Lady Cats cruise into Class 6A semifinals

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Clovis High girls basketball coach Jeff Reed recalled two years ago how the top-seeded Lady Wildcats cruised to an easy quarterfinal victory in the then-Class 5A state tournament, turned back La Cueva in the semifinals and went on to win the title with a win over Mayfield. Tuesday, again seeded […]

Area state boys basketball capsules — March 11

(Seeds, records in parentheses) CLASS 3A Texico (6, 18-9) vs. Laguna Acoma (3, 24-3) When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Of note: The schools were matched up in quarterfinal play in both boys and girls competition. … Against common opponents, the Wolverines are 3-1 while the Hawks are 6-0. Texico […]

Lady Cats get Valley at SASC

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Clovis High senior Nichele Hyman looks to put a jumper over Gadsden senior Ruth Guillen during the first half of Friday’s Class 6A girls round-of-16 game at The Rock, won by the Lady Wildcats 67-24. Hyman is the second-leading scorer for the Lady Cats this season, averaging 10.3 ppg.

Staff report Clovis High’s girls went unbeeaten until the Class 5A state semifinals last season, falling short in a loss to Volcano Vista in their bid for a repeat state title. The Lady Wildcats hope to make amends for that in what is now Class 6A state tournament, beginning with today’s 4:45 p.m. quarterfinal matchup […]

Area girls state basketball capsules — March 10

(Seeds, records in parentheses) CLASS 3A Texico (2, 21-4) vs. Laguna Acoma (7, 21-7) When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Of note: Texico lost in last year’s Class 2A final to Tularosa, and those teams are seeded 1-2 this time. The Lady Wolverines were ranked No. 1 and Tularosa No. […]

State basketball tournament schedule — March 9

(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 […]

State basketball tournaments — March 7

(Seeds in parentheses) BOYS Class 6A Saturday Round of 16 (1) Hobbs 77, (16) La Cueva 55 (8) West Mesa 52, (9) Las Cruces High 49 (5) Valley 65, (12) Onate 60 (4) Rio Rancho 66, Gadsden 58 (3) Carlsbad 67, (14) Rio Grande 43 (6) Albuquerque High 44, (11) Cibola 34 (10) Sandia 36, […]

Melrose thumps Menaul; Grady edged

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — Had Melrose not left a few points on the court, the Buffaloes might have reached the century mark on Saturday. They were just 18-of-31 from the free throw line and had only one 3-pointer. But no matter, fourth-seeded Melrose cruised past No. 13 Menaul 89-60 on Saturday […]

Texico withstands early pummeling, beats Pecos

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Texico sophomore Mason Golden gets his hands on a ball in the Pecos passing lane in the first half Saturday afternoon at Texico High School. Golden scored six points on 2-of-2 shooting in the Wolverines’ 61-52 win over the Panthers.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Had Saturday’s Class 3A boys first-round game been in Pecos, the Panthers’ early run would have almost surely been accompanied by a packed house chanting, “Mario’s winning,” with Mario Archuleta having 16 points and the Panthers up 22-6 just 5:34 into the matchup. But in Texico, it […]

Buffs rally for split against Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Right fielder Ryan March drove in three runs, two with a go-ahead two-run triple in West Texas A&M’s four-run fifth, and the Buffaloes held on for a 9-8 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday and a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball twin bill. Senior right-hander Cody […]

Canadian avoids upset, edges Farwell

STAFF REPORT LEVELLAND — Braiden Galla hit a pair of free throws with six seconds to play, and the Canadian Wildcats did just enough to hold off a late Farwell comeback in a 49-48 Class 2A Region 1 win Saturday afternoon at the Texan Dome. Sawyer Cook had 15 points to lead the Wildcats (23-1), who […]

Cleveland deals Cats pair of losses

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s baseball team competed on Saturday. The Wildcats just couldn’t finish the deal. Rio Rancho Cleveland jumped on top with three second-inning runs and held on for a 5-3 win in the opener, then used a five-run sixth to pull out a 5-2 win in the nightcap. “We had […]

Zias gain Saturday split with ASU

Staff report PORTALES — Sixth-ranked Angelo State finally got away from Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team in the finale of a four-game Lone Star Conference series, but not before the Zias pulled out a first-game win on Saturday. Freshman left-hander Aja Secheslingloff survived six hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings, while junior […]

Hounds work on situations in scrimmage

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn got a first long look at his current 2015 squad on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU went through about a two-hour scrimmage, mostly geared toward situational football. While generally pleased with what he saw, Lynn said the Greyhounds […]

Veterans boost Lady Cats

First-year Clovis High softball coach Freddy Perez hits a fly balls to the outfield during Friday’s practice at Lady Wildcat Field. Perez takes over the program this year after spending six seasons as an assistant.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Freddy Perez admits it’s not the same feeling behind the head coach instead of an assistant in Clovis High’s softball program. After six seasons as an assistant to Brandi Thomas, the Muleshoe native replaces her this season. “It feels a lot different,” Perez said as the Lady Wildcats prepare […]

State tournament roundup: Elida starts drive for five

STAFF REPORT ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers, who cruised to Class B state championships in each of the four years the NMAA sponsored the class, look like they could be on their way to another title. Top-seeded Elida opened a 19-point halftime lead and cruised past Roosevelt County rival Floyd 72-27 on Friday in […]

Cats post rout over Gadsden

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Clovis senior Danni Williams  is fouled by Gadsden junior Samantha Jacquez during the first half of Friday’s Class 6A first-round girls state tournament game at The Rock. Williams broke her own school record with 43 points in the top-seeded Lady Wildcats’ 67-24 romp.

By Dave Wagner STAFF WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High senior Danni Williams would have been on the sideline much earlier on Friday night, except for the fact that it was her final home game and she was chasing a single-game scoring record. Williams finally got it in the closing seconds, converting a backcourt interception into an […]

Portales defense keys easy win over Hot Springs

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Portales coach Wade Fraze discusses strategy with his team during a timeout in Friday’s Class 4A first-round game at the Ram Athletic Center.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@cnjonline.com The Portales Rams started off the Class 4A state tournament a bit sluggish offensively. But tefense was on point from start to finish as it led them to a 63-22 win over Hot Springs Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. Kambrey Blakey had 15 points and eight steals […]

Texico breezes by No. 15 Dulce

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Texico senior Sarah Daniels gets a step on Dulce defender Joetta Waupeknay in the first quarter of Friday’s Class 3A first-round game at Texico High School. Daniels scored 11 points in Texico’s 55-35 win.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The difference between Texico’s struggles shooting the ball and Dulce’s struggles shooting the ball was simple. Texico’s ended. The second-seeded Lady Wolverines triumphed early with their defense, holding the visiting Lady Hawks without a field goal for the first 13 minutes, 41 seconds and led for the […]

Farwell survives regional semifinal against Hawley

LEVELLAND — The Farwell Steers are just one game away from the Texas Final Four. Senior guard Angel Graxiola hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play — his only points of the game — and the Steers held on for a 47-45 victory in Friday’s Class 1A Region I semifinals at South Plains […]

West Texas A&M takes series opener from Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Designated hitter Jeff Caples drove in three runs, two on a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, and West Texas A&M took the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. ENMU (4-8, 0-1 LSC) took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on an RBI single […]