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Lady Blue hold off Muleshoe

FARWELL - Rarely, if ever, has Farwell senior guard Presley Agee gone into halftime of a game with just two points. Muleshoe girls coach Kim Chaffin said she had a feeling things might change when...

 

Bovina has work cut out against Vega squad

BOVINA — Suffice it to say, the competition ramps up considerably this week for the Bovina football team. Coming off a 19-7 win over Plains in last week’s Class 2A Division II bidistrict round, the Mustangs take on a hot Vega squad at 7 p.m....

 

Virus resurgence leaves football seniors waiting

CLOVIS — As New Mexico, like most of the rest of the country, wades through the coronavirus pandemic and its recent surge in cases and hospitalizations, high school seniors looking to move on to play in college can only sit and wait. Football...

 

Farwell hoping to get back on track as playoffs open

FARWELL — It was hardly the way the Farwell Steers expected to end the regular season, dropping back-to-back games to Panhandle and Olton to fall to third place in Class 2A Division I District 1. They’ll try to get back on track in a bidistrict...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    November 8, 2020

Muleshoe falls short of postseason berth

MULESHOE - Looking to mount a last-ditch bid at a postseason berth, Muleshoe came up a bit flat on Friday. Meantime, rival Littlefield played perhaps one of its best games of the season, dominating...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    November 8, 2020

ENMU fall sports teams begin workouts

PORTALES - Things are hardly going full-bore yet, but it's a start. Eastern New Mexico University fall sports teams began workouts in pods this week for the athletes who are on campus, with many...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    November 4, 2020

Muleshoe looking to earn playoff bid

MULESHOE — Coming off two seasons in which they went 1-19, the Muleshoe Mules have made significant strides this year. True, they’ve won just two games, but four of their six losses have been by 11 points or less, and they were tied at Dalhart...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    November 1, 2020

Momentum shifts against Steers

FARWELL - Momentum shifted big-time twice on Friday night - and quickly. In a battle for the Class 2A Division II District 2 title, Panhandle dominated early and built a 14-0 advantage. Then Farwell...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 28, 2020

NMAA releases tentative schedule

CLOVIS — Courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic, the calendar for New Mexico Activities Association sports was already pretty full with its scheduled start in January for everything except volleyball, cross country and some tennis. Last week, it...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 28, 2020

District championship likely on line for Farwell

FARWELL — Panhandle is averaging almost 60 points a game this season. Farwell has allowed just 73 points for the entire campaign. Something has to give in Friday night’s 7 p.m. (CDT) Class 2A Division I District 1 matchup at Farwell, with the...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 25, 2020

Mustang comeback falls short

BOVINA - With a district championship in their grasp, the Bovina Mustangs waited just a bit too long to get going on Friday night. Down by 19 points entering the fourth quarter, the Mustangs made...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 21, 2020

Mustangs on verge of district title

BOVINA — After wading through a challenging pre-district schedule which included losing their starting quarterback for four games, the Bovina Mustangs are on the verge of a Class 2A Division II District 2 title. Standing in the way is Smyer, which...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 14, 2020

Mustangs prep for upstart Eagles

Bovina coach Coby Emery is glad to get his team’s first Class 2A Division II District 2 game out of the way, and in the win column. Still, while it puts the Mustangs in a favorable position in the district race, Emery is trying to keep his team...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 11, 2020

Mustangs get leg up in district

BOVINA - After getting past a big rival in the opener of Class 2A Division II District 2 play, the Bovina Mustangs are looking at another - perhaps surprising - challenge this week. Sophomore running...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 11, 2020

No health order update to permit fall sports

If high school sports in New Mexico resumes during the current school year, it won’t be until 2021. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said on Thursday that the state would not update its public health order about whether to permit youth and K-12 games or...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 7, 2020

Still waiting for word

CLOVIS - As the hoped-for start of 2020-21 high school sports fast approaches in New Mexico, players and coaches are waiting for the final word from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. As of early Tuesday,...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 7, 2020

Farwell finds opponent for homecoming game

FARWELL — The Farwell football team was looking at the possibility of three open dates in a four-week stretch. Not good. The Steers, though, managed to find a game last week, and they learned that their first Class 2A Division I District 1...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 4, 2020

Maldonado trying for title once more

CLOVIS — Jerrick Maldonado won the New Mexico Activities Association’s Class 5A state cross country race last fall, then he didn’t. After watching film, Maldonado and then-Clovis High coach Mark Bussen discovered a photo finish should have...

 
 By Dave Wagner    Sports    October 4, 2020

Young Rams teams hope for state

PORTALES - Portales High took a big step last fall in its second year of cross country competition. The Rams and Lady Rams qualified a combined three runners for Class 4A state competition in Rio Ranc...

 

Farwell takes first loss

FARWELL - In a game where both teams had a hard time putting consistent drives together, mistakes were bound to make a difference. Sundown took advantage of a 4-1 margin in turnovers and other faux...

 

Prep teams enter 'Phase 2'

CLOVIS — With the belated start of the state’s high school fall sports season around the corner, volleyball, cross country and golf teams are slowly getting closer to a return to relative normalcy. The preps entered what Clovis High volleyball...

 

Maldonados get tournament two-fer

CLOVIS - For David Maldonado Sr., golf is a serious hobby. "It's just something you love to do," he said. "Some people like to fish, I like to play golf." A two-time winner of the Clovis city...

 

Muleshoe looking for a pre-district winning record

MULESHOE — They collected their first victory in nearly two years a couple of weeks ago, and last week posted a double-digit comeback win at previously unbeaten Tulia. So what can the Muleshoe Mules do for an encore? Hopefully, pick up another one...

 

Bovina looks to get over the top

BOVINA — Just two seasons ago, New Deal found itself playing for a Class 2A Division I Texas state championship at “Jerry’s World,” home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions might not be quite as strong as that squad, but they should give Bovina...

 

Mules nearly rally against Friona

MULESHOE - Fighting uphill the entire game, Muleshoe needed a break down the stretch to have a chance against rival Friona on Friday night. And the Mules certainly got one. Trailing by two scores...

 

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