Texico advances to 3A title game

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — Fourth verse, same as the first three. And that’s just fine with the Texico Lady Wolverines. Junior Brianna Reyna overcame some second-half foul difficulties to score 23 points and grab 11 rebounds as second-seeded Texico moved into the Class 3A girls state finals on Friday with […]

Texico, Melrose, Portales, Elida girls headed to state title games; Clovis ousted

Portales, Elida and Texico girls’ basketball teams will be playing for state championships. Clovis, for the second straight season, saw its season end in the semifinals. Clovis, stymied by foul trouble, trailed by double digits throughout the second half and fell 52-31 to fourth-seeded La Cueva at the Santa Ana Star Center. La Cueva (24-4) […]

Melrose, Texico ousted in quarterfinals

STAFF REPORT Curry County teams stayed alive for the most part Tuesday, going 3-1 in girls action at the New Mexico state basketball championships. On Wednesday, not so much. Both Texico and Melrose fell in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, with the Wolverines taking a 60-55 loss against Laguna-Acoma in Class 3A and the Buffaloes falling 77-70 to […]

State tournament Thursday look-ahead

Today’s semifinal games of area interest at the state basketball tournament: Class 6A girls Clovis (27-2) vs. La Cueva (23-4) 1:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center How they got here: Clovis won its 13th straight, defeating Valley 57-35 in the Tuesday quarterfinals. The Bears won their 12th in a row Tuesday, defeating Hobbs 63-46. Previous […]

Fishing report — March 11

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: There were a few […]

STATE GIRLS ROUNDUP: Texico, Melrose advance

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Texico gave up the lead briefly late in the first half, but this isn’t exactly the Lady Wolverines’ first rodeo. Junior Brianna Reyna had three 3-pointers and 16 points and sophomore Jasmine Gannon added 10 points while Texico held Laguna Acoma to just six second-half points in a 43-29 Class […]

State basketball tournaments — March 10

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A At The Pit, Albuquerque Wednesday’s quarterfinals (8) West Mesa vs. (1) Hobbs, 9:45 a.m. (10) Sandia vs. (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 1:15 p.m. (6) Albuquerque High vs. (3) Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. (5) Valley vs. (4) Rio Rancho, 8:15 p.m. Thursday’s semifinals Albuquerque High-Carlsbad winner vs. Sandia-Rio Rancho Cleveland winner, […]

Lady Cats cruise into Class 6A semifinals

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Clovis High girls basketball coach Jeff Reed recalled two years ago how the top-seeded Lady Wildcats cruised to an easy quarterfinal victory in the then-Class 5A state tournament, turned back La Cueva in the semifinals and went on to win the title with a win over Mayfield. Tuesday, again seeded […]

Area state boys basketball capsules — March 11

(Seeds, records in parentheses) CLASS 3A Texico (6, 18-9) vs. Laguna Acoma (3, 24-3) When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Of note: The schools were matched up in quarterfinal play in both boys and girls competition. … Against common opponents, the Wolverines are 3-1 while the Hawks are 6-0. Texico […]

Lady Cats get Valley at SASC

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High senior Nichele Hyman looks to put a jumper over Gadsden senior Ruth Guillen during the first half of Friday’s Class 6A girls round-of-16 game at The Rock, won by the Lady Wildcats 67-24. Hyman is the second-leading scorer for the Lady Cats this season, averaging 10.3 ppg.

Staff report Clovis High’s girls went unbeeaten until the Class 5A state semifinals last season, falling short in a loss to Volcano Vista in their bid for a repeat state title. The Lady Wildcats hope to make amends for that in what is now Class 6A state tournament, beginning with today’s 4:45 p.m. quarterfinal matchup […]

Area girls state basketball capsules — March 10

(Seeds, records in parentheses) CLASS 3A Texico (2, 21-4) vs. Laguna Acoma (7, 21-7) When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Of note: Texico lost in last year’s Class 2A final to Tularosa, and those teams are seeded 1-2 this time. The Lady Wolverines were ranked No. 1 and Tularosa No. […]

State basketball tournament schedule — March 9

(Seeds in parentheses) BOYS Class 6A At The Pit, Albuquerque Wednesday’s quarterfinals (8) West Mesa vs. (1) Hobbs, 9:45 a.m. (10) Sandia vs. (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 1:15 p.m. (6) Albuquerque High vs. (3) Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. (5) Valley vs. (4) Rio Rancho, 8:15 p.m. Thursday’s semifinals Albuquerque High-Carlsbad winner vs. Sandia- Rio Rancho Cleveland […]

State basketball tournaments — March 7

(Seeds in parentheses) BOYS Class 6A Saturday Round of 16 (1) Hobbs 77, (16) La Cueva 55 (8) West Mesa 52, (9) Las Cruces High 49 (5) Valley 65, (12) Onate 60 (4) Rio Rancho 66, Gadsden 58 (3) Carlsbad 67, (14) Rio Grande 43 (6) Albuquerque High 44, (11) Cibola 34 (10) Sandia 36, […]

Melrose thumps Menaul; Grady edged

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — Had Melrose not left a few points on the court, the Buffaloes might have reached the century mark on Saturday. They were just 18-of-31 from the free throw line and had only one 3-pointer. But no matter, fourth-seeded Melrose cruised past No. 13 Menaul 89-60 on Saturday […]

Texico withstands early pummeling, beats Pecos

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Texico sophomore Mason Golden gets his hands on a ball in the Pecos passing lane in the first half Saturday afternoon at Texico High School. Golden scored six points on 2-of-2 shooting in the Wolverines’ 61-52 win over the Panthers.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Had Saturday’s Class 3A boys first-round game been in Pecos, the Panthers’ early run would have almost surely been accompanied by a packed house chanting, “Mario’s winning,” with Mario Archuleta having 16 points and the Panthers up 22-6 just 5:34 into the matchup. But in Texico, it […]

Buffs rally for split against Hounds

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Right fielder Ryan March drove in three runs, two with a go-ahead two-run triple in West Texas A&M’s four-run fifth, and the Buffaloes held on for a 9-8 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday and a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball twin bill. Senior right-hander Cody […]

Canadian avoids upset, edges Farwell

STAFF REPORT LEVELLAND — Braiden Galla hit a pair of free throws with six seconds to play, and the Canadian Wildcats did just enough to hold off a late Farwell comeback in a 49-48 Class 2A Region 1 win Saturday afternoon at the Texan Dome. Sawyer Cook had 15 points to lead the Wildcats (23-1), who […]

Cleveland deals Cats pair of losses

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s baseball team competed on Saturday. The Wildcats just couldn’t finish the deal. Rio Rancho Cleveland jumped on top with three second-inning runs and held on for a 5-3 win in the opener, then used a five-run sixth to pull out a 5-2 win in the nightcap. “We had […]

Zias gain Saturday split with ASU

Staff report PORTALES — Sixth-ranked Angelo State finally got away from Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team in the finale of a four-game Lone Star Conference series, but not before the Zias pulled out a first-game win on Saturday. Freshman left-hander Aja Secheslingloff survived six hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings, while junior […]

Hounds work on situations in scrimmage

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn got a first long look at his current 2015 squad on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU went through about a two-hour scrimmage, mostly geared toward situational football. While generally pleased with what he saw, Lynn said the Greyhounds […]