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Albuquerque Isotopes hung the “help wanted” sign.

The Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate opened its annual job fair on its website. The ‘Topes search for everything from bat boys to front desk attendants and food vendors.

The season starts 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 of yourself (and maybe a few friends) singing the national anthem in your language of choice for New Mexico United. The club is accepting applications until Friday.

The team asks you to register and upload it to the US website, newmexicoutd.com.

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

This will actually be his third year in Albuquerque. He was originally promoted to Triple-A by Colorado in 2020, a season that never happened due to the pandemic. In six years as the Rockies’ minor league skipper, Schaeffer is 402-419 with previous saves 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 will be the club’s hitting coach. Pacheco had a brief major league stint with the Rockies during his playing days.

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

Rivas, a 5-foot-9 guard, has been the team’s leading scorer since joining the university as a sophomore in 2019.

It was the first match played by the Lobos since beating Cuba 67-26 on January 10. Royston said the program had a COVID-19 outbreak that canceled games and kept the team out of practice for much of the past week. He said most of the Lobos were back in practice on Tuesday, but had more time to prepare in Mesa Vista when Questa postponed both teams’ district opener on Thursday when he suffered a coronavirus outbreak.

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

However, it allowed the athletes to return to campus and begin training last week after about 10 days of inactivity. The men’s team has not played since defeating Estancia for the Bean Valley Tournament Championship on Jan. 8.

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

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

Eastern New Mexico University announced Thursday the launch of a men’s soccer program. The Greyhounds will take to the field for the first time this fall.

“We are extremely grateful to our board for their support in bringing men’s football back to the East,” ENMU sporting director Paul Weir said in a statement.

Coaching men’s basketball at UNM when football was eliminated to stem its budget crisis, Weir underscored the uniqueness of what ENMU does.

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