• Reynolds moves up from C team to take over volleyball program

    Los Alamos High School didn’t have to look too far to find its new head volleyball coach.
    Assistant coach Robin Reynolds, who has been with the program for the previous three seasons and has been involved in local volleyball since 1994, was named the head coach Thursday.
    Reynolds replaces Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February.
    Since 2010, Reynolds has coached the C team under Maskaly and for his efforts with that team and with the 2011 sale of sod from Sullivan Field’s remodel, was named the 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year for the school’s athletic program.
    The big question around the program in the previous three years is how Los Alamos can get past St. Pius X in the playoffs and get to the championship round.
    It didn’t take long for Reynolds to be hit with the question. In fact, it was one of his interview questions.
    “My challenge, initially to get there, we need to unite the team,” Reynolds said. “They’re used to a different coaching style, so we’ve got to unite the team and the expectations the girls have of us to coach them to the next level.”

  • Sports Briefs 04-04-13

    Demons crush Sundevils in softball

    The Santa Fe Demons blasted the Española Valley Sundevils in their District 2-4A opening softball contest Wednesday afternoon.
    The Demons jumped all over the Sundevils, scoring seven runs in the first two innings as they closed out the game 11-0 in five innings.
    Santa Fe (7-4 overall, 1-0 in district), which has won three straight pounded out 15 hits in the game while Española Valley (5-5, 0-1) managed just one hit.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe for a doubleheader Saturday.

    Run For Her Life is April 14

    The third annual Run For Her Life 5K is scheduled for April 14. Race time is set for 9 a.m. starting at East Park.
    Run For Her Life is a fundraiser with proceeds going to benefit organizations involved in breast cancer research.
    Registration forms can be downloaded by visiting atomicrunners.com.
    More information on the race is available by calling 672-1639.

    Free lodging at Sipapu

  • Big 'Topper rallies lift team to victory

    BERNALILLO — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team handed out its second pummeling of the season to the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday.
    However, despite the lopsided score, the Hilltoppers didn’t put their best foot forward in Wednesday’s District 2-4A opener at Coach Dave Rostro Park.
    Los Alamos scored all of its runs in two innings, the second and fifth, to put the Spartans away early. The Spartans scraped together runs in the first and second innings, but the Hilltoppers prevailed going away, 14-3.
    The win was the fifth in a row for Los Alamos (7-8, 1-0 in 2-4A), which may be starting to hit its stride following a rough beginning of the season.
    It was also an important win over Bernalillo, which more years than not is a serious district contender but is struggling so far and could be relegated to duking it out with Capital for the 2-4A basement.
    Even with the double-digit, 5-inning win, the Hilltoppers didn’t have spark that manager Mike Gill had seen in big games from his team this year, something that didn’t sit too well with the veteran skipper.
    “Our mental focus was not good today,” said Gill following the victory. “We just had two big innings, but the game today was closer. We showed up and we just thought we should win. That’s the feeling I got.”

  • LA drops 2-4A opener to Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO – Despite much shifting around of the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team’s alignment, the Hilltoppers couldn’t find the hits when they needed them Wednesday.
    Los Alamos opened up its District 2-4A season Wednesday against the Bernalillo Spartans, which may be the team to beat this season.
    While Los Alamos did set itself up with some chances, it left the bases juiced in the third inning and left two runners in scoring position stranded in the fifth inning.
    Those were two wasted opportunities against Bernalillo pitcher Demi Magdalena, quite possibly the best thrower in the district.
    Los Alamos fell in the contest 4-2 at Bernalillo. Bernalillo scored twice in the fourth inning and pushed a big run across in the sixth inning, answering a 2-run rally heading into the final frame.
    “That was a very tough pitcher we faced today, but we had opportunities against Bernalillo today,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    Anaya elected to start Kiana Zerr in the pitcher’s circle. Zerr had only pitched in one game this season, but was up to the task in facing the Spartans.

  • Reynolds named new 'Topper volleyball coach

    Los Alamos High School reported Thursday morning that it hired Robin Reynolds to take over its volleyball program.
    Reynolds, a longtime assistant coach with the program, will take over for outgoing coach Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February.
    Maskaly was the head coach of Los Alamos from 2008 until this season and led the Hilltoppers to four consecutive district titles and three straight Class 4A semifinal appearances. He stepped down from his post, citing family reasons.

