Today's Sports

  • Fishing slowing down across NM

    Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Fishing was fair using worms, tubes, curly tail grubs, and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 171 cubic feet per second (cfs).
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few tiger muskies were caught by anglers using crank baits and spinner baits.
    Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from fallen trees.
    Chama River: Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31 on that section of river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Chama River Wildlife and Fishing Area.
    We had no reports of kokanee snagging this week.
    Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 501 cfs and 407 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

  • Woodroffe wins last Pace Race

    Laura Woodroffe was the big winner in the final Pace Race of the 2015 season, which was held Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail.
    Woodroffe led all predictors with a five-second differential. She was also the fastest female on the three-mile course. Her winning time was 20 minutes, 55 seconds.
    Other accurate predictors were Roxana Candia, Isolina Viloria and Valerio Pinchetti. All of them were eight seconds off their predicted time. Pinchetti was also the fastest finisher on the three-mile course, recording an 18:52.
    Jesse Woodroffe was 14 seconds off followed by Lyle Cunningham with a 15-second difference and Ryan Smeltzer with a 17-second difference.
    The final Pace Race featured four different distances: one mile, one-and-a-half miles, two miles and three miles.
    In the one-mile competition, Lauraine Maness was the best finisher (9:00) and 5-year-old Diego Leonard was the first male (9:42).
    Jeanette Rondeau was tops in the one-and-a-half mile mile distance, finishing in 16:02.
    Reid Rivenburg was the best male, recording a 19:19.
    The two-mile race had Isolina Viloria take first in 18:15.
    The 2015 season may be over, but the next Pace Race is already scheduled.
    The 2016 season will start at 6 p.m. April 5 on the Canyon Rim Trail.

  • ’Topper girls grab hold of first...

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team and Del Norte were tied atop District 2-5A heading into Tuesday’s showdown in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers and the Knights both entered the game with 2-0 league marks.
    Los Alamos, however, scored a 3-0 victory to gain sole possession of first place in the district.
    The shutout was the Hilltoppers’ sixth straight and it helped them improve to 9-5-1 overall and 3-0-0 in 2-5A.
    Del Norte slipped to 4-11-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the league, but it’s still in second place ahead of Capital (8-7-1, 1-2-0) and Bernalillo (1-12-2, 0-3-0).
    The ’Toppers have now beat each of its district foes, outscoring them 11-0.
    During Los Alamos’ impressive six-game shutout streak, it has outscored its opponents 26-0.
    On Tuesday, Katie Hopkins, Sienna Ahlers and Allissia Haagenstad all scored for Los Alamos.
    Hopkins and Ahlers have now both scored double-digit goals for Los Alamos this season. Ahlers leads the team with 11 goals while Hopkins has scored 10.
    Haagenstad and Jordan Henson have both scored four goals while eight other ’Toppers have also found the back of the net this season.
    Abby Schmalz leads the team with 15 assists. Ahlers has assisted five goals while Jennifer Paige and Emily Hopkins have each assisted four goals.

  • Boys soccer ready for huge game

    After one round of District 2-5A games, Los Alamos’ boys soccer team stands on top of the league standings with a 3-0 mark.
    The ’Toppers beat Del Norte, 4-0, Tuesday to stay undefeated in district games.
    Saturday’s rematch with Capital, however, will pretty much determine the district champion. In a lot of ways, it’s a must-win game for the ’Toppers.
    Los Alamos (10-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) has already beaten the defending state champs twice this season. One of those wins, however, was in a tournament and won’t factor in the district standings.
    Los Alamos also beat the Jaguars, 2-1, in Santa Fe in their district opener.
    While a win Saturday for Los Alamos will give it a strangle hold on the district lead, Capital (10-6, 2-1) can overtake the top spot in the district if they beat Los Alamos by more than one goal.
    If Capital wins by a single goal, like Los Alamos did, the second tiebreaker is goal differential against district teams.
    The Jaguars have a five-goal lead in that race.
    Bernalillo (5-5-1, 0-2-1) or Del Norte (1-12-1, 0-2-1) could technically pull an upset to shake things up after this weekend, but neither squad has given Los Alamos or Capital much trouble so far this season.
    Saturday’s game will begin at 11 a.m. at Sullivan Field.

  • LA volleyball gets big win...

