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  • LA takes 5th at tournament

    Los Alamos No. 1 singles player Astrid Hengartner bounced back from an opening round loss to win three straight matches at Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational girls tennis tournament.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished sixth overall at the Los Alamos Invitational, which was played at Capital High School in Santa Fe. Farmington won the tournament with 28 team points, more than doubling the total of runner-up Hope Christian.
    Los Alamos finished with 5 team points at the tournament. The team playing their invitational — which was played at Capital because it has more useable courts available in one area than does Los Alamos — short-handed due to the start of spring break.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ top finishers were the doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff, a senior, and eighth grader Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff. The duo finished as the runner-up in the No. 1 doubles draw.
    Hsieh-Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff took three straight contests in straight sets before falling 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to Farmington’s Molly Merrion/Danielle Nguyen.

  • Boys No. 1 doubles earns pair of wins

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis doubles squad of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith picked up a pair of wins in consolation play Saturday.
    Los Alamos competed in the Española Valley Invitational, played at Santa Fe High School. Los Alamos’ players picked up at least one win in the three singles and two doubles draws at the tournament
    Belooussov/Smith knocked off Garrett Howington/Lane Heisey of Hope Christian and Miguel Tarango/Jacob Romero of Monte del Sol in its final two contests to earn a win in the consolation side of the bracket. Belooussov/Smith came back from a 1-set deficit against Allen Palmer/Marcus Hofer-Curl of Taos, but Palmer/Hofer-Curl would rally to win the third set tiebreaker.
    Hilltopper No. 1 single Forrest White split contests, topping Griffin Merians of Santa Fe Prep 6-2, 7-5, but falling to Farmington’s Matt With 6-4, 6-1. George Margevicius went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, while eighth grader JD Downing topped Bryan Rivera of Española Valley in a third-set tiebreaker.
    At No. 2 doubles, Steven McCrory/Cameron Wilson went 1-2, topping Jared Lucero/Harsch Bhundiya of Santa Fe Prep in the first round of consolation play.

  • 'Toppers, Demons split doubleheader

    SANTA FE — After getting next-to-nothing going offensively in game one, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team righted the ship to pick up game two and split a District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday.
    Los Alamos scraped together a pair of runs, one in the third and one in the fifth, against the Santa Fe Demons at Demon Field, but got little else going in game one of their doubleheader.
    In the second game, however, Los Alamos rallied for 6 runs in the third inning to pick up the split.
    Santa Fe scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth along with a 3-run rally in the fourth to win the opener 7-2 before Los Alamos grabbed a 12-2 win in the nightcap.
    With the split, Los Alamos (8-9 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) has sole possession of second place in the early stages of the district race, one game behind Española Valley (11-3 overall, 3-0 in 2-4A). Los Alamos and Española Valley face off Wednesday at Bomber Field.
    The Demons (4-12, 1-2) are currently in third place. They will face the Hilltoppers in the season rubber-match April 24 in Los Alamos.
    In game one, Steven Williams started the game and pitched 4 innings, taking the loss. Lane Saunders came in to throw the fifth and Connor Mang pitched the sixth.
    Saunders and Collin Kitts scored the two runs in game one.

  • LA picks up big sweep over Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Following a disappointing District 2-4A opening loss, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was in serious jeopardy of falling into a deep early hole.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers picked up a big district sweep on the road and are back in the thick of things.
    Los Alamos scored 4 unanswered runs in the opening game against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday, then exploded for 8 runs in the top of the fifth of game two to win that contest going away.
    The Hilltoppers took the first game 5-3 then picked up a 14-5 win in the nightcap. The two wins put the Hilltoppers (6-10 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) in a tie for second place with the Española Valley Sundevils, whom the Hilltoppers will host Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ Kiana Zerr, who had thrown limited innings during the nondistrict season, earned victories in both games.
    Zerr threw a complete game in the opener, giving up just three hits and two earned runs. In game two, Zerr came on in the fifth in relief of Jordan Hammock, setting down 9 of the 11 batters she faced.
    In the first game, Zerr had to pitch her way around trouble in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Santa Fe rallied for 3 runs in the fourth getting doubles in the inning from KK Porras and Destiny Chavez.
    That would be the last hurrah in that game for the Demons, however.

  • Storm brings reported tornadoes, snow to Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — A storm that toppled trees, whipped up blinding dust storms and may have spawned some tornadoes brought blizzard conditions to parts of Colorado, where up to 20 inches of snow was possible in the mountains through Tuesday.

    The storm has so far proved less potent than originally predicted in Colorado because a cold front has been lingering to the north. Wyoming has been hit harder, with over a foot falling in Lander.

    Up to around 10 inches of snow had fallen in Colorado's mountains by dawn. Another 5 to 10 inches was possible in some locations but final snowfall amounts would vary quite a bit, National Weather Service forecaster Jim Daniels said.

    Up to a foot had been in expected in Denver but forecasters are now calling for around 5 inches.

    The storm has canceled 465 flights at Denver International Airport and deicing was causing departing flights to be delayed by as much as a half hour.

    Blizzard warnings are also in effect from south of Denver to the New Mexico line and in northwestern Colorado. Winds gusting up to 50 mph were expected there.

    As the storm moved in Monday night, spotters reported two tornadoes near Akron in eastern Colorado.

  • UNM suspends frat due to alleged sexual assault

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An alleged sexual assault at a fraternity house has prompted the University of New Mexico to direct the fraternity to suspend most chapter activities pending an inquiry.

    A letter sent by a university Dean of Students Office official accuses the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of student code of conduct violations due to the alleged April 2 sexual assault.

    The letter says the fraternity must suspend all chapter activities except for chapter meetings and normal house activities while the suspension is in effect.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a university police report says detectives have conducted interviews concerning the alleged assault and that a suspect has been identified.

    The report says evidence has been sent to the State Crime Lab for examination.

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  • Louisville beats Michigan 82-76 for NCAA title--Video Extras

    ATLANTA (AP) — What a week for Rick Pitino! He's elected to the Hall of Fame. His horse is headed to the Kentucky Derby. His son gets a prominent head coaching job.

    Then he caps it off with what he wanted most.

    Another national championship.

    For that, he can thank 13 of the grittiest guys he's ever coached.

    Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.

    "This team is one of the most together, toughest and hard-nosed teams," the coach said. "Being down never bothers us. They just come back."

    More like relentless to the very end.

    They're not stopping now, either. The players intend to hold Pitino to a promise he made: If they won a national title, he'd get a tattoo.

    Better leave a lot of space, coach, if you want to make this a tribute to the team.

    "I have a couple of ideas," said Hancock, who became the first sub in tournament history to be designated as most outstanding player. "He doesn't know what he's getting into."

  • Annette Funicello, 1942-2013