Vixens’ upset bid falls short

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner’s free throw gave Fort Sumner a quick 1-0 lead against two-time defending Class 1A state champion Des Moines Thursday night. That would turn out to be the Vixens’ only lead of the game, however, as the Lady Demons forced them to play comeback the rest of the way […]

Road to 1A title goes through Des Moines

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Grady sophomore Taris Pond has scored in double figures in several games this season. CNJ file photo. By Kevin Wilson In a literal sense, the road to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament goes through Albuquerque, with games at Valley High, Rio Grande High, West Mesa High and The Pit. In a figurative sense, […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries, state scores

CNJ STAFF Girls Class 1A Region A Championship At Grady Des Moines 45, Grady 40 Des Moines (26-1) — Emily Kennedy 4-5 2-2 11, Jodi Kibbe 4-10 3-4 11, Jamie Atwater 4-7 2-2 10, Annie Kennedy 1-7 4-6 6, Chasity Russell 0-1 3-4 3, Hanna Bray 1-1 0-0 2, Kelli Goodan 0-1 2-5 2. Totals […]

Des Moines overtakes Grady

By Eric Butler GRADY — Although up against a seasoned group of girls who have won two straight state championships, for a while on Saturday afternoon, it looked like the third meeting of the season might be the charm for Grady. But Des Moines (26-1) wrested away control of the Class 1A Region A basketball […]

Lady Bronchos coach wary of upset

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Grady senior Kevin Brown goes over the back of a Logan’s Chris Martinez for a rebound during last week’s District 4-1A tournament championship game. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Their problems are at opposite ends of the coaching spectrum. Grady girls coach Alicia Rush is trying to guard against overconfidence heading into […]

Prep scores

Friday District 4-5A Boys Clovis 96, Hobbs 95 Eldorado 67, Carlsbad 34 Girls Clovis 52, Hobbs 36 Eldorado 47, Carlsbad 42 District 6-2A Boys Texico 70, Santa Rosa 35 Girls Santa Rosa 55, Texico 53 Non -district Boys Des Moines 78, Grady 40 Boys Des Moines 60, Grady 52 District 3-1A Boys Melrose 66, Floyd […]

Vixens take third in Class 1A

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Kayla Britain had 18 kills in Saturday’s three-game win over Animas. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson ROSWELL — After seeing their Class 1A title hopes dashed by Des Moines for the second-straight year, the Fort Sumner Vixens went into the offseason with a statement. The statement: We’ll be back. One day […]

Texico likes chances in state volleyball

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Texico’s Ashley Littlejohn (left) and Amber Parmer go up for a block in Friday’s Class 2A Region B semifinal victory over Questa at Texico Sports Arena.Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner The Texico Lady Spikers may not be the favorites going into this weekend’s Class 2A state tournament in Roswell, but veteran coach Mike […]

Lady Buffs’ field looks balanced

By Dave Wagner FIRST-YEAR MELROSE volleyball coach Melissa Ham is figuring on a wide-open battle for the championship when her team hosts the annual Lady Buffs Invitational on Saturday. “I don’t know if (Melrose has) ever won the tournament, so it would be nice,” Ham said. “I think the brackets are matched up pretty even. […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]