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  • LA picks up home sweep over Miyamura Saturday

    With a big sweep at home, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is heading into District 2-4A play on a high note.
    Los Alamos took two games from the Miyamura Patriots Saturday.
    In a rematch from the 2012 first round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Hilltoppers were victorious, taking the first game 3-2 and earning a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
    The two games were the last two for the Hilltoppers prior to the start of the 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will face the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    But with the sweep and a nondistrict win last Tuesday over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Los Alamos may be showing it has turned a corner after a rough start the 2013 season.
    There is still plenty of work to be done, however.
    Los Alamos didn’t get much going in five of its six at-bats in the first game. A three-run rally, spurred by two Miyamura errors in the fifth inning, was all the offense the team could muster.
    The usually sure-handed Patriot defense committed three other big errors in the second game leading to three Hilltopper runs, two in the first inning and another in the sixth.

  • LA softball wins one at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team went 1-2 in last weekend’s Kristin Griego Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos lost to host Rio Rancho in the opening round. It came back top Navajo Prep to move into the fifth-place game of the tournament before losing to Churchill, a team from Eugene, Ore.
    The three tournament games were the final three games for the Hilltoppers before they start District 2-4A play. The Hilltoppers will be at Bernalillo Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos (3-9) fell to Rio Rancho 17-9 Friday morning. In that contest, Los Alamos pounded out 11 hits, one of its best totals of the season, but even that wouldn’t be enough to hang with the Rams (8-8), who are averaging about 8.2 runs per game.
    The Rams scored 6 runs in the third inning and 4 in the sixth to win.
    In the late game Friday, Los Alamos won 11-1 over Navajo Prep, a Class A-2A school to advance to the fifth-place contest. But Churchill’s Lancers (5-3) took Los Alamos’ final tournament game handily, earning a 12-2 win.
    Los Alamos has dropped four of its last five contests and six of its previous eight heading into Wednesday’s game with Bernalillo. Bernalillo (5-0-1) is unofficially ranked No. 7 among Class 4A teams in the state and is the highest rated District 2-4A team in the statewide rankings.

  • Results from Cleveland Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team was fifth in Saturday’s Cleveland Relays.
    Both Los Alamos teams took part in the Cleveland Relays in Rio Rancho. Several events were scored as relays, with competitors’ marks combined to give a team total. At that same meet, the Hilltopper girls were in line for a third-place finish behind the host Storm and La Cueva, although team scores weren’t available in their competition.
    Los Alamos’ Zak Kennison, Colin Hemez and Nick Hill ran a sub-10 minute 3200 meters Saturday, taking the Nos. 2, 4 and 6 slots in that race and making a total of four Hilltoppers who have qualified for the state meet in that event.
    On the girls side, the team of Talia Dreicer, Amanda Mercer and Nica Vasquez finished first in the 9600 relay with a combined time of 36 minutes, 36.44 seconds.
    In all, Los Alamos’ girls won four events.
    The Hilltopper 400 relay team of Laura Wendelberger, Celeste Levy, Hayley Schake and Amy Neal won the event and also earned a state qualification mark. Los Alamos won the event at the state meet in 2012.

  • Ware resting comfortably after injury

    Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.
    Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg.
    "He was real excited about (the trophy)," Pitino said after visiting Ware again Monday morning. "I said to him, 'You want me to bring it back or stay with you?' He said, 'It's staying with me.' I said, 'All right, just make sure you don't lose it.'"
    During a 2-hour surgery Sunday night, doctors reset Ware's broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone. Because the bone broke through the skin, Pitino said doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops. If there are no complications, he should be released Tuesday.
    The Cardinals plan to leave for the Final Four in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and Pitino said they expect to have Ware with them. Ware is originally from New York City, but he moved to the Atlanta area before high school.
    "He gets to go home, be with his family and be with us on the bench," Pitino said. "He's in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys."

  • Spring storm system promises return to wintry conditions

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

    EARLY SPRING STORM SYSTEM TO CONTINUE TO BRING A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION TO NORTHERN AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO...

    A BANK OF LOW CLOUDS... FOG AND AREAS OF DRIZZLE WHICH WAS EMBEDDED ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS THIS MORNING WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY ERODE FROM WEST TO EAST THIS AFTERNOON... THOUGH MAY NEVER FULLY ERODE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO. HOWEVER...

    SUNSHINE WILL HELP SHOWERS... AND PERHAPS A THUNDERSTORM TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON. LATER TONIGHT... THE BANK OF LOW CLOUDS WILL FILL BACK IN ALONG AND EAST OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AS THE COLD FRONT SLOSHES BACK WESTWARD. AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM SLIDING ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT WILL INTERACT WITH THIS FRONT TO ALLOW AREAS OF SNOW... RAIN... DRIZZLE... FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FOG TO RETURN TO THE EAST TONIGHT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERED AT TIMES.

    COLDER AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION TONIGHT MAY ALLOW FOR LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS. THE MAIN FOCUS FOR SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WILL OCCUR ABOVE 8000 FEET WITHIN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... WITH LIGHTER SLUSHY ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 OR 2 INCHES INTO THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND PLAINS... INCLUDING THE INTERSTATES 25 AND 40 CORRIDORS.

  • Today in History April 2
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    An orphaned polar bear cub named Kali made his public debut at Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

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  • 'BUCKWILD' star, 2 others found dead in W.Va.

    SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A cast member of the MTV reality show "BUCKWILD" was found dead Monday in a sport utility vehicle in a ditch along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person, authorities said.

    Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said the bodies of cast member, Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and the third person were found Monday near Sissonville.

    Authorities had been searching for the men since early Sunday morning. They were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at a bar in Sissonville and they told people they were going driving off-road.

    Humphreys said state police were getting ready to send out an aviation unit to search for the men when authorities received a call Monday morning that a vehicle was found wrecked in a muddy area a few miles from Gandee's home in Sissonville, about 15 miles outside of Charleston.

    Authorities found the 1984 Ford Bronco that belonged to the Gandee family in a ditch with all three men inside. Humphreys did not provide details on the condition of the vehicle or the bodies. He said no foul play was expected.

    The terrain in the area was "very muddy, very rough," Humphreys said, adding that authorities had to use all-terrain vehicles to get to the site.

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