Fort Sumner’s tombstone races create more legends

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet of Clovis placed second in the men’s open division of the tombstone races. (DeBaca County News photo: Scot Stinnett) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends, and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are […]

Former Vixen carries success to college level

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Fort Sumner grad Sandy Fortner is having a productive season in her first year at UNM. (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The way Sandy Fortner competes, it’s easy to forget she’s only a freshman. Fortner, a Fort Sumner grad in her first year at the University of New Mexico, is best on […]

Fort Sumner gets coaching makeover

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Contracts for Fort Sumner basketball coaches Brian Fortner and Wes Weems will not be renewed for the 2006-07 season, school officials said Monday. Fortner coached the Vixens for three years, and Weems was the Foxes’ coach for the last two seasons. “I was floored,” Fortner said. “They told me […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]

Senior’s gold rush continues

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Fort Sumner senior Sandy Fortner pulls away to win the 100 meters Saturday in the Class 1A track and field championships Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. Staff photo: John Eisel By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Teenagers tend to remember little things like promises for a car. And […]

Fort Sumner likely must hold off former 2A schools to win state

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Fort Sumner senior Kayla Britain hands the baton to senior Sandy Fortner in the 1,600 medley relay during the Texico Relays April 26 in Texico. Fortner has already won 14 individual state championships. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer On paper, it shapes up as a two-team race between defending champions […]

Fort Sumner rolls to 3-1A titles

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Melrose freshman Janea Eshleman leads the pack as she nears the finish line in the girls 200 meter heat during the District 3-1A track meet Saturday in Melrose. Eshleman finished first with a time of 27.41 seconds. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Fort Sumner’s track teams walked away with boys and […]

Vixens hold off Grady in semis

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Fort Sumner senior forward Sandy Fortner drives the baseline against Grady senior post Jennifer Blackburn during the Class A semifinal game at Bernalillo High School on Thursday. (Special to the CNJ: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner’s 16-4 advantage after the first quarter held up and the Vixens advanced to the Class 1A […]

Vixens race into semis

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Fort Sumner’s Sandy Fortner brings the ball up the court during the second half of Tuesday’s Class 1A state tourney game against Magdalena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BERNALILLO —Neither Fort Sumner or Magdalena could have been excited to face a one-loss team in the first round of the state playoffs. […]

Fort Sumner rebounds with easy win

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BERNALILLO —Neither Fort Sumner or Magdalena could have been excited to face a one-loss team in the first round of the state playoffs. But it’s more likely that the Steers will have more lasting regrets after Fort Sumner took a 61-44 win in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A state […]

Prep notes: Fort Sumner survives game of 1A powers

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The top-ranked Fort Sumner Vixens rattled off eight unanswered points in the final three minutes to beat Cimarron 40-37 this weekend in a battle of unbeaten Class 1A teams. Tobea Patterson had a season-high 15 points to lead the Vixens. “Things did not go right and still we beat […]

Vixens win second title in five years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — When the last shot of the Class 1A state volleyball championship went down for a winner it was evident the biggest edge for the Fort Sumner Vixens was experience. At Johnson Gym in Albuquerque, Fort Sumner took the title with a 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory over […]

Fort Sumner enjoys twin track titles

By Dave Wagner Mario Martinez knew that, barring something way out of the ordinary, his Fort Sumner boys track team would repeat its Class 1A state championship over the weekend in Albuquerque. Winning four of five finals on Friday put the Foxes in a nearly unbeatable position, but they did what they could to prevent […]

Injury breaks up twin terrors

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Fort Sumner junior Sandy Fortner is the Class 2A state record holder in the long jump. Photo courtesy of Andrew Chavez/imastore.com By Rick White Sandy and Kelly Fortner have been twin terrors since they burst onto the state track scene as precocious eighth-graders four years ago. The past two seasons the speedy sisters and identical […]

Vixens’ upset bid falls short

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner’s free throw gave Fort Sumner a quick 1-0 lead against two-time defending Class 1A state champion Des Moines Thursday night. That would turn out to be the Vixens’ only lead of the game, however, as the Lady Demons forced them to play comeback the rest of the way […]

Vixens survives 1A state opener

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner scored 23 points and Fort Sumner spoiled Mescalero’s first trip to the State Tournament with a 55-47 win in Tuesday’s Class 1A girls quarterfinals at Rio Grande High School. Tobea Patterson added 15 points for the Vixens (26-4), who will play two-time defending state champion Des Moines […]

Road to 1A title goes through Des Moines

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Grady sophomore Taris Pond has scored in double figures in several games this season. CNJ file photo. By Kevin Wilson In a literal sense, the road to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament goes through Albuquerque, with games at Valley High, Rio Grande High, West Mesa High and The Pit. In a figurative sense, […]

Buffs, Broncos look for state berths tonight

By Kevin Wilson It’s not too hard to understand why homecourt advantage is important for regional basketball tournaments. “Homecourt advantage is huge,” Floyd boys coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Would you rather play in a gym you’ve been to three time a year, or a gym you practice in?” The Broncos get the latter of the […]

Wolverines fall in OT at Clayton

CNJ STAFF CLAYTON — Clayton’s Ross Pershbacher converted a 3-point play with 6.9 seconds left in overtime as Clayton edged Texico 58-55 Saturday night for the boys District 6-2A tournament championship. Texico (21-6) built a 25-12 halftime lead, but needed a 3-pointer by senior Johnny Rivera with three seconds left in regulation to force the […]

Vixens continue to roll in District 3-1A

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Melrose’s Audrey Hemminger shots over Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson during the second half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Hemminger finished with a team-high 21 points. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Melrose’s size matched up reasonably well with Fort Sumner’s speed on Friday night — for a half. Then the Vixens broke […]