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Toppers Knocked Out Of State Tournament

on November 19, 2018 - 7:46am

As the Toppers volleyball team prepares to take to the court Thursday evening for their game against the Hope Christian Huskies in the State Volleyball Tournament played in the Santa Anna Star Center, they had only one thing on their minds ... to beat the Huskies. The Toppers entered the tournament with a 7-1 record in district and 13-9 over all and as the number 5 seed for the tournament, which is a very good record. Their first games were in pool play to establish seeding for the tournament.

House Democrats Commit To Reinstating UNM Men’s Soccer Program

on November 15, 2018 - 8:20am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Representatives Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) are reaffirming their commitment to reinstate the UNM Men’s Soccer program, including the team’s world class coach, by addressing funding issues in the upcoming legislative session while ensuring Title IX compliance.
“Restoring the UNM Men’s Soccer program is a priority for the House going into the legislative session,” Speaker Brian Egolf said.

Los Alamos Kills Its Way To District Volleyball Title

on November 15, 2018 - 7:45am
Los Alamos High School Lady Hilltoppers Volleyball Team are the District 2-4A champions. Photo by John McHale/
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos High School volleyball team defeated Pojoaque Valley High School 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 Saturday in Griffith Gymnasium to win the District 2-4A volleyball tournament title, completing a remarkable turnaround under Coach Joe Palmer. Since Palmer replaced former Coach Diana Stokes, the Lady Hilltoppers have gone 10-1 after a 3-7 start.
That one loss, 3-0 to Pojoaque at Los Alamos, showed the

Hawks Wrestling Takes First Place At Taos Tournament!

on November 13, 2018 - 1:42pm

The Hawks Wrestling at Los Alamos Middle School took 1st place this past weekend at the Taos Middle School Tournament. Taking individual first place for the Hawks were: Marcos Chacon, Landon Atencio, Julian Baros, Nathan Harper, Teke Nieto and Zack Schwarzkopf. Taking second were: Brian Martinez, Alejandro Archuleta and Roman Padilla. Taking 3rd place for the Hawks was Axel Dendy. Way to go Los Alamos Hawks! Courtesy photo

Toppers Girls XC Finish Second At State Championship

on November 13, 2018 - 5:41am

The Topper Girls Cross Country team finished second Saturday in this year's running of the State Cross Country Championships at the Rio Rancho High School. The Albuquerque Academy Chargers won the event. These two teams have dominated the Class 4A Division for the past several years and this year the Chargers took home the trophy. Photo by John McHale/

Norissia Valdez heads up the hill in the pack near the start of the race. Photo by John McHale/

Marin Kelly runs in the back course near the middle of the race. Photo by John McHale/

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Topper Girls Volleyball Wins District 2-4A Tournament!

on November 13, 2018 - 5:17am

The Topper Girls Volleyball team won the District 2-4A Tournament Championship Saturday evening at Griffith Gymnasium by defeating the Pojoaque Elkettes in straight sets 3-0. This will help the Toppers get a better seed in the upcoming State Volley Ball Tournament. Photo by John McHale/

Sophia Salazar and Natalie Salazar block a Pojoaque spike in the first set. Sophia had 3 blocks while Natalie had an astounding 25 blocks. Photo by John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos winds up for a spike-kill in the second set. She had 13 kills for the night. Photo by John

Topper Boys XC Wins Class 4A State Championship!

on November 12, 2018 - 7:51pm

The Los Alamos Topper Boys Cross Country team wins the Class 4A State Championship Saturday at the Rio Rancho High School course. The Toppers were victorious over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers ... their only serious rival. As the years passed, the Toppers and Chargers have dominated the State Cross Country event, in Class 4A. This year the Toppers emerged the victor. Photo by John McHale/
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the most recognizable expressions that is unique to New Mexico is “Red or Green?” It refers to what type of chile  do you


Hilltoppers Swimming And Diving Teams Take Second In 37th Annual Barney Relays In Albuquerque

on November 12, 2018 - 7:36pm
The Hilltoppers 200 Butterfly relay team from left, Konstantin Nelson, Ming Lo, Dylan Ma and Nick Berndt beat Academy in the event for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo
Senior co-captain Nick Berndt was on two winning relays for the Hilltoppers. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams finished second to Albuquerque Academy in both the girls and boys competition Nov. 10 at the 37th Annual Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
The girls team scores were Albuquerque Academy 180, Los Alamos 142, Cleveland 64, Hope

