• LAHS baseball wins district championship with home victory over Taos

    For the first time since 2016, the Los Alamos High School baseball team has won a district championship. The Hilltoppers clinched the district with a 6-2 victory over Taos Wednesday afternoon at Bomber Field. 

    LAHS rolled through district play, losing only one time, on the road to Taos in 11 innings. 

    The team’s pitching staff has been a strength throughout the season, allowing an average of only two runs per game. 

    The theme of strong pitching continued in the final home game of the season, as Arthur Steinkamp dominated on the mound while the Hilltopper offense continued its steady play. 

    After LAHS fell behind 1-0 following a leadoff single by German Perez and an RBI double from Enrique Archuleta, the Hilltopper offense got to work. 

    Steinkamp led off the game with a walk, and Tyler Neal followed with a single right up the middle. LAHS tied the game two batters later as Hunter Swavely hit a ball deep enough into the outfield that Steinkamp was able to tag up from third base. LAHS never trailed again in the game. 

  • Hilltopper softball earns trip to state tournament

    Despite failing to win the district championship on the last day of the regular season, the Los Alamos High School softball team will head to the Class 4A state tournament Saturday afternoon. 

    The Hilltoppers earned the No, 14 seed in the tournament, and will face off against No. 3 seed Aztec in the first round. The game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Aztec High School.

    The tournament expanded to 16 teams this year after only inviting 12 teams in recent years. In the past, the top four seeds received an automatic bye to the quarterfinals while the bottom eight teams competed in play-in games for the right to go to the quarterfinals. 

    Now, all 16 teams compete in a play-in game at the higher seeded team for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. 

    This will be the second year in a row LAHS and Aztec will face off in the first round of the tournament. 

    Last year, Aztec defeated the Hilltoppers 14-7 after LAHS jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. 

  • LAHS baseball earns No. 7 seed at state

    Following an outstanding regular season, the Los Alamos High School baseball team will play host to Los Lunas in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday. 

    The Hilltoppers earned the No. 7 seed in the Class 4A tournament, while Los Lunas earned the No. 10 seed. First-round games take place at the home of the higher seed, while later rounds take place at various sites around Albuquerque. 

    LAHS earned the right to host a first round game in part because of a strong finish to the regular season, which saw the Hilltoppers finish 19-7 overall, and 11-1 in District 2-4A. The team’s only district loss came in 11 innings on the road against Taos, which finished at the district runner-up. 

    A strong pitching staff has led the Hilltoppers all season, and the dominance on the mound was even more impressive in district play. In 12 district games, LAHS allowed opponents to score a total of 22 runs, an average of less than two runs per game. Across the entire 26 game season, LAHS allowed 3.5 runs per game, one of the top marks in the entire state. 

  • Hilltopper track teams dominate Larry Baca Memorial meet

    Heading into this weekend’s district championship meet, the Los Alamos High School track teams are on a roll. At their home meet last week, the Larry Baca Memorial, both Hilltopper teams dominated the competition and earned first place. 

    The LAHS boys finished with 162.5 team points, more than double second place Los Lunas, which finished with 80 points. Moriarty was third with 79.5 points. 

    The most impressive performance of the meet for the Hilltopper boys came in the 1,600 meter run, where LAHS had the top four runners. Duncan Fuehne was first, followed by Steven Strevell, Rafael Sanchez and Wyatt Watson. 

    LAHS impressed across the board, as the Hilltoppers won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, while Dima Tretiak won the 400-meter sprint and Wakei Hetinga won the 3,200-meter run. 

    Tretiak was also the top finisher in the triple jump event. 

    William Harper and Gabe Holesinger were the top two finishers in the high jump, while Justin Gilbert won the discus throw and Cade Yost dominated in the javelin throw. 

  • Atomic City Update: Sustained excellence helps set LAHS apart from other schools in New Mexico

    I don’t yet know how the state championships will play out for the spring sports at Los Alamos High School, but I know this community has a good reason to be proud. There are eight competitive spring sports teams at the high school, and every one of them is competing in the state championship tournament. 

    It’s more than just competing, though, There is an argument to be made that the golf and track teams on both sides are among the favorites to take home the top prize. Either way, they have had outstanding seasons that deserve to be recognized. 

    Having every sport compete at the highest level continues a yearlong trend for the Hilltoppers, which have only had two teams miss the state playoffs this school year. Outside of football and boys’ basketball, every other team has played at least one game at state. 

  • Atomic City Update: Pro sports show how valuable sportsmanship really is

    When I watch sports, good sportsmanship is one of the most important things to me. I think being a great player means nothing if you can’t show respect to everyone around you. I have been so impressed recently with the sportsmanship shown in every high school sport I attend, and wish that level of respect carried over to the professional ranks. 

    This week, I was at the Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, an event that brought together more than 10 schools to compete against each other. Even though the stakes were high, the kids playing treated each other with so much respect. I was impressed beyond words. 

    When an opponent made a good shot, the players in their group all acknowledged it, and congratulated them. There was healthy conversation all around the course, and struggling players were encouraged rather than admonished. 

    It was just great to see kids trying their hardest on the course while still realizing they can be friends outside the competition. Really, that’s what the game of golf, and high school sports in general should be about. 

  • 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.