    Los Alamos’ volleyball team took a big step towards its goal of winning the District 2-5A championship Wednesday. The Hilltoppers beat Española Valley, the team who has finished on top of the district the last few years, in three games.
    Los Alamos won the sets 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21 to improve to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the district.
    “We definitely have a mental game with Española so it meant a lot to win this game,” Brianna Montaño said.
    “Everyone stepped up this game,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “There was no standout player. It took all of them working hard out there and the bench; it took all 14.”
    The Hilltoppers still have six district games left.
    Del Norte is also undefeated in the district action. The Knights are 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the district.
    Capital is 3-10, 1-3, Española is 6-7, 0-2 and Bernalillo is 5-8, 0-2.
    Wednesday’s win, however, was still a big boost for Los Alamos.
    “Our goal is to push to 17-3 (overall),” Sierra Foley said. “We weren’t going to lose this game.”
    All three of the sets were pretty close and featured long rally after long rally.

  • LA volleyball takes down...

    Los Alamos' volleyball team beat Española Valley in three games Wednesday.

    The 'Toppers had numerous players step up to win 25-18, 27-25 and 25-21.

    "Everyone stepped up this game," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "There was no standout player; it took all of them working hard out there."

    Los Alamos improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A with the win.

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

  • LA soccer teams take down Del...

    Los Alamos' boys and girls soccer teams both improved to 3-0 in District 2-5A with victories at Del Norte Tuesday.

    The Hilltopper boys beat the Knights, 4-0, and the Hilltopper girls won their contest, 3-0.

    Both Los Alamos soccer teams are now alone on top of the district standings.

    The Hilltopper girls (9-5-1, 3-0 2-5A) and Del Norte both entered Tuesday's contest with 2-0 league marks. Los Alamos, however, separated itself with the win.

    Los Alamos' boys soccer team (10-5-1, 3-0) was already alone in first place. On Saturday, however, it will host Capital (10-6, 2-1) in a game that will pretty much determine the district champion.

    The boys will take on Capital at 11 a.m., followed by the girls' game at 1 p.m.

  • Volleyball game against Española...

    Los Alamos’ volleyball won its final non-district game of the season Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat Farmington in three sets to secure their third straight win. Los Alamos won the contest 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20.
    Los Alamos (10-3, 1-0 2-5A) will now conclude its regular season with seven straight District 2-5A matches, beginning tonight against Española Valley (6-6, 0-1). The game was originally scheduled to take place in Española, but the schedule changed and now the contest will take place in Los Alamos. Tonight's varsity contest will begin at roughly 6:30 p.m.
    Los Alamos beat the Sundevils at the Rio Rancho Jamboree in three sets, so it has already got past the first mental hurdle. A win tonight, however, will go a long way towards usurping the Sundevils at the top of the district.
    Currently, Del Norte (7-5, 2-0) is also undefeated in the district. Capital (3-9, 1-1) is currently third in district action while Bernalillo (5-7, 0-2) is at the bottom of the standings.

  • LA boys soccer stays on top of...

    Seven different Hilltoppers scored to help Los Alamos’ boys soccer team take down Bernalillo, 7-1, Saturday.
    “We were the better team and played like it all facets in the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    The win helped Los Alamos stay undefeated in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is now 2-0 in the district and 9-5-1 overall. It was also scheduled to plat Del Norte (1-11, 0-1-1 2-5A) Tuesday as this paper was going to press. “We should be able to get a result,” Blue said. “We just have to get out there and prove it.”
    Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 4-5-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the district.
    “They have some nice players, they just don’t have the depth,” Blue said.
    DC Kim, Eric Burnside, Daniel Castaño, Andreas Runde, Levon Wiggins, George Steinkamp and Alex Csanadi all scored for Los Alamos against the Spartans.
    Burnside also assisted three goals.
    “It was good to see guys put the ball in the back of the net,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos also had a few goals negated by off side penalties. The ’Toppers got called off sides 11 times in the game.

  • LA girls soccer scores two...

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored a pair of shutouts over the weekend. The Hilltoppers shut out Highland, 6-0, Friday and then blanked Bernalillo, 3-0, Saturday.
    “They’re playing really good,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “They’re passing the ball and they’re starting to find the back of the net.”
    The shutouts were in large part due to the team’s defenders and it possession up front. Goalkeeper Anna Lemke didn’t have to make a save in either contest.
    “The defense is really playing strong,” Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers scored three goals to lead Los Alamos’ offense against Highland. The ‘Toppers also got goals from Katie Hopkins, Maria Sandoval and Charlotte Leonard.
    Abby Schmalz, meanwhile, assisted three of those goals. She also assisted two goals against Bernalillo. “Those assists are big,” coach Ahlers said. “She can find those open people in those open spots.”
    Sophie Wood, Alix Haily, Jennifer Paige, Sandoval and Hopkins also had assists.
    Emily Hopkins also had another good game against Highland. “She’s a very decisive and controlling player,” coach Ahlers said. “She has great vision.”