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Hilltoppers Dominate Northern Challenge

on October 15, 2018 - 9:13am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

After a strong showing against out-of-state competition Oct. 6 at the Pat Amato Classic meet in Northglenn, Colo., the Los Alamos High School boys and girls cross country teams stayed local and dominated the Northern Challenge cross country meet Oct. 12 at the Municipal Recreation Complex in Santa Fe.

The Hilltoppers took first place in the boys race with 26 points, easily ahead of second-place Pojoaque Valley High Scchool. The Elks were a distant second with 88 points. Taos High School was third with 145 points.


Los Alamos High School XC Teams Dominate Meet

on October 13, 2018 - 8:52am

The Los Alamos High School Cross Country teams dominated Friday's Northern New Mexico Invite at the Municipal Recreation Center in Santa Fe. The Girls Varsity had six of the top seven finishers, the Boys Varsity took the top three spots, the Girls JV had the top eight finishers and the Boys JV took most of the top spots. Here Freshman Norissa Valdez takes a big early lead in the Girls Varsity race and went on to win this race by a big margin in a time of 20:00. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Rafael Sanchez and Junior Steven Strevell take a turn at high speed at the two mile point of the 5k

Topper Volleyball Plays Against Espanola Sundevils

on October 13, 2018 - 6:05am

Elise Olivas leads the Topper Volleyball team as they welcome the Espanola Sundevils volleyball team for their match Tuesday night in Griffith Gym. Photo by John McHale/

Janessa Gonzales digs a ball in the first set. Photo by John McHale/

Ariel Edkin spikes a hit over the Sundevil defender in the second set. Photo by John McHale/

Eden Schmierer spikes a ball past the Espanola defender in the second set. Photo by John McHale/

Elise Olivas and Natalie Gallegos team up to block a Sundevil spike. Photo by John McHale/

WeBe Racing Hare-Scramble Series In Los Alamos

on October 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Hare-Scramble Series will host dirt bike motorcycle races Oct. 20-21 at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Brandom Turman


Looking for something to do next weekend? How about driving up to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to one of the largest motorsports event to ever come to Los Alamos County.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, WeBe Racing – Hare-Scramble Series, will put on dirt bike motorcycle races on Pajarito Mountain. Many riders will compete at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in various classes.

Hilltopper Boys Golf Wins St. Pius Burrito Open

on October 11, 2018 - 6:54am
Los Alamos Boys Golf Team champions and coaches. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Boys Golf Team won the St. Pius Burrito Open Oct. 8, at Paradise Hills Golf Course in Albuquerque:
Team Results
1. Los Alamos 319
2. Cleveland 330
3. Albuquerque Academy 334
4. St. Pius 339
5. Hobbs 340
6. Rio Rancho 357
7. Belen 385
8. Grants 396
9. Taos 398
No Team Score: Sandia Prep
Individual Results
1. Aidan Thomas; St. Pius; 68
2. Josh Fambro; Taos; 69
3. Jacob Benelli; Los Alamos; 72
4. Enrique Armijo; Cleveland; 76
t5. Lorne Fishburn; Cleveland; 77

Hilltoppers Post Impressive Results At Pat Amato Cross Country Classic In Colorado

on October 11, 2018 - 6:35am
Los Alamos Varsity Girls Emma Montoya, Sophie Chadwick, Norissa Valdez, Hannah Gartz, Marin Kelly, Mabel Pyle and Lidia Appell finish in second place. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Los Alamos Varsity Boys Team finish in second place. From left, Duncan Fuehne, Elijah Velasquez, Hunter Swavely, Steven Strevell, Rafael Sanchez, Wyatt Watson and Keith Bridge. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Hilltoppers Duncan Fuehne and Rafael Sanchez helped lead the boys varsity team to a second-place team result. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Girls JV runner Kamaya Ronning finished in second place

Hawks XC Teams Undefeated Heading Into Final Meet!

on October 10, 2018 - 8:06am

Hawks 8th grade girls at the awards ceremony after the Espanola meet. Courtesy photo

Hawks 8th grade boys at the awards ceremony after the Espanola meet. Courtesy photo

Hawks 7th grade girls at the awards ceremony after the Espanola meet. Courtesy photo

Hawks 7th grade boys at the awards ceremony after the Espanola meet. Courtesy photo
Co-Head Coach, Boys and Girls Cross Country
Los Alamos Middle School

The 2018 Middle School Cross Country season got underway in mid-August and comes to an end in mid-October.


Family YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Opens

on October 10, 2018 - 6:50am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball Program for girls and boys in grades 1-6 is taking registration through Oct. 26. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants and team parents.
The Y’s basketball leagues are developmental and co-ed for youth in grades 1-2; and competitive for girls in 3-4 grade, boys in 3-4 grade, girls 5-6 grade, and boys 5-6 grade.
Practices are held Nov. 5 through Feb. 1, two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock. Games are Saturdays, Dec. 1 through Feb. 2. Cost is $120, or $90 for Y Members.

