Sandia sweeps past Lady Cats

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis softball team, in its long-delayed season opener, had the first inning its wanted with three runs against host Sandia. The next 10 innings weren’t nearly as kind to the Wildcats, who suffered a 5-4 comeback win from the Matadors in the opener. The nightcap wasn’t nearly as dramatic, with […]

Late call helps Steers hold off Logan

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Logan team members console each other following the team’s 61-60 defeat to Magdalena in overtime in the Class 2A championship Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE  — In a fast and furious finish to overtime, Logan’s Brinton Roach took the ball hard to the basket as the final seconds ticked away. With his team down by one and the state boys Class 2A championship on the line, he put in his driving shot and […]

Big innings help Commerce sweep Zias

STAFF REPORT Host Texas A&M-Commerce scored 11 runs in a three-inning stretch bridging both games of its Lone Star Conference doubleheader Saturday. The outburst bolstered the Lions to a 10-5, 8-0 sweep over Eastern New Mexico. The teams will meet again in a noon (MDT) doubleheader to close out the series. Catcher December Rivers led […]

Clovis’ run in Roswell ends with 12-6 loss to Goddard

STAFF REPORT The Clovis Wildcats were hoping to head back home Saturday afternoon with a unblemished experience in the Roswell Invitational. Goddard had other plans. The Rockets improved to 3-0, with a five-run third highlighting a 12-6 victory Saturday. The loss made it a 2-1 tournament for the Wildcats, who had beaten Lovington and Del […]

Commerce sweeps Zias to open series

STAFF REPORT Host Texas A&M-Commerce scored 11 runs in a three-inning stretch bridging both games of its Lone Star Conference doubleheader Saturday. The outburst bolstered the Lions to a 10-5, 8-0 sweep over Eastern New Mexico. The teams will meet again in a noon (MDT) doubleheader to close out the series. Catcher December Rivers led […]

Hope Christian rallies, beats Portales in 4A title game

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Portales junior Sheraya Cox shoots over the hand of a Hope Christian defender during Friday’s Class 4A title game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian’s boys have dominated the last decade or so in what was Class 3A, and now in 4A will chase another state title tonight. The Hope girls now have a second title in school history — again at the expense of the Portales Lady Rams. PHS […]

Hope Christian ousts Rams in semifinals

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Portales senior Matt Martinez dives for a loose ball as a Hope Christian defender moves in to grab it during the first half of the Rams’ 4A semifinal Friday morning at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — For one quarter, the Portales Rams had top-seeded Hope Christian on the run in Friday’s Class 4A boys state semifinal at The Pit. That changed quickly in the second period. Huskies senior Alex Bellinger keyed a 17-2 domination of the segment with 11 consecutive points and Hope […]

Zias’ series postponed one day due to weather

STAFF REPORT Inclement weather has forced a one-day postponement of the Eastern New Mexico University softball team’s Lone Star Conference series with Texas A&M-Commerce. The series will open with a 1 p.m. (MST) doubleheader Saturday, and close with a noon (MST) doubleheader Sunday. The postponement has also impacts the Zias’ home doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma […]

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 […]