Class 1A capsules

Girls Quarterfinals No. 6 Fort Sumner vs. No. 3 Hagerman When: 5 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Fort Sumner 18-8, Hagerman 24-4. How they got here: Fort Sumner beat Temple Baptist 58-29. Hagerman beat Carrizozo 75-47. Last state title: Fort Sumner won the Class 1A title in 2005. Hagerman has never won […]

Vixens top Elida in OT for 3-1A girls tourney crown

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Fort Sumner Vixens led nearly the entire game Friday night, but needed clutch free-throw shooting to beat Elida 60-58 in overtime in the District 3-1A tournament championship. “Any time you play Elida and a Dan Howard team, and you come out of an Elida gym (with a […]

Thursday prep basketball roundup

CNJ staff Girls * Clovis Christian rode 23 points from freshman Jocelyn Swann and 18 from sophomore Jennifer Schaap to a 47-40 victory over Logan at the CCS gym, advancing to today’s 3 p.m. District 4-1A championship game at top-seeded Grady. The Lady Eagles (18-9) led most of the way, but watched Logan pull to […]

Fort Sumner, Elida advance

CNJ staff ELIDA — Melrose tried to slow down Elida in Tuesday’s District 3-1A boys game, but the Tigers were more than equal to the task. Elida (22-4), seeded second in the tournament, held the Buffaloes to two first-half points and cruised to a 55-23 victory to advance to a 6 p.m. semifinal game at […]

Elida girls take charge early against Dora

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers DORA — The Elida Lady Tigers were on the prowl Friday night, beating the Dora Lady Coyotes 67-31 in District 3-1A play. “I thought we came out aggressive; that’s what we wanted to do,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “We jumped on them with our press early.” The Lady Tigers […]

Elida girls hold off Floyd

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — Floyd girls basketball coach Cody May said his Lady Broncos just dug themselves too deep a hole to crawl out of Friday night against Elida, and not even a late rally could save them. But they sure tried. The Floyd girls outscored Elida 24-12 in the fourth period, […]

Elida earns first boys EPAC title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Not only was Elida up against history Saturday night in the EPAC boys tournament championship, but the Tigers as well had to contend with a Texico team determined to control tempo on its home court. The idea was to keep the Elida sharpshooters from getting too many opportunities. […]

Melrose girls fall to Elida in EPAC finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — With a 5-foot-4 freshman post scoring a team-high 11 points, and nobody else getting over six, scorebook watchers might not believe that Elida actually stood much of a chance at winning the EPAC girls championship game on Saturday night. But, thanks to an extremely off-night for Melrose, the […]

EPAC BOYS: Wolverines edge Coyotes in OT

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Texico’s Daniel Schueler goes up for a shot over Kyler Smith of Dora during Friday’s EPAC boys semifinal game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — The boys semifinal game of the EPAC boys basketball tournament between Texico and Dora was a little like a train trying to […]

EPAC GIRLS: Lady Tigers face Melrose in finals

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Texico junior Bryn Mayfield goes between teammates Katlin Luscombe, left, and Brooke Bailey for a rebound during Friday’s EPAC girls semifinal game against Elida. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — In a clash of Class 1A and Class 2A schools, the smaller, defensive-minded squad stole the game. Elida […]

EPAC TOURNAMENT: Elida stymies Buffs’ bid

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Elida’s Trenten Chenault gets air for a lay-up on a breakaway against Melrose during Wednesday’s boys matchup in the EPAC tournament at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — It’s not hard to compare the current Melrose Buffaloes to the Elida boys team of a couple of years […]

Weather, time off affects EPAC

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer As New Mexico rings in the new year, the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament consisting of 20 boys and girls teams kicks off today and over the next five days at Texico High School. EPAC is the oldest and biggest tournament in the state, and for most teams it […]

Vixens halt Elida’s undefeated streak

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Fort Sumner’s Carie Cortese hugs teammate Candace Lyssy after Fort Sumner defeated Elida in three game Friday at the Class 1A state tournament in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner climbed one major hill on Friday. Now the Vixens will have to do it again in […]

Lady Tigers still perfect

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Clovis Christian’s Jennifer Schaap jumps to try to block Britnie Jasso’s ,right, spike in a 3-0 loss to Elida at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Thursday. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Even though Elida has beaten Fort Sumner three times this season, the Vixens won’t get any sympathy from Lady Tigers […]

Lady Tigers advance to state

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Texico’s Leslie Vannatta pounds one of her six kills over Lordsburg’s Chantel Platz in a Class 2A playoff match at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — A sign above the Elida Lady Tigers’ lockerroom door Friday night read: “Clear eyes and full hearts can’t lose.” The Lady Tigers’ […]

Unbeaten Elida takes 3-1A tourney title

Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are unbeaten this […]

Teacher looks forward to new challenge

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family live […]

Johnson, Vera A.

Vera Alice Johnson, 85, of Clovis died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Oct. 25, 1920, in Bokchito, Okla., to Zephery and Samuel North, she grew up in Ogden, Okla. She was active in the school choir that performed at the Cotton Bowl and the Texas 100-Year Celebration. She married Virgil […]

Gonzales, Fred

Fred Gonzales, 84, of El Paso, Texas, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006, in El Paso, Texas. He was born Nov. 17, 1921, to Dimas and Virginia Gonzales in Elida, where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Severiana (Cleo) Contreras in El Paso, where […]

Roosevelt County ablaze with more than 12 fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt and […]