Greyhounds accept invite for Heart of Texas Bowl

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Eastern New Mexico senior running back Vaughn Johnson rips off a fourth-quarter run during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference playoff game at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds lost the game, but received an invitation to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Dec. 5 against Arkansas Tech.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University and Arkansas Tech University aren’t exactly in the heart of Texas. But there’s no nitpicking about your first NCAA postseason game in program history. “They’re fired up; heck, I’m fired up,” Greyhound coach Josh Lynn said of ENMU’s invite to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas […]

CHS swimmers strong in Pecos meet

Staff report PECOS, Texas — The Clovis High boys swim team was two members short for Saturday’s Pecos Invitational, and thus came up a bit short in the team standings. Meantime, the CHS girls might have left half their squad at home and still been able to take team honors. The CHS boys set meet […]

ASU runs all over Hounds

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 ENMU junior D'Maujeric Tucker returns a first-quarter kickoff 56 yards to set up the Greyhounds in scoring position in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference playoff third-place game at Blackwater Draw. The Hounds, though, were unable to take advantage of it and went on to lose to the Rams 63-20.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Three weeks earlier, the ENMU Greyhounds set a new team rushing record against Angelo State in the final regular season home game at Blackwater Draw. In Saturday’s rematch, the outcome couldn’t have been more different as Angelo State dominated ENMU 63-20. The last time ENMU gave […]

Skyhawks sweep ENMU

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Will Morse came off the bench to hit 7-of-8 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 26 points as host Fort Lewis beat Eastern New Mexico University 77-63 on Saturday in the Skyhawk Regional Challenge. The Skyhawks also beat ENMU in the women’s contest, holding on late for a […]

Lady Tigers make it six consecutive titles

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Elida coach Darrell Chenault makes a point during a first-set timeout during Saturday's state Class 1A volleyball championship against Springer at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Lady Tigers won their sixth consecutive state title by beating Springer in three sets.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor RIO RANCHO — A few years from now when the current Elida volleyball team is all in college, the former Tigers will all have the memory of 2015, when senior outside hitter Lauren Stone made the team listen to Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” her current favorite song and ringtone. Oh […]

PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Foxes fall short in 2A title game

Staff report TIERRA AMARILLA — Senior quarterback Dominic Montano ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more and top-ranked defending champion Escalante managed to hold off Fort Sumner 28-20 on Saturday in the state Class 2A championship game. The Lobos (11-1) overcame a 14-0, second-quarter deficit and held on late. Montano, who finished with […]

Melrose survives Fort Sumner to claim 2A title

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Melrose senior Ember Woods screams in celebration with the Class 2A volleyball trophy in hand. The Buffaloes edged Fort Sumner in five game Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR RIO RANCHO — Taylor Bostwick and Addisen Dial were eighth-graders when Melrose was on the other end of Part Three of Tatum’s Class 1A four-peat in 2011. They were juniors last year when the Buffaloes were on the other end of Ramah’s perfect season, with senior Caley Barnard nearly […]

Texico sweeps Eunice to claim second-straight 3A title

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Texico celebrates its second-straight Class 3A state volleyball championship and its eighth title in the last 10 seasons.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR RIO RANCHO — Like she’d done 17 times before on Saturday, Texico senior Brianna Reyna slapped down a kill. As they’ve done so many times since August, her Wolverine teammates celebrated her 18th kill in the synchronized celebration leap with bent knees. And then they tackled each other in celebration […]

Floyd comeback falls short in six-man title game

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Floyd fullback Edgardo Chavez, right, runs for yards with Hondo's Juan Chacon in pursuit, Friday in the state six-man championship at Hondo.

By Todd Fuqua Correspondent HONDO – For three quarters, Hondo seemed to have a second-straight state six-man football title in hand. The Eagles led Floyd 32-0 at the end of the third period, but the Broncos had the ball at the Hondo 12 to start the final period Friday night. A 9-yard run by Jesus […]

District foes Melrose, Fort Sumner to meet for title

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Fort Sumner senior Paris Allred gets a kill past Logan's Kaylee Foote in Friday's semifinal match at the Santa Ana Star Center. Fort Sumner defeated Logan in four games and will face Melrose.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR RIO RANCHO — As far as small-school volleyball districts go, District 6-2A claims to be one of the toughest. On Friday, they proved it, putting three teams in the Class 2A semifinals and both teams in today’s 9 a.m. title game at the Santa Ana Star Center. “We knew […]

ENMU teams split

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Senior wing Jaylyn Cooper drives the baseline in ENMU’s 80-54 win on Friday over the Adams State Grizzlies in the Skyhawk Regional Challenge, hosted by Fort Lewis College.

