Foxes hope for healthy campaign

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dexter McDaniel says with a declining enrollment and population base, winning at Fort Sumner just keeps getting tougher and tougher. So far, though, the Foxes are managing just fine. McDaniel, who has been on the football staff for 16 seasons and is entering his fourth year as head coach, […]

Foxes repeat in Class 1A

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — You might say Fort Sumner junior Cass Dimitroff shouldered the load on Saturday. Only back a couple of weeks after missing three games with what was thought to possibly be a season-ending shoulder injury, Dimitroff rushed for 225 yards on 39 carries and scored both touchdowns […]

Foxes host district rival Clayton in 1A finals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While he wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of last month’s 32-13 district win at Clayton, Fort Sumner football coach Dexter McDaniel expects it won’t be that easy when the teams clash for the Class 1A state championship at 3 p.m. today in Fort Sumner. The defending champion Foxes (6-4) […]

Fort Sumner beats Jal, advances to finals

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — Braeden and Cass Dimitroff combined for 212 yards of total offense, and the Fort Sumner Foxes held off an improbable comeback attempt from the visiting Jal Panthers to earn a 21-14 win and a repeat trip to the Class 1A championship. The Foxes (8-4) scored the game’s first 21 points […]

Prep football roundup

CNJ staff Cass Dimitroff sparks Foxes CARRIZOZO — Cass Dimitroff ran for 195 yards four touchdowns and threw for another score as the visiting Fort Sumner Foxes defeated the host Grizzlies 38-26. Dimitroff ran for got TDs of 28, 25, 14, and 2 yards for the top-ranked Foxes (2-0), kicked four PATs and threw a […]

Foxes struggle at line in loss to Hagerman

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Fort Sumner senior Ryan Fikany squeezes off a shot in the lane during Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state tournament quarterfinal game against Hagerman at Del Norte High School. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — A frenzied full-court press helped Fort Sumner climb out of a deep first-half hole […]

Foxes have lofty goals

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — The Fort Sumner boys basketball team is the fifth seed in the Class 1A state tournament beginning today at Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, but the Foxes aren’t ready to accept that. They’re shooting for the big prize. “A lot of guys talk about getting to state, but our […]

Foxes looking to add title in basketball

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fort Sumner has had plenty of experience winning state football championships in recent years. Now the Foxes hope to add a Class 1A basketball title to their trophy case. They can take a big step tonight when they face Grady in a Region A semifinal game at Logan. Semifinal […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Foxes clinch district title

CNJ staff Game of the night Fort Sumner’s boys continued to roll Friday night, clinching the District 3-1A regular-season championship with a 63-57 victory over the Dora Coyotes in Dora. Senior Jeremy Gauna scored 20 points, including four 3-point baskets, as the Foxes (19-3, 7-0 district) ran their winning streak to 13 games. Dora (14-10, […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Foxes hold off Santa Rosa

CNJ staff Thursday Game of the night Brent Williamson hit a 3-pointer with less than two minutes to put Fort Sumner up by seven points and the Foxes held off Santa Rosa 60-57 at home in a non-district boys game. Jeremy Guana scored 18 points and Stephen Gallegos added 12 as Fort Sumner (18-3) won […]

Fort Sumner posts district sweep at Melrose

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — After a trip east to meet its nearest rival, Fort Sumner’s basketball teams found themselves in more solid positions as the regular season approaches its end. The Foxes stayed unbeaten in District 3-1A boys play by knocking off Melrose 66-49. The earlier girls contest saw the Vixens win […]

Rattlers beat Foxes in finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TUCUMCARI — The way Fort Sumner was drilling 3-pointers to start the game, the Foxes seemed poised to bomb Tucumcari into submission in Saturday’s boys finals of the Route 66 Holiday Tournament. The Rattlers countered with a patient offensive attack and a bothersome halfcourt defensive scheme. For the second year […]

Foxes come back to beat Clovis

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats’ weary legs may have gotten the best of them on Friday. Leading through most of the first three quarters, the Cats couldn’t finish off El Paso Jefferson and the Foxes rallied for a 40-36 win in the championship semifinals of the City of Champions Classic. With most of […]

Early TDs lift Foxes to 1A title

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Fort Sumner’s Ryan Fikany gets ready to stiffarm Texico’s Billy Scott in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Fort Sumner. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — Outside of two sustained drives, Texico held the Fort Sumner offense in check Saturday afternoon. But the top-ranked Foxes made […]

Prep football: Foxes, Texico advance

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER — There would be no specatular comeback this tiime for the Cloudcroft Bears. Fort Sumner made sure this time, rolling to a 26-point lead in the first minute of the second quarter and posting a 51-13 win on Friday in the Class 1A state football playoff semifinals. The Foxes (10-2) will […]

Wolverines, Foxes try not to look ahead

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Texico senior running back Carlos Meza tries to escape the reach of Questa’s Michael Cordova during last week’s Class 2A quarterfinal game. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With business to tend to in tonight’s semifinals, Texico coach Mike Prokop and Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel are trying to keep […]

Foxes fall short in semis

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — It’s been a growing process for the Fort Sumner boys basketball team to accept a new system First-year Foxes coach Wes Weems said the pressing, uptempo game he installed didn’t really come together for his young squad until the last five games in the season. On Friday, the […]

Fort Sumner, Floyd advance in District 3-1A

Freedom Newspapers Fort Sumner — Junior Jeremy Gauna scored on a drive with 40 seconds left to put Fort Sumner in front for good as the second-seeded Foxes escaped with a 52-49 win Tuesday in the first-round of the District 3-1A tournament. The Foxes (18-9) rallied from five points down in the final 3 1/2 […]

Prep notes 2/2

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After managing 35 points in the first half at home against Elida on Friday, the Fort Sumner Foxes scored an NBA-like 50 points in the second half to turn a tied game at halftime into an 85-63 victory. Fort Sumner coach Wes Weems said the score is a season-high […]

EPAC boys: Foxes fend off Longhorns

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Elida’s Thomas West looks for a teammate while trapped under the basket by Texico’s 6-foot-3 John Schueler. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — Seeded No. 1 in the 4A bracket of the EPAC Tournament, Fort Sumner’s hopes for a shot at the championship almost came crashing down against scrappy Logan […]