CHS TRACK: Clovis girls set three records at Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — When they left the stadium prior to the 1,600 relay finale in Tuesday’s Hobbs qualifier track meet, Clovis High girls coach Darrel Ray figured the Lady Wildcats had compiled enough points to win the meet. Boy, did they ever. The Lady Cats broke three school records, including one which has stood […]

CHS TRACK: Lady Cats lap field at Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis High girls ran away from the field Tuesday night in the Hobbs qualifier track meet, scoring 157 points to 73 for runnerup Carlsbad. Clovis’ boys finished second, scoring 87 points to trail Carlsbad with 119 1/2. Hobbs was third with 82 points. Michael Cohen threw a season-best 54 feet, […]

Fort Sumner sweeps Fox-Vixen Relays

FORT SUMNER — Cass Dimitroff took two individual titles and helped the 800 relay team to victory Saturday as Fort Sumner took the boys small-school championship in the Fox-Vixen Relays. The Foxes finished with 108 points to 93 for runnerup Pecos. Meantime, Fort Sumner’s girls got wins from Laurel Herrera in shot put and discus […]

Wolverines take crown at Buffalo Relays

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Melrose’s Zanessa Dodd clears the bar in girls pole vault during Thursday’s Buffalo Relays track meet at Melrose. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff MELROSE — Senior Justin Garrison took the 100-meter dash in a state-qualifying time of 11.6 seconds and helped three relays to victory on Thursday as Texico captured the boys team […]

CHS TENNIS: Lady Cats finish second in tourney

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Freshmen Heather Trujillo and Shay Brady took individual singles championships and helped Clovis High’s girls to a second-place finish in the Artesia Bulldog Invitational tennis tournament on Friday and Saturday. Clovis, which finished third or better in eight of nine divisions in the eight team tournament, scored 52 points to trail […]

CHS TRACK: Lady Cats post victory at Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls scored in 15 of 19 events on Saturday to capture the team title in the Gene Wells Invitational. The Lady Wildcats finished with 119 1/2 points to 97 1/2 for host Hobbs, while Carlsbad was a distant third with 66 points. Clovis’ boys finished second with 83 points, […]

CHS TRACK: Lady Cats look to defend 5A title

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Colt Merrin, left, and Derrick Phillips practice baton handoffs for the 400 relay during Wednesday’s boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Darrel Ray knows his Clovis High girls track team has some points to replace after winning a Class 5A state team title […]

Gateway pulls away from Dora

Dora’s Clay Smith splits Gateway Christian defenders Joshua Hunter, left, and Jevvon Hunter during Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Gateway pulled away late for a 59-43 win. By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Dora knew it would have to contain Gateway Christian brothers Jevvon and Joshua Hunter […]

Mayfield overpowers Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Brittany Johnson squeezes a shot off between Mayfield defenders during Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls knew their work was cut out against top-ranked Mayfield in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game at The Pit. Madison […]

Title repeat denied

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Portales’ Amanda Terry, right, looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday night […]

Shorthanded Cats earn first at Belen

CNJ staff Despite being shorthanded, the Clovis Lady Wildcats won six events Friday at the Belen Invitational on their way to a first-place finish in their season-opening meet. Clovis placed in nine events for 115.5 points, with Las Vegas Robertson taking second with 79 1/2 points and Belen third with 76 points. The defending Class […]

Hope Christian downs Portales

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Portales senior Amanda Terry looks to shoot over Hope Christian’s Taylor Sauer during Friday’s Class 3A championship game in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Hope Christian converted 20-of-29 free throws in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 43-40 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Portales Friday […]

Texico rides stellar defense to 2A state title

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Texico’s Victoria Richards, center, looks for an opening between Penasco defenders in the Class 2A state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Depth and tenacity earned the Texico Lady Wolverines their first Class 2A state basketball championship since 2002. Fighting from […]

Dora wakes Elida from dream streak

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Elida’s Ryan Best, right, shoots over Cliff defender Ryan Robertson in a Class 1A semifinal at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — The Dora Coyotes will go for their second Class 1A boys state championship in five years on Saturday. Reserves Wesley […]

Cliff overwhelms Elida in semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Lady Cats win at buzzer

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Tori Northcutt high-fives fans after Clovis beat Gallup 39-37 in a Class 5A semifinal at The Pit in Albuquerque. Northcutt scored the winning bucket on a rebound at the buzzer. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fans were screaming and the clock was racing down when Tori Northcutt […]

Lady Rams survive upset bid

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Tara Johnson’s leg was shaking. Her heart was pounding. Her mouth was dry and her palms moist. But her free throws? As soft as a morning breeze. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year […]

Lady Wolverines in finals

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Texico’s Faith Martin drives to the basket past Navajo Prep defender Nicole Crisp in a Class 2A semifinal game at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. Martin had 17 points and 6 rebounds in the game as Texico won 42-30. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — Style points […]

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 […]

Class 5A & 3A girls capsules

Today’s semifinal At The Pit, Albuquerque Class 5A What: No. 2 Clovis (21-5) vs. No. 6 Gallup (19-8) When: 1:15 p.m. Coaches: Clovis, Miles Watters; Gallup, John Lomansey How they got here: Clovis def. Manzano 54-32, def. Las Cruces High 53-42; Gallup def. Eldorado 54-48, def. Alamogordo 35-25. Of note: The teams are meeting at […]