Today's Sports

  • LAHS golf teams win district...

    Both Los Alamos High School golf teams claimed district championships this week as they continue to prepare for next week’s state championship meet. 

    The LAHS boys took first place with a team score of 312, ahead of second place Albuquerque Academy, which finished with a score of 323. Hope Christian finished in third place with a score of 335. 

    LAHS’ Henry Poston took home the individual district championship with a score of 70, which is two strokes under par at the Taos Country Club, where the tournament was held. 

    His teammate, Davis Johnson, also finished in the top three overall with a score of 75, just two strokes back of the second place finisher. 

    The other Hilltopper boys’ golfers also had strong days, as Jacob Benelli finished with a score of 83, Conner Cook finished with a score of 84 and Landon Burk finished with a score of 86. 

    For the boys, this is the sixth consecutive year the team has won the district championship. Last year, the team rode its momentum of winning the district championship to a victory at the state tournament as well.

  • Atomic City Update: Sustained...

    I don’t yet know how the state championships will play out for the spring sports at Los Alamos High School, but I know this community has a good reason to be proud. There are eight competitive spring sports teams at the high school, and every one of them is competing in the state championship tournament. 

    It’s more than just competing, though, There is an argument to be made that the golf and track teams on both sides are among the favorites to take home the top prize. Either way, they have had outstanding seasons that deserve to be recognized. 

    Having every sport compete at the highest level continues a yearlong trend for the Hilltoppers, which have only had two teams miss the state playoffs this school year. Outside of football and boys’ basketball, every other team has played at least one game at state. 

  • Hilltopper track teams dominate...

    Heading into this weekend’s district championship meet, the Los Alamos High School track teams are on a roll. At their home meet last week, the Larry Baca Memorial, both Hilltopper teams dominated the competition and earned first place. 

    The LAHS boys finished with 162.5 team points, more than double second place Los Lunas, which finished with 80 points. Moriarty was third with 79.5 points. 

    The most impressive performance of the meet for the Hilltopper boys came in the 1,600 meter run, where LAHS had the top four runners. Duncan Fuehne was first, followed by Steven Strevell, Rafael Sanchez and Wyatt Watson. 

    LAHS impressed across the board, as the Hilltoppers won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, while Dima Tretiak won the 400-meter sprint and Wakei Hetinga won the 3,200-meter run. 

    Tretiak was also the top finisher in the triple jump event. 

    William Harper and Gabe Holesinger were the top two finishers in the high jump, while Justin Gilbert won the discus throw and Cade Yost dominated in the javelin throw. 

  • LAHS baseball earns No. 7 seed...

    Following an outstanding regular season, the Los Alamos High School baseball team will play host to Los Lunas in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday. 

    The Hilltoppers earned the No. 7 seed in the Class 4A tournament, while Los Lunas earned the No. 10 seed. First-round games take place at the home of the higher seed, while later rounds take place at various sites around Albuquerque. 

    LAHS earned the right to host a first round game in part because of a strong finish to the regular season, which saw the Hilltoppers finish 19-7 overall, and 11-1 in District 2-4A. The team’s only district loss came in 11 innings on the road against Taos, which finished at the district runner-up. 

    A strong pitching staff has led the Hilltoppers all season, and the dominance on the mound was even more impressive in district play. In 12 district games, LAHS allowed opponents to score a total of 22 runs, an average of less than two runs per game. Across the entire 26 game season, LAHS allowed 3.5 runs per game, one of the top marks in the entire state. 

  • Hilltopper softball earns trip...

    Despite failing to win the district championship on the last day of the regular season, the Los Alamos High School softball team will head to the Class 4A state tournament Saturday afternoon. 

    The Hilltoppers earned the No, 14 seed in the tournament, and will face off against No. 3 seed Aztec in the first round. The game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Aztec High School.

    The tournament expanded to 16 teams this year after only inviting 12 teams in recent years. In the past, the top four seeds received an automatic bye to the quarterfinals while the bottom eight teams competed in play-in games for the right to go to the quarterfinals. 

    Now, all 16 teams compete in a play-in game at the higher seeded team for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. 

    This will be the second year in a row LAHS and Aztec will face off in the first round of the tournament. 

