Vaughan Pipeline begins flowing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Members of the Bureau of Reclamation and Interstate Stream Commission take a hayride Wednesday from the Vaughan Pipeline. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named […]

Hounds earn first four-game LSC sweep in eight years

CNJ staff ADA, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team spread the offensive wealth around on Sunday and completed a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of East Central. Three-run homers by Derrick Kennedy and Troy Vaughan helped stake the Greyhounds to a 10-0 lead en route to a 12-8 win in the […]

‘Horsing’ around

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCindy Vaughan of Clovis competes in the halter division of the showmanship event at the state Special Olympis Equestrian Games Friday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the […]

Texico’s Vaughan signs with Howard

CNJ staff TEXICO — Aaron Vaughan, a 2006 Texico High School graduate, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Howard College, a junior college program in Big Spring, Texas. Vaughan played baseball, football and basketball and competed in track at Texico. He helped the Wolverines win the Class 1A state baseball […]

Gateway dethrones Texico in 1A baseball

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Gateway Christian first baseman Antonio Oaxaca tags Texico’s Theo Marez as he tries to get back to the bag during Friday’s Class 1A state baseball championship game in Texico. (Albuquerque Journal photo: Jim Thompson) Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — This time, the Class 1A championship baseball game with the football score went Gateway Christian’s […]

Texico rides shutout pitching to finals

CNJ staff LOS LUNAS — It only took the Texico Wolverines 11 innings to make it to the finals. Texico beat Gallup Catholic 12-0 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The defending-champion Wolverines mercy-ruled Penasco 12-2 in six […]

Texico returns solid nucleus in bid for repeat

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Texico returns all but four players from last year’s state title team. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For some teams, a trip across the state would be a distraction. Texico coach Richard Luscombe said this week’s trip to Los Lunas is completely normal for his team. “Most of my kids […]

EPAC: Wolverines top Dora, seek 3-peat

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Texico senior Patrick Burns passes to the outside as Dora junior Casey O’Conner plays defense during an EPAC Tournament matchup Friday at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The Texico Wolverines are on the verge of their third straight EPAC championship. With 19 points from Aaron […]

Texico standouts set for finale

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Braden Vaughan is ready to start his college football career, he acknowledges basketball will be tough to give up. Vaughan and Tony Clements are Texico’s representatives on the South squad in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s 27th annual Class 1-2A boys North-South All-Star basketball game, scheduled […]

Texico’s Vaughan has all-star weekend

CNJ staff Recent Texico High School graduate Braden Vaughan made the most of his time last weekend, playing in football and baseball all-star games in Silver City and Albuquerque. “It’s definitely been a little tiring,” said Vaughan, who will play football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene starting in the fall. He and fellow former Wolverines […]

Wolverines capture 1A baseball title

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Last year’s 31-1 debacle against Santa Fe Indian School in Texico’s first trip to the baseball postseason is now only a distant and fading memory. This week, it was the Wolverines doing most of the heavy hitting. Junior Zane Anderson went 4-for-4, senior Logan Brown was 3-for-5 and drove […]

Texico one win away from championship

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Most Class 1A teams in the state tournament came in with natural concern over what kind of effective pitching they could drum up after day one. If Texico had worries, it wasn’t very evident in the performance of sophomore Theo Marez. Backed by another impressive hitting display, Marez […]

Wolverines roll past Dora into state semifinals

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides under the tag from Dora third baseman Tyler Wilhoit during Monday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal game against Dora at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — In just its fourth year of baseball, Texico has established itself as an early favorite in the […]

Civilian workers ready for worst

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Pilkington gets his hair cut by Melissa Gallegos of Clovis on Friday at a barber shop at Cannon Air Force Base. Gallegos is among 600-plus civilians who work on the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Devastated to nonchalant — that was the gamut […]

Texico girls third in 2A

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Texico senior Logan Brown launches a shot in the shot put Saturday at the Class 2A state track and field meet at the University of New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: John Eisel By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not often that three freshmen can bring a high school senior to tears. But Texico’s […]

Texico believes it’s learned from last year’s regional loss

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Braden Vaughan fires a pitch in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Portales junior varsity at Portales. District 1-1A champs, Texico will face Dora in the state tournament May 16 in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer You don’t have to remind the Texico Wolverines what happened to […]

Texico shuts out Dora behind Maldonado

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Texico and Dora got together for the first of quite likely three matchups Monday — two in the regular season and one in the Class 1A state tournament. The host Wolverines had most of the better of it in this one, posting a 10-0 win over the Coyotes at […]

Texico well represented on all-state team

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan was chosen Class 1A First Team All-State at both quarterback and defensive back. (CNJ file photo) By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — After back-to-back undefeated seasons and a pair of state championships, it would be reasonable to assume that Texico coach Mike Prokop might be inclined to recline a […]

Top 10 stories: Texico wins second-straight title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer One of Texico’s biggest challenges to winning a second-straight Class A championship came from within. Battling expectations and the complacency that comes with thoroughly beating opponents, the Wolverines won their second consecutive title and continued a winning steak that now stands at 24 games. The Wolverines repeating as state […]

Texico repeats in Class 1A

By Jason Brooks: CNJ correspondent CLOUDCROFT — After the Texico Wolverines had finished their 35-7 pounding of host Cloudcroft in Saturday’s Class A state championship game, the players were busy passing around the team’s second straight blue trophy. “That’s traveling to my house tonight,” coach Mike Prokop reminded everyone. “But these kids have all earned […]