Today's Sports

  • LAHS loses homecoming game to...

    After three weeks of flying high, the Los Alamos High School football team came crashing back down to Earth on Homecoming weekend, as the Hope Christian Huskies invaded Sullivan Field and dominated the Hilltoppers 45-2. 

    LAHS entered the game with a 4-1 record for the first time in more than a decade, and felt confident going up against the No. 1 team in Class 3A. 

    However, across 48 minutes of football, the Huskies showed the Hilltoppers just how difficult it is to enter the realm of New Mexico high school football’s elite teams. 

    At every turn, Hope Christian exposed LAHS’ weaknesses.  The Hilltoppers struggle to defend a strong passing attack, and the Huskies took advantage time and time again, with a pair of first half touchdown passes to go up 14-0. 

    The first came at the end of a long drive for Hope Christian, as senior quarterback Vince Quezada rolled out of the pocket at the 10-yard line and found senior wide receiver Jake Cosper wide open in the back of the end zone. 

  • Cross country continues strong...

    The Los Alamos High School cross country teams had another successful weekend in Albuquerque, as both the boys and girls finished in second place despite facing stiff competition. 

    The varsity boys got the action started for the Hilltoppers, placing three boys among the top seven finishers. Senior Duncan Fuehne was forth overall with a time of 16:10. Junior Steven Strevell finished right behind him in fifth place with a time of 16:11 and sophomore Rafael Sanchez finished in seventh place with a time of 16:22. 

    Freshman Keith Bridge was the fourth runner for LAHS, finishing in 30th place with a time of 17:29. Rounding out the scoring for the Hilltoppers was Hunter Swavely, who finished in fifth place with a time of 17:34. 

    Overall, Albuquerque Academy finished just two points ahead of the Hilltoppers to win the meet. Academy finished with 73 points, while LAHS finished with 75. 

    Following the boys’ race, it was the girls’ turn to take on the course. It was another strong performance for the Hilltoppers, led by freshman Norissa Valdez. Valdez has been the top finisher for LAHS in every meet this season, a feat that continued in Albuquerque. 

  • Volleyball starts district play...

    With a 3-2 win over Moriarty High School on the road Tuesday night, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team has as many wins over district opponents as it collected through the entire 2017 season. 

    It was a strong district opener for the Hilltoppers, and continued a streak of impressive performances over the past several weeks. This was the third win in a row for LAHS, a streak that began for the Hilltoppers Sept. 19 at home against Cleveland. 

    In that match, and the ones that have followed, the Hilltoppers have been a strong attacking team that limits its errors and takes full advantage of errors by the opposition. That was truer than ever against Moriarty. 

    Early on, LAHS struggled to get into a rhythm and many players were out of position on rallies. However, because of attack and service errors by Moriarty, the Hilltoppers were able to remain close until they found their groove. 

    That happened late in the first set, when LAHS was able to turn a tied set into a four-point lead. Due to strong attacking by Natalie Gallegos, Sophia Salazar and Eden Schmierer, the Hilltoppers were able to maintain that lead and take the first set 25-21. 

  • Atomic City Update: Tough...

    Heading into this school year, it was clear that soccer season would not be a walk in the park for Los Alamos High School. After being moved into a new district that lacked soccer powerhouses, LAHS put together tough non-district schedules designed to challenge the Hilltoppers. 

    It has certainly been a challenge. Entering district play this week, the girls’ soccer team has a record of 6-4, while the boys are 8-5. Many of the teams LAHS has faced will be at the state soccer tournament next month. The results of these matches has been mixed, though it is clear both teams have work to do before being considered favorites for a state championship. 

    However, I believe these tough early-season battles will pay off down the road. 

    As both teams enter district play, the schedule lightens considerably. This is the time for the Hilltoppers to pile up wins and further build their cases for high seeds in the state tournament. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Atomic City Update: Don’t look...

    As sports fans, it’s often easy to forget about the present and start worrying about the future. It is especially bad in professional sports, where fans constantly worry about a player’s contract future, and who will replace them when they are gone. In a fan’s mind, a regular season often loses its significance. It is difficult for some people to just enjoy every game as it comes, because they are so worried about how every game affects their favorite team’s chances of advancing to the playoffs. 

    When the season really does end, fans are often filled with regret because they did not enjoy the season as much as they should have because they were always filled with thoughts of what came next. 

    This seems especially relevant right now, as the Los Alamos High School football team is off to its best start since 2007. 

    Currently, the Hilltoppers have a 4-1 record, with the team’s only loss coming on the road against Class 4A’s top team, Taos. 

    The start has been impressive, especially as many starting players have dealt with injuries, specifically quarterback Dylan Irish and running back Cade Yost. 

  • Young players continue to step...

    It has been far from an easy start to the season for the Los Alamos High School boys’ soccer team. Heading into the year, a learning curve was to be expected for the Hilltoppers, a team that graduated 11 key players in May and had to find a way to work young players into a group that advanced to the state semifinals last year. 

    One of the ways the Hilltoppers hoped to ease that transition was with its trio of captains, Jared Carnes, Jesse Prime and Arthur Steinkamp. All three of the players had large roles on last year’s team, as Steinkamp led the team in scoring, Carnes was a force in the midfield and Prime stabilized everything on the back line. 

    However, all three have dealt with injuries early this season, forcing LAHS head coach Ron Blue to make adjustments almost every game. 

    Prime has yet to play in a game this season as he continued to deal with a leg injury. Carnes had a great start to the season, but has been dealing with an injury in his back that makes it difficult to play.