CHS baseball team captures fifth at Rio Rancho

CNJ STAFF RIO RANCHO — The Clovis High baseball team continued to get strong early-season pitching in finishing fifth in the Rio Rancho tournament. On Friday, senior Robert Riggins threw five strong innings in a 12-1 consolation semifinal rout of Roswell High while seniors Richard Urban and Jason Seefelt combined on a four-hit shutout Saturday […]

NW Missouri eliminates Eastern

CNJ STAFF STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Northwest Missouri State outscored Eastern New Mexico University 28-8 over the final 9 1/2 minutes of the first half and the Bearcats went on to a 77-57 victory over the Greyhounds Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II South Central Region basketball tournament. The third-seeded Bearcats (27-4) advanced […]

Portales girls repeat in 3A

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third in four […]

Late run pushes Des Moines past Lady Bronchos

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Grady junior point guard Brittany Bailey blows by Des Moines’ Jodi Kibbe during the first half of Friday night’s Class 1A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Static cling only lasts for so long, and that was true with the pesky Grady girls […]

Bad quarter costly for Lady Cats

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Clovis senior Jessica Hohn (middle) reacts to a 57-49 loss to Mayfield in Friday’s Class 5A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Miles Watters paced the sideline like an expecting father. He called three quick timeouts in an attempt to calm his rattled […]

Grady’s title bid halted by Lady Demons

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Grady sophomore Stephanie Bailey puts up a shot during Friday’s Class 1A girls state championship game against Des Moines at The Pit. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Making their first appearance in the state finals since 1987, the Grady Lady Bronchos made repeated comeback attempts Friday night against the favored Des […]

Lady Cats fall to Mayfield in 5A finals

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — They came at Clovis in waves, bringing the Lady Wildcats’ record-breaking season to a crashing halt. Senior Ashley Gilpin fueled a decisive third-quarter run, leading Mayfield to a 57-49 win over the Lady Wildcats in the Class 5A girls state title game Friday at The Pit. Gilpen finished with a […]

Portales wins 3rd state title in four years

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Portales sophomore Ashleah Richards and teammates hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Friday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Freedom Newspapers: Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Three seniors synonymous with Portales girls basketball went out in style Friday as the Lady Rams captured their second-straight Class 3A state basketball and third championship […]

Lady Bronchos gain state Class 1A finals

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Sparked by full-court pressure, Grady rallied in the final two minutes to beat Elida 40-38 Thursday in a Class 1A girls semifinal game at West Mesa High. Stephanie Bailey’s free throw with 26 seconds proved to be the game-winner as Grady (26-5) survived a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter […]

Vixens’ upset bid falls short

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner’s free throw gave Fort Sumner a quick 1-0 lead against two-time defending Class 1A state champion Des Moines Thursday night. That would turn out to be the Vixens’ only lead of the game, however, as the Lady Demons forced them to play comeback the rest of the way […]

Hounds set for rematch with NW Missouri

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Junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt and the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds face Northwest Missouri State on Saturday in the South Central Region tournament at Stephenville, Texas. CNJ staff file photo By Dave Wagner It took a couple of days, but Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan thinks the Greyhounds have recovered mentally […]

Rio Grande gets past Cats

CNJ STAFF RIO RANCHO — Rio Grande’s Keith Lowe doubled twice, driving in one run and setting up the other, and the Ravens held on for a 2-1 victory over Clovis High Thursday in the opening round of the Rio Rancho Invitational baseball tournament. Tim McGuire pitched a complete-game five-hitter to get the win for […]

CHS girls state tournament notes

Sophomore Tori Quintana has hit big shots all season — and she did again in Wednesday’s 56-32 win over Gallup. After a nightmarish first half, Quintana hit 3-pointers to start the third and fourth quarters and finished the second half 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She missed all six of her shots in the first […]

CHS’ 1979 title team to be feted Saturday

By Dave Wagner Perhaps the best boys basketball team in the history of Clovis High School is scheduled to be honored at halftime of Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. It’s the 25th anniversary of the 1979 Class 4A state title for the Wildcats, who ran up a 27-1 record […]

Lady Cats’ coach a pussycat

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Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters talks to his team during a practice on Thursday as Los Lunas High School. The Lady Wildcats face Mayfield at 8:45 p.m. tonight in the Class 5A girls state championship game. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — His salt-and-pepper hair isn’t the only thing that […]

Buffs, Broncos bow out in 1A boys meet

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE — Art Castro’s 21 points led Tatum to a 66-49 win over Melrose in the Class 1A boys quarterfinals Wednesday night. Tatum (24-8) advances to the semifinals Thursday against Springer (27-3). Tatum coach Curt Stephens said strong scoring kept his team strong throughout the game. ‘‘We really started pulling together after […]

State tournament scores, schedule

CNJ STAFF Wednesday GIRLS Class 3A Semifinals (At University Arena) Portales 56, Robertson 46 Socorro 59, Pojoaque 54 Class 4A Semifinals (At University Arena) Farmington 61, Roswell High 53 Kirtland Central 41, Silver 28 Class 5A Semifinals (At University Arena) Clovis 56, Gallup 32 Mayfield 53, Rio Rancho 52, 2 OT BOYS Class 1A Quarterfinals […]

Lady Rams look for repeat title in 3A

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Kassandra Richards is determined to make the most of every second she has left in her prep basketball career. Forced to the bench by fouls early in the fourth quarter, the Portales senior had a hard time sitting and watching as Robertson made a determined run. She came out firing […]

Hope Christian thumps Texico in quarterfinals

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Texico junior Logan Brown looks to shoot as Hope Christian freshman Zach Spangler defends him in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Class 2A boys state quarterfinal game at Cibola High School in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — If the Texico boys basketball team derived any confidence from the fact that […]

Clovis faces Ravens in Rio Rancho tourney

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis High baseball team left town a little early for this weekend’s Rio Rancho Invitational baseball tournament. Coach Shane Shallenberger and his squad practiced at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday so they could watch the CHS girls basketball team play in the Class 5A state semifinals at The Pit. The Lady Wildcats […]