Vixens roll to Region B championship

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Fort Sumner senior Tobea Patterson blocks the shot of Cimarron senior Mandi Trujillo Friday. By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior Fort Sumner setter almost always put the ball in the right position […]

Fort Sumner romps in regional opener

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Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson goes up for the block on Cimarron’s Mandi Trujillo Friday night in Fort Sumner. John Eisel: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior setter for Fort Sumner almost always put the ball […]

Prep volleyball: Vixens sweep Floyd

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — It was hard telling from Fort Sumner senior Tobea Patterson just who had won. “Our passes were not good at all tonight,” she said. “The intensity was really bad, too.” Except for a brief hiccup in Game 3, though, the Vixens barely worked up a sweat Tuesday night […]

Vixens play giant killer

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Ft. Sumner junior Julie Wood spikes the ball between two Lubbock Christian players during their game at the 2004 Clovis Volleyball Invitational Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Buzz isn’t usually created around a fifth-place tournament finish. But, in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament, much of […]

Vixens’ upset bid falls short

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner’s free throw gave Fort Sumner a quick 1-0 lead against two-time defending Class 1A state champion Des Moines Thursday night. That would turn out to be the Vixens’ only lead of the game, however, as the Lady Demons forced them to play comeback the rest of the way […]

Vixens survives 1A state opener

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS ALBUQUERQUE — Sandy Fortner scored 23 points and Fort Sumner spoiled Mescalero’s first trip to the State Tournament with a 55-47 win in Tuesday’s Class 1A girls quarterfinals at Rio Grande High School. Tobea Patterson added 15 points for the Vixens (26-4), who will play two-time defending state champion Des Moines […]

Clayton rallies past Texico

CNJ staff CLAYTON — Texico led virtually all the way until the final two minutes, but the Wolverines couldn’t hold off Clayton and lost 49-47 Saturday night in the Class 2A Region B boys championship game. Both teams qualify for state competition and will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Albuquerque at sites to be […]

Vixens continue to roll in District 3-1A

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Melrose’s Audrey Hemminger shots over Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson during the second half of Friday’s game in Melrose. Hemminger finished with a team-high 21 points. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Melrose’s size matched up reasonably well with Fort Sumner’s speed on Friday night — for a half. Then the Vixens broke […]

Vixens race into EPAC semis

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Melrose’s Allison Cochran hits the floor as she grabs a loose ball during the second half of their EPAC game Wednesday in Texico. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Fort Sumner and Melrose traded the lead for a few minutes at the start before it turned into a game of runs. Fort […]

Vixens take third in Class 1A

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Kayla Britain had 18 kills in Saturday’s three-game win over Animas. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson ROSWELL — After seeing their Class 1A title hopes dashed by Des Moines for the second-straight year, the Fort Sumner Vixens went into the offseason with a statement. The statement: We’ll be back. One day […]

Vixens cruise into 1A semifinals

Eric Butler ROSWELL — If Thursday’s Class 1A volleyball quarterfinals at Roswell High were a case of “anything you can do, I can do better,” Fort Sumner (21-4) showed it was equally as impressive as two-time defending state champion Des Moines. In stifling Carrizozo (16-7), Fort Sumner geared up for Friday’s semifinals against the undefeated […]

Vixens finish second

CNJ staff FORT SUMNER —Des Moines spoiled Fort Sumner’s bid to win its own tournament, outlasting the Vixens 25-16-25-17, 16-25, 16-25, 15-13 Saturday in the championship match of the second annual Vixen Classic. Kayla Britian led the Vixens (4-1) with 15 kills, Kelly Fortner added five kills and four blocks and Leslie Wood dished out […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]