Cleveland grad Mendoza wins in the ring again

Brian “La Bala” Mendoza’s ring record improved to 21-2 on Nov. 5, when he recorded a fifth-round knockout of Jeison Rosario.

Mendoza, 28 and a 2012 Cleveland High grad now living in Las Vegas, Nev., stunned and laid out Rosario with a right-hand uppercut in that fight, in which Mendoza was the underdog.

There’s no word on when his next fight will be.


Hoop Shoot returns to Lincoln Middle School Dec 4.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is back in town on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School. It’s again sponsored by Rio Rancho Elks Lodge 2500.

A free throw contest for boys and girls ages 8-13, it is funded by the Elks National Foundation.

There is no cost to sign up, which begins at 12:30. Age groups are determined by contestants’ age as of April 1, 2023.

Youngsters in the 8-9 age group shoot from four feet in front of the regulation foul line; those kids and those in the 10-11 division shoot with a smaller basketball than the kids in the 12-13 division.

For more information, contact local Elk Bob Thurston at 505-328-2057 or visit


Improve your diamond skills

A baseball camp is coming to the Albuquerque Baseball Academy Jan. 14-15, with former MLB infielder German Duran, who’s appeared locally before, and Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez.

Session 1 runs from 9 a.m. to noon; session 2 runs from 1-4 p.m. each day.

There are limited spots, at $300 per player, available.

For more information or to register, call 505-967-3104 or visit