Melrose goes from winless to champion

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Melrose’s Adam Hairgrove is fouled while shooting during the first half of Saturday’s final against Whiteface. Hairgrove made both free throws for his only points of the game. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — The Melrose boys came into the Farwell Invitational winless. They came out tournament champions. […]

State volleyball scores

CNJ staff Friday Class 1A Semifinals Jal def. Magdalena 25-12, 25-16, 25-21 Tatum def. Cimarron 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 Class 2A Semifinals Texico def. Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 Class 3A Semifinals Pojoaque def. Thoreau 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18 Portales def. St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 Class 4A Semifinals Deming def. Moriarty 25-18, 22-25, […]

Texico likes chances in 2A tourney

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Texico’s Zandi Queener spikes the ball during Saturday’s Class 2A Region C championship game in Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn thinks experience can be overrated. Despite having only four players with state tournament experience, the veteran Texico coach likes his team’s chances of winning […]

Floyd cruises past Lady Buffs

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — With a whole week off before the District 3-1A tournament, the last thing the Floyd High School volleyball team would have wanted was a loss. The Lady Broncos didn’t need long to erase such worries. Darcee Chenault led the way with 12 kills, and Floyd needed a little […]

Tatum sweeps Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow hits the ball over Tatum’s Amanda Parks during the championship game in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Stabus Gymnasium. Tatum defeated Clovis is straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Tatum Lady Coyotes had no problems blowing through the 16-team field in […]

Curry County Democrats elects new slate of officers

CNJ staff Curry County Democrats elected a new slate of officers. The newly elected Curry county officers are as follows: • Chairman: Jan Elliott • Vice Chairman: Drew Tatum • Secretary: Connie Belcher • Treasurer: Lance Pyle State Central Committee Members were also elected and are as follows: Elliott, Tatum, Belcher and Gary Swinford. • […]

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 […]

Boys 1A: Hagerman steals win

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Melrose’s Brock Graham is fouled by Hagerman’s Danny Gomez during the first half of Wednesday’s Class 1A quarterfinal game in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) 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 […]

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 […]

Flatt Jr., William

William Flatt Services: Have been held. William Flatt, Jr., 58, of Dalhart, Texas, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Dalhart. He was born on Jan. 28, 1946, in Tehachapi, Calif., to William and Delma Lee Flatt. He was raised in the Tatum area and graduated from Tatum High School. He cowboyed in New Mexico, Texas, […]

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 […]

Vixens win second title in five years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — When the last shot of the Class 1A state volleyball championship went down for a winner it was evident the biggest edge for the Fort Sumner Vixens was experience. At Johnson Gym in Albuquerque, Fort Sumner took the title with a 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory over […]

Cunningham, Allen

Allen Cunningham Services: Have been held. Allen Ray Cunningham, 52, of Tatum, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Nor Lea General Hospital in Lovington. He was born on July 16, 1952, in Farmington, to James and Rose Cunningham. He married Carla Reeves on April 9, 1976, in Portales. He was a member of Living Water […]

Melrose cranks up offense

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz reaches for a pass during Saturday’s six-man playoff game against Tatum. Ruiz was unable to hold onto the pass. (Hobbs News Sun photo: Cody Gideon) CNJ Staff TATUM — Melrose outscored Tatum 46-6 in the second and third quarters en route to an 82-47 win Saturday in the first round of […]

Melrose faces familiar foe Tatum in playoffs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Melrose will be making its fourth trip in two years to Tatum on Saturday for a six-man quarterfinal playoff game at noon. One of those contests was for the 2003 championship, with Tatum taking the title. Until just under a week ago, Melrose (8-1) was favorite to win the title, […]

Melrose’s Park leads North to victory

CNJ STAFF RUIDOSO — Record-breaking Melrose wide receiver Harvey Park was named the North’s offensive player of the game after scoring four touchdowns Saturday in a 36-28 win over the South in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s six-man all-star football game at W.D. Horton Stadium. Park, who set the six-man national record with […]

Buffs, Broncos bow out in 1A boys meet

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE — Art Castro’s 21 points led Tatum to a 66-49 win over Melrose in the Class 1A boys quarterfinals Wednesday night. Tatum (24-8) advances to the semifinals Thursday against Springer (27-3). Tatum coach Curt Stephens said strong scoring kept his team strong throughout the game. ‘‘We really started pulling together after […]

State tournament scores, area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Tuesday Girls Class 1A quarterfinals Grady 51, Cliff 34 Des Moines 63, Magdalena 49 Elida 33, Tatum 24 Fort Sumner 55, Mescalero 47 Class 2A quarterfinals Hatch 33, Eunice 21 SFIS 59, Zuni 52 Cimarron 65, Navajo Prep 55 Santa Rosa 58, Hope Christian 52 Prep summaries Girls Class 1A state tournament At […]

Floyd, Melrose begin state 1A bids

By Dave Wagner Temple Baptist’s next close game this season will be its first. The defending Class 1A state runnerup Roadrunners have cruised to a 29-0 record heading into today’s 8 p.m. 1A boys state quarterfinal match against Floyd at Albuquerque’s Valley High School, and only one — a nine-point verdict against Magdalena — has […]

Oh brother: Tatum tops Buffs again

CNJ staff TATUM — Brothers Alberto and Art Castro were in on six of Tatum’s nine touchdowns and the Coyotes survived a six-TD performance by Melrose sophomore Carlos Ruiz to beat the Buffaloes 57-40 on Saturday in the state six-man football championship. Tatum (12-0) handed the Buffs (9-3) their only three setbacks of the season, […]