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Today's Sports

  • Soccer teams pick up district...

    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. 

  • LAHS volleyball loses home...

    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. 

  • Cross country teams dominate at...

    As the end of cross country season draws nearer, it appears the teams from Los Alamos High School are getting stronger every week. Friday afternoon at the Northern New Mexico Challenge in Santa Fe, the Hilltopper boys and girls dominated and won by more than 65 points in both races. 

    The action kicked off with the girls’ race, and LAHS freshman Norissa Valdez proved quickly why she is one of the top runners in the state. Valdez separated herself from the pack within the first mile, and opened a sizable lead throughout the race. She finished in first place overall with a time of 19:59. The second place finisher, Alyx Mastor from Taos, was nearly a full minute behind Valdez with a time of 20:56. 

    After Mastor, the Hilltoppers dominated the race, finishing in third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places. 

    All five of the runners finished within 12 seconds of each other, as Hannah Gartz had a time of 21:00, Mabel Pyle finished in 21:05, Tia Hartzol had a time of 21:07, Abby Beus finished in 21:10 and Marin Kelly had a time of 21:12. 

  • LAHS football in playoff chase...

    Heading into district play, the Los Alamos High School football team is in good position despite struggling throughout the past two games. Overall, the Hilltoppers are 4-3 this season, and have as many wins as their district opponents combined. 

    Santa Fe High School, which entered this season with a 33-game losing streak, has shown improvement and currently has a 2-5 record. The Demons defeated Española Valley 23-22 on the road Sept. 7 and Bernalillo 17-15 at home on Sept. 21. 

    Much like the Hilltoppers, though, Santa Fe has struggled recently, losing its last two games by a combined score of 89-6. 

    In what could be an important game in District 2-5A, LAHS and Santa Fe will face off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe. 

    After that game, the Hilltoppers will head to Capital High School to take on the Jaguars Oct. 26. Capital has struggled throughout this season, and has a 1-5-1 record heading into district play. 

    Since defeating Pojoaque Valley 67-14 in the first game of the season, Capital has been outscored 224-48, and has lost five games in a row. In its last game, Capital was defeated 47-0 on the road in Portales. 

  • ‘Dig Pink!’ match has special...

    Around the country this month, high school volleyball teams are helping to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research with “Dig Pink!” matches, where players dress in pink jerseys, hold silent auctions and raffles. 

    In Los Alamos, the “Dig Pink!” match will be Tuesday, when the Hilltoppers take on Pojoaque Valley High School. The C team match begins at 4 p.m., junior varsity will take the court at 5 p.m. and varsity will compete at 6 p.m.

    Prior to the match, the players will decorate Griffith Gymnasium with pink ribbons and balloons, providing a special atmosphere for everyone involved. Prior to the varsity match, victims and survivors will be honored inside the gym.

    This year’s match will hold special meaning for two Hilltoppers, who have recently been personally affected by cancer. Senior libero Kyla Sandoval’s father Louie passed away last year after a fight with esophageal cancer, while senior middle hitter Janessa Gonzales’s mother survived breast cancer and her aunt is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

  • Atomic City Update: It’s the...

    Many people consider the Christmas season to be the most wonderful time of the year, but I would have to disagree. The most wonderful time of the year is right now, especially if you are a sports fan. 

    Sure, other times of the year have good arguments, too. In June, the NBA Finals and NHL Finals are going on at the same time, and baseball is in the middle of its regular season. In March, college basketball hosts the best tournament in sports while basketball and hockey conclude their regular seasons and baseball gets ready to go. 

    But there is nothing quite like late October. Major League Baseball is getting ready to crown a champion. The National Football League is in full swing. Hockey and basketball are just getting going, and fans of every team still have a reason to be optimistic. Plus, college football is entering conference play, raising the stakes even higher. 

    Some of my best memories from my childhood are from this time of the year, when I would obsessively channel flip between a hockey game, a Monday Night Football game and a World Series game. As far back as I can remember, I just couldn’t get enough. 

