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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



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Blake Horstmann Talks Nick Viall Feud: Making Amends Is ‘Impossible’




No end in sight. Bachelor Nation’s Blake Horstmann doesn’t see an end to his feud with Nick Viall, he exclusively told Us Weekly at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“No, honestly, at this point, I’m past trying to work it out,” Horstmann, 33, said while on the VMAs red carpet at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday, August 28. “I’ve tried multiple times, but it’s impossible with him.”

He claimed that he isn’t sure why Viall, 41, has issues with him — and has no plans to make amends. “The dude just does not like me … for whatever reason,” the Bachelorette season 14 alum added. “It’s been years. I’ve just given up at this point. So yeah,​​ it is what it is.”

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Viall and Horstmann’s feud started in August 2019 after Caelynn Miller-Keyes accused Horstmann of being a womanizer on the season 6 Bachelor in Paradise premiere. She revealed that they slept together before the show started filming — only to discover that he did the same with Kristina Schulman the night prior.

After being called out for sleeping with both women ahead of BiP, Horstmann released text messages he exchanged with Miller-Keyes, now 27, before they had sex during the Stagecoach Festival.

After backlash started being directed at the former pageant queen, Horstmann deleted the texts hours after posting them. However, Viall didn’t think Horstmann was actually remorseful for the hate Miller-Keyes received.

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“I know by talking to a lot of people over the weekend that Blake admitted, ‘I know that she is going to look bad,’” the Wisconsin native claimed on an August 2019 episode of his podcast, “The Viall Files.”

He continued, “I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months in anticipations coming up, which makes it all that more premeditated. Then he ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it’s not like he didn’t realize.”

The Dancing With the Stars alum alleged that Horstmann was being manipulative to remain likable. “It was more important for him to try to change people’s opinions back to like, ‘Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy who this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.’ No, he’s been, like, f–king like crazy for an entire year,” he said.

Horstmann — who has been dating Giannina Gibelli since last last year — didn’t appreciate Viall’s judgment. When asked in April 2020 if he would ever be a guest on the podcast that once slandered him, he replied, “I’d rather s–t in my hand and clap.”

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Viall has multiple feuds with other Bachelor alums. Former Bachelorette Katie Thurston revealed earlier this month that she blocked the season 21 Bachelor — which didn’t surprise Horstmann.

“I have him blocked too,” the DJ, who publicly sided with Thurston last month, told Us exclusively ahead of the VMAs on Sunday. “So there are multiple people.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Diamondbacks Down Scuffling White Sox 3-2 to Finish Sweep




CHICAGO (AP) — Jake McCarthy hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Diamondbacks rookie Stone Garrett launched his first major league home run and Sergio Alcántara also went deep for Arizona, which earned its first interleague sweep since 2019. Noé Ramirez (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Ian Kennedy got three outs for his ninth save.

“It’ll be a happy flight,” McCarthy said after the Diamondbacks wrapped up a 4-1 trip. “It’s nice to go on the road and gain some momentum.”

Kendall Graveman (3-3) took the loss in relief of Dylan Cease, who allowed Arizona’s two solo homers while striking out eight in a career-high eight innings.

“Given (Cease’s) track record, you know what he’s going to give you,” White Sox third baseman Josh Harrison said. “And unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the win.”

Zach Davies, who has gone 10 starts without a victory, pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks and gave up two runs. Gavin Sheets had a sacrifice fly and AJ Pollock followed with an infield single that brought home Andrew Vaughn to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

“That was unfortunate,” said Davies, who was hoping for a longer outing. “But we battled back and won, and that’s all that matters.”

Alcántara hit his fourth homer of the season in the eighth to tie it.

Garrett opened the scoring in the second with a drive to center field. The 26-year-old spent more than seven seasons in the minors before making his debut Aug. 17.

“I haven’t checked my phone yet,” said Garrett, who sent Cease’s best pitch, his slider, out of the park. “I’m sure my friends are pretty hyped.”

The White Sox, who allowed 17 runs in the first two games of the series, have lost nine of 11 and dropped two games under .500. They heard a smattering of boos as they left the field.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa most certainly heard fans expressing their displeasure, but said he and his team aren’t discouraged.

“I just get angry,” he said. “I don’t like frustration, discouragement. That’s loser crap. Just seeps energy out of your body.

“I just get angry and want to do something about it.”


Harrison made a quick dive to his left to stop Christian Walker’s grounder in the seventh, then popped up and threw him out. It was the only time the White Sox needed an athletic defensive play in support of Cease, who induced plenty of easy flyouts.


White Sox OF Eloy Jiménez got a day off to rest his sore legs but pinch hit in the ninth. La Russa hopes to have Jiménez back in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against visiting Kansas City.


Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.53 ERA) faces LHP Ranger Suárez (8-5, 3.38) on Monday night to start a series against visiting Philadelphia.

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-7, 5.14) opposes Royals RHP Brady Singer (7-4, 3.15) on Tuesday.


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