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The Albuquerque Isotopes put up the “Help Wanted” sign.

The Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate has opened up its annual job fair on its website. The ‘Topes look for everything from bat pups to gate greeters and food vendors.

The season begins on April 5, with the first home game a week later. Anyone interested can apply via the link on the team’s website, milb.com/albuquerque.

While you’re at it, submit your best rendition, in which you (and maybe a few friends) sing the national anthem in the language of your choice for New Mexico United. The club is accepting submissions until Friday.

The team asks that you record yourself and upload it to United’s website, newmexicoutd.com.

Speaking of isotopes, the Rockies announced last week that they would be bringing back Warren Schaeffer as team manager this season. He led the ‘Topes to a 58-72 record in his debut season a year ago.

This will actually be his third year in Albuquerque. He was originally promoted to Triple-A from Colorado in 2020, a season that never happened due to the pandemic. In six years as a Rockies minor league skipper, Schaeffer is 402-419 with previous stints in Single-A and Double-A.

Of course, the big name on the Albuquerque coaching staff is former La Cueva High School and UNM star Jordan Pacheco. He becomes the club’s batting coach. Pacheco had a brief stint in the major leagues with the Rockies during his playing days.

Escalante senior Santiago Rivas reached an important milestone on Saturday – the 1,000 point club. Rivas, who was a three-year varsity starter for the Lobos, reached the mark in the Lobos’ 73-37 District 5-2A opener win over Mesa Vista. Rivas scored 16 points in the Lobos’ first game since finishing fifth at the Northern Rio Grande Tournament. Escalante head coach Isaac Roybal said Rivas hit four figures in the third quarter and now has 1,005 points in his career.

Rivas, a 5-foot-9 guard, has been the team’s top scorer since he joined varsity in 2019 as a sophomore.

It was the first game the Lobos played since beating Cuba 67-26 on January 10. Royston said the program has had a COVID-19 outbreak that has canceled games and prevented the team from training for much of the past week. He said most Lobos were back in practice Tuesday but were given extra time to prepare for Mesa Vista when Questa postponed both teams’ district openers on Thursday as it suffered from a coronavirus outbreak.

The Santa Fe Indian School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams play for the first time in more than two weeks when both teams play St. Michael on Tuesday (boys) and Wednesday (girls). The school has been on distance learning all month and announced last week that in-person classes would not resume until January 31.

However, it allowed athletes to return to campus and begin training last week after a roughly 10-day period of inactivity. The boys team has not played since defeating Estancia for the Bean Valley Tournament championship on January 8th.

The girls last played on Jan. 6 when they lost to Santa Fe High, 37-24, but were without three key players due to COVID-19 protocols.

More than three years after UNM cut its men’s soccer program to save money, another state school is launching its own program.

Eastern New Mexico University announced Thursday that it is launching a men’s soccer program. The greyhounds will be on the field for the first time this fall.

“We are incredibly grateful to our board for their support in bringing men’s football back to Eastern,” ENMU athletic director Paul Weir said in a statement.

Weir, the men’s basketball coach at UNM when football was eliminated to stem its budget crisis, pointed to the uniqueness of what ENMU is doing.

“Being the only NCAA men’s soccer program in New Mexico will provide an opportunity for our wonderful institution to serve the students of this great state and beyond,” he said.

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