Portales gains 4A final 5-0

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com RIO RANCHO — Portales baseball coach Dusty Nusser said his goal was to win three games during his team’s trip to the Class 4A state baseball tournament this weekend. With Friday’s 5-0 victory over Cobre in the semifinals at Rio Rancho H.S., the second-seeded Rams (23-6) set a school […]

Melrose blanks McCurdy, defends 1-2A state title

Correspondent photo: Nick Fojud
Melrose junior Justly Pierce is tagged out by McCurdy’s Kemmer Croff as he slides into third base during Friday’s Class 1-2A state baseball championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The Buffaloes, though, blanked McCurdy 4-0 to defend their state title in a rematch of last year’s final.

By David Lynch CMI correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — While there are seven innings in a high school baseball game, Melrose needed just one on Friday to dispatch McCurdy 4-0 and defend its Class 1-2A state baseball title at Isotopes Park. The Buffaloes (17-4) capitalized on two McCurdy errors to grab a 4-0 lead in the bottom […]

Buffs meet McCurdy in 1-2A finals rematch

Correspondent photo: Nick Fojud
Melrose seniors Chris Fisher, left, and Wyatt Williams celebrate after Thursday’s Class 1-2A state baseball semifinal game against Gateway Christian at Rio Rancho Cleveland H.S. is called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The Buffaloes won 14-4, and face McCurdy in today’s 9 a.m. championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Melrose and McCurdy will meet for the second consecutive year today to decide the Class 1-2A state baseball championship. Suffice it to say, the Buffaloes are hoping for a similar outcome. Melrose, which routed the Bobcats 12-0 in last year’s final, is in position for a trifecta of sorts after […]

CHS squads second in district track

Staff report HOBBS — Clovis High’s track teams finished second to Alamogordo in the four-school District 4-6A meet on Friday night. Alamo won the boys division with 113 points to 91 1/2 for Clovis, while the Lady Tigers collected 119 1/2 points to 74 1/6 for CHS. In the boys meet, senior Roland Chavez posted […]

ENMU women claim three wins in LSC outdoor meet

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s track teams finished sixth in the LSC outdoor championships, hosted by Tarleton State from Thursday through Saturday. Texas A&M-Kingsville took team honors in the six-team men’s field with 180 points to 173 1/2 for Angelo State, with the Greyhounds tallying 29 points — all on the […]

Aggies frustrate Hounds

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Junior pitcher Chris Miranda-Carr gives the ball to coach David Gomez after being pulled during the first inning of Saturday’s second game of a season-ending Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Greyhound Field. ENMU lost twice to the Aggies 14-6 and 21-19, overcoming a 13-0, first-inning deficit in the nightcap only to see Cameron rally late.

Staff report PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball season — its worst in the 25 seasons of the current program’s existence — almost got an unexpected bright ending Saturday, with the host Hounds rallying from a 13-0 deficit to claim a 19-15 lead over Cameron. But things went south a final time for […]

State baseball, softball pairings

BASEBALL Round-of-16 (Seeds in parentheses) Friday, Saturday (best-of-3) One game Friday (times where available) Class 6A (16) Alamogordo at (1) Rio Rancho (9) Las Cruces High at (8) Sandia, 4 p.m. (12) Atrisco Heritage at (5) Rio Rancho Cleveland, 6 p.m. (13) Mayfield at (4) La Cueva, 4 p.m. (14) Deming at (3) Rio Grande, […]

Tuesday area prep baseball linescores — April 19

District 4-3A Texico 3, Eunice 1 Texico    100  101  0 — 3    10    0 Eunice    000  010  0 — 1    6    1 Nathan Phipps and Brock Thompson; Bryce Jenkins and Donovan Nichols. Top hitters — Texico: Dalton Thatcher 2-3, run; Phipps 2-4, 2 2Bs, RBI; Cole Rohrbach 2-4, HR, 2 runs; Tanner Dickerman 2-3. Eunice: […]

Hobbs hands Cats, Lady Cats 9-0 losses

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Clovis High senior Samantha Lee, rear, and junior Kylee Brooks await a serve from Hobbs during girls No. 1 doubles on Tuesday at the CHS tennis courts. The Lady Eagles’ Ashley Seay and Taylor Jones handed Lee and Brooks a 6-1, 6-3 setback.

