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Sal Puentes and Kristin Griego Memorial Tournaments wrap up

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 25, 2017 - 11:13pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Saturday afternoon, Rio Rancho High School played host to the championship games of the Sal Puentes and Kristin Griego Memorial tournaments.

In the Sal Puentes title game, Cleveland would outlast Clovis with a walk off win in the 7th inning 8-7.

In the Kristin Griego Memorial title game, Aztec would play outstanding both in the field and at the plate. They 10-run-rule Rio Rancho 13-3.


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Former High School Foe’s now friends in a Lobo uniform

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 25, 2017 - 11:12pm

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Redshirt Freshmen safeties Kameron Miller and Gabe Ortega know each other from their heated battles at the High School Level. Miller was the QB for Las Cruces High, while Ortega was the QB for Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

“In high school we had this heated rivalry, kind of an unspoked rivalry between each other and then we got here and just found out we have similar interests and play the same position”, said Gabe Ortega.

Both of the Red Shirt freshman made the change from QB to safety and seem to be adjusting well, but just like anything it took some getting used to at first. “At first it was kind of iffy, it was like uh I don’t know how it’s going to be, but now we are probably best friends so it’s real nice. We were both quarterbacks that went to the safety defensive side so that’s pretty cool”, said Kameron Miller.

Both are liking the defensive side of the game and since safety is considered the quarterback of the defense they have took to the position well. Head Coach, Bob Davie credits both of these players and how they have grown, but coach Davie likes the local crop of players that have come in.

Davie was glad to take advantage of the redshirt season for the local freshman. They had time to grow and get better, and he credits this to his program growing and being able to allow players to redshirt.

“For Marcus Williams it was a homerun, when you look at him and his body type now, Gabe Ortega, Kam Miller, certainly Teton Saltes. All of those guys needed that extra year and we are very fortunate that we were able to give them that extra year”, said Bob Davie.


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USA Boxing Amateur qualifier wraps up on Saturday

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 25, 2017 - 11:11pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The 2017 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championships wrapped up Saturday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Some local fighters took home some titles.

In the girls 101 pound junior title fight Jolene Bottini of Los Lunas took out her Los Lunas opponent Estrallita Iturralde, and in the Junior 138 pound title match Kirtland NM native Elija Martinez would take out Josue Reyes by a doctor’s stoppage.


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Longtime Pojoaque AD, coach retiring - Santa Fe New Mexican


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Longtime Pojoaque AD, coach retiring
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Sure he took in a handful of sports and entertainment events over the years, but his post as Pojoaque's athletic director has been a 24/7 gig for as long as he can remember — so long that he's even considering a return to coaching simply because he's ...

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Three teams win Colo. robotics competition, will go on to world's competition - 9NEWS.com


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Three teams win Colo. robotics competition, will go on to world's competition
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DENVER - What's better than sports and games that involve people? Sports and games involving robots. FIRST Robotics Competition Colorado Regional and it's participants, of middle school and high school age, operate on that principle. The competition is ...

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Longtime Las Cruces baseball coach Gil Padilla reaches 300 win milestone - Las Cruces Sun-News


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Prior to playing at New Mexico State, Padilla played high school ball at El Paso Coronado, where he played against another Mayfield coach, New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Famer and mentor Bob Ogas. "As a player, he was very ...

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Top recruit chooses Mizzou
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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Porter Jr., rated as the nation's top high school basketball prospect in his class by multiple recruiting services, says he plans to play for Missouri. Porter tweeted his college selection Friday on his verified account, one ...

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2017 North High Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees - The Bakersfield Californian

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2017 North High Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
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Darrell Rich (Athlete, Class of 1961) was a two sport standout in football and track while at North and a Valley Champion in the shot put as a senior. He went on to excel at BC and received a scholarship to the University of New Mexico in track and field.

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Boxer Austin Trout is in Van Tate’s Sports Office

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 24, 2017 - 8:17pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico boxer and former WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout returns to the Sports Office to talk about the business and fighter side of boxing.

Trout also talks about possibly fighting for a title soon. He hasn’t had a fight since May of 2016. Trout also answers the question of whether he would consider MMA at some point in his career.


