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Cavemen Crunch Mayfield 54-30The Class 5A tenth ranked Carlsbad Cavemen ran past the Mayfield Trojans 54-30 on Tuesday night in a game played here in the Cavern City.The victory upped Carlsbad's record to 6-1 on the year. Mayfield (ranked 16th) fell to 3-6.Carlsbad held on to a 14-7 lead following completion of first quarter play and, after outscoring the Trojans 13-9 in the second, lead 27-16 at the half.In a balanced attack seven Cavemen contributed points during first half play. Out in front were Tylan Gonzales, R. J. Amos, Damian Perez and Evan Campos, each with five.Although the Cavemen did seem to have the game under control Mayfield did make a run in the third period to pull within six points, 27-21, as third quarter action got underway. But that's as close as the Trojans could get. The Cavemen went on to outscore them 17-14 in the third quarter and then shut them out in the fourth 10-0 to pick up the 54-30 win."We got a solid team effort from our kids tonight. But I thought it was our defense that really carried us throughout the game," said Cavemen head coach John Zumbrun. "To hold a good scoring team like Mayfield to just thirty points, and shutting them out in the fourth quarter, says a lot about the effort our kids put out to get the win."Eight Cavemen found their way to the bucket in the victory. Leading the way were double digit scorers Tylan Gonzales with 12 and Evan Campos with 10. Also scoring were R.J. Amos 7, Devin McWright 7, Ismael Chaves 6, Damian Perez 5, Derek Sullivan 5, and Garren Gossett 2. Mayfield 07 09 14 00 30 Carlsbad 14 13 17 10 54Cavemen set for No. 2 BulldawgsTonight (Friday-Dec.17) the Cavemen will face their stiffest test of the season when they take the floor against the Class 5A second ranked Las Cruces Bulldawgs."Maxpreps may have picked them No. 2 this week but on everybody else’s list

they're No. 1," said coachZumbrun. "They have three legitimate Division 1 players on their team which includes a seven footer, and the overall top player in the state, point guard William Benjamin."Las Cruces comes into the game perfect at 8-0 on the year. Three of those wins have come against the twelfth ranked Eldorado Eagles 63-40, ninth ranked West Mesa Mustangs 84-59 and most recently the seventeenth ranked Los Lunas Tigers 75-44.Tonight's tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Taking the floor first will be the JV's who play at 5:30.On Saturday, in Las Cruces, the Cavemen will take on the Organ Mt. Knights. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. The JV's play first at 12:00."It's going to be a long weekend for us," said the Cavemen coach. "Since COVID our kids haven't been on an overnight trip for two games. It should be a good experience for us."The Knights, ranked twentieth this week, are currently 2-5 on the year. Tonight they'll be taking on the fifth ranked Hobbs Eagles.Artesia Bulldogs Coming UpOn Tuesday night (Dec. 21), in one of Eddy County's biggest games of the year, the Cavemen will entertain the Artesia Bulldogs. Cavegirls Knock off Goddard RocketsIt didn't come easy, but they did get it. On Tuesday night, in Carlsbad, the Cavegirl basketball team held on to record a 46-42 victory over a very tough and scrappy Goddard Rockets."We had a great first and third quarter," said Cavegirl head coach MattEnloe in assessing his Cavegirl's effort. "However our second and fourth quarters were pretty rough."The Cavegirls jumped out in front of the Rockets, to grab a twelve point 19-7 lead, at the end of the first frame of play. But, after scoring just two points in the second, their lead was cut to just three at the half, 21-18. Carlsbad asserted themselves once again during the third period outscoring the Rockets 13-3 to carry a 34-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

But, after pushing the lead up to 44-26 with just 3:12 remaining in the game, the Rockets went on a 16-2 run before finally falling 46-42.Showing up big for the Cavegirls was Allie Myers. The 5'11" junior guard lit up the Rockets scoring seven first half points, and twelve in the second, for nineteen points."Allie is a great athlete,” said Enloe. “ If we can get her the ball she can score.” Also having big nights offensively were Kilea Estrada with 10 and Mariana Sepulveda with 8. Rounding out the Cavegirl scoring was Morgan Boatwright 4, Alexa Dugan 3 and Jasmynn Gonzalez 2.With the win, the Class 5A fourth ranked Cavegirls are 6-3 on the year.Tuesday night’s victory marked the second game in as many nights for the Cavegirls. On Monday Carlsbad was toppled by the Centennial Hawks, 36-31, in Las Cruces."We've had a few injuries we're dealing with right now. That, plus not getting back from our game in Las Cruces until 1:30 a.m., had left our kids a little worn out for our game with Goddard," said the Cavegirl coach. "I think we had some tired legs on the floor during the fourth quarter.""But as difficult as things got for us during the last three minutes of the game, when our kids needed to step up the most, they did. They got it done," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of a group ofyoung ladies."Las Cruces big test for CavegirlsTonight (Friday Dec. 17) the Cavegirls will entertain the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. The Bulldawgs, 5-2, will make their way out on to the floor as the Class 5A's seventh ranked team.Two of the more impressive wins on their resume this year have been over the Class 4A ninth ranked Academy Chargers 44-22 and Class 5A eighth ranked Cleveland Strom 54-35. The Bulldawgs should be anxious to get back on the floor tonight though. In their most recent outing, Dec. 11, they lost to the Class 5A top ranked Farmington Scorpions 64-46."Las Cruces will bring a good team to Carlsbad tonight," said coach Enloe. "It's a game we really need to win. Hopefully, now with a couple of days rest, our kids will be physically ready to play." The Cavegirls will play host to the Artesia Bulldogs on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Carlsbad @ Centennial Recap

