Urban helps Cats split with Alamo

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Clovis sophomore outfielder Eric Smith prepares to round first after the second of his two hits. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White Richard Urban doesn’t overpower hitters with a blazing fastball or buckle knees with breaking balls. He just throws strikes and wins games. So when Clovis dropped the opener of Saturday’s non-district […]

Mendoza, Javier

Javier Mendoza Services: Have been held. Mr. Javier Mendoza, 52, of Rio Rancho, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. He was born on Oct. 27, 1951, in San Ignacio, Mexico, to Maria and Jose Guadalupe Mendoza. He settled in Portales around 1970. He married Sophia Lopez on April 12, 1975. […]

Oh brother: Tatum tops Buffs again

CNJ staff TATUM — Brothers Alberto and Art Castro were in on six of Tatum’s nine touchdowns and the Coyotes survived a six-TD performance by Melrose sophomore Carlos Ruiz to beat the Buffaloes 57-40 on Saturday in the state six-man football championship. Tatum (12-0) handed the Buffs (9-3) their only three setbacks of the season, […]

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 […]

Buffs steamroll into six-man finals

CNJ STAFF MELROSE— Senior Harvey Park set the national record for touchdown receptions in a season as Melrose advanced to the six-man state championship game for the first time since winning it all in 1999 by routing Animas. Sophomore Carlos Ruiz rushed for 435 yards and seven touchdowns and Park caught three TD passes as […]

Buffs ride four TDs from Ruiz to win over Broncos

Emanuel Carrillo tries to fight his way to end zone while Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz tries to save a touchdown Friday night in Melrose. Carrillo was tackled inside the Melrose 5-yard-line. Photo by Mike Linn By Tony Parra MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes defeated the Floyd Broncos 42-26 in a six-man District 3 game on Friday […]

Park, Ruiz spark Buffaloes

CNJ staff MOUNTAINAIR — Harvey Park caught everything thrown his way and Carlos Ruiz scored about every which way as Melrose improved to 2-0 with a 58-38 win Saturday over Mountainair. Harvey Park caught eight passes and 183 yards and six touchdowns while Ruiz scored on a 47-yard run, a 23-yard pass reception and also […]

Buffs poised to make return to six-man playoffs

By Eric Butler MELROSE — Melrose hasn’t been in the six-man football postseason round since losing to Ramah in the 2000 semifinals. Given the fact that two teams from each district move into the playoffs, the Buffaloes have good reason to expect they’ll be one of them this year — especially when taking into account […]