• Hilltoppers dominate Moriarty in district opener

    Following an up-and-down non-district season, the Los Alamos High School softball team got the district season started with an impressive 18-3 win over Moriarty on the road. 

    Junior Katie Wimer did the most damage for the Hilltoppers, going 4-4 including a grand slam in the fourth inning that allowed LAHS to win by the mercy rule. In addition to her grand slam, Wimer also hit a pair of doubles and a single, picking up 5 RBI. 

    Wimer has emerged as one of the top hitters in New Mexico. Following Tuesday’s performance, Wimer is batting .658 this season with three home runs and 23 RBI. She has also scored 16 times. Overall, she has only been retired 13 times in 44 trips to the plate. 

    Against the Pintos, LAHS went up 4-0 after the first inning thanks to RBI hits from Claire Bluhm and Maya McMillan, as the Hilltoppers batted around in the opening frame. 

    The team picked up two more runs in the second inning and could have had more, but the ball didn’t bounce in their favor. 

  • LAHS golf teams dominate at Academy

    The golf teams at Los Alamos High School got the spring season off to a great start, as both teams picked up convincing victories at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Monday. 

    The boys’ team, hoping to repeat as state champions this year, won the event by 23 strokes over host school Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers finished with a score of 303, while Academy followed behind with a team score of 324. Rio Rancho earned third place with a score of 355. 

    Overall, the Hilltopper boys claimed three of the top four individual scores. Henry Poston was the individual champion with a score of 71, while Davis Johnson and Jacob Benelli tied for third place with scores of 76. This is the second time this season that Poston has won the individual title. 

    Also competing for the Hilltoppers were Conner Cook, who scored an 80, Landon Burk, who posted a 90 and Sahib Khalsa, who finished with a score of 92. 

    The girls also dominated their side of the event, finishing with a team score of 342. St. Pius finished in second place with a team score of 385 and Albuquerque Academy was third with a score of 406.

  • Atomic City Update: Year-round sports participation could lead to trouble in the future

    As exciting as every new baseball season is, it seems like at the end of the first weekend, several star players are hurt and out for the season, putting a damper on what should be a moment to celebrate.

    The biggest examples this year are Milwaukee Brewers closer Cory Knebel, who is out with an elbow injury, and New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, who may require season-ending shoulder surgery.

    Examples like this pop up every season, and sends teams into immediate scramble mode. Some of these injuries are unpredictable and unexplainable. But others can be prevented, and often result from an athlete pushing their body too hard too fast.  

    It makes me worry about the high school athletes I watch every day. Many of them compete in sports the entire year, whether they play on club teams for their primary sport or compete in several different sports at the high school.

    I worry about overuse at such a young age. No other level of athletics encourages people to compete year-round. There is a level of recovery needed at the end of a season, and many athletes don’t take the time to do that. Once one season ends, it’s right into the next one.

  • Strong support system helps Ramos thrive on the mat

    A great support system can take a person from good to great and LAHS wrestler, Gloria Ramos, highlights there is proof in the pudding. After a season she described as a as a struggle with a lot of ups and downs, she stepped up and achieved great success, some new friends and an increased goal to succeed even more.

    “At first I wasn’t going to wrestle and had originally decided to only attend practices without participating in tournaments,” said Ramos. “I missed competing pretty quickly and changed my mind. Now that I look back, I feel it was a relatively good year.”

    A “relatively good year,” includes placing first at the inaugural all-girls high school wrestling tournament in Aztec, and bringing home a third-place medal, at the State Wrestling Championships, and second place at the Greater Southwest Nationals Tournament. Her success has inspired her to continue wrestling year-round, so she can get some more time on the mat.

  • LAHS takes down Moriarty to extend win streak to 6 games

    Over the past two weeks, few baseball teams in New Mexico have been as impressive as the Los Alamos High School baseball team. Since March 22, the Hilltoppers have gone 6-0. Those wins included a perfect performance at the Portales Baseball Tournament, and an extra inning victory on the road in the team’s district opener against Moriarty. 

    The impressive winning streak began for the Hilltoppers in the second game of the Artesia High School Tournament. After falling against Santa Teresa 4-0 in the first game, the Hilltoppers easily defeated Moriarty 10-2 in the second game and dominated Lovington 11-4 in the final game. 

