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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.
AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
The La Cueva Bears football team look to continue their winning ways and their undefeated record of 3-0 on Thursday as they take on the West Mesa Mustangs at Nusenda Community Stadium. Let’s take a preview of the upcoming game:
La Cueva Bears (3-0, 0-0 in District 2/6A)
Wins: Cibola 42-8, Cleveland 30-7, Centennial 42-14
Key Win: Cleveland
Team Outlook: After three straight wins to open up their season, the La Cueva Bears have shown the type of contender they could quite possibly be in Class 6A.With a strong defense that has only allowed 29 total points amongst their three opponents, an offense that has scored 114 points on their opponents, and their record-breaking quarterback Dylan Summer, this team has shown strides early. “Our defense is very strong and full of a lot of athletes,” senior defensive end Ryan McClain said. “We have beaten good teams these last three weeks. This is the season we have been working for.” The Bears offense has attacked the passing game a little more this year, and with a receiving core of Reece Wilkinson, Tristan Roswold, Grant Giesler and Seth Beller, it has worked in their favor.
West Mesa Mustangs (2-1, 0-0 in District 4/6A)
Wins: Del Norte 34-6, St. Pius 27-14
Loss: Volcano Vista 34-7
Key Win: St. Pius
Team Outlook: The Mustangs have made plenty of improvements under head coach Ron McMath this season, and look to get their first winning season since 2011. Quarterback Gabe Sanchez for the Mustangs offense has helped the team greatly and is likely the #1 person the Bears defense will look out for on the field. He is athletic and light on his feet, and could scramble out of the pocket easily if the defense doesn’t spot that happening right away. The defense for the Mustangs was containing the passing game of Volcano Vista, so if the Bears throw short passes and let the receivers go upfield, that would still work.
This game will take place on Thursday, 9/14, at 7:00 pm at Nusenda Community Stadium.