Clovis routs Del Norte

STAFF REPORT ROSWELL — The Clovis Wildcats haven’t had much to fret about in their first two days of the Roswell Invitational. Suits first-year coach Richard Cruce just fine. Clovis cruised Friday against Del Norte, winning 10-0 in a game called in the bottom of the Wildcats’ four-run fourth. Joseph Ramos led the Wildcats with 2-for-3 […]

Tigers play, win with purpose

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Tiger senior point guard Marily Varela maneuvers around a Cimarron defender on her way to the basket during the Tigers' 1A state championship game Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — In the four years the New Mexico Activities Association sponsored Class B, Elida made mince meat out of the rest of the field in winning the state title each year and not losing a game to anyone in their class in that time. Now in Class 1A, […]

Texico tops in 3A

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Texico sophomore Jasmine Gannon takes a shot for two of her 14 points in Texico’s 50-39 win over Clayton for the Class 3A title.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — If Texico junior Brianna Reyna knew, she may have tried for one more assist. She had other concerns, though, like making things right for the Lady Wolverines after last year’s heartbreaking three-point loss to Tularosa in the then-Class 2A title tilt. Reyna finished one assist short of […]

Lady Buffs hold off Tatum, win 2A

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Melrose senior Caley Barnard pushes past the Tatum defense for two of her 16 points in Friday’s Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Barnard added 10 rebounds and five assists in the 52-48 win.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — It almost seemed as if Melrose’s Caley Barnard was a decoy for a long stretch on Friday. The high-scoring Lady Buffs senior actually went two full quarters without scoring. She was busy making other things happen. Barnard still finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high […]

Melrose claims 2A title

Staff report The Lady Buffs have gone blue again. Melrose claimed its second championship in four seaons, and its first in Class 2A with a 52-48 win over top-seeded Tatum at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Lady Buffs (24-5) also won the title in 2012, coincidentally against Tatum as well. It is the sixth title […]

Hope Christian uses big third quarter to sink Portales

Staff report A big third quarter led to a clean sweep for Hope Christian over Portales Friday afternoon at the Pit. The Huskies rebounded from a rough first half, outscoring Portales 17-3 before holding on to take a 47-42 victory over Portales for the Class 4A state championship. It is the second state championship in […]

Texico takes Class 3A championship

STAFF REPORT Big green has gone blue again, as the Texico Wolverines brought back their second state championship in four seasons. Texico defeated Clayton 50-39 Friday at The Pit for their ninth girls basketball championship in school history and first as a member of Class 3A. The Wolverines (24-4), as a member of Class 2A […]

Elida routs Cimarron in 1A title game

Staff report A mission to honor their late coach became a coronation for the Elida a Tigers very quickly Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who won four straight championships in Class B, dominated in their first season back in Class 1A competition — the final showing a 75-36 rout of Cimarron to claim the state championship at […]

Hope Christian tops Portales in boys semifinal

Staff report Top-seeded Hope Christian used a 17-2 second quarter to turn a tight game into a 70-48 win over Portales in a Class 4A semifinal Friday morning at The Pit. The Huskies (26-4), winners of 18 straight, will face either Toas or West Las Vegas in a noon Saturday championship, also at The Pit. […]

Wildcat baseball squad cruises by Lovington

STAFF REPORT The Clovis Wildcats had little trouble in their opener at the Roswell Tournament Thursday, beating Lovington 7-0 behind a complete game from Landon Williams. Williams allowed just two hits, both with two outs in the second inning, and didn’t allow a baserunner past first base through the first six innings. He struck out […]

State Tournament Capsules — March 13

A look at today’s games of local interest, all at The Pit in Albuquerque. 3A Girls Championship Texico (23-4) vs. Clayton (23-7) 1:30 p.m. How they got here: Texico, seeded second, took control late in the first quarter and held off Eunice 52-38. The Yellowjackets, seeded fifth, upended top-seeded Tularosa 56-52 for their 12th-straight win. […]

La Cueva bounces Clovis in 6A semifinals

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Wildcat senior guard Nichele Hyman sprints by a La Cueva defender as she brings the ball up court Thursday afternoon in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 6A semifinal against La Cueva.
at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s girls have been skirting around a lack of experienced depth all season. On Thursday, it caught up to them at the most inopportune time. Fourth-seeded La Cueva jumped off to a 7-0 lead, then got senior standouts Danni Williams and Shelby Jones in foul […]

Melrose reaches third title game in four years

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com BERNALILLO — The Melrose and Logan girls basketball teams looked a bit like they’d come out of a football game after Friday’s Class 2A state semifinal at Bernalillo H.S. Meeting for the sixth time in just over a month, the district rivals slugged it out until the final buzzer […]

Texico advances to 3A title game

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Fourth verse, same as the first three. And that’s just fine with the Texico Lady Wolverines. Junior Brianna Reyna overcame some second-half foul difficulties to score 23 points and grab 11 rebounds as second-seeded Texico moved into the Class 3A girls state finals on Friday with […]

Texico, Melrose, Portales, Elida girls headed to state title games; Clovis ousted

Portales, Elida and Texico girls’ basketball teams will be playing for state championships. Clovis, for the second straight season, saw its season end in the semifinals. Clovis, stymied by foul trouble, trailed by double digits throughout the second half and fell 52-31 to fourth-seeded La Cueva at the Santa Ana Star Center. La Cueva (24-4) […]

Melrose, Texico ousted in quarterfinals

STAFF REPORT Curry County teams stayed alive for the most part Tuesday, going 3-1 in girls action at the New Mexico state basketball championships. On Wednesday, not so much. Both Texico and Melrose fell in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, with the Wolverines taking a 60-55 loss against Laguna-Acoma in Class 3A and the Buffaloes falling 77-70 to […]

State tournament Thursday look-ahead

Today’s semifinal games of area interest at the state basketball tournament: Class 6A girls Clovis (27-2) vs. La Cueva (23-4) 1:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center How they got here: Clovis won its 13th straight, defeating Valley 57-35 in the Tuesday quarterfinals. The Bears won their 12th in a row Tuesday, defeating Hobbs 63-46. Previous […]

Fishing report — March 11

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: There were a few […]

STATE GIRLS ROUNDUP: Texico, Melrose advance

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Texico gave up the lead briefly late in the first half, but this isn’t exactly the Lady Wolverines’ first rodeo. Junior Brianna Reyna had three 3-pointers and 16 points and sophomore Jasmine Gannon added 10 points while Texico held Laguna Acoma to just six second-half points in a 43-29 Class […]

State basketball tournaments — March 10

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A At The Pit, Albuquerque Wednesday’s quarterfinals (8) West Mesa vs. (1) Hobbs, 9:45 a.m. (10) Sandia vs. (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 1:15 p.m. (6) Albuquerque High vs. (3) Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. (5) Valley vs. (4) Rio Rancho, 8:15 p.m. Thursday’s semifinals Albuquerque High-Carlsbad winner vs. Sandia-Rio Rancho Cleveland winner, […]