    The team continued its dominant run at the Portales Baseball Tournament the following weekend, taking down Robertson 3-0 behind a dominant pitching performance by Antonio Gonzales in the first round. In the second round, LAHS took down Ruidoso 15-4, setting up a matchup with the host school, Portales, in the final round. 

    In that game, LAHS took control early and never gave it up, easily defeating Portales 11-1 to claim the tournament championship. 

  • Green named district player of the year

    Following a dominant junior season, Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball player Becca Green was named the District 2-4A player of the year. 

    She was also named a first-team all-district performer along with senior Alex Calderon. 

    Green, in her third season on the Hilltopper varsity team, dominated under the basket all season, especially in district play. 

    In the eight regular season district contests against Española Valley, Moriarty, Pojoaque Valley and Taos, Green scored in double digits in every game. 

    She was especially dominant against the Sundevils, a team that later advanced to the state semifinals. 

    She scored 26 points in the first meeting between the two teams, then scored 28 points in the rematch. 

    In the district tournament semifinals, she scored 16 points to lead the Hilltoppers to victory. 

    Against Pojoaque, the regular season and tournament district champions, she played a key role despite being guarded by girls taller than her at all times. 

  • Track teams dominate Los Lunas Invite

    For the second weekend in a row, the Los Alamos High School track teams swept away the competition. The Hilltopper boys won the Los Lunas Track and Field Invite with 143 team points, while the Hilltopper girls won with 156 team points. 

    Hope Christian finished in second place on both sides. The Huskies boys’ had 77 points, while the Huskies girls’ finished with 80 points. 

    In the throwing events, the Hilltoppers dominated every other team. For the boys, Justin Gilbert proved to be one of the top athletes in the state, easily winning the discus and shot put events. His discus throw of 143-feet, 1-inch earned a state qualifying score, while he threw the shot put 43-feet, 5.05-inches to claim the victory. 

  • Atomic City Update: Quick turnaround of LAHS girls’ basketball should be applauded

    Don’t you just love when a plan comes together? This time last year, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team was not in a good spot. The Hilltoppers had just finished a second consecutive 6-21 season and were looking for a new head coach. It just so happened that the coach they needed was also looking for a job. 

    Lanse Carter, a two-time state champion and former big man in high school, was the perfect person for the job. Who better to teach LAHS’ intimidating forwards the correct way to play under the basket than a man who spent his playing career there? 

    A year later, the Hilltoppers made the state tournament and appear headed for a bright future. Becca Green, Natalie Gallegos and Michaela Gonzales, the forwards that made LAHS so tough to defend at times this season, will all return next year.

  • Lacrosse drops first home game to Rio Rancho

    Facing Rio Rancho in the first home game of the season, the Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team showed flashes of excellence and provided the crowd with plenty of opportunities to cheer loudly. Those moments were overshadowed, though, but the high level of skill shown by Rio Rancho, as the Dragons controlled the pace and cruised to a 5-1 victory at Sullivan Field. 

    Despite the gap in the skill level between the teams, LAHS kept the game close throughout the first half. The Hilltoppers gave up the first two goals of the game, but answered back in the second quarter with a goal from Peter Janke. 

    Janke was consistently one of the top players on the field throughout the game as he controlled things for the Hilltoppers on the offensive end of the field. His goal came on a fantastic shot 30 feet away from the goal that made its way through a group of defenders and into the back of the net. The goal made the score 2-1 heading into halftime.

  • LAHS baseball loses to rival Academy

    In the first true road game of the season, the Los Alamos High School baseball team held its own against Albuquerque Academy, but was unable to get anything going offensively in a 4-0 non-district loss. 

    Prior to Tuesday’s game against Academy, the Hilltoppers participated in two tournaments to begin the season, going 3-3. In those games, the team had issues with consistency. The offense was strong in three of the games, and the pitching was strong in two of them, but things rarely clicked into place at the same time. 

    Against the Chargers, the Hilltopper pitching and defense was strong but the offense could not get anything going, registering only three hits.

    LAHS leadoff man Tyler Neal began the game with a single to left field for the Hilltoppers, but he was immediately picked off first base by the Academy pitcher.

    He was the only base runner for the Hilltoppers until the fifth inning, as 11 straight LAHS batters were put away in order. 

    Only two batters during that stretch, Hunter Swavely and Antonio Gonzales, got the ball out of the infield.