Opela has grand time at Tenpins & More

\A record-setting championship match highlighted Memorial weekend tournament action at Tenpins & More.

Former Rio Rancho High School bowling anchor Carson Opela broke through for his first win in adult competition, winning $1,000 and a Scratch Match-Play title over previous winner Sam Pinge of Albuquerque (278-268), a new high in the series that dates back more than 20 years.

Opela, the unbeaten leader on the strength of successive wins over Jason Schindwolf (227-190), Josh Burnett (193-120), Aileen Linares (256-227) and Pinge (253-199), lost the opener to the finals to Pinge (178-244) to set up the big match.

Opela started with a powerful nine-bagger while Pinge had two single-pin spares amongst a turkey and six strikes in a row to force Opela to get at least a spare in the final frame.

A light hit by Opela left a momentary 7-10 pocket split, but the 7-pin fell out, as Opela let out a joyous shout when he spared the 10-pin.

It took 1,304/6 to make the cut to the top 16 in the 40-bowler field. As always, there were some terrific matches, including Paul Yoder’s 269-233 win over JD Nance and Linares beating Levi Yoder, 235-231.

Tylor MacPhee’s 253-237 win over Eric Torres of Las Cruces, followed by MacPhee’s elimination of Linares (the only woman in the field), 256-247, and local John Espinda shooting 300 against Jeremiah Martin’s 234.

The field averaged 219 over 62 games. Rounding out third- through 12rd-place were MacPhee. Linares, Brian Skidmore, Espinda, Martin, Nance, L. Yoder, P. Yoder, Burnett and Steve Shultz.


Duke City survives close call

The Duke City Gladiators improved to 4-5 on the season after a 47-40 victory over Northern Arizona the evening of May 27 in the Rio Rancho Events Center.

Shortly after the Wranglers (5-4) made it a seven-point deficit, 47-40, with 4:15 to play, they then recovered an onside kick.

Fortunately for the Gladiators, on the second play of what could be a go-ahead drive, Duke City’s Roderi Chapman intercepted a pass and with 3:39 remaining, the Gladiators were able to run out the clock.

Quarterback Charles McCullum was 12 of 16 passing for 128 yards and three touchdowns, all to Gary Brown, without an interception.

Bay Area 69, Duke City 52: On June 3 in San Jose, California, the host Panthers (7-3) tallied a franchise-high points and pulled away after outscoring the Gladiators (4-6) 14-0 in the fourth quarter.

McCullum accounted for 299 yards of total offense for Duke City with four touchdown passes – three to Brown and the other to Tyron Laughinghouse – but threw a pair of costly intereceptions in the final period.

The Gladiators are at Tucson this weekend, then are home June 17 to meet the Arizona Rattlers. The Tucson Sugar Skulls are 5-1 all-time vs. the Gladiators, including a 48-37 victory in Tucson on April 15 this year.

Metro honorees named

The Albuquerque Journal’s annual All-Metro diamond teams included four Rams on the baseball first team and a Cleveland girl on softball’s first team.

In baseball, Rams Seth Lee (pitcher), Josh Boyer (catcher), Vascon Smith (second base) and Casen Savage (outfield) were named to the first team. Additionally, Cleveland’s Austin Barela (first base) also made the first team.

Rams third baseman Kai Fitak was named to the second team.

All are seniors except Savage, a junior this season.

CHS’s Mercedes Lovato, a junior, was a first-team outfielder in softball, adding to her recent All-State and All-District Academic acclaim.


Meet the Lobo coaches

The University of New Mexico “Coaches Caravan” starts here in the City of Vision on Thursday, June 22.

Lobo football coach Danny Gonzales and men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino are among the coaches expected to greet the crowd and talk about their teams and the upcoming season at the Rio Rancho Events Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Sandoval County Lobo Club. There is no cost to attend, and finger foods and a cash bar will be available.


Rams volleyball camps served up in June, July

Longtime Rio Rancho High School volleyball coach Toby Manzanares has two skills camps set up for youngsters in grades 1-6 and one for those in grades 7-12. Manzanares, his assistant coaches and Rams returning for the 2023 season will be on hand to instruct the first camp; Manzanares, his staff and area guest coaches lead the second camp.

Here are the details:

Ram Camp 1: Designed for players (grades 1-6) interested in learning the game of volleyball, with no experience necessary.

Emphasis of the camp will include introduction of fundamentals and techniques for all basic volleyball skills of passing, attacking, serving, footwork, setting and defense. This camp will also emphasize volleyball skills and drills to prepare sixth grade players for the Rio Rancho Metro League. Small group games will be played daily. This camp is for all levels beginner to experienced.

The camp takes place at RRHS June 26-28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $65; $75 for walk-ups, and campers receive a T-shirt and the chance to win prizes. There will be a concession stand, where cash and credit cards are accepted.

Ram Camp 2: Designed to prepare players for tryouts in their respective grades, it emphasizes volleyball skills and drills to prepare middle school and high school players for school tryouts. Fundamentals and techniques for all basic volleyball skills will be emphasized. Additional time will be focused on small- and large-group team play.

The camp takes place at RRHS July 31-Aug. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $100; $120 for walk-ups, and campers receive a T-shirt and the chance to win prizes. There will be a concession stand, where cash and credit cards are accepted.

For more information, contact Manzanares at: [email protected]t or 505-263-7224.

Here’s the URL for registration: http://www.camppros.com/register/preview_all.aspx?OrgId=136&OrgIdAll=136,189,264,267,269,270,272,277.