Cats hope to pull another upset at Mayfield

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Clovis seniors Matt Lanier, left, and Jordan Holguin take down Sandia running back Malik Gordon in Friday’s first-round game at F.M. Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. The Wildcats (6-5) visit Mayfield tonight in a Class 6A quarterfinal.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Wildcats are one of two double-digit seeds left in the Class 6A playoffs. But nobody thinks that means second-seeded Mayfield is in for an easy night. “The last couple of years, I’ve said the 12 teams in the playoffs can beat anybody on any given night,” Mayfield […]

Fort Lewis upends cold-shooting Hounds

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University hoisted 84 shots, 19 more than Fort Lewis. The Sky Hawks were much more accurate though, shooting nearly 62 percent from the field en route to a 104-72 romp Thursday in a non-coference men’s tilt. Center Alex Herrera led a balanced attack with 21 points and […]

Steers set for second round

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Adrian Aleman, shown on a carry against Texico in September, has led Farwell with 1,456 yards on 225 carries and 12 touchdowns. The Steers, who had a bye last week, open their Class 2A Division II playoff run tonight against Memphis at Plainview.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com By virtue of winning their district title, the Farwell Steers were able to take advantage of a first-round bye in the Texas Class 2A Division II playoffs. Now they’re ready to get at it again, with a 7:30 p.m. (CST) area round game tonight against Memphis at Plainview. […]

ENMU basketball capsule — Nov. 20

ENMU (2-1) at Fort Lewis (3-0) • When: 7:30 p.m. today at Durango, Colo. • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Greyhounds dropped a 109-91 decision at Colorado State-Pueblo on Tuesday. Fort Lewis posted a 105-92 win over Northern New Mexico at home on Tuesday. • Last meeting: The Skyhawks beat ENMU 88-82 on […]

ThunderWolves roar past Hounds

Staff report PUEBLO, Colo. — Freshman guard Josh Smith hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points off the bench while senior center Tyrone Marshall and junior forward Bronson Moton each finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night, and Colorado State-Pueblo pulled away in the second half for a 109-81 victory over Eastern New […]

Tuesday area prep basketball summary — Nov. 18

Girls Muleshoe 65, Morton 44 Morton (1-1) — Mendoza 4, Roberts 3, Hernandez 6, Cadezuela 1, Garza 4, Patton 1, Dewbre 25. Totals 16 10-28 44. Muleshoe (2-1) — Sadie Sudduth 10, Sasha Esparza 10, Sydnie Sudduth 14, Angie Perez 3, Reagan Reynolds 5, Yvonne Diaz 2, Daniela Diaz 19, Shenice Rosas 2. Totals 21 […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Hounds bypassed for Arkansas bowl

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ENMU senior running back Jordan Wells looks for an opening in the West Texas A&M defense during the second half of the Saturday’s Lone Star Conference playoff fifth-place game at Greyhound Stadium. Wells rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Greyhounds’ 55-45 win.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com As expected, Eastern New Mexico University’s football season ended on Saturday. ENMU coach Josh Lynn confirmed on Monday that the Hounds were not chosen for the second annual Texarkana Bowl. There had been some hope after the Hounds finished a 7-4 season with a 55-45 win over West Texas […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Nov. 18

ENMU (2-0) at Colorado State-Pueblo (2-0) • When: 7 p.m. today at Pueblo, Colo. • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Greyhounds beat Oklahoma Panhandle State 102-94 on Saturday to complete a two-game sweep in Angelo State’s Ed Messberger Tip-Off Classic at San Angelo, Texas. The ThunderWolves completed a two-game sweep in the Al […]

CHS swimmers sweep Carlsbad meet

Staff report CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s swimming program may not be large in numbers, but coach Vincent de Maio said he believes the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats have plenty of quality. Clovis swept both divisions of Saturday’ season-opening Carlsbad Invitational. The Lady Cats, with a roster including one sophomore, five freshmen and four eighth-graders, cruised […]

Hounds beat WT in fifth-place game

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — If it was his final game at Eastern New Mexico University, senior wide receiver Jacob Johnson said he couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Johnson caught two touchdown passes while senior running backs Jordan Wells and E’lon Spight each rushed for 132 yards, and the […]