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Former Reno coach enjoying success at Clovis West - USA TODAY High School Sports


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Former Reno coach enjoying success at Clovis West
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At Clovis West, he is using the same approach, but starting even earlier, with girls in the third grade and every grade on up to high school playing on club teams together. So, by the time they are at Clovis West, they have ... Campbell's daughter ...

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Students remain uneasy following ICE raids in New Mexico - KFOX El Paso


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Students remain uneasy following ICE raids in New Mexico
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Schools in Las Cruces, such as Onate High School, are still recovering from last month's ICE raids, which caused a spike in absences. Ryan Fellman has been teaching at Onate High School for four years. He says his students feel the safest in his ...

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The Auriemmas and the UConn dynasty: Its Philly roots, and why they stayed - Philly.com


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The summer time was everything, Cathy Rush camp and other camps, all these young guys trying to make it in the sport. One of them got a job at New Mexico coaching women. Doug Hoselton and Geno were close. He wanted to bring Geno with him. First, the ...

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NMSU holding ACES Aggie Signing Day ceremony March 31 during FFA conference - KRWG


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NMSU holding ACES Aggie Signing Day ceremony March 31 during FFA conference
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High school seniors who have made a commitment to attend a college and play on an athletic team sign letters of intent. New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences leadership says, “Why not have a similar ...

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Tipping Off: Baylor women hope for better luck in OKC

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 24, 2017 - 8:19am

NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City hasn’t been too kind to Baylor the last few years in the women’s NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Bears lost in 2013 to Louisville and in 2015 to Notre Dame. Coach Kim Mulkey doesn’t care about the past, focusing on the current team which has run through its first two games of the NCAAs. Baylor faces Louisville on Friday night in a rematch of one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.

“That’s history,” she said. “So now you go to this game, and they’re a different team, we’re a different team.”

Mulkey said she doesn’t make too much of the similar circumstances or the past upsets.

“You win some you shouldn’t and you lose some that you probably shouldn’t, but you can’t let them just kill your spirit,” she said. “You can’t let them run you out of the business. You just motivate yourself, pick yourself back up and keep coaching.”

The other game Friday in Oklahoma features Washington and star guard Kelsey Plum against Mississippi State. The Huskies made a surprising run to the Final Four last season and are looking to get to Dallas this year for the national semifinals.

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer is no stranger to trying to stop great offensive players. He was an assistant coach at Arkansas and played against Jackie Stiles, whose career scoring record Plum broke last month.

“Obviously, Jackie Stiles, Kelsey Plum — those are two of the best to ever play the game, and from an offensive standpoint, they are just so multi-dimensional,” Schaefer said. “Their coaches use them in such a good way, smart, and so it’s a tall task. There’s no question about it.”

Here are a few other story lines from the Sweet 16:

SHE’S OUT: Notre Dame will be missing star forward Brianna Turner, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the lateral meniscus and sustained other damage to her knee in the Irish’s second round game. Coach Muffet McGraw said Turner would need to recover some before undergoing surgery and is expected to be out for six months. The Irish play Friday night against Ohio State.

“I feel really bad for that kid. It’s just terrible, like you hate to see an injury like that at any point in the year, especially right now,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “She’s such a great player. It seems like, to me, she’d been playing her best basketball here late in the year. So, it’s really tough.”

FAMILIAR PLACE: For the second consecutive season, Notre Dame and Stanford are back in Lexington, Kentucky, for their regional. Second-seeded Stanford played its first two rounds at Kansas State as the Cardinal couldn’t host because of a gymnastics event at the school.

The team couldn’t fly back right away to California after its second-round win Monday, so coach Tara VanDerveer talked to the captains and decided to stay in Kentucky instead of making the cross-country flight twice.

“Originally, we planned to go after our game on Monday, to go back to California, kind of regroup, do laundry, get organized. Kids would have some finals to take, things like that,” she said. “We were also the only one in the pod that had a Monday game. Everyone else played Sunday. So I was a little — I was already kind of in my mind thinking maybe that was something we should be doing. And once they said our airplane had mechanical problems, I’m not really excited about getting on an airplane with mechanical problems. And once they said it was maybe going to go get in by 2 o’clock, we might get out by 3 o’clock, I’m like, I think we should just bag that Plan A and go with Plan B.”

