Zias drop regular-season finale to TWU

CMI staff DENTON, Texas — With Eastern New Mexico University threatening to get back in the match, Texas Woman’s went on a 10-1 run to close out the fourth set and finish off a 25-8, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. […]

Elida completes “un-B-feated” run in volleyball


By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — There are other volleyball teams in New Mexico that have won more state volleyball titles than Elida. But the history books will always show that not only are the Lady Tigers four-time champions in Class B, but they will forever be the only champions in that class. […]

Robertson ousts Portales in first round

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior Matt Martinez, right, turns the corner on Robertson sophomore Amos Rivera after a catch during the first half of Friday night’s Class 3A first-round playoff game at Blackwater Draw.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Any resemblance to the season-opening meeting between the Las Vegas Robertson and Portales High football teams was purely coincidental. Senior running back James Gonzales III and junior running back Dominic Lucero combined for 399 yards rushing and all five touchdowns as the Cardinals rolled to a 36-0 triumph […]

My vocabulary? It’s very efficient


My editor, David Stevens, dislikes me using his name in print.  However, for readers, I am risking the ire of one of my favorite writers to share the “Wendel’s Notes” version of tips Stevens presented at a recent workshop for local writers. The following words should be deleted from most sentences: “just,” “really,” “very,” “perhaps/maybe,” […]

State must educate first, retain when needed

Never let it be said that Gov. Susana Martinez quits on a favored initiative. With her Department of Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera, Martinez has been pushing education reforms based on policies tried in Florida — and the drive to hold students back in third grade if they can’t read well enough will be back […]

Portales ousted by familiar foe Pojoaque

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Portales senior Savannah Vincent hits over the block of Raton's Shania Dorrance, left, and Mikala Vertovec during Friday’s quarterfinal match in Rio Rancho.

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams’ run to a possible Class 3A state volleyball championship ended against an old nemesis on Friday night. Pojoaque, seeded third, posted a 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 win over the second-seeded Lady Rams (17-6) in a semifinal match at Santa Ana Star Center. The Elkettes (19-4), who beat […]

Clovis moves past Volcano Vista

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Traivon Sopila finds a running lane on a second-quarter kickoff return Friday night  at Leon Williams Stadium. Sopila had 39 yards rushing and 23 receiving to help the Wildcats post a 47-21 Class 5A first-round victory over Volcano Vista.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Shaprei Bryant didn’t need to replace Kamal Cass for the Clovis Wildcats to move into the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Being Bryant, it turned out, was more than enough. Thrust into starting duty with Cass sidelined as a precaution, Bryant had a historic performance, rushing 34 times for […]

Elida, Fort Sumner back in title matches

CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero
Fort Sumner senior Angelica Torres fires a hit past Logan's Kippi Webb during the Vixens first set in their game against the Logan Longhorns during the 2013 NMAA state volleyball tournament an the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — Elida and Fort Sumner have been regulars in the state volleyball finals in recent years, although the success once they get there has been quite different. Elida is seeking its fourth straight Class B title in its 9 a.m. match today against Carrizozo while Fort Sumner is looking to knock […]

Melrose eliminated from 8-man field

CMI staff ROSWELL — Senior quarterback Andrew Meeks threw for four touchdowns and top-ranked Gateway Christian rolled to a 40-12 win over Melrose on Friday night in an 8-man semifinal playoff game. The Warriors (10-0) will face the winner of today’s semifinal between sixth-seeded Tatum and No. 2 Foothill in Albuquerque in next weekend’s championship […]

Commerce sweeps Zias

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Breanne Snyder had 13 kills and Texas A&M-Commerce handed Eastern New Mexico University a 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss on Friday night. ENMU (8-18, 4-11 LSC), which finishes its regular season with a 1 p.m. (MST) LSC match today at Texas Woman’s, is already assured the No. […]