Lady Cats squeak out another win

ARTESIA — Clovis High's girls are getting the hang of this winning thing, even if it's down to the wire.

The Lady Wildcats registered their second one-stroke team victory in four days on Monday, finishing at 358 to 359 for District 4-5A rival Hobbs in the Artesia Invite. On Friday, the Lady Cats posted a one-stroke win over host Ruidoso in the Great 8 tournament.

Meantime, the Clovis boys finished second by five strokes to Artesia despite shooting a respectable team score of 315.

Senior Haley Berry overcame a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole to easily finish with the day's top girls score, a 78. She was nine shots ahead of Texico's Kimber Harrison and Hobbs' Salem Ortiz.

Senior Kristin Bradley tied for fourth overall with an 89.

"Haley did a good job of coming back (from the bad first hole)," third-year Lady Cats coach Steve Speck said. "That's the first time anybody's broken 80 since I've been coach, and it's the first time Kristin's broken 90."

Clovis notched its third team leg and qualified for Class 5A state competition next month. Individually, Berry and Bradley also earned third legs to qualify for state.

Harrison's round helped Texico finish third in the five-team event with a score of 372.

Interestingly, Speck's nephew, Michael Speck of Artesia, took individual honors on the boys side with a three-over-par 74 in leading the Bulldogs to the team title. The only other full team in the event, Portales, shot a 359.

Senior Matt Justus and junior Frankie Trujillo led the Wildcats, tying for third overall with scores of 77. Junior Emilio Romero was fifth with an 80.

"We've gotten better every tournament," CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton said. "We'll try to keep improving, and maybe we'll peak at the right time."

Clovis squads and the Texico girls return to action a week from today in the Roswell Open.

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