SPORTS DIGEST: Are you ready for hockey here?

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The New Mexico Open is this week

This week’s $65,000 New Mexico Open is shaping up to be a record breaker, according to event organizer Steve Mackie, Tenpins & More’s hosting manager.

“As of August 9, we are at 168 entries in the main event (August 19-21), 139 in the three Pro-Am teams (August 16, 17 and 19) and strong registrations for the three sweepers (15, 17 and August 18),” he said.

The Open’s top prize is now $12,000, with money paid out up to 48th place, along with team best match awards and $400 super senior prizes ( over 60), seniors (50-59) and women.

“Sponsor signage, colored masking units and a new set of Qubica/AMF pins will be installed over the next few days to add to the excitement and buzz that this tournament (in its 18th year) always provides,” said Mackie added.

The field has entries from 12 states, as far apart as Washington and Kentucky, as well as Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

There are 12 women entered, including former runner-up Maria Jose Rodriguez, a member of the Colombian national team, who lost a close game Tuesday night to finish third in the PWBA season-ending title in Dallas.

High profile pros include Nathan Bohr, Jakob Butturff, Marshall Kent, AJ Chapman, Jake Peters and Steve Novak, while local New Mexico prospects include DeeRonn Booker, Jacob Gill, Brian Bledsoe, JD Nance and Robin Prioleau.

There is no admission fee to watch the action. For those unable to attend in person, live coverage is available via BowlStreamTV.com from Friday 9 a.m. until the end of the tournament.

An informative 24-page full color tournament schedule is available at tenpinsmore.com.

The coyotes return to the MAC

Kids can try hockey for free with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes Outreach Team, returning to MAC, 801 Loma Colorado Boulevard for the second straight summer.

The “Try Hockey for Free” promotion takes place on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for new skaters to try ice hockey – no experience necessary. Kids should bring a bike helmet and gloves as a starting point; some gear will be available with sticks.

To register and more information, visit https://youth.arizonacoyotes.com/newmexico.

Wait – more hockey

The New Mexico Raptors Hockey Team and RJ Sports LLC present Marc Ciaccio of the New York Rangers for a 3-day Skills and Speed ​​Clinic, for players ages 6-18 for $65 (plus treatment fee) for three evening sessions with Ciaccio.

The clinic will be divided into two groups, those aged 6-12 and those aged 13-18; there is a maximum of 35 skaters for each group.

The clinics take place on the evenings of August 23, 24 and 25, with the youngest going first and the oldest skating after them.

For more information and/or to register, visit nmaha.org. Registration before August 15 is highly recommended. Once each group reaches 35 skaters, no further registrations will be accepted.

Leopard and a ram with distinction

Keegan Burke, 13, was one of 36 players from seven states selected to represent the Southwest region at USA Baseball‘s National Identification Series Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, Aug. 24-28.

An eighth-grade student at Lincoln Middle School, he is the only athlete from New Mexico selected for the 13U Southwest team.

And Rio Rancho High School/MAC Elite player Dean Ellison was on the 15U USA Baseball National ID Team.

“It’s quite an honor for a kid who works hard in and out of the classroom,” Rams coach Ron Murphy said.

Ellison, who made his college debut at the Class5A State Baseball Tournament in May, competes in the USA Baseball 15U National Team Identification Series, also in Cary, Aug. 10-15.

Upon being selected, Ellison will represent this region at this year’s event to be identified as a candidate for next year’s 16U/17U National Team Development Program, making this program an integral part of the development pipeline. development of the American team.

The National Team Identification Series is an important part of our National Team selection process and is a great opportunity for these two local athletes to showcase their athletic abilities against players from across the United States. .

Want to see the Lobos?

Now you can get $50 off your Albertsons family pack of four subscriptions by doing what you do anyway: grocery shopping.

Until Friday, August 19, Lobo fans can bring any Albertsons receipt of $50 or more to the Lobo box office to get $50 off an Albertsons Family Pack, which includes two adult memberships and two young people (2-18 years old) in the north end zone. That comes down to just over $6 per ticket for every game in the 2022 season, hands down the best deal for any sporting event in town.

The Lobos open the season on Saturday, Sept. 3, when Maine visits University Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

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