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Prep Cross Country Preview: BHS boys, VHS girls favorites

News-Bulletin file photo: THE VALENCIA GIRLS and Los Lunas girls cross country teams will both be fighting it out for the team title in the new District 3-5A.

Like all the other preps sports teams in Valencia County, the Belen, Los Lunas and Valencia boys and girls cross country teams enter a new district this season and the Belen boys and Valencia girls are contenders for both the league title as well as high placers at state.

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Good opening weekend for area harriers

All three area prep cross country teams began their seasons over the weekend with Los Lunas' boys and girls at the Socorro Stampede on Friday and Belen and Valencia's squads at the UNM Invitational in Albuquerque.

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.