Staff report DURANGO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s women forced 27 turnovers and posted a 39-7 advantage in points off turnovers en route to a season-opening 80-54 victory over Adams State on Friday in the Skyhawk Regional Challenge, hosted by Fort Lewis. In men’s play, New Mexico Highlands scored the game’s first 12 points […]

Hounds host Angelo State for third place

By Matthew Asher Staff writer The bad news for the ENMU Greyhounds is that they lost in last week’s Lone Star Conference playoff semifinal at Midwestern State. The good news is they will get to finish the season at home as they host the Angelo State Rams for the second time in four weeks […]

STATE VOLLEYBALL: Area teams win pools, earn byes to quarters

Staff report RIO RANCHO — All four area small-school teams won their pools in state volleyball competition on Thursday and thus drew first-round byes Thursday night into today’s quarterfinal round. Defending Class 3A champion Texico, the top overall seed in its class, defeated Mesilla Valley 25-20, 25-17 and district rival Dexter 25-15, 25-13 in Pool […]

STATE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats ousted in 6A

Staff report RIO RANCHO — It took Clovis a week of upsets to find its way into the Class 6A state volleyball tournament. It took three sets for the 12th-seeded Lady Wildcats to find their way out. After finishing third in pool play against top-seeded La Cueva and No. 8 Eldorado, Clovis was knocked out […]

Cats able to get rest for quarterfinal tilt

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus shares a joke with quarterback Daulton Hatley (sitting) and running back Micah Gray during stretches Thursday afternoon. Clovis is on a first-round bye this week, and will host the winner of tonight’s Mayfield-Atrisco Heritage game at 7 p.m. next Friday.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor In 2008, the third-seeded Clovis Wildcats had just cruised to a 31-7 Class 5A second-round win over No. 6 Sandia. Matadors coach Kevin Barker said it was clear Clovis prepared only for Sandia, and not 11th-seeded Hobbs. The Wildcats had already beaten Hobbs 58-0 in district play, Barker said, […]

Mules crush Slaton in playoff opener

Staff report WOLFFORTH, Texas — Senior quarterback Danny Campos threw for six first-half touchdowns, giving him 50 for the season, and Muleshoe cruised to a 76-25 victory over Slaton on Thursday night in the bi-district round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs at Frenship H.S. The Mules (11-1) scored at least 40 points for […]

Prep football capsules

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Melrose senior Wyatt Williams tries to break the tackle of Cloudcroft’s Alix Miller during the Buffaloes’ 60-6 win in September. Defending eight-man champ Melrose will try to reach the title game again when it visits Logan in a Saturday night semifinal.

Fort Sumner at Escalante When: 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 2A state championship game Records: Fort Sumner 8-3, Escalante 10-1 Last week: The Foxes beat Hagerman 19-12 at home while the defending 2A champion Lobos routed Questa 46-20 at Tierra Amarilla in semifinal play. Last meeting: Oct. 9, the Lobos won at home over […]

Tuesday area prep basketball summaries — Nov. 10

Girls Smyer 74, Farwell 63 Farwell (0-1) — Lindsi Coburn 22, Maria Maldonado 11, Ami Favila 11, Brenna Jarman 8, Regan Agee 3, Edie White 3, Skylar Chadwick 4, Katey White 1. Totals 20 17-31 63. Smyer (1-0) — Cade 27, Ramirez 10, Aday 9, Murphy 11, Luna 2, Lee 6, Fowler 7, McCullough 2. […]

Arizona pulls away, tops ENMU

Staff report TUCSON, Ariz. — Eastern New Mexico University’s women hung around for a while against Arizona of the Pac-12 on Tuesday. The Wildcats, though, took complete control in the third quarter. Leading 39-29 after two free throws by ENMU’s Kassandra Harris with 7:46 left in the third quarter, the Wildcats went on a 22-2 […]

Clovis hopes to keep streak going at state

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Clovis coach Gabe Apodaca has a laugh with a player during Tuesday morning’s practice. Clovis enters the Class 6A tournament as the No. 12 seed.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Clovis senior Jaren Piepkorn, like probably every one of her teammates, had thoughts during a frustrating regular season that she wouldn’t be in practice gear Tuesday morning, still playing volleyball in the final week of the prep season. But yet, there was the 5-foot-11 middle hitter, working on jump […]