CHS girls’ track team takes green in Cruces

“The ladies faced many adversities at this meet and managed to place third behind Alamogordo and Las Cruces high schools,” reported Cleveland High girls’ track & field coach Carla Chavez. “Our 4×800 meter relay team of Ximena Mendoza, Eliana Rivera, Mariana Weidimen and Leah Futey qualified for state with a time of 10:26.40.”

Futey, the Class 5A state cross country champ in November, won the 800-meter run in2:24.6.


Pickleball is on the menu Saturday

The local pickleball community is having its first Pickleball Party Saturday (April 8), celebrating by games indoors at the Premier Event Center, 325 Academy Drive in Corrales.

The fun starts at 11 a.m.

The PEC will have freshly painted pickleball courts, and players are advised to bring $5 to play, with attendees urged to bring their favorite dish, appetizer or dessert for all to enjoy. (Label what you bring and bring your own beverages.)

There will be a food truck on scene, pickleball training and information on the game, plus drawings and raffles for pickleball gear.

For more information, contact Carrie Bloomer ([email protected]).


Two local state champs get attention

Rio Rancho High School junior matman Marcus Williams, a three-time state champion, after a third-place finish as an eighth grader, was in Virginia Beach for the 34th annual High School Nationals March 24-26.

Williams finished seventh in the 113-pound junior division and earned All-American status, along the way taking a 6-2 decision over four-time Class 4A New Mexico champ Bryson Valdez from Aztec High School.

Cleveland High freshman Roman Luttrell, a two-time state champ, was named to the state’s Dream Team for the second time at 107 pounds (106 in 2022).


Higher football seeds stay at home?

The state’s football coaches remain pretty much split on whether or not to maintain the “past history” format when it comes to determining home teams in the semifinal and championship rounds of the playoffs. sIn a December NMAA survey, 45 of 87 coaches who responded (there are 122 football-playing members) said they want to adjust the format.

The Class 6A coaches most oppose the current system, which rotates home sites based on where the previous game was played in the semis or finals. Of the 19 6A coaches who responded – more than half of the schools in this classification are in the metro area – 14 said they want to adjust the format.

“I think (higher seeds should play at home) throughout the playoffs,” Cleveland High coach Robert Garza said. “As far as the state championship goes, I actually am not opposed to a neutral site. Both teams worked hard to get to the championship game and deserve the same. It doesn’t have to be a predetermined site until you know who is playing in it.”

Rio Rancho coach Robert Nate Pino agreed, but wasn’t as wordy: “I think the higher seeds earn the right to host home games in a given year.”


Tryout set for United’s Academy squad

New Mexico United and the Somos Unidos Foundation have announced that registration for tryouts for the United Academy is open.

The tryout will be April 18 at Kraemer Fields in Albuquerque.

The team is looking for 5-7 players, (born in 2006-09) to fill out their 2023 roster. Registration is $40 plus tax and fees (total $47), but will be refunded to any player who makes the team.

Registration can be found at

New Mexico United Academy is entering its third year of existence, one of just four in the entire nation to qualify for the USL Academy Playoffs in every year of the tournament’s existence, and represents the most elite option for young players in the region.

United’s Academy is also completely free for every player, with scholarships through the Somos Unidos Foundation. Players travel across the nation, and even internationally, representing New Mexico. Players have also signed Academy contracts, allowing them to play in matches with the New Mexico United first team, five times in just two years.

Learn CPR, save a life

Project Heart Start, along with Cumulus Radio, the Albuquerque Journal, KOAT-TV and UNM Athletics, will host a free CPR training event at University Stadium on Saturday, April 15.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with three sessions: 9-10, 10-11 and 11-noon.

Knowing and being trained in CPR can be the difference of life and death. This past NFL season, Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin’s life was saved due to CPR, which was given on the field during a Monday Night Football game.

Isotopes tickets are on sale

Individual game tickets for the 2023 Albuquerque Isotopes’ season are on sale, and fans can purchase tickets to any of the home games, including promotional nights, at or the Isotopes box office. For a full list of the Isotopes 2023 season promotional schedule, visit


MAC, but no cheese

Desert Sol Inline & Hockey presents the fourth annual MAC Cup Adult Ice Hockey Tournament July 7 at the McDermott Athletic Center (The MAC).

The tournament will feature three divisions of four teams each: B Division and C Division, and for the first time, a Women’s Division.

Team fees are $950. Email [email protected] to submit your team interest/name and get your captain’s packet with all the information to register. More details to come.


Mendoza back in the ring on Showtime

Brian “La Bala” Mendoza fights Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora Saturday in the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Cal., on Saturday.

The super-welterweight bout will be aired on Showtime.

Mendoza, 29 and a 2012 graduate of Cleveland High who now lives and trains in Las Vegas, Nev., takes a ring record of 21-2, with 15 knockouts, into this fight.

His last three fights have taken place in Minnesota.

Fundora is 20-0-1, with no knockouts. His nickname comes from his height: 6-5½.


Summer youth camps back in RR

Rio Rancho High School boys’ basketball coach Wally Salata is already looking forward to his 14 annual Rio Rancho Rams basketball summer youth camps, coming up in late May and June.

Each camp stresses the fundamentals of the game and is for boys and girls going into kindergarten through ninth grade in August.

Each session runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day and costs $125 in advance, $150 for walk-ups.

The sessions are set for May 30-June 2; June 19-23; and June 26-30.

Campers will learn the basic skills and fundamentals needed, with 5-on-5 action every day, Campers will receive a camp T-shirt and a basketball.

To register, visit

For additional information, contact Salata at [email protected].