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A time of transition for area squads

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: THE BELEN VOLLEYBALL TEAm is counting on a total team effort to carry them through the season, hopefully all the way to a district title and state tournament berth.

The 2013 prep volleyball season ended in the district tournament for Belen and Valencia, while Los Lunas rode a great team effort and the hitting of since-departed middle blocker Katie Inman.

Jags, Tigers fall to SF, Academy; BHS opens 2-0

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN LIBERO Natasha Hirschfield (3) digs a shot while Tori Morgan (12), Kaylyn Gomez (5) and Charlene Mier (6) react during the Eagles five-set win over Carlsbad on Saturday.

If there was any disappointment of missing the old bracket of their own Belen Invitational for the Belen volleyball team this past weekend, it was swept away by the Eagles five-set win over Class 6A Carlsbad in the fifth-place game on Saturday.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: From the Sidelines – Respect repeat for county football

Based on several pre-season rankings released earlier this month, there’s a lot of respect for Valencia County football. And the battle for District 3-5A is going to be one of…[Read more]

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College bound

Pavlos Panagopolous, a Belen-based financial planner for 28 years, says college savings programs are a better option than student loans.

With summertime ending, many young people are looking at moving on to the next chapter of their lives — whether that chapter includes college or simply moving out of their parents' home and on their own.

Match point

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.