Elida earns first boys EPAC title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Not only was Elida up against history Saturday night in the EPAC boys tournament championship, but the Tigers as well had to contend with a Texico team determined to control tempo on its home court. The idea was to keep the Elida sharpshooters from getting too many opportunities. […]

Melrose girls fall to Elida in EPAC finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — With a 5-foot-4 freshman post scoring a team-high 11 points, and nobody else getting over six, scorebook watchers might not believe that Elida actually stood much of a chance at winning the EPAC girls championship game on Saturday night. But, thanks to an extremely off-night for Melrose, the […]

EPAC BOYS: Wolverines edge Coyotes in OT

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Texico’s Daniel Schueler goes up for a shot over Kyler Smith of Dora during Friday’s EPAC boys semifinal game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — The boys semifinal game of the EPAC boys basketball tournament between Texico and Dora was a little like a train trying to […]

EPAC GIRLS: Lady Tigers face Melrose in finals

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Texico junior Bryn Mayfield goes between teammates Katlin Luscombe, left, and Brooke Bailey for a rebound during Friday’s EPAC girls semifinal game against Elida. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — In a clash of Class 1A and Class 2A schools, the smaller, defensive-minded squad stole the game. Elida […]

Weather, time off affects EPAC

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer As New Mexico rings in the new year, the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament consisting of 20 boys and girls teams kicks off today and over the next five days at Texico High School. EPAC is the oldest and biggest tournament in the state, and for most teams it […]

EPAC: Wolverines top Dora, seek 3-peat

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Texico senior Patrick Burns passes to the outside as Dora junior Casey O’Conner plays defense during an EPAC Tournament matchup Friday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The Texico Wolverines are on the verge of their third straight EPAC championship. With 19 points from Aaron […]

Lady Wolverines one step from EPAC finals

CNJ staff The Lady Wolverines are one game away from the finals of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, but Texico coach Keith Durham does not want his team to get caught up in a mid-season tournment. “We’re just trying to get better every time we step out on the floor,” Durham said. “I […]

Basketball bonds: EPAC tournament unites rural communities

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Lance Widner, 11, of Melrose tries to pump up the crowd during Friday’s semifinal game against Texico. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Each January, for more than a half-century, basketball reunites rural eastern New Mexico. The EPAC tournament reunites old friends, former rivals, coaches, and conjures up memories of a time when players wore […]

Wolverines, Vixens capture EPAC titles

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Texico freshman Faith Martin (20) tries to get a piece of the ball as Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson looks to score. Fort Sumner won its first EPAC title since 1996 by beating the Lady Woverines. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — For the first time in EPAC history, Texico […]

EPAC girls: Vixens, Lady Wolverines get top seeds

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Junior Sklya Cockerham can’t corral a rebound during the Farwwell Invitational Tournament in December. Cockerham is one of nine upper classman on the roster for the 7-2 Lady Wolverines. CNJ file photo By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer Unbeaten Fort Sumner appears to the favorite going into the 29th annual EPAC girls basketball tournament. The […]

EPAC boys: Texico looks tough

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Wolverines look like they’ll be a tough out in the 2005 boys EPAC Tournament, which begins today. For one thing, the Wolverines have been in the finals for four consecutive years, winning in 2001 and 2004. For another, because of a scheduling conflict at Eastern New Mexico University’s […]

Texico’s Luscombe reaches milestone

By Dave Wagner TEXICO BOYS BASKETBALL coach Richard Luscombe won his 300th game as Wolverines head coach on Saturday when his squad beat Floyd 39-21 for the championship of the EPAC Tournament. His overall record in 19 seasons at Lazbuddie and Texico is 375-120. He was 75-53 in 1985-89 at Lazbuddie, Texas. Luscombe admitted he […]

Wolverines claim EPAC boys title

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Texico’s Joe Zaikowski grabs a rebound over Floyd’s Eric Padilla. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Thirty-nine points won’t win many high school basketball games. It was more than enough for Texico in Saturday’s EPAC boys championship game. Playing suffocating defense throughout, the Wolverines eventually got a few of their own […]

Wolverines not home long

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]