RR matmen beat AHA; Storm on deck

The Rio Rancho High School wrestling team rolled over Atrisco Heritage Academy 48-28 Wednesday evening at AHA, a new opponent in District 1-5A.

The Rams won eight head-to-head meetings, including pins by 126-Gabe Keith, 138-Ventura Velasquez, 145- James Emmer, 160-Jasper Pennington, 170-Toby Baca and 182-Jared Herrera.

106-Roberto Cordova and 152-Cody Glenn won by decision, and the Rams gained six points via a forfeit at 120 pounds.

Cleveland visits the RAC Wednesday at 7 for a 1-5A dual.

The Storm defeated Cibola 39-22 Wednesday.

Last weekend, because of bad weather, the Storm were at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, capturing the title of the Al Salazar Memorial Tournament. CHS had six champions there: 106-Isaiah Marrujo, 113-Tristan Mascarenas, 160-Rope Harrison, 195-Gabe Garcia, 220-Dion Hunter and 285-Austin Roman.

Strangely, the defending state champion Rams haven’t defeated the Storm in a dual match since the 2010-11 season; the Storm won last year’s showdown, 41-30, at CHS and were the district champs, but only finished third at the state meet in February.


Ready for baseball? Camp here soon

A baseball camp comes to RRHS Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; it’s for four age groups (grades 1-3, 4-6, 6-8 and 9-12) and there are sessions on pitching, hitting, catching and base-running. The cost for four weeks of one session is $139; see the price list and more information at usbaseballacademy.com

U.S. Baseball Academy is the country’s largest network of baseball camps, serving more than a quarter-million players. The 2017-18 programs included 55,000 players and 425 camps across 42 states.

Each location promises the same proven itinerary of drills, a low player-coach ratio, and a teaching staff of high school and/or college coaches from your area. Help your player get a jump on the competition.

Rams baseball coach Ron Murphy is the site leader.


Kurkjjan speaks at Lobo banquet

The University of New Mexico baseball program’s annual First Pitch Banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club and will feature ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian as the special guest speaker. 

"Providing a class event for our banquet is important for our baseball community," said head coach Ray Birmingham. "Our First Pitch Banquet has been the best banquet at UNM for the past several years and it is hard ticket to get, so I encourage Lobo baseball fans to make sure they don’t wait."

 "This will be also be a great chance to meet the 2019 Lobos, honor the 1962 baseball team and listen to one of the country’s best baseball minds in Tim Kurkjian talk about New Mexico’s rich baseball history," Birmingham added. The roster includes former Cleveland High pitcher/third baseman Jack Murano.

Kurkjian joined ESPN in March 1998 as a reporter for Baseball Tonight and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He continues to provide insight and analysis through his writing and regular appearances on Baseball Tonight and other ESPN studio shows including SportsCenter. 

The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature cocktails, dinner and a silent and live auction. Pricing for the event is $1,500 for a table or $150 per person. To RSVP or inquire about VIP seating, call 307-2604 or email coach Birmingham at RayBirm@unm.edu.


Runners remain winless

The New Mexico Runners slipped to 0-3 in their inaugural season after a 14-6 loss to the Ciudad Juarez Cuervos in El Paso last Friday evening.

Through three games, the Runners have been outscored 39-26.

Their next game is Saturday when they meet the Santa Fe Elite (1-5) at 7 p.m. at the Shellaberger Center in Santa Fe. The Runners’ next home game is slated for Saturday, Jan. 26, at 5:05 when the Cuervos visit Santa Ana Star Center.


NMAA bowl-a-thon back at Tenpins & More

The NMAA Foundation will be holding its 11th annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 at Ten Pins & More here in Rio Rancho.

The cost for a team of four bowlers is $250. All proceeds from the event will again be used toward future scholarships for students and/or school grants/support. 

The registration form and informational flyer can be accessed at nmact.org/file/2019_BowlaThon.pdf.