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  • Mushers embark on new Iditarod...

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Iditarod mushers began their 1,000-mile trek across Alaska along a new route Monday after poor trail conditions forced organizers to push the race’s start north, bypassing a mountain range.
    Canadian rookie Rob Cooke, who hails from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, was the first musher to leave Fairbanks as fans looked on from the starting gate and along the expressway.
    The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race usually kicks off 225 miles south in Willow. But because of a lack of snow this year, officials shifted the entire route around the Alaska Range and an area that left many mushers bruised and bloodied last year.
    This is only the second time Fairbanks has hosted the official start; similar low-snow conditions moved the Iditarod there in 2003.
    The finish line remains in Nome, on the state’s wind-whipped western coast.
    The route change eliminates mountainous terrain and a treacherous gorge. But the race now will be run on about 600 miles of river ice, and that can create a whole new set of obstacles.
    Some mushers have hinted the new path might benefit Pete Kaiser, a young musher who recently won an all-river ice sled dog race in southwest Alaska.
    Kaiser disputed that Monday.

  • Boys basketball scores

    Class 6A first round

    Albuquerque High 44, Cibola 34
    Carlsbad 67, Rio Grande 43
    Cleveland 60, Atrisco Heritage 45
    Hobbs 77, La Cueva 55
    Rio Rancho 66, Gadsden 58
    Sandia 36, Volcano Vista 30
    Valley 65, Onate 60
    West Mesa 52, Las Cruces 49

    Class 5A first round

    Artesia 42, St. Pius 40
    Bernalillo 43, Del Norte 38
    Centennial 46, Capital 43
    Espanola Valley 73, Lovington 52
    Farmington 51, Goddard 49
    Gallup 72, Belen 69, 2OT
    Grants 55, Piedra Vista 53
    Roswell 66, Los Lunas 43

    Class 4A first round

    Cobre 41, Silver 29
    Hope Christian 92, Hot Springs 55
    Kirtland Central 45, Bloomfield 36
    Pojoaque 55, Shiprock 43
    Portales 84, Thoreau 59
    St. Michael’s 53, Robertson 41
    Taos 77, Santa Fe Indian 50
    West Las Vegas 70, Bosque School 48

    Class 3A first round

    Clayton 97, Tohatchi 52
    Laguna-Acoma 66, Native American Community Academy 37
    Lordsburg 66, Loving 54
    Mesilla Valley Christian 82, Cuba 42
    Santa Fe Prep 72, Eunice 36
    Santa Rosa 62, Dulce 49
    Texico 61, Pecos 52
    Tucumcari 74, Newcomb 52

    Class 2A first round

  • 'Topper girls track wins in...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper track teams blasted out of the blocks to start its season Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Chili Quad.
    Girls head coach Paul Anderson said it was “a great meet to start the season — great weather and great competition.”
    The Hilltopper girls won the meet with 109.5 team points, followed by Albuqueque Academy (73), St. Pius X (63) and Sandia Prep (24.5).
    “We won the meet thanks to a great effort by everyone,” Anderson said.
    The Hilltopper boys finished tied with St. Pius X for second with 79 points. Academy won the meet with 115 and Sandia Prep finished fourth with 15.
    Liz Lockhart punched her ticket to the state championships in the first try of her season. She won the triple jump with an automatic state-qualifying distance of 33 feet, 7 inches.
    A few other girls also had first-place finishes.
    Sophia Galvez won the 3200-meters race in 12 minutes, 21.64 seconds.
    Chelsea Challacombe won the 100-meter hurdles (17.64), the long jump (16-5.5) and the shot put (31-0.25). Ashley Land won the discus (87-4) and the 4x400 relay team comprised of Emily Mercer, Matilde Jacobson, Jessica Moore and Lizzie Smeltz also finished first (4:33.4).

  • LA drops 2 of 3 to open 2015...

    After losing its first game of the St. Pius X tournament 1-0 against Las Cruces, the Hilltoppers came back strong to beat Centennial 4-0 on Friday. Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the third and once more in the fourth.
    In the team’s third game of the tournament, however, the Hilltoppers lost another 1-run ball game. Los Alamos fell 2-1 to Los Lunas on Saturday. Los Lunas scored in the first two innings to take the slim lead. The Hilltoppers cut the lead in half with a run in the fourth inning, but they weren’t able to get the tying run home.
    The tournament was Los Alamos’ first competition of the season. Its games against Piedra Vista Feb. 28 were cancelled because of snow.

  • LA hockey beats Taos in...

