Wolverines beat Pecos for 3A title

Correspondent photo: Nick Fojud
The Texico Wolverines celebrate their 6-2 win over the Pecos Panthers in Friday’s Class 3A state baseball championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The championship was the first in baseball for the school since the 2005 season.

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Texico baseball coach Ty Thatcher saw how his team jumped on a struggling pitcher early in the game, and decided he wouldn’t let his starter’s potential troubles snowball into a rally for the opposition. It paid off, as Texico beat Pecos 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Isotopes Park […]

Wolverines cruise into 3A state baseball finals

Staff report RIO RANCHO — The top-seeded Texico Wolverines scored in all but one inning Thursday night to beat Estancia 9-1 in the Class 3A state baseball semifinals at Cleveland H.S., advancing to today’s noon champonship game against Pecos at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. Freshman Dalton Thatcher pitched a four-hitter for the Wolverines (24-4), losing […]

STATE 6A TRACK: Cats eyeing trophy

Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It’s been a long time since Clovis High’s boys have earned a team trophy in state track competition. Could the Wildcats end that drought with a top-three finish in this weekend’s Class 6A meet at the University of New Mexico. Coach Darren Kelley is hopeful. “We could be anyplace from […]

Buffs meet McCurdy in 1-2A finals rematch

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Melrose seniors Chris Fisher, left, and Wyatt Williams celebrate after Thursday’s Class 1-2A state baseball semifinal game against Gateway Christian at Rio Rancho Cleveland H.S. is called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The Buffaloes won 14-4, and face McCurdy in today’s 9 a.m. championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Melrose and McCurdy will meet for the second consecutive year today to decide the Class 1-2A state baseball championship. Suffice it to say, the Buffaloes are hoping for a similar outcome. Melrose, which routed the Bobcats 12-0 in last year’s final, is in position for a trifecta of sorts after […]

Texico tops Eunice 9-5

Staff report On a day where top seeds fell in the Class 3A baseball tournament, Texico was glad to not be one of them. The top-seeded Wolverines took the lead for good with a two-run third, then put things away with four in the fifth to dispatch ninth-seeded Eunice 9-5 Wednesday at Cleveland High School. […]

Melrose routs Dora to open repeat bid

STAFF REPORT The Melrose Buffaloes are two wins away from putting an exclamation point on a record year of small-school sports dominance. The defending Class 1A/2A baseball champions began their repeat bid in blowout fashion, scoring 15 in the third to top Dora 18-3. Melrose (15-4), which will face either Mora or Gateway Christian in […]

ENMU trio named all-conference for track and field

Staff report Three Eastern New Mexico University track and field members were named to the Lone Star Conference team, according to a Wednesday release from the LSC. Senior Klaudia Szych and juniors Lacy Harris and Ally Salata were among 27 female athletes selected to the all-conference team. No ENMU athletes were among the 24 all-conference […]

Results of state golf tournaments — May 9-10

Class 6A At The Canyon Club, Albuquerque Par 72 BOYS Team standings: 1. La Cueva 299-306 — 605; 2. Rio Rancho Cleveland 307-308 — 615; 3. Hobbs 313-316 — 629; 4. Carlsbad 340-315 — 655; 5. Clovis 345-345 — 690. Top 5 individuals: 1. Kevin Kim, La Cueva 72-72 — 144; 2. Tyler Cox, Hobbs […]

STATE GOLF: Lady Cats third, Lady Wolverines second

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Despite a subpar outing in Monday’s opening round, Clovis High girls golf coach Steve Speck knew the Lady Wildcats were well-positioned to claim a team trophy on Tuesday’s final day of Class 6A state competition at The Canyon Club. Mission accomplished. Five of the six Lady Cats players improved on their […]

STATE GOLF: CHS squads struggle, Lady Wolverines stand second

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Neither of Clovis High’s golf teams played nearly as well as they’d hoped in Monday’s opening round of Class 6A state competition at The Canyon Club. But while the boys can only hope to escape last place in today’s second and final round, the Lady Wildcats are still well-positioned for a […]

Buffs notch top seed in 1-2A

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Activities Association on Sunday accorded the defending state champion Melrose Buffaloes the top seed  in this week’s Class 1-2A state baseball tournament. Melrose brings a 14-4 season’s record into the eight-team event and will face an old rival in eighth-seeded Dora (8-8) in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round at Rio […]

State small-school track results — May 6-7

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 3A Team standings: 1. Pecos 64; 2. Estancia 47; 3. Dexter 39; 4. Capitan 37; 5. (tie) Native American Community Academy 30; 7. Academy Tech 28; 8. Tucumcari 27; 9. (tie) Eunice and Santa Fe Prep 24; 11. Texico 23 1/2; 12. Loving 16 1/2; 13. Desert Academy […]

STATE SMALL-SCHOOL TRACK: Vixens capture 10th title in row

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner’s girls just keep racking up state track titles. The Vixens extended their record streak of state titles to 10 under coach Lisa McMath, winning the Class 2A crown on Saturday night with 96 points for 62 for district rival Logan. Fort Sumner won five individual events and three relays […]

CHS golf squads headed for 6A state tournament

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Clovis High junior Hannah Reid pitches the ball toward the green during practice on Friday. The Lady Wildcats have qualified six players for next week’s Class 6A state tournament at The Canyon Club in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner     Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s girls were already safely into the Class 6A state tournament, having easily surpassed the required three team legs to qualify. In addition, the five members of the varsity squad had each notched individual berths. Marissa Waters, the only senior on the squad, was one leg short, […]

Tigers post wins on first day of state track meet; Barnard wins long jump

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Lauren Stone and sophomore Lacy Ferguson of Elida posted first-day wins in the Class 1A girls portion of the small-school state track meet on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. Stone took first place in high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches. She actually tied with Springer […]

Portales tops Socorro 16-1 in first round, winning streak at 11

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Portales senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez winds up for a throw to first for the putout in the third inning.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The 3-0 pitch looked low to Victoria Cordova, and she started her jog to first before a “not so fast, my friend” strike call from home plate. No matter. After a laugh, the Portales senior third baseman looked for another opportunity. She hit the next pitch for an RBI […]

Wolverines’ Dickerman, Karger set for next level

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Texico senior Brannon Karger will play basketball next season at NCAA Division III Hardin Simmons in Abilene, Texas. Karger averaged nearly 19 points and eight rebounds in helping the Wolverines win the state Class 3A boys championship in March.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Texico senior Brannon Karger has known since seventh grade what sport he would pursue at the high school and collegiate levels — basketball. He has agreed to continue the sport at NCAA Division III Hardin Simmons in Abilene, Texas, beginning next season. The D-III level does not […]

ENMU women add guard

Staff report PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has added Grants senior point guard Haley Hall for its 2016-17 campaign, according to a release from the team. Hall was a three-time all-district first-team selection, and was the District 5-5A player of the year as a junior for the Lady Pirates. She […]

ENMU has four finalists for athletic director position

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The pool of finalist candidates to replace Jeff Geiser as Eastern New Mexico University’s athletic director has been set. Jeff Long, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs, and the head of the athletic director search committee,  said there are four finalists who are expected to make campus visits over […]

ENMU adds Division-I transfer for 2016-17 women’s hoops

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team added a Division-I transfer for its 2016-17 campaign, according to a release from the college. Daeshianna McCants, a 6-foot-1 post who played last season at Texas-El Paso, will be a junior next year for the Greyhounds. McCants is a Las Cruces native who helped Mayfield […]