PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]

Texico thrashes Carlsbad JV

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Texico freshman Seth Bailey breaks the tackle of a Carlsbad junior varsity defender in the second quarter en route to his second punt return for a touchdown in Thursday’s game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Freshman Seth Bailey return two punts for touchdowns in the first […]

Wolverines fall to Canadian

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Texico found out crossing over into Texas makes a big difference. Matt Dickerson rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown and first-year starter Adam Cockrell added three touchdown passes Thursday to lead Class 2A Texas Panhandle power Canadian to a 39-0 win over Texico at Dick Bivins Stadium. Texico (1-1), which […]

Texico’s Vaughan signs with Howard

CNJ staff TEXICO — Aaron Vaughan, a 2006 Texico High School graduate, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Howard College, a junior college program in Big Spring, Texas. Vaughan played baseball, football and basketball and competed in track at Texico. He helped the Wolverines win the Class 1A state baseball […]

Texico rides shutout pitching to finals

CNJ staff LOS LUNAS — It only took the Texico Wolverines 11 innings to make it to the finals. Texico beat Gallup Catholic 12-0 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The defending-champion Wolverines mercy-ruled Penasco 12-2 in six […]

Wolverines advance to semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Texico may have only lost four players from last year’s Class 1A championship baseball team, but Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe noted on Wednesday that four replacements got their first good look at state playoff action. Fortunately for Texico (13-7), the team was able to shake off some […]

Texico returns solid nucleus in bid for repeat

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Texico returns all but four players from last year’s state title team. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For some teams, a trip across the state would be a distraction. Texico coach Richard Luscombe said this week’s trip to Los Lunas is completely normal for his team. “Most of my kids […]

Wildcats, Texico tune up for postseason

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The Texico Wolverines watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s game against Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Texico Wolverines are used to blowout games. That is, they’re used to winning them. Class 5A Clovis trounced Class 1A Texico 19-1 in a exhibition game on Tuesday, with both teams […]

Free throws help Huskies get past Texico

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Texico had nearly as many free throw attempts as Hope Christian in Thursday’s Class 2A state girls semifinal basketball game. It’s just that the Huskies never seemed to miss. Hope Christian managed only 11 field goals, the same as the Lady Wolverines, but sank an astonishing 33-of-38 free throws en route […]

Lady Buffs draw top-seeded Tatum

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s fair to say the Melrose Lady Buffaloes have their work cut out in today’s Class 1A state tournament quarterfinals. The Lady Buffs have the only losing record (13-17) of the 80 teams that qualified for various state quarterfinal play. And their opponent is Tatum (28-1), which went unbeaten […]

Texico, Melrose qualify for state

CNJ staff DEXTER — Texico played tight defense and secured itself a berth in next week’s Class 2A state tournament in Albuquerque. The Lady Wolverines held Eunice to six field goals in a 45-23 win Friday in a Region C semifinal. Texico faces host Dexter, which beat Santa Rosa 73-54 in Friday’s second game, in […]

Texico falls to Tucumcari on last-second miss

By Kevin Wilson: Frfeedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The Tucumcari Rattlers led for only 3:05 of Thursday night’s District 6-2A playoff game against Texico. But it was the 2:35 stretch at the end that counted most for the Rattlers, and a basket that didn’t count when the Wolverines needed it. Drew White scored a team-high 12 […]

Friday prep hoops roundup

Freedom Newspapers Staying sharp Having already locked up the top seed in the district, the Fort Sumner boys played Morton at Bovina to stay sharp for the district tournament. The Foxes scored 43 points in the second half and beat Morton 66-47 for their 15th win in a row. Fort Sumner guard Jeremy Gauna lead […]

Rattlers edge Wolverines in double OT

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — When his more heralded teammates couldn’t help him, Jeremy Lopez helped himself and kept Tucumcari in control of its district destiny. Lopez scored on a spinning layup with 9.3 seconds left in overtime, then played a role in both of Tucumcari’s baskets in the second extra session as […]

Lady Wolverines stymie Vixens in EPAC semis

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Fort Sumner senior Amber Sena struggles through two Texico defenders during an EPAC Tournament matchup Friday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Texico girls coach Keith Durham wanted to see a wire-to-wire effort for his team in Friday’s EPAC semifinal matchup with Fort Sumner. The […]

EPAC: Wolverines top Dora, seek 3-peat

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Texico senior Patrick Burns passes to the outside as Dora junior Casey O’Conner plays defense during an EPAC Tournament matchup Friday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The Texico Wolverines are on the verge of their third straight EPAC championship. With 19 points from Aaron […]

Whiteface knocks off defending champ Texico

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Texico’s Daniel Schueler grabs a rebound from Whiteface’s Joe Don Wilcox during the second half of Friday’s semi-final game in the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer FARWELL — For the first time in four years, there’ll be a new boys champion in the Farwell Invitational. […]

Rivals Fort Sumner, Texico clash again for 1A title

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fort Sumner knew early in last Friday’s Class 1A semifinal game against Cloudcroft that it would reach the state championship game. For Texico, it came down to a 96-yard drive in the fourth quarter, culminating in Justin Garrison’s 4-yard touchdown run, and then Garrison’s game-sealing interception. The area rivals […]

Prep volleyball: Texico in 2A finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE —Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes energy always prevails over emotion. Littlejohn’s energetic Texico squad defeated Tularosa 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 in the Class 2A state semifinals Friday at Eldorado High School. “You can play on emotion for a while, but emotion runs out and energy lasts,” Littlejohn said. […]

Lady Wolverines move into semis in 2A state meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Lady Wolverines cruised into the semifinals of the Class 2A state volleyball tournament, repeating a regional finals win over Eunice by thumping the Lady Cardinals 25-5, 25-19, 25-21 on Thursday at Cibola High School. Texico (19-5) will play Tularosa (21-1), a 25-22, 25-13, 25-23 quarterfinal winner Thursday over Sandia […]