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  • Atencio wins state championship

    For the first time since 2014, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team has a state champion.

    Devin Atencio, a freshman in the 106-pound weight class, claimed the title by defeating all four of his opponents last weekend at the NMAA State Wrestling Championships. And he did it in convincing fashion, appearing in control throughout every match.

    “It feels amazing,” Atencio said. “I have been working at this for my whole life. It’s just a great feeling.”

    Last year, as an eighth-grader, Atencio finished in fourth place at the championships, easily getting through the first two rounds of the competition before falling in the semifinals and the third-place match.

    This year, he seemed determined to keep that from happening.

    In the first round, he faced Española Valley’s Joey Fernandez, who he defeated for the District 2-5A championship the week prior. Much like the first matchup, Atencio had little trouble defeating Fernandez, pinning him in 1:13.

    The quarterfinal round against Kirtland Central’s Devin Montano was equally dominant for Atencio, as he earned the pin just 32 seconds into the second round to advance to the semifinals.

  • Wanted by the IOC: A city to...

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Wanted: A city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

    Getting bidders for the Olympics used to be easy. But no longer, and particularly for the Winter Games.

    Six European cities pulled out of official bids or possible bids when the IOC sought candidates a few years ago for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

    Cities balked over soaring costs, political unrest or a lack of public support as expressed in referendums.

    That left the IOC with only two proposals, both from authoritarian governments that backed cities devoid of winter sports traditions: Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China.

    Beijing narrowly won, but that set off alarms at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    “The 2022 (bidding) certainly highlighted the problems we were facing in attracting cities, particularly winter cities,” IOC member and former vice president John Coates said. “We had to do something to address the cost of the games. Increased costs have forced our hand.”

    Coates said the International Olympic Committee is doing a “total rethink” over the way the games are presented to potential bidders, and how they’re sold to the public.

  • Cosgrove named UNM acting coach

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove will serve as acting football coach for New Mexico while head coach Bob Davie serves a 30-day suspension.

    Athletic Director Eddie Nunez announced the appointment of Cosgrove as acting coach on Friday, a day after university President announced that Davie’s suspension will begin Saturday.

    Abdallah announced the suspension last week after the school released the results of two recent investigations involving Davie and the football program.

    The investigations examined whether Davie and his coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players.

    UNM’s Board of Regents decided Tuesday not to accept Davie’s appeal of the suspension.

    Davie is two seasons into a six-year contract that runs through the 2021 season and pays him $822,690 annually, not including bonuses and incentives.

  • Atomic Tumblers dominate at...

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque to compete at the Albuquerque School of Gymnastics, in their annual Black and White Invitational. Over 70 bronze and silver gymnasts competed on Friday night, while gold, platinum and diamond gymnasts competed on Saturday.

    Maya Graves scored the highest all around total of all Bronze competitors, with a 37.25, scoring 9 or above and taking the gold medal on all four events. The last time a LASG gymnast scored this high was Brianna Fryer in a JO level 7 meet last year.

    In the bronze division youngest division, Rafaela Rocha earned three gold medals, in the all-around, the bars and on the floor. She also earned a bronze on the vault.

    Anna Simakov was the standout in the youth division earning a gold on the floor and the bars, and a silver in the all-around and on the beam. She also earned a bronze on the vault.

    In the junior’s division, Meera Nadiga earned gold on the bars, finished with a silver on the vault and finished in a tie for silver in the all-around.  

    In the silver competition Holly Martinez was Los Alamos’ high scorer, earning a gold on the bars and the vault, and finishing with silver on the floor and in the all-around competing in the child’s division.

  • Mother, daughter boxers in West...

    EL PASO, Texas — The sacrifice is impossible to measure as the hours pile upon hours, the sweat fills bucket after bucket and even a bit of blood and possibly a tear or two accumulate in the hard knock, unforgiving journey that is boxing.

    But both the pain and the joy are best when shared. And no one can share it like daughter and mother and grandmother. The sport has slowly, gradually built an indelible bond between three generations.

    The El Paso Times reports Kayla Gomez is but 14 years old, just an eighth-grade student at Bel Air Middle School. But she is already a five year veteran of the demanding sport of boxing and she has already won six national championships and earned a spot on the U.S. National Team. She dreams of going to the Olympics and then going pro.

    Crystal Aceves is 32 and is also a five year veteran of the sport ... bringing her daughter Kayla with her when they decided to get serious about boxing. And no sport demands that you be serious more than the sweet science. Aceves has competed in three national tournaments and has two-second place finishes and one-third place.

    Cindy Aceves is mother and grandmother and coach and travel partner and confidant for the two in their fistic quest.

