Quick Hits: Stokes steps down from volleyball post

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Stokes resigns from volleyball post

Los Alamos Hilltopper head volleyball coach Diana Stokes stepped down from her position Tuesday, Los Alamos Public Schools announced.

Stokes led the Hilltoppers for a total of six seasons in two separate stints. She initially took over the program in 2000 after longtime head coach Sally Shockey stepped down.

This season, Los Alamos finished 14-9, winning both the District 2AAAA regular season and the district tournament. It advanced to the state Class AAAA quarterfinals for the second straight season.

Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms said the job has been posted on the New Mexico Activities Association website and has been sent to LAPS’ human resources office.

Academy diving meet starts Friday, swimming is Saturday

The Los Alamos Hilltopper diving team will participate in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational meet Friday afternoon.

Saturday, the Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams will take part in the swimming portion of the event. The meet will be held at Academy’s Natatorium.

Friday’s diving event starts at 4 p.m., while the swimming event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Both the diving and swimming portions are considered preludes to the state championship meet, which will be held Feb. 19-20 also at Academy. Most of the top teams and top swimmers take part at Academy’s invitational.

Wallach named Isotopes’ skipper for 2009

Former Major League Baseball All-Star Tim Wallach was picked to manage the Albuquerque Isotopes for the 2009 season.

Wallach, who played for the Montreal Expos, California Angels and the Isotopes’ new MLB franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers, spent 17 seasons in the big leagues and was named to the National League All-Star Team five times. Wallach also earned three Gold Glove awards at third base.

Wallach, 51, retired as a player in 1996. More recently, Wallach was the Dodgers’ hitting coach (2004-2005).

Albuquerque opens its 2009 season at home April 9.