ENMU hires Waggoner as new athletic director

Greg Waggoner

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The search for ENMU’s new athletic director has come to a close. On Wednesday, the university announced that Western State Colorado University Athletic Director Greg Waggoner will fulfill the same role for Greyhound athletics on June 1. Waggoner has served as the athletic director at Western State for 20 […]

Cats’ Gallegos to play baseball at Southwest

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Clovis High senior Daniel Gallegos signed a letter-of-intent on Tuesday to play baseball next season for University of the Southwest in Hobbs. Gallegos posted a 4-6 record and a 2.41 earned run average for the Wildcats this season.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Daniel Gallegos stepped up in his role last season for the Clovis High baseball team. He now hopes to step up again as he moves on to the collegiate level. Gallegos on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play next season at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, […]

ENMU roundup: ENMU qualifies 6 to D-II nationals

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will send six athletes in four events to the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Florida. Senior Klaudia Szych of Szczecin, Poland, will return for the second year in a row in the women’s 800 after finishing 13th in last […]

State baseball, softball results — May 11-14

(Seeds in parentheses) BASEBALL Class 6A Thursday’s quarterfinals At Santa Ana Star Field, Albuquerque (2) Carlsbad 5, (7) Eldorado 3 (1) Rio Rancho 5, (9) Las Cruces High 1 (5) Rio Rancho Cleveland 7, (4) La Cueva 1 (6) Volcano Vista 3, (3) Rio Grande 1 At Isotopes Park, Albuquerque Friday’s semifinals Carlsbad 7, Volcano […]

State large-school track results — May 13-14

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 6A Team standings: 1. Rio Rancho Cleveland 67; 2. Volcano Vista 61; 3. Eldorado 47 1/2; 4. Alamogordo 46; 5.Rio Rancho 33; 6. (tie) Clovis and Manzano 26; 8. Onate 25; 9. (tie) Albuquerque High and Hobbs 24; 11. (tie) Atrisco Heritage and Mayfield 18; 13. Sandia 10 […]

STATE TRACK: Cats tie for sixth in 6A

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s bid for a state trophy (top-three finish) in Class 6A state track will have to wait another year. The Wildcats competed reasonably well on Saturday at the University of New Mexico track facility, but it wasn’t enough to get them where they wanted. CHS finished in a tie for […]

Rams thumped in 4A finals

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Senior shortstop Grant Wagner can’t corral a throw from second base, allowing a Sandia Prep runner to slide safely into first base during Saturday’s Class 4A state baseball championship game at the University of New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque. The Rams struggled with seven errors in the game and lost to the Sundevils 13-0.

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It was a tale of two defenses in the Class 4A state baseball title game Saturday morning at Santa Ana Star Field, with the Portales Rams making seven errors in the field en route to a 13-0 thumping at the hands of top-seeded and defending champion Sandia Prep. […]

CHS athletes notch two wins at state

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Burgin Foster and junior Monay Phillips captured individual field event wins in on Friday’s opening day of Class 6A state track competition at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. Foster went an even 14 feet to capture boys pole vault competition, outlasting District 4-6A rival Colton Dean of Alamogordo, […]

PHS athletes compete well in 4A track

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — With the first day of the Class 4A state track meet completed, Portales athletes had a great showing in the preliminaries as they advanced in 10 races that will conclude today. In addition to the races, five Rams placed in the top-six in their field events. After […]

Wolverines beat Pecos for 3A title

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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 […]