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  • LAHS wrestling wins district trials

    The Los Alamos High School wrestling team was named the winners of the District 2-5A Trials, held Wednesday at LAHS.

    To win the event, the Hilltoppers had to defeat opponents from Del Norte High School and Española Valley High School.

    Defeating Española Valley proved to be no problem for LAHS, as the Hilltoppers took down the Knights 66-15.

    However, the Del Norte Knights proved to be much more of a challenge, as it took a great effort from LAHS junior Dylan Irish to finish off the match.

    With the teams evenly matched on the scoreboard, Irish was able to pin his opponent in the 182-pound weight class, sealing the 36-30 victory for the Hilltoppers, and sending his team and the supporters into an uproar.

    Also collecting pins for the Hilltoppers were Damian Gonzalez, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 120-pound weight class, Trevor Brown, who pinned his opponent from Española Valley in the 145-pound weight class and Lewis Harvey, who pinned his opponent from Del Norte in the 170-pound weight class.

    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a road meet against Robertson High School on Tuesday afternoon. The meet will begin at 5 p.m.

    This season, the Hilltoppers are undefeated in head-to-head meets,  with wins against Pojoaque Valley and Hobbs.

  • Atomic City Update: Time running out to check out LAHS winter sports

    For anyone who has not had the opportunity to check out Los Alamos High School’s winter sports, time is quickly running out.

    With district play already underway for the basketball teams, just one home wrestling meet remaining and one more weekend to head to the ice rink to watch the hockey team play, it’s a great time to watch your local teams in action.

    The boys’ basketball team will host all four of its district opponents between now and the middle of February, including a pair of state championship contenders in Capital High School on Jan. 31, and Española Valley High School on Feb. 14.

    These games will be a great opportunity to see how well the Hilltoppers match up against some of the best teams in the state, and might provide a preview for matchups that could come later, in postseason play.

    The girls’ basketball team will also host its three remaining district opponents, Española Valley on Jan. 27, Albuquerque Academy on Feb. 7 and Capital on Feb. 16. With the district wide-open this season and no team putting good games together consistently, every one of these games could be important down the stretch. I’m sure the Hilltopper girls would greatly appreciate strong crowd support for these exciting games.

  • High Flyers win Winter Invitational

    The High Flyers Level 2 gymnastics team won first place team last weekend at the Winter Invitational held at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics in Rio Rancho.

    The 11 girls on the team, who range in age from 6 to 10, were competing in their second-ever meet.

    In individual awards, Lauren Evenhus placed first all-around with a score of 36.025 and also took home first place medals on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

    Cora Perkins place second on uneven bars and balance beam, while Emily Dolence tied for second on floor and placed third on uneven bars.

    In the older age division, Toby Gelfand took first place on uneven bars.

    Vivian Sintay placed second on uneven bars and balance beam, and third on vault, while Sonya Pakin took third place on both uneven bars and floor exercise. 

    Other gymnasts who competed last weekend on the High Flyers Level 2 team include Gianna Rolfe, Caterina Mereghetti, Ciara Colgan, Abigail Campbell and Maya Seet.

    In Level 3 competition, Elizabeth Hatch placed second all-around with a second place finish on uneven bars and a third place finish on vault.

    In the younger age division, Mia Gallegos placed third on vault and uneven bars, while in the older age division, her sister Elena Gallegos placed third on uneven bars and floor exercise.
     

  • Hilltoppers lose district opener against Knights

    The inconsistency that has haunted the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team throughout the season continued Wednesday, as the Hilltoppers fell 64-51 to Del Norte High School on the road in the team’s District 2-5A opener.

    Coming into the game, LAHS was looking to get back on track after a home loss to Lovington High School Saturday afternoon in which the team struggled on both ends of the floor.

    In the early part of the first quarter against Del Norte, it appeared the same struggles would continue for the Hilltoppers.

    The Knights jumped out to a 10-2 lead midway through the quarter, forcing LAHS head coach Mike Kluk to take an early timeout.

    One of the major early issues for the Hilltoppers was foul trouble on sophomore Gavin Campos.

    On two straight possessions, Campos drove toward the basket to attempt a layup but was called for an offensive foul.

    The two quick fouls forced him out of the game, and changed the offensive strategy for LAHS.

    After the timeout, senior Ramon Roybal caught fire, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers to get the Hilltoppers back in the game.

    As the quarter drew to a close, Roybal also connected on a running midrange shot.

    Thanks to a 7-point run to end the quarter by LAHS, the score was tied 12-12 after the first quarter.

  • Boys U14 win, U11 split in youth soccer action

    In Duke City Soccer League action at the New Mexico State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Boys U14 LAFC Lasers played Real Azteca with only 13 players and were able to pull out a 2-1 win.
    The Lasers played with the wind in the first half and were able to score two goals, both by Aaron Philip, a new player on the team this year.
    In the second half, the Lasers played against the wind and found it difficult to move the ball up the field.
    With solid defense and excellent goalkeeping by Daniel Chertkov, Real Azteca only scored one goal. The Lasers move to 2-1 on the season.
    The boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers lost 5-4 to the NM Rush Blue, and beat the Clovis White 8-3.
    Against the Rush, the Lasers went down early 4-1, but battled back, narrowly losing 5-4.
    Dhruv Thulasidasan scored two medium range goals, while Brendan French and Taelin Stanfield had one apiece.
    In the team’s second match, the Lasers controlled the game against Clovis from the start, going up 3-0 in the first 20 minutes.
    James Ito was player of the match with two goals and two assists. Other goal scorers included Hayden Watkins, French, Sammy Brown-Salazar, Stanfield and Liam Cunningham.

