Sports Update 09-15-10

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McCloskey ties for 30th at NM Senior Open

Local golfer Dennis McCloskey finished tied for 30th at the New Mexico Senior Open.
The Senior Open was Monday and Tuesday at Isleta Golf Course just south of Albuquerque.
McCloskey, the former Los Alamos Golf Course manager, finished with a two-day score of 153. He shot a 78 Monday, but came back Tuesday to shoot a 75. The 9-over-par total tied him with three other golfers.
Roy Christensen of Provo, Utah, was the top finisher at the tournament, shooting an 11-under-par for the event, easily outpacing Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, Calif., by three shots. For his effort, Christensen won the $1,600 top prize.
Tom Velarde of Española was 3-over, tying him for 21st place along with Lee Sanchez, the four-time winner of LAGC’s annual Atomic City Invitational.
The top New Mexico finisher in the tournament was Carlton Blewett of Roswell, who was third overall with his 7-under finish.

Yum Run set for Sept. 25

The 6th Annual Ruby K’s Yum Run, which this year is dedicated to the memory of former organizer Aaron Goldman, is scheduled for Sept. 25.
The 5K and 10K runs start at 8 a.m., while a 1K family fun run/walk starts at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Ruby K’s.
The two longer races each feature Chamber Bucks for the top three finishers, based on age-handicapped times. All participants in the 1K will receive medals or small prizes.
Entry blanks for the event are available at Ruby K’s, all county library branches and senior centers, the Family Y, LA Fitness, the  Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, and on-line at rubykbagel.com.
There will be no race-day registration for either the 5K or 10K races.

Sundevils taking part in Tip-Off Classic

The Española Valley Sundevil boys basketball team will play in the New Mexico Activities Association Foundation’s Tip-Off Classic.
Española Valley, the Class AAAA runner-up in 2009-10, will take on the Gallup Tigers Nov. 19 at University Arena (The Pit). Tickets go on sale Monday, the NMAA announced.
The Española Valley-Gallup game will follow Gallup’s girls taking on Santa Fe Indian School. Tickets for both games are $10. All tickets are reserved seating.
“These three communities have some of the best high school basketball fans in the state of New Mexico,” NMAA Foundation president Steve Davis said in a press release. “The NMAA Foundation is excited to host two games which will highlight high school basketball in our state.”
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the foundation, which raises money for student grants and scholarships.
Last season, the Sundevils finished with a record of 28-3 and advanced to the title game of the Class AAAA playoffs before falling to Roswell 63-60. That game, played in March, drew a sellout crowd of 14,500 to The Pit.
For ticket information, call 505-925-5626 or visit www.unmtickets.com.