https://www.lamonitor.com/sports/rss.xml en Runathon raises money for LAHS cross country https://www.lamonitor.com/content/runathon-raises-money-lahs-cross-country <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/runathon_2.jpg" alt="The Los Alamos High School cross country team hosted its annual Runathon Thursday night at Sullivan Field. Each member of the team is required to obtain 10 pledges or $75 in donations. " title="The Los Alamos High School cross country team hosted its annual Runathon Thursday night at Sullivan Field. Each member of the team is required to obtain 10 pledges or $75 in donations. " align="left" hspace="6" width="95" height="85" /><p class="p1"> Each year, the Los Alamos High School cross country team holds a Runathon, where students run around the Sullivan Field track as many times as possible in an hour to earn donations for the program.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> The students are required to collect pledges from community members in the weeks leading up to the event. These can be a flat donation, or an increasing amount depending on how many laps or miles are run.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Every athlete is required to obtain 10 or more pledges, or $75 in donations.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> This is the team&rsquo;s largest fundraiser of the year, and helps pay for uniforms, travel expenses, team awards, entry fees and other miscellaneous costs.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Thursday night, not even dropping temperatures, swirling winds and the threat of storms could slow down the runners, who were determined to earn as much money as possible.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> One of the unique aspects of the event is that the runners are encouraged to dress up in costumes. This year, many of the varsity boys ran the race shirtless with green skirts on top of their running shorts, while many girls dressed up in white t-shirts and red suspenders.</p> Atomic City Update: LAHS volleyball shows signs of big progress https://www.lamonitor.com/content/atomic-city-update-lahs-volleyball-shows-signs-big-progress <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">O</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">ne of the most important things I look for when I watch high school sports is improvement. Sometimes, improvement can be small, and other times it can be obvious, but any type of improvement is important.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"> When I watch the Los Alamos High School volleyball team this year, the improvement is clear. Last year, the young players were often unsure of their responsibilities and made far too many errors in attacking, blocking and serving. This year, with everyone on the team a year older, the confidence is higher, the skill level has been raised and everyone knows their own individual responsibilities.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> Now, it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before these improvements show up in the win column. The team currently has a 1-3 record, losing three games against St. Michael&rsquo;s, Santa Fe and St. Pius after winning the opening match of the year against Bloomfield.&nbsp;</p> Hilltoppers come up just short against St. Pius https://www.lamonitor.com/content/hilltoppers-come-just-short-against-st-pius <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/salazer_spike.jpg" alt="LAHS senior Sophia Salazar (7) jumps high in the air for a spike during the first set of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss against St. Pius. She finished the match with a team-high 24 kills." title="LAHS senior Sophia Salazar (7) jumps high in the air for a spike during the first set of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss against St. Pius. She finished the match with a team-high 24 kills." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> For more than a decade, the St. Pius X Sartans have dominated the Los Alamos High School volleyball team. In 12 meetings since 2007, St. Pius is undefeated against the Hilltoppers, including multiple matchups in the state tournament. That streak continued Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, but this was perhaps the closest match of them all, a 3-2 match that went down to the very end.</p> <p> The Hilltoppers entered the match looking for a good performance after losing two games on the road in Santa Fe last week. St. Pius came in also looking for a rebound after losing 3-1 in their last game against Rio Rancho.</p> <p> Early on, it appeared the Hilltoppers were well on their way to a victory. LAHS jumped out to a lead in the first set, led by junior Natalie Gallegos. She delivered three kills and an ace in quick succession, and gave the Hilltoppers a 17-13 lead, forcing St. Pius to take a timeout.</p> <p> The stoppage did little to slow LAHS&rsquo; momentum, though, as they continued to pile up points and run away with the set, taking it 25-15 to take a 1-0 lead.</p> Cross country impresses at UNM Invitational https://www.lamonitor.com/content/cross-country-impresses-unm-invitational <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/steven_strevell.jpg" alt="Steven Strevell was the top-finishing boy for Los Alamos High School at the UNM Invitational. He came in second place overall with a time of 16:16. The Hilltopper boys finished in third place, behind Albuquerque Academy and El Paso Americas." title="Steven Strevell was the top-finishing boy for Los Alamos High School at the UNM Invitational. He came in second place overall with a time of 16:16. The Hilltopper boys finished in third place, behind Albuquerque Academy and El Paso Americas." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Both cross country teams started the season strong at the UNM Invitational last weekend in Albuquerque, as the girls finished second and the boys finished third despite tough weather conditions.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> The start of the race was delayed by lightning, which forced the event schedule to shift, and rain continued on and off throughout the morning, making the course more challenging than normal.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> However, the conditions didn&rsquo;t keep anyone from having a strong meet. The varsity boys raced first, and ended with a third place finish, behind only Albuquerque Academy and El Paso Americas, a school from Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Steven Strevell went to the front immediately, fell back a little in the middle, and came back for an incredibly strong second place finish to last year&rsquo;s state best Kashon Harrison of Kirtland Central. Duncan Fuehne also ran aggressively and fought hard throughout for a seventh place finish.</p> <p class="p1"> Head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were impressed with the performance of both runners.