Today's Sports

  • ’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.

  • Pajarito gets first snow of the...

    The first snow of the season raised the hopes at ski areas around northern New Mexico and has people anticipating a good winter.
    “It’s really refreshing to see that Mother Nature remembers how to do it,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “We’ll take it as a good sign that winter is on its way and things will work out for us.”
    While it rained constantly in town, the entire ski area got a fresh, white blanket. Long said the mountain got between 3 and 3.5 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with a little more snow falling up top.
    “The coverage is pretty solid around the mountain,” Long said.
    The winter weather system is expected to stick around a few more days before it moves on. After that, warmer temperatures are in the forecast and will probably melt a lot of the snow. The snow located in shaded areas and at higher elevations has a good chance of sticking, though.
    Pajarito was hoping for some natural snow before it started making snow for the upcoming winter — to give the man-made stuff some frozen ground to stick on.
    While the mountain is getting its snowmaking system prepped, it’s not going to start making snow for a little yet.

  • Boys soccer rolls past Piedra...

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team had one of its best offensive performances of the season Saturday at Piedra Vista.
    The ’Toppers scored a 7-1 victory against the Panthers.
    The seven goals matched Los Alamos’ highest scoring game, which was also a 7-1 victory that came against Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos is now 11-5-2 overall and will conclude its regular season with a pair of games this week. The ’Toppers were scheduled to play Bernalillo Tuesday, but lightning and gail forced it to be rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. On Saturday, at 4 p.m., Los Alamos will wrap up its regular season at home against Del Norte.
    On Sunday, Los Alamos will find out its seed for the Class 5A state championships. Los Alamos is currently ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos took a 3-1 lead into halftime and scored four more goals after the break.
    Five different players scored and five different players assisted goals in the win.
    Eric Burnside and Jonathan Coons both scored a pair of goals. Andreas Runde, George Steinkamp and Ben Rees each scored once.
    Tristen Semelsberger assisted two goals while DC Kim, Nathaniel Ortega, Levon Wiggins and Author Steinkamp assisted other scores.

  • LAHS Cross Country Invite taking...

    Spectators are invited to come support the hard-working harriers at their one home event of the season Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The meet will feature five races and the first one will begin at 3 p.m.
    Los Alamos will compete against 15 teams, including some of the top teams in the state at the meet. The field includes Albuquerque Academy, Bernalillo, Capital, Cleveland, East Mountain, Española Valley, Hope Christian, Pecos, Pojoaque, St Michael’s, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Indian School, St. Pius X, Taos and Valencia.
    There will be limited parking at the race. For the safety and courtesy of all event participants and golf course patrons, spectators are asked to consider alternate transportation, utilizing middle school parking (after-school hours) and carpooling.
    People can enter the golf course via Diamond Drive. The earliest arrivals will be directed to parking along the service road perimeter.
    Once full, follow directions to the passenger drop off spot (including elementary runners or spectators with disabilities), then proceed along the service road to exit.
    All vehicles will exit the golf course via one-way service road onto San Ildefonso Road.

  • Volleyball blows by Capital

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its seventh straight match Saturday. The Hilltoppers took down Capital 25-10, 25-19 and 25-19.
    The win bumped Los Alamos’ District 2-5A record up to 5-0. The ’Toppers haven’t lost a set in district play so far this season.
    Overall, Los Alamos is 14-3. Capital, meanwhile, is now 3-12.
    The ’Toppers had lots of players contribute to Saturday’s win.
    Brianna Montaño had 11 kills in 23 attacks while Sierra Foley recorded 11 kills in 26 attacks.
    Foley now has 231 kills on the season while Montaño has added 198.
    Samantha Melton has set up the majority of those kills. She had 23 of Los Alamos’ 31 assists Saturday, which gave her 480 for the season.
    Defensively, the ’Toppers blocked six shots and dug 36 others.
    Noelle Gallegos had a solo block and three assisted ones. Mackenzie Alexander and Haile Street each had two assisted blocks.
    Melton also had 12 digs to lead the ’Toppers. Ashlynn Trujillo added eight digs while Montaño had five and Elizabeth Anaya had four.
    Trujillo leads the team with 274 digs and 287 serves received so far this season.
    Melton, Foley, Montaño Anaya and Trujillo all served aces against Capital, as well.

