• LAHS girls’ golf wins the NMMI Invitational

    The Los Alamos High School girls’ golf team participated in the NMMI Invitational Thursday afternoon, defeating Artesia by four strokes with a team score of 344. 

    Artesia finished with a team score of 348, while Clovis finished in third place with a score of 415. This was an important tournament for the Hilltoppers, as many of the teams competing will be the team’s top competition next month at the state championship tournament.

    For LAHS, it was a rebound performance after struggling at the previous tournament, the Shootout in the Desert in Albuquerque. 

    This is the fifth tournament win of the season for the Hilltoppers, and the ninth state qualifying leg. A team needs only three qualifying legs to advance to the state tournament.

    Individually, the team was led by its No. 1 player, Jessica Osden, who tied for first place overall with Artesia’s Brehnan Davis. 

    Both girls finished their rounds with scores of 76. Third place went to Artesia’s Taysea Powell, who shot a 79. LAHS’ Leah Mountain was fourth overall with a score of 86. 

  • Hilltoppers dominate LA spring invite

    As the season moves toward its conclusion, the Los Alamos High School boys’ golf team keeps getting stronger. Monday afternoon, at the Los Alamos Spring Invitational, the Hilltoppers dominated, winning by 10 strokes with a team score of 324. 

    There were seven full teams at the tournament: Capital, Hope Christian, St. Michael’s, Tucumcari, Robertson, Grants and LAHS. 

    Four partial teams, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe Prep, West Las Vegas and East Mountain, also competed. 

    As has been the case much of the season, Henry Poston dominated the competition on the course, winning the individual title with a score of 73, just one stroke over par at Los Alamos County Golf Course. 

    He finished two strokes ahead of Hope Christian’s Jacob Lucero, who finished with a score of 75. Grants’ Jameson Ray was third overall with a score of 76. They were the only three golfers to finish with overall scores under 80. 

  • Steinkamp leads LAHS past Moriarty

    With a doubleheader sweep over Moriarty Saturday, the Los Alamos High School baseball team has taken control of District 2-4A with five games left in the regular season.

    LAHS defeated Moriarty with ease at Bomber Field, winning the first game 15-5 and the second game 9-0. The two teams entered play with one loss each in district play. Moriarty’s loss came at the hands of the Hilltoppers in a dramatic 10-inning game earlier this month in Moriarty. LAHS’ only district loss came in 11 innings against Taos April 13.

    Early in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, LAHS took control and never gave it up. Arthur Steinkamp started on the mound for the Hilltoppers and struck out the side in the first inning on just 13 pitches.

    Then, he led off in the bottom half of the first inning and immediately lined a triple into the gap in right-center field, starting a two-run rally for LAHS that was aided by a triple from Antonio Gonzales just two batters later.

    Though Moriarty tied the score in the second inning, the LAHS offense kept generating runs, putting up two runs in the second and another four runs in the third inning. The Hilltoppers did a great job keeping rallies alive and taking extra bases when possible.

  • LAHS softball prepares for battle against Pojoaque

    It will be a battle to the end for the Los Alamos High School softball team, as the Hilltoppers are locked in a tight battle for supremacy in District 2-4A with Pojoaque Valley that could come down to the final day of the regular season. 

    With only 12 spots available in the state tournament at the end of the year, and because of the relative weakness in the district, there may only be one or two spots available for teams in District 2-4A, making every game extremely important. 

    Currently, LAHS is 2-0 in district play, while Pojoaque Valley is 3-0. Española Valley sits in third place with a 2-2 record. Both losses came against either the Hilltoppers or the Elkettes.

    This upcoming week will provide a good indication of how the two teams stack up, as they face off at Overlook Park for the first time this season. Overall, Pojoaque Valley is 7-5, but they have won six games in a row heading into next week’s matchup. 

  • Hilltopper softball drops two district games to Tigers

     The road to a district championship got much tougher for the Los Alamos High School softball team last weekend, as the team dropped both games of a road doubleheader to Taos. LAHS lost the first game 8-3, and the second game 5-4 

    Heading into the doubleheader, Taos had won only one game all season, but had been defeated in extra innings on three separate occasions.

    LAHS entered the doubleheader on a roll, dominating the first two district games against Moriarty and Española Valley. The dangerous offense the Hilltoppers showed through the first two district games was missing in Taos, though, as LAHS struggled to put together a sustained offensive rally. 

    In the first game, LAHS fell behind 4-2 after the first five innings. 

    Alicia Gonzales had a one-out double, but was stranded in the fifth inning as the next two batters were unable to move her over. 

    Taos extended the lead in the sixth inning, going ahead 8-2 and putting the game out of reach for the Hilltoppers. 

