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  • Stewart runs wild in football...

    Heading into Friday’s opener for the Los Alamos High School varsity football team, there was uncertainty at nearly every position. 

     

    One of the main concerns was how the team would replace the offensive production of key seniors that had graduated. 

     

    Just minutes into the opener, senior Jack Stewart laid those questions to rest, exploding out of the backfield for a 73-yard touchdown run on the Hilltoppers’ second possession of the season, propelling them to a 37-0 victory.

     

    He took the handoff from new Hilltopper starting quarterback Dylan Irish and ran right through a pack of Pojoaque defenders and into the clear, giving LAHS an 8-0 lead. 

     

    And Stewart was just getting started. 

     

    On just the second play of the ensuing Pojoaque drive, Stewart jumped in front of an errant pass and intercepted it, giving the Hilltoppers possession inside the 30-yard line. 

     

  • Hilltoppers win Cernicek Tourney

    For the third year in a row, the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team won the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament, held annually at Sullivan Field. 

     

    With a pair of wins Saturday, the team improved its record to 5-0 for the first time this decade. 

     

    In five games this season, they have outscored opponents 20-2. 

     

    The tournament was anything but easy, however. Forced to play a pair of games Saturday in the semifinals and finals, the team was put to the test. 

     

    LAHS head coach Ron Blue felt the team passed with flying colors. 

     

    “We’ve got a lot of talent, a lot of individual players, but when we play as a team and put everything together, it is so exciting,” Blue said. “I’m very proud of them. They really deserved this.”

     

    Coming into Saturday’s action, the team had not allowed a goal in the first three games of the season. 

     

  • Girl's soccer earns...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team continued their strong start to the season, defeating St. Pius X High School 2-1 Tuesday night at Sullivan Field in comeback fashion. 

     

    “The girls showed a lot of composure tonight,” head coach Ann Cernicek said. “Nothing can slow you down. You just have to keep fighting and looking for opportunities, and I think we did a really nice job of that.”

     

    The game was delayed more than 90 minutes at the start because of lightning and heavy rain, which forced the JV game that took place before the varsity game to be cancelled after 58 minutes. 

     

    Once the varsity game got started just after 7 p.m., the Hilltoppers immediately tried to assert their dominance offensively, attacking through the middle of the defense and earning corner kicks and throw-ins near the goal. 

     

    They were unable to take advantage of these set pieces, however, as the defense of St. Pius got in the way of every attempt, moving the ball out of danger. 

     

  • Girl's soccer continues hot...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team continued their hot start to the season, winning 13-3 on the road Saturday against Grants High School.

    LAHS head coach Ann Cernicek was happy with the result, especially the offensive firepower of her team.

    “Any time you score 13 goals in a game, it’s a pretty amazing day,” Cernicek said.

    Seven different girls scored goals for the Hilltoppers, led by hat tricks from Alix Hailey and Vianey Terrazas.

    Alisia Haagenstad and Kaitlyn McGrane both added two goals of their own.

    “Having lots of different girls score on lots of different kinds of plays is fantastic,” Cernicek said.

    She said that though the team has areas they need to improve as the season moves along, she is pleased with how the team is coming together.

    “Overall, a super day for the ‘Topper girls, and I’m really impressed with the progress that we’re making,” Cernicek said.

    The team improves to 3-0 this season. They have outscored opponents 26-5 so far this year.

    They return home for a game against St. Pius X on Tuesday evening at Sullivan Field. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • Atomic City Update: Plenty of...

    Around the country this weekend, millions upon millions of people will tune in to watch what has become the most highly anticipated and hyped boxing event in years – Floyd Mayweather v. Conor McGregor.

    It is a fight more than two years in the making.

    Most believed it was never going to be anything more than a fantasy, the type of ‘what if?’ scenario sports fans would ponder for years to come.

    Saturday night, however, it becomes a reality. And if it goes the way many experts are predicting, it could be over in the blink of an eye.

    McGregor, a mixed martial arts superstar, has no previous boxing experience.

    He will be facing Mayweather, who is 49-0 in his boxing career. To say it looks to be a mismatch on paper would be an understatement.

    In fact, many are saying that a McGregor win would be among the biggest upsets in sports history, right up there with the New York Jets victory in Super Bowl III, and the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey game.

    However, UFC president Dana White, who is acting as McGregor’s promoter, is quick to dismiss that idea.

  • Boy's soccer dominates again

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team continued their dominant start to the season Friday morning at Sullivan Field, defeating Aztec High School 4-0.

    It was the first game of the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament, which Los Alamos has won the past two years.