  • Hilltoppers win big non-district...

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team proved it deserves to be ranked ahead of the Piedra Vista with a 3-0 victory against the Panthers Saturday.
    Los Alamos entered the game as the MaxPreps’ No. 5 ranked team in Class 5A. Piedra Vista was one spot behind Los Alamos at No. 6.
    A Piedra Vista win would have certainly flipped the rankings, at least momentarily.
    The’Toppers’ win, however, will give the seeding committee another good gauge when they fill out the state championship brackets Sunday. Los Alamos improved to 11-5-1 while Piedra Vista slipped to 10-8 after the game.
    Los Alamos was also scheduled to play Bernalillo (2-15-2) Tuesday, but that game got rained out. It has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday. The ’Toppers will finish their regular season with a Thursday game at St. Michael’s (14-2) followed by a home game Saturday against Del Norte (5-12).
    Saturday’s game was tight until the end, but Los Alamos was able to finish it strong.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 19-25

    Los Alamos’ defending state champion cross country teams will have their only home meet of the season on Friday.
    Not only will spectators be able to watch Los Alamos’ varsity teams run, they’ll also be able to watch the high school’s junior varsity, C-team and the Los Alamos Middle School runners compete.
    The meet will take place at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The first race is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Alamos at Los Alamos Golf Course, girls and boys varsity, 10 a.m.

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

    Soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, boysvarsity, 4 p.m.; girls varsity 6 p.m.

    Boys Soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, 4 p.m.; junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Los Alamos Golf Course, girls and boys varsity, junior varsity, C-team and middle school, 3 p.m.

  • Late-season archery elk licenses...

    Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Oct. 28, first-come, first-served, on the Department of Game and Fish website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
    The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours. Any remaining licenses will be available to nonresidents beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 29.
    Only hunters who did not hold a 2015-2016 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers that have at least six points on one side.

  • LA the team to beat after one...

    After playing everyone in District 2-5A once, the Los Alamos volleyball team is alone on top of the standings with a perfect 4-0 mark.
    With four district games remaining in Los Alamos’ regular season, the ’Toppers are currently 13-3 overall and hoping to get to 17-3.
    Los Alamos is also MaxPreps’ third ranked team in Class 5A, behind No. 1 St. Pius X (12-2) and No. 2 Centennial (13-2).
    On Wednesday, Los Alamos knocked off the other district squad who started 3-0 in the league, Del Norte.
    The ’Toppers beat the Knights in three games — 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21.
    “I think it was really important to show we deserve to be first in the district,” senior Noelle Gallegos said. “Only one team was going to come away undefeated in the district, and I think we wanted it.”
    All three games were close at some point, but the ’Toppers were able to finish every game strong.

  • Hilltopper golfers swing away at...

    The Los Alamos boys’ golf team placed sixth out of 11 participating schools Thursday at Albuquerque’s Los Altos Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper boys shot their second lowest team score of the year — a 347.
    The tournament, however, had some of the best teams in New Mexico competing, including St. Pius X, La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy. St. Pius won the tournament, shooting a 296. Patrick McCarthy of St. Pius won the individual title, shooting a 69.
    Four Los Alamos eighth-graders qualified for the top six positions in the event — five varsity spots plus one varsity individual.
    Senior Nick Koskelo shot and 82 to lead the team while sophomore Sean Rau shot an 89. Joining them were eighth graders Henry Poston (84), Logan Bishop (90), Jacob Benello (92) and Davis Johnson (96).
    Two Hilltopper girls also competed at Los Altos. Eighth-grader Leah Mountain shot under 100 for the second tournament in a row. Jessica Hall, meanwhile, shot a personal tournament best of 107.
    Eldorado and St. Pius hosted the tournament.
    Los Alamos will compete in its final tournament of the fall Monday. The ’Toppers will host Grants, Belen, Robertson, East Mountain and Española Valley in the Los Alamos Fall Finale.