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;Those two really emerged on the scene last track season and were ready to start where they left off,&rdquo; Kathy Hipwood said.&nbsp;</p> LAHS earns fourth place at Cernicek tourney https://www.lamonitor.com/content/lahs-earns-fourth-place-cernicek-tourney <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mukundan_ball_handling.jpg" alt="LAHS’ Nilesh Mukundan battles for possession of the ball during the third place game of the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament against Roswell. The Hilltoppers lost the game 3-2. " title="LAHS’ Nilesh Mukundan battles for possession of the ball during the third place game of the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament against Roswell. The Hilltoppers lost the game 3-2. " align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">For the first time in four years, the first place trophy for the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament does not belong to the Los Alamos High School boys&rsquo; soccer team.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> After winning its opening match Friday morning 5-1 over Los Lunas, the team could not keep the momentum rolling into Saturday. LAHS played the first match of the day Saturday morning against Clovis, falling 2-0. Then, in the third place match, the Hilltoppers fell again, this time 3-2 against Roswell to earn fourth place at the tournament.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> It was clear early in the game against Clovis that offensive opportunities would be hard to come by. The forward combination of Arthur Steinkamp and Aiden Semelsberger had a difficult time getting through the defense of Clovis, and every attempted pass over the top of the defense was quickly cleared away.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Things became even more difficult seven minutes into the game, as Clovis&rsquo; Elias Ortega found the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead.&nbsp;</p> Atomic City Update: LAHS coaches create great sense of community https://www.lamonitor.com/content/atomic-city-update-lahs-coaches-create-great-sense-community <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">D</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">uring the opening weekend of fall sports at Los Alamos High School, several things made me smile and proud to be a part of this community. All of the teams were victorious, the crowds were loud and supportive and the atmosphere was exhilarating.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"> However, the thing that made me happier than anything was seeing coaches of other sports supporting the fall sports along with the rest of the fans.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> I arrived at the LAHS volleyball game on Saturday about an hour before the varsity team took the court. I watched the JV game in its entirety and was impressed at how many other people arrived early to watch the young players.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> Lanse Carter, the new girls&rsquo; basketball coach at LAHS, arrived and sat right next to me at the media table in the middle of the bleachers. He sat there for the entire varsity match, taking time to talk to some of the fans while cheering for the Hilltoppers.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> After the match ended, we were talking and he said that at his previous schools, he had not spent much time watching volleyball, but felt that it was important to make a good first impression at LAHS and that he enjoyed watching the team.&nbsp;</p> Volleyball drops second straight road game https://www.lamonitor.com/content/volleyball-drops-second-straight-road-game <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Despite playing well for much of the match, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team struggled to close out sets against Santa Fe High and fell Thursday night 3-1.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> The Hilltoppers entered the match hoping to rebound after a loss earlier this week against St. Michael&rsquo;s, and got off to a much better start against a tough Demonettes team.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> After falling behind 11-6 in the first set, LAHS quickly rebounded to take a 14-13 lead on an ace serve by Elodie Thelliez. The Hilltoppers were unable to extend that lead, however, as Santa Fe quickly gained control again. Though Thelliez, Gracie Swenson and Elise Olivas picked up big points at the end of the set, the Hilltoppers fell behind 1-0 with a 25-20 loss.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> The second set was the best of the night for LAHS, but it was far from perfect. After taking a 12-10 lead on a kill by Gabriella Duran, the Hilltoppers were outscored 10-1 over the next 11 points, and fell behind 19-13. That&rsquo;s when the team picked up its energy, as Natalie Gallegos picked up a powerful kill and Kyla Sandoval followed with an impressive ace serve to cut the deficit to 19-16.&nbsp;</p> LAHS volleyball struggles against St. Michael’s https://www.lamonitor.com/content/lahs-volleyball-struggles-against-st-michael%E2%80%99s <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thelliez_spike.jpg" alt="LAHS senior Elodie Thelliez attempts to spike the ball during the first set of Tuesday’s loss to St. Michael’s Thelliez finished with three kills and four blocks in the match." title="LAHS senior Elodie Thelliez attempts to spike the ball during the first set of Tuesday’s loss to St. Michael’s Thelliez finished with three kills and four blocks in the match." align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">With a deadly combination of size and speed, the St. Michael&rsquo;s High School volleyball team is one of the frontrunners for a state championship in Class 3A this season. Tuesday in Santa Fe, the Lady Horsemen proved to be too much for Los Alamos High School to handle, as the Hilltoppers fell 3-1.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> From the first serve of the match, it was obvious that it would be a challenge for the Hilltoppers to keep up, as the Lady Horsemen always seemed to be in the right spot on the floor, jumping out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first set.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> After falling behind 12-2 in the set, LAHS seemed to settle down a bit and played with more confidence, but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Hilltoppers fell 25-12 to go down 1-0.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> The second set was far more competitive, as the Hilltoppers grabbed an early lead and hung with the Lady Horsemen through the middle part of the set. However, the LAHS blockers struggled to defend against the strong attacking of St. Michael&rsquo;s in the latter part of the set, falling into a hole once again.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Despite a tough effort, the Hilltoppers lost the second set 25-19 to go down 2-0.&nbsp;</p>