    Los Alamos took the North Star trophy back from Taos in their first meeting this season and hasn’t let it go since. The Hilltoppers beat the Ice Tigers for the third time on the year, 3-0, Saturday during the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s championship tournament.
    Taos goalkeeper Roy Madrid, made save after save in an early flurry. Soon after that, however, Trevor Matuszak got Los Alamos on the scoreboard. A Taos defender went down to try and block Matuszak’s shot, but the puck deflected off of him and into the goal.
    Later in the period, Hud Davenhall put a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net to give Los Alamos a 2-0 lead.
    The penalty box was a popular destination for both teams in the second period, but neither team could capitalize on a power play.
    In the third period, Davenhall gave Los Alamos some insurance with a short-handed goal that proved to be the final margin.
    Zealand Walterscheid made 25 saves to get the shutout. Los Alamos, meanwhile, finished with 30 shots on goal.
    All four of the tournament’s top seeds advanced to the third round of the winner’s bracket.
    The No. 2 seeded Hilltoppers took on No. 3 Coronado (Texas) in the third round. Franklin (Texas) and Durango (Colo.) played in the other championship third round.

  • 'Toppers beat Goddard,...

    Tough defense and a couple of hot hands helped the Los Alamos girls basketball team take down Goddard 66-47 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs Friday.
    “As a coach, to see them evolve and play their best basketball at this time of the season is what you want,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “They played like a team.”
    Los Alamos’ defense kept the pressure on Goddard with a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    The Hilltoppers forced a lot of bad passes and tipped away numerous other balls by getting hands in Goddard’s passing lanes.
    Ashley Logan, Hannah Sledzik, Trujillo, Logan and Makaela Jones all had multiple steals or forced turnovers for Los Alamos. Sledzik and Jones also blocked shots in the game.
    “The defense was spectacular,” Trujillo said. “If we play defense like that, we can play with anybody in 5A.”
    Los Alamos’ offense didn’t score for the first three-and-a-half minutes. Then the team’s captains took over. Amber Logan made a 3-pointer — her first of six in the game. Right after that Ashlynn Trujillo snagged a rebound and took it coast-to-coast for a layup that tied the game at 5.

  • Snow report, 3-6-15

    Angel Fire
    70-inch base. 5 new inches of snow in past 48 hours reported. 77 of 78 trails open.

    39-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 of 44 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    55-inch base. 3 inches in 48 hours. 58 of 58 trails open.

    Sandia Peak
    31-inch base. No new snow reported. 37 of 37 trails open.

    45-inch base. 2 new inches in past 48 hours. 41 of 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    33-inch base. 3 new inches of snow in last 48 hours. 7 lifts and 52 of 55 trails open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    57-inch base. 1 new inch in last 48 hours. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

    83-inch base. 2 inches in last 48 hours. 113 of 113 trails and 15 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    12-inch base. 5 inches in last 48 hours. 5 of 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    82-inch base. No new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    50-inch base. No new snow reported. 33 of 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 4 of 8 trails open.

  • LA baseball drops opener, 1-0

    One unearned run was all Las Cruces could score Thursday against Los Alamos, but it was enough to win the game, 1-0.
    Connor Mang struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings and only gave up four base hits for Los Alamos. “He threw awesome,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.
    In the sixth inning, however, a Las Cruces batter reached base on a dropped-third-strike, advanced into scoring position on a bunt and then scored the game’s only run on a base hit.
    Los Alamos had opportunities to score as well, but left eight runners stranded on base. “We had our chances, we just didn’t come through,” Gill said. “We had some hard contact, just nothing to show for it.”
    Las Cruces’ centerfielder ran down a few balls that could have been hits for extra bases to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard, Gill said.
    Even though Los Alamos lost its opener, Gill was happy that his team didn’t make any mental mistakes. They made a couple physical ones, but Gill said those can be fixed.
    “For the first time out, I was pretty pleased how we played,” Gill said. “We’ll see if we can build on it today.”
    The Hilltoppers will take on Centennial today in the second round of the St. Pius X tournament.

  • LA track teams return numerous...

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams have brought home plenty of state team trophies over the years.
    Last year, the boys team finished third in the state while the girls were only one spot away from a team trophy in fourth place.
    The vast majority of the girls who scored team points last year are back to help Los Alamos make another run.
    Unlike the Hilltopper girls, most of the boys who scored at last year’s state meet graduated.
    At this point in the season, however, Los Alamos’ boys and girls track teams are just trying to get in shape and figure out which events are the best fit for its athletes.
    “Right now we’re trying to get in shape without hurting anyone,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We’ll focus on individual events, how to compete and how to compete as a team and the results will come,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will be one of the team’s leaders. Last year she placed in the maximum five events at state. She placed in the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the triple jump, the shot put and the was on the 4x100 relay that finished 6th.

  • 'Toppers, Rockets clash in...

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium.
    The No. 6-seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    “Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit,” captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos’ game Monday. “We’re not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that).”
    “Everything we’ve gone through this season is preparation for state,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. “At the end of the day our success isn’t defined by a loss to Española. It’s defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families.”
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).