• LA gets nipped by St. Pius X Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got off to a hot start Tuesday against the St. Pius X Sartans, but the Sartans came back in the second half.
    Los Alamos went up 2-0 in the first half Tuesday at Ben Rios Field in Albuquerque with Sienna Ahlers scoring a goal and assisting Catie McDonald on a goal in quick succession midway through the first half. Ahlers went to the near post to put the Hilltoppers on the board in the 25th minute, while McDonald scored in the 27th.
    Unfortunately, the Sartans (5-0), with one of the top offenses in the state, are hard to put away. Such was the case Tuesday, as the Sartans scored three times in the second half to win it 4-3.
    That loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hilltoppers (2-3).
    Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said his team definitely had an upset in mind and came out slugging.
    “We went into the game knowing that we can compete with anyone in the state,” he said. “St. Pius is one of the best teams in the state, if not the best. Knowing we have the ability to go their home ground and be up with eight minutes left, that speaks volumes of our potential.”

  • 'Toppers score 6 times vs. St. Mike’s

    Eric Burnside and Jairo Marquez each scored a pair of goals as the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team routed the St. Michael’s Horsemen Wednesday.
    Los Alamos picked up its first road win of the season at Brother Abdon Field. The Hilltoppers scored four times in the second half, more goals than they’d scored in their previous four games, as they won 6-1 over the Horsemen.
    Prior to that game, Los Alamos had managed just three goals on the season in four outings. With his two goals against St. Mike’s, Burnside now has three for the season, while Marquez’s two goals were his first two so far.
    Along with Burnside and Marquez, Eric Schmalz and Hernan Lebensohn also found the net. Bryan Mujica was credited with an assist, his first point of the season, and Tristen Roach had another assist for Los Alamos.
    Heading into the game, the Horsemen (1-3-1) had been somewhat shaky on defense. It had given up eight goals in four games, including allowing four goals to Capital in their season opener.
    In goal, Chris Parker played three quarters of the contest, giving up the St. Mike’s goal, which was scored by Lucas Curry. Seth Hailey played the final 20 minutes and made two saves.
    The Hilltoppers (2-3) have a big upcoming game. They will be at home Friday afternoon to take on the St. Pius X Sartans.

  • Sports Briefs 09-02-14

    Fencing class returns today at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will resume its fencing class starting this evening.
    The class will be only for fencers with previous experience. It will consist of 30 minutes of combined drills, followed by 30 minutes of bouting or individual instruction.
    Class begins at 6:30 p.m., however, students who are interested only in bouting may come at approximately 7 p.m.
    There won’t be a class for beginning fencers until February or March.
    For more information, call instructor Tom Hill at 672-1058.

    Bike MS event slated for this weekend

    A Bike MS ride is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday starting and ending at the Cities of Golf Hotel in Pojoaque.
    Bike MS supports research in the field of multiple sclerosis. Riders collect pledges prior to the event to go toward research.
    The event will start at 7 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s course will go through five of the eight Northern Pueblos before returning to the Cities of Gold for an overnight celebration. Riders on Sunday can choose a 40- or a 56-mile route before returning to Pojoaque.
    Price for participation is $45 until Thursday. Riders are committed to a minimum $250 in pledges prior to the race.
    For more information, visit bikemsnewmexico.org.

    Isotopes drop their finale

  • 'Toppers blank Panthers Saturday, 1-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team picked up its second consecutive victory Saturday in its second trip of the season to Farmington.
    Los Alamos topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 1-0 Saturday, earning for itself not only a win but a measure of revenge after the Panthers downed the Hilltoppers in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
    With the victory, the Hilltoppers even their season record at 2-2. The Hilltoppers trounced the Moriarty Pintos 11-0.
    It will be a big test today, however, as Los Alamos will take on St. Pius X, last season’s Class 4A state champion. St. Pius’ Sartans are a spotless 4-0 on the year heading into today’s game.
    Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos got off 8 shots to the Panthers’ 3 and controlled possession most of the contest.
    Los Alamos got on the board in the 56th minute. Hilltopper Emily Hopkins got a pass from the opposite side of the box from Catie McDonald and went into the lower right-hand corner.
    In goal, Anna Lemke made two stops to earn the shutout victory.
    For the Panthers (3-2), it was their second shutout loss of the season. They fell 3-0 to the Sartans in their season opener Aug. 22.

