The Next Level: LAHS grads earn recent weekly honors at college; Fort Lewis stays hot

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By The Staff

Parker picks up Player of the Week honors

Pete Parker, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was recently named the Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Week.

Parker, a senior at Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas), was named the top defensive player in the conference’s southern division for his performance in the Sept. 26 game against Midwestern State.

In that contest, Parker finished with nine tackles and two sacks, leading Angelo State’s Rams to a 20-17 upset victory. Parker was credited with 2-1/2 tackles for loss — 14 yards total — contributing in a big way to a defense that held Midwestern to just 47 rushing yards.

The Rams were recently voted into the top 25 AFCA Division II poll, taking the 23rd spot in the Oct. 5 poll. Wins over then-17th ranked Midwestern and a 47-23 win over Eastern New Mexico at Portales contributed to their ranking.

Angelo State garnered points in that poll this season for the first time since 2005.

Parker is a three-time letter winner at Angelo State. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He played at the safety spot until 2007, when he was converted to linebacker and started all 11 of Angelo State’s games at linebacker in 2008.

Parker is studying kinesiology at Angelo State with a minor in biology and psychology.

Chitanvis a top newcomer in Ivy League

Maneesha Chitanvis, a 2009 Los Alamos High School graduate, was named Rookie of the Week for her performance last month.

Chitanvis, who finished her LAHS career as the top scorer in Class AAAA last year, earned the honor by posting the first goal of her collegiate career, leading the Cornell Big Red to a 2-0 win over Colgate Sept. 16.

Chitanvis became the first freshman this season to earn the Rookie of the Week title.

In her final season at LAHS, Chitanvis was named AAAA Player of the Year and guided the Hilltoppers to the state championship game.

Playing for the Big Red, Chitanvis has scored a pair of goals this season, one of only three players on the team to have scored more than one. She has appeared in all 11 of the team’s games through Saturday and has started eight games, taking 21 shots during that time, which tops the team.

Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.) is 1-9-1 on the season and 0-3 in the Ivy League standings.

Chitanvis is currently enrolled in the college of Arts and Sciences at Cornell.

Kluk’s soccer team finding success

Thanks in part to the efforts of former Hilltopper Nichole Kluk, the Fort Lewis Hawks (Durango, Colo.) are gaining national attention.

Fort Lewis’ Skyhawks, who play in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Association, were ranked fourth in the most recently released women’s Central Region soccer poll.

The Skyhawks won Wednesday, shutting out Mesa State 1-0 to up their season record to 12-2-1 overall (6-2-1 in RMAC play).

Kluk, who graduated in 2006 from LAHS, has started all 15 games for Fort Lewis, racking up 1,396 minutes, third-most on the team. Kluk has taken 15 shots and scored one goal in 2009 for the Skyhawks.

So far this season, the Skyhawks have outscored their opponents 32-9.

In her collegiate career, Kluk, a senior, has started 74 games. She has scored 12 career goals and dished out 13 career assists.