Atomic City Update: Consistency is hardest thing to accomplish in sports

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By Phil Scherer

One month into the high school sports season, the thing that sticks out the most to me is how difficult it is to maintain a successful program year in and year out in any sport. This idea has really hit me in volleyball this year, where two historically great programs, St. Pius and Cleveland, have come to Griffith Gymnasium looking like shells of their former selves. 

Though St. Pius defeated the Hilltoppers, it took far more effort than it has in recent years, and the sense of confidence seemed to disappear. For Cleveland, the change has been even more dramatic. After being in the state playoffs last year, the team has only won one game in over a month this year. 

As fans of teams, we often don’t appreciate the good times nearly enough, and forget that the bad times are right around the corner. It happens to every team. There will always be high moments, and there will always be low moments. Maintaining excellence is so difficult. 

That’s why I want the Los Alamos community to appreciate what the cross country and soccer programs at Los Alamos High School have built, and never take it for granted. 

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