Melrose seniors searching for perfect ending

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Melrose’s Brock Graham, left, Cedar Rush, center, and Carlos Ruiz are three of six seniors who have been playing football under coach Dickie Roybal since seventh grade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense stifling for Mules

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS, Muleshoe allowed its first points of the season in Friday’s 35-7 win at Shallowater. Shallowater scored with 6:36 left in the game on a 7-yard pass from Wes Dipprey to Trevor McCurdy. The Mules (3-0) have outscored the opposition 83-7 this season. TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP […]

Floyd posts win over Magdalena

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Floyd’s Jason Martinez is tackled by Magdalena’s Warren Gordon on a second-quarter run in Saturday’s game at Floyd. Martinez scored two touchdowns in Floyd’s 38-18 win. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos started well, and fnished even better thanks to senior Kyle Kropf. Kropf accounted for 151 […]

Wolverines, Buffs tune up for title defense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Texico football coach Mike Prokop acknowledges the two-time defending Class 1A state champion Wolverines may have a target on their backs this season, but he’s not concerned. “I’m sure we do, but we can’t worry about that,” he said. “We just have to try and keep our kids focused.” […]

Prep preview: Texico reloads for another title run

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Texico senior quarterback Zane Anderson shakes loosefrom freshman Brett Anderson Wednesday during practice at the school. Zane Anderson will replace Braden Vaughan, a four-year starter for the Wolverines. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Texico Wolverines have gotten used to playing in the state Class 1A championship game. Despite significant […]

Lucero, Margaret

Margaret Lucero Services: Have been held. Margaret Roybal Lucero, 47, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, May 5, 2005, at her home. She was born April 25, 1958, in Fort Sumner, to Tiofilo M. and Lucy Sanchez Roybal. She attended school in Fort Sumner. She worked as an office manager at Sears in Roswell and De […]

Strength in numbers at district track meets

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan took first in the shot put with a throw of 42-7 Tuesday during the Texico Relays. Vaughan, who also plays baseball, has already qualified for state in all three throwing events. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer This weekend’s Class 1A district track meets will be decided […]

Melrose chamber honors businesses

CNJ staff The Melrose Chamber of Commerce banquet held Monday night in Melrose was accompanied by 1940s-era music and a hearty helping of roast beef and potatoes. And some in attendance walked away with annual awards: Business of the year went to Antiques Etc., owned and operated by Melrose resident Norma Ashley. She opened her […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

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 RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

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 […]

Melrose faces familiar foe Tatum in playoffs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Melrose will be making its fourth trip in two years to Tatum on Saturday for a six-man quarterfinal playoff game at noon. One of those contests was for the 2003 championship, with Tatum taking the title. Until just under a week ago, Melrose (8-1) was favorite to win the title, […]

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 […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to sex offence

Cops and Courts A Clovis man ended his trial on sex charges Tuesday by agreeing to plead guilty. Thomas Roybal, 32, will go to prison for three years, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Roybal was on trial for three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor. Carter said the crimes occurred in November 2002 […]

Weddings 5/2 – Roybal

Roybal Mary Ann Sanchez and Chad Roybal of Clovis were joined in marriage on April 25, 2004, in Clovis. The bride is the daughter of Mary Lou Estrada of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of the late Edna Jaynes and the late Arsenio Roybal. The maid of honor was Georgia Garcia. The best man […]

Public Record 1/16

Compiled from court records from Dec. 23 through Jan. 14 Marriage Licenses Don Curtiss Ellington, 25, and Matilda Ann Madrid, 25, both of Clovis Johnnie Glenn Rucker, 66, of Texico, and Rebecca Ann Grau, 54, of Clovis Richard Earl Soper, 23, and Heidi Kira Tessmer, 19, both of Clovis Christopher Thomas Rabenold, 20, and Lorenza […]

Garcia, Flora

Flora Garcia Services: 10 a.m. Monday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Community Church. Flora Garcia, 81, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born March 16, 1922, in Clayton, to Manuel and Ramona Gutierrez Chavez. She married Ernest Garcia July 24, 1938, in Wheatland, Wyo. They came to Clovis […]

Crime-spree suspect breaks from custody

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Fort Sumner man accused of a series of armed robberies and carjackings stretching across three counties on Oct. 12 escaped Friday from De Baca County jail authorities. John C. Cates III, 19, didn’t get very far and was caught 10 minutes later walking near city hall still wearing his jail […]

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 […]