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Football: QB Kory Balog named Offensive Player of Year

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By Mike Cote

Kory Balog was named Offensive Player of the Year by the members of District 2AAAA for the 2010 football season.
Balog, a senior for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, was among the top rushers and passers in his senior season from the quarterback spot. Under new head coach Garett Williams, Balog led the team to a runner-up finish in 2AAAA this season.
Los Alamos finished with a record of 4-6 overall and 3-1 in the district, finishing one game behind Bernalillo, which posted a perfect 4-0 district record.
With his title of Offensive Player of the Year, Balog becomes the third player in a row from Los Alamos to achieve that honor. Raul Rodriguez was named top offensive player in the district in 2008 and Ryan Schleft picked up the honor in 2008.
Bernalillo linebacker Joradn Ludi, one of the hardest-hitting players in 2AAAA, was named Defensive Player of the Year while Ken Noel, guiding a program on the brink of extinction to its second-straight district title, was give the Coach of the Year award.
Los Alamos placed eight players on the first team roster this season, including a pair of sophomores, Grant Washburn and Arnoldo Ortiz. Los Alamos also had five different players get second team honors and two other players pick up Honorable Mentions.

Here is the list of All-District 2AAAA team members for the 2010 season. Positions, where given, are noted.

First team

Bernalillo

Juan Carlos Molinar
Joe Bonham
Zach Padilla
Nate Quintana
Jordan Ludi
Omar Luna
Steven Baca
Jorge Platas
Martin Rodriguez
Frankie Martinez
Donovan Aguilar
DeVante Thomas

Los Alamos

Kory Balog
David Brock
Cody Vaughan
Mike Sanchez
David Knapp
Nathan Robbins
Arnoldo Ortiz
Grant Washburn

Santa Fe

Jason Fitzpatrick
Moses Montoya
Zach Lopez
Oscar Nova
Josh Roybal
Jermaine Ledouix
Jordan Booth-Homer
Andre Miller

Capital

Guino Sanchez
Adam Villegas
Angel Lopez
Anthony Segura

Española Valley

Ryan Fresquez
Shawn Atencio

Second team

Bernalillo

Devin Samora
Clayton Pankey
James Hawks
Jarrett Lujan
Ryan Chavez

Los Alamos

Arnoldo Ortiz, OLB
Grant Washburn, OT
Nate Robbins, DE
Ian Snyder, OLB
John Janke, TE
Alan Dahl, DL
Isaac Koh, K

Santa Fe
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE
Jessie Ulibarri, FB
Mike Chavez, G
Oscar Nova, DE
Josh Roybal, RB

Capital
Jacob Naranjo, DL
Marcus Jaramillo, OL
Ramon Salcido, K/P
Greg Romero, DB

Española Valley
Estevan Borrego, RB
Brandon Trujillo, OLB

Honorable Mention

Los Alamos
Aaron Harrison, LB
Niko Mendez, P
Alan Dahl, OL

Offensive Player
of the Year

Kory Balog, QB, Los Alamos

Defensive Player
of the Year

Jordan Ludi, LB, Bernalillo

Coach of the Year

Ken Noel, Bernalillo