Wolverines’ rally falls short in 2A semifinal

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — After staging a comeback from 12 runs down to win in Wednesday’s opening round of the Class 2A state baseball tournament, no one would blame Lordsburg for being a little nervous in the semifinals — even with a nine-run lead. Sure enough, Texico made the Mavericks go […]

Five-run fourth lifts Texico into 2A semifinals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico didn’t put together much offense on Wednesday, but the Wolverines bunched most of what they got into one inning. A five-run fourth held up, and junior right-hander Casey Crist fanned Santa Rosa’s Bryan Campos with the bases loaded to end the game as Texico held on for a 5-4 win […]

Texico faces Santa Rosa in 2A state opener

CNJ staff TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines have enjoyed plenty of recent success in the Class 1A state baseball tournament, winning the title in 2005 and finishing second to Gateway Christian last year. Now they get to try their hand at Class 2A. The Wolverines (10-7) were given the No. 6 seed and face third-seeded […]

Elida downs Wolverines

CNJ staff DEXTER — The Texico Wolverines couldn’t overcome seven errors Saturday and lost to Elida 8-4 in the seventh-place game of the season opening Hal Bogle Invitational, hosted by Dexter. Texico built a 3-1 lead after two innings, but the Tigers rallied with three in the third and four in the fourth to take […]

Wolverines fall short of finals

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The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Thousands of fans wore yellow and blue, waving signs and shaking pompons. It seemed the whole community of Penasco packed The Pit on Friday to cheer their Panthers in the state tournament. Bobby Richardson scored 18 points and Manuel Velasquez added 14 to lead Penasco to a 62-52 win over […]

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 […]

Youthful Wolverines take on Pecos

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The Texico Wolverines entered the season with little experience. However, juniors Courtland Luscombe, the team’s leading scorer at 18 points per game, Daniel Schueler and Josh Murray stepped up for the fourth-seeded Wolverines, who face No. 5 Pecos (15-8) today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at the Santa […]

Texico preps for early tip with Eunice

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Texico junior Bryn Mayfield, right, snags a rebound in the EPAC tournament in January. The Lady Wolverines play Eunice 8 a.m. today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Faith Martin is a little concerned about today’s 8 a.m. start time for the […]

Wolverines pull out last-minute win

CNJ staff LORDSBURG — The Texico Wolverines cut it a little close Saturday night, but the Wolverines lived to fight another day. Junior post Daniel Schueler scored with two seconds left, capping a 6-0 run in the final minute that lifted Texico to a 43-42 victory over Lordsburg in a round-of-16 Class 2A state tournament […]

Lady Wolverines hold off Clayton for district title

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Texico’s Katlin Luscombe, left, goes up for a shot over Clayton’s Brittany Trujillo during Friday’s District 6-2A girls tournament championship game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Katlin Luscombe reacted on instinct, and as a result the Texico Lady Wolverines will host a first-round Class 2A […]

Tuesday area prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Boys * Texico routed Melrose 68-39 at Melrose. Daniel Schueler scored 27 points and Brett Anderson added nine points as the Wolverines (14-3) outscored Melrose in every quarter. Adam Hairgrove led the Buffaloes (2-14) with 12 points, and Call Barnard netted 10. * Bovina edged host Olton 53-52 to remain unbeaten in District […]

Elida earns first boys EPAC title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Not only was Elida up against history Saturday night in the EPAC boys tournament championship, but the Tigers as well had to contend with a Texico team determined to control tempo on its home court. The idea was to keep the Elida sharpshooters from getting too many opportunities. […]

EPAC GIRLS: Lady Tigers face Melrose in finals

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Texico junior Bryn Mayfield goes between teammates Katlin Luscombe, left, and Brooke Bailey for a rebound during Friday’s EPAC girls semifinal game against Elida. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — In a clash of Class 1A and Class 2A schools, the smaller, defensive-minded squad stole the game. Elida […]

Wolverines top Plains for tourney title

CNJ staff TEXICO — Texico boys coach Richard Luscombe said in order for the Wolverines to beat the up-tempo Plains Cowboys in Saturday’s boys finals of the Citizens Bank Border Shootout, they would have to control the game’s pace. They did just that Saturday night, posting a 51-35 victory to capture the title. Junior Daniel […]

Vega escapes Lady Wolverines in overtime nailbiter

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Texico’s Faith Martin (20) gets a hand on Vega’s Carly Johnson (3) as she drives the lane at the Farwell Invitational Tournament on Saturday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer FARWEL — Vega defeated Texico 54-50 in an overtime thriller Saturday night in the Farwell Invitational girls championship game. Why […]

Texico turns tide to claim 2A title

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTexico coach Mike Littlejohn and the Texico Wolverines celebrate after capturing the Class 2A volleyball championship Saturday in Albuquerque. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Wolverines didn’t let a little thing like losing the first game affect them. After all, they’ve been here before. Texico, which reached […]

Texico back in state final

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Texico’s Jaryse Harris spikes the ball over Julia Bonestroo in a 3-1 win over Mesilla Valley Christian at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Friday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For the second straight year, Texico will play for the Class 2A volleyball championship. While six Wolverines recorded at […]

Wolverines advance in 2A playoffs

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Texico’s Edgardo Meza (26) is tackled low by Eunice’s Mark Newton (22) in Friday’s Class 2A playoff game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Two big pass plays kept Eunice in the game for a while, but Texico’s power eventually took over. The Wolverines failed to […]

Texico earns home playoff match

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent TEXICO — There was quite a bit at stake, besides the District 6-2A volleyball championship, when Texico hosted Clayton Saturday afternoon: Quite a bit of miles, that is. The Ladyt Wolverines, with a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory, made sure it would be the visiting Lady Yellowjackets who would have to […]

Texico subdues Estancia

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Sophomore Jarysse Harris of Texico goes for a kill against Estancia sophomore Victoria Barner on Thursday at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — As the Texico players came back into the gym for Game 5 of a showdown between the top two teams in Class 2A, one Lady […]