Top athletes recognized for performance and character

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By Phil Scherer

In addition to the Athlete of the Year awards, other athletic awards were handed out during the Honors Convocation.

Along with earning Athlete of the Year recognition from the Los Alamos Sports Association, Sienna Ahlers was also presented with the Iron Athlete Award, which was given to her by Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer coach, and her father, Gary Ahlers.

His oldest daughter Madison, a 2011 alumna of LAHS, created the award.

She wanted to honor a student athlete who valued hard work and commitment, both in the classroom and on the playing field.

In addition to those two awards, Ahlers was also presented with the three-sport athlete award, along with Kaitlin Bennett, Kenidee Hatler and Elizabeth Lockhart.

Lockhart was also the recipient of a Los Alamos Golf Association Scholarship, along with Faith Koh.

Mike Lippiatt, who presented the award, explained that the association normally only gives out one scholarship, but that they felt that both of these girls were worthy based on what they had accomplished throughout their high school careers.

The other major athletic award given out during the ceremony was the Black Lion Award, which is given to football players across the nation that display extraordinary qualities of leadership, courage and devotion to service both on and off the field.

This year, the LAHS Black Lion Award was given to Stefan Brenner, who head football coach Garett Williams described as someone who would do anything the coaching staff asked of him, including playing multiple positions.

He was also a proven leader to his teammates and was always counted on to tackle any challenge.

Williams said, “I think if you know this young man, the biggest thing you would understand is the level of character that he brings, and the level of concern that he has for his teammates.”