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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/

Hilltopper Volleyball Beats Espanola Sundevils

on October 29, 2018 - 4:36pm

The Hilltopper Volleyball Team celebrates their big win over Espanola Sundevils Thursday night in Edward Medina Gym. The two teams were evenly matched and each set was very close but the Toppers won the match 3-0, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-21. As always, the games played in Espanola are filled with excitement and high action, and this match was no different. Photo by John McHale/

Gracie Swenson bumps a serve in the second set as Kayle Sandoval backs her up. Photo by John McHale/

Kayla Sandoval digs a ball in the third set, she had 10 digs for the night.

Los Alamos Boys Varsity Hosts Goddard Saturday

on October 29, 2018 - 3:00pm


At 1 p.m. Saturday, #5 seed Los Alamos High School boys varsity soccer will host #12 seed Goddard High School for the first round of the state tournament.

Michael Donnelly Of Los Alamos Named Ski Instructor Of The Year/Inducted Into New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame

on October 29, 2018 - 9:51am
Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long, left, congratulates Michael Donnelly recognized Sunday as Ski Instructor of the Year and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame. Courtesy photo


Longtime Los Alamos ski instructor Michael Donnelly was named Ski Instructor of the Year and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame Sunday evening at a special ceremony at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

Donnelly, 81, was recognized for his contributions to the ski industry in New Mexico.

Ski New Mexico Board Chairman Michael Donovan said, “The

Toppers Drop District Game To Capital Jaguars

on October 29, 2018 - 8:49am

Lowrence Armente and Levi Guarello lead the Toppers onto the field at Capital High School for a district game Friday night in Santa Fe. In the first half, the Toppers offense was able to  put two touchdowns on the score board and went to the locker room with a 14-6 lead.  However the second half was an entirely different game. While the Toppers were able to get to the red zone several times, they were unable to score and ended up with a 14-21 loss for the night. Photo by John McHale/

Jaguar Luke Padilla #25 was the lethal weapon that the Toppers had no answer for.

Medical Associates Of Northern New Mexico Thanks Community For 1st Walk/Run For Diabetes Participation

on October 26, 2018 - 2:31am

The Los Alamos Fire Department offering blood sugar checks at the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Participants lining up at the start of the 1st Walk/Run for Diabetes. Photo by Andrea Villareal

Ian Alexander getting ahead of the pack to win the fastest time among the males. Photo by Andrea Villareal


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico ( MANNM) would like to extend its gratitude to the participants and the community for coming out to support the 1st Run/ Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6 at Rover Park in WHite Rock.

MANNM plans for the event to be held annually

Toppers Boys And Girls Golf Teams Win 2018 LAHS Fall Golf Finale

on October 26, 2018 - 2:23am

The boys and girls golf teams both won their home tournament, the 2018 LAHS Fall Golf Finale, Monday at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Teams from Cleveland High School, Las Vegas Robertson High School, West Las Vegas High School, Grants High School and East Mountain High School took part in the tournament. Teams arrived early to take their warm-up shots. Photo by John McHale/

The boy’s golf team took first place with a score of 307. The next low score was the team from Cleveland HS with a 336. The boys qualified for the state golf tournament later this fall.

LAHS Girls & Boys Soccer Teams Win Big Over Moriarty

on October 26, 2018 - 2:22am

Alix Hailey kicks the ball past the Pinto goalie and defenders for the 3rd goal of the game. Both soccer teams won their games over Moriarty in Los Alamos at Sullivan field Tuesday night in spite of the down pour of rain throughout the night. The girls won their match 6-1 to remain undefeated in district play. The boys won 9-0 with soccer standout Arthur Steinkamp racking up another five goals to his credit. Photo by John McHale/

Amy Littleton heads the ball away from the Topper net in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Valerie Li and Shelly Doyle work to

2018 NMAA Fall State Championship Information

on October 25, 2018 - 1:09pm
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association would like to highlight the following important information regarding the upcoming 2018 Fall State Championships.
Cross Country
Official Championship Name:
Laguna Burger State Cross Country Championships
Adults: $10
Students/Seniors/Military: $5
Championship Location:
Rio Rancho High School
Championship Dates:
Nov. 10
Live Video Stream:
Championships -
Championship Results:
Results will be posted at