• Pajarito Mountain receives more than 6 inches of snow on Halloween

    With more than six inches of snow falling at Pajarito Mountain on Halloween, General Manager Tom Long is optimistic that Mother Nature will be more cooperative this year and provide the area with a good ski season.

    In the first major snow of the season, the bottom of Pajarito Ski Area received six inches of snow, while the top received more than eight inches. Last year, the ski area received almost no natural snow, and was forced to operate at reduced capacity throughout the winter.

    Now, with snow falling so early and the long term forecast pointing toward more winter weather moving forward, Long believes that everything is on track for Pajarito Mountain to open its lifts for skiers on Dec. 21.

    “We are anticipating that Mother Nature will wake up from last year’s nap and give us a good, long ski season,” Long said.

    He said that compared to good years in the past, this year’s Halloween storm was “more aggressive” and laid a good amount of snow down that will be built up in the next few months.

  • LAHS volleyball loses home matchup against Elkettes

    Over the last month, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team has proven it is worthy of a spot in the state championship tournament at the end of the season. But Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium, the Pojoaque Valley High School Elkettes displayed the kind of dominance it takes to win the state championship tournament, sweeping the Hilltoppers 3-0 with ease. 

    LAHS kept the first set close in the beginning, as the team showed off its strong attacking skills. It was a one-point set until the score was 8-7, but then the Elkettes took over. 

    While Pojoaque Valley does not have many powerful attackers up front, the defensive skills of the team are the best in the state. 

    Attacks from Natalie Gallegos and Sophia Salazar that would be impossible for other teams to return were dug out easily by the Elkettes, and many times it left the Hilltoppers shaking their heads in disbelief. 

    LAHS became frustrated as the set went along, and fell behind 19-8. 

    Despite a comeback attempt in the final moments, Pojoaque Valley earned a 25-23 win to take the 1-0 lead in the match. 

  • Soccer teams pick up district wins over Pojoaque

    In their first home games in nearly a month, the Los Alamos High School soccer teams had no issue defeating the teams from Pojoaque Valley High School Tuesday night at Sullivan Field. The boys started the day with a 10-0 win and the girls followed with a 12-0 victory. 

    Senior forward Arthur Steinkamp stole the show for the boys’ team, as he scored five goals during the game. He got the scoring started in the 8th minute on a shot into the far corner that was so good the goalie never even moved to try to stop it. 

    Later in the first half, in the span of 10 minutes, he scored three more times. 

    The first came on a high shot into the top right corner of the net. He followed that up with a tip-in shot on a breakaway, and then another shot into the far corner. 

    He finished his strong game with a goal in the second half before resting for the remainder of the game. 

    Also having a strong game was sophomore forward Aiden Semelsberger, who had a goal and also added two assists in the game. His goal made the score 3-0 in the 14th minute. 

  • Hilltoppers take control of District 2-4A

    In the most important game of the season to this point, the Los Alamos High School boys’ soccer team delivered its most impressive performance. Thursday night at Sullivan Field, the Hilltoppers defeated leading district rival Taos High School 7-0 to take control of District 2-4A. 

    Last week, when the two teams faced off in Taos, the game ended in a scoreless draw, but head coach Ron Blue knew a performance like this was possible. 

    “We out-shot them 27-4 up there, and got a tie,” Blue said. “I think they were hungry tonight, and it showed. That was an outstanding performance by the boys. We knew we had this in us.”

    Blue said the big difference between the game in Los Alamos compared to the game in Taos was that his team played much faster, with much more intensity and everything clicked into place offensively. 

    “I believed we had what it takes to put it on these guys, and we also have Arthur (Steinkamp) and Aiden (Semelsberger), and that makes a big difference,” Blue said. 

  • Hilltopper golf dominates Fall Finale

    In their second home tournament of the fall season, the Los Alamos High School golf teams had their strongest performances of the year so far, as both teams dominated the competition at the Los Alamos Fall Finale tournament. 

    Davis Johnson stole the show for the Hilltoppers on the boys side, winning the tournament with a score of 70, two strokes under par. The race for first place at the event came down to the final hole, as Johnson and Cleveland’s Enrique Armijo were separated by only one stroke. In the end, Johnson was able to hold off Armijo, as Cleveland’s top golfer finished with a score of 71. 

    Also having a strong day for LAHS was Henry Poston, who finished right behind the leaders with a score of 73, good for third place. 

    Across the board, the Hilltopper boys dominated throughout the day with consistent performances, as the five varsity players all had great rounds. Landon Burke finished with a score of 79, Conner Cook had a score of 81 and Jacob Benelli had a score of 82. As a team, the Hilltoppers finished the day with a score of 303.

