Today's Sports

  • Volleyball sweeps Taos on Senior...

    Despite a few shaky moments in the first two sets, the Los Alamos High School volleyball was able to win on its Senior Night 3-0 over Taos, continuing its late-season surge. 

    Since Sept. 15, the Hilltoppers have been one of the most dominant teams in the state, going 8-1, with five of the wins requiring the minimum three sets. Unlike some of the other matches, though, Tuesday night’s win over the Tigers proved to be difficult and required some outstanding play from LAHS’ top players. 

    Led by star player Faith Powell, Taos came out strong in the first set and did not allow the Hilltoppers to gain any sort of an edge. LAHS appeared to be out of sync for much of the first set, and relied on errors by the Tigers to pick up quite a few points. Powell made an impact for the Tigers at the service line and on the front line, as she proved to be hard to defend. 

    Though the Hilltoppers struggled throughout much of the set, Natalie Gallegos, Sophia Salazar and Elodie Thelliez stepped up when it mattered most and closed out the first set with a 25-23 win for LAHS to put the team up 1-0 in the match. 

  • Hilltopper offense stalls in...

    Down by 7 points late in the fourth quarter, the Los Alamos High School football team had a great opportunity to even the score against Capital High School and keep its playoff hopes alive. Instead, just like on every other second half drive, the Hilltoppers came up just a little bit short and the team lost in heartbreaking fashion. 

    Heading into Friday night’s game, LAHS needed a win to control its own fate in District 2-5A heading into the final week of the regular season. On paper, it appeared the Hilltoppers had the edge, as Capital had gone winless in seven games since an opening night victory against Pojoaque Valley High School Aug. 22. 

    A week earlier, the Jaguars lost to fellow district rival Del Norte 54-2, while the Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 22-13. Capital relies heavily on the run game, and specifically sophomore Luke Padilla. This season, the Hilltoppers have been good at defending the run and felt that containing Padilla was possible. 

  • Cross country boys win home meet...

    This year, the cross country state championships in Class 4A will be battles between Los Alamos High School and Albuquerque Academy, as they have been so many times in recent years. Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, the rivals provided a preview of what this year’s championship races will look like. 

    The Los Alamos Invitational, the Hilltoppers’ annual home meet, turned into a two-team battle for dominance in the boys and girls races. On the boys’ side, the Hilltoppers earned a tight victory with 39 points, compared to 41 for the Chargers. On the girls’ side, Academy came out on top with 31 points, compared to 48 for the Hilltoppers. 

    As has been the case for much of the season, Duncan Fuehne, Rafael Sanchez and Steven Strevell set the bar high for LAHS with outstanding races. 

    Much like the Northern New Mexico Challenge two weeks earlier in Santa Fe, the three Hilltoppers came to the finish line together in second, third and fourth places. This time, Fuehne was the team’s top finisher in second place with a time of 16:29.61. Right behind him was Sanchez, who came in third with a time of 16:30.04. Strevell took fourth place with a time of 16:30.52. 

  • Pajarito Mountain receives more...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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.