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 […]

Vikings end Cats’ season

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach J.D. Isler knew Valley would be difficult to beat with a lead in the fourth quarter. The Vikings, who made a habit of winning close games all season, steadily pulled away in the final eight minutes en route to a 62-48 win that knocked Clovis out of the Class […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed


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 […]

Rams looking to reverse early-season loss

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — There’s no question that the Portales Rams are going to be home next weekend. The question is whether or not they’ll be playing a football game or be done for the season. Due to playoff histories, third-seeded Las Vegas Robertson and 14th-seeded Shiprock owe Portales a game, guaranteeing […]

It’s a family affair for top-seeded Lady Rams

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers One’s a junior, the other a freshman. One’s a defender, the other a setter. Sisters Montana and Dallas Russell do have one thing in common — they’re both soft-spoken. “We have fun together and we play hard,” said Montana Russell, who spoke lightly before looking at her sister and laughing. […]

Portales coach unhappy with seeding process

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Count Portales High girls coach Brenda Gomez as one who’s not thrilled with the new seeding format for state basketball tournaments. The Lady Rams (14-11), who have been to four consecutive Class 3A state championship games and won three of them, received the No. 2 seed in the […]

Prep hoops coaches wary of new seeding process

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The New Mexico Activities Association is moving pretty fast these days. So fast, in fact, that local basketball coaches were still fuzzy on the details even after the prep athletic governing body decided to seed the eight teams in the state tournaments for Class 3A through 5A. Slowly but surely, […]

Hounds notch sixth seed in regional

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division II South Central Region basketball tournament. The Greyhounds (20-8) were accorded the No. 6 seed in selections announced on Sunday night, and will face third-seeded Northwest Missouri State (26-4) on Saturday at Stephenville, Texas. It’s their […]

Cats trying to stay focused


Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin and Wildcats coach J.D. Isler vists on the sidelines during a recent game. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Coming off a pulsating win at rival Hobbs last week, the Clovis High boys basketball team is trying not to get ahead of itself. The Wildcats would love a chance to […]

Lady Cats, Hobbs clash again tonight


Clovis junior Melissa Roberts tries to get the handle on a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Lady Wildcats put their seven-game losing streak against rival Hobbs to rest on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym, forcing a […]