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Cavemen Gridders test No. 2 Rio RanchoBy Don EskinsFollowing last Friday night's 21-14 loss to the Roswell Coyotes, Carlsbad High now sits even on the year at 2-2.Tonight, Sept. 24, the Cavemen will take the field once again in an effort to pick up their third win of the season, in what appears to be their toughest test of the year, the Class 6A second ranked Rio Rancho Rams. "Facing off against Rio Rancho is going to be a bigchallenge for our kids," said Caveman head coach Gary Bradley. "Last week's loss to Roswell was tough but I think they're going to bounce back and be ready to play."The Rams will enter tonight's game at 3-0. On a torrid pace this fall they've scored 151 points while giving up just 7 following impressive wins over La Cueva 50-0, Eldorado 40-0 and Organ Mt. 61-7.To get by the Rams tonight the Cavemen's defense will have to step up big, something neither La Cueva (3-1), Eldorado (3-2) nor Organ Mt. (2-2) were able to do.The game, scheduled to take place ona neutral field, will kickoff tonight at 6 p.m. in Portales at Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhound Stadium. "Rio Rancho is definitely one of the best teams in the state, if not the best, and they have put up a lot of points," said Bradley. "Our defense is going to have stop the big play for us tonight because Rio Rancho has a lot of big play makers."The Cavemen, entering tonight's game against Rio Rancho, have already squared off against some of the top team's in the state. Barring only a handful of miscues, in their losses to the Class 5A top ranked Goddard Rockets and fifth ranked Roswell Coyotes, CHS could easily be sitting at 4-0."We have had a tough schedule this year and losing to Goddard and Roswell the way we did was difficult. Sometimes this year it seem as though we've been our own worst enemy, " said the Caveman coach. "But we think we have a mature team and we still have a lot of confidence in our kids. We're all looking forward to tonight's game." The Cavemen will take the field against the Rams as the 8th ranked Class 6A team in New Mexico.

Cross Country teams headed to Las CrucesLast week's Carlsbad Invitational turned out to be a big one for Carlsbad High. Eighteen teams competed in the event,which took place at the Carlsbad Beach Park."Besides all of the teams that were there we had a lot of parents and fansout in support," said CHS head coach David Gonzalez. "It was really an exciting meet to watch." Mykayla Jefferson, with a time of 23.36, led the Cavegirl effort while newcomer Liam Nelson, who posted a 20.22, paced the Cavemen."Liam, just an eighth grader, is up from the junior high school," said Gonzalez. "We heard a lot of good things about him from the school secretary down there who said she thought hewas talented enough to run with us. She was right, he ran a great race and we're glad to have him."On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Cavemen and Cavegirl cross country teams will be in Las Cruces to compete in the Organ Mt. Invitational. The meet is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m.Carlsbad Invitational resultsCavegirls: 1. Mykayla Jefferson 23.36, 2. Elena Reed 24.56, 3. Kennedy Johns 25.07, 4. Rae Ann Carrasco 25.53 and Anahi Barrera 28.20.Cavemen: 1. Liam Nelson 20.22, 2. Rafael Espinosa 20.53, Isaac Williams 21.10, Sawyer Johnson 21.11 and Jeff Lara 22.00.Volleyballers entertain Santa Teresa -ChaparralThe Cavegirl volleyball team went 1-2 last week to fall to 4-7 on the year.Following a 3-2 win over the Lovington Wildcats on Sept. 14the Cavegirlswere defeated by Portales 3-0 on Sept. 16 and Mayfield 3-0 on Sept. 18.Down 2-1, in their match with Lovington, the Cavegirls rallied to win the fourth set 27-25 and fifth 15-11 to grab the win.Gracie Eckles with 10 kills, 1 block, 29 digs and 1 assist led the Cavegirl effort. Also showing up big were Brynlee Daughtry with 10 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, 5 digs and 13 assists, Isabelle Kostenbadder with 6 kills and 17 digs and Sammi Oliver with 12 digs and 14 assists.

Carlsbad High was scheduled to take on the Artesia Bulldogs on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Due to a Tuesday night deadline the Local was unable to post results of the contest at this time.The Cavegirls will be at home on Friday, Oct. 1 to entertain Santa Teresa (8-3) at 6:30 p.m. and Chaparral (3-7) on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.Recap Sept. 14: Cavegirls 3, Lovington 2-Kailyn Hestand 2K, Gracie Eckles 10K-1B-29D-1A, Aubry Puttman 1A-5D, Breanna Pittman 5K-1A-6D, Sammi Oliver 12D-14Ast, Isabelle Kostenbader6K-1A-1B-17D, Brynlee Daughtry 10K-1A-1B-5D-13Asts, Carly Younger 7K-1A-2B-5D-1Ast, Chinasa Ojiaku 5K-3B-4D, Danica Medina 1A-9D-1Ast, Ciara Carrasco 2D, 4As

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