The Cardinal will face Texas on Friday night. The teams met to open the season and the Cardinal came away with a 12-point win.

“I mean, to go back and look at that film in that first game against Stanford is almost comical, just from the standpoint of how young we were in a lot of areas and how really disconnected we were, in particular on the defensive end, mainly because of youth and inexperience,” Texas coach Karen Aston said.

 


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High-flying Jayhawks present question: Can they be stopped?

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 24, 2017 - 8:19am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter stopped short of calling Kansas invincible on Thursday night.

Not by much.

After watching the top-seeded Jayhawks run roughshod over his overmatched Boilermakers in the Midwest Regional semifinals, Painter was asked whether anybody can stop Kansas — a team that has won its first three NCAA Tournament games by an average of 30 points.

He hemmed and hawed a bit, and Painter warned the rest of the field to keep the Jayhawks from getting into transition. Then he conceded: “If they keep getting those types of opportunities and shoot like that, they can’t be stopped.”

Oregon will try to keep Kansas from the Final Four.

The Jayhawks’ 98-66 victory over the Boilermakers was led by 26 points apiece from their dynamic backcourt of Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham, and buoyed by a boisterous crowd packed inside the Sprint Center — a mere 40-minute drive from their campus in Lawrence.

It was the fourth-biggest blowout in Sweet 16 history, dating to 1975. It was the third straight game Kansas has scored at least 90 points, the first team to accomplish the feat in the NCAA Tournament since UConn in 1995. And it was the most comprehensive performance of the year for the Jayhawks when judged by none other than their hard-to-please coach, Bill Self.

“The second half,” he said, “was about as complete as we’ve played.”

So, the question remains: Are there any places where the Jayhawks are vulnerable?

Perhaps their interior depth.

Freshman center Udoka Azubuike was lost early in the season to a wrist injury, trimming Self’s rotation to seven guys. And when starting center Landen Lucas has been in foul trouble, opponents have been able to attack backups Carlton Bragg Jr. and Dwight Coleby with a bit more success.

But even Coleby has played well during the NCAA Tournament — heck, who from the Jayhawks hasn’t? — and that’s given Self and everyone else on the Kansas bench more confidence.

Besides, 6-foot-8 freshman guard Josh Jackson is athletic enough to match up with anyone, as evidenced by the defensive job he did on Purdue center Caleb Swanigan.

Everyone thought the Boilermakers would be able to lean on Swanigan and 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas to create a mismatch problem for Kansas. But the Jayhawks, with their four-guard lineup, brashly turned up the tempo, wore the big fellas down and rolled right on through to the Elite Eight.

“When the game is moving so fast, it’s hard to take advantage of size opportunities,” Swanigan said. “They played well and we lost all the non-negotiables: We had more turnovers. They won the rebounding and free-throw war. Can’t win the game like that.”

So if size doesn’t seem to matter much against Kansas, maybe another guard-oriented team such as Oregon stands a better chance. The third-seeded Ducks beat Michigan on Thursday night to earn a date with the Jayhawks on Saturday night for a spot in the Final Four.

Indeed, teams Kansas has struggled against have generally mirrored their own — Indiana in an overtime loss to start the season, and West Virginia and Iowa State in Big 12 play. All of them have talented backcourts and enough athleticism to keep pace with the high-flying Jayhawks.

That was even the case when TCU stunned Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, though that comes with a significant asterisk. Jackson was serving a one-game suspension for a series of legal issues.

“This stretch, yeah, I think this is the best we’ve played all season,” the standout freshman said Thursday night, in a quiet corner of an otherwise boisterous locker room. “But I think we can get a lot better. I think there’s another step we can take.”

Good luck, Oregon. You’ve got next.

 


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Thursday’s High School Baseball, Softball results

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 24, 2017 - 5:52am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The La Cueva Bears improved to 10-1 Thursday with a 7-3 victory over the St. Pius Sartans. The Bears got five shutout innings from pitching ace Jonathan Stroman.

He also struck out 11 batters in the win. The Rio Rancho Rams started play in their Sal Puentes Tournament. The first opponent for the Rams rallied from a two to nothing deficit. The Clovis Wildcats beat the Rams 7-2.