Texico returns to top in volleyball

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Texico senior Breanna Douma leaps into the arms of sophomore teammate Jasmine Gannon after the Wolverines swept Navajo Prep to claim the Class 3A state volleyball title.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Three years and a classification change later, Texico is back on top. And the Lady Wolverines might stay there a while. Behind a talented young squad and solid play from its senior group, the Lady Wolverines blasted Navajo Prep 25-12, 25-14, 25-23 to end its first […]

Lady Buffs’ bid in 2A denied

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Melrose junior Cailey Payne puts up a set in the first game of Saturday's Class 2A state championship match at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — As championship Saturday began at the Santa Ana Star Center, balance and experience just won out over dominance. Unbeaten Ramah, playing in its second volleyball title match in school history, rallied to score 32 of the final 41 points and finish its perfect season with a […]

Buffs gain 8-man finals; Wolverines ousted

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Melrose junior Rowdy Allen tries to work his way around Magdalena senior Jonathan Britton during the first half of Saturday’s 8-man state semifinal game at Melrose. The Buffaloes handed the Steers a 38-16 setback, and play Logan for the 8-man title next week.

Staff report MELROSE — Junior tight end Braden Hemminger had a breakout day just when Melrose needed it. Hemminger caught three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Wyatt Williams as the Buffaloes beat previously undefeated Magdalena 38-16 on Saturday in an 8-man semifinal. Melrose (10-1) will host rival and top-ranked Logan (11-0), a 62-12 winner on […]

Saturday’s state volleyball results — Nov. 15

At Santa Ana Star Center Rio Rancho Saturday Championship matches Class 6A Cibola def. Rio Rancho 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 Class 5A Centennial def. Piedra Vista 27-29, 24-26, 25-10, 25-17, 15-8 Class 4A Ruidoso def. Sandia Prep 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 Class 3A Texico def. Navajo Prep 25-12, 25-14, 25-23 Class 2A Ramah def. Melrose 25-13, […]

Hounds win, Zias fall

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Demetrius Balark led five Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 20 points and the Greyhounds never trailed en route to a 102-94 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State in the Ed Mussberger Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Angelo State. Senior guard Michael Randle added 18 points, […]

ENMU basketball teams add three players

Staff report PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball program has added a pair of recruits for the 2015-16 basketball season. Zias coach Josh Prock said the players are 5-foot-8 wing Miranda Moore of Coolidge, Ariz., and 5-10 post Julianna Leeper of Fort Worth, Texas. Moore, who will be a senior in the […]

Lady Tigers win fifth consecutive state title

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — The Elida Lady Tigers are the B team no longer. Elida finished off a resounding return to Class 1A Saturday, beating Carrizozo in four games at the Santa Ana Star Center to wrap off a 26-0 campaign and take the seventh volleyball blue trophy in school […]

CAT TRACKS: Cats’ Kelley picks up needed yards in win

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Clovis junior Kurt Kelley pulls in a reception against Sandia defender Jonas Schriber during Friday’s Class 6A first-round playoff game in Albuquerque. Kelley had 41 yards of offense in the Wildcats’ 21-7 win over the Matadors.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Small in stature and little-used throughout the season, nobody was really expecting Clovis junior Kurt Kelley to be the guy who moved the chains in key situations. No, not Kelley either. “It was a surprise to me,” said Kelley, who didn’t put up superstar numbers but got […]

Area prep football playoffs — Nov. 15

New Mexico (Seeds in parentheses) Class 6A First round Friday (9) Las Cruces High 36, (8) Atrisco Heritage 15 (12) Cibola 42, (5) Rio Rancho Cleveland 28 (6) Onate 22, (11) Manzano 20 (10) Clovis 21, (7) Sandia 7 First-round byes: (1) Rio Rancho, (4) Eldorado, (3) La Cueva, (2) Mayfield Class 5A First round […]

Saturday area prep basketball summary — Nov. 15

Girls Brownfield 50, Muleshoe 36 Brownfield — Mallorie Ellis 11, Tessa Hope 12, Destiny Jimenez 2, Sloane Holt 2, Scout Welps 5, Lexi Cruz 2, Sierra Whatley 3, Autumn Williams 9, Jasmine Fields 4. Totals 19 9-12 50. Muleshoe (1-1) — Sadie Sudduth 4, Syndie Sudduth 10, Yvonne Diaz 2, Daniela Diaz 7, Shanice Rosas […]