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LAHS: Nelms hopes work is done in time for soccer tourney

By Mike Cote

Things are still progressing at Sullivan Field, but not quite as quickly as was hoped.
Los Alamos High School has had to move some early fall season games from Sullivan Field to White Rock, but athletic director Vicki Nelms said she thinks work should be completed in time for one of the school’s premier fall events.
Sullivan Field, the longtime home of Los Alamos’ football and soccer teams, is getting its old natural grass surface replaced with artificial surface.
Work began on Sullivan Field just days after the 2010-11 sports season finished.
The resurfacing of the field was scheduled to be completed in time for or close to the start of school, Aug. 15, but has experienced delays over the summer, not the least of which was the evacuation of town due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June.
Crews are still working to mitigate potential under-surface drainage issues — drainage has long been a problem at Sullivan Field — and finish time has been pushed back.
“Our goal is to have it up and ready for the Louie Cernicek Tournament,” said Nelms. “But we’ve always had a backup plan in case.”
The Louie Cernicek Invitational, a highly-regarded boys soccer tournament, is scheduled to take place Sept. 2-3. All but one of the 10 tournament games is currently slated for Sullivan Field.
Nelms said if work isn’t completed at Sullivan Field in time to host that tournament, games will be moved to Overlook Park.
As was originally scheduled, Los Alamos’ boys soccer team was set to host Rio Rancho Aug. 25 in Los Alamos, but that game has been shifted to Dara Jones Field in White Rock. The girls soccer team was scheduled to host Moriarty that same day but may likewise have to find a new venue and possibly even move up the start time from its current 6 p.m.
So far, four early season home soccer contests have been moved to White Rock.
The Hilltopper football team’s home slate hasn’t been affected yet. Its home opener isn’t until Sept. 9. Should work continue past that date, that game, against Farmington, would most likely have to be moved out of town.
Nelms said she’s keeping an eye on the situation and is hoping the weather is cooperative until the work is completed.
“Everybody’s working as hard as they can to make sure we don’t lose any more games,” she said.