Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ticket Giveaway Irks Rivals.

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

Los Alamos Tries To Limit Espanola Turnout to Hoops Rematch

LOS ALAMOS Finding a ticket to the Friday rematch between the Espanola Valley Sundevils and Los Alamos Hilltoppers would have been a monumental task, regardless.

But it was made even more difficult for Espanola fans when Los Alamos high school athletic director Robert Abney gave away 1,200 free tickets to the Los Alamos High staff and student body rather than sell them to the general public.

It was done, Abney said, in hopes of getting the type of fan support from his own people that Espanola's team enjoys from its rabid following.

Abney said that without the ticket giveaway, probably 75 percent of the crowd for the Hilltoppers' home game would have been Sundevils supporters.

"I heard they were giving away tickets to people up there (in Los Alamos)," said Sawn Singer, daughter of Espanola Valley athletic trainer Norman Singer. …

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