  • LAHS baseball prepares for tough test against Pintos

    Heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against Moriarty, the Los Alamos High School baseball team remains locked in a battle atop the District 2-4A standings with the Pintos. 

    LAHS enters the two contests with a record of 4-1 in district play, while the Pintos have a 5-1 record. 

    The Hilltoppers kept pace with Moriarty with a 6-4 win against Pojoaque Valley Tuesday night at Bomber Field. In that game, the top of the Hilltopper order remained one of the biggest strengths of the team, as Arthur Steinkamp went 3-3 at the plate and drove in a run, while Antonio Gonzales and Hunter Swavely each had a hit and drove in two runs apiece. 

    Swavely had one of the most important hits in the game, a run-scoring triple that helped LAHS to gain the advantage. 

    Pitching also remained consistent for the Hilltoppers, as Luke Kirkland started the game on the mound for LAHS and went four innings, allowing four runs and striking out a pair of batters. 

  • Atomic City Update: Umpires and referees must remain objective for games to be fair

     I have so much respect for umpires and officials in any sport, especially at the lower levels of competition. They do thankless work and get compensated very poorly for it. They give up large chunks of their lives, just so kids can play and have fun competing. That said, I expect umpires and referees to conduct games in a fair manner, something I was extremely disappointed did not happen over the weekend. 

    At the April 13 baseball game between Taos and Los Alamos High School, I saw numerous examples of umpires stepping out of their roles and clearly favoring one team over the other. 

    Throughout the game, the strike zone on Taos batters was much smaller than the zone for the LAHS batters, leading to unfair strikeouts, and forcing Hilltopper batters to swing at pitchers they never normally would. 

  • LAHS softball gets back on track with win over Pojoaque

    After struggling last weekend in Taos, the Los Alamos High School softball team got back on track Tuesday afternoon, taking down district-leading Pojoaque Valley 14-10 at Overlook Park. 

    Heading in, it was close to a must-win game for the Hilltoppers. The team was 2-2 in district play, while Pojoaque entered with a 5-0 district record. For LAHS to have a chance at the District 2-4A championship, getting a win against the Elkettes would be a step in the right direction. 

    LAHS came onto the field with a sense of urgency and jumped on top right away. After the Elkettes scored a run in the top of the first inning, LAHS responded immediately with 5 runs.

    The first two batters of the inning, Megan Romero and Janessa Gonzales, both struck out. Gonzales was able to reach first base though, as the third strike got away from the catcher. That was the opening LAHS needed, as the next five batters picked up base hits, including back-to-back triples from Alicia Gonzales and Savana Luster. The offensive explostion was exactly what LAHS needed, especially after struggling with the bats in Taos. 

  • LAHS baseball drops final non-district contest

    Throughout the first half of the season, the strengths of the Los Alamos High School baseball team have been consistent pitching and a resilient offensive attack. In Friday afternoon’s home opener against Aztec, both of those skills were on display at times. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, though, the Tigers proved to be even more resilient, rallying from three runs down to spoil LAHS’ Bomber Field debut with a 7-6 victory.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game on a six-game winning streak, including a come from behind victory against Moriarty in the team’s district opener. 

    Early on in the home opener, the ball appeared to be bouncing in LAHS’ direction, as catcher Luke Kirkland threw out a pair of would-be base stealers in the first two innings, first erasing a single by Aztec leadoff man Zack Taylor and later erasing a walk to pitcher Carson Adcock. 

    The Hilltoppers seized the opportunity, jumping on top in the first inning. Arthur Steinkamp, LAHS’ starting pitching, laid down a perfect bunt in front of the plate and beat the throw to first base to set up a rally. He advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice and went to third base on a wild pitch. 

  • LAHS softball scores 21 in win over Española

    The Los Alamos High School softball continued its impressive start to district play at home this week, defeating Española Valley 21-11 Tuesday afternoon that ended by the mercy rule after five innings.

    This was an important victory for the Hilltoppers, as the team is locked in a battle for the top spot in the district with Pojoaque Valley, which currently sits at 3-0 in district play. LAHS improved to 2-0 with Tuesday’s victory. 

    Early on, it appeared the game between the Hilltoppers and Sundevils would be a defensive showdown. Hilltopper starting pitcher Katie Wimer held Española scoreless across the first two innings, and Sundevil pitcher Autumn Vigil held LAHS to one run in the first inning. After that point, though, a slugfest broke out. 

    LAHS struck for six runs in the bottom of the second inning. After the first three batters reached with a hit by pitch and two singles, Janessa Gonzales came up with a big hit, a single to drive in a pair of runs. Her teammates kept the line moving as LAHS sent 10 batters to the plate in the big inning that gave LAHS a 7-0 lead.