the Mountain West and Conference USA leagues.
    Carlos Wiggins and Francesco Casucci received the honor for their efforts on the football and soccer fields.
    Wiggins returned his fifth career kickoff for a touchdown on Saturday. On Monday, he accomplished something new for him as he was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week by league officials.
    Wyoming quarterback Cameron Coffman and Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell were the offensive and defensive players of the week as well.
    Wiggins, who was the 2013 Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, is currently is averaging 31.0 yards per return, good for fourth in the nation.
    He earned his first weekly honor on the strength of a 100-yard kickoff return after Hawai’i opened the game with a touchdown, knotting the game at 7-7. Wiggins also had three catches for 29 yards, including a huge 12-yard sideline catch on third-and-10 from the Hawai’i 40-yard line. UNM would score the winning points one play later.

  • Trout fishing reported good in...

    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers for walleye and rainbow trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using tubes, jigs, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 332 cubic feet per seccond (cfs).
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using yellow and salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow but a few were caught by anglers using beef liver and hot dogs. We had no reports on tiger muskie.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.

  • Girls soccer wins district,...

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team wrapped a District 2-5A title Wednesday with a 2-0 win against Bernalillo.
    The win put Los Alamos at 5-0-0 in the district and clinched the title before its last game Saturday against second-place Del Norte (3-2-0).
    The win also improved the Hilltoppers’ record to 12-5-1 overall.
    Behind Los Alamos in the district standings are Del Norte (5-12-0, 3-2-0 2-5A), Capital (10-8-1, 3-3-0) and Bernalillo (2-16-2, 0-6-0).
    Los Alamos was also scheduled to play a non-district game Thursday at St. Michael’s (14-2) as this section was going to press.
    The win Wednesday was Los Alamos’ ninth straight. It was also the ’Toppers ninth straight shutout.
    During that stretch, Los Alamos has outscored its opponents 37-0.
    So far against district teams, the ’Toppers have outscored their foes 19-0.
    On Wednesday, however, Los Alamos had a tough scoring in the cold rain that fell all day and even turned to snow for a few minutes during the contest.
    It took Los Alamos 17 shots before it got one by Bernalillo’s goalkeeper, Mia Montaño.
    Abby Schmalz, however, capitalized with a hard shot into the top of the net that put Los Alamos up, 1-0, in the 35th minute.

  • ’Toppers clinch district in rain

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls soccer teams were both scheduled to play Bernalillo at Sullivan Field Tuesday evening.
    Lightning delay after lightning delay, however, forced the games to be called off and postponed until Wednesday.
    It rained pretty much all day Wednesday while it snowed up in the Jemez Mountains, but the teams played anyway.
    With the state brackets being released Sunday and other games scheduled before then, playing in the rain was one of the few options available.
    Despite the soggy, cold conditions, Los Alamos boys’ soccer team clinched the District 2-5A title with a 10-0 win over the Spartans.
    “It’s awesome for the boys,” Los Alamos boys’ head coach Ron Blue said. “They wanted to win the district so I’m thrilled for them.”
    The downpour might have actually given the ’Toppers the edge in the contest.
    “I think it helped us because we were aggressive,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos took a 5-0 lead into halftime and raddled off five more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to enact the mercy rule and end the game.
    Levon Wiggins scored Los Alamos’ first two goals and added a third goal in the second half to get a hat trick.
    Eric Burnside scored twice in the contest.