• LA teams advance to Thursday's 4A quarterfinal round

    ALBUQUERQUE — For the 2013 state Class 4A tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team advanced three doubles teams and a singles competitor to the quarterfinal round.
    And while all three Hilltopper girls doubles teams survived into Thursday morning’s play, by the end of the quarterfinal round only the team of Madeline Margevicius/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff was left standing.
    Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff would go on to win the Class 4A title. The other two Los Alamos teams, however, earned tough quarterfinal draws.
    The Hilltoppers’ team of Susanna Lucido/Colleen Fitzsimmons, which was seeded No. 4 for the tournament, had a tough draw in the quarterfinal round, facing fifth-seeded Maddie Andersson/Jenna Coyle of Mesilla Valley Christian. Mesilla Valley is a small private school in Las Cruces that is Class 2A for most sports but plays up for tennis.
    Despite a gritty effort, coming back from a set down, Lucido/Fitzsimmons fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
    The two teams played a tight contest for most of the first two sets. Andersson/Coyle picked up a critical early serve to go up 3-0 in the first set but Fitzsimmons held on her serve and the Hilltopper team followed that up with a break of Andersson to move within 3-2. The Mesilla Valley team would take the next two games to pull away.

  • LA doubles team wins 3-set thriller over Farmington

    ALBUQUERQUE — There was little in the recent history of either Los Alamos or Farmington girls tennis to suggest the Hilltoppers stood much of a chance in the Class 4A doubles title match.

    But that didn’t deter either Madeline Margevicius or Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff Thursday evening.

    Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff came out firing in the first set, winning five straight games to set the tone against the powerful Farmington Scorpions’ squad of Molly Merrion/Danielle Nguyen.

    Then, when Los Alamos needed it, the Hilltoppers put together a nearly-unstoppable attack at the net, putting away Merrion/Nguyen in a classic title match, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

    “It’s surreal, it’s liberating,” said Hsieh-Ratliff, a five-year veteran of the program who had never tasted a state title until Thursday. “I feel like my senior year ended on a nice note. I’ve worked since eighth grade. All that’s come together…working so hard, but it’s all been worth it.”

    Hsieh-Ratliff crushed an overhead volley right in between Merrion and Nguyen to put the final touches on the upset victory. Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff entered the 4A doubles draw as the No. 3 seed, while Merrion/Nguyen was the top seed.

  • Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff win 4A doubles crown

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper top girls doubles team of Madeline Margevicius/Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff upset the No. 1 seed from Farmington to capture the 2013 state Class 4A title.

    Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff picked up the first set, then, after Farmington’s Molly Merrion/Danielle Nguyen earned a second set victory, bounced back to win the decisive third set.

    Hsieh-Ratliff crushed a volley coming into the net to secure Los Alamos’ 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win and the state doubles title.

    More information on Los Alamos’ state championship will be in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Fryer takes 5th in state competition

    Daniel Fryer was the top all-around finisher for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers and Dane Harris had the best all-around score at the boys state championship meet.
    The state championship meet was March 16-17 in Albuquerque.
    Fryer, competing in the Level 5 Junior Division, placed fifth in the all-around competition, scoring 48.45 points. Fryer finished fourth on the vault and parallel bars and took fifth in floor exercises to earn the fifth-place finish.
    Harris, meanwhile, placed second on the high bar and earned an all-around score of 54.15, which was good enough for eighth place in the Level 4 Junior Division. Harris scored a 9.70 on the high bar and was also fourth on the rings and in the vault competition.
    Two more competitors took part for LASG at the meet. Philo Shelton was seventh in the Level 5 Senior competition and Caden Stilwell was 27th in the Level 4 Child Division, one of the largest divisions at the meet.
    Shelton earned a 51.95 all-around score, taking sixth on the parallel bars (8.80) and seventh on the pommel horse.
    Stilwell had an all-around score of 47.05. He scored a 9.45 on the vault, which placed him 14th in that event.

  • Norman leads strong LA showing at NNMSMGA tourneys

    Los Alamos golfers came up big in the first tournaments of the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association season.
    Bruce Norman won both championship flight rounds on the April 22 and April 23 tournament at Sierra del Rio. Norman shot a 79 both days to win the top flight.
    Golfers from the hill won three flights on the day one at Sierra del Rio and three on day two.
    Bob Quick was a dual winner, as well, winning the first flight competition in the second day at Sierra del Rio and at the Tech course. Ken Koch won the first flight on day one at Sierra del Rio.
    Also at New Mexico Tech, Los Alamos’ Larry Hults scored an ace on the par-3 15th hole.
    The NNMSMGA competes during the late spring through early fall months at various locations around New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    Sierra del Rio, April 22

    Championship flight

    First low gross
    Bruce Norman, Los Alamos, 79.

    Second low gross
    Jim Crowden, Corrales, 83.

    First flight

    First low gross
    Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 87.

    Second low gross
    Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 91.

    First low net
    Jim Seubert, Albuquerque, 75.

    Second flight

    First low gross
    Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, 88.

