Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a […]

Melrose upsets Floyd in Region B

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over the weekend, but this time Pack was coaching the Melrose Buffaloes, who beat his former Floyd Broncos 65-51 Saturday for the Class 1A Region B championship. […]

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 […]

Elida moves on to 3-1A title game

Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Halee Best scored 13 points, and Elida moved on to Saturday’s District 3-1A championship Thursday with a 52-39 win over Melrose. Casey Ford scored 11 points and Kodi Armitage added nine for Elida (15-10), which faces top seed Fort Sumner Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest. “It was a big game […]

Dora girls hand Melrose first district loss

Freedom Newsapers DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes made an effort to stop Melrose six-footers Allison Cochran and Audrey Hemminger, but a combined 40 points and 34 rebounds would suggest they failed. However, the rest of the Lady Buffs scored just seven points, and host Dora cruised to a 61-47 victory Tuesday night. Kassandra Clark […]

Obits Jan. 28

Clifton W. Newbill, 91 Clifton W. Newbill, 91, of Clovis died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 30, 1912, in Jackson, Tenn., to Cannon E. and Ona Pearl Latham Newbill. He married Inez Christesson on Dec. 14, 1930, in Clovis. He worked for K-Barnett Construction for 20 years. Family […]

Melrose girls get long-awaited win over Elida

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — It’s been a while since the Melrose girls beat Elida in basketball. So long, in fact, that no one could remember for sure the last time it happened after the Lady Buffaloes rode 30-of-38 free throw shooting and double-figure scoring from four players to a 67-53 whipping of the Lady […]

EPAC Boys: Melrose routs Fort Sumner for third place

By Dave Wagner Senior Harvey Park scored 18 points and Melrose claimed the boys’ third-place trophy in the EPAC basketball tournament Saturday with a 51-32 win over Fort Sumner at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Park had three 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter when the Buffaloes (6-5) opened a 17-8 lead. Fort […]

Thursday’s EPAC Box Scores

Freedom Newspapers At Texico Boys Fifth place Grady 56, Dora 48 Dora (2-8) — Travis Belcher 6, Clayton Stokes 11, Tyler Wilhoit 6, J.R. Gonzales 4, Zach Morrow 6, Casey O’Conner 3, Brent Hays 12. Totals 18 4-14 48. Grady (4-10) — Jarrod Lindsey 14, Colt Grau 6, Domingo Diaz 2, Robert Windham 8, Steven […]

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 […]