Muleshoe splits 3A playoff games

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent HEREFORD — If Muleshoe’s boys basketball team could have picked one player to have a cold shooting tonight – and have it come true – the Mules might now be preparing for another round in the postseason. But Canyon’s Kyle Lovorn was as far from cold as you can get […]

Prep notes 2-8

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Muleshoe girls kept alive their chances of landing a first-round bye in the Class 3A playoffs with a 58-51 Friday at home against Levelland. With one game left in the regular season, Muleshoe has already clinched a playoff spot. Muleshoe (20-8) and Levelland (21-7) are both 6-1 in […]

Mules crush No. 11 Perryton

CNJ Staff AMARILLO — Brady Black rushed for 182 and two touchdowns as Muleshoe extended its playoff mastery over Perryton with a 30-13 win Thursday at Dick Bivins Stadium. Brant Hamilton passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as the Mules rolled up 422 yards of offense while beating the 11th-ranked […]

Mules back in playoffs


Muleshoe junior Brady Black has ruished for more than 1,000 yards this season. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The Muleshoe Mules have been a football playoff fixture under coach David Wood, making the postseason six of the last seven seasons, including a trip to the state semifinals in 2000. Perryton […]

Cooper pounds Mules


Muleshoe quarterback Brant Hamilton shakes off Lubbock Cooper outside linebacker Patrick Stevens during the first half of of Friday’s game in Muleshoe. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe’s defense couldn’t only take the pounding so long. Running straight at the smaller Mules’ defense, Cooper rolled up 358 yards and […]

Mules turn thoroughbred


Muleshoe’s defense is allowing an average of 154 yards per game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe coach David Wood said he may have had a defense as good as this year’s, but not one that was faster. With a swarming mentality and speed at every position, the […]

Lady Mules’ Withrow qualifies for state in two events

CNJ STAFF ODESSA, Texas — Muleshoe junior Jessica Withrow will have a chance to defend her Class 3A state championship in high jump after winning in regional competition over the weekend at Odessa’s Ratliff Stadium. Withrow also qualified for the Lady Mules in the 300 hurdles, an event in which she placed second at state […]

Lady Mules advance; Steers eliminated

CNJ STAFF LUBBOCK — Sara Benham scored 23 points and Tori Barton added 15 as the Muleshoe Lady Mules advanced to the Texas Class 3A regional semifinals for the first time under the current format Tuesday night with a 67-47 victory over Tulia at Lubbock Christian University’s Rip Griffin Center. Muleshoe (30-5), ranked third in […]

Lady Mules advance easily

CNJ staff POST, Texas — One down, five more to go in the Muleshoe Lady Mules’ bid for a Class 3A state title. Muleshoe reached the round of 32 in its first postseason game on Friday night, pulling away after a slow start to polish off Sweetwater 51-33 in the area round. The Lady Mules […]

Lady Mules determined to end postseason blues


Muleshoe’s Sara Benham, averaging 19 points and 8.5 rebounds, is drawing the interest of several Division I programs. CNJ staff photo by Rick White. By Rick White Muleshoe has fashioned an 82-18 record the last three seasons with an up-tempo style that batters teams into mental and physical submission. “Creative chaos” is what Muleshoe coach […]

Buffs hope to be contenders next year

By Dave Wagner SO CLOSE, AND YET SO far for the Melrose Buffaloes in Saturday’s state six-man football finals at Tatum. The Buffs finished off a 9-3 season in the title game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get past the unbeaten state champion Coyotes, losing 57-40. In fact, Tatum handed Melrose all three of its losses this […]

Lady Mules ranked fourth

Rick White Muleshoe coach Shana Simms knows being ranked fourth in Class 3A in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches preseason poll comes with a price tag. She knows every opponent will be gunning for the Lady Mules, who have won 27 games in each of the last two seasons and return all-state senior Sara […]

Wolverines not looking past Eunice

By Dave Wagner THE TEXICO WOLVERINES have won 18 of 19 games over the last two seasons. The Eunice Cardinals ended a 19-game losing streak by beating Cloudcroft in their 2003 season opener, but have managed just a 2-6 record this year. That doesn’t mean Wolverines coach Mike Prokop is about to look past Friday’s […]

Littlefield overpowers Mules

By Rick White LITTLEFIELD — The Littlefield Wildcats punted on their first possession and second-to-last possession. In between, they moved the chains methodically, pounding out a 14-6 win over Muleshoe in sledge-hammer-like fashion Friday in the District 2-3A opener for both teams. Diminutive sophomore Jonas Comacho was the workhorse for the Wildcats, ping-ponging his way […]

Mules finish off Caprock

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Sophomore Juan Reyes rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as Muleshoe beat Caprock 40-20 on Thursday in a non-district game at Dick Bivins Stadium. Landon Sheets added a pair of TD passes and Daniel Campolla returned a kickoff for another score for the Mules […]

Mules look to rebound from opening loss

By Dave Wagner MULESHOE — The Muleshoe Mules didn’t get off to the kind of start they’d hoped for Friday night. The smaller, quicker Mules held a bigger Seminole team in relative check most of the way, but couldn’t break through on any of their own handful of scoring opportunities in absorbing a 7-0 homefield […]