• LAHS golf has strong day at home invite

    More than 100 players and 13 teams came together at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Monday morning for the LAHS Spring Invite, where the Hilltoppers played host and enjoyed great results. 

    The boys’ team finished as the overall runner-ups, while the girls were able to boast the event’s overall champion. 

    On the boys’ side of the event, Los Lunas High School walked away as the champions, finishing with a team score of 322. LAHS finished four strokes behind in second place, with a team score of 326. Rounding out the top three was Hope Christian, which finished with a team score of 335. 

    Other teams that participated in the tournament for the boys were Robertson, St. Michael’s, Capital, Tucumcari, East Mountain, Española Valley, Raton, Taos and West Las Vegas. 

    Individually, many Hilltoppers put together solid rounds. Davis Johnson was the team’s top golfer finishing with a score of 77, just six strokes off the leader. Henry Poston and Sean Rau both finished with scores of 81, while Conner Cook finished with a score of 84, Jacob Benelli finished with a score of 87 and Landon Burk finished with a score of 88. 

  • Lacrosse wins second straight home game

    The Los Alamos High School girls’ lacrosse team is officially on a roll. For the second consecutive home game, the Hilltoppers came away victorious, defeating Santa Fe Prep 6-5 at Dara Jones Field Thursday night. 

    Elena Culin played well in goal for the Hilltoppers, keeping Santa Fe Prep from putting too many goals on the board. 

    On offense, Allina Bergemann was the star for the Hilltoppers, scoring four goals during the game to lead the team to victory. 

    Also scoring two goals was Marie Lee, who has consistently gotten better throughout the season. 

    This is the second home game in a row that the Hilltoppers have won. The team is finding success in its first year as a team, led by head coach Whitney Pryce, who has done a good job of helping the team improve every game. 

    After a game on the road Thursday in Rio Rancho, the Hilltoppers will return to action Saturday at home against Santa Fe Prep at 10 a.m. This is the final scheduled home game of the season for the team, as the playoffs begin on May 1. 

  • Atomic City Update: High school baseball and softball need fewer doubleheaders

    As high school baseball and softball season moves along this spring, I have found great joy in watching the kids play games they love on a daily basis. It is obvious how much fun they are having on the field, and it is great to see the teams at Los Alamos High School find success late in the schedule. 

    However, the one negative I have found about the schedule are the number of doubleheaders the teams are forced to play. From a scheduling standpoint, I absolutely understand the need for doubleheaders. The teams all have to play a certain amount of games, and they want the kids to miss as little school as possible. 

    But I can’t see many other positives to the doubleheaders. First of all, playing two games back-to-back, which can take more than six hours, is physically draining for the players. Baseball is a game of lots of starts and stops. It requires laser-sharp focus and attention while in the field and in the batter’s box. 

    By the end of a second game, it is possible that a player would have played 14 innings in the field, and taken eight or more at-bats. I can’t believe that a player is as sharp after playing that much as he would have been hours earlier, at the beginning of the first game. 

  • Hilltopper softball takes control of District 2-5A

    With a 12-6 win over Capital High School Wednesday afternoon, the Los Alamos High School softball team is now firmly in first place in District 2-5A and controls its own destiny for the state tournament.

    “The nice thing is, the girls never stopped,” LAHS head coach Randy Burditt said. “They kept battling. That’s a good softball game right there. Capital played tough.”

    Though the game started as a blowout for the Hilltoppers, it became far closer than expected in the late going, and required great pitching by Savana Luster to secure the win.  

    At the plate, the Hilltoppers had no trouble putting runners on base through the first three innings, but struggled to bring them around to home plate. In the second inning, the Hilltoppers had the bases loaded with two outs before Janessa Gonzales struck out to end the inning with just 1 run scoring. In the third inning, LAHS had two runners in scoring position with one out, but again only scored once as Claire Bluhm popped out to the third baseman and Megan Romero struck out to end the inning. 

    However, the Hilltoppers struck for 4 runs in the fourth inning, breaking the game open with a 6-0 lead. 

  • Softball dominates Sundevils in doubleheader sweep

    With a pair of dominant performances Saturday afternoon against Española Valley High School, the Los Alamos High School softball team continued its pursuit of another District 2-5A title as the offense continued to hit at a high level, and the pitchers kept runners off the bases all afternoon. 

    These were important games for LAHS, which entered the weekend 2-1 in district play, and faced a team that the Hilltoppers struggled against a year ago. In 2017, the Sundevils were the only District 2-5A team to defeat LAHS, and in two other games the Hilltoppers struggled to pick up victories. 

    This year, however, it was a different story. LAHS came out swinging from the start and picked up 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control early. 

    On the mound, Reyna Lucero dominated for the Hilltoppers, giving up only six hits and 1 run in the game. Behind her strong pitching effort, LAHS cruised and continued to add on runs. 

