Wolverines advance to semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Texico may have only lost four players from last year’s Class 1A championship baseball team, but Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe noted on Wednesday that four replacements got their first good look at state playoff action. Fortunately for Texico (13-7), the team was able to shake off some […]

Texico returns solid nucleus in bid for repeat

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Texico returns all but four players from last year’s state title team. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For some teams, a trip across the state would be a distraction. Texico coach Richard Luscombe said this week’s trip to Los Lunas is completely normal for his team. “Most of my kids […]

Wildcats, Texico tune up for postseason

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The Texico Wolverines watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s game against Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Texico Wolverines are used to blowout games. That is, they’re used to winning them. Class 5A Clovis trounced Class 1A Texico 19-1 in a exhibition game on Tuesday, with both teams […]

Texico falls to Tucumcari on last-second miss

By Kevin Wilson: Frfeedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The Tucumcari Rattlers led for only 3:05 of Thursday night’s District 6-2A playoff game against Texico. But it was the 2:35 stretch at the end that counted most for the Rattlers, and a basket that didn’t count when the Wolverines needed it. Drew White scored a team-high 12 […]

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 […]

Wolverines’ comeback overhauls Longhorns

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Texico’s Courtland Luscombe releases a shot over Logan’s Saul Acosta during the first half of their game Saturday in Texico. Luscombe was fouled on the play. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — Logan’s Drew Perez hit a fadeaway 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to cap off a […]

Whiteface knocks off defending champ Texico

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Texico’s Daniel Schueler grabs a rebound from Whiteface’s Joe Don Wilcox during the second half of Friday’s semi-final game in the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer FARWELL — For the first time in four years, there’ll be a new boys champion in the Farwell Invitational. […]

The Earl of Hoops

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Former Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Earl Diddle demonstrates a ballhandling drill during Tuesday’s session of the third annual Texico USA Boys and Girls Basketball Camp at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — After three decades of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle is […]

Wolverines capture 1A baseball title

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Last year’s 31-1 debacle against Santa Fe Indian School in Texico’s first trip to the baseball postseason is now only a distant and fading memory. This week, it was the Wolverines doing most of the heavy hitting. Junior Zane Anderson went 4-for-4, senior Logan Brown was 3-for-5 and drove […]

Opportunity knocks for 1A schools

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides in safely against Grady earlier in the season. He and the Wolverines face Dora at 10 a.m. today in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Several teams are taking advantage of the new setup for the state baseball […]

Texico believes it’s learned from last year’s regional loss

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Braden Vaughan fires a pitch in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Portales junior varsity at Portales. District 1-1A champs, Texico will face Dora in the state tournament May 16 in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer You don’t have to remind the Texico Wolverines what happened to […]

Texico expects pressure from Mesa Vista

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Texico coach Rich Luscombe said handling Mesa Vista’s quickness and pressure defense is a must. “You have to have a high degree of concentration, that you have to get to the right spot, you keep composure,” said Luscombe of today’s Class 2A quarterfinal matchup at West Mesa High. “With […]

Texico foe very familiar

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer It’s deja vu all over again for Texico. And again. And again. For the sixth time in seven years, the Wolverines will face Hope Christian in either regionals or the state tournament. “We’ve seen them quite a bit, probably more than what I’ve wanted to,” Texico coach Rich Luscombe […]

Clement scores 23 as Texico rolls to 6-2A tourney title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Opponents tend to concentrate on Texico’s Braden Vaughan and Logan Brown, which is OK with Wolverines coach Rich Luscombe. Clayton held Vaughan and Brown under 10 points each, but the senior tandem of Tony Clement and Josh Pena stepped in to guide the Wolverines to a 63-42 win […]

12/19 Anniversary, Birth and Honors

Anniversary Bell Jerry and Marcia Bell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 26, 2004. The couple was married in Farwell on Dec. 26, 1954. Jerry is a farmer and Marcia is a homemaker. They have three children, Jady Bell (Shelley), Jack Bell (Kim), and Jill Denton (Jace). They have six grandchildren, Eric, Ashley, […]

12/12 Anniversaries, Weddings, Engagements and Births

Anniversaries Kelso Max and Jean Kelso of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 12, 2004. The couple was married Dec. 12, 1954 in Clovis. Other than for a short period when Max completed his Navy duty in California, the couple has lived in Clovis. They have two children, six grandchildren and four […]

Solid returning nucleus has Texico thinking playoffs

By Dave Wagner After narrowly missing out on a playoff berth last spring in its first year of eligibility, the Texico High baseball team entered the 2004 campaign with high hopes. The Wolverines remain optimistic, but the job has been made tougher by the fact that three players they were counting on this spring are […]

Texico-Questa: Muscle vs. quickness

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The Texico Wolverines get fired up before the start of a game at the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament in December 2003. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Texico Wolverines wouldn’t mind another crack at District 6-2A rival Clayton in this weekend’s Class 2A Region B boys tournament at Clayton. For that to happen, […]

Texico’s Luscombe reaches milestone

By Dave Wagner TEXICO BOYS BASKETBALL coach Richard Luscombe won his 300th game as Wolverines head coach on Saturday when his squad beat Floyd 39-21 for the championship of the EPAC Tournament. His overall record in 19 seasons at Lazbuddie and Texico is 375-120. He was 75-53 in 1985-89 at Lazbuddie, Texas. Luscombe admitted he […]

Wolverines not home long

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]