LAHS Girls Golf Varsity Team Plays ‘Burrito’ Open

on October 9, 2018 - 7:41am
LAHS Girls Golf varsity team, from left, Jessica Osden, Gabby Mowrer, Alicia Gonzales, Muira Mowrr and Leah Mountain. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Girls Golf varsity team participated in the “Burrito” open hosted by St. Pius X Monday at Paradise Hills Golf Course.

The team finished second behind 5A powerhouse Cleveland High School.


1. Cleveland - 333
2. Los Alamos - 356
3. Hope Christian - 385
4. St Pius X - 392
5. Rio Rancho – 452


1. Jacque Galloway - Cleveland - 71
2. Jessica Osden - Los Alamos - 78
3. Brooke Sturtavent - Hope Christian - 79
4. Avery Sky -

Toppers Fall To Valencia Jaguars

on October 9, 2018 - 6:57am

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers parade onto Sullivan Field for a Thursday night game with the Valencia High School Jaguars. The Jaguars are noted for having a very strong passing game and a tough defense. They wasted no time in proving their record by crushing the Toppers 48-7. The Toppers made good yardage through the night, but stalled in the red zone. Photo by John McHale/

Cade Yost brings down pass receiver Robbie Jaramillo deep in Topper territory. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Vigil dumps Jaguar runner Domacio Berela and saved the touchdown. Photo by John

Hilltoppers, Chargers Battle In Albuquerque

on October 9, 2018 - 6:42am
Frosh runners Katie Wingo and Jalyn Gould lead a pack of LAHS runners in the C-team Girls race. Photo by Blake Wood
Freshman Jerome Martinez outsprints a Sandia runner into the finish in the C-team Boys race. Photo by Blake Wood
Senior Shawn Williams crests a hill just past the two mile point of the JV Boys race. Photo by Blake Wood
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
It was another classic battle between Los Alamos High School and Albuquerque Academy when the two teams squared off at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational cross country meet Sept. 28 in Albuqerque.

NMAA Recognizes 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

on October 8, 2018 - 6:17pm
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association Distinguished Service Award is given annually at the NMAA & NMADA Fall Leadership Conference. The individuals receiving this award have all contributed significantly toward the good of the Association in one form or another.
Each recipient has supported interscholastic activities for numerous years. The 2018 honorees are David Campbell, Dr. Roberto Carreon, and Gary Chavez.
David Campbell was born and raised a “Buckeye” in Ohio.

LAHS Girls Golf Takes First At Pinon Hills

on October 6, 2018 - 4:40am
LAHS Girls Golf Team members Jessica Osden, Muira Mowrer, Alicia Gonzales, Leah Mountain and Gabby Mowrer Sept. 24 at Piedra Vista in Farmington. Courtesy photo
1st place Los Alamos 376
2nd place Piedra Vista - 392
3rd place St Pius - 403
1st place Jessica Osden - Los Alamos - 81
2nd place Isabelle Peralta - Aztec - 82
3rd place Annabell Montoya - Belen - 84
Los Alamos got their 2nd leg towards qualifying for the State Tournament. Jessica and Leah Mountain got their 2nd legs towards individual qualifications to the state tournament

LAHS Girls Golf Tournament Pendaries

on October 5, 2018 - 10:45am
LAHS Girls Golf Team Jessica Osden, Leah Mountain, Muira Mowrer and Gabby Mowrer Oct. 1 at Pendaries, NM. Courtesy photo
1st Cleveland - 344
2nd  Los Alamos - 374
3rd  St Pius X - 385
1st Jessica Osden - Los Alamos - 79
2nd Avery Sky - Cleveland - 80
3rd Jacque Galloway - Cleveland - 81
4th Leah Mountain - Los Alamos - 84
5th Lexi Gutierrez - Cleveland - 85
Los Almaos got their 3rd team leg qualifying them for the State Championship Tournament.

NMAA: 2017-2018 Subway Director’s Cup Winners

on October 5, 2018 - 10:34am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE Melrose, Fort Sumner, Pecos, Hope Christian, Artesia, and La Cueva were all honored on Monday for claiming the Subway Director’s Cup for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Subway Director’s Cup is awarded annually to the top New Mexico Activities Association member schools in each classification based upon success in activities, athletics, and sportsmanship.
Melrose High School took home the Class 1A cup while winning state championships in Football, Volleyball, Boys Basketball, and Girls Track & Field.

Hilltoppers Win Volleyball Game In Moriarty

on October 5, 2018 - 10:31am

Kyla Sandaval and Sophia Salazar dive to dig a ball in the first set. The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Volleyball team opened District 4A play Monday night Oct. 2 in Moriarty. The Toppers won sets 1 and 3 while the Pintos took sets 2-4. The 5th set belonged to the Toppers as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead finished with a win. The 5th set was led with strong serving and hitting from Eden Schmierer. Elise Olivas kept the offense calm and directed a solid overall performance.

