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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.

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.