News and Notes: Realignment won’t make many ripples locally

As New Mexico has done this year, Texas has added a sixth classification in prep sports, although it probably won’t affect teams in football that much, at least in the area.

Essentially, almost everyone simply moved up one class, with the 6-man teams now comprising Division I and Division II in Class 1A.

Farwell and Bovina, formerly 1A, are still in the same district (Class 2A Division II District 2) while Muleshoe has moved from Class 2A to Class 3A Division I District 1.

Dave Wagner

Dave Wagner

“It has no (real) bearing,” Muleshoe coach David Wood said of the change. “Nothing’s changed.”

Each district has one new team this season, with Amarillo River Road replacing Bushland in Muleshoe’s district and Vega taking the place of Morton in the other one.

“Everybody (now in the district) made the playoffs last year, except us,” Bovina’s Hector Guevara said. “But everything pretty much stays the same.”
Clovis High has only one new head coach this fall, and he’s hardly new. Mark Bussen is beginning his third stint as the school’s cross country coach.
Bussen has been with the Clovis cross country program since coming here in 1998. He was the head coach for six seasons, served two as an assistant to Brian Stacy, returned to the head coaching spot from 2006-08 and spent the last five seasons as an assistant under Mike Hankins.

The only new football coaches in the area are Josh Johnson at Clovis Christian and Danny Brittain at Farwell. Johnson is also serving as the athletic director at CCS.

Other new head coaches in the area include Casey Jackson at Melrose, Jennifer Boyd at CCS and Gary Morrow at Grady, all of whom are coaching volleyball.

CCS, which is fielding a 6-man team again this season after a one-year hiatus in which it co-opted with Melrose, is planning a midnight madness at 12:01 a.m. tonight at its east campus on E. 21st St.

Johnson said with no lights available, parents’ cars will provide the lighting. The scrimmage will last about 20-25 minutes, Johnson said.
Following is a list of preseason football scrimmages for area teams:
Clovis — Aug. 22 vs. Las Cruces High at Ruidoso
Texico — Aug. 21 at Bovina
Fort Sumner — Aug. 22 vs. Melrose
Melrose — Aug. 22 at Fort Sumner
Clovis Christian — at Groom Aug. 16, at Lazbuddie Aug. 23
Farwell — Aug 16 vs. Ralls at Littlefield, Aug. 21 at Plains
Bovina — Aug. 15 at Clarendon, Aug. 21 vs. Texico
Muleshoe — Aug. 16 at Idalou, Aug. 22 at Lubbock Cooper.

Dave Wagner covers sports for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at 575-763-3431, ext. 321, or by email:
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