Toppers Boys Soccer Wins 2nd In State Championship

on November 12, 2018 - 6:46pm

The Los Alamos Topper boys soccer team finished the State Soccer Championship Friday in second place behind the Albuquerque Academy Chargers at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex. These two teams have met each other in the State Championship game many times, but this year it was all the Chargers game winning 3-0. The Toppers had a very successful season finishing 14-6-1. Photo by John McHale/

Samuel Cirigliano and two Charger defenders battle for the ball in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Aiden Semelsberger makes a move to take control of the ball in the

Toppers Girls Soccer Places Second At State Playoffs

on November 12, 2018 - 3:12pm

The Los Alamos Topper Girls soccer team places second Thursday at the State Championship playoffs at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex. The Toppers lost the title to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 2-1. These two teams have met at the State Championship game many times in the past and this was the Chargers year to win. The game went into two overtimes and in the last minute of the last overtime, Eliza Mariner found the net for the Chargers win. Both teams played their best game with strong defense by both. The game was an action-packed, clean game. Photo by John McHale/dailypostcom


Topper Boys Win First & Girls Second At State XC Meet!

on November 10, 2018 - 3:38pm

Los Alamos High School Topper Boys win first and Girls win second at the State Cross Country meet today at Rio Rancho. Read the full story later at Photo by John McHale/

Topper Girls XC Wins First In 2-4A District Meet

on November 9, 2018 - 9:00am

The Topper Girls Cross Country team won first place in the 2-4A district meet Friday afternoon at Pojoaque High School. The team from Taos won 2nd followed by Pojoaque, Moriarty and Taos. Photo by Blake Wood


Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School girls and boys cross country teams are headed to another showdown with Albuquerque Academy at the Class 4A 2018 State cross country championships. Both teams won the District 2-4A championships at the District 2-4A meet Nov. 2 at Pojoaque Valley High School.

In the girls race at the District 2-4A meet,


Topper Boys Soccer Enters State Championships

on November 9, 2018 - 6:44am

The Topper Boys Soccer team prepares to play the quarter final game Wednesday at the State Soccer Championships at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex in Bernalillo. Their first game was played against the Chaparral Lobos, the #4 ranked team in the tournament. The Toppers entered the tournament ranked #5. The two teams met at the State Tournament two years ago and the Lobos beat the Toppers eliminating them from the tournament. This game was very competitive from start to finish with the Toppers emerging the winner 1-0. The Toppers progressed  to Thursday’s semifinals.

Sipapu Kicks Off Ski Season Nov. 16

on November 8, 2018 - 5:21pm

Snow at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Courtesy/Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort


SKI News:


VADITO -- Because of Sipapu Ski Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, combined with the help of Mother Nature, Sipapu will open Friday, Nov. 16, earlier than scheduled. 


This will be the 16th consecutive year that Sipapu is the first ski area in New Mexico to open for the season.


“Sipapu was able to bump up its opening day to Nov. 16 due to the recent snowfall, plus cold temperatures and extremely productive snowmaking efforts,” said John Paul Bradley, mountain manager of Sipapu Ski

Topper Boys XC Wins First Place In District 2-4A Meet

on November 8, 2018 - 7:22am

The Topper Boys Cross Country Team won first place in the district 2-4A meet Friday at Pojoaque High School. The Pojoaque team finished in 2nd place followed by, Taos, Moriarty and Espanola. Photo by Blake Wood

The Toppers take a warm up lap before the race begins. Photo by John McHale/

The Toppers out on the course running in a cluster, Rafael Sanchez in the lead finished 3rd, behind him is Duncan Fuehne who finished in 1st place and Steven Strevell finished 4th. Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Toppers Lose Final Game To Del Norte

on November 5, 2018 - 2:42pm

The Toppers run onto the field for their final game of the season against the Del Norte Knights Friday night at Sullivan Field. The game was all Del Norte crushing the Toppers 49-13. The Toppers finished the season with a record of 5-5. Photo by John McHale/

In the opening minutes, Dylan Irish caught a pass from quarterback Walker Eaton and ran for the Toppers first touchdown. Photo by John McHale/

One of the highlights of the evening was Walker Eaton catching a pass from Dylan Irish, at full stride and running for 62 yards before being tackled on the 1 yard

