SARA BRIGHTWELL | EDITOR
Swing, putt, chip, and drive, they can do it all. Our La Cueva girls golf team is starting the fall season off well by winning their first tournament of the season. They beat Cleveland, their biggest rivals, by 50 strokes. Along with the Storm, they also played against Sandia, Eldorado, and Manzano during the tournament.
The five varsity players on the girls golf team are Mackenzie Balduini, Kennedi Rose, Eleanna Carris, Victoria and Caroline Jamharian. They are preparing for state this whole season to defend the state title they won last year.
“We are mostly on the range or we are playing mostly for qualifying,” Balduini said. “We qualify for tournaments by determining the order of our team. We have five qualifying rounds and that sets the line up, whoever shoots the best is number one.”
They practice Monday through Thursday at 3:00 pm at Arroyo Del Oso. The girls next tournament is Tuesday. October 10th, at Ladera Golf Course, so come support our La Cueva Golf!
AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
All eyes will be on Wilson Stadium Friday night if you’re a New Mexico High School football fan. It may not be state championship time yet, but there is a possibility this could be the state championship game this 2017 season. The two top-ranked teams in Class 6A, the (#1) Manzano Monarchs and the (#2) La Cueva Bears, square off to start District play in District 2. Here’s what to expect from both teams:
La Cueva Bears (6-0, 0-0 in District 2/6A)
Wins: Cibola, Cleveland, Centennial, West Mesa, Highland, Albuquerque High
Starting Quarterback: Dylan Summer, Junior
Team Outlook and Game Preview: It was a successful non-district tenure for the La Cueva Bears, winning all six games they played. The Bears defense is well recognized across the state, holding their opponents in non-district to a total of just 38 points, the most being 14 allowed against Centennial. The Bears have also been stellar on offense, the passing game working out very well for them. This has been a new twist this season that isn’t usually seen from a La Cueva offense from a historical standpoint. With passing-centric quarterback Dylan Summer running the show, it’s been working out well for them. But don’t count out RB D’Andre Williams, who can put some points up on the board for the team as well.
The keys to defeating Manzano for them is to contain Jordan Byrd, the fastest high-school athlete in the state. If he can’t find a receiver open, he will tuck that ball in, and start running with it, reading the gaps well as he goes along with it. Another key would be to overpower Manzano’s front defensive line, as they can hold blocks that are coming at them with hard strength.
Manzano Monarchs (6-0, 0-0 in District 2/6A)
Wins: Atrisco Heritage, Centennial, Cibola, Del Norte, Rio Rancho, Piedra Vista
Starting Quaterback: Jordan Byrd, Senior
Team Outlook and Game Preview: The Monarchs have impressed high school football fans across the state with the talent on that team. Whether it be their quarterback in Jordan Byrd, the fastest high school athlete in the 2017-18 year, a running core of Xavier Ivey-Saud and Alejandro Vallejos, or a strong receiving core with Andrew Erickson, Dakota Powell and Jack Blankenship, they are a tough offense to match up against. But they have yet to meet a defense like La Cueva’s.
This is what makes this match up a good one, the clash between the best offensive defensive powers in the state. With a high-scoring offense like the Monarchs and a low-scoring allowed defense like the Bears, high school fans are in for a treat.
La Cueva: Dylan Summer leads the district in total passing yards with 1,440, Reece Wilkinson leads the district in total receiving yards with 638 and Ryan McClain leads the district in sacks with six.
Manzano: Xavier Ivey-Saud leads the district in total rushing yards with 646, total points scored with 78 and total touchdowns scored with 13.
The game will take place on Friday, 10/6 at 7:00 pm at Wilson Stadium. For La Cueva students, the game is a whiteout.
by Susan Schripsema | Advisor
Work continues on the new building at the north side of the La Cueva campus, on schedule to be completed by April, 2018.
According to Brian Hubbell, Assistant Principal overseeing building and grounds at La Cueva, this construction includes “five Intensive Support Program rooms, five Autism rooms, one Physical Therapy room, and one Occupational Therapy room with an exercise track in the middle.”
Hubbell also stated these rooms will be equipped for maximum student support, including the equipment, furniture, lighting and flooring.
The new facility will likely become a “hub” for students who receive intensive supports, and Hubbell predicts that La Cueva will receive additional staff allocations from APS to meet student needs. “We are assuming that with this addition, we will have additional students (most likely transfers), which would obviously force us to hire new teachers.”
Students transferring to the new LCHS facility could also impact similar programs and staff at high schools throughout Albuquerque.
In addition to new spaces for ISP and students with Autism, the building on the northeast side of campus will house “a new weight room that could be utilized by the entire La Cueva student population.”
Hubbell stated, “Eventually, the old weight room will be converted to a multi-purpose room.”
Many rooms and hallways at La Cueva already have been modified as part of the overall construction plan. Changes include, “One new life skills lab, two social worker offices, one social worker lab, and a remodeled old ISP room,” according to Hubbell. One of the remodeled rooms is now a school store, selling LCHS spirit wear and supplies like spiral notebooks.
Other changes include removing the “center wall between C-18 and C-11 to create one, large autism room, and remodeling two offices and the IEP room in B-hall.”
As APS continually improves its facilities and services to students, the construction here at La Cueva plays a role in offering specialize supports for individuals with disabilities. And that means more confidence for parents of children with special needs, who often do not have school choice when it comes to their child’s education.
A few more months of construction is well underway. “All this to benefit the special ed community, our student athletes, students as a whole, staff, and potentially the community with the school store.”