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  • LA girls win at Chapin tennis tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team won the El Paso (Texas) Chapin tournament this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers held off Mesilla Valley Christian, which finished as the runner-up in El Paso, to claim the team title. It was the first win of the season in four outings for the Hilltopper girls.
    No. 1 single Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff topped Patty Borunda of Mesilla Valley Christian to get to the final of that draw, topping Borunda 6-2, 6-2.
    Also for Los Alamos, Colleen Fitzsimmons and teammate Susanna Lucido won in the No. 1 doubles draw, defeating Mesilla Valley’s Jenna Coyle/Maddie Andersson 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to claim the title.
    Also at the Chapin tournament, the Hilltopper boys placed third in team competition.

  • LA tops Taos in OT to claim NMIIHL title

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team defeated the Taos Ice Tigers in the championship game of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey playoffs Saturday night.
    Nevin Gupta scored the lone overtime goal for either side to lift the Hilltoppers to a 4-3 victory over their main rival, the Ice Tigers, in the pure division championship game. Pure division teams are ones made up entirely of players from one school.
    With just 1:08 remaining in regulation, Cory Schramm scored the tying goal to force overtime.
    With the victory, Los Alamos earns the right to represent the state at the national championship tournament.
    In the composite division — teams made up of players from more than one high school — El Paso (Texas) Coronado topped Cibola 3-2.

  • LA drops home contest to the Pintos

    After a stinging loss Tuesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is hoping the return of its basketball players to practice this week will help get it on the right track.
    Los Alamos fell to the Moriarty Pintos at home Tuesday.
    Los Alamos fell behind 11-0 after three innings but its comeback attempt in the late innings fell short, with the Pintos prevailing 11-7.
    The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-5 on the season. More importantly, it was the fourth loss of the season to a Class 4A team against just the lone victory over Grants.
    Going into Tuesday’s game, Moriarty was 0-5 and had been outscored 71-14 on the season.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said Los Alamos has made several errors in bad moments that have led to big innings for the other side.
    “There are times when we can get out of an inning, then an error happens, then instead of getting out of the inning with just one run, we give up two or three,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos needs to come out from the start of its games better, too, he said.
    Falling behind early is something the team has done in several of its early-season games. It trailed 5-0 to Miyamura before falling in that contest 7-5 in the final round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.

  • Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    GENEVA (AP) — The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.

    Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

    The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the "God particle."

  • Today in History for March 14th
  • Boys Quarterfinal Basketball Scores


    Boys Basketball
    Class 5A


    Clovis 60, Manzano 57, OT

    Hobbs 66, Sandia 65

    Las Cruces 64, La Cueva 58


    Class 4A


    Albuquerque Academy 77, Bernalillo 71

    Roswell 66, Espanola Valley 49

    St. Pius 51, Santa Teresa 43


  • Baltimore loses key players

    The Baltimore Ravens are paying the price for winning a Super Bowl.
    The NFL champions lost two key components of their defense, linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, as free agency began Tuesday. On Monday, they traded star receiver Anquan Boldin, a key to their title run, to San Francisco — the team the Ravens beat 34-31 to win the championship.
    Kruger went north to division rival Cleveland for a five-year, $40 million deal, while Ellerbe headed south to Miami for $35 million over five years. Steelers receiver Mike Wallace joined Ellerbe in choosing the Dolphins.
    The 49ers didn’t go untouched, either. After giving up a sixth-round draft pick for Boldin, they saw tight end Delanie Walker leave for Tennessee.
    San Francisco also confirmed the trade of backup quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City, a deal that was known for weeks. The 49ers will receive the Chiefs’ second-round pick, 34th overall, in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in next year’s draft.
    The 32-year-old Boldin expressed surprise that he was traded.
    “I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship ... and in February we came home Champions,” he said on Twitter.
    Ellerbe also tweeted as he moved on to the Dolphins.

  • Española Valley sunk by St. Pius after 16-1 run

    ALBUQUERQUE – St. Pius X guard Natalie Zamora was all but invisible in the first half of Tuesday’s quarterfinal girls basketball game.
    But Zamora turned into a specter that haunted the Española Valley Sundevils in the fourth quarter.
    Zamora scored 22 points in the fourth quarter alone, spearheading the St. Pius effort to break open what had been a tight ballgame throughout. Behind Zamora, the No. 4-seeded Sartans went on an impressive 16-1 run to start the fourth quarter and earn a 71-58 victory at The Pit.
    The loss by Española Valley ended a solid season under new head coach Oliver Torres.
    Española Valley and St. Pius traded leads 11 times in the first three quarters Tuesday, but St. Pius held a 2-point edge at the break and a 3-point advantage after three quarters.
    Then, to start the fourth quarter, Zamora buried a long-range 3-pointer to get the Sartans rally going.
    “They were being really aggressive,” Zamora said of the Sundevil defense. “But we were really calm. We all made good decisions.”
    Along with Zamora’s big quarter, the Sundevils struggled to keep control of the basketball, particularly around the timeline, leading to several quick points on the other end.

  • LA tripped up by Los Lunas in The Pit

    ALBUQUERQUE – A barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a deficit going into the break Tuesday afternoon.
    Despite a couple of pushes in the second half, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain enough offense to make their opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers, really sweat.
    Los Lunas, the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A tournament, bounced Los Alamos in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at The Pit, winning 57-44.
    Despite the loss in the one and only game of her career in The Pit, Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk said she wasn’t terribly disappointed with the outcome because of how far the Hilltoppers had gotten.
    “Looking back on our season, we shouldn’t have been in the top 9 at all,” said Kirk, a three-year starter for Los Alamos. “With the tightness of this team, with us trusting each other, that’s what it took for us to get here.”
    Los Alamos’ stated goal since head coach Ann Stewart took over the program in January was to get to the quarterfinal round and the team was able to do just that this season, the first time the Hilltoppers had advanced beyond the opening playoff round since 2009-10.

  • Obedience class registration

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin March 11. Classes will begin the week of April 1. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 22.