    The Hilltoppers scored 3 runs in the third inning and added 3 more runs in the fourth inning to put the game away. 

  • Baseball gets back on track with a pair of big wins

    With a doubleheader sweep of Española Valley High School Saturday afternoon, the Los Alamos High School baseball team kept pace in District 2-5A, which looks as if it will be highly competitive until the end of the season. 

    The Hilltoppers could not have asked for much more success Saturday afternoon, defeating the Sundevils 9-2 in the first game, and following it up with a 17-0 win in game two, showing that LAHS remains a force to be reckoned with in the playoff conversation. 

    Jacob Rutten started the first game on the mound for the Hilltoppers, and displayed the dominant pitching that has carried his team at times this season. He struck out two batters in the first inning to work around a leadoff single, and followed that up in the second inning by striking out two more batters to escape a jam caused by a pair of walks. 

    On offense, the Hilltoppers clicked right away, scoring 3 runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff walk and an error by the Sundevil centerfielder. Singles by Antonio Gonzales, Rutten and Sam Fisher followed, and LAHS took a 3-0 lead. 

  • Atomic City Update: Girls’ lacrosse program proves to be good for LA

    Of all the things I have seen during this school year, I don’t think I have ever seen as much excitement from a team as I saw this week as the girls’ lacrosse team won its first ever game as a program. 

    For anyone who just happens to wander past Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park during one of the team’s games, there is now way you would know they have only played three games together ever. 

    No, they may not have the skills to match up against talented teams that have been playing together for years. But honestly, that doesn’t matter. 

    I was at the team’s first game of the season, a 15-2 loss against Rio Rancho. To compare the level of skill I saw from the Hilltoppers in that game compared to the effort I saw this week in the team’s 9-2 win against Bosque would be impossible. 

    It is clear that coach Whitney Pryce and her team are working hard every day in practice, and it is great to see that effort be rewarded with positive results. 

    More than anything, this team is trying to grow the sport of lacrosse in this town, and in this state, especially for girls.

  • Boys’ lacrosse falls in home opener


    n a highly physical contest, the Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with the combined team of Cibola and Bosque, falling 9-4 Wednesday at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. 

    This game was the Hilltoppers’ home opener, as the team’s first attempt to play at Dara Jones Field was postponed due to rain and snow in the area on March 15. 

    After falling behind 1-0 early in the contest, LAHS answered right back, as James Flesner scored to tie the score 1-1. 

    But it was quickly evident that Cibola’s attack would be hard to contain, quickly scoring two goals to take a 3-1 lead and gain control.

    By running its offense well from behind the net, Cibola kept LAHS goalie JD Carson off balance and made it difficult for him to get in front of shots, leading to many quality scoring opportunities.

    After James Gutieerez scored for the Hilltoppers to make the score 3-2, Cibola answered back, scoring two goals before halftime to go into the break with a 5-2 advantage. 

  • Hilltoppers take down Moriarty

     After struggling at times early in the season, the offense of the Los Alamos High School softball team has come to life in recent weeks, and it is leading to wins. 

    That continued Tuesday on the road against Moriarty High School, as the Hilltoppers struck for 20 runs in a 20-5 victory. 

    The offensive explosion included 16 hits and four walks, and four Hilltoppers also reached base on errors on defense by the Pintos. 

    LAHS struck for 2 runs in the first inning to get going, and then 8 runs in the second and 9 more runs in the third inning to put the game away. The Hilltoppers added 1 more run in the fourth inning to get to 20 runs for the game, ending the game via the mercy rule after four innings of play. 

    On the mound, Savana Luster had a good outing for the Hilltoppers, giving up 5 runs on eight hits and striking out five batters. 

    After giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and 2 more runs in the second inning, she settled down, keeping Moriarty scoreless for the final two innings.

  • Girls' lacrosse picks up big win

    Los Alamos High School girls’ lacrosse coach Whitney Pryce could hardly contain her excitement. This season, the program’s first, has been a challenge for Pryce and the 13 girls on her team. In two previous games, the Hilltoppers were blown out, struggling to keep up with teams that had been playing together for far longer. 

    But Tuesday night at Dara Jones Field in White Rock, the Hilltoppers won, defeating Bosque 9-2 and showing significant improvement. Following the handshke line after the game, Pryce jumped for joy back over to her team, the smile on her face easy to spot from anywhere in Overlook Park. 

    “Our communication has gotten increasingly better over time,” Pryce said. “Our defense has improved. We are really working together as a team, and our motto is to stay positive no matter what, even though in some of the previous games we got demolished a little bit.”

    In this game, the Hilltoppers took on a different role, jumping on top early and never letting go of control of the game. 

    Marie Lee got the Hilltopeprs on the scoreboard early, which seemed to build confidence, as the team continued to push forward and force Bosque into mistakes.