Clovis hosting state girls AAU tournament

Freedom Newspapers

Thirty teams from across the state, including two from the Denver area, are scheduled to participate in the New Mexico AAU girls basketball state tournament today through Sunday at several sites in Clovis.

Brackets include 10-and-under through 16-and-under, except for the 14U division. Tournament director Jane Minor said a team from Albuquerque backed out earlier this week, leaving the division with less than the required three teams.

Teams will compete in pool play today, with bracket play scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The Denver area entries, both known as “Team Colorado,” are in the 13U and 15U divisions. They are here because Colorado does not sponsor an AAU state tournament, Minor explained.

Also on tap this weekend is Clovis High’s 12-team summer baseball tournament, with games scheduled for Clovis’ Bell Park as well as Ram Field in Portales.

The 12 teams have been divided into three-team pools, and will play semifinal and final-round games on Saturday depending on where they finish today.

Several area athletes will play this weekend in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s all-star games for six-man football in Ruidoso and for Class 1A-2A baseball in Albuquerque.

Clovis Christian coach Greg Darden will serve as an assistant for North coach Billy Burns of Logan in the football game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ruidoso High School. Members of the North squad include Dustin Handley of Clovis Christian, Brad Lee of Floyd and Brock Graham, Cedar Rush, Justin Lockmiller and Tyler Tatum of Melrose.

The baseball competition, scheduled for Sandia Prep High School, is a three-game series beginning with a 5 p.m. contest today. Other games are set for 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Dora’s Ty Thatcher is the South coach, assisted by Cody May of Floyd and Jimmy Dale Ward of Elida. Members of the team include Zach Morgan and Zane Anderson of Texico, Tyler Wilhoit of Dora, Domingo Diaz of Grady, Lee and Matt Benoit of Floyd and Thomas West of Elida.

Lee will play in the football game tonight and then travel to Albuquerque for Saturday’s baseball games.