Friday area prep basketball capsules

CNJ staff Girls * With the No. 2 seed in the District 3-1A tourney on the line, Melrose juniors Toni Burdine and Kimberly Lyons each sank a free throw in the second overtime as the Lady Buffaloes beat Fort Sumner 34-33 at Melrose. Senior Zanessa Dodd led all scorers with 15 points for Melrose (16-9, […]

AgSense: Planting plans should begin before harvest

By Rex Kirksey: Guest columnist As the wheat harvest approaches, we all hope the threat of hail holds off for at least a few more weeks. But, even before this year’s wheat crop is out of the field, planting plans for next fall should be well under way. Proper variety selection is one management tool […]

CHS readies for postseason

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats head into the Class 5A playoffs with no fear of higher seeded teams. After all, they’ve already beaten the tournament’s top-ranked squad, Carlsbad, in district play. The Cats (11-14) drew the 13th seed and play Saturday at fourth-seeded Cibola (21-4-1) in the tournament’s first round. “I […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

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Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

Portales pulls into tie for first

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Portales junior Chance Sherburne hits a layup as Ruidoso’s Ted LaCoe goes for a block during Friday’s game at Portales High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After the Portales Rams thumped Ruidoso, forcing a three way tie for first in Division 4-3A, Warriors coach Billy Page said it certainly did […]

Making the grade

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Mike Ware, of Bovina, strips cotton in a field owned by Gade D. Anderson Jr. Friday one mile west of Lariat. The field Ware was stripping was damaged by hail. Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could […]

Lady Cats draw Onate

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Clovis freshman Tarrah Sweet sets up a teammate during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament championship match against Hobbs. Sweet had 33 assists in the match. By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The state volleyball tournament brackets released Sunday yielded few surprises but much anticipation. “I think (the seeding committee) did a very good job,” Clovis coach […]

Portales makes bid for top seed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales volleyball team wanted to have two things by the time the weekend was over — the District 4-3A championship, and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. After earning the first Saturday night, the team has no doubts it has earned the second. “I think we […]

Amos: the easter seed tale

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keyboard, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the easter seed tale boss i don t know if you ve ever had a talk with a mustard seed before […]

Clovis gallups to state

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated for the second time in school history. The problem is defending champion Mayfield also finished unbeaten, leaving a newly created seeding committee with the tough decision of choosing the top seed in the eight-team Class 5A girls state basketball tournament. […]