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Today's Sports

  • LAHS ranked 13th in 5A preseason...

    In the preseason football rankings published late last week by MaxPreps, the Los Alamos High School football team was placed as the No. 13 team in Class 5A, and the No. 50 team overall. 

    Based on these rankings, LAHS is expected to be a middle-of-the-road team this year, as there will be a total of 97 teams competing in New Mexico this year, and 19 in Class 5A.

    The ranking is an improvement over where the Hilltoppers finished the 2017 season, though, when the team was ranked No. 18 in Class 5A out of 23 teams, and No. 57 in the state out of 95 teams. 

    These rankings, and especially the strength of schedule component, played a big role in keeping the Hilltoppers out of the state playoffs last fall. 

    Despite finishing the season with a 6-4 record, LAHS had the lowest strength of schedule in the state, playing teams with an average ranking of 62.5 by the end of the season. 

    This year, that may be a problem once again. Though the Hilltoppers play four teams that were not on last year’s schedule, the average ranking of the teams LAHS will play is an identical 62.5.

  • Triathlon remains a hit in LA

    More than 95 people arrived at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center before 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the 44th running of the Los Alamos Triathlon, the longest-continuously running event of its kind in New Mexico. 

    Besides being notable for how long it has been around, the event is also notable for its format of bike, swim and run, which differs from the traditional format of swim, bike and run. 

    Robert Browning, who is 48 years old, was the overall champion this year, finishing the triathlon in 1:05:10. Finishing right behind Browning was 19-year-old Quinn Abfalterer, who completed the event in 1:06:31. In third place was Scott Baily, who finished in 1:07:33. 

    For the women, Liz Miller was the overall champion, finishing in 1:11:44. Close behind her were Whitney Spivey and Madeline Margevicius, who finished in the women’s top three. 

    Several people under the age of 18 competed in the main triathlon, led by 17-year-old Steven Strevell, who finished in 1:08:30. Other young competitors included 15-year-old Gabe Katko, 16-year-old Gerrit Vader Wiel and 17-year-old Leo Abfalterer. 

  • Triathlon remains a hit in LA

    More than 95 people arrived at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center before 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the 44th running of the Los Alamos Triathlon, the longest-continuously running event of its kind in New Mexico. 

    Besides being notable for how long it has been around, the event is also notable for its format of bike, swim and run, which differs from the traditional format of swim, bike and run. 

    Robert Browning, who is 48 years old, was the overall champion this year, finishing the triathlon in 1:05:10. Finishing right behind Browning was 19-year-old Quinn Abfalterer, who completed the event in 1:06:31. In third place was Scott Baily, who finished in 1:07:33. 

    For the women, Liz Miller was the overall champion, finishing in 1:11:44. Close behind her were Whitney Spivey and Madeline Margevicius, who finished in the women’s top three. 

    Several people under the age of 18 competed in the main triathlon, led by 17-year-old Steven Strevell, who finished in 1:08:30. Other young competitors included 15-year-old Gabe Katko, 16-year-old Gerrit Vader Wiel and 17-year-old Leo Abfalterer. 

  • Top golfers compete for city...

    More than 50 local golfers hit the links last weekend, competing for the right to call themselves the best golfers in Los Alamos in this year’s City Championship, held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. 

    Competing in six different flights, the golfers created a tight competition throughout the weekend, with some battles coming down to the final hole. 

    In the Gold Tee flight of the men’s championship, Jason Norman emerged victorious with a net score of 138 across the two days of competition. Interestingly, Norman played without a handicap and still managed to earn the best net score in the flight, finishing one stroke ahead of Jacob Benelli and Tim Johnson, who did have handicaps.

    In the Blue Tee flight of the men’s championship, John Rau easily earned first place with a score of 131. 

    The second-place finisher was Pat Metzger, finishing eight strokes behind with a score of 138. Ben Alei was the third place finisher with a score of 140.

    Darren Knox was the champion in the Blue Tee flight of the senior men’s championship with a net score of 138, and Kurt Anast finished right behind with a score of 139. However, Anast finished with a better gross score but lost due to the difference in handicaps. 

  • Top golfers compete for city...

    More than 50 local golfers hit the links last weekend, competing for the right to call themselves the best golfers in Los Alamos in this year’s City Championship, held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. 

    Competing in six different flights, the golfers created a tight competition throughout the weekend, with some battles coming down to the final hole. 

    In the Gold Tee flight of the men’s championship, Jason Norman emerged victorious with a net score of 138 across the two days of competition. Interestingly, Norman played without a handicap and still managed to earn the best net score in the flight, finishing one stroke ahead of Jacob Benelli and Tim Johnson, who did have handicaps.

