December 2017

Sports

College Sports
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Bicycling
Golf
Horse Sports
Motor sports
Runs and Walks
Golf
Leagues and Classes
Motor sports
Winter sports

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El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s new Major Arena Soccer League team’s game are at the El Paso County Coliseum. Individual tickets: $12 general admission; $20 box seating; kids admitted free with purchase of adult ticket. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
Home games:
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2: Turlock Express
• 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15: Monterrey Flash

El Paso Rhinos
- El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Oklahoma City Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-10, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday Dec. 15-April 17. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races will be carded each day.
  The 17th running of the Championship at Sunland Park is Sunday, Dec. 31.  
  Other stakes races: 
• Saturday, Dec. 16: Jess Burner Memorial and KLAQ Handicap
• Sunday, Dec. 17: Johnie L. Jamison Handicap and New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap
• Saturday, Dec. 30: La Señora Stakes and Lou Wooten-Sydney Valentini Handicap
• Sunday, Dec. 31: Sunland Park Juvenile Championship, Bold Ego Handicap, 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes.

Senior All-Star Football Classic — The 27th annual greater El Paso football showcase game is 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at UTEP’s Sun Bowl stadium. Pre-game activities begin at 12:30 p.m. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Game features El Paso area football athletes playing on East/West teams. Also featured are cheerleaders, band, dancers, trainers, and JROTC cadets. Tickets to be announced. Information: gepfs.org.
  The annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase-Combine is noon Friday, Dec. 15, at Socorro Athletic Complex, 1300 Joe Battle.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 84th annual football classic begins at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29. Teams will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.


College Sports


UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m., except as listed. Call or check website for ticket prices. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com. 
• 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30: NMSU
• Saturday, Dec. 2: New Mexico
• Saturday, Dec. 9: Washington State
• Tuesday, Dec. 19: Incarnate Word
• Thursday, Dec. 28: North Texas
• Saturday, Dec. 30: Rice
  The WestStar Band Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Dec. 21-22, with invited teams Howard, UNC Wilmington and North Dakota State. Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday; Friday game time to be announced.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30: New Mexico 
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2: Houston Baptist
  UTEP takes on NMSU at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Pan American Center in Las Cruces.

Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team, 2016-17 Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference Champions, hosts home games at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7-$20. Information: 491-7879, info@mindershockey.com, or minershockey.com.
• 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-3: University of North Texas
• 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9-10, University of Texas

WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 56th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Howard University, NC-Wilmington, and North Dakota State. Games begin at 5 and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets: (available Dec. 1): $22-$22 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website: sunbowl.org.
  The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament.

NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games are at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Ticket information (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3: Prairie View A&M.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6: San Diego
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12: Eastern New Mexico
• 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16: Illinois

NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Ticket information: (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2: New Mexico
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10: UTEP
• 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29: US Santa Barbara
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31: Western New Mexico

NMSU Aggies Football — New Mexico State University Aggies’ final home game of the season is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces against South Alabama. Season tickets: $50-$150 Single game tickets: $10-$30 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-1420 or nmstatesports.com.


Also


McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament — The national high school tournament is Dec. 7-9, at Del Valle High School, with 180 of the country’s best student-athletes in boys’ and girls’ basketball from 13 high schools around the country, including El Paso. Information: 373-6708. Full schedule at elpasoclassic.com or on Facebook at McDonald’s Classic - El Paso.

Disc Golf — The El Paso Disc Golf Club hosts mini-tournaments on the first and third Saturday of each month. All levels of play welcome; no entry fee. Format may be singles or doubles depending on number of players. Information: El Paso Disc Golf on Facebook.
  This month’s events are at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 and 23 at Lionel Forti Park, 1225 Giles.

Luchas Frontera — Lucha Libre wrestling sets are 8 p.m. every Friday at El Paso County Coliseum Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come see the biggest names in wrestling as Lucha Frontera from the NEW superstars. Tickets: $12 ($5 kids) in advance; $15 ($7 kids) at the door. Information: 850-4002 or emptypocketsentertainment.com

Bicycling


El Paso Bicycle Club
— All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule at meetup.com/ElPasobicycleClub. Repeat riders are encouraged to become a member of the club; dues are $18 a year or $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Join at elpasobicycleclub.com.

EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of various paces and distances. Starting times and locations are posted at facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.

Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck's Bicycle Repair, 2625 Missouri, hosts Tuesday night rides at 7 p.m. Lights and helmets required. Information: 791-2006, zlauser@yahoo.com or Facebook. 

