No. 7 Cats set to host 10th-seeded Mayfield

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Clovis High senior Jordan Holguin puts down a bunt during Thursday’s practice at Bell Park. The Wildcats, seeded seventh in the NMAA’s 16-team Class 6A state baseball tournament, host No. 10 Mayfield in a best-of-3, first-round series starting tonight at Bell Park.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High’s baseball team is preparing to host state competition for what is believed to be the first time when the Wildcats, seeded seventh in the 16-team NMAA Class 6A field, face No. 10 Mayfield. The best-of-3, round-of-16 series begins with a 7 p.m. game today at Bell Park, […]

State baseball: Wolverines ground Hawks

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Texico eighth-grader Dalton Thatcher catches a pop fly in short left field during the second inning of Wednesday’s Class 3A round-of-16 baseball game against Laguna Acoma at Texico. Thatcher delivered four singles at the plate to help the Wolverines advance with an 11-3 win over the Hawks.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER TEXICO — Roles will be reversed when No. 8 seed Texico meets top-seeded Lordsburg in Wednesday’s Class 3A state quarterfinals at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Field. Last year, the Mavericks came into the then-Class 2A quarterfinals as the eighth seed, but sent top-seeded Texico home early with […]

Clovis teams edged in state doubles play

Staff report Both of Clovis’ doubles teams were defeated in Albuquerque Wednesday, with tiebreaker setbacks paving the way to two-set losses at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque. In boys play, Tristen Pautler and R.J. Alvarado dropped a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 decision to Daniel Wilson and Dylan Pfeiff of Cibola. In girls doubles, Rylie […]

CHS basketball camp set

The Clovis Wildcat Boys Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 8-11 at the CHS Gym, with 9 a.m.-noon sessions for players entering grades K-5 and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. sessions for players entering grades 6-9. Registration is $60 through May 31 and $70 after. Information: Scott Robinson, 714-0510 or

CHS gears for 6A state tennis

Staff report Clovis High will have one boys doubles and one girls doubles competing against Cibola opponents in the opening round of the two-day Class 6A state tennis tournament at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque. The girls tandem of seniors Rylie Lee and Breanna Smith is seeded sixth and  will face unseeded seniors […]

Former WT player, assistant hired by ENMU

Staff report PORTALES — Former West Texas A&M player and assistant coach Jennifer Brock has been hired as a women’s basketball assistant at Eastern New Mexico University. “We’re extremely excited that Jennifer has decided to join us,” ENMU women’s coach Josh Prock said. “We feel she’ll be an asset to our program, both on and […]

Cats earn No. 7 seed, host Mayfield

Staff report Clovis High’s baseball team will be playing at home for the first round of the Class 6A state tournament. The Wildcats (17-9) were given the No. 7 seed in this weekend’s round-of-16 and will entertain 10th-seeded Mayfield (13-10) in a best of three series, starting with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday night […]

CHS golf teams put on hold

Staff report ROSWELL — Clovis High’s boys will have to wait another day to see if they can qualify for next week’s state Class 6A tournament. Four-team District 4-6A competition at Spring River Golf Course was halted by lightning around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, and the decision to postpone it was made about 2 1/2 […]

Hounds finish season with split at ASU

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior left-hander Clyde Kendrick struck out 10 over six innings and third baseman Daniel Ward’s two-run double keyed a four-run seventh as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team closed its season on Saturday with an 8-3 win over Angelo State for a split of their Lone Star Conference doubleheader. […]

Cats, Lady Cats take Lovington team titles

Staff report LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s track teams managed wins in Lovington’s Ross Black Relays on Friday night — in quite different ways. While the girls were cruising to a margin of victory of almost 50 points, the boys edged host Lovington 98 1/2-97 1/2 for team honors in the eight-school event. The boys, meantime, […]

Sweep gives Cats second in district

Staff report ALAMOGORDO — It’s been quite a ride this season for the Clovis High baseball team under first-year coach Richard Cruce. That run may earn the Wildcats a first-round best-of-three series at home in the upcoming Class 6A state tournament. CHS (17-9, 8-4 District 4-6) gave up three runs to Alamogordo in the bottom […]

Alamo claims District 4-6A softball crown

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Alamogordo eighth-grader Tori Borunda slides in safely ahead of the tag by Clovis junior Mariah Chavez at third base during the third inning of the opener in Friday’s District 4-6A softball doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Field. The Lady Tigers claimed the championship in their first year in the district with a 16-2, 16-0 sweep of the Lady Wildcats.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Things have changed for the Alamogordo High School softball squad since the Lady Tigers split a home doubleheader with Clovis High in mid-April. Newcomers to District 4-6A, Alamo (19-7, 9-3 district) claimed the crown on Friday night with a 16-2, 16-0 thumping of CHS at Lady Wildcat Field, while […]

Freshman posts third state leg

Staff report ROSWELL — Freshman Janae Hale earned her third state qualifying leg with a score of 93 as Portales High finished fifth out of six teams in the Last Chance tournament on Friday, hosted by New Mexico Military Institute. Texico claimed fourth place in the six-team event at 365, while the Lady Rams were […]

PHS girls nab state team slot

Staff report ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams qualified for Class 1-4A state team tennis competition on Friday, beating host New Mexico Military 5-0 in the District 4/1-4A semifinals before losing in the championship match to Mesilla Valley 5-0. Meantime, the PHS boys were ousted in the semis by NMMI 5-3. The top two teams […]

Angelo rallies late past Hounds

Staff report SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior J.C. Snyder hit a two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night, lifting Angelo State past Eastern New Mexico University 8-5 and ending any chance of a Lone Star Conference postseason tournament berth for the Greyhounds. ASU (33-14, 20-13 LSC) overcame a 5-2 deficit, […]

Ned Houk races set for 21st season

Courtesy photo: Eric Vigil
From left, Cory Riegel, Rick Thornton and Lance Thornton look over a car during  the 2014 dirt track season at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Dirt track racing is scheduled to begin its 21st season at the complex, beginning on Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor The cheapest ticket available to Saturday’s Manny Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather fight ($1,500) in Las Vegas, Nevada, would buy a pretty solid television and home theater system, with still plenty left over to buy the fight on pay-per-view. But ask the people going to the event, and they’ll tell you nothing […]

Clovis boys still seeking third leg

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR A few tough holes for everybody, and the Clovis boys golf team just missed its third and final qualifying leg for the state tournament. The Wildcats placed third with a 318 at the Murphy Black Invitational in Lovington, but needed a 311. The boys have one more chance to […]

ENMU recruit honored by USA Today

Staff report A Rio Rancho High senior signed to play for the Greyhound basketball team next season was named the state’s player of the year by USA Today. Brady Patterson, who also repeated as a selection for the Albuquerque Journal’s All-Metro Team, led the Rams to the semifinals while averaging 21.3 points and 6.4 assists […]

Tuesday area prep baseball linescore — April 28

District 4-3A Texico 6, Loving 4 Texico    211  002  0 — 6    9    2 Loving    220  000  0 — 4    4    4 Dalton Thatcher and Brock Thompson; Christian Rico and Frankie Jaure. W — Thatcher. L — Jaure. Top hitters — Texico: Rafael Maldonado 2-4, RBI, run; Nathan Phipps 2-3, 2 runs; Cole Rohrbach 2-3, […]

Hounds stymied by late comeback at Hobbs

STAFF REPORT HOBBS — Trey Alcachupas drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a game-tying, two-run triple in in a four-run eighth as the University of the Southwest baseball team outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 10-9 on Tuesday. ENMU (15-28) jumped on the Mustangs for four runs in the top […]