Obits Mar. 18

Alice Ann Keever, 74 Alice Ann Gonzales Keever, 74, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. She was born on May 21, 1929, in Hooker, Okla., to Elias and Petra Valdez Gonzales. Her family moved to Los Ojitos, north of Fort Sumner, when she was a child. She […]

Fort Sumner holds off Elida

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Fort Sunner beat Elida 47-24 in the Class 1A Region B title game Saturday, one night after both teams had easy victories to earn state tournament berths. Sandy Fortner had 13 to lead Fort Sumner (24-4) to Saturday’s victory, while Tobea Patterson added 10. Nobody reached double figures for Elida […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teams look for positioning in District 3-1A

By Kevin Wilson And down the stretch they come in District 3-1A, and the Broncos and Vixens are way out in front. Coming into the final week of district play, the Floyd boys and Fort Sumner girls have each jumped out to 8-0 starts. However, it doesn’t mean that the teams can’t still have an […]

Dora boys pound Vaughn

Freedom Newspapers DORA — Clayton Stokes score 17 to lead all scorers, and the Coyotes outscored Vaughn 24-4 in the third quarter en route to a 62-24 win Tuesday night at Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. Dora (5-15, 3-4) also got 10 from Travis Belcher. Chris Mateson led Vaughn with 13 points. The Coyotes will go on […]

Dora teams eye first wins in District 3-1A

PNT Staff Prep notes The Dora Lady Coyotes (4-8) fell to the Fort Sumner Vixens 58-35 Tuesday in their District 3-1A opener. D’Shawn Pettigrew led the Lady Coyotes with 15 points. “She’s (Pettigrew) usually not our leading scorer,” Dora coach Bill Stockton said. “She’s usually our leading assister. Jaci Sant, Kassandra Clark and Jena Bilberry […]

Elida goes overtime for district win

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Elida survived a late Floyd rally — not to mention its own free-throw shooting — to claim a district win Tuesday night. Keisha Chenault scored a team-high 16 points, and Casey Ford hit a key jumper in overtime to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 47-44 win at Floyd High […]

EPAC Girls: Grady rallies back to beat Vixens

By Kevin Wilson At first glance, a proper title for Grady’s EPAC girls title could be “I Love the 80s Strikes Back: 1987,” referring to the last time the Lady Bronchos won the annual tournament. However, a more accurate title might be, “Survivor: Greyhound Arena,” a testament to an incredible two-game run by Grady, capped […]

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 […]

Going south: EPAC heads to Greyhound Arena

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]

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 […]

Elida may face Vixens again

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers and Fort Sumner Vixens are looking at a possible fourth matchup this season when they compete this weekend in the Class 1A Region B volleyball tournament. The teams split their District 3-1A regular-season matches, necessitating a playoff last […]

Melrose slips by Dora

Tony Parra DORA — A two-game deficit was too much for the Dora Lady Coyotes as Melrose escaped with a 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25, 15-13 victory Tuesday in a District 3-1A matchup. “We played really hard,” Dora coach Myra Skinner said. “We passed the ball well and we played real aggressive. We didn’t let anything […]

Elida wary of 3-1A rematch

Prep news & notes The Elida Lady Tigers (6-0) control their destiny with four district matches remaining against Floyd, Fort Sumner, Dora and Vaughn. The Fort Sumner Vixens still have a shot at the District 3-1A regular season title with a pivotal match at home on Tuesday against Elida. “We would like to win the […]

Officials against Billy the Kid investigation

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Officials from the village of Fort Sumner issued a press release Tuesday criticizing an ongoing effort to exhume the bodies of Billy the Kid and his mother, Catherine Antrim. They characterized the action as a cheap stunt designed to further the personal interests of Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, De Baca […]

Richardson, ENMU begins Navajo tribute

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Mike Linn FORT SUMNER — Gov. Bill Richardson and other state officials broke ground on a Bosque Redondo Memorial for the Navajo and Mescalero Indian Tribes on Wednesday morning, more than a century after American military officials forced 8,500 Navajos to relocate here from their homelands. The history department at Eastern New Mexico University has […]

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 […]

Scientific wonder to take place in Fort Sumner

Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of the Wild West. But north of town, several miles down a two-lane road that passes fields with grazing goats and cows, stands the old Fort Sumner Army Air Field. While some buildings show their age […]

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 […]