  • LAHS volleyball dominates...

    In most matches, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team uses a combination of forceful attacks and strong blocking to defeat opponents. Tuesday night against Española Valley, though, the team was opportunistic, taking advantage of errors by the Sundevils to gain control of the match and earn a convincing 3-0 win. 

    No matter the method, the Hilltoppers are on a roll. The win over Española Valley pushed the team’s winning streak to four matches, including the first two District 2-4A matches. Last year, the team won only one district match in eight tries. 

    Early on in the match, it was clear the Hilltoppers were confident. LAHS jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in the first set, and the team was outplaying Española Valley in every facet of the game. Though the Sundevils made the set close toward the end, the consistency of the Hilltoppers made it impossible for Española Valley to take control. The Hilltoppers took the first set 25-22. 

  • LAHS takes on tough competition...

    In the early stages of cross country season, the teams from Los Alamos High School have proven they can compete against the best teams in the state. Last weekend in Northglenn, Colorado, the Hilltoppers proved they could compete on the regional stage as well. 

    At the Pat Amato Classic, both the boys and girls from LAHS finished in second place in a meet full of Colorado’s best teams. 

    Many of the boys had their best performances of the season, including Duncan Fuehne, who finished in second place overall at the meet with a time of 15:52.52. Steven Strevell continued his outstanding senior season with a seventh place finish in a time of 16:07.21. Rafael Sanchez finished close behind him in ninth place with a time of 16:12.15. 

    After the top three LAHS finishers, there was a small gap before Wyatt Watson finished in 32nd place with a time of 17:14.78 and Elijah Velasquez finished in 34th place with a time of 17:20.43. 

    Overall, the team’s pack time was 1:27, and the Hilltoppers earned only 84 points from its top five runners. 

  • Golf teams continue strong play...

    Throughout the fall golf season, the teams from Los Alamos High School have proven they will be tough to beat for a state championship. That continued last week at Pendaries Golf Course near Las Vegas, New Mexico, where the top golfers at LAHS went toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the state and put on a great show.

    The Hilltopper boys earned first place at the tournament with a team score of 330. Cleveland finished in second place with a team score of 340, and Belen, the host school, finished in third place with a score of 345. A total of eight schools participated in the event. 

    It was a tight battle throughout the day between LAHS and Cleveland, as the Storm earned the top-two overall scores. Lorne Fishburn earned a score of 74, while Enrique Armijo earned a score of 76. 

    However, the depth of the Hilltoppers proved to be stronger. Henry Poston earned fourth place overall with a score of 78, and Landon Burk finished right behind him with a score of 82. 

    All four of the scorers for the Hilltoppers finished with scores of 83 or under, as Mateo Maestas and Davis Johnson both finished with rounds of 83 to help lead the Hilltoppers to victory. 

  • Hilltoppers lose second straight...

    For the second time in six days, the Los Alamos High School football team suffered a lopsided defeat on its home field. Thursday night at Sullivan Field, the Valencia High School Jaguars dominated the Hilltoppers 48-7, using a high-powered passing attack and a tough defense to stay in control from start to finish. 

    It was a rare Thursday night football game in Los Alamos, played early to accommodate Valencia’s fall break, which began on Friday. Thursday night games are more common in places like Albuquerque, where lots of schools have to play on a limited number of fields, making the schedule more difficult to assemble. 

    Even with one fewer day to prepare, the Hilltoppers looked strong on their first offensive drive, using a strong rushing attack led by quarterback Dylan Irish and running back Cade Yost. A long run down the field by Yost set LAHS up inside the 10 yard line, and Irish ran it in to the end zone from there untouched. An extra point by Ethan Hunt made the score 7-0 in favor of LAHS. 

    From that point forward, Valencia dominated. Every time the Jaguars’ first-team offense had the ball for a full drive, it scored a touchdown.