  • LA girls tennis team goes 3-1 at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished in second place behind the Farmington Scorpions at last weekend’s Taos Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos was second in the five-team tournament, hosted by former district rival Taos Saturday. Los Alamos finished ahead of Santa Fe Prep, Taos’ Tigers and Española Valley.
    As they have been doing much of the season, the Hilltoppers liberally shifted around their lineup throughout the tournament, using four different players in the No. 1 singles slot. Three of the four players, Laura Whicker, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, posted straight-set victories at No. 1.
    In the tournament, Los Alamos finished 4-1, losing only to three-time defending champion Farmington. Farmington and Los Alamos split the singles matches and won the No. 2 doubles match with Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido defeating Riley Coleman/Sydney Schumacher 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), but Los Alamos fell in the other two doubles contests, giving the Scorpions a 5-4 victory.
    Farmington waltzed to its three consecutive Class 4A titles but the Scorpions and the Hilltoppers have been involved in close contests this season.
    Against Farmington, Hsieh-Ratliff, an eighth grader, came back from an opening set loss to defeat sophomore Liza Briody-Pavlik 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to keep the match close.

  • LA picks up home sweep over Miyamura Saturday

    With a big sweep at home, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is heading into District 2-4A play on a high note.
    Los Alamos took two games from the Miyamura Patriots Saturday.
    In a rematch from the 2012 first round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Hilltoppers were victorious, taking the first game 3-2 and earning a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
    The two games were the last two for the Hilltoppers prior to the start of the 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers will face the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    But with the sweep and a nondistrict win last Tuesday over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Los Alamos may be showing it has turned a corner after a rough start the 2013 season.
    There is still plenty of work to be done, however.
    Los Alamos didn’t get much going in five of its six at-bats in the first game. A three-run rally, spurred by two Miyamura errors in the fifth inning, was all the offense the team could muster.
    The usually sure-handed Patriot defense committed three other big errors in the second game leading to three Hilltopper runs, two in the first inning and another in the sixth.

  • LA softball wins one at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team went 1-2 in last weekend’s Kristin Griego Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos lost to host Rio Rancho in the opening round. It came back top Navajo Prep to move into the fifth-place game of the tournament before losing to Churchill, a team from Eugene, Ore.
    The three tournament games were the final three games for the Hilltoppers before they start District 2-4A play. The Hilltoppers will be at Bernalillo Wednesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos (3-9) fell to Rio Rancho 17-9 Friday morning. In that contest, Los Alamos pounded out 11 hits, one of its best totals of the season, but even that wouldn’t be enough to hang with the Rams (8-8), who are averaging about 8.2 runs per game.
    The Rams scored 6 runs in the third inning and 4 in the sixth to win.
    In the late game Friday, Los Alamos won 11-1 over Navajo Prep, a Class A-2A school to advance to the fifth-place contest. But Churchill’s Lancers (5-3) took Los Alamos’ final tournament game handily, earning a 12-2 win.
    Los Alamos has dropped four of its last five contests and six of its previous eight heading into Wednesday’s game with Bernalillo. Bernalillo (5-0-1) is unofficially ranked No. 7 among Class 4A teams in the state and is the highest rated District 2-4A team in the statewide rankings.

  • Results from Cleveland Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team was fifth in Saturday’s Cleveland Relays.
    Both Los Alamos teams took part in the Cleveland Relays in Rio Rancho. Several events were scored as relays, with competitors’ marks combined to give a team total. At that same meet, the Hilltopper girls were in line for a third-place finish behind the host Storm and La Cueva, although team scores weren’t available in their competition.
    Los Alamos’ Zak Kennison, Colin Hemez and Nick Hill ran a sub-10 minute 3200 meters Saturday, taking the Nos. 2, 4 and 6 slots in that race and making a total of four Hilltoppers who have qualified for the state meet in that event.
    On the girls side, the team of Talia Dreicer, Amanda Mercer and Nica Vasquez finished first in the 9600 relay with a combined time of 36 minutes, 36.44 seconds.
    In all, Los Alamos’ girls won four events.
    The Hilltopper 400 relay team of Laura Wendelberger, Celeste Levy, Hayley Schake and Amy Neal won the event and also earned a state qualification mark. Los Alamos won the event at the state meet in 2012.

  • LA, Bernalillo face off to open 2-4A

    It could be a crapshoot in District 2-4A baseball and softball this season, but both Los Alamos Hilltopper teams have as good a shot as anyone.
    Both the Hilltopper baseball and softball teams open district play Wednesday, playing approximately 100 yards from each other. The teams will take on Bernalillo’s Spartans in single contests Wednesday in Bernalillo.
    The district season consists of 12 games per team, with each head-to-head matchup consisting of a doubleheader hosted by one team and a single game hosted by the other team.
    The Hilltopper baseball team was four games under .500 heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against Miyamura — results from those games weren’t available as of press time — but, despite managing just a 4-8 record, still have more wins than Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Capital put together.
    District 2-4A could be shaping up to be a two-team race between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils (8-2). The Sundevils who play Aztec Monday before opening their district season Wednesday against Santa Fe, have outscored their opponents nearly 2-1 this season.