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Today's Sports

  • LAHS cross country teams look...

    Over the past decade, Los Alamos High School has been seen as the gold standard when it comes to cross country in New Mexico.

    That is for good reason, as the girls won seven consecutive state championships from 2009-2015 and the boys won four straight from 2011-2014.

    Heading into this season, however, things are a little different. Neither team brought home a state championship last season, as the girls finished as the runner-ups and the boys finished in third place.

    While coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood think earning state championships is possible this season, it is not their focus.

    “We feel that getting to that level is certainly attainable, but our intent is for the kids to just focus on the process,” Rob Hipwood said.

    On the girl’s side, one of the biggest hurdles to getting back atop the championship podium will be Albuquerque Academy, which won the state championship in 2016 and return many of their top runners.

    “Academy is very, very strong,” Rob Hipwood said. “We could have an exceptional season and then not quite get there.”

    The coaches feel that the front-running girls will give them a chance to compete.

    “We are definitely going to be in the running at the end as long as everyone can stay healthy,” Rob Hipwood said.

  • Volleyball loses home opener to...

    The tough start to the season for the Los Alamos High School varsity volleyball team continued Thursday night at home, as they fell 3-1 to St. Michael’s.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game with a 2-4 record, and were coming off of a victory over Pojoaque High School Tuesday evening.

    Their home opener against St. Michael’s wouldn’t go as smoothly, as they were facing a team that entered the game with a 5-1 record.

    It was clear who the quicker team was in the first set, as every time the Hilltoppers would begin to go on a run, the Horsemen would put an end to it.

    Trailing 20-16, LAHS went on a run to get back within two points thanks to the serving of Alize Garcia, but it was not enough to get them ahead, as they fell in the first set 25-20.

    It appeared the second set would be much of the same, but after taking a timeout trailing 17-12, the Hilltopers took off and surged ahead to a 21-19 lead and didn’t look back, taking the set 25-21 and tying the match 1-1

    St. Michael’s rolled through the third set, jumping out to a 14-6 lead and never letting go of the control, easily winning the set 25-15 and setting up a must-win fourth set for the Hilltoppers.

  • Girl's soccer gets back in...

    The hot start to the season continued for the Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team Tuesday evening as they defeated Taos High School 10-4 at Sullivan Field.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game looking to get back in the win column, following their double overtime loss to St. Michael’s High School on the road Aug. 31.

    In the early going, it appeared LAHS might be in a bit of trouble, as Taos took a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the game. Hilltopper goalkeeper Ashley Atencio misplayed a shot taken by Taos striker Cora Cannedy and watched it sneak into the back of the net.

    The Hilltoppers responded quickly and aggressively, however. Alissia Haagenstaad tied the score in the 15th minute, and Alyssa Parker gave them the lead six minutes later.

    Head coach Ann Cernicek was impressed by the response, and feels it bodes well for them moving forward.

    “That is so mental,” Cernicek said. “They don’t let that kind of stuff get them down. They know they can score. They know they can get back down the field and they know our game plan. So I was glad to see that response.”

    Cernicek added that she feels the best kinds of teams are the ones who show an ability to come back when they go down, and don’t let the score change the way they play the game.

  • Boy's soccer cruises past...

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team got back in the win column Tuesday afternoon, defeating Taos High School 4-0 at Sullivan Field.

    There were many question marks heading into the contest, as the Hilltoppers are without their top two goalkeepers, sophomore Jacob Majors and freshman Jaxson Martines, due to injuries.

    Majors broke a finger in last week’s loss against St. Pius that is expected to be the end of his season, while Martines is dealing with a dislocated finger that should allow him to return to the field in a few days.

    In their absence, the team is using defensemen Alex Bullock and Cid Rice in goal, a position they both just started learning last week.

    Bullock said that although it is a big adjustment for both of them, they are picking it up quickly.

    “When you’re getting ready for goalkeeper, it’s just a lot of repetition,” Bullock said. “Cid and I have only been playing goal for about a week, so it’s all about getting that muscle memory down and making sure we make a good decision.”

    Rice started the game in goal for the Hilltoppers, but was not forced to play an active role as LAHS controlled the possession and consistently kept the ball on the other end of the field. Rice did not face a shot on goal in the first 40 minutes.

  • Hilltoppers fall to Moriarty in...

    Coming into Friday’s home opener, the Los Alamos High School varsity football team was riding high, winning their opener 37-0 over Pojoaque High School and showing flashes of brilliance on offense and defense.

    When Moriarty High School came onto Sullivan Field, they made sure those feelings wouldn’t last long after the opening kickoff, picking apart the Hilltopper defense and wreaking havoc on the offense en route to a 46-0 blowout.

    The game was delayed by over an hour at the start because of heavy rain and lightning in the area, which caused the players on both teams to clear the field twice during warm-ups.

    When the game was finally able to get underway, Moriarty wasted no time picking apart the LAHS defense. They gained yardage in large chunks on their first drive to get inside the 20-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs after an ill-timed illegal block in the back penalty, giving the Hilltoppers the ball and reason to believe they could stop Moriarty.

    That feeling didn’t last long, however, as Hilltopper running back Jack Stewart fumbled the ball on their second play of the game, giving possession right back to Moriarty.

    The Pintos were able to take advantage, scoring a touchdown on a run to the left side just three plays later.

  • Atomic City Update: LAHS soccer...

    I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the strong starts of the Los Alamos High School soccer teams, which are both off to their strongest starts this decade.

     

    Heading into the season, expectations for both programs were sky-high, as they were both coming off appearances in the semifinal round of the state championship tournaments last year and appearances in the championship games the year before. 

     

    Somehow, both teams have exceeded expectations to this point and appear to be strong state championship contenders.

     

    The girls have been making it look easy in the early going, forcing the mercy rule to be activated in two of their first five games. In New Mexico, that happens when a team is leading by 10 goals in the second half. 

     

    In other words, the girl’s soccer team has not just been beating their opponents. They have dominated them. Their first game against Santa Fe High School ended 10-0 with more than 10 minutes left in the game. Their third game against

    Grants High School ended 13-3 with time remaining in the second half. 

     

  • 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.