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Atomic City Update: Key injuries will test LAHS teams throughout season

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By Phil Scherer

 

The adaptability of the teams at Los Alamos High School is being tested this year because of injuries and holes left by graduating seniors.

How they adapt to these situations will determine what their record looks like at the end of the year.

The most glaring example so far this year is on the boy’s soccer team, which is dealing with injuries to its top two goalkeepers. Sophomore Jacob Majors has a season-ending broken finger, while freshman Jaxson Martines is nursing a dislocated finger.

Without true backups available, the team is relying on a pair of defensemen to help out while Martines recovers.

The two defensemen, Cid Rice and Alex Bullock, started to learn the goalkeeper position when the injuries occurred last week.

Their head coach Ron Blue said that although preparing for a game without a natural goalkeeper minding the net changes things, he just has to make sure his team is prepared for each game.

“That’s just how it works in high school sports,” Blue said.

He brings up an interesting point, because high school is the highest level of competition in which you’d see a situation like this occur. Every higher level of sports is so specialized that there would be many backups available to step in when an injury occurs.

Other teams are making the best of unfortunate situations as well. Anna Lemke, the starting goalkeeper for the girl’s soccer team last year, was injured during basketball season, and is still recovering. In her absence, the team is relying on senior Ashley Atencio and freshman Annika Fox, neither of whom saw much action in goal last year.

The football team is also adapting after losing many of their playmakers to graduation last year. To fill a hole, the team is relying on junior Dylan Irish at quarterback. Until this year, he had never played quarterback before, but has transitioned into the role nicely in two games so far this season.

The cross country team is also dealing with injuries to a few of their boys early in the season, forcing less experienced runners to step up and contribute earlier than expected, which could be a positive as the season moves along.

All of the teams are dealing with situations that will test their adaptability, especially as seasons move toward postseason play. They have all done a good job so far, but continuing that versatility will be the key to a successful fall sports season.