Soccer: District names Neal, Delano top players of season

-A A +A
By The Staff

Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams earned big honors by District 2AAAA this season.

Los Alamos’ girls picked up eight first team All-District nods for the 2009 regular season and the Hilltopper boys matched that total.

The All-2AAAA teams were announced Monday by district officials.

Leading the way for Los Alamos’ boys team was Graham Delano, who was named the district’s Player of the Year for 2009. On the girls side, Los Alamos’ Kelsey Neal was also named the Player of the Year.

Neal, a senior, led Los Alamos in points this season, compiling 47 total points, which placed her tied for fourth among all scorers in Class AAAA. Neal, who was a 2008 All-State Honorble Mention, is one of the top midfielders in the state and gave the Hilltoppers a dominant, physical presence throughout the season.

In 2009, Neal finished with 14 goals and handed out 19 assists. Her assist total led all of AAAA and was the second-highest total in the state in all classifications.

Delano, a junior, was one of the top fullbacks in Class AAAA this season. As the Hilltoppers’ sweeper, Delano was a big part of the reason Los Alamos allowed just one goal through eight District 2AAAA games.

Delano also chipped in on the offensive end. He had eight goals and one assist for 2009, many of those goals coming on corner kick chances, where he often had a notable height advantage and could get to high balls.

Both Los Alamos teams won 2009 district championships and both went undefeated in 2AAAA play. Los Alamos’ boys outscored their 2AAAA opponents 47-1, while the Hilltopper girls scored 70 goals to their opponents’ none.

Here are the 2009 All-District 2AAAA boys and girls soccer teams.


First team

Goalkeeper: Jenny Tumas, Los Alamos

Defense: Laura Nelson, Los Alamos

Defense: Shaina Riciputi, Los Alamos

Defense: Morika Hensley, Taos

Defense: Shayla Cotton, Bernalillo

Defense: Teresa Najeka, Capital

Midfield: Kelsey Neal, Los Alamos

Midfield: Summer Shelley, Los Alamos

Midfield: Charlotte Hoover, Los Alamos

Midfield: Yaneis Autumn, Taos

Midfield: Amanda Montoya, Bernalillo

Midfield: Carla Ansera, Bernalillo

Forward: Sayako Shimada, Los Alamos

Forward: Amelia Weaver, Los Alamos

Forward: Zoie Hensley, Taos

Forward: Tilly Smith, Bernalillo

Forward: Nisa Duran, Española Valley

Forward: Sierra Collins, Taos

Second team

Goalkeeper: Helinda Young, Taos; Claudia Delara, Bernalillo

Defense: Helena Bassett, Taos; Christina Pamatian Bernalillo; Lisseth Caballero, Española Valley; Brittany Rodriguez, Capital

Midfield: Alex Cancro, Taos; Brisa Gonzales, Capital; Maritza Ochoa, Capital

Forwards: Amelia Neal, Los Alamos; Lillian Acosta, Bernalillo; Selene Caballero, Española Valley

District 2AAAA Player of the Year

Kelsey Neal, Los Alamos

District 2AAAA Coach of the Year

Jiri Kubicek, Los Alamos


First team

Forward: Victor De Avila, Capital

Forward: Diego Ruiz, Bernalillo

Forward: Davis Anson, Los Alamos

Forward: Daniel Rodriguez, Los Alamos

Midfield: Chase Havemann, Los Alamos

Midfield: Hafid Valencia, Taos

Midfield: Ryan MacLennan, Taos

Midfield: Douglas Membreno, Capital

Midfield: David Wyman, Los Alamos

Midfield: Andy Thoma, Los Alamos

Defense: Graham Delano, Los Alamos

Defense: Gage Davis, Bernalillo

Defense: Rowan Bateman, Taos

Defense: Chris Montoya, Los Alamos

Defense: Esteban Fierro, Bernalillo

Goalkeeper: Isaiah Tyree, Taos

Goalkeeper: Eric Blanco, Capital

Goalkeeper: Oliver Funsten, Los Alamos

Second team

Nic Castaño, Los Alamos; Ryan Dunham, Los Alamos; Andre Appert, Los Alamos; Spencer Schoonover, Los Alamos

Zaac Mares, Taos; Polin Messmer, Taos; Brooks Stebbins, Taos

Nemecio Martinez, Bernalillo; Jacob Martin, Bernalillo; Joseph Kloeppel, Bernalillo; Jorge Ulloa, Bernalillo

Juan Bonilla, Capital

District 2AAAA

Player of the Year

Graham Delano, Los Alamos

District 2AAAA

Coach of the Year

Evan Gartz, Los Alamos