  • LA will be at home for 1st round of state

    About the only thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was sure of heading into Selection Sunday was that it was going to appear in the playoffs.
    Now, the Hilltoppers know their opponent. More importantly, they know they’re staying home.
    Los Alamos (17-9) earned the No. 8 seed for the upcoming Class 4A tournament and is paired up against Aztec, the No. 9 seed, for this weekend’s series.
    The first round of the 4A playoffs consists of a best-of-3 series. The top seed in each of the eight pairings will host the series.
    Los Alamos and Aztec (16-7) will meet in the first game of the best-of-3 set at 4 p.m. Friday. The second game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will start at approximately 1 p.m.
    For those wondering where the Hilltoppers were going to fall heading into the playoffs, it was no better than even money whether they would get a home game. The Hilltoppers won District 2-4A, their fifth consecutive district title, to qualify for the postseason, but they had a 5-5 record against nondistrict 4A competition, although four of those five losses came against the same two teams, Piedra Vista and Los Lunas.
    Piedra Vista, as expected, was awarded the No. 1 overall seed and will most likely be the opponent of the Los Alamos-Aztec winner in next week’s second round.

  • 'Toppers, Tigers meet in softball opener

     Not only did the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team get into the playoffs, it landed exactly where the team expected to land.
    Los Alamos, an at-large hopeful going into Sunday’s release of the Class 4A state tournament bracket, got in with several slots to spare, earning a No. 12 seed in the 16-team field.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Los Lunas Tigers Saturday, the team that handed Los Alamos a sound defeat in the 2012 state tournament.
    Los Alamos had been ranked at the No. 12 slot in the state’s power rankings for most of the latter half of the season. In fact, other than a couple of shifts of teams to ensure they didn’t play a district foe in the opening round, the seeding for the 4A tournament went almost exactly the way the power rankings suggested it would.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he felt very confident about his team’s moving on to the tournament and his practices last week and this week have been focused on improving the things his team will have to do well in order to survive.
    “We’re just fine-tuning our defensive stuff,” Anaya said. “We’re making sure we’re ready for small-ball. That’s what they did when we played them before.”

  • Tennis teams advance to 4A playoffs

    SANTA FE — Following top-two finishes at last weekend’s District 2-4A championship matches, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will move on to play in this week’s state Class 4A championship.
    Los Alamos’ girls won their 14th straight District 2-4A title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the team tournament, which commences Friday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys finished as the runner-up in the 2-4A tournament behind Santa Fe and were seeded No. 9 in the team tournament.
    Prior to the team tournament, however, Los Alamos will take part in the singles and doubles championship draws. The singles and doubles contests will be Wednesday and Thursday, also at the Jerry Cline center.
    Among the Hilltoppers’ entries into the tournament is the girls top doubles team of Madeline Margevicius and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff. Margevicius/Hsieh-Ratliff topped teammates Colleeen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido 6-2, 6-1 to claim a second consecutive district title Saturday.
    The district championship match looked like it might be a tight one after Fitzsimmons/Lucido rallied from an early deficit in the first set.

  • Playoff brackets to be announced today

    The New Mexico Activities Association will release the playoff brackets for baseball and softball teams around the state today and the Hilltopper squads will be anxiously awaiting to see where they land.
    The NMAA’s seeding and selection committee will convene today to discuss teams’ postseason fates, including the Hilltoppers.
    Heading into today’s selection meeting, Los Alamos’ baseball team will wait to see what seed it will be afforded in the 4A bracket. Los Alamos’ softball team will be looking to see whether it will get a playoff nod.
    The Hilltopper softball team, barring a spectacular crash by Bernalillo in its season finales against Española Valley — it played a doubleheader Saturday but results weren’t available as of press time — will land in second place in District 2-4A.
    While that and the team’s 14-11 record (10-2 in district) will likely get Los Alamos in, 2-4A isn’t afforded a lot of respect around the state and that won’t do Los Alamos any favors in the eyes of the committee.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he’s confident that his team will be invited to the dance.

  • Sports Briefs 05-05-13

    WRLL needs umpires for baseball, softball

    White Rock Little League is seeking umpires for its 2013 baseball and softball seasons.
    All baseball and softball umpiring positions from minors up are available. Training for interested umpires will be provided by the league.
    Those interested my contact David Gartz at gartzd@gmail.com for more information.

    Gold buying event is today at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School’s athletic department is hosting a gold buying event today.
    A certified and accredited gold buyer will be on hand between noon-4 p.m. that day to purchase unwanted gold, silver and platinum. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit LAHS athletics and activities.
    The gold purchase will be in the administration area of LAHS.
    More information can be found by visiting golddoesgood.com.

    Run the Caldera set for June 8-9

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting its eighth annual Run the Caldera June 8-9.
    A 10K and half-marathon are scheduled for June 8 at the VCNP and a marathon is set for June 9.
    The entry deadline for the event is May 10. More information on the Run the Caldera can be found by calling 866-382-5537.
    Volunteers are also being sought for the Run the Caldera. To volunteer, email eblumenthal@vallescaldera.gov.