El Paso Puzzler — The 11th annual endurance mountain bike race is 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Bowen Ranch’s Round House, 2.6 miles north of US54 on Martin Luther King Jr. (FM 3255). Mountain bike races of 13, 35 and 50 miles offered. Hosted by the Border Mountain Bike Association. Registration: $70 for 13- and, $75 for 35-mile race; $80 for 50-mile race. Deadline is Jan. 10. Information: 433-1752, elpasopuzzler.com or on Facebook at El Paso Puzzler Mountain Bike Race.
  Registration at newmexicosportsonline.com.
  Packet pick up is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, and 7 to 7:30 a.m. on race day at the race venue.

Golf


Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf event for girls is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free.  Information: thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org. Registration: girlsgolf.org.
  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for kids ages 7-17.

Night Golf Scramble — The 9-hole nighttime golf scramble begins with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Underwood Golf Club, 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss. Entry cost: $40 (green fees, cart fees, glow gear, prizes, spaghetti dinner and desserts). Deadline to register is Dec. 14 at the Pro Shop. Open to the public, age 18 and older. Information: 568-1059.

Christmas Ham Golf Tournament — The Christmas Shoot-out Tournament is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Fort Bliss’s Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe. Two-person shoot-out. Entry fee: $50(includes green fees, cart fees and a Christmas ham). Registration required by Dec. 9 at the Pro Shop. Information: 568-9979.

Sun Bowl Golf Challenge — The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Open to all golfers. Check in at 9 a.m. Cost, information: Terry Jennings, 592-6565 or vistahillscc.com. 
  Representatives from the participating ACC and Pac-12 universities will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole, 2-person scramble matchplay format.

Horse Sports



Recreational Sports


Winter sports leagues
— City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department hosts the adult sports leagues beginning in January. Information, registration (575) 541-2563 or athletics@las-cruces.org.
• Winter Adult Indoor 6 v 6 Volleyball League. Co-Rec Divisions offered for age 18 and older. Registration is 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4-8, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley. Cost: $250 per team; half due by managers meeting in late December. Games begin week of Jan. 8.
• The Winter Youth Indoor Soccer League begins Jan. 13. Registration for new teams is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, Meerscheidt Recreation Center, for pre-K through 2nd grade youth.

Tour de El Paso walks — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosts the free non-competitive walking and running events for all ages at 8:45 a.m. second Saturday of each month at various area parks. Participants can walk or jog around the designated path. Free t-shirt upon registration (while they last).  Information: 757-2743 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
  The final walk of the year is Dec. 9 at Galatzan Park. 650 Wallenberg.

Archery classes for beginners — The Archers of El Paso Club hosts two-hour supervised shooting classes 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday at the Archers of El Paso Range, in Northeast El Paso off Martin Luther King at Stan Roberts. Bows and arrows provided for the seminar. Youth and adults age 7 and older welcome; parents must be present for kids age 16 and younger. Reservations required; limited number of spaces available each month. Cost: $20. Information, reservations: Ricardo Urias, 487-8199 or r.uri2000@yahoo.com.mx (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

Wednesday Night Trap Shooting League — El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda El Paso host a weekly trap shooting league at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Non-members are welcome to participate. Cost: $12. Information: 494-6665 or elpasoskeetandtrapclub.com

Motor Sports



Running events


Lady of the Mountain — The 4rd annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 9, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with 10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee: (through Nov. 30): $40 for the half-marathon; $35 for 10K; $30 for 5K; and $10 for Kids 1-mile run; fees rise after Nov. 30. Registration at active.com. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.
  Proceeds benefit the Lady of the Mountain Scholarship at NMSU-Alamogordo.
  Packet Pick-Up is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at First National Bank Atrium, 414 10th in Alamogordo, and at 6:45 a.m. on race day at the starting line.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon — 5K Run/30K Bike/40M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at White Sands Missile Range’s Bell Gymnasium. Registration information: (575) 678-3374 or wsmrmwr.com (click on “Sports & Fitness”).

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 11th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Runners encouraged to wear a Santa Hat. Part of the 2018 “More Than A Marathon” Series. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration: $25 through Dec. 14; $30 Dec. 15-16. at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Deby Lewis Memorial Holiday Light run — The 2nd annual evening 5K and 1-mile runs are 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae, coursing through the Eastridge neighborhood to enjoy the holiday lights, ending in the Eastwood stadium lighting of luminarias. Registration is $25 ($15 under 18) through Dec. 1; $30 ($20 under 18) Dec. 2-11. Information: 218-2642 or debylewisfoundation.org.
  Group pickup is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14-15, at Schlotsky’s 1840 Lee Trevino, at 4 to 5 p.m. on race day at the start line.

Monahans Sandhills Resolution Run — The 5K, 10K, 1-mile health walk and beginner run is 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Monahans Sandhills State Park, off of IH20 in Monahans, Texas. Closed course; no vehicle traffic. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration: $25 ($20 age 12 and younger). Registration at active.com.

