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Steinkamp, Neal and Blair honored

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Soccer: LA players, coaches earn 5 big awards in District 2-4A this year

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer teams picked up five of the six biggest honors of the 2012 District 2-4A season.
The All-District first and second teams were announced this week, with Los Alamos picking up several slots on both the boys and the girls side.
Among the top honors, the Hilltoppers’ Amy Neal was named girls Offensive Player of the Year and Stephanie Blair was Defensive Player of the Year. Los Alamos’ Henry Steinkamp earned the boys Offensive Player of the Year and both Hilltopper head coaches, Jiri Kubicek and Evan Gartz, picked up Coach of the Year honors.
The Hilltopper girls once again breezed through the 2-4A season, going a perfect 6-0. The Hilltopper boys, however, had to come back from a game down against the Capital Jaguars on the last day of their regular season to clinch the district title.
For Capital, which, despite finishing as the runner-up in the 2-4A race in 2012, it had perhaps its best year in program history, stunning Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs and advancing to the state tournament semifinals.
Capital’s Luis Rios-Olivas was the only non-Hilltopper to earn a top honor in 2012. He was named the boys 2-4A Defensive Player of the Year.
Los Alamos’ boys also advanced to the state tournament semifinals before falling in overtime to eventual champion Chaparral. The Hilltopper girls were knocked out of the state tournament in the semifinals, also in overtime, by Aztec, which wound up as the Class 4A runner-up behind Albuquerque Academy.
Neal finished her senior year as the top scorer in Class 4A during the regular season, scoring 32 goals and collecting 84 total points. Steinkamp led Los Alamos with 38 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in his senior year.
Blair, a junior, anchored a Hilltopper defense that allowed only 13 goals in 22 games this season. Blair also scored 5 goals in 2012.

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Girls

First team

Bryce Theesfeld, Los Alamos
Stephanie Blair, Los Alamos
Cassidy Reeves, Los Alamos
Anais Estrada, Capital
Ravenna Osgood, Santa Fe
Chandler Art, Los Alamos
Laura Wendelberger, Los Alamos
Teresa Membreno, Capital
Tiffany Trujillo, Santa Fe
Leslie Guarello, Los Alamos
Gabriella Ruiz, Bernalillo
Elena Lemus, Santa Fe

Second team

Mia Melchor, Santa Fe
Yadira Alvarez, Bernalillo
Anna Swanson, Santa Fe
Dominique Romero, Bernalillo
Sabrina Nottke, Capital
Katelyn Leslie, Los Alamos
Lois DeLara, Bernalillo
Erin Duncan, Santa Fe
Ashley Gomez, Capital
Catie McDonald, Los Alamos
Carley Crook, Santa Fe
Jordan Ahlers, Los Alamos
Elysia Chavez, Bernalillo

Offensive Player of the Year

Amy Neal, Los Alamos

Defensive Player of the Year

Stephanie Blair, Los Alamos

Coach of the Year

Jiri Kubicek, Los Alamos

Boys

First team

Kevin Gomez, Capital
Diego Pichardo, Capital
Helian Najera, Capital
Ben Stewart, Los Alamos
Brandon Hodges, Los Alamos
Nick Thoma, Los Alamos
Ben Davis, Santa Fe
Jesus Valerio, Santa Fe
Josue De Luna, Santa Fe
Jesus Garcia, Capital
Ryan Maestas, Los Alamos

Second team

Burch Ault, Santa Fe
Jairo De Paz, Capital
Tres Chaires, Santa Fe
Zayne Walterscheid, Los Alamos
Eduardo Banuelos, Bernalillo
Trent Spencer, Santa Fe
Brayan Perez, Capital
Jordan Trujillo, Bernalillo
Cooper Christensen, Los Alamos
Collin Stone, Los Alamos
Tristan Arnett, Bernalillo
Cesar Rodriguez, Bernalillo
Jacob Kloeppel, Bernalillo

Offensive Player of the Year

Henry Steinkamp, Los Alamos

Defensive Player of the Year
Luis Rios-Olivas, Capital

Coach of the Year

Evan Gartz, Los Alamos