• Volleyball team swept by Chargers

    Any momentum the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team might have had after a win in its District 2-5A opener Wednesday didn’t carry over into a nondistrict contest Thursday.

    Los Alamos, which topped the Capital Jaguars one nigh before, couldn’t get much going against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday night. The Chargers (6-6) swept the Hilltoppers in Albuquerque, 25-12, 25-10, 25-17.
    The loss was the fifth in six matches for Los Alamos, which slips to 5-7 on the season. For Academy, the win over Los Alamos snapped a four-match losing streak.
    The Hilltoppers host the Farmington Scorpions Saturday evening, their third match of the week. They return to district play Wednesday when they host this season’s 2-5A favorite, Española Valley.

  • Thompson is winner at Bower 5K race

    Richard Thompson III was the top finisher in the Sept. 20 Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Race.
    The annual fundraising event goes to support the Los Alamos Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations involved in research of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Thompson won the race in a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Talia Dreicer was the top women’s finisher with her time of 21:26.
    The race was held in the downtown Los Alamos area, starting and finishing at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    In all, 16 racers took part in this year’s Bower 5K.
    Here are this year’s race results:

    1. Richard Thompson III, 20:52; 2. Talia Dreicer, 21:26; 3. Madison Foley, 21:27; 4. Michaelle Sutton, 26:52; 5. Jacob Thompson, 26:54; 6. Darla Thompson, 27:27; 7. Dee Cruz-Murphy, 30:31; 8. Richard Thompson, 31:54; 9. George Glass, 46:49; 10. Patricia Rathbone, 47:07;

    11. Tom Sanford, 47:31; 12. Bonnie Foreman, 49:17; 13. Inez Ross, 52:17; 14. Pat Cruz, 58:23; 15. Ashley Thurgood, 58:24; 16. Brad Thurgood, 58:27.

  • 'Toppers pick up a sweep over Jaguars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up a sweep in its District 2-5A opener in Santa Fe Wednesday night.
    Los Alamos moved the ball around effectively to its big girls up front as it powered its way to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 win at Capital.
    Several players got into the act as the Hilltoppers (5-6 overall) dominated all phases of the contest.
    “The defense really contributed by allowing us to move the ball around and throw in some big, fast-tempo plays,” Hilltopper head coach Sharleen Espinoza said.
    Hilltopper Brianna Montaño had 14 spike kills to lead the offensive charge from the outside, while Sierra Foley also turned in a big night with 10 spike kills to her credit.
    Sam Melton dished out 26 assists in the contest and also had a big night from the service line. Melton finished with 8 aces among 11 service points to her credit.
    Capital (2-8 overall, 0-1 in 2-5A play) has struggled throughout the season so far. One of its victories on the year, however, came against Los Alamos’ Saturday opponent, the Farmington Scorpions — the Jaguars tripped up the Scorpions in three sets Sept. 19.

  • LA routs Santa Fe for 2nd straight win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team put together one of its best offensive performances of the season as it downed Santa Fe Wednesday.
    Los Alamos harassed Santa Fe goalkeeper Oswaldo Ramirez all afternoon, firing off 15 shots and forcing Ramirez to come out of the goal on numerous occasions.
    The Hilltoppers scored early in both halves and never let the Demons into the contest, prevailing 4-0 at Sullivan Field.
    It was a solid win for the Hilltoppers, especially with them restarting District 2-5A this weekend. The Hilltoppers had struggled for most of the month of September, but earned a Sept. 27 victory over the Taos Tigers just prior to their big win Wednesday.
    Of Los Alamos’ mid-month slide, it lost twice to 2-5A rival Capital, although only one of those counts in the district standings. Los Alamos was shut out 2-0 by the Jaguars to open district play.
    Saturday, the Hilltoppers (5-7-2) will take on the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans, according to some scouting reports, are better than they have been in the recent past and have the ability to upset the Hilltoppers if they’re taken too lightly.
    Scoring goals this season for Los Alamos has been something of an issue, but it wasn’t against Santa Fe.

  • Legendary 'Bun' Ryan dies

    One of the most famous and beloved figures in the history of Los Alamos County died Monday.
    Bernard L. ‘Bun’ Ryan was one of the most recognizable sports personalities produced by Los Alamos County and benefactor to many around northern New Mexico and one of the great pitchers in the golden age of softball in the United States.
    He is remembered for numerous contributions to Los Alamos and to the residents of northern New Mexico, not the least of which was for his time playing for Pierotti’s Clowns.
    The Clowns, a 5-man softball team, traveled all around New Mexico and the region. The Clowns played 200 official games with Ryan throwing the majority of those.
    During his heyday, ‘Bullet Bun’ was one of the most feared pitchers in the nation. His fastball was clocked at better than 100 mph. Behind Ryan, the Clowns amassed a won-loss record of 177-23 — interestingly, one of the few games he lost as a pitcher with the Clowns came the day Sports Illustrated snapped a photo of him and his teammates for the first edition of the magazine, making the Clowns among the first victims of the SI Curse.

