First person: Animal lover

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe can often be found at the zoo, where she is fostering her interest in animals. She wants to become a marine biologist. Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe, 9, of Clovis, likes to note that her first name is a palindrome. “It’s the same backwards as it is forward,” said […]

South squads fall in all-star games

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some coaches are lucky enough to coach their own kids in the last regular game of a high school career. Texico’s Richard Luscombe and Clovis’ J.D. Isler took it a step further on Thursday. Both got to coach their sons in an all-star game to cap their time together on […]

NMHSCA all-star tilts under way

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Coaches Richard Luscombe and Dennis Roch and player Theo Marez represented Texico on the South squad in the Class 1A-2A New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star baseball series over the weekend, played at Sandia Prep. The South went 1-2 in the two-day event, winning the finale 17-2 after losing the […]

Five-run fourth lifts Texico into 2A semifinals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico didn’t put together much offense on Wednesday, but the Wolverines bunched most of what they got into one inning. A five-run fourth held up, and junior right-hander Casey Crist fanned Santa Rosa’s Bryan Campos with the bases loaded to end the game as Texico held on for a 5-4 win […]

Texico faces Santa Rosa in 2A state opener

CNJ staff TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines have enjoyed plenty of recent success in the Class 1A state baseball tournament, winning the title in 2005 and finishing second to Gateway Christian last year. Now they get to try their hand at Class 2A. The Wolverines (10-7) were given the No. 6 seed and face third-seeded […]

Rain spells relief for local farmers

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. “It […]

Wolverines fall short of finals

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The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Thousands of fans wore yellow and blue, waving signs and shaking pompons. It seemed the whole community of Penasco packed The Pit on Friday to cheer their Panthers in the state tournament. Bobby Richardson scored 18 points and Manuel Velasquez added 14 to lead Penasco to a 62-52 win over […]

Texico boys Class 2A semifinal preview

Class 2A No. 3 Texico vs. No. 1 Penasco 8 a.m. at The Pit Records: Texico 23-5, Penasco 22-7 How they got there: Texico beat Lordsburg 43-32, Pecos 56-21. Penasco beat Escalante 65-54, Bosque Prep 82-60 in the quarterfinals. Lowdown on Texico: After erasing an early 18-point deficit to make it to the Class 2A […]

Hard-charging Wolverines advance

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Courtland Luscombe scored 19 points and Casey Crist and Seth Bailey each added 17 as Texico overcame a slow start to beat Pecos 56-51 Wednesday in the boys Class 2A quarterfinals. Texico (23-5) trailed by 18 early in the second quarter and cut the deficit to eight by halftime […]

Texico overtakes Pecos

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Courtland Luscombe scored 19 points and Casey Crist and Seth Bailey each added 17 to lead Texico to a 56-51 win over Pecos in the boys Class 2A quarterfinals on Wednesday. Texico (23-5) trailed by eight points at halftime and one at the end of the third period, patiently […]

Youthful Wolverines take on Pecos

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Texico Wolverines entered the season with little experience. However, juniors Courtland Luscombe, the team’s leading scorer at 18 points per game, Daniel Schueler and Josh Murray stepped up for the fourth-seeded Wolverines, who face No. 5 Pecos (15-8) today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at the Santa […]

Wolverines pull out last-minute win

CNJ staff LORDSBURG — The Texico Wolverines cut it a little close Saturday night, but the Wolverines lived to fight another day. Junior post Daniel Schueler scored with two seconds left, capping a 6-0 run in the final minute that lifted Texico to a 43-42 victory over Lordsburg in a round-of-16 Class 2A state tournament […]

Boys prep basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Class 2A Texico (21-5) at Lordsburg (17-11) 6 p.m. today Texico coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year). Last time to state: 2005, lost to Mesa Vista in quarterfinals. Leading scorers: Junior F Courtland Luscombe (17 ppg), junior P Daniel Schueler (15.8 ppg). Those two also combine for nearly 20 rebounds a game. Of note: […]

Clayton survives Texico’s late burst

CNJ staff TEXICO — In a see-saw matchup that went down to the final seconds, third-seeded Clayton outlasted Texico 62-59 on Saturday in the boys District 6-2A tournament championship. Tanner Beckner scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets (17-13), while John Fernandez added 17. Meantime, junior Courtland Luscombe took game honors with 29 for the Wolverines […]

Lady Wolverines hold off Clayton for district title

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Texico’s Katlin Luscombe, left, goes up for a shot over Clayton’s Brittany Trujillo during Friday’s District 6-2A girls tournament championship game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Katlin Luscombe reacted on instinct, and as a result the Texico Lady Wolverines will host a first-round Class 2A […]

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 […]

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 […]

Texico earns trip to next round

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Texico High’s Brooke Baily spikes the ball in a 3-0 win over Penasco at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Thursday. Texico advances to the semi-finals with the win. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Texico struggled the entire match, but was tough at the end of each game and posted a 26-24, […]

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 […]

Texico rides shutout pitching to finals

CNJ staff LOS LUNAS — It only took the Texico Wolverines 11 innings to make it to the finals. Texico beat Gallup Catholic 12-0 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The defending-champion Wolverines mercy-ruled Penasco 12-2 in six […]