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2016 Athletic Honors

Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2016 held its Honors Convocation Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
Lots of student athletes were honored at the ceremony for their work in the classroom and the community.

A few athletes, however, were honored specifically for their achievements in a Los Alamos uniform.

Lane Saunders and Ashlynn Trujillo were selected as the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year while Isaac Dunwoody was honored with the school’s Iron Athlete award. The Los Alamos Sports Association is a partnership between the Los Alamos Monitor and KRSN.
Saunders was Los Alamos’ only three-sport varsity letter winner this season, and he excelled in all three.
On the football field, Saunders played linebacker and was one of Los Alamos’ top tacklers. He also worked as a running back where he averaged 6.7 yards per carry, finishing with 411 rushing yards in seven games. Derek Selvage led Los Alamos with 1,262 rushing yards.
In wrestling, Saunders reached the state finals for the third consecutive year where he finished second at 182 pounds, losing the championship by a single point, 3-2. The two-state champion finished his senior season with a 41-2 record.
Saunders was also an integral part of the Los Alamos baseball team’s success, pitching, playing first base and getting some big hits on offense.
Saunders will continue his athletic career at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The left-handed pitcher has signed his letter of intent to join the Greyhounds’ baseball team.

Saunders and teammate Connor Mang will also get to represent Los Alamos once more. The two athletes will play for the North in the Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star Baseball Classic June 11 in Las Cruces.

Trujillo was a two-sport star for Los Alamos, lettering in both basketball and volleyball.
On the volleyball court, Trujillo was the team’s libero (defensive specialist), digging a team-high 374 shots.
On the basketball court, however, she was arguably the most dominant female athlete on any Los Alamos team.
Trujillo drove to the hoop over and over again, scoring buckets at will and putting opponents in foul trouble. She was also a pesky defender and rebounder, forcing numerous turnovers every game and snagging loose ball after loose ball.
She led Los Alamos with 16.7 points 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.1 steals per game.
She was named to the Class 5A all-state first team this year and was named to second-team after her sophomore and junior seasons.
Trujillo will also represent the North in the Class 5A/6A North/South All-star game June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center.
Trujillo will play basketball next year for New Mexico Highlands University.

Dunwoody received the school’s Iron Athlete Award. Dunwoody played wide receiver and corner for Los Alamos’ football team and goalie for Los Alamos’ hockey team. In hockey’s pure championship game against Taos, Dunwoody turned into a brick wall to help the Hilltoppers win the title and regain possession of the traveling North Star trophy.

Other student-athletes presented with awards and scholarships Tuesday included Victor Kim, Connor Bailey, Talia Dreicer, John Rees, Emily Hopkins, Celeste Levy, Nicholas Koskelo, Nathan Scrimshaw, Claire Spach, Makaela Jones, Michelle Alexander, Madison Foley, Sierra Foley, Madeline Lockhart, Isabelle Runde and Selvage.