Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Vixens roll to victory over Floyd

By Dave Wagner 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 in rolling […]

Class 1A girls: Road goes through Des Moines

By Kevin Wilson In a literal sense, the road to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament goes through Albuquerque, with games at Valley High, Rio Grande High, West Mesa High and The Pit. In a figurative sense, the road to the Class 1A title goes through Des Moines, as several teams are aiming to […]

Floyd banks on home-court edge

By Kevin Wilson It’s not too hard to understand why homecourt advantage is important for regional basketball tournaments. “Homecourt advantage is huge,” Floyd boys coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Would you rather play in a gym you’ve been to three time a year, or a gym you practice in?” The Broncos get the latter of the […]

Fort Sumner, Floyd win district titles

Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — Fort Sumner won the game but might have lost one of its top players. Junior Kelly Fortner injured her knee in the third quarter of Fort Sumner’s 41-32 win over Elida Saturday in the championship game of the District 3-1A girls tournament. Fort Sumner coach Brian Fortner said he did […]

Vixens hammer Lady Buffs in EPAC

Dave Wagner By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dave_wagner@link.freedom.com TEXICO — Fort Sumner and Melrose traded the lead for a few minutes at the start before it turned into a game of runs. Fort Sumner’s runs were much longer than Melrose’s, and were more than enough to carry the Vixens into the girls semifinals of […]

Fort Sumner sweeps past Floyd

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Tobea Patterson had a match-high 12 kills, and the Fort Sumner Vixens left Floyd with an easy sweep Saturday afternoon. Fort Sumner (9-2) struggled to put away the host Lady Broncos late, but had little trouble with anything else in a 25-7, 25-13, 25-20 win. The Vixens took less than […]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]