PREP ROUNDUP: Fillies, Lady Blue to have playoff in Clovis

CNJ staff Game of the night The Bovina Fillies forced a one-game playoff for the Texas District 3-1A girls No. 2 playoff berth on Tuesday night with a 51-38 victory over the Lady Blue in Bovina. Jessica Bachicha, a 5-7 junior forward, led a balanced attack for Bovina (18-10, 5-3) with 15 points. The teams […]

Tuesday prep roundup

CNJ STAFF Kate Lepard’s second 3-pointer of the game, coming with three seconds left, lifted Muleshoe past Littlefield 40-37 Tuesday night in a District 2-3A girls matchup at Littlefield. The Lady Mules (13-14, 3-2 district) struggled from the field all night, but put themselves in position to win the game by sinking 16-of-22 free throws. […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Shorthanded Wolverines lose to Tucumcari

CNJ staff Texico coach Richard Luscombe figured it could be a tough night. Playing without two players the Wolverines count on, Luscombe knew his team might have trouble handling the ball in a District 6-2A matchup against Tucumcari. Texico stayed with the Rattlers for most of three quarters, but simply couldn’t muster enough offense in […]

Lady Reds stymie Zias

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Katrina Webb led a balanced attack with 18 points and added nine rebounds, helping Northeastern State overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and beat Eastern New Mexico University 64-54 Thursday in a Lone Star Conference crossover game. Charlotte and Bobbi Jo Truelove added 12 points each for Northeastern (9-3), which shot […]

Lady Buffs roll past Zias in South opener

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Center Keisha Monroe led four West Texas A&M players in double figures Friday with 21 points as the 15th-ranked Lady Buffs defeated Eastern New Mexico University 76-44 in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams. WT (9-1) held the Zias (6-5) to 19 percent shooting for […]

Central Missouri State turns back Hounds in Las Vegas event

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Senior guard Michael Hicks scored 29 points Friday night to lift 14th-ranked Central Missouri State to a 75-67 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the first game of the NCAA Division II High Desert Classic at the McDermott Physical Education Center on the campus of UNLV. Hicks led […]

Elida teams split in semifinal clashes at Tucumcari

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The Elida Lady Tigers overcame a slow start against Class 3A Raton at the Route 66 Tournament Friday to take a 45-28 win and advanced to today’s 6 p.m. championship game in the Route 66 Holiday Tournament against host Tucumcari. “We kind of fell off tonight,” coach Dan Howard said. “There […]

Zias’ Schiely earns All-LSC South berth

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior middle blocker Lindsay Schiely represented Eastern New Mexico University on the All-Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball team, released monday by the league office. Junior middle blocker Grace George represented the Zias on the second team. South Division and LSC tournament champion Abilene Christian led the way with four […]

CHS’ Perkins wins 300 hurdles at elite meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Kim Perkins led a solid Clovis effort by winning the 300-meter hurdles Monday at the Mary Sepulveda Invitational track meet at the University of New Mexico. Perkins won the race in a time of 47.1 seconds in a meet featuring the top eight performers in each event in the state. Senior […]

Late run propels Grady

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — It came down to the final minutes of the game before Grady knew it would be advancing to the semifinals of the Class A Girls State Tournament. Grady broke a 33-33 tie with 3:50 minutes left on a pair of free throws from Taris Pond. Grady went on to score […]

Basketball prep summaries

Freedom staff Wolverines “Schue”-in for state ALBUQUERQUE— John Schueller came up with the biggest game of his short Texico career, scoring a season-high 18 points as the Wolverines ended Hope Christian’s three-year reign as Class 2A champions with a 66-64 overtime win Friday in Region D play. “John really stepped up tonight,” Texico coach Rich […]

Lady Cats ground Hobbs


Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon is double-teamed by Hobbs’ Ebony Ross (22) and Ashley Jackson. Blackmon finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. (Staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis was out of step on offense most of the night. But it hardly mattered as the top-ranked Lady Wildcats played […]

Lackluster Clovis nearly caves in at Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats were sluggish Tuesday night, allowing a team with just five wins to excel in nearly every category except the scoreboard. With no player over 6-foot-2, Carlsbad was able to keep pace on the boards and slow down the Wildcats typically up-tempo style. Uninspired and lacking emotion, the Wildcats’ […]

Red-hot Cibola cooks Clovis for first district win

CNJ staff Albuquerque — The Cibola Cougars shot themselves back into the District 4-5A race. Cibola’s Roman Andrade, Jeff Apodaca and Derek Apodaca combined for 11 3-pointers and 54 points as the Cougars beat Clovis 73-55 Friday in Albuquerque. Andrade led Cibola with 21 points. “It was all their guards shooting,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler […]

ENMU feels highs, lows while in Vegas

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan didn’t know the team he coached on Saturday in the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. He didn’t really expect the team he saw on Sunday. Dominating a good opponent from start to finish, the Greyhounds (4-6) thrashed St. Mary’s 79-41 […]

Texico wins Farwell boys title


Farwell’s Robbie Tabb hits the ground after having the ball stolen by Texico’s Josh Pena during the first half of Saturday’s championship game in the 2004 Farwell Invitational. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff FARWELL — Braden Vaughan scored 23 points as Texico downed border rival Farwell 59-54 in the championship game of the 2004 […]

Clovis captures Otero crown

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Redemption is hard to come by when it’s at the home court of a consistently successful program. But the Clovis Wildcats triumphed at one of its few trouble spots from a year ago by beating host Rio Rancho 44-35 in the finals of the 5th annual Mel […]

Zias eliminated in regional semis

Freedom Newspapers KEARNEY, Neb. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team, making the program’s first trip to postseason competition since the school joined NCAA Division II 20 years ago, advanced to Saturday’s Southwest Regional semifinals where the Zias were eliminated by top-ranked and unbeaten host Nebraska-Kearney 30-20, 30-18, 30-26 before 2,743 fans. Fifth-seeded ENMU […]

Lady Cats swept out of playoffs

CNJ Staff CARLSBAD — Clovis used late runs to beat Carlsbad in three games at home two weeks ago. But on Wednesday, it was the Cavegirls who feed off late runs and the home crowd en route to a 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 win in the first round of the District 4-5A volleyball tournament. The loss […]

College volleyball: ACU outlasts Zias

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Michelle Bernhardt led a strong hitting attack by Abilene Christian and the Wildcats outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 30-27, 25-30, 30-18, 27-30, 15-6 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball match. Bernhardt led five players in double figures in kills for ACU (16-5, 2-0 South) with 25, while […]