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Kenn Rodriguez -News-Bulletin photo: ALAN DILS, who won a pair of state doubles titles with brother, Loren, while playing school tennis at Belen HIgh School and went on to become the head coach for men’s tennis at the University of New Mexico. Dils recently retired as head coach in order to spend more time with his family, but remains with UNM to help raise funds to expand the school’s tennis complex.

Sitting in what will soon be his former office at the University of New Mexico Tennis Complex, former UNM men's tennis coach Alan Dils pauses, then begins to reflect on his time at the school — first as a player then as an assistant coach, then as the school's winningest head coach in 18 years of coaching.

Seven play for South All-Stars

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: FORMER LOS LUNAS FOOTBALL players Darron Gallegos (12) and Tyler Hanson, far left, were part of the South All-Stars defensive squad at the 4A/5A All-Star Football game played in Albuquerque on Wednesday, July 30. The South fell to the North 26-14.

The seven Valencia County players wearing the blue of the South All-Stars did not finish their prep football careers with a win, but they did not leave the turf of Albuquerque's Community Stadium looking glum.

LLHS’ Holland, Sanchez wrap prep years with win

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: CHRIS SANCHEZ, left, and Jacob Holland, were key part of the South squad’s 118-115 win over the North in the 4A/5A All-Star boys basketball game Thursday in Albuquerque.

Los Lunas High's Jacob Holland started the scoring for the South All-Stars, but former Tiger Chris Sanchez ended the North All-Stars chances as Holland and Sanchez helped the South win the annual Class 4A/5A North-South All-Star boys basketball game 118-115 at West Mesa High School Thursday night.

Belen High duo close out careers

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN HIGH SENIORS Gilbert Devlin, left, and  Katee Elkins-Lucero were chosen to represent the South in the second annual ALl-State Tennis Tournament held at the University of New Mexico Tennis Complex this past week.

Belen High's Katee Elkins-Romero and Gilbert Devlin may not have expected to be playing in this week's State Tennis North-South All-State matches, but they certainly enjoyed the experience.

Flash to the top

Submitted photo: BELEN’S TAYLAR JARAMILLO shot a 1-over-par 73 on the final day of competition to win the Albuquerque Women’s City Gold Championship.

Belen's Taylar Jaramillo said she was so disappointed after her second round at the 71st annual Albuquerque Women's Golf Championship that she left without checking the leaders board at all.

Tying up the Nation

Submitted photo: RODEO RIDER LYNDSEY ORRIS of Bosque won the national title for goat tying at the recent NJHFR in Iowa.

By her own estimation, Bosque's Lyndsey Orris was seconds away from either winning a national championship in goat tying or finishing 20th at the recent National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Yucca Majors run cut short by Westgate

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: THE YUCCA MAJOR ALL-STARS players and coaches gather following their lost to Westgate in consolation bracket championship of the District 9 Little League tournament on Tuesday, July 8.

Knocked down early in the District 9 Little League Tournament, the Yucca Little League Major All-Stars picked themselves up and nearly made their way to the championship game before being sent out of the double-elimination tournament by Westgate Little League, the very team that knocked them out of the winner's bracket.

Ready For Rock Springs

Submitted photos: SIX AREA RODEO RIDERS, and shooters, top clockwise from bottom left, Bethanie Shofner, J.P. Montoya, Wyatt Harper, Lane Wimberly and Lorenzo Lara, along with Kimberlie Shofner (not pictured) qualified recently for the National High School Finals Rodeo to be held this week.

Six area rodeo riders and shooters will be representing both Valencia County and New Mexico at the National High School Finals Rodeo next week after emerging as qualifiers from a recent state-wide competition.

Enchantment Juniors pitch shutout for title

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: THE ENCHANTMENT JUNIOR All-Star team and coaches pose with their championship banner after beating Westgate Little League 6-0 Tuesday night to repeat as District 9 Little League champions.

The Enchantment Junior Little League All-Star team finished the District 9 Tournament undefeated Tuesday night, shutting out Westgate 6-0 at the Enchantment Little League complex to earn a trip to the state tournament for the second year in a row.

All-star swim team take first at NM Games

The Valencia County Super Swimmers, a combined team of swimmers from the Belen Hurricanes, Los Lunas Stingrays and Tidal Wave Swim Team, overwhelmingly finished in first place at the recent New Mexico Games swimming competition.

Enchantment Minors champs again

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo:  ALEX TENORIO, truck out 11 as pitcher to lead the Enchantment Minor All-Stars to a 5-1 win over Westgate Tuesday.

Pitcher Alex Tenorio struck out 11, scattered six hits and got plenty of defensive support as the Enchantment Minor All-Stars defeated Westgate 5-1 Tuesday night to win the District 9 Little League softball championship at the Isleta Little League Complex.

Isleta Seniors earn repeat with sweep

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo:  ISLETA SENIOR softball team members run around the bases carrying their championship banner after beating Mt. Taylor Little League 7-5 in the District 9 championship game Sunday afternoon in the best 2-of-3 format tournament.

The Isleta Senior All-Stars earned their second consecutive District 9 softball title Sunday afternoon, but their opponents from Mt. Taylor Little League of Laguna Pueblo did not make it easy on them.


Submitted photo: FIVE VALENCIA COUNTY RODEO riders and shooters qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo recently at the New Mexico Junior High Finals Rodeo competition. They are, from left, Marisela Sandoval, Lindsey Orris, Roberto Galaz, Hayley McNiel and Abbie Shofner. Galaz and Orris earned state championships at the NMJHFR — Galaz earned a title in shooting while Orris was named reserve state champion in goat tying.

Five Valencia County rodeo riders will be representing the county and the state at the upcoming National Junior High Final Rodeo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, June 22, through Saturday, June 28.