  • Atomic City Update: New GPA...

    Beginning next school year, no student with an “F” grade in any class will be eligible to compete in sports in New Mexico.

    I, for one, think this is a great idea for the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Until now, students could compete in sports as long as they had a 2.0 GPA and no more than one “F” grade.

    My problem with allowing a student to have an “F” in any class is that they are failing in their main role, as a student. For anyone in high school, that has to be the top priority.

    If competing in sports interferes with a kid’s ability to pass his classes, they no longer need to be on the field.

    Without a quality education, no amount of athletic ability will matter that much in the long run. After all, they are called student-athletes for a reason. The first part has always been far more important than the second.

    Competing in sports in high school is a privilege, something that is earned through hard work in the classroom. With these new rules in place, students will earn that right more than ever before.

  • Hilltoppers find success at...

     

    Though only one person is still in the running for individual championship, every person who competed for Los Alamos High School won at least one match Friday at the first day of the 2018 state wrestling championships.

    Heading into the second day of competition, freshman Devin Atencio has advanced to the semifinal round, defeating both of his competitors Friday.

    Seven other wrestlers, Donovan Atencio, Damian Gonzales, Israel Gellis, Reyes Mendez, Dylan Irish, Milo Light and Gloria Ramos, are still in contention for third place on the consolation side of the bracket.

    Overall, the first round of the tournament was strong for the Hilltoppers, as eight of the 14 wrestlers advanced in their championship brackets. Five of the wins came by pin, as the wrestlers from LAHS overpowered their opponents.

  • NMSU stays undefeated in WAC...

    Clutch free-throws down the stretch in the final 2:26 minutes of play lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Grand Canyon Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 12,898 inside the Pan American Center, 74-70.

    The over-capacity crowd played a significant role in the win Saturday night, fueling the Aggies in the final minutes of play while also disrupting the GCU offense to the tune of just 1-of-8 shooting in the final five minutes of play.

    New Mexico State, winners of 11-straight after Saturday’s thrilling victory, have been solid from the free-throw line lately and used it to its advantage. The Aggies knocked down 8-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of action en route to their win.

    After both teams exchanged a bucket to start the game, the Crimson & White led by Jemerrio Jones rattled off 10-straight points for the 12-7 lead at the first media break. However, the Lopes answered with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead in the latter part of the half.

    NMSU got within 23-22 of GCU after a jumper from Jones, but the Lopes came right back at the Aggies and pushed their deficit to 33-26 with 3:09 left in the half.

  • LAHS claims 4 wrestling district...

    After a successful showing at the individual district championships last weekend in Española, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team is sending 14 athletes to the state championships, and claimed four individual district championships.

    Devin Atencio, Israel Gellis, Dylan Irish and Milo Light claimed championships in their weight classes, while Donovan Atencio, Damian Gonzales, Aiden Johnson, Reyes Mendez, Ty Nieto, Lewis Harvey, Dmitri Bullock and Arturo Rodriguez placed in the top three, earning automatic berths to the state championships.

    Also advancing are Liam Johnston and Gloria Ramos. After finishing in fourth place in the 126-pound weight class at the district championships, Johnston earned a wild card berth to the state championships.

    Ramos, the only girl on LAHS’ wrestling team, did not compete at the district championships so she could compete in the New Mexico Activities Association’s first-ever girls’ wrestling tournament.

    According to NMAA Associate Director Dusty Young, there will be eight weight classes (101, 106, 111, 121, 131, 143, 160, 185) with eight girls per weight participating in the combined-classification exhibition tournament. A total of 38 high schools will be represented in this event.

  • Hilltopper hockey gets back in...

    For the first time in nearly two months, the Los Alamos High School hockey team got into the win column, winning two games against the Taos Ice Tigers last weekend.

    The Hilltoppers entered the weekend on a 10-game winless streak, dating back to Dec. 16. Throughout the long drought, defense proved to be a problem for the team, allowing five or more goals eight times.

    Against Taos, however, the defense stepped up in a big way for LAHS, allowing just two combined goals in two games to end the regular season.

    Friday evening, the Hilltoppers started scoring early and did not allow Taos a chance to respond. Just three minutes into the game, Tyler Weiss scored his fourth goal of the season, putting LAHS in front 1-0.

    Ben Rees added on to the score with five minutes left in the period with his 13th goal of the season, putting his team in front 2-0 heading into the second period.

    Weiss and Rees combined on a goal at the beginning of the second period to put the Hilltoppers up 3-0, giving them complete control of the contest.

    Midway through the period, Jacob Dunwoody scored his 13th goal of the season, putting the team up 4-0 after the second period.