Elida Tigers hang on to beat Fort Sumner

PNT Staff Writer The Elida Tigers were tested on their home court Thursday night, but they did enough to clinch a spot in the 1A state basketball tournament. Elida senior Caleb Widener led the Tigers to a 49-47 District 3-1A semifinal victory over Fort Sumner. Widener finished the game with 13 points as the Elida […]

Elida, Fort Sumner part III

PNT Staff Writer The District 3-1A top-seeded Elida Lady Tigers have been dormant for more than a week but they’ve got to be on their game tonight as they host Fort Sumner in the girls district championship. The Elida girls (21-3, 7-1) last played on Feb. 15, their regular season district finale, beating Melrose on […]

Vixens stop Lady Buffs

Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Tigers and Foxes advance

Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Melrose tried to slow down Elida in Tuesday’s District 3-1A boys game, but the Tigers were more than equal to the task. Elida (22-4), seeded second in the tournament, held the Buffaloes to two first-half points and cruised to a 55-23 victory to advance to a 6 p.m. semifinal game at […]

Vixens and Lady Buffs advance

Freedom Newspapers Fort Sumner and Melrose will get a quick rematch of Friday’s double-overtime thriller, only this time the stakes will be a little higher. Fort Sumner held off Floyd 34-31 while Melrose cruised past Dora 49-15 on Monday in District 3-1A girls tournament openers, each on the winner’s home floor. Wednesday night, the third-seeded […]

Dora boys and Elida girls await challengers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the district regular season was any indication, this week’s boys and girls District 3-1A tournament could offer some intriguing matchups. “You better be ready to play (in the district tournament) or it’ll be over,” Elida boys head coach Darrell Chenault said. As the district top seeds, the Elida […]

District 3-1A names all-district

Freedom Newspapers ALL-DISTRICT 3-1A VOLLEYBALL First team Elida: Lindsey Ward, Sr.; Lindsey Smith, So.; Alicia Cross-Smith, Sr.; Janice Taylor, Jr. Fort Sumner: Bree’Anna Lucero, So.; Racheal Chavez, So.; Kaylynn Johnson, Sr. Melrose: Zanessa Dodd, Sr.; Toni Burdine, Jr. Floyd: Alexis Benoit, Jr.; Blair Jaramillo, Sr. Dora: Audra Pinkston, So. Honorable mention Elida: Nicole Jasso, So.; […]

Vixens sweep Elida

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By Dave Wagner, CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner climbed one major hill on Friday. Now the Vixens will have to do it again in today’s Class 1A state volleyball championship at Tingley Coliseum. Fort Sumner turned the tables on District 3-1A rival Elida, handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season […]

Elida state bound

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PNT Staff Writer The Elida Lady Tigers (21-0) volleyball team is in the Class A state volleyball tournament for the second time in as many years, but this time, they believe things are different. Elida rolled through their regular season with an undefeated 20-0 mark, followed by a three games to one defeat of Fort […]

Elida girls movin’ on up

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are […]

Floyd outfoxed

PNT Staff Report Fort Sumner — The Floyd Lady Broncos traveled to Fort Sumner Thursday night in hopes of pulling off an upset and a shot at the District 3-1A crown. Instead they were defeated by Vixens in three close games, 20-25, 23-25, and 19-25. Floyd (10-11) had played Fort Sumner twice previously and lost […]

Area volleyball teams prepped for season

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent It’s volleyball season once again for small schools in eastern New Mexico and local squads will no doubt answer the bell, and they all have reason for optimism. For Elida, a team that lost to Fort Sumner four times, that distance may have been breached somewhat by the Vixens’ injuries […]

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom […]

Day Trip: Sumner Lake

Families looking to cool off in the water or just relax and have fun can find the opportunity by visiting Sumner Lake State Park for a day or to camp overnight. With a lake that spans 4,500 acres, the 6,700-acre state park just west of Fort Sumner offers activities to enjoy on the water, while […]

Things to do

Freedom Newspapers June 16-18 — 22nd annual Heritage Days, Portales City Park, live music, food, art, car show, Portales 23-25 — Badlands Motorcycle Rally, Clovis Civic Center 24 — Dairyfest, featuring the Bellamy Brothers, Curry County Fairgrounds 24 — Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza, Potter Park, Clovis July 4 — Smoke on the Water fireworks, Greene Acres […]

Obituaries for April 28

James Joiner Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Fort Sumner. James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness. Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew […]

Bosque holds artisans’ festival

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eleanore Nestlerode captures nature on strands of yarn. In an open-air studio, against a desert backdrop of mesquite and amber, she dunks long coils of cloudy yarn into steaming pots of water. Plucked from their baths, they reveal a spectrum of sunny yellows, poppy reds and indigo blues. The […]

Billy the Kid stood too close to Garrett

By Don McAlavy Who was this impersonator? He looked so much like Billy the Kid, there were jokes about digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy Pat Garrett shot was still there. He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a member of the Gaslite […]

Obituaries for March 19

Elaine Abeyta Services: 1 p.m. Monday at The Church on The Hill in Fort Sumner Elaine Abeyta, 28, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident near Encino. She was born March 19, 1977, to Danny Paul Bishop and Bea Northrup in Fort Sumner. She was raised […]

Fort Sumner survives regional matchup with Grady

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Because Fort Sumner had won the previous two meetings by an average of 27.5 points, it seemed pretty obvious what the Foxes would do to the Grady Bronchos Thursday in a Region A boys basketball semifinal. But on second thought… The favored team did indeed win, but not […]