Lady Cats notch tourney title

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Clovis senior Danni Williams drives on Hobbs sophomore Cherlee Collins during the first half of Monday’s District 4-6A girls tournament championship game at The Rock. Williams finished with 21 points and the Lady Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 46-21 victory.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Hobbs and Clovis looked like teams getting set for a relatively high-scoring contest when each scored on its first two possessions Monday night. It didn’t turn out that way, though. The Lady Eagles held CHS in check for a long stretch, but simply couldn’t make enough baskets in the […]

Melrose boys, Grady girls come up short

Staff report MELROSE — Home court wasn’t enough to get the Melrose Buffaloes over the hump on Monday night. The top-seeded Buffaloes, playing for the first time in 10 days, couldn’t overcome 23 points from senior Wyatt Strand and nine Logan 3-pointers in losing to the Longhorns 71-67 in the finals of the boys District […]

Monday area prep roundup — March 2

DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys District 4-6A Feb. 24 game (3) Alamogordo 71, (4) Clovis 65 Thursday’s game (2) Carlsbad 68, Alamogordo 29 Saturday’s game Championship Hobbs 65, Carlsbad 57 District 4-3A Feb. 23 game (3) Eunice 57, (4) Dexter 44 Wednesday’s game Eunice 77, (2) Loving 71 Friday’s game Championship Eunice at (1) […]

Texico takes tourney titles

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The Texico bench cheers following a score to get the lead back to double digits in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s District 4-3A girls tournament championship at Texico. The Lady Wolverines scored the game’s first 11 points, but needed a late run to close out the game and win 57-43 after Eunice cut the lead to four points early in the final period.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines were seemingly cruising to an easy victory in Saturday’s District 4-3A boys tournament final. Then Eunice suddenly came alive. Texico saw an 18-point lead early in the third quarter get trimmed to one, but junior guard Brannon Karger scored 17 of his personal-best 33 […]

Melrose captures 6-2A girls title

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Melrose senior Caley Barnard goes in for a layup after swiping the ball from Logan’s Kippi Webb during the Distirct 6-2A girls tournament final on Saturday at Logan. Barnard poured in a career-high 47 points as the Lady Buffs outlasted Logan 72-64 in overtime.

Staff report LOGAN — Caley Barnard was on fire Saturday night, and the Melrose Lady Buffs needed every point in a career night. Barnard poured in 47 points — and she did it without so much as one 3-pointer — to lead Melrose (20-5) past top-seeded Logan 72-64 in overtime in the District 6-2A girls […]

Saturday area prep roundup — Feb. 28

SUMMARIES Boys District 4-3A tournament Championship Texico 73, Eunice 61 Eunice (18-10) — Brett Hobbs 10, Ivan Zamora 4, Donovaqn Nichols 16, Armando Rodriguez 1, Blane Febrache 2, Bryce Jenkins 15, Jose Luis Rodriguez 3, Manny Gonzalesw 10. Totals 22 8-12 61. Texico (17-9) — Justin Rucker 21, Rodrick Dean 10, Brannon Karger 33, Juan […]

Lady Cats’ game with Hobbs reset to Monday

Staff report The District 4-6A girls tournament championship game between Clovis High and Hobbs,scheduled for Saturday night at Rock Staubus Gym, was postponed for the second day in a row due to weather conditions. The Hobbs team was to leave between noon and 1 p.m., but did not complete the trip because of icy road […]

Foul-plagued Hounds bow to rival Buffs

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Freshman guard David Chavlovich led four West Texas A&M players in double figures with 26 points and the Buffaloes defeated Eastern New Mexico University 96-86 on Saturday in the Lone  Star Conference and regular-season finale for both teams. Senior Miles Gatewood added 24 points, senior Tez Dumar 20 and senior […]

Zias can’t keep up with Lady Buffs

Staff report CANYON, Texas — You kind of figured Eastern New Mexico University’s women were in trouble when, trailing by 12 points ad the intermission, they opened the second half 11-for-15 from the field and found themselves down by 19 at that point. Fourth-ranked West Texas A&M pulled away from there, posting a 99-67 victory […]

ENMU looks to start spring drills Monday

Staff report PORTALES — When it comes to spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t used to waiting to see what the weather does. The Greyhounds are scheduled to open four weeks of practice on Monday, but Lynn said on Saturday that they may push it back a day depending on […]

Clovis girls game reset for Monday

The girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed again due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game originally set for Friday and rescheduled Saturday is now tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

Local resident prepares for world MMA event

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Roy “Hot Sauce” Saucedo, right, spars with Rico Urqizo of Clovis on Monday night. Saucedo is one of 40 fighters selected for the second annual King of the Cage World Amateur Championships.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Roy Saucedo had a bad life as a kid, and he says it’s part of the reason he fought all the time. Now 29, Saucedo is working for a chance to let fighting make his life better. The Clovis resident is one of 40 mixed martial artists across the world invited […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Feb. 28

MEN ENMU at West Texas A&M • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today in the Lone Star Conference and regular-season finale for both teams at Canyon, Texas • Records: ENMU 7-19 (0-13 LSC), West Texas A&M (16-11, 6-7) • Last meeting: WT slipped past the Greyhounds 76-73 on Jan. 31 at Greyhound Arena. • Last time […]

Weather pushes area prep games back

Staff report Due to this week’s third significant winter event since the start of the year, all of Friday’s scheduled district tournament and postseason basketball games were postponed, with all pushed back to today. Among those games: • Clovis High’s girls, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, will take on Hobbs at 7 p.m. today […]

Clovis girls game rescheduled for Saturday

Friday’s girls’ district championship basketball game between Hobbs and Clovis has been postponed due to the snow. Clovis Athletic Director Dale Fullerton said the game is tentatively rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rock Staubus gym, weather permitting.

ENMU games moved

Staff report PORTALES — Due to the recent inclement weather, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams will have their Lone Star Conference-opening, four-game series pushed back. Both series will consist of Sunday and Monday doubleheaders — the baseball team hosting Tarleton State at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively, while the softball teams plays […]

CHS girls basketball capsule — Feb. 27

Hobbs at Clovis When: 7 p.m. today in the District 4-6A tournament championship game at The Rock Records: Hobbs 18-9, Clovis 24-2 This season: The Lady Wildcats beat Hobbs both times during regular-season district play, winning 40-34 at Hobbs on Jan. 27 and 56-38 at The Rock on Feb. 10. Last time out: The top-seeded […]

Zias post double-double, sweep University of the Southwest

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Amanda Martinez isn’t exactly known for her power. More of a put-the-ball-in-play singles hitter, she’d like to think she can drive in a run when needed. Martinez hit a go-ahead, opposite-field sacrifice fly to left in the sixth inning as the Zias rallied […]

Fishing report — Feb. 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: We had no reports […]

Dora posts sweep over Fort Sumner

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Dora’s Kaly Cone accelerates around Codi Wood of Fort Sumner on her way to the basket during the first half of Tuesday’s District 6-2A tournament game at Dora. The Lady Coyotes defeated the Vixens 42-31.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@cnjonline.com DORA — For the second time in a week the Coyotes faced the Foxes, but this time the stakes were higher and it showed. Dora hit nine 3-pointers and Dalton Privett scored 33 in just three quarters as the Coyotes posted a 72-58 win over Fort Sumner in the […]