    The game’s outcome was never in doubt, as LAHS dominated from start to finish, making it appear that the field was slanted toward the net they were attacking, never allowing Aztec to put together a scoring opportunity.

    “I think we are playing really well,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “We’re finally coming together as a team, we’re doing the right things for each other and making the right decisions. I’m very happy with how things are going.”

    Blue said his team knew that Aztec would play more of a defensive style, and the Hilltoppers took full advantage.

    The shots came early and often for LAHS, as the forwards got to the net seemingly at will.

    “We created so many opportunities, and that’s what’s exciting,” Blue said. “The play of our midfielders is really creating a ton of opportunities.”

  • Football ready to begin season

    Tonight, some of the questions revolving around the Los Alamos High School varsity football team will be answered.

    It has been an offseason of transition for the team, which lost two of its biggest weapons, Nick Quartieri and Kevin Maresca, to graduation. This year’s team will have to make up for the more than 1,000 all-purpose yards that Maresca provided last season, and replace Quartieri at quarterback and on defense, where he led the team with 101 tackles.

    That quest begins tonight on the road against Pojoaque Valley at 7 p.m.

    The team enters this season with 12 juniors and 11 seniors after losing 11 seniors after last season.

    The two biggest offensive weapons returning from last year’s team are senior Ryan McNiel and junior Dylan Irish. Last year, McNiel ran for 261 yards and two touchdowns, while Irish ran for 371 yards and two touchdowns.

    It appears that Irish will be given the first opportunity to take over for Quartieri at quarterback. Irish has never played quarterback before, and has spent this offseason learning the position.

    He will be tasked with taking over the Hilltoppers’ triple-option offense, where his experience as a fullback should come in handy.

  • Boy’s soccer dominates road...

    In their first road game of the season, the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team dominated Bosque High School 6-0.

    The team dominated the game from start to finish, only allowing Bosque to put two shots on goal throughout the 80-minute contest as LAHS retained possession for much of the night.

    The game was highlighted by the offensive performances of LAHS forwards Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp, who scored two goals apiece. Not only did the pair light up the scoreboard, but they cause constant havoc for the Bosque defense, recording a combined 15 shots.

    For Steinkamp, the beginning to this season seems to be an extension of his performance last year, when he led the Hilltoppers with 19 goals as a sophomore. He has three goals in two games so far this year, including two on penalty shots. One of those came in the game against Bosque.

    Before the season, LAHS head coach Ron Blue said it would be more of a challenge for Steinkamp to find open space this season, with teams keying on him during games, and making him a priority. Steinkamp has proved to be up to the challenge and appears to be on a similar scoring pace to last year.

  • Girl’s soccer earns hard-fought...

    The Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team squeaked out a nail-biting victory in their first road game of the season, defeating Bosque High School 3-2.

    For the second game in a row, junior Alix Hailey proved to be an offensive star for the Hilltoppers, scoring a goal and putting six shots on goal.

    In her first game of the season, Hailey recorded a hat trick. Finding those scoring areas proved to be more of a challenge for LAHS in this matchup, as the team was able to take 29 shots on goal, but only converted on three of those opportunities.

    In the first game against Santa Fe High School, the team took 30 shots and put 10 of them in the back of the net.

    The other offensive star for the Hilltoppers was sophomore Alyssa Parker.

    Playing in her first game of the season, Parker scored two goals on just three shots.

    Her play proved to be the difference for the Hilltoppers, who were struggling to find offensive weapons throughout the game.

    The offensive outburst comes as something of a surprise, as Parker scored just three goals in 22 games last season and had just 10 shots on goal.

    In two games this year, nine players have scored goals for the Hilltoppers, with Hailey’s four leading the way.

  • Girl’s soccer dominates opener

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, defeating Santa Fe High School 10-0 Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

    Junior Alix Hailey proved to be the offensive star for LAHS, tallying three goals on seven shots, and adding two assists. She was too much for the Demonettes defense to handle in a game that ended on a mercy rule with more than 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

    Seven other Hilltoppers scored a goal apiece, something that head coach Ann Cernicek was glad to see.

    “It was a really great effort,” Cernicek said. “It was good to see a lot of different kinds of goals. We had direct kicks, we had corner kicks, we scored on crosses. So to see a variety of different goals that were scored from a variety of different players was really positive.”

    Hailey got the scoring started early for the Hilltoppers, as she found herself on a breakaway less than five minutes into the game. She was easily able to maneuver around Santa Fe goalkeeper Jannay Martinez and find the back of the net, giving LAHS its first goal of 2017.