  • Golf tourney will benefit LAHS choir

    The Los Alamos High School Choir will host the Last Chance Golf Tournament Saturday at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    The tournament is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place finishes, as well as best-ball prizes and raffle prizes.
    Price for participation is $100 for a single player, $375 for a 4-person team. Those holding an annual LAGC pass will be charged $65.
    Lunch for players is included, as is a medium bucket of practice balls.
    Hole sponsors are also being sought for Saturday’s tournament.
    For more information, call LAGC at 662-8139.

  • 'Topper volleyball opens 2-5A play tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team still has a lot to prove as it opens District 2-5A play today.
    Los Alamos (4-5) will take on the Capital Jaguars at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe to get its district season going. Capital has struggled so far this season and isn’t expected to make a lot of noise in 2-5A this season.
    However, the Hilltoppers got a preview of what they can expect coming up at the Rio Rancho Invitational last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers, by luck of the tournament draw, ended up paired up with the Española Valley Sundevils at Rio Rancho and the Sundevils earned the victory in the head-to-head contest.
    Nonscheduled district matchups don’t count in the district standings, but that 3-1 victory should give Española Valley, already the favorite heading into 2-5A this season, a psychological edge when the two teams meet Oct. 8 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Española Valley is 8-2 on the season following a 3-0 win Tuesday night against West Las Vegas.
    Currently, Los Alamos is on a three-match skid, dropping decisions to Santa Fe and Moriarty as well as the Sundevils. Prior to its current slide, Los Alamos had won four straight decisions.

  • LA rallies in 2nd half to top Cardinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team came back from a first half deficit to top Las Vegas Robertson on the road Tuesday.
    Los Alamos’ Charlotte Leonard, Emily Hopkins and Sienna Ahlers all picked up goals in the second half after the Hilltoppers were shut out by the Robertson Cardinals in the first half to win 3-1.
    Tuesday’s win was the third in a row for Los Alamos, which now puts the team at 7-6, the first time this season it has been north of the .500 mark.
    Hilltopper head coach AJ Herrera said the conditions were tough at Robertson – the field was in less-than-ideal shape and the wind was blowing pretty hard throughout the contest – but his team gutted it out for the win.
    “Going into halftime, we knew what we were facing,” Herrera said. “Coming out, we knew what we had to do. We had to pick it up.”
    He said the first goal of the second half, coming in the 48th minute, was a huge momentum shifter.
    Leonard received a pass from Kayla Parker and ended up with a breakaway deep in Robertson territory. Leonard beat the Robertson goalkeeper for the equalizer.

  • 'Topper Notes: XC heading to Arizona

    Los Alamos’ cross country squads will be heading way down the road Friday for a big regional meet.
    Los Alamos, which took the runners-up spots in both ends of team competition last week at Albuquerque Academy, will head to the Desert Twilight Festival Friday. That meet, a rare night meet, will be in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
    Desert Twilight has become a regular meet for the Hilltoppers. That meet invites teams from all around Arizona, New Mexico and other nearby states to compete.
    Last year, Los Alamos’ girls finished with 149 team points, making it just one of five competing teams to score below 200.
    The top finisher for Los Alamos’ girls was Talia Dreicer, who is expected to compete for the Hilltoppers again this year. Dreicer finished 25ht overall, one of four Hilltopper runners to crack the top 30 overall.
    Also from that team that traveled to Mesa last year, Sophia Galvez finished in 28th place and Maddy Foley was 29th.
    Los Alamos’ boys were eighth in 2013. Greg Ahlers, who has already led Los Alamos’ runners twice in three meets this season, had the top finish among returners, placing 68th.

  • LA legend Ryan passes away

    Legendary Los Alamos resident Bernard L. 'Bun' Ryan died Monday morning.
    Ryan, the star member of the Pierotti's Clowns 5-man softball team, was a longtime resident of White Rock. During his heyday with the Clowns, 'Bullet Bun' was one of the top amateur pitchers in the nation and led the Clowns to a 177-23 record.
    No funeral arrangements have been announced.
    More about Ryan will be in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.