'Toppers make commitments

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By Jose Corral

Three Los Alamos High School student-athletes have signed Letters of Intent to extend their playing careers at the next level.
Sienna Ahlers, Jacob Mairson and Tristen Roach partook in signing day festivities Wednesday at LAHS.
Ahlers signed to play soccer at Wingate University, Mairson signed a proffered walk-on commitment to be apart of the University of New Mexico football program and Roach inked his name to Adam State University’s men’s soccer 2017 recruiting class.
In three seasons with the Los Alamos girls soccer program, Ahlers became one of the most prolific attacking players in Hilltopper history. She tallied 58 goals and 39 assists during her Los Alamos career.
In 2016, Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 24 goals and a state-leading 21 assists, which led her to winning District 2-5A’s offensive player of the year and a Class 5A all-state first team selection. She helped Los Alamos to a 16-6 record and state semifinals appearance.
During her junior season, Ahlers led Los Alamos with 23 goals and 12 assists, while helping the Hilltoppers reach the Class 5A state championship game. In 2014, she amassed 11 goals and finished the season with six assists.
Ahlers has also been a member of the Los Alamos girls basketball and track and field teams.   
Ahlers joins a Division II Wingate program that went 12-6-1 and reached the South Atlantic Conference title game in 2016.
Roach was a mainstay in the Los Alamos backline for the past three seasons. He played center back and helped the Hilltoppers become one of the most feared defensive teams in the state. It was rare when a team had offensive success against Los Alamos during Roach’s stint with the program.
In 2016, Roach, one of the team’s captains, led a defensive unit that only allowed 20 goals and tallied 12 shutouts. He also contributed on the offensive side with one goal and two assists. Several Los Alamos defenders suffered injuries in 2016 but Roach was able to stay healthy the entire season and lead the Hilltoppers to the Class 5A semifinals. He was a District 2-5A first team and Class 5A second team selection.
In his junior campaign, Roach led Los Alamos to the Class 5A state championship match and earned a first team District 2-5A selection. He helped the Hilltoppers become one of the fewest scored-on teams by only allowing 22 goals.
Roach will become the next New Mexico-based player to join Adam State, which has included a New Mexico player in its roster for the past seven seasons.
Mairson was part of the Los Alamos offensive line during the 2016 season. His physicality and strength allowed the Hilltoppers offense to rush for 1,990 yards and 24 touchdowns. Mairson’s play at the right guard position gave quarterback Nick Quartieri the opportunity to create a plethora of big plays throughout the season.
The 2016 season saw Los Alamos pass the ball more than it had in previous seasons. And Mairson excelled during pass protection, helping Quartieri throw for 965 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Mairson should be familiar with UNM’s style of play, as the Lobos are a run-heavy and triple-option offense, similar to Los Alamos. Mairson will join a nine-win UNM team that captured the 2016 New Mexico Bowl.