  • LA takes fourth in Cernicek tourney

    Los Alamos finished in fourth place in this weekend’s Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament.
    Following its initial win over the Goddard Rockets Friday, the Hilltoppers lost two straight to the Roswell Coyotes in the semifinal and the Farmington Scorpions in the third-place game Saturday.
    Los Alamos was nipped 2-1 in overtime by the Coyotes — Chris Mesquita’s left-footed blast just inside the far post was the game-winner in the 88th minute for Roswell — then was dropped 2-1 by the Scorpions Saturday evening.
    The Hilltoppers have only won their home tournament three times since 2004.
    Bosque School, one of the top small-school teams in the state, went on to win the 2014 Cernicek title.
    The Bobcats downed the Coyotes 1-0 in Saturday’s championship game.
    For Los Alamos (1-3), it has yet to score more than one goal in any game this season. Los Alamos is scheduled to play St. Michael’s Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe.
    Farmington (2-1) scored the lone goal of the second half in the third-place contest. The two teams were knotted at 1-1 after the first half.

  • On Schedule 08-31-14


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

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.


    Football: Taos at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Aztec at Los Alamos, JV, 5 p.m.


    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys soccer: St. Pius at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Cross country: Los Alamos at UNM Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 9 a.m.; LAMS Invitational, boys and girls seventh and eighth grade, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 11 a.m.

  • LA volleyball opens Tuesday

    The Hilltopper volleyball team will open up its 2014 season under its new head coach Tuesday.
    Los Alamos won’t be easing into the season, either. Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Along with taking on a tough opponent, Los Alamos will be showing off a junior-heavy roster this season, although most of those juniors will have a fair amount of playing experience.
    Last season the Hilltoppers went 13-9 and advanced to the Class 4A playoffs before being bounced in the opening round by Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos was guided by head coach Robin Reynolds, but Reynolds stepped down shortly after 2013, his only season in the big chair.
    Longtime assistant coach Sharleen Espinoza was hired for the job and will also make her head coaching debut Tuesday.
    This will be the second year in a row Los Alamos faces St. Pius to open. St. Pius won in 2013, 3-1.
    The Sartans were also a first-round casualty in the 2013 playoffs, to the surprise of some. They fell to Artesia early in the playoffs, just one year after winning the Class 4A title.
    The Hilltoppers, Sartans and most of last year’s schools in the 4A classification were bumped up to 5A for 2014.

  • Season opener pageantry

    The Los Alamos High School band and cheerleaders were in good form Friday night for the home season opening game against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. 

  • Coyotes score goal in OT vs. ’Toppers

    For the third time in a calendar year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team met the Roswell Coyotes.
    And for the third time, the Coyotes prevailed.
    The Coyotes, who won the Class 4A state championship in 2013, topping the Hilltoppers in the semifinals en route to the crown, showed off their potent attack Saturday in the semifinals of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    However, Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker was up to the task for most the meeting.
    The two teams went into overtime, but in the second overtime period, Roswell’s Chris Mesquita crushed a left-footer just inside the far post to give his team a 2-1 win and get the Coyotes to their second straight Cernicek tournament final.
    Saturday evening’s tournament championship game hadn’t been completed as of press time.
    The Coyotes won the Cernicek tournament in 2013, topping Los Alamos 6-2 in the championship.
    Los Alamos had a 1-man advantage for much of the contest. At the 26-minute mark, Roswell forward Anthony Valadez was slapped with a red card for running over Parker near the goal mouth, negating an apparent Coyote goal.

  • Miscues prove costly in LA’s opener

    It wasn’t a secret heading into Friday night’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was a work in progress.
    But, judging from its performance Friday, there is no shortage of things for Los Alamos to work on or progress to be made.
    The Hilltoppers struggled to get their running game established, particularly the option, struggled with snapping the ball from their bread-and-butter pistol formation, and struggled for a good chunk of the night on defense against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    The Hilltoppers fell to the Elks in their 2014 opener, 18-6 at Sullivan Field.
    They were outgained by more than 2-to-1 on the offensive side and gave up too many big plays.
    Perhaps the backbreaker came in the third quarter, however. Pojoaque Valley quarterback Chris Quintana, who had been the piston driving the offense up to that point, was ejected from the ballgame on a late hit against Los Alamos defensive tackle Andres Dow with 4:05 left.
    Cold second-string quarterback Royce Nez came in from the bench. But on his first snap, a third-and-42 situation, Los Alamos retreated into deep coverage while Nez handed the ball off to tailback Darren Montoya. Montoya went untouched to near the first-down marker, bounced off three potential tacklers and scampered into the end zone.