Local teams claim flag football titles

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A pair of teams with area athletes claimed top honors in this weekend’s Hike It and Spike It 4-on-4 Flag Football Tournament, held at the Cielo Grande Recreation Complex in Roswell. The C Cats won the 17-18 men’s division and the Felons the 19-24 men’s division in the tournament, […]

Q & A: Fort Sumner’s McMath continues to rack up state titles

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Fort Sumner girls track coach Lisa McMath watch action at the Fox-Vixen Relays in April with junior Paris Allred. McMath coached the Vixens to the Class 2A state title earlier this month, setting a record with a ninth state championship in a row.

With Lisa McMath at the helm, the Fort Sumner Vixens have won a state-record nine state track titles in a row. Not bad for somebody who never imagined herself coaching. McMath, a former athlete under Rafael Roybal, ran the 800, mile and some relays for the Vixens, admitting, “There weren’t a lot of people, so […]

ENMU women hopeful to make run at team title

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By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s women claimed the Southwest Regional rodeo championship earlier this month for the second year in a row. Now the Greyhounds are looking for a bigger prize. They’ll send a four-woman team to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 14-20. ENMU […]

Former Ram, Hound coach Gibson dies at 84

Sterling Gibson

Staff report Sterling Gibson, a former basketball coach for both Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, died last week in Amarillo at the age of 84. Gibson coached at the high school and college level from 1958 to 1991. He also played college basketball at Western Kentucky and Texas Tech, with a stint […]

ENMU’s Szych finishes 13th

Staff report ALLENDALE, Mich. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Division II women’s 800 final on Friday, finishing 13th in a field of 21 runners with a time of 2 minutes, 10.98 seconds. Freshman Carsyn Koch of Cedarville was the winner in a time of 2:06.85. […]

Stadium groundbreaking set

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new on-campus multipurpose stadium at 5:30 p.m. on June 6. The facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2016 and be ready for the football season that fall, ENMU president Steven Gamble said. It will replace the venerable Greyhound Stadium, […]

Szych hopes to move up rankings

Klaudia Szych

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has her work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field meet this weekend in Allendale, Michigan, but she’s ready to take her best shot. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, by way of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, […]

ENMU’s Szych set for D-II nationals

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has her work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field meet this weekend in Allendale, Michigan, but she’s ready to take her best shot. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, by way of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, […]

ENMU to break ground on stadium

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new on-campus multipurpose stadium at 5:30 p.m. on June 6. The facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2016 and be ready for the football season that fall, ENMU president Steven Gamble said. It will replace the venerable Greyhound Stadium, […]

Saturday’s state large-school track results

At UNM track facility, Albuquerque BOYS Class 6A Team standings: 1. Volcano Vista 80; 2. Rio Rancho 53; 3. Manzano 34; 4. Clovis 31; 5. Sandia 27; 6. Alamogordo 24 1/2; 7. Atrisco Heritage 23; 8. La Cueva 22; 9. (three-way tie) Eldorado, Hobbs and Rio Rancho Cleveland 20; 12. Onate 19 1/2; 13. Carlsbad […]

Cabledue repeats, 13 score at state for Portales

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Joshua Lucero
Ram junior Hannah Cabledue clears 9-6 during the Class 4A pole vault finals at the University of New Mexico track 
complex. Cabledue fell short in her attempt to set a new state record, but won the event with a vault 
of 10-0.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Portales finished with one state champion — make that a a two-time state champion in Hannah Cabledue — on a relatively calm Saturday at the Class 4A state track championship. There were only a pair of weather delays Saturday at the University of New Mexico, compared to four on Friday, before […]

Buffs wallop McCurdy to claim 1-2A state title

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Isn’t it supposed to be harder than this? The second-seeded Melrose Buffaloes sure made it look easy, capturing their first state baseball championship on Friday with a 12-0 rout of McCurdy for the Class 1-2A title at UNM Field. shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule. Junior Wyatt Williams, who […]

Cobre eliminates Portales in long-delayed contest

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The Portales High softball team knew it would be in for a long day in the Class 4A losers bracket if it intended to reach Saturday’s championship game. Portales certainly got the long day, as rain and lightning delays dominated Friday’s state softball, baseball and track championship events. But the […]

Rams work through lengthy first day at state

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Portales freshman catcher Shelbi Walker gets the ball too late to tag out a Cobre runner at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Rams’ Class 4A tournament game. The Indians knocked Portales out of the double-elimination bracket with a 3-0 win.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Even factoring in three weather delays, and an eventual weather stoppage, Friday was a pretty good day on balance for the Portales High track teams. “Through all the adversity, our kids handled it well,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “They competed well. We PR’d (hit personal records) in times, and we’re […]

Clovis’ Bender wins pole vault at state

STAFF REPORT ALBUQUERQUE — Talk about saving your best for last. Clovis High senior Kaine Bender has been all but inactive since tearing an ACL during the Wildcats’ football season. He essentially sat out through basketball, and competed in three meets this spring, managing to get himself qualified for state in pole vault during a […]

Melrose cruises to state baseball crown

Staff report The Melrose Buffaloes had a season so dominant, it’s a shocker that Friday was the first time the school played for a baseball championsihp. The Buffs are 1-0 on the big stage now, as they capped a 14-1 season with a 12-0 win over fourth-seeded McCurdy in Friday’s Class 1-2A championship at the […]

Rams set for state track

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Portales track coach Glenn Johnson talks about positioning in the exchange zone on a relay with Taryn Kizer, center, and Abree Aldaz.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The Portales High track teams used quality and quantity last weekend, as more than five dozen athletes helped Portales roll to its first district track title at least two decades. But going into the University of New Mexico today, Portales is going to have to hope its quality holds […]

PHS splits in first day at state

Staff report The bad news for Portales? The Rams open Friday play at the state softball tournament in the loser’s bracket they hoped to avoid. The good news? Without a stellar Thursday from junior Kiersten Ramirez, third-seeded Portales might not be worrying about Friday’s games all. Following a 4-3, eight-inning loss to Hope Christian Thursday […]

Bloomfield ousts Portales

Staff report Dating back to Portales coach Dusty Nusser’s time as an assistant, the Portales Rams had great luck at La Cueva High School, the site of their Class 4A state quarterfinal Thursday. Their opponent, the Bloomfield Bobcats, had the recent history of playoff success, dating back to their 2013 first-round win over the Rams. […]

ENMU’s Szych earns national berth

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University junior Klaudia Szych has been chosen for a spot in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, scheduled for May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. Szych, from Szczecin, Poland, will compete in the women’s 800. She had earned a provisional bid, but qualified officially on Wednesday with the No. […]