The La Cueva Lady Bears softball team remains undefeated. The Bears defeated the Volcano Vista Hawks 10-2 at La Cueva Thursday.


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Lobos receiver Delane Hart Johnson is loving spring football

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 24, 2017 - 5:49am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Delane Hart Johnson knows never to take any time on the football field for granted. He is 100 percent healthy and happy that spring football has started for the Lobos. Hart Johnson could only watch last season as his teammates won 9 games that also included a bowl victory. A car accident before the start of the season put his life in jeopardy. He needed the entire season just to recover.

Since coming back Hart Johnson has changed his number to his favorite of two. He wore 82 and 11 at different times as a Lobo. Two is also the number of seasons he has left to play. Hart Johnson plans to make them memorable years.

He says time off made his footwork a little rusty but, it also gave him character.

“I’m more mature,” said Hart Johnson. “I say that I am more mature and I understand the game better. Me sitting out watching film all day, in meeting rooms watching film all day. Not going out there and doing it It’s like I got to picture it in my head.”

The Lobos are only one day into spring practice with 14 more to go that will more than likely be spread over the next five weeks. Friday’s practice will start at 8:45 and run until 11 a.m. It will be open to the public.


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Sports: Week in Review - Albuquerque Journal

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ON THE TEAM: Two locals were named part of the 2016-17 ZiaWrestling.com's New Mexico Dream Team: Santa Fe High School sophomore Sam Martinez (132 pounds) and senior José Tapia of Capital (138 pounds). Martinez finished the season as the ...

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Bob Davie and the Lobos start spring football

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 22, 2017 - 9:31pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The first of 15 practices for Bob Davie and his Lobos was in helmets and shorts Wednesday morning. The Lobos have 11 starters returning from last season. Nine are on offense with only two returning to the defense. Lobo fans will see a lot of new faces on that side of the ball.

The talent level should be good with the Lobos stock of redshirt players ready to contribute with the veterans.

“Yeah I mean we are really not focusing on the people we lost we are focusing more on what we got now,” said Lobo Safety Jadon Boatright. “We have enough guys and enough talent on this team to do better than we did last year. So, we are just going to put it all together, keep working, and go out there and make it happen.”

Offensively the Lobos have a rushing title to defend in the fall.

The Lobos were explosive from the running back position but, also under center. Quarterback Lamar Jordan is a senior taking in his last spring practice. He could get competition at the position from redshirt freshman Tevaka Tuoti.

“I think that Lamar has earned the right to start for us,” said Lobos head coach Bob Davie. “But, that doesn’t mean that anything is a lock or anything is a given and he knows that.”

Jordan does know it and has won the race every year. He was very effective last season as the Lobos had nine wins, including a bowl victory.

“I have been working on my technique a lot this year as well as knowing the ins and outs of plays and kind of knowing what everybody does,” said Jordan.

His freshman counterpart seems to appreciate the battle with the number one quarterback.

“We go at it everyday,” said Tuoit. “You know iron sharpens iron, so it’s good too because he is a vet and he has experience.”

The Lobos will spread their 15 practices throughout five weeks. The second practice is Friday morning and will start about 8:45 am. It is open to the public.


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Lobo bats erupt to bury Grand Canyon 22-3

KRQE NM Sports Feed - March 22, 2017 - 9:21pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After defeating New Mexico 6-1 Tuesday, Grand Canyon could not imagine what was coming Wednesday. The Lobos erupted for 25 hits and 22 runs against GCU in a 22-3 thrashing. The victory ended a six game losing skid for the Lobos. The Lobos had only six runs during the entire losing streak.

The Lobos set the tone in the first inning. While trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, the Lobos got their offense going. Jack Zoellner singled up the middle to bring in Danny Collier for the tying run. La Cueva high grad followed with a three run homer to center field. That would give the Lobos a 4-1 advantage and enough runs to win.

The Lobos were far from done as they erupted for 10 runs in the fourth inning which featured a two run homer from Danny Collier. Andre Gregory and Carl Stajduhar contributed by each getting a two run double in the inning. Stajduhar had a five hit day. In fact, six Lobos had multiple hits.

The victory improved the Lobos record to 12-9. They will now resume Mountain West Conference play with a three game series at UNLV which will start Friday.

 


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