Today's Sports

  • LAHS boy's soccer earns...

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team picked-up a significant win Tuesday, defeating St. Pius 1-0 at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.
    Los Alamos Junior midfielder Andreas Runde attempted a 30-yard free kick and found the top-right corner of the St. Pius goal to score the game’s only goal in the first half.           
    Tuesday was the Hilltoppers third game in five days, while it was the Sartans’ season opener. But, fatigue didn’t appear to be a factor as Los Alamos, like usual, relied on its midfield to provide several goal-scoring opportunities.
    Runde’s eventual game-winner was made possible by Junior midfielder/forward Tristen Semelsberg, who was making his way to the attacking third before being tripped-up by a St. Pius defender.
    Before the season started, Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said his team was going to be difficult to score on. So far, that statement has been proved to be true.  
    The Hilltoppers relied on its experienced back line to claim their second shutout of the season. The Los Alamos defense and senior goalkeeper Seth Hailey have only allowed two goals in the team’s first four games.

  • LAHS football opens season with...

    The Los Alamos football team was able to run its offense efficiently and take advantage of Pojoaque Valley mistakes in Friday’s season opener.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) began the 2016 season with a 63-24 win against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. The 63 points were the most Los Alamos has scored in a game since 2007.
    Los Alamos was led by 294 rush yards and 330 yards of total offense.
    Leading the Hilltoppers were senior quarterback Nick Quartieri and sophomore fullback Dylan Irish. Quartieri rushed for 96 yards and five touchdowns, while Irish amassed 99 yards on the ground and added one touchdown.
    After Los Alamos recovered a Pojoaque fumble at the Elk 25-yard line, Quartieri got the scoring started with a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers scored again three minutes later after a Quartieri seven-yard touchdown run.
    Early in the second quarter, Quartieri garnered his third touchdown of the game with a 23-yard touchdown run to put Los Alamos ahead 23-0 with 10:16 remaining in the first half.
    Pojoaque got on the board when Elks quarterback Daniel Rael scored a 13-yard rushing touchdown with 6:12 left in the second quarter.
    Irish increased the Los Alamos lead to 30-6 when he scored a five-yard rushing touchdown.

  • Weather cancels tourney...

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek boy’s soccer tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled due to a storm that hit Los Alamos on Saturday.
    Both teams will look to reschedule a match-up later during the season.
    The Hilltoppers (2-1) advanced to the championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in double overtime and dominated Aztec 10-0 in the first round.
    In the semifinal against Valencia (2-1), Los Alamos sophomore forward Arthur Steinkamp scored the golden goal two minutes into the second overtime. Junior forward/midfielder Tristen Semelsberger scored in the 21st minute to give the Hilltoppers the lead. That lead was kept until 66th minute when Valencia’s Daniel Calderon slipped past the Los Alamos defense and equalized.
    Roswell (3-0) was dominant in the opening two rounds, defeating Los Lunas 6-1 and beating Clovis 3-1.   

  • ‘Toppers volleyball eases past...

    Saturday’s season opener provided season-long answers for Diana Stokes and the Los Alamos volleyball team.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) claimed a straight-set 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 win against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    Among the questions Los Alamos had going into the season was finding players to step into key roles. Stokes was able to get a glimpse of who can provide the Hilltoppers with big plays.
    “It’s always nervous in the first game because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Stokes said. “This was an OK hitting team (Bloomfield). We need to work on our blocking for when we do face powerful hitting teams. But I thought it was good for us to see what we need to work on.”
    Sophomore middle hitter Elodie Thelliez led the Hilltoppers with eight kills and three total blocks. Senior outside hitters Ellie Hayward and Jessica Moore contributed offensively with six kills apiece.
    Los Alamos senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett provided a strong defensive performance with five total blocks, including four solo.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a team-high 13 digs, while sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led the Hilltoppers with 12 assists.
    Senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 10 digs and 10 assists for Los Alamos.

  • LAHS girl's soccer falls at...

    The Los Alamos girl's soccer team fell to St. Pius 4-1 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A state championship game. The Hilltoppers are now 3-2 on the season. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's state championship rematch will be in Friday's Monitor print edition. 

  • LAHS boys soccer edges St. Pius

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team won a key Class 5A match-up 1-0 against St. Pius on Tuesday at Griffith Gym. The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.

    The Monitor's Friday edition will include a full recap of Los Alamos' thrilling win.

  • Prep volleyball: St. Pius tops...

    The Los Alamos volleyball team lost for the first time this season Tuesday against St. Pius at Griffith Gym. The Sartans won in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-16. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's macth will be in the Monitor's Friday edition.  

  • LAHS cross country looks to...

    Kathy Hipwood and Rob Hipwood have been in charge of one the best cross country programs in the state for the last 23 years.
    The Los Alamos cross country coaching duo plan to use the same recipe for success in 2016 that they’ve been using the past two decades.
    However, the Hilltoppers will likely experience two challenges that could impede their progress as a dynasty. The first challenge will be replacing key runners from last year’s team. And the second will be the inclusion of Albuquerque Academy into District 2-5A, a district Los Alamos has dominated the past two decades.
    “It remains to be seen, but we definitely graduated a lot from last year and probably the second most talented group of girls we’ve ever had,” Kathy Hipwood said. “We’re just going to build what’s here. They’re going to get better throughout the season and we’re going to see how much we can improve.”     
    Los Alamos is accustomed to cruising through their district meets. But this year, its biggest challenger of the last two decades, Academy, will look to knock-off the Hilltoppers before the two teams meet in the state meet.     

  • LAHS football downs Pojoaque in...

    The Los Alamos football team defeated Pojoaque 63-24 in a physical encounter Friday night at Sullivan Field.

    The Monitor's Wednesday edition will include a full recap of Friday's season opener. 

  • Prep boys soccer: Louie Cernicek...

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled Saturday due to weather. Both teams will look to reschedule later in the season. The Hilltoppers defeated Valencia and Aztec to reach the championship game.

    Semifinals: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team advanced to the Louie Cernicek tournament championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. The Hilltoppers will play the winner of Roswell/Clovis at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    First Round: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team defeated Aztec 10-0 Friday in the first round the Louie Cernicek tournament.