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  • Sports Briefs 03-22-13

    Freeride team hosting dinner Saturday

    The Pajarito Mountain Freeride team is hosting a fundraising dinner and movie Saturday.
    The event, which will help send team members to the USASA national championship event, will be at Pajarito Mountain. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.
    Saturday’s event will also include a movie premiere of team highlights and an after-movie dance party.
    Price for admission is $10. Donations may also be made by emailing pajaritofreerideteam@gmail.com or dropping them off at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Nukes host Las Cruces Saturday at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby team will host Las Cruces in a home match Saturday.
    The Los Alamos-Las Cruces match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Admission to the match is free. 

  • JV softball team tops Elks, hosts tourney this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team opens a home tournament today following a big win Tuesday.
    Los Alamos scored 8 runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on 5 more in the bottom of the third as it blasted Pojoaque Valley 13-0 in five innings at Overlook Park.
    The Hilltoppers (3-0) pounded out 19 hits in the game, in which 12 players who appeared at the plate had hits and seven of those had multi-hit games.
    Leading Los Alamos against Pojoaque Valley was Shelby Chavez, who went 3-for-3.
    Los Alamos’ Katelynn Thorn, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Hannah Mojica, Taylor Jaramillo and Taylor Collins all had two hits.
    Mojica started the game and picked up the victory. She struck out three hitters while Madeline Lockhart struck out two hitters in relief. They combined to give up just four hits.
    Los Alamos’ home tournament continues through Saturday in White Rock. The Hilltoppers were scheduled to face Los Lunas and Pecos today. 

  • LA baseball team drops an 8-6 decision to Durango

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was nipped by the Durango (Colo.) Demons in the first round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
    Durango topped Los Alamos 8-6 in Thursday’s first round game, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington. The loss by the Hilltoppers (2-7) moves them into the consolation bracket. They were scheduled to face the Miyamura Patriots today.
    The Patriots, whom Los Alamos lost to in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs, fell in the first round of the tournament to Piedra Vista 10-0, in a rematch of the Class 4A title game last season.
    Also at the tournament, Farmington defeated Bayfield, Colo., 4-3 and will play Fruita, Colo., in the semifinal round. Fruita dropped Valencia 11-3 Thursday.
    The Piedra Vista Invitational continues through Saturday. 

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  • Today in History March 22
  • Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico--Video Extra

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz.


    Yep, Harvard —the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico.

    Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips.

    "It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now."

    He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse.

    The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.

  • Scientists find universe is 80 million years older

    PARIS (AP) — A new examination of what is essentially the universe's birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it's made of and its ultimate fate.

    Sure, the universe suddenly seems to be showing its age, now calculated at 13.8 billion years — 80 million years older than scientists had thought. It's got about 3 percent more girth — technically it's more matter than mysterious dark energy — and it is expanding about 3 percent more slowly.

    But with all that comes the wisdom for humanity. Scientists seem to have gotten a good handle on the Big Bang and what happened just afterward, and may actually understand a bit more about the cosmic question of how we are where we are.

    All from a baby picture of fossilized light and sound.

    The snapshot from a European satellite had scientists from Paris to Washington celebrating a cosmic victory of knowledge Thursday — basic precepts that go back all the way to Einstein and relativity.

  • Aggies no match for Billikens Thursday

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Saint Louis had no problem maneuvering around 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar and New Mexico State.
    Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed the Aggies 64-44 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday.
    Playing with a heavy heart since Rick Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories.
    Evans shot 11 of 16 from the floor and finished a point shy of his career best to propel Saint Louis past Bhullar. The Billikens held Bhullar to four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
    Bandja Sy had 17 points and nine rebounds for the 13th-seeded Aggies (24-11), who shot a miserable 28 percent. Saint Louis shot 46 percent and forced 16 turnovers.
    The big man bothered the Billikens at first.
    The lumbering center stayed around the rim while his other four teammates chased five players around the perimeter. The unconventional defensed allowed Bhullar to save energy and protect the paint.
    Once Saint Louis solved the big man, it had no trouble on either end of the floor.

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  • Be There 03-21-13

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series featuring “Wreck-it Ralph,” will be at 6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    New Mexico Consortium: Talk by Dr. Richard Sayre, director, at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Talk sponsored by Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network.

    The March Atomic Film Festival featuring “On the Beach,” will be at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. The Atomic Film Festival, held every other month except in the summer when it is held monthly, is free and open to the public, with support from Dr. Arthur Montoya, DDS and Re/MAX Los Alamos.