Scenes From Toppers Homecoming Football Game

on October 4, 2018 - 4:10am

The Hilltopper football team bursts onto the field Friday to play their Homecoming Game for 2018. This year's opponent is the Hope Christian Huskies, one of the top ranked teams in the state, and a team to play for homecoming to ensure a win. The Huskies lived up to their reputation as they rolled over the Toppers 46-2. The Toppers had a few brief moments of glory but the Huskies controlled the game. Photo by John McHale/

The Home Coming crowd was large and made their presence known, especially the student section. Photo by John McHale/

A group of Topper

Scenes From Toppers Against St. Pius Sartans

on October 3, 2018 - 7:28pm

The Topper boys soccer team huddles-up before the beginning of their game against St. Pius Sartans at Sullivan Field Saturday morning. The Sartans are ranked as one of the top boys soccer teams in the state and wasted no time in showing it. They pretty much dominated the game on both offense and held the Toppers to only one goal while scoring 2 goals to win the match. The Toppers defense had their job cut out for them and did well to hold the Sartans to only 2 goals while on the offensive sice, the Toppers struggled to get past the Sartans defense. Photo by John McHale/


Scenes From Powder Puff Football Game

on October 2, 2018 - 8:04am

Mattie Rumnor of the White Team catches a pass for big yardage near the goal line. The White Team won 9-7. As part of the Los Alamos High School homecoming activities this past week, the girls formed two football teams to play the Powder Puff Football game. This is the complement to the boys Billy Bob Volleyball game. The boys from the football team were the coaches and the officials. The girls played on a slightly smaller football field, which added to the excitement. Photo by John McHale/

Charlet Gonzales throws a forward pass towards Torri. Photo by John

Scenes From Topper Volleyball Match Against Capital

on September 28, 2018 - 4:10pm

Sophia Salazar leads her team onto the floor for a grudge match against the Capital Jaguars Volley Ball team Tuesday evening in Griffith Gymnasium. The Jaguars had defeated the Toppers in the two previous meetings and the Toppers were looking for revenge ... they got their wish defeating the Jaguars 3-1. The Toppers continued to show improvement beating another 5A team. The team showed their versatility running 5-1 to begin the night and finished in 6-2 using the strengths of the team to upend the Capital Jaguars.

Scenes From Billy Bob Volleyball Game Wednesday

on September 28, 2018 - 7:40am

Hilltoppers Sam Fisher, Team White and Dylan Irish, Team Green go head to head at the net as part of Los Alamos High School Homecoming activities this week. The ‘Billy Bob Game’, a longstanding tradition where senior boys play volleyball as a fundraiser for the volleyball team, was held Wednesday evening in Griffith Gymnasium. Football players divided into two volleyball teams and played each other and the girls volleyball team members participated as coaches and officials.

Scenes From 46th Annual Tour De Los Alamos

on September 26, 2018 - 8:17am

The early morning start time has bikers scurrying to get ready including Quinn Abtalterer for the 46th Annual Tour de Los Alamos held Sunday in Los Alamos. The race is said to be the oldest in the southwest. Sunday drew 59 bikers in the 27-mile course that runs the loop around Bandelier and the Truck Route and ends at the intersection of East Jemez Road/West Road on LANL property. The race includes categories to match participant abilities. Photo by John McHale/

Senior pro men riders escorted down Trinity Drive to the race course on lab property. Photo by John

Scenes From Toppers Vs. Cleveland

on September 26, 2018 - 7:53am

The coaches go over the last minute plans before the game, which was an exciting, end-to-end, intense game between the Toppers and Cleveland played at Sullivan Field culminated in a late goal that pushed Cleveland past the Toppers. Vainey Terrazas scored on a 1v1 against the keeper on a free kick from Valerie Li. Both teams continued to attack and had solid opportunities throughout the match. Steady midfield play from Amy Littleton, Katie Hoplins, Alissia Haagenstand, Kaya Krantz, and Preslie Coffey was the key to possession the Toppers maintained.

Topper Volleyball Wins Against Cleveland Storm Team

on September 22, 2018 - 1:24am

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers volleyball team greets their opponent for Wednesday nights game against the Cleveland Storm Volleyball Team. The Storms has been one of the premier volleyball teams in the state for many years, however this year is an exception, they are struggling.

Scenes From Topper Soccer Against Bosque Bobcats

on September 21, 2018 - 11:13am

The Topper Girls and Topper Boys played very strong soccer teams from Albuquerque, the Bosque Bobcats in a double hitter this past Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The Topper Girls had the early game and created many offensive chances shooting 27 times against the Bobcats. Two found their way into the net in the second half: Valerie Li scored off a pass from Vianey Terrazas and Alyssa Parker scored from an assist from Alix Hailey. Leah Wolfsberg and Shelly Doyle did a good job controlling their ball from the back and distributing up to the offense.