• 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.

  • LA trips up Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team snapped a six-game winless streak Saturday with a victory over the Taos Tigers.
    Los Alamos won’t have a ton of time to celebrate its victory, however, as it is scheduled to take on the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday at home.
    The Hilltoppers (4-7-2) tallied in each half Saturday to knock off the Tigers 2-1 in Taos. Alex Csanadi and Tristen Roach each picked up goals. Jairo Marquez earned an assist.
    Prior to Saturday’s win, the Hilltoppers hadn’t won since Sept. 5. The Hilltoppers had two straight ties at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational — it fell in both those contests in tiebreakers — then dropped four straight decisions, including losing twice to Capital.

  • On Schedule 09-30-14


    Boys soccer: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Football: Española at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Highland, JV, 4:30 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at Twilight Festival (Phoenix, Arizona), boys and girls varsity, TBA.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls JV, C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Santa Fe Indian School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Volleyball: Farmington at Los Alamos, C team, 3 p.m.; JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Girls soccer holds on to top Taos, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team and the Taos Tigers scored all the goals in their game Saturday in a 7-minute span in the first half.
    But Los Alamos’ two goals, coming just four minutes apart, would hold up as it picked up a 2-1 victory.
    Hilltopper Charlotte Leonard scored in the 32nd minute coming off an assist from Catie McDonald. McDonald scored shortly afterward off an assist from Cory Carnes to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    Just before halftime, Taos scored to halve the lead, but neither team could find the net in the second half.
    Los Alamos dominated the game from start to end, getting off 28 shots in the contest to just 3 for the Tigers. Goalkeeper Megan Bucklin got the start and was credited with the win for the Hilltoppers.
    “I was happy with our performance,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We knew exactly what was coming at us from Taos. Taos worked it up to their fast forwards up top, but we did very well with balls in the air to prevent that.”