Top stories: Martinez seeks new challenge

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was there along with much of the town of Fort Sumner when the school grabbed a high school state volleyball championship in mid-November. Less than a week later, he was on the field as a football title was handed out in Eastern New Mexico. But, no, it wasn’t quite […]

Texico cruises into finals

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Texico senior Johnny Serrano breaks through the tackle of Fort Sumner senior Tim Segura during the second half of their Class 1A semifinal game Friday in Texico. Texico defeated Fort Sumner 42-0. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Neither rain nor fumbles nor an eight-men front could stop […]

Texico shuts out Fort Sumner

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Texico senior Johnny Serrano breaks through the tackle of Fort Sumner senior Tim Segura during the second half of their Class 1A semifinal game Friday in Texico. Texico defeated Fort Sumner 42-0. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Neither rain nor fumbles nor an eight-men front could stop […]

Texico, Foxes renew playoff rivalry

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Texico is out to change its recent playoff history against Fort Sumner in tonight’s Class 1A state semifinal football game at the Field of Hopes and Dreams. Fort Sumner beat Texico in the Class 1A state championship game 2001 and 2002. The teams were anticipating a third straight battle […]

Foxes heavy favorites again in 1A

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Fort Sumner senior Roel Canales is a two-time 800-meter champion. Courtesy photo by Andrew Chavez/imastore.com By Dave Wagner It seems unlikely the Fort Sumner Foxes could match last year’s domination of the Class 1A boys state track meet — 118 points and a 67-point margin over runnerup Desert Academy. On the other hand, they might […]

Foxes end Melrose’s winning streak

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Fort Sumner’s Ross Cortese tries to split Melrose defenders Caleb Doss and Harvey Park during the first half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Cortese was called for traveling on the play. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — No matter what Melrose did Friday night, the Buffaloes couldn’t get Fort Sumner to crack. […]

Friday’s prep capsules

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CNJ staff SANTA ROSA 23, FORT SUMNER 16 SANTA ROSA — Sophomore Joaquin Salazar ran for 128 yards and scored a late touchdown that helped Santa Rosa hold off Fort Sumner 23-16. The win snapped Fort Sumner’s 12-game winning streak. The Foxes had not lost since losing to Santa Rosa 23-21 early in the 2002 […]

Foxes score about every way possible

Dave Wagner News & notes Even if they don’t often do it by passing, the Fort Sumner Foxes showed Friday night that they have a variety of ways to score. The Foxes didn’t complete a pass while running up more than 400 yards rushing in their season-opening 60-0 rout of Hagerman at Fort Sumner. But […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]