Former prep student-athletes get All-American notoriety

Cleveland High School alumna Sami Tuttle placed third at 136 pounds at the NCWA national championships recently, which gave her All-American status for the second time; she placed third a year ago.

The 2020 CHS graduate wrestles at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Adams State (Colo.) sophomore Reina Paredes gained second-team All-American status after she placed 11th in the 3,000-meter run (9:32.36) at the NCAA Division II indoor championship in Virginia Beach, Va. , on March 11, where three of her Grizzlies teammates finished first, second and sixth.

Paredes is a 2019 graduate of Rio Rancho High School. The ASU women won the team title, their fifth; their men’s team finished second of 53 teams.

Rams cheer finishes second

Eldorado High School merged 10 seniors with a number of cheer newcomers to create a team that won the Class 5A state championship Saturday night at The Pit with 179.2 points,  just enough to wrest the title away from defending champion Rio Rancho, which finished with 176.83. Cleveland High (169.67) finished fifth.

On Friday, the state dance competition was held, with Roswell, Mayfield and Atrisco Heritage Academy finishing 1-2-3. Rio Rancho was 13th and Cleveland placed 19th,

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 75 home games, including promotional nights, at or the Isotopes box office. For a full list of the Isotopes 2023 season promotional schedule, visit

The home opener is Tuesday, April 4, at 6:35 p.m. against the Salt Lake City Bees. It starts a six-game homestand that goes through Sunday, April 9. The Isotopes are back for another six-game homestand on April 18, against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.


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 on April 8 in the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Cal., on Saturday, April 8.

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].