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  • Neal gets big pay bump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday.
    Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said.
    New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March.
    Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season.
    "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career."
    Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.

  • Hilltoppers go 2-1 at Moriarty tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its first two wins of the season over the weekend.
    Los Alamos took part in the Moriarty Pinto Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday. After getting swept by the Sandia Prep Sundevils in the opening round of the tournament, the Hilltoppers came back to knock off both the host Pintos and the Bosque School Bobcats in the consolation rounds.
    The Sundevils, who at 3-1 are off to a very good start this season, picked up a 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory Friday night over the Hilltoppers. The Sundevils’ win was keyed by a pair of freshmen, Camryn Nelson and Catherine Kelly, who combined for 29 spike kills in the three sets.
    Following Friday afternoon’s loss, the Hilltoppers bounced back Saturday morning to trip up the Pintos, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 for their first win of the year. The Hilltoppers followed that up with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over Bosque School’s Bobcats.
    Los Alamos (2-2) will face longtime rival Pojoaque Valley tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Pojoaque Valley lost its only match of the season so far, a 3-1 decision against Sandia Prep.

  • LA's results from Saturday's UNM Invitational

    Here are the results from Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational cross country meet. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores
    1. Mountain Vista, 61; 2. Rio Rancho, 101; 3. Albuquerque Academy, 123; 4. Los Alamos, 188; 5. Volcano Vista, 192; 6. La Cueva, 195; 7. El Paso Americas, 237; 8. Classical Academy, 240; 9. Eldorado, 270; 10. Miyamura, 320; 11. St. Michael’s, 322; 12. Belen, 379; 13. East Mountain, 404; 14. Piedra Vista, 428; 15. Cleveland, 429; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 433; 17. Manzano, 443; 18. Pojoaque Valley, 463; (tie) Pecos, 463; 20. El Paso El Dorado, 487; 21. Sandia, 514; 22. Kirtland Central, 538; 23. Valencia, 541; 24. Gallup, 645; 25. St. Pius X, 691; 26. Sandia Prep. 709; 27. Santa Fe Prep, 776; 28. Bosque School, 822; 29. Albuquerque, 843; 30. Dulce, 877; 31; Cottonwood Classical, 930.

    Individual results

    1. Nile Thomas, Miyamura, 16:03; 2. Aaron Valenzuela, Belen, 16:16; 3. Jordan Lesansee, Academy, 16:18; 4. Paxton Smith, Mountain Vista, 16:26; 5. Tanner Norman, Classical Academy, 16:30; 6. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:34.15; 7. Tyler Matzke, Mountain Vista, 16:34.37; 8. Thomas Hiett, La Cueva, 16:34.95; 9. Connor Laktasic, Cibola, 16:39; 10. Josh Pyeatt, Rio Rancho, 16:45;

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  • Accepting all challenges


    Challenges are a part of life. Some challenges are tougher than others, but it is up to the individual to overcome. 

    Christa Brelsford, 29, knows what it is like to encounter obstacles and do whatever it takes to prevail. 

    The Los Alamos resident will be competing in the International Federation of Sports Climbing competitions in Gijón, Spain. She left on Saturday for the week and a half long event. 

    She will be a contender in the Women Lower Amputee Division in Paraclimbing.

    The event is for disabled people who are rock climbers and want to continue to do so after injury.

  • Smith's responds in dispute


    Smith’s Food and Drug has responded after the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1564 went to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the grocer of bad faith bargaining.

    A statement from the Smith’s corporate office said, “We are aware that the union has filed a charge with the NLRB suggesting that the company is refusing to bargain. There are three very important points to know.

    “ 1. The NLRB has made no judgment or ruling on the union charge.  They have yet to hear it. 2.  The union can put anything it wants into a charge. Because it’s in a union charge doesn’t make it so. 3. The company is bargaining.  We want to reach a good agreement for our associates.”

  • Board proposes super search plan


    A special committee created by the Los Alamos School Board has proposed a plan to kickstart the search for the next superintendent.

    Called the board’s “Timeline Committee,” which is headed up by board vice president Kevin Honnell and board member Jim Hall, outlined a plan that’s been included in the board’s Sept. 9 meeting agenda. 

    In the plan, Hall and Honnell included specific dates on when things should occur. 

    If approved by the board, the plan’s timeline and search strategy will be adopted at the Sept. 9 plan. Job qualifications will be adopted at the next meeting, Sept. 16, and a region-wide ad will be posted Sept. 26. 

  • LA football team trounced by Sartans


    ALBUQUERQUE — There were some big plusses and minuses for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team Saturday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers were dumped by the St. Pius X Sartans at Community Field. The Sartans scored on all six of their possessions in the first half and ran an attempted onside kick by Los Alamos back for a touchdown to open the second half.

    But Los Alamos, which was held to less than 30 yards total offense in the first half, would get the ball into the end zone to avoid the shutout.

    St. Pius prevailed in the contest, 49-6.