    In the Blue Tee flight of the men’s championship, John Rau easily earned first place with a score of 131. 

    The second-place finisher was Pat Metzger, finishing eight strokes behind with a score of 138. Ben Alei was the third place finisher with a score of 140.

    Darren Knox was the champion in the Blue Tee flight of the senior men’s championship with a net score of 138, and Kurt Anast finished right behind with a score of 139. However, Anast finished with a better gross score but lost due to the difference in handicaps. 

  • District 2-4A previews: Taos...

    Leading up to the new school year, the Los Alamos Monitor will be previewing the teams in Los Alamos High School’s new district 2-4A. The new district will provide new rivalries, renew old rivalries and continue existing rivalries. The new matchups should provide fun competition throughout the school year. 

    Another one of Los Alamos High School’s new district rivals this school year will be Taos High School, a school that LAHS has played often in non-district games in recent years. 

    Though Taos has struggled mightily in some sports, there is a chance for great competition in others, which could lead to some fun games between the two northern schools. 

    One of the best rivalries that could develop in the next few years is in girls’ cross country, where both schools have been strong at their respective levels recently. 

    For years, LAHS has been one of the model programs for cross country in New Mexico, winning countless championships. But, Taos has also been strong in the sport, especially on the girls’ side. 

  • District 2-4A previews: Taos...

    Leading up to the new school year, the Los Alamos Monitor will be previewing the teams in Los Alamos High School’s new district 2-4A. The new district will provide new rivalries, renew old rivalries and continue existing rivalries. The new matchups should provide fun competition throughout the school year. 

    Another one of Los Alamos High School’s new district rivals this school year will be Taos High School, a school that LAHS has played often in non-district games in recent years. 

    Though Taos has struggled mightily in some sports, there is a chance for great competition in others, which could lead to some fun games between the two northern schools. 

    One of the best rivalries that could develop in the next few years is in girls’ cross country, where both schools have been strong at their respective levels recently. 

    For years, LAHS has been one of the model programs for cross country in New Mexico, winning countless championships. But, Taos has also been strong in the sport, especially on the girls’ side. 

  • Atomic City Update: Start of...

     

     

    For many people in this community, the upcoming week is significant because it is the final full week of summer before school begins again. But for me, this week is noteworthy for a different reason. I have had Monday, Aug. 6, circled on my calendar for a few months because it is the day that high school football practice begins. 

    It is a very exciting time of year, because for the first time since school let out, the entire high school football team will be together every day throughout the fall. It is a time when players are able to prove what they can do on the field, and the bonds that will help a team find success begin to form. 

    Many people, myself included, feel that this is the most important time of the year for a young football team, or really any sports team. 

    There is more time in the nearly three weeks leading up to the first game of the season to learn the offense, learn the defense and put everyone in the best position to succeed. For all the other high school sports, this time of preparation begins on Aug. 13. 

  • Atomic City Update: Start of...

     

     

    For many people in this community, the upcoming week is significant because it is the final full week of summer before school begins again. But for me, this week is noteworthy for a different reason. I have had Monday, Aug. 6, circled on my calendar for a few months because it is the day that high school football practice begins. 

    It is a very exciting time of year, because for the first time since school let out, the entire high school football team will be together every day throughout the fall. It is a time when players are able to prove what they can do on the field, and the bonds that will help a team find success begin to form. 

    Many people, myself included, feel that this is the most important time of the year for a young football team, or really any sports team. 

    There is more time in the nearly three weeks leading up to the first game of the season to learn the offense, learn the defense and put everyone in the best position to succeed. For all the other high school sports, this time of preparation begins on Aug. 13. 

  • Tough schedule awaits LAHS...

    As the Los Alamos High School volleyball team looks to rebound after a tough 2017 season, the schedule that awaits them will be extremely tough, from the first game of the season to the end of October. 

    The season kicks off on Aug. 25 at home, when the Hilltoppers take on Bloomfield at 2 p.m. Bloomfield went 13-10 in 2017 and advanced to the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. In something of a surprise, LAHS defeated Bloomfield 3-1 last season in a non-district matchup. 

    With a road matchup against St. Michaels on Aug. 28, the schedule gets no easier. The Lady Horsemen were 17-7 last year, advancing all the way to the Class 4A semifinals. St. Michael’s defeated the Hilltoppers 3-1 last year. 

    The road games continue on Aug. 30 with a trip to Santa Fe High School, a team that went 9-12 last year and defeated LAHS 3-1. 

    Following that game, the Hilltoppers face what will likely be the toughest match of the season, taking on St. Pius at home on Sept. 4. 

    The Sartans went 20-3 last year and played in the Class 5A state championship game. The team also defeated the Hilltoppers 3-0 in a non-district matchup.