    Last year, Aztec defeated the Hilltoppers 14-7 after LAHS jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. 

  • LAHS baseball wins district...

    For the first time since 2016, the Los Alamos High School baseball team has won a district championship. The Hilltoppers clinched the district with a 6-2 victory over Taos Wednesday afternoon at Bomber Field. 

    LAHS rolled through district play, losing only one time, on the road to Taos in 11 innings. 

    The team’s pitching staff has been a strength throughout the season, allowing an average of only two runs per game. 

    The theme of strong pitching continued in the final home game of the season, as Arthur Steinkamp dominated on the mound while the Hilltopper offense continued its steady play. 

    After LAHS fell behind 1-0 following a leadoff single by German Perez and an RBI double from Enrique Archuleta, the Hilltopper offense got to work. 

    Steinkamp led off the game with a walk, and Tyler Neal followed with a single right up the middle. LAHS tied the game two batters later as Hunter Swavely hit a ball deep enough into the outfield that Steinkamp was able to tag up from third base. LAHS never trailed again in the game. 

  • Atomic City Update: Wrestling...

    Last week, several changes were made to the rules in high school wrestling that should make the sport safer and make the experience better for everyone. Watching wrestling is one of the most exciting things I have been able to do in my time here in New Mexico, as the competition is always fierce and the drama is second-to-none. 

    The one thing that has always concerned me has been the injury risk, which seems to be higher than in almost any other sport. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering the hand-to-hand combat nature of the sport. 

    But unlike other sports, where injuries are seen as an automatic end of competition, it seems that in the past wrestlers have pushed through serious injuries even when the risk is high. 

  • LAHS golf puts on a show at...

    In preparation for next week’s district championships, the Los Alamos High School golf teams put together good rounds at the Piñon Hills Golf Course, as the girls won their side of the tournament and the boys came in second place. 

    The LAHS girls finished the round with a team score of 360 to earn the victory. The total was six strokes ahead of Hope Christian for the top spot. The Huskies were followed by St. Pius with a score of 388. 

    “The girls had to contend with rain, wind and approaching thunderstorms as the weather played a role in the later part of the tournament,” girls head coach Tim Hammock said. “There was one group that was not able to finish their round due to lighting in the area.”

    That group included Gabby Mowrer, one of the Hilltoppers’ top contributors. 

    Despite that setback, the Hilltoppers still finished with two of the top five individual scores at the event. Jessica Osden was the individual champion with a score of 80. Leah Mountain finished in fourth place overall with a score of 88. 

  • LAHS softball splits key...

    After splitting a doubleheader against Española Valley last weekend, the Los Alamos High School softball team finds itself in must-win territory if it hopes to make the Class 4A state tournament later this month. 

    LAHS lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-6, and rebounded with a 10-5 win to keep hopes of a district title alive. 

    The Hilltoppers are now 6-3 in district play, one game behind Pojoaque Valley heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Elkettes. 

    Early on in the doubleheader against the Sundevils on Saturday, it appeared the Hilltoppers would cruise to victory. LAHS struck for three runs in the top of the second inning thanks to many sloppy defensive plays by the Sundevils.

    Katie Wimer led off the inning with a solid single into the outfield, and advanced to second base on a passed ball. She advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side of the infield, and scored when Savana Luster’s ground ball to first base went between the fielder’s legs. 

  • Hilltopper baseball dominates...

    With a convincing doubleheader sweep against Española Valley on Saturday, the Los Alamos High School softball team moved one step closer to clinching the District 2-4A championship. 

    LAHS won both games of the doubleheader in dominant fashion, taking the first game 13-0, and the second game 14-1. Both games ended via the mercy rule after five innings. 

    With the doubleheader sweep, LAHS improves to 16-7 overall and 8-1 in district play. 

    The team’s one district loss came in 11 innings in the first game of the doubleheader at Taos, the district’s second place team. 

    In the first game, Arthur Steinkamp continued his dominant season on the mound, pitching the first four innings for the Hilltoppers. He struck out seven batters and allowed only two hits. He did not walk a batter. 

    In the first inning, all nine batters reached base and scored for the Hilltoppers. 

    In total, the team drew six walks, had four hits and saw 10 runs cross the plate as the game got out of hand in a hurry.