  • LAHS runs past Santa Fe in district opener

    In the first week of district play, the Los Alamos High School football team got back on track, defeating the Santa Fe High School Demons 22-13 at Ivan Head Stadium. 

    Prior to the contest against the Demons, LAHS’ defense had struggled over the past month. Dating back to the game against Gallup on Sept. 21, the team had not scored more than 7 points in the past three games. 

    To help jumpstart the offense, head coach Garett Williams started Walker Eaton at quarterback and had Dylan Irish work as a fullback, which seemed to work well. Eaton led the offense down the field smoothly throughout the game, and Irish had some great runs out of the backfield to set up scores. 

    Though his running was impressive, it was Irish’s punting that helped get the Hilltoppers on the scoreboard in the first quarter. After an LAHS offensive drive stalled, Irish punted the ball perfectly and it was downed on the 1-yard line. 

    On Santa Fe’s first offensive play, the Hilltopper defense tackled the running back in the end zone for a safety, putting LAHS on top 2-0. 

  • Girls’ soccer wins district with victory over Pintos

    With a 6-1 win against Moriarty High School Tuesday night at Sullivan Field, the Los Alamos High School girls’ soccer team officially won District 2-4A and has clinched a spot in the state championship tournament. 

    The district season has been mostly smooth sailing for the Hilltoppers, as the team did not allow a goal in district play until Moriarty’s Ashley Strader snuck one past LAHS goalkeeper Annika Fox in the 20th minute of Tuesday’s match. In five district matches, the Hilltoppers have outscored opponents 38-1, leaving little drama most of the time. 

    Despite cold and wet weather Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers took control early against Moriarty and never let up. 

    Just four minutes into the game, Katie Hopkins scored from right outside the penalty box area on a perfect shot to give LAHS a 1-0 lead. 

    Alix Hailey quickly added another goal, as Alissia Haagenstad made a perfect pass down the left side of the field to her. 

    Hailey sprinted more than 50 yards down the field with defenders chasing her, and snuck the shot right past the keeper into the middle of the net. LAHS led 2-0 after 10 minutes. 

  • Steinkamp continues dominant season against Moriarty

    Over the last month, there has not been a more efficient goal scorer in New Mexico than Los Alamos High School’s Arthur Steinkamp, and that continued Tuesday night against Moriarty High School. 

    Steinkamp scored five more goals against the Pintos, as the Hilltoppers rolled to a 9-0 victory. This has been the most impressive scoring stretch of Steinkamp’s outstanding high school career. Over the last five games, Steinkamp has scored 20 goals, including five goals each against all three district opponents. 

    Overall, Steinkamp is the leading scorer in the state with 31 goals and eight assists, giving him 70 total points. 

    With at least two games still remaining on this year’s schedule, Steinkamp has already blown past his previous season-high in goals, 26, set last season. In his high school career, he has scored a total of 78 goals and added 20 assists. 

    Adding to his recent accomplishments, he was named the New Mexico Player of the Week by Maxpreps for the week of Oct. 15-21. 

  • Atomic City Update: Fall sports set up for exciting finishes

    As the fall sports season winds to a close, I would like to congratulate all of the athletes at Los Alamos High School on their outstanding performances to this point. In the next few weeks, the state championships will be held for football, soccer, volleyball and cross country. At the moment, every sport at LAHS is still alive for the ultimate prize. 

    Like most years, the cross country teams are among the favorites to win state championships. Their performances have been outstanding throughout the season and the teams appear to be well prepared to battle against Albuquerque Academy in both races. 

    The soccer teams are finishing up outstanding regular seasons, and both teams appear poised to make a run deep into the state tournament. The girls should receive a top-four seed, and the boys should be able to host a first-round tournament game at Sullivan Field. 

    The volleyball team has had a great turnaround this season and has a spot all but locked up in the state tournament. In fact, the team could still win their incredibly tough district depending on how next week’s matchup against Pojoaque Valley goes. 

  • Volleyball wins important match in Española

     With a 3-0 on the road at Española Valley High School Thursday night, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team proved exactly why it is deserving of a spot in next month’s state championship tournament. 

    Since falling to 3-7 at the end of the Tournament of Champions Sept. 15, the team has been on a roll. LAHS has gone 7-1 since then, and has only gone to the full five sets one time, in a road win over Moriarty. 

    As the season moves toward its conclusion, the team has improved in all phases of the game, a trend that continued against the Sundevils. Early in the season, LAHS relied on its ability to out-spike the other team to win matches. 

    But Thursday, the Hilltoppers displayed a greater ability to defend than in any other match this year, and it paid off in a big way. 

    All three sets were close, but LAHS managed to come out on top in every one of them. In the first set, the Hilltoppers stormed out to a 5-0 lead with great serving, and everything appeared to be working.