Seven RR seniors excel at state games

Four men and three women from Rio Rancho were event winners at the recent New Mexico Senior Olympics in Albuquerque.

They were: John Shoe (3-point shot, 50-54 males), Ronald Byrd (disc golf, 85-89 males), Tania Tamulewicz (standing long jump, 50-54 females), Steven Cortez (high jump, 50-54 males), Steven Ross (hammer throw, 65-69 males), Irene Terronez (5K road race, 70-74 females) and Tara Cummings (on the winning 200-yard medley coed relay team).

RRHS needs girls soccer assistant

Rio Rancho High School is seeking an assistant varsity girls soccer coach.

It is a paid position.

For more information, contact head coach Uwe Balzis at 306-4313 or

C-Dub back in Hamilton

Former Rio Rancho High School three-sport standout Chris Williams was traded last week from the Montreal Alouettes to the Hamilton T-Cats, for whom he played in 2011 and ’12.

Williams was part of a trade that sent Johnny Manziel from Toronto to Montreal, after the Alouettes lost their starting quarterback to injury, and the backup was also shelved because of an injury.

Through Hamilton’s first five games, Manziel did not take a snap.

Williams had 15 catches in four games, with one TD, for the Alouettes.

Former Rams mat champ Barreras has wrestling camp this week

Three-time RRHS state wrestling champion Miguel Barreras is hosting a two-day camp at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday and Thursday.

The cost is $20 for one of the camps, $40 for both. Registration will be done from 7:15-8 a.m. each day. The camp is for ages 6 through high schoolers.

Following a 15-minute warm-up at 8, techniques will be done until 10 a.m., with water breaks, then a snack break/lunch before the second session, ending at noon.

“I’m going to be showing a lot of technique and things I use that make you a better wrestler, but also things they need to know off the mat as well,” said Barreras, a junior-to-be matman at the University of Central Oklahoma. “My main concern is keeping high energy in the room and making it fun for everybody. I will be awarding prizes to the hardest workers, most improved and other awards like that…. The room will be divided between high school and junior wrestlers.”

More information, and a registration form, may be found on Barreras’s Facebook page.

’Topes merchandise among leaders

The Albuquerque Isotopes are once again among the top 25 teams in licensed merchandise sales for 2017, as announced last week by Minor League Baseball.

 The Isotopes were part of a record-setting year for Minor League Baseball in licensed merchandise sales in 2017. The combined totals for all 160 MiLB teams in 2017 established a Minor League Baseball record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales.

“To rank among the best in Minor League Baseball is a great honor,” said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. “Even after 16 years, the Isotopes’ brand and identity remain as strong as ever, thanks to the tremendous support of our fans in Albuquerque, throughout the state of New Mexico and across the country. The Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Mariachis de Nuevo México have also been tremendous additions to our merchandise line.” 

The $70.8 million total marks a 3.6 percent increase over 2016’s total of $68.3 million, which had been the highest total recorded since Minor League Baseball’s licensing program began in 1992. The numbers are based on total licensed merchandise sales in calendar year 2017 and include the 160 teams that charge admission to their games. 

Twenty-one MLB organizations were represented by teams on the list, including the Colorado Rockies, who placed two affiliates in the Top 25 (Isotopes and the Class AA Hartford Yard Goats).

“Minor League Baseball team names and logos continue to be among the most popular in all of professional sports and our teams have made promoting their brand a priority for their respective organizations,” said Brian Earle, Minor League Baseball’s Chief Operating Officer. “The teams have done a tremendous job of using their team marks and logos to build an identity that is appealing to fans not just locally, but in some cases, globally as well.”

Want a job in pro soccer?

New Mexico’s recently announced United Soccer League franchise, still lacking a team name, has brought opportunities for economic development to New Mexico.

Poised to hire 55 by the opening game in March, 22 of those positions will be hired before the end of 2018. USLNM maintains a mission that is “bigger than soccer.” USLNM has the goal of becoming a well-respected, championship-caliber soccer club, but beyond that, the organization strives to be a pillar of economic growth and provide employment opportunities for New Mexicans.

“We want to be recognized as a best place to work,” said USLNM president and team owner Peter Trevisani.

As the first pro-team of its caliber in New Mexico, the employment opportunities with an emerging sports franchise are unique, and provide a chance for employees to work within the active and exciting professional sports world.

Current open positions include account executives, community relations, bookkeeping, office management and more.

In addition, there are roles for highly qualified interns to learn aspects of the business including media, multimedia, communications, analytics, marketing, community outreach and design.

Information about employment opportunities and internships is at

Young golfers sought

Membership registration for the Sun Country Junior Golf Tour is open, once again providing junior golfers of all skill levels in New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas, a platform to work on, showcase and utilize their skills in a competition-based environment. 

This year’s Junior Tour will host approximately 40 golf tournaments in New Mexico and El Paso, including the Sun Country Junior Match Play Championship, the Junior PGA National Championship Qualifier and the Junior Tour Championship.

The 2018 memberships cost $45; individual tournament entries are $30 (Exceptions include the major championships, and national and local qualifiers). 

Prospective members can register online, get more info and see the 2018 tournament schedule at the Sun Country PGA website ( or receive more information by calling 897-0864.