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Past articles by James:

Las Cruces football player dies from injury suffered earlier this season

Organ Mountain High School's Abe Romero, 17, who had been in a medically induced coma since a football injury last month, has died. → Read More

Prep football: Games To Watch, Week 6 (Sept. 22-24)

1. Los Lunas (2-3) at Cibola (4-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Nusenda Community Stadium: An elite QB matchup between the Tigers’ Paul Cieremans and the Cougars’ Aden Chavez, who is coming off a 500-yard outing two weeks ago at Farmington. Los Lunas has been reeling, having lost three straight. 3. Piedra Vista (5-0) at Valley (3-1), […] → Read More

Metro boys prep athlete of the year Ayers is 'good at everything'

Exodus Ayers is the Journal's 2021-22 metro male Athlete of the Year, but don't expect the La Cueva ... → Read More

Prep Notes: Los Lunas’ Holland gets UNM offer

In addition to the on-court rivalry that exists between the men’s basketball programs at New Mexico and New Mexico State, the Lobos and Aggies now have a shared — and local — pursuit: Jalin Holland. Los Lunas High School’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, who still has three years left to play for the Tigers, last week […] → Read More

Missouri sprinters show the way in Great Southwest track event

Among the themes coursing through the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic on Saturday at the University of New Mexico complex was this obvious one: The kids from the Show Me State put on a delightful show, all right. “Missouri? We got some big dogs in Missouri,” Kansas City’s Zaya Akins said with a smile. […] → Read More

Clovis football going with McCraw as new head coach

Andrew McCraw, Clovis football coach Andrew McCraw is a product of eastern New Mexico prep football and his new job will send him back to familiar grounds. McCraw, 35, resigned Thursday as Belen High School’s coach and later in the day was named the new coach at Clovis. “They’ve done a lot of special things down there, and to be able to take charge of a program like that is super exciting,” he… → Read More

Prep Notes: Casaus’ move breaks up Del Norte backcourt

The Del Norte Knights, who have played in the last two Class 4A boys state basketball championship games, are losing one half of their dynamic backcourt. Senior-to-be Judah Casaus, a talented 6-foot-1 guard, is joining the local ABC Prep program, which will render him ineligible to compete at the high school level for the Knights […] → Read More

Prep notes: Longtime Cibola softball coach Victor to retire

After 37 seasons, and three state championships, and having built Cibola High School into one of the ... → Read More

St. Pius gets its redemption, routs Academy for 4A baseball crown

It took 11 months, but St. Pius got its redemption. And by the looks on the players’ faces, it was worth the wait. The Sartans posted a series of crooked numbers on Saturday night at Santa Ana Star Field, and when the dust had settled on the final game of the 2021-22 high school sports […] → Read More

Carlsbad blanks Sandia for 5A baseball championship

Make it a 12-pack for the Carlsbad Cavemen. One of New Mexico’s most storied baseball programs capped a superlative postseason on Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park, as the No. 1 seed blanked, and fairly dominated, No. 2 Sandia 7-0 in the Class 5A state final played in front of a crowd of about 2,000 fans. […] → Read More

Prep baseball: Carlsbad, Sandia to play for 5A crown

Chris Eaton and the Sandia Matadors celebrated large on Friday. “Monumental,” the Sandia baseball coach said after his second-seeded Matadors advanced to the Class 5A state championship game with a 3-1 victory over La Cueva in the semifinals at Santa Ana Star Field. “Tomorrow is never guaranteed, so we’re gonna celebrate like it’s the World […] → Read More

Class 5A baseball's Fab Four: La Cueva, Sandia, Carlsbad, Hobbs

Kolby Burton said it out loud, but probably all of the La Cueva Bears felt the same."W ... → Read More

Pitcher Perry performing like another rising Carlsbad star (with state tourney brackets)

The Carlsbad High baseball pipeline has proven to be a dependable source of elite talent. And it's f ... → Read More

Class 4A golf: Academy, Belen share spotlight

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Albuquerque Academy’s boys and girls swept the Class 4A state golf titles on Tuesday at Santa Ana Golf Club, but it was Belen that shined individually at the top. Sophomore Grady Cox and freshman Rylee Salome posted victories for the Eagles, with Cox edging a trio of challengers by two strokes, […] → Read More

Krafft Work: Cibola senior creates a masterpiece in round of 60, wins 5A title

SANTA ANA PUEBLO – This wasn't just the best round of golf ever shot in a New Mexico High Sc ... → Read More

Yodice: Prep for a fantastic finish to high school sports this week

We started this journey nine months ago.Monday, we begin the final six days. → Read More

Prep softball/baseball playoffs: No. 5 Rio Rancho a Day 1 upset victim

The higher seeds mostly fared well Friday on the first day of the Class 5A state softball tournament. No. 1 Carlsbad led the parade of teams into Week 2. The top four seeds, in fact, all advanced. No. 5 seed Rio Rancho was the lone upset victim, losing 8-5 at home to No. 12 Roswell. […] → Read More

Barela leaves Eldorado High girls job for ABQ High boys post

There are certain jobs, Leroy Barela said, that command one's attention.The Albuquerqu ... → Read More

Prep Notes: Judge Chavez steps down as Valley football coach

Judge Chavez, a head football coach at three Albuquerque high schools, including his alma mater, has resigned at Valley. Chavez resigned last Thursday, the Journal learned, and Valley has advertised the opening, athletic director Arlene Anglada said early Monday afternoon. Chavez was a 1977 Valley High graduate and a former quarterback with the Vikings. He […] → Read More

Preps: Carlsbad grabs No. 1 spot in 5A baseball, softball brackets

Carlsbad, Albuquerque Academy, St. Michael’s and Eunice are No. 1 seeds for the high school state baseball tournament that begins this week. Carlsbad, Centennial, Alamogordo and La Cueva are the top four seeds in Class 5A softball as the New Mexico Activities Association announced the playoff fields in both sports on Sunday afternoon. BASEBALL: The […] → Read More