LAHS Marching Band Dazzles Crowd At Halftime

on November 5, 2018 - 1:52pm

Los Alamos High School Marching Band presents a specular halftime show at Friday night’s football game at Sullivan Field. The show called ‘Blood Moon’ was directed by Zane Meek and meant to evoke an ancient ritual. The change in color of the moons was about the mood of the music shifting from plaintive to primitive. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the LAHS Marching Band halftime show Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the LAHS Marching Band halftime show Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/


Toppers Soccer Team Advances To State Playoffs

on November 5, 2018 - 7:58am

Arthur Steinkamp scores another goal during Toppers win over the Goddard Rockets Saturday at Sullivan Field. Steinkamp had a hat trick for this game, which brings his goal total to 39 for the year. The next game is against the Chaparral Lobos at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex. Photo by John McHale/

Miguel Chacon and Joshua Ramirez battle for the ball near the Rocket goal. Photo by John McHale/

Dima Tretiak takes a header from a corner kick in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Samuel Cirigliano moves the ball toward

Topper Girls Volleyball Team Wins District Title!

on November 5, 2018 - 7:50am

Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Ann Stewart presents the 2-4A District Championship trophy to the Topper Girls Volleyball Team. The Toppers played the Pojoaque Elkettes Thursday at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium. This game was one of the best performances of the year for the Toppers. The Elkettes have been ranked as one of the states top volleyball teams with a record of 6-1 going into the match against the Toppers.

Council Candidate Randall Ryti Plays In New Mexico Senior Olympics Basketball Tournament

on November 4, 2018 - 9:03am
Los Alamos County Council candidate Randall Ryti, left, is playing in the New Mexico Senior Olympics basketball tournament in Albuquerque. His team is the Scorvettes and includes Mike Benelli, Charles Bradshaw, Leroy Gonzales, Chris Ortega, John Valencia and Victor Valenzuela. Courtesy photo

LAHS Girls Golf Final Tournament Results

on November 3, 2018 - 5:33am

The Los Alamos High School Girl's Golf team participated in their final tournament of the fall this past Monday; playing in the Bosque Invitational at the Albuquerque Country Club. They finished on a strong note winning their final tournament with a team score of 340. Coming in second was Hope Christian with a team score of 368. Rounding out the team scoring was St. Pius with a 372 and Albuquerque Academy with a 415. Los Alamos had total team effort at the tournament with four of the five players scoring under 90. This was the first time all fall where they had that good of a team score.

School Board Votes To Move Forward On Field House Proposal For New Building At Sullivan Field

on November 2, 2018 - 8:14am
Siting options for Field House. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
Siting option B. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
LAPS News:
In a nod to the district’s ongoing efforts for the safety and security of students and guests at sporting events, the LAPS School Board voted 5-0 to authorize staff to move forward with a formal Field House proposal that calls for the construction of one building on the east side of Sullivan Field.
Julie Walleisa with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS) Architecture presented four Field House Design Options to the Board.

Topper Boys Golf Team Wins Bosque Fall Invite

on November 1, 2018 - 11:17am

The Bosque Fall Golf Invitational hosted by Bosque School Monday, Oct. 29, at Albuquerque Country Club concluded the fall season for the LAHS golf program. The next event will likely be in early April. Both the boys and girls teams have qualified for the state championship in May at Pinion Hills Golf Course in Farmington. The top three teams competing at the tournament include Los Alamos with a score of 315 to win the tournament; Hope Christian with 322 and Albuquerque Academy with 328. Other teams participating, St. Pius, Sandia Prep, Bosque, Espanola, Raton and East Mountain.

Los Alamos And Academy Duel At Invite

on October 31, 2018 - 7:50am

The annual Los Alamos Invite cross country meet Friday afternoon at the County Golf Course pitted the Hilltoppers against the Academy Chargers. The Chargers beat the Toppers in previous matches, but at home the Toppers were victorious, winning the meet by 2 points. Photo by John McHale/

The start of the Los Alamos Invite for the Topper Girls Cross Country team. The Topper girls place second behind the Academy Chargers. Photo by John McHale/
By George Morse
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

The two premier Class 4A cross country programs in the state


Pinon 6th Grader Eddie Gartz Wins Elementary Mile

on October 30, 2018 - 2:32pm

The Elementary Mile ran in conjunction with the Los Alamos High School Cross Country meet  Friday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. This annual event drew more than 115 entrants. Photo by John McHale/

This year's winner was Eddie Gartz, a 6th grader from Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/

The Nolen family was well represented in this year's race. Libby Nolen finished in the top ten and displays her ribbon. Front row from left, Lily Nolan and Aurora Swauzo. Photo by John McHale/