ENMU’s Szych set for D-II nationals

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has her work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field meet this weekend in Allendale, Michigan, but she’s ready to take her best shot. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, by way of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, […]

ENMU to break ground on stadium

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new on-campus multipurpose stadium at 5:30 p.m. on June 6. The facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2016 and be ready for the football season that fall, ENMU president Steven Gamble said. It will replace the venerable […]

State baseball, softball tournament results

BASEBALL Single elimination (Seeds in parentheses) Class 6A Thursday’s quarterfinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque (6) Eldorado 10, (3) La Cueva 1 (5) Volcano Vista 1, (13) Sandia 0 (2) Rio Rancho 3, (10) Mayfield 1 (9) Hobbs 6, (1) Onate 5 Friday’s semifinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque Volcano Vista 5, Hobbs 2 Eldorado […]

Clovis finishes in fourth for second-straight year

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Clovis High senior Shelby Jones releases the shot during the Class 6A girls final Saturday at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque. Jones finished second in the event with a toss of 40-2.75. She was also second in discus and javelin.

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s boys were close enough to getting a state trophy in this weekend’s Class 6A state track meet, and coach Darren Kelley was left wondering what might have been. In fact, nasty weather with several rain/lightning delays, including two on Saturday, probably had an impact on the meet overall. The […]

Saturday’s state large-school track results

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 6A Team standings: 1. Volcano Vista 80; 2. Rio Rancho 53; 3. Manzano 34; 4. Clovis 31; 5. Sandia 27; 6. Alamogordo 24 1/2; 7. Atrisco Heritage 23; 8. La Cueva 22; 9. (three-way tie) Eldorado, Hobbs and Rio Rancho Cleveland 20; 12. Onate 19 1/2; 13. Carlsbad […]

Bender wins pole vault at state meet

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Talk about saving your best for last. Clovis High senior Kaine Bender has been all but inactive since tearing an ACL during the Wildcats’ football season. He essentially sat out through basketball, and competed in three meets this spring, managing to get himself qualified for state in pole vault during a […]

Cobre eliminates Portales in long-delayed contest

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Portales High softball team knew it would be in for a long day in the Class 4A losers bracket if it intended to reach Saturday’s championship game. Portales certainly got the long day, as rain and lightning delays dominated Friday’s state softball, baseball and track championship events. But the […]

Rams work through lengthy first day at state

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Portales freshman catcher Shelbi Walker gets the ball too late to tag out a Cobre runner at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Rams’ Class 4A tournament game. The Indians knocked Portales out of the double-elimination bracket with a 3-0 win.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Even factoring in three weather delays, and an eventual weather stoppage, Friday was a pretty good day on balance for the Portales High track teams. “Through all the adversity, our kids handled it well,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “They competed well. We PR’d (hit personal records) in times, and we’re […]

Buffs wallop McCurdy to claim 1-2A state title

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Isn’t it supposed to be harder than this? The second-seeded Melrose Buffaloes sure made it look easy, capturing their first state baseball championship on Friday with a 12-0 rout of McCurdy for the Class 1-2A title at UNM Field. shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule. Junior Wyatt Williams, who […]

Buffaloes cruise to first state baseball crown

Staff report The Melrose Buffaloes had a season so dominant, it’s a shocker that Friday was the first time the school played for a baseball championsihp. The Buffs are 1-0 on the big stage now, as they capped a 14-1 season with a 12-0 win over fourth-seeded McCurdy in Friday’s Class 1-2A championship at the […]

CHS has hopefuls in 6A state track

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Clovis High senior Heather Pastirchak works on the pole vault during Wednesday’s practice at Leon Williams Stadium. Pastirchak, who holds the school record in the event at 10 feet, 9 inches, has finished third in state competition each of the past two years.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Darren Kelley knows Clovis High’s boys are not likely to win this weekend’s Class 6A state track meet, so he’s hoping for the best. “If we can score 25 points, it’ll be a successful meet,” Kelley said. “Twenty-five to 30 points is kind of our goal.” The one thing […]

Buffs beat Logan to gain 1-2A final

Staff report RIO RANCHO — If the first two games are any indication, the Melrose Buffaloes should have some momentum going into today’s 10 a.m. Class 1-2A state baseball finale. The second-seeded Buffs have not trailed in their 12 innings in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and used a five-run fifth to put away district rival […]

ENMU’s Szych earns national berth

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has been chosen for a spot in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, will compete in the women’s 800. She had earned a provisional bid, but qualified officially on Wednesday with […]

Buffaloes win, Texico loses; both games 13-0 counts

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com It was a tale of 13-0 scores for area teams to open the quarterfinals in the state baseball tournaments. The good: The Melrose Buffaloes had little trouble dispatching seventh-seeded Jemez Valley in Class 1-2A, and were able to rest key players in the blowout win at Sue V. Cleveland […]

Lady Cats 7th in state golf; Texico girls earn trophy

Staff report FARMINGTON — Clovis High’s girls were pretty much stuck where they were after Monday’s first round of the state Class 6A golf tournament at Pinon Hills Golf Course. Still, all five players improved their scores on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats finished seventh in the eight-team competition, shooting 414 on Tuesday for a 36-hole […]

Texico, Melrose ready for state quarterfinals

Staff report Texico and Melrose are set for quarterfinal matchups today in state baseball competition. The Wolverines (15-8), seeded eighth in the original 16-team Class 3A field, face top-seeded Lordsburg (14-3) at 4 p.m. at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Field in a rematch of last year’s then-Class 2A quarters, in which the No. […]

Vixens post record ninth state title in row

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Lisa McMath remains perfect as Fort Sumner’s girls track coaches — nine seasons at the helm, nine state titles. The Vixens accomplished the feat on Saturday, finishing with 79 points to 72 for runnerup Jal in the Class 2A state meet at Albuquerque. The win breaks the state record […]

CHS struggles on first day of 6A golf

Staff report FARMINGTON — Clovis High’s golfer struggled Monday to get used to the undulation around the greens in Pinon Hills Golf Course, site of the Class 6A state tournament. For the boys, junior Jake Foster shot 44-40 — 84, and is five shots out of the hunt for 6A all-state and medal honors. Meantime, […]

Szych nabs provisional qualifying mark

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior  Klaudia Szych earned one of two wins for Eastern New Mexico University’s women over the weekend in Lone Star Conference track meet, also breaking a school and LSC record in the process. Szych, a junior from Szczecin, Poland, ran a time of 2 minutes, 11.53 seconds in the […]

Saturday’s state small-school track results — May 9

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque Saturday’s results BOYS Class 3A Team standings: 1.  1. Clayton 82; 2. Santa Rosa 49 1/2; 3. Dexter 48; 4. Estancia 43 1/3; 5. Santa Fe Prep 37; 6. Pecos 36 1/3; 7. Texico 23 1/2; 8. Academy Tech 23; 9. Tucumcari 20; 10. Lordsburg 16; 11. Laguna Acoma 14; […]