• 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. 

  • Hilltopper baseball picks up key bounceback wins

    In an important weekend tournament in Artesia, the Los Alamos High School baseball team began to get back on track, winning a pair of games against district rival Moriarty and Lovington. 

    Those wins come after a pair of disappointing shutout losses last week against Albuquerque Academy and Santa Teresa, both of them ending 4-0 and featuring very few signs of life for the Hilltopper offense. In the loss to Albuquerque Academy, LAHS collected only three hits and no batter got past second base. 

    One of the biggest issues in the first few games of the season has been driving the ball consistently and collecting extra base hits, which LAHS did more successfully over the weekend with double digit outbursts.

    The team’s offensive troubles fell by the wayside, as LAHS defeated Moriarty 10-2 and Lovington 11-4. The win over Moriarty is especially significant as the Hilltoppers will be competing against the Pintos directly once the district season begins. 

    LAHS will travel to Moriarty for the first district game of the season April 2. 

  • LAHS softball struggles against Belen

    The Los Alamos High School softball team is still searching for its best combinations in the lineup and on the mound, and has struggled a bit in the early part of the season. That struggle continued Friday afternoon against Belen, as the Hilltoppers fell 15-5. 

    In the past week, pitching has become the major issue for the Hilltoppers, as the team dropped a 17-0 decision March 19 at Los Lunas, than gave up 15 runs to Belen Friday. 

    LAHS lost last year’s top pitcher, Reyna Lucero, to graduation and has been searching for a way to replace her innings. 

    Senior Savana Luster has done a nice job stepping into a big role on the mound, while junior Katie Wimer and sophomore Aspen DeHerrera have also taken on key roles on the mound. More progress is expected from the trio as the season moves toward district play. 

    Friday afternoon, LAHS jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, but surrendered it immediately. Belen answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning and never gave up the lead. 

  • LAHS softball drops thriller to Academy

    In a back-and-forth battle between former district rivals, the Los Alamos High School softball team came up just short, losing 14-13 to Albuquerque Academy at Overlook Park. 

    Trailing 14-11 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, it appeared the Hilltoppers would go down quietly. The first two batters of the inning went down on a groundout and a strikeout, putting the Chargers one out from victory. 

    Alicia Gonzales popped up to the second baseman on a play that looked like it would end the game, but none of the Academy fielders went for the ball and it dropped in, giving LAHS new life. 

    Janessa Gonzales was hit by a pitch, and Claire Bluhm singled in Alicia Gonzales, cutting the lead to 14-12. 

    Katie Wimer, the Hilltopper starting pitcher, lined a double into the left field gap, scoring Janessa Gonzales and advancing Bluhm, the potential game tying run to third base. 

    The drama ended with the next batter, Maya McMillan, though. She popped the ball up to the pitcher, ending the game and allowing the Chargers to escape with a 14-13 victory. 

  • Atomic City Update: LAHS boys’ basketball exceeded expectations with trip to district semifinals

    Heading into this basketball season, my expectations for the Los Alamos High School boys’ team were quite low. I never doubted they had talent, I just wondered how the team would play offensively and also wondered about the leadership qualities of members of the team. 

    Despite the disappointing 9-20 record of the team, the kids flashed a lot of potential that should serve them in the future. All season, the defense was strong, actively challenging passes and contesting shots at the rim. 

    Though the team did not have a lot of players with size under the basket, LAHS held a lot of teams in check and did a good job for the most part grabbing rebounds. 

    After showing flashes of brilliance a year ago, Gavin Campos emerged as the offensive leader for the Hilltoppers, working well in tandem with senior David Owen to create a strong 1-2 punch that teams were forced to defend against.