Buffaloes earn all-state nods

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Melrose senior quarterback James Walker earned first team All-State in six-man. It was his first year at the position for Melrose, which won the state championship. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Staff and wire reports Junior Carlos Ruiz led five Melrose players on the 2004 All-State team selected by the New Mexico Six-Man Football Coaches […]

Melrose cranks up offense

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz reaches for a pass during Saturday’s six-man playoff game against Tatum. Ruiz was unable to hold onto the pass. (Hobbs News Sun photo: Cody Gideon) CNJ Staff TATUM — Melrose outscored Tatum 46-6 in the second and third quarters en route to an 82-47 win Saturday in the first round of […]

Defense keeps Buffs unbeaten

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Melrose senior Caleb Dodd turns the corner as he heads upfield during the first half of its game against Logan on Friday in Melrose. Melrose defeated Logan 46-22. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Excuse Melrose if its offense wasn’t running at peak efficiency Friday night against Logan. […]

Buffaloes blast Mountainair

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — The only thing that came close to stopping Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz on Friday night was leg cramps. The junior speedster scored eight touchdowns as the Buffaloes crushed Mountainair 64-14 in a six-man contest. The game was stopped on Ruiz’s eighth touchdown 5:26 into the third quarter due […]

Buffaloes beat Floyd in regional final

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Harvey Park goes up for two of his 14 points in Saturday’s Class 1A Region B championship game at Floyd High School. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over […]

Hounds take on Buffaloes in rematch at Canyon

CNJ STAFF The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is on a four-game winning streak that includes an 89-74 homecourt triumph over Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M just five days ago. ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan knows the 6 p.m. (MST) rematch on Monday night against the Buffaloes at the WT […]

Buffs get third crack at unbeaten Tatum

Rick White Dickie Roybal and the Melrose Buffaloes have been heavy underdogs before in a state championship game. The Roy Longhorns took a 33-game winning streak and an air of invincibility into the 1999 title game, but the Buffaloes escaped with a wacky and wild 42-36 win to give Melrose its third six-man title of […]

Parks finds end zone often

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Melrose senior Harvey Park makes up for his lack of foot speed with great hands, according to his coach. CNJ photo by Erick Kluth. Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, […]

Buffs ride four TDs from Ruiz to win over Broncos

Emanuel Carrillo tries to fight his way to end zone while Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz tries to save a touchdown Friday night in Melrose. Carrillo was tackled inside the Melrose 5-yard-line. Photo by Mike Linn By Tony Parra MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes defeated the Floyd Broncos 42-26 in a six-man District 3 game on Friday […]

Melrose trio runs wild

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Rick White MELROSE — Taking lessons from last week’s loss to top-ranked Tatum, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal scrapped his run-based offense in favor of a more wide-open attack this week in practice. The Melrose Buffaloes proved to be quick learners, schooling Lake Arthur in the art of fastbreak football. Spreading the formation from sideline to […]