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  • Prep wrestling: LA can't get past semis, finishes 14th in state

    The Los Alamos wrestling team got three wrestlers into Saturday's semifinal rounds at the Class 5A state championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, all three fell in their semifinal bouts.

    District 2-5A had three representatives in the 106-pound semifinals. In the first match, Los Alamos eighth-grader Devin Atencio met up with district champion Frankie Baca of Del Norte. Baca pinned Atencio to earn a championship bout against Capital's Jonathan Romero. Baca won the state title after downing Romero in a 6-5 decision.

    At 113, Donovan Atencio fell to eventual state champion Ryan Romero of Capital.

    Los Alamos sophomore Sam Harvey couldn't derail the expected all-Roswell final in the 195-pound weight class. Harvey was pinned by Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez, who earned a final matchup against Goddard's Andres Villa. In the final, Villa claimed an 8-2 decision to complete his undefeated season.

    Harvey went on to win in the consolation bracket but eventually fell in the third place bout.

    Devin Atencio placed fourth, while Donovan Atencio lost his two consolation bouts to finish in sixth.

    The three placers helped Los Alamos finished 14th in the team standings.

  • Prep swimming and diving: LA girls place 4th at state meet, boys 8th

    The Los Alamos girls swimming team finished in fourth place at the state championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium.

    After having some success in the preliminaries Friday, the Hilltoppers scored 205 team points in the finals and were led by the 200-yard medley relay team of Sara Shiina, Jillian Bennett, Jessica Moore and Kaitlin Bennett, which finished second and .15 seconds ahead of Albuquerque Academy.

    Elizabeth Lockhart placed third in the 1-meter dive, while Sara Shiina gave Los Alamos a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Kaitlin Bennett was only one second behind the winning pace in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in third behind La Cueva's Natalie Jones and Acdemy's Sara Vianco.

    The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth, while the 400-yard freestyle relay completed the meet and placed sixth.

    Moore had an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

    The Hilltoppers finished 19 points behind third-place Eldorado.

    As expected, Academy and La Cueva ran away with the top-two spots in the team standings. But it was the Chargers who outpaced the Bears 368-317 to win their first state title since 2012.

    The Los Alamos boys swimming struggled to get swimmers in the finals.

  • Prep boys basketball: Capital tops LA, earns share of district title

    Capital's full-court pressure was once again too much to handle for the Los Alamos boys basketball team.

    The Jaguars went into Griffith Gym Friday night and downed the Hilltoppers 72-48 to secure a share of the District 2-5A regular season title. Española Valley's win at Del Norte sets up a tiebreak matchup between the Jaguars and Sundevlis to determine the top-seed for next week's District 2-5A tournament. The date and location for the tiebreak game are yet to determined.

    Meanwhile, Los Alamos ends the regular season at 11-14 overall and its 3-5 district record is enough to give the Hilltoppers the No. 4 seed for the district tournament. Los Alamos will host Albuquerque Academy on Monday in the first round.

    "They (Capital) handle the ball so well and they're so patient with their offense," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "Once you get behind, it's hard to comeback at them. Giving that early lead just killed us."

    Friday's game was similar to the team's previous meeting, where the Jaguars romped Los Alamos by negating any passes to the inside with its heavy pressure in the backcourt.

  • Prep wrestling: Toppers advance 3 to state semis

    The Los Alamos wrestling team had three wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals of the Class 5A state meet.

    The championship semifinals will be Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Devin Atencio at 106 pounds, pinned Belen's Raul Sisneros and topped Deming's Frankie Lucero to earn a semifinal matchup against District 2-5A foe Frankie Baca of Del Norte.

    Donovan Atencio reached the 113-pounds semifinals by getting wins against Farmington's Alex Rodriguez and St. Pius' Steven Sanchez. He'll face District 2-5A champion Ryan Romero on Saturday.

    Hilltoppers sophomore Sam Harvey made his way to the 195-pound semifinals after downing Kirtland Central's Cadyn Hartsfield and Grants' Paris Salvador. Harvey's two wins set up a tough match up against Roswell's Alfonso Sanchez.

    Los Alamos had other wrestlers win in the first round and in the consolation bracket.

    Trevor Brown (145 pounds) started with a first round win against Drew Smith of Bloomfield but fell in the quarterfinals to Belen's Chris Robinson. In the consolation bracket, Brown will face Kirtland Central's Brandon Silago.

  • Explore the most charitable nations in the world

    Philanthropic efforts are meant to help the less fortunate, but the benefits of being charitable also extend to those doing the giving. The National Institutes of Health found research participants who chose to donate a portion of the $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Being charitable also can motivate others to give, including children who realize the benefits of philanthropy.
    Another benefit of being generous is that it can recharge a person’s life for the better. Donating time or money can create opportunities to meet new people who support the same causes. This may be the driving force behind countries around the world that have established themselves as the most giving per capita.

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  • Community Calendar 2-17-17

    TODAY
    Adult Broomball at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each person will need to bring their own broom to play. Helmets and pads are suggested but not required. No passes accepted. Cost is $5 per person, ages 16 and older. For more information, call the Ice Rink at 662-4500 or the Aquatic Center front desk at 662-8170, or visit losalamosnm.us/rec.  

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have a day out. They will join the NMFRW at the Roundhouse, then lunch and finally a tour of the New Mexico Supreme Court  Building.  Anyone interested should email losalamosfrw@gmail.com for more information.

    Astronomy Show: History of Cosmic Distance at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Dr. Paul Arendt to explore the history of how we learned the distances to stars. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2-2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way class from 8:15-10:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. A class for parents of teens. Free, thanks to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. To register, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

  • Super Bowl Buzz Bus provides safe rides

    The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) provided safe ride services once again to Los Alamos residents.
    Although the ridership was not as high as past events, those that did take advantage of the free ride were taken home safely.
    “The service worked like a charm; Armando at dispatch and Jonathan the driver were just wonderful,” said Los Alamos resident Tina Sibbitt. “I changed my return pick up time about three times due to having too much fun, and they were absolutely OK with that. Please give my thanks to the county for this service and people are crazy if they don’t take advantage of it!”
    The DWI Planning Council and ACT hope that people will take Sibbitt’s advice for the next Buzz Bus event on St. Patrick’s Day. The council and ACT are also developing a schedule and route for a shuttle-type Buzz Bus service for the upcoming Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. For questions about the Buzz Bus service, or for those interested in joining the DWI Planning Council, contact Kirsten Bell, at kirsten.bell@lacnm.us or 662-8241.

  • Mountaineers to meet Feb. 28

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers are set to meet at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center for a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan.
    Last May, six mountaineers completed a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado.
    This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route. From there they descended into West Canyon and followed that canyon all the way to Lake Powell.
    The trip included open desert travel, a wild saddle on Cummings Mesa, and long, deep canyon slots. In West Canyon they encountered the Maw of Death, descended the Slippery Slide, swam through cold, dark pools, passed under beetling cliffs, and scrambled around small, picturesque waterfalls.  
    Ensslin and Morgan will describe their adventures and show pictures of the beautiful country that they visited during the next Mountaineers meeting Feb. 28. The public is invited. A social will start the meeting, followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.