Jaguars’ Hood to host camp July 1

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle and Amarillo native Evander “Ziggy” Hood will host his fourth annual football camp 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (CST) July 1 at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo. Hood, the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been with the Jaguars for a season after signing as a […]

Pair of area teams claim flag titles

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR A pair of teams with area athletes claimed top honors in this weekend’s Hike It and Spike It 4-on-4 Flag Football Tournament, held at the Cielo Grande Recreation Complex in Roswell. The C Cats won the 17-18 men’s division and the Felons the 19-24 men’s division in the tournament, […]

Q & A: Fort Sumner’s McMath continues to rack up state titles

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Fort Sumner girls track coach Lisa McMath watch action at the Fox-Vixen Relays in April with junior Paris Allred. McMath coached the Vixens to the Class 2A state title earlier this month, setting a record with a ninth state championship in a row.

With Lisa McMath at the helm, the Fort Sumner Vixens have won a state-record nine state track titles in a row. Not bad for somebody who never imagined herself coaching. McMath, a former athlete under Rafael Roybal, ran the 800, mile and some relays for the Vixens, admitting, “There weren’t a lot of people, so […]

Former ENMU, Portales coach Gibson dies at 84

Sterling Gibson

Staff report Sterling Gibson, a former basketball coach for both Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, died last week in Amarillo at the age of 84. Gibson coached at the high school and college level from 1958 to 1991. He also played college basketball at Western Kentucky and Texas Tech, with a stint […]

ENMU women hopeful to make run at team title

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ENMU sophomore Lindsey Adcock of Belen will compete for the Greyhounds in goat tying at the College National Finals Rodeo at Casper, Wyoming, scheduled for June 14-20. The ENMU women finished third as a team last year at the CNFR, and hope to make another strong run at a team title this time around.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women claimed the Southwest Regional rodeo championship earlier this month for the second year in a row. Now the Greyhounds are looking for a bigger prize. They’ll send a four-woman team to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June […]

ENMU’s Szych finishes 13th

Staff report ALLENDALE, Mich. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Division II women’s 800 final on Friday, finishing 13th in a field of 21 runners with a time of 2 minutes, 10.98 seconds. Freshman Carsyn Koch of Cedarville was the winner in a time of 2:06.85. […]

ENMU’s Szych set for D-II nationals

By Dave Wagner Sports writer 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 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 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 […]