YWCA Race Against Racism – The 6th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10K and 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk is 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout Lane.  Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; or YWCA, 533-2311. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Fort Bliss Half Marathon — The 13-mile race is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Soto Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 20751 Constitution on East Fort Bliss. Cost: $35 half-marathon ($10 active duty soldiers). Information: 744-5785 or 744-5794.
  A Family 5K is also planned; pets may participate.
  Half marathon advance entry fee is $10 active duty for the half marathon, $35 for others. 5K entry is $10 for all runners. Registration at either Soto, Stout or Milam PFC or raceroster.com through Jan. 18. 
  Late registration and packet pick-up is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20, 6 to 7 a.m. Jan. 21 at Soto PFC. Late fee is $10.

Bataan Memorial Death March — The 29th annual marathon-length (26.2 miles) march is 7 a.m. Sunday, March 25, starting at 1318 Aerobee at the White Sands Missile Range to honor U.S. and Filipino troops captured by the Japanese in WWII. Marchers should arrive at 5 a.m.; opening ceremony begins at 6:35 a.m. A 14.2-mile honorary march also offered. 
  The 26.2-mile memorial march route starts on the White Sands main post, crosses hilly desert terrain, circles a small mountain and returns to the main post through sandy desert trails and washes. Elevation ranges from about 4,100 to 5,300 feet.
  Registration is $95 individuals ($450 teams) through Dec. 31; $110 ($500 teams) Jan. 1-Feb. 11; $125 ($600 teams) Feb. 12-March 4. No late or on-site registration accepted. Information: (575) 678-4654, (575) 678-1134, army.bataanrules@mail.mil, bataanquestions@mail.mil. Online registration at bataanmarch.com.
  On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of 
soldiers surrendered to invading Japanese forces. Their captors marched them more than 60 miles through treacherous jungle and into captivity. Thousands died along the way, and those who survived faced years as prisoners of war. 

Running clubs:
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley.  Information: runelpaso.com. 
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information: coffeeposse.org
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information: raceelpaso.com
  Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all levels. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is free to newcomers.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers meet at various locations. Information: bjhash.com.
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at elpasohash.com.


Winter sports


Public Ice Skating — Public skating is 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Sierra Providence Event Center next to the Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Times may vary on days of hockey games. Admission: $10; $8 military (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for $5. Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasohockey.org.
  Holidays on Ice skating begins daily Dec. 16 through January, with themed nights, including Skate with Santa sessions, special guests, giveaways and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Schedule: elpasohockey.org/HolidaysOnIce.

The Fountains at Farah Promenade Ice Pond — The Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West, Ice Pond skating rink is open through Jan. 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost (includes skate rental): $14 ($9 kids, $10 military, students and seniors). Season passes available. Information: 400-9875 or fountainsatfarah.com.
  Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, and noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
  Tuesday “date nights” are 5 to 9 p.m. with $11 skate rentals. 
  Lunch special cost is $10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
  Last hour special is $4 daily.

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area, is opens for its 52nd season (weather permitting) on Dec. 15, with 11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600. 
 The 24-hour Ski Apache Snow Report number is (575) 257-9011. Information: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com. 
  Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on weather conditions. All-day lift tickets are $74 ($67 age 60-69; $65 age 13-17; $54 age 6-12; $63 military and $49 for military child; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. (Prices slightly higher on peak days). Season passes: $305-$700. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices. 
  Gondola Rides are $18 ($12 age 6-12; $6 age 60-69; free for five and younger)
  Rental packages available.
  The Ski Apache Wind Rider is an hour-long zip-line adventure that begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Reservations required; call for cost.
  Ski Apache is 130 miles from El Paso, and the drive takes about 3 hours. From Alamogordo, take U.S. 70/54 north to Tularosa, then follow U.S. 70 east to Ruidoso. Turn left on NM 48 and go six miles north. Take NM 532 to the ski area — it’s a slow, winding 12-mile climb.

Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski area in the United States is two miles east of Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, has 26 trails with two ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, at elevations of 8,350 to 9,050 feet. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, skicloudcroft.net or on Facebook.
  Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12 and younger for full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snowboard rentals available, and beginner ski school packages offered.
 Tubing available for $20 per day; $18 half day (weekends only).

Cloudcroft Ice Rink — The ice rink at 751 James Canyon (Hwy 82), across from Cloudcroft High School, in Cloudcroft, N.M. is frozen over mid-December through early March, weather permitting. Usual hours are 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (915) 449-1200 or on Facebook at Cloudcroft Ice Rink.

Ruidoso Winter Park — The snow play area at 1200 Ski Run Road in Alto, N.M. features giant tubes, a kidz korral, family zip line and other activities during the winter months. Season opens Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting. Hours are 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights). Tickets: $25 ($20 age 8-17; $10 age 7 and younger); include use of tubes; military discounts, night discounts, and group rates on selected days. Additional fee for zip lines. Dates and times subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079 or ruidosowinterpark.com.


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