Staff report Suffice it to say, the Hobbs and Carlsbad tennis teams have had Clovis High’s squads overmatched this week. After winning just one match — girls No. 6 singles with eighth-grader Kyra Ramirez — on Friday at Carlsbad, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats took another solid beating from Hobbs on Tuesday at the CHS […]

CHS athletes compete at Sepulveda meet

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Several Clovis High athletes competed in a field of quality New Mexico athletes in Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invite at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. The boys had three entrants, with senior Roland Chavez competing in both discus, where he was third in a personal-best 165 feet. 5 3/4 inches, […]

Cats qualify for state 6A team event

Staff report ROSWELL — Clovis High’s boys are back in state golf competition as a team. After not making the Class 6A state meet as a team last year, the Wildcats earned their third leg on Monday with a solid score of 302 in the Spring Classic, good for second place after the opening round […]

Hounds hold off Cameron in finale

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Senior outfielders Charles Sandberg Jr. and Justin Paul drove in two runs each in a seven-run fourth and Eastern New Mexico University held off Cameron 10-6 on Sunday to salvage the finale of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. Freshman left-hander Alec Lemmon (2-2) pitched effectively into the seventh […]

PHS thumps Lady Cats

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Lady Wildcats first baseman Jaren Piepkorn takes the throw from shortstop Desiree Garcia and tags out Portales Kiersten Ramirez on a first-inning double play in Saturday’s softball matchup at Lady Wildcat Field. Portales posted a 20-8 victory over Clovis.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Tori Cordova’s big day would’ve been even a little sweeter if she’d managed to do one thing — hit a triple. As it was, she did plenty. Cordova went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the third inning, as Portales posted a […]

Thursday area prep baseball linescore — March 17

Hal Bogle Invitational At Dexter Quarterfinals Texico 25, Pecos 6 Texico    727  81 —25    19    3 Pecos    020  22 —  6    6    4 Tanner Dickerman, Ben Crist (4) and Rafael Maldonado, Jesus Maldonado (4); Vigil, Valencia (3), Quintano (5) and Duran. W — Dickerman. L — Vigil. Top hitters — Texico: Dalton Thatcher 4-6, 2B, […]

Cats rally in seventh to edge Portales 9-8

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Portales senior pitcher Grant Wagner steals second base in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against Clovis at Ram Field. Wagner scored later in the inning, also also five innings in the Rams’ 9-8 loss to the Wildcats.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — The game of baseball is about minimizing your mistakes, while making your opponent’s faux pas count. The Clovis Wildcats were able to capitalize on several Portales fielding errors late to swipe a 9-8 win on Tuesday in the season opener for PHS at Ram Field. The game […]

State basketball tournaments — March 9

(Seeds in parentheses) Boys CLASS 6A Wednesday’s quarterfinals At The Pit, Albuquerque (2) Rio Rancho Cleveland 59, (7) Rio Grande 48 (11) Rio Rancho 72, Cibola 63 (1) Onate 65, (8) Hobbs 37 (4) Carlsbad 50, Valley 44 Thursday’s semifinals At The Pit, Albuquerque Onate vs. Carlsbad, 4:45 p.m. Rio Rancho vs. Rio Rancho Cleveland, […]

Tuesday area prep boys basketball summaries — Feb. 23

Texas Class 2A playoffs Bidistrict round At Littlefield Farwell 73, Lockney 51 Lockney (22-9) — Jaden Rosales 13, Ruben Ascensio 9, Avian Luna 7, Jaden Butler 7, Daylen Gatica 6, Derek Patel 5, Tevin Phillips 4. Totals 16 16-36 51. Farwell (25-5) — Angel Graxiola 31, Jace Perkins 16, Izaiah Benoit 15, Brandon Galvan 4, […]

Saturday area prep basketball postseason — Feb. 20

Prep summaries BOYS District 4-1A tournament Mosquero 63, Clovis Christian 26 Clovis Christian (3-16) — Tyler Corbin 2, Josh Fly 6, Josh Rojas 1, Keith Dunton 9, Isaac Lindo 8, Dev Cockrell 1. Totals 9 5-22 27. Mosquero (10-13) — Nathan Eggart 6, Andrew Eggart 10, John David Chatfield 5, Casey McCleskey 17, Antonio Valdez […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries — Feb. 6

BOYS Non-district Melrose 64, Springer 55 Melrose (18-3) — Cade Barnard 30, Chris Fisher 5, Jordan Jasso 1, Braden Hemminger 8, Carson Fraze 2, Jared Lee 16, Blake Devaney 2. Totals 22 17-24 64. Springer (18-5) — Jacob Quintana 2, Damien Blahbach 11, Estevan Romero 15, Isaiah Garcia 22, Chris Casias 3, Zac Caldwell 2. […]

Hounds add fourth signee in women’s soccer

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Omar Morales has added a fourth signee for the upcoming season in Samantha Fabela of El Paso Chapin. Fabela was named first team all-district three straight years, including the last two years winning offensive MVP. “Sam is a special player, she eats sleeps and […]