LAHS Athletes of the Year named

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By Phil Scherer

Sienna Ahlers and Nicholas Quartieri were honored as the Los Alamos High School Athletes of the Year at this week’s Honors Convocation.


Gene Mortensen and Mike Maez-Cote, members of the Los Alamos Sports Association, gave the awards to Ahlers and Quartieri.

The Association is made up of members of the local Los Alamos sports media, including representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor.

Each year, the group gives these awards to a male and female athlete who displays excellence on the playing field, going above and beyond to perform at the highest level.

“We’ve had a pretty good look at all the athletes throughout the year,” Mortensen said at the ceremony. “So we feel qualified to pick a senior boy athlete and a senior girl athlete and name them the athlete of the year.”

Ahlers was a standout at Los Alamos High School in soccer, and also participated in basketball and track and field in her high school career.

According to Mortensen, she scored 58 goals throughout her varsity soccer career, and collected 39 assists. She was also first-team all-state and first-team all-district in soccer.

She will be heading to Wingate University in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship next school year.

Quartieri will perhaps be remembered best on the athletic field for one moment in particular from the past school year.

As Maez-Cote said at the ceremony, “This young man was half of the play of the year at Los Alamos High School this past year. With Los Alamos’ football team down late against its archrival Española Valley, this young man completed at 38-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock to give Los Alamos a victory in an important district game.”

He finished with 965 passing yards as a senior, threw for 12 touchdowns and finished with a quarterback rating of 109.1.

In addition, he rushed for more than six yards per carry and finished his career with more than 1,500 all-purpose yards.

He also participated in both baseball and golf in his high school career.

Both of the Athletes of the Year were given a plaque to commemorate their accomplishment, along with a Los Alamos Sports Association t-shirt and a check for $300.