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  • LA will be at home for 1st round of state

    About the only thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was sure of heading into Selection Sunday was that it was going to appear in the playoffs.
    Now, the Hilltoppers know their opponent. More importantly, they know they’re staying home.
    Los Alamos (17-9) earned the No. 8 seed for the upcoming Class 4A tournament and is paired up against Aztec, the No. 9 seed, for this weekend’s series.
    The first round of the 4A playoffs consists of a best-of-3 series. The top seed in each of the eight pairings will host the series.
    Los Alamos and Aztec (16-7) will meet in the first game of the best-of-3 set at 4 p.m. Friday. The second game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will start at approximately 1 p.m.
    For those wondering where the Hilltoppers were going to fall heading into the playoffs, it was no better than even money whether they would get a home game. The Hilltoppers won District 2-4A, their fifth consecutive district title, to qualify for the postseason, but they had a 5-5 record against nondistrict 4A competition, although four of those five losses came against the same two teams, Piedra Vista and Los Lunas.
    Piedra Vista, as expected, was awarded the No. 1 overall seed and will most likely be the opponent of the Los Alamos-Aztec winner in next week’s second round.

  • 'Toppers, Tigers meet in softball opener

     Not only did the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team get into the playoffs, it landed exactly where the team expected to land.
    Los Alamos, an at-large hopeful going into Sunday’s release of the Class 4A state tournament bracket, got in with several slots to spare, earning a No. 12 seed in the 16-team field.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Los Lunas Tigers Saturday, the team that handed Los Alamos a sound defeat in the 2012 state tournament.
    Los Alamos had been ranked at the No. 12 slot in the state’s power rankings for most of the latter half of the season. In fact, other than a couple of shifts of teams to ensure they didn’t play a district foe in the opening round, the seeding for the 4A tournament went almost exactly the way the power rankings suggested it would.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he felt very confident about his team’s moving on to the tournament and his practices last week and this week have been focused on improving the things his team will have to do well in order to survive.
    “We’re just fine-tuning our defensive stuff,” Anaya said. “We’re making sure we’re ready for small-ball. That’s what they did when we played them before.”

  • Tennis teams advance to 4A playoffs

    SANTA FE — Following top-two finishes at last weekend’s District 2-4A championship matches, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will move on to play in this week’s state Class 4A championship.
    Los Alamos’ girls won their 14th straight District 2-4A title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the team tournament, which commences Friday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished as the runner-up in the 2-4A tournament behind Santa Fe and were seeded No. 9 in the team tournament.
    Prior to the team tournament, however, Los Alamos will take part in the singles and doubles championship draws. The singles and doubles contests will be Wednesday and Thursday, also at the Jerry Cline center.
    Among the Hilltoppers’ entries into the tournament is the girls top doubles team of Madeline Margevicius and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff. Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff topped teammates Colleeen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido 6-2, 6-1 to claim a second consecutive district title Saturday.
    The district championship match looked like it might be a tight one after Fitzsimmons/Lucido rallied from an early deficit in the first set.

  • Lawsuit: Intel worker subjected to 'Kick Me' prank

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Intel workers secretly taped a "Kick Me" sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.

    The Intel employee, Harvey Palacio, said in the complaint recently filed in Albuquerque that once he suspected something was taped on his back during the August prank, he went to senior staffer Randy Lehman to ask if something was there.

    "Lehman said turn around and as Palacio did he saw and heard (another employee) yell out 'Don't read it, just do it'," the lawsuit said.

    Lehman then kicked Palacio three times in his buttocks, according court documents.

    Another employee, Chris Zeltinger, who the lawsuit said exchanged Christmas gifts with Palacio, kicked him twice as he was seeking help to remove the sign.

    "Palacio decided that this could not continue and walked back in front of the group to ask someone else to remove it," the lawsuit said. "Palacio felt demoralized and assaulted and he began to cry during the drive home. He could not tell his wife because he was so embarrassed and ashamed."

  • Today in History May 7
  • 3 Women, Missing for Years, Found Alive in Ohio--Video Extras

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Three women who went missing about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested.

    Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found earlier in the day.

    Police didn't immediately provide any details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

    Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. They were found just a few miles from where they had gone missing.

    Police said Knight was 20 when she went missing around 2000.

    Police said a 52-year-old man was arrested. There was no immediate word on charges.

    Loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing the women again. Among them was Kayla Rogers, a childhood friend of DeJesus.

  • Bashful? Pfizer set to sell little blue pill online

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Men who are bashful about needing help in the bedroom no longer have to go to the drugstore to buy that little blue pill.

    In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.

    Men still will need a prescription to buy the blue, diamond-shaped pill on viagra.com, but they no longer have to face a pharmacist to get it filled. And for those who are bothered by Viagra's steep $25-a-pill price, Pfizer is offering three free pills with the first order and 30 percent off the second one.

    Pfizer's bold move blows up the drug industry's distribution model. Drugmakers don't sell medicines directly to patients. Instead, they sell in bulk to wholesalers, who then distribute the drugs to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors' offices.

  • Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers named NMSU president

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers has been named New Mexico State University's new president.

    The NMSU Board of Regents voted Monday 3-2 in favor of Carruthers to lead the state's second-largest four-year university.

    Carruthers has been dean of NMSU's College of Business since 2003. He was governor from 1987 to 1990.

    Other finalists were former Texas Tech University president Guy Bailey, former University of Nevada, Las Vegas president David Ashley, former Texas A&M University president Elsa Murano and University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard.

    Barbara Couture resigned as NMSU president last fall without explanation after fewer than three years in the job. Former University of Missouri system president Manuel Pacheco has been serving as interim president.

    NMSU's main campus has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students.

  • Triathlon sponsor cancels NM event, offers refunds

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heightened measures following the Boston bombings have led to the cancellation of one of New Mexico's largest triathlons.

    The Jay Benson Triathlon had been scheduled Sunday at Kirtland Air Force Base.

    The sponsor has told the hundreds of expected participants that it's canceled and is offering full refunds.

    Duane Kinsley is the owner of Sports Systems, the title sponsor of the event. He says the retail store couldn't meet increased requirements to get participants on base. Those included submitting Social Security and driver's license numbers for athletes.

    Kinsley says the need for safety is understandable and that the sponsors will try to find a new venue for next year's event.

  • Call for entries: LA pet photos wanted

    Imagine your best buddy on the cover of LA Pets, a special section being produced by the Los Alamos Monitor set to publish June 12!

    We're looking for a cover model and that means we're seeking your photos... LA Pets is an annual publication that gives pet owners the latest news and information on a range of topics devoted to helping keep the special companions in our lives happy, healthy and spoiled rotten. Pets run the gamut from dogs and cats, to reptiles, rodents and birds... But we're seeking pictures that capture the true personality and beauty of the animal.

    To be considered for inclusion in LA Pets, photos should be sharp, well-composed, high resolution digital photo files. You must own the original file, weblinks and prints will not be accepted. Include a brief description of the photograph along with your name and contact information along with your daytime telephone number.

    Should your picture be selected for LA Pets, you will receive a photo credit (byline) in the publication, and in exchange you agree to give the Los Alamos Monitor the right to publish your photograph in LA Pets and potentially use the photo for promotional purposes. Depending on space available, runners-up photos may be featured inside LA Pets.