PREP NOTES: Wolverines’ defense dominating foes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TWO GAMES INTO the season, Texico’s defense has proven to been stingy. The two-time defending Class 1A champion Wolverines are just 1-1 so far, but have allowed only seven points while forcing 14 turnovers — eight in a 33-6 win over Smyer, Texas, and six last week against Bovina. […]

Melrose’s Ruiz, Floyd’s Long named All-American

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz was named first-team All-American by Six-Man Illustrated. Ruiz scored 56 touchdowns while leading Melrose to the state title. (CNJ file photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz and Floyd’s Jarrod Long are known as two of the best six-man football players in the state. Now they’ll be known […]

Hagerman eliminates Melrose

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Melrose’s Brock Graham is fouled by Hagerman’s Allen Pilley during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BERNALILLO — One thing that postseason opponents have learned about Melrose is not to ever count the Buffaloes out. But, thanks to a big counter-punch from Hagerman in […]

Buffs more balanced heading into state

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — An early-season injury to their starting point guard was a real problem at the time for the Melrose Buffaloes. Now it may turn out to make the state-tournament-bound Buffaloes a tougher team to handle. But first Melrose had to overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit to beat Cimarron […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

Buffaloes earn all-state nods

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Melrose senior quarterback James Walker earned first team All-State in six-man. It was his first year at the position for Melrose, which won the state championship. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Staff and wire reports Junior Carlos Ruiz led five Melrose players on the 2004 All-State team selected by the New Mexico Six-Man Football Coaches […]

Melrose takes second title in six years

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush chases down Floyd junior Jerrod Long during the second quarter of Wednesday’s six-man championship at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown proved nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes gained control […]

Melrose RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

Buffaloes blast Mountainair

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — The only thing that came close to stopping Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz on Friday night was leg cramps. The junior speedster scored eight touchdowns as the Buffaloes crushed Mountainair 64-14 in a six-man contest. The game was stopped on Ruiz’s eighth touchdown 5:26 into the third quarter due […]

Voters swarming county office

Political Notebook The Curry County clerk’s office is busy these days. County Clerk Mario Trujillo said last week 320 people have voted early at his office for the June 1 primary. Also, his office has mailed out 159 absentee ballots. Those figures, he says, are higher than other primaries. “Well I do know that it […]