  • LAHS XC among leaders at home meet

    For the first, and only, time in 2017, the Los Alamos High School cross country teams had the opportunity to run in front of a hometown crowd, and the runners did not disappoint, finishing among the leaders in every race.
    More than 400 runners and 15 teams came together at the Los Alamos County Golf Course for the annual Los Alamos Invitational, which marks the end of the regular season for the Hilltoppers.
    The varsity boys finished third, and the girls finished in fourth place. More importantly, though, is that among Class 5A schools, LAHS finished second in both races, behind only Albuquerque Academy.
    LAHS head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood are encouraged by how well their team performed, and feel that the runners continue to improve at every meet.
    “I think we feel good about the direction we are going,” Kathy Hipwood said.
    Academy topped the Hilltopper boys by 12 points, and the girls by 15 points, setting up interesting matchups at the district meet this weekend, and the state meet at the beginning of November.
    Rob Hipwood believes the Hilltopper boys will be one of the top three teams at the state competition, along with Albuquerque Academy and Kirtland Central, and that all three have proved to be capable of winning the championship.

  • Boy’s soccer wins district finale

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team is heading into the state tournament with momentum, as it defeated district rival Capital High School 2-1 at home Thursday to finish the regular season.
    It was an important game for the Hilltoppers, currently ranked fourth in Class 5A, as it solidifies the team’s chances of earning a top-four seed in the state tournament. In the tournament, the top four seeds receive a bye directly to the quarterfinals, leaving them three games from a potential championship.
    The bracket for the state tournament will be revealed this weekend.
    While head coach Ron Blue does not yet know where his team will end up in the tournament, he said he is proud of the way his players have performed this season to be in consideration for a top seed.
    “It shows that we really do have talent in this group, and the depth is pretty impressive,” Blue said. “We have had a ton of guys step up big this year, and it shows what kind of character we have.”
    From the opening whistle, it seemed the Hilltoppers understood the importance of Thursday’s matchup. The team kept good possession in the early going, and was able to get good runs toward goal, as Capital had a difficult time stopping the duo of Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp.

  • Girls soccer: Hilltoppers defeat Capital to end regular season

    In the regular season finale, the Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team did exactly what it needed, defeating Capital High School 6-0.
    The win gives them a boost heading into the upcoming state tournament, which begins next weekend. The Hilltoppers are currently ranked fifth in Class 5A.
    If that ranking holds, the team would host a first-round tournament game at Sullivan Field for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
    Head coach Ann Cernicek believes her team has made great progress this season, but still has some work to do to compete with the best in the state.
    “I think with this team, we have all the big things figured out,” Cernicek said. “Now it’s just the little things that we need to do consistently.”
    It was a slow start for the Hilltoppers against Capital, a team that has struggled since district play began.
    Though LAHS was able to keep control of the ball without much difficulty in the early going, the team was unable to get much going toward the net, as Capital did a good job of clearing away attempts at long passes through the middle of the field

  • Volleyball falls in close battle with ABQ Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, which is winless in District 2-5A, took on the top team in the district Wednesday and took it to the wire.
    Los Alamos pushed the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to five sets Wednesday in Albuquerque, then was tied with the Chargers 14-14 in that final set.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, Academy was able to come away with the final two points to win the match. Set scores were 19-25, 25-16, 25-17, 19-25, 16-14 in favor of the Chargers.
    Prior to its last two matches, to Espanola Valley and Los Alamos, Academy had lost a total of just one set in 2-5A play, but both the Hilltoppers and Sundevils pushed the district leader to five sets and made the Chargers sweat out the fifth.
    Playing without its leading hitter, Elodie Thelliez, Los Alamos (4-14 overall, 0-6 in district) actually outhit the powerful Charger lineup Wednesday, earning 48 spike kills to just 44 for Academy.
    The Hilltoppers were paced by Natalie Gallegos and Sophia Salazar, who both finished with 12 spike kills, a match-high for both, while Kimberly McKinley added 9 spike kills.
    Sophia Greer had 11 spike kills for Academy (12-6, 6-0 in 2-5A), and Academy’s outstanding freshmen duo, Sofia Brito and Zoe Foster, both finished in double-digits hitting.

  • LAHS golf keeps rolling through fall tournaments

    The highly successful fall season continued for the Los Alamos High School’s boy’s and girl’s golf teams this week at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course. The boys picked up their third victory in a row, and the girls once again had two girls earn state qualifying legs, while finishing in third as a team.
    The boys finished with a score of 317, winning the tournament over second-place La Cueva by six strokes, which finished with a score of 323. The Hilltoppers were 19 strokes ahead of third-place Rio Rancho.
    While the boy’s head coach, Andy Ainsworth, was pleased with the win, he felt the team could have performed even better.
    “It’s good for the boys to get another win in a quality field in Albuquerque,” Ainsworth said. “As a team, we didn’t have our best stuff for most of the day.”
    The team’s best score came from Sean Rau, who finished with a 75. The score was good enough for second overall, behind Bowen Davis of Manzano, who shot a 71.
    “Sean’s 75 could have easily been a 68 or 70 if a few putts had gone in,” Ainsworth said. “He made nothing all day outside of five feet and still shot 75.”
    The other Hilltoppers put together good rounds as well, as the four other scorers all shot 85 or lower.