Espinda ‘en fuego’ on the local lanes

The New Mexico Open bowling tournament, scheduled for August 18-20 at Tenpins & More, is set to create a new record with prize-money of more than $70,000 offered to contestants coming in from all over the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Twelve states have already sent in nominations for the 192-person field from as far away as North Carolina and Florida, with more states expected in coming weeks.

Five former champions are returning: Vernon Peterson, Dylan Taylor, Andrew Cain and Chris Klerk, along with defending champion and PBA Rookie-of-the-Year Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, who won a clutch final over Rio Rancho’s JD Nance, 233-230, last year.

Other top-level players include two-time US Open winner, Francois Lavoie of Kansas, who has been twice runner-up here; local touring pro DeeRonn Booker of Albuquerque; national trio scoring record-holder Steven Novak of Kentucky and world five-game record-holder Zach Wilkins of Canada.

The format calls for everyone to bowl an eight-game qualifying round August 18-19,, reducing the field to 32 for double-elimination bracket play August 20.

From there, the unbeaten leader and three surviving one-time losers meet in the championship round for a shot at the record $13,000 winner’s check — the biggest first prize offered in bowling that weekend anywhere on Earth.

Live coverage will be via for more than 30 hours, alongside a live remote radio broadcast on Rio Rancho’s KDSK-FM (92.9)

Once this year’s tournament is over, total prize money awarded since the tournament began in 2004 will exceed $855,000.


Former Storm linkster is second

Alejandro Armijo, a former Cleveland High golfer (Class of 2018), finished second and pocketed $425 last week in the annual New Mexico/West Texas Amateur tournament at Black Mesa Golf Club in Española.

Armijo had rounds of 68-68-74 and finished three strokes behind winner Aidan Thomas, who plays at New Mexico State University.

Armijo was one shot behind and in second place heading into the final round; Thomas shot 74 that day to increase his margin of victory.

Armijo recently completed his senior season at Oklahoma Christian University, majoring in sports management.


Storm baseball camp and workouts are in July

Cleveland High School summer baseball workouts are set for July 10-27, with workouts taking place Mondays-Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Weightlifting takes place daily in the fieldhouse from 9:30-10:30, followed by activities on the field from 10:30-12:30.

Athletes should have physical exams completed, and wear T-shirts and shorts, and tennis shoes (cleats for the field), to the workouts, and bring Gatorade/water, and gloves and bats.

For more information, email coach Shane Shallenberger at [email protected].


Final Rams volleyball camps served up in July

Longtime Rio Rancho High School volleyball coach Toby Manzanares has his final skills camp coming up in late July.

Manzanares, his staff and area guest coaches lead the camp.

Here are the details:

“Ram Camp 2” is designed to prepare players for tryouts in their respective grades, 7-12. 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:,189,264,267,269,270,272,277.


Rio Rancho Open tees off August 11

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Rio Rancho Open Golf Classic is slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, at Santa Ana Golf Club.

The tournament is limited to 40 teams; check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The event will tee off in a shotgun start.

Mulligans and strings sales will be available, plus special raffles and hone-in-one games. Included are breakfast and an awards luncheon, and sponsorships are available.

For more information, call 505-892-1533 or email [email protected].