Clovis seeded fourth in delayed 5A pairings

CNJ staff

Clovis is seeded fourth and will receive a first-round bye in the Class 5A playoff pairings released today by the New Mexico Activities Association.

Defending state champion and unbeaten Mayfield (10-0) earned the top seed in the 12-team playoffs that were delayed a week by a lawsuit filed by the parents of Las Cruces High players.

Once beaten Highland (9-1) earned the second seed followed by Alamogordo (8-2), which finished second to Mayfield in District 3-5A.

The top four seeds receive first round byes.

Clovis (7-3) will host the winner of a first-round matchup between No. 5 Sandia (9-1) and No. 12 Gallup () in two weeks.

State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia ruled Friday that Las Cruces had to forfeit wins over Onate and Gadsden because of an ineligible player.

Nov. 17 or 18
First Round

No. 9 Eldorado (3-7) at No. 8 La Cueva (5-5)
No. 12 Gallup (5-5) at No. 5 Sandia (9-1)
No. 11 Rio Grande (6-4) at. No. 6 Rio Rancho (7-3) (at Rio Rancho)
No. 10 Hobbs (5-5) at No. 7 Cibola (8-2) (at Albuquerque)
(No. 1 Mayfield, No. 2 Highland, No. 3 Alamogordo and No. 4 Clovis receive byes into the quarterfinal round).