In the Sports Desk for Thursday, the NFL Draft takes center stage while Lobo walk-ons talk about making a contribution to the UNM football team. Some local players with talent, but no offers have become contributing members on the team.
“We have some young local talent, guys that have invested in the program that I think are right on the verge of probably being rewarded for it, as in scholarship and definitely rewarded by the opportunity to get on that field and play a little bit,” said Lobos Head Coach Bob Davie.
Meanwhile, New Mexico United is an expansion team playing like a veteran. The team has a chance to jump into first in the USL Championships Western Division with a win over league leader Portland Timbers 2. The United is hosting Portland Friday night.
“You know if we get into that first spot, we are not going to relinquish it at all,” said United Midfielder Saalih Muhammad. “We have to bite and we want to make a statement to the league.”
Also in the Sports Desk, former Cleveland High baseball star Blake Swihart gets his second start in right field for the Arizona Diamondbacks after being traded from the Boston Red Sox. Swihart drove in a run in the Diamondbacks 5-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitcher Zach Grienke had seven scoreless innings.
Swihart’s high school team, the Cleveland Storm, traveled to the home of the Cibola Cougars Thursday for a showdown on the diamond. In Reno, Nevada former Lobo coaches Steve Alford and Craig Neal are back together again. Alford has hired Neal as an assistant.