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Prep Hoops: Sons’ Teams Battle, Scholarship Created in Honor of Mike Brown




Maybe for the first time, the Brown family was involved in a high school basketball game in which the actual basketball was secondary.

Saturday afternoon’s Sandia-Volcano Vista boys matchup was particularly emotional for the participating coaches, Danny Brown, who coaches the Matadors, and Greg Brown, the coach of the Hawks, as prior to the game at Volcano Vista the family formally announced the “Coach Mike Papa Brown MSA Scholarship Fund.”

Mike Brown, Greg and Danny’s father and a Hall of Fame coach who once led Albuquerque Academy to six consecutive state championships (1989-94), died on June 30.

The scholarship fund has Mike Brown’s fingerprints all over it, his daughter said.

“Everything that it is,” said Shawn Brown, “is his.”

The players from both Sandia and Volcano Vista wore purple T-shirts Saturday in honor of Mike Brown.

Before the game, in a brief and touching ceremony, Danny Brown showcased a check for $6,000 – raised by his program in September, which will go into the scholarship fund. The teams and Brown family members took a large group photo just before the game tipped off.

“It was an emotional day,” said Greg Brown, whose Hawks scored the game’s first 16 points, buried 14 3-pointers and demolished Sandia 79-44. “My brother had to speak, because I couldn’t. It’s hard.”

The fund has been created to benefit senior student-athletes, but only in Albuquerque Public Schools.

From now until the end of February, any 12th-grade boy or girl who carries at least a 3.5 GPA will be eligible to apply for one of five scholarships that are going to be awarded annually. Shawn Brown said she approached her father about the scholarship, and Mike Brown was heavily involved in the details.

The plan is to hand out five scholarships each year for student-athletes who plan to go to college or a vocational school no later than the ensuing fall.

As part of the application process, students must write an essay on leadership. Mike Brown himself was an English teacher.

All applications must be submitted by Feb. 28. There will be five scholarship recipients, with the first-place student receiving $5,000, second place receiving $4,000, and so on down to fifth place. Winners will be announced in late March. Shawn Brown, president of the fund, said there will be various efforts to raise money throughout individual calendar years.

Those interested in donating to the fund itself or to the MSA Coalition – Brown succumbed to MSA, or multiple system atrophy – can visit

“This is what he wanted,” Danny Brown said. “And we wanted to honor and respect that. I hope this can last forever.”


SANDIA (3-3): Andrew Hill 13, Dalen Moyer 9, Dovirs Riley 2, Lamarion Coleman 4, Alex Rosales 1, Ely Lovato 15. Totals 13 16-22 44.

VOLCANO VISTA (9-0): Kaden Valdez 10, Tyler Martinez 13, Ja’Kwon Hill 17, Anthony Gonzales 5, Jaden Malone 5, Hudson Brown 2, Oscar McCoy 10, Devon Ramos 3, Kenyon Aguino 6, Sean Alter 8. Totals 30 5-5 79.

Sandia 7 11 13 13 — 44

Volcano Vista 21 15 24 19 — 79

3-point goals: S 2 (Moyer 2); VV 14 (Hill 5, Martinez 3, Valdez 2, McCoy 2, Gonzales, Ramos). Total fouls: S 10; VV 17.


This report is from the Albuquerque Journal



Seymore’s Late Goal Lifts United to Road Victory




New Mexico United’s Daniel Bruce, front, battles for possession against New York’s Steven Sserwadda on Sunday. (Courtesy of USL Championship)

The second half of Sunday’s game in Montclair, New Jersey, was not necessarily New Mexico United’s finest hour.

Second-half stoppage time made up for it.

Will Seymore’s header in the opening seconds of stoppage time netted the decisive goal as United escaped with a 2-1 victory over New York Red Bulls II at MSU Soccer Park. New Mexico secured three points and kept its impressive road streak intact, but only after receiving a scare from the USL Championship Eastern Conference’s last-place club.

United coach Zach Prince conceded that things were tighter than his team might have liked, but the outcome was exactly what he had in mind.

“I’m really proud of the result,” Prince said in a postgame interview. “When you look at the first half, we could’ve completed some of those chances and it wouldn’t have been so close at the end. But at the end of the day we came here for three points and that’s what we got.”

A nail-biter seemed quite unlikely in the first half, when United wasted little time grabbing the lead. Neco Brett converted his team-leading seventh goal of the season on a tap-in, set up on a cross from Jerome Kiesewetter, who drew the defense to him on a run up the left wing before sending the ball across the box to Brett.

New Mexico (10-3-8) thoroughly dominated the first half, outshooting the home team 7-1 and putting the only three shots on target. But United was unable to cash in on numerous opportunities to extend its 1-0 lead, missing the frame on several occasions and watching New York goalkeeper Giannis Nikopolidis turn aside a late blast by Brett.

But after putting up little resistance over the first 45 minutes, the Red Bulls suddenly found some life after halftime. Steven Sserwadda misfired wide at an open goal in the 52nd minute, but he capitalized on an opportunity four minutes later. A bounding ball deflected off two United defenders and settled at the feet of Sserwadda in front of the New Mexico goal, where he tucked it under goalkeeper Alex Tambakis to make the score 1-1.

Suddenly energized, New York (2-16-3) continued to apply pressure over the next 15 minutes, forcing Tambakis to make a pair of saves to keep the score even.

Prince made a handful of substitutions that seemed to help New Mexico regain its form, including bringing on recent signee Romario Williams and New Jersey native Amando Moreno along the front line. It was Moreno’s first action of the season after recovering from offseason ACL surgery.

New Mexico then got a break when New York’s Hassan Ndam picked up his second yellow card in the 75th minute. The resulting red card left United with a man advantage.

It appeared the Red Bulls might preserve a draw until United earned a corner kick in the final seconds of regulation time. Justin Portillo served a well-placed ball in front of the goal, and Seymore rose to head it home for a 2-1 New Mexico lead. It was Seymore’s first goal for United and Portillo’s fourth assist of the season.

“This has been coming for Will,” Prince said. “I’m sure he’d like to score more goals but he’s such a big part of what we do. I’m happy for him.”

New Mexico missed a chance to seal the win when Nikoplidis stopped a Portillo penalty kick in the 95th minute, but United did not allow the home team to seriously threaten until the final whistle sounded.

The victory improved United’s road record to 7-1-3 and extended its overall unbeaten streak to seven matches. NMU has not lost a road match since April 16 at Phoenix.

United’s returns home to host Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday.


New Mexico 1 1 — 2

New York 0 1 — 1

Scoring: NM, 9th, Neco Brett (Jerome Kiesewetter); NY, 56th, Steven Sserwadda; NM, 90+1, Will Seymore (Justin Portillo). Shots: NM 13, NY 6. Shots on goal: NM 6, NY 3. Corner kicks: NM 7. NY 5. Goalkeeper saves: NM (Alex Tambakis) 2; NY (Giannis Nikopolidis) 4. Records: NM 10-3-8, NY 2-16-3.

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APD Investigating Suspicious Death Near Railroad Tracks




Albuquerque police are investigating a suspicious death next to the railroad tracks near Downtown.

Rebecca Atkins, a police spokeswoman, said Sunday evening that officers were called to the tracks near Mountain. A individual was found dead next to a building in the area.

No other information was immediately available.

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Six Juveniles Escaped the Bridge City Center Early Sunday Morning




Authorities are investigating another breakout at the Bridge City Center for Youth Sunday morning.


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