Carlsbad 07 08 06 10 31Centennial 10 05 07 14 36Scoring: Allie Myers 15, Mariana Sepulveda 8, KileaEstrada 5, and Morgan Boatwright 3.7th ranked Bulldawgs up nextCavegirls Knock off Goddard RocketsIt didn't come easy, but they did get it. On Tuesday night, in Carlsbad, the Cavegirl basketball team held on to record a 46-42 victory over a very tough and scrappy Goddard Rockets."We had a great first and third quarter," said Cavegirl head coach Matt Enloe in assessing his Cavegirl's effort. "However our second and fourth quarters were pretty rough."The Cavegirls jumped out in front of the Rockets, to grab a twelve point 19-7 lead, at the end of the first frame of play. But, after scoring just two points in the second, their lead was cut to just three at the half, 21-18. Carlsbad asserted themselves once again during the third period outscoring the Rockets 13-3 to carry a 34-21 lead into the fourth quarter.But, after pushing the lead up to 44-26 with just 3:12 remaining in the game, the Rockets went on a 16-2 run before finally falling 46-42.Showing up bigfor the Cavegirls was Allie Myers. The 5'11" junior guard lit up the Rockets scoring seven first half points, and twelve in the second, for nineteen points."Allie is a great athlete,” said Enloe. “ If we can get her the ball she can score.” Also having big nights offensively were Kilea Estrada with 10 and Mariana Sepulveda with 8. Rounding out the Cavegirl scoring was Morgan Boatwright 4, Alexa Dugan 3 and Jasmynn Gonzalez 2.

With the win, the Class 5A fourth ranked Cavegirls are 6-3 on the year.Tuesday night’s victory marked the second game in as many nights for the Cavegirls. On Monday Carlsbad was toppled by the Centennial Hawks, 36-31, in Las Cruces."We've had a few injuries we're dealing with right now. That, plus not getting back from our game in Las Cruces until 1:30 a.m., had left our kids a little worn out for our game with Goddard," said the Cavegirl coach. "I think we had some tired legs on the floor during the fourth quarter.""But as difficult as things got for us during the last three minutes of the game, when our kids needed to step up the most, they did. They got it done," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of a group of young ladies."Las Cruces big test for CavegirlsTonight (Friday Dec. 17) the Cavegirls will entertain the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. The Bulldawgs, 5-2, will make their way out on to the floor as the Class 5A's seventh ranked team.Two of the more impressive wins on their resume this year have been over theClass 4A ninth ranked Academy Chargers 44-22 and Class 5A eighth ranked Cleveland Strom 54-35. The Bulldawgs should be anxious to get back on the floor tonight though. In their most recent outing, Dec. 11, they lost to the Class 5A top ranked FarmingtonScorpions 64-46."Las Cruces will bring a good team to Carlsbad tonight," said coach Enloe. "It's a game we really need to win. Hopefully, now with a couple of days rest, our kids will be physically ready to play." Artesia Bulldogs Coming UpThe Cavegirls will play host to the Artesia Bulldogs on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The Bulldogs were 2-5 and ranked 21st among the state's Class 4A teams as of Dec. 11. They were scheduled to tackle the Gadsden Panthers (9-1) on Saturday Dec. 18.Game times, here in Carlsbad, will be: JV's at 4:00 and varsity at 5:30. Over the past five years the Cavegirls have posted a 9-0 record in the Eddy County, for bragging rights only, affair.The Cavemen will also be taking on the Bulldogs on Tuesday with the varsity setto tipoff at 7:00 p.m.Carlsbad @ Centennial Recap

Carlsbad 07 08 06 10 31Centennial 10 05 07 14 36Scoring: Allie Myers 15, Mariana Sepulveda 8, Kilea Estrada 5, and Morgan Boatwright 3.Grapplers perform well at Las Cruces InvitationalCarlsbad High wrestlers at Reno & RoswellBy Don Eskins

Carlsbad High's Cavemen have split up for competition this weekend. A select few willbe competing in Reno Nevada's Tournament of Champions today (Dec. 17) and tomorrow. Those wrestlers not making the trip to Reno, including the junior varsity, will travel to Roswell on Saturday to compete in the Rio Hondo Invitational. The tournament is set to get underway at 9:30 a.m.No Cavegirls made the trip to Reno this year but they will be competing in the Rio Hondo Invitational also.Reno is ranked as one of the top wrestling tournaments in the nation for high school grapplers. And that's a verygood reason for the Cavemen to be there."We do like taking our kids there because it is one of the premier prep wrestling tournaments in the country. While there, our kids will get to compete against some of the top high school wrestlers in the nation,"said Caveman head coach Joe Bach. "Most of the kids entered in the tournament are either state placers or state champions."Making the trip for the Cavemen are: Marcus Najero-106 lbs., Dallas Dunn-120 lbs., Logan Romero-126 lbs., Matt Najero-138 lbs., Jesse Rodriguez-160 lbs. and Jake Fuentes 182 lbs. While the team may be going in different directions this weekend Bach said his athletes understand that they're all still heading toward the same goal."We're doing everything we can to get our kidsready for our district and state tournaments," said the Caveman coach. "The Rio Hondo Invitational is going to be a great tournament for those kids not competing in Reno. So everybody gets to wrestle a lot this weekend and that's going to help make us allbetter." CHS Wrestlers place seven @ Las Cruces Invite"We had seven kids place in Las Cruces, two of whom were tournament champions," said Bach. "So overall I feel our kids had a pretty good tournament.” Neither the Cavemen, nor the Cavegirls, fielded full teams.Grabbing tournament titles for Carlsbad were Caveman Dallas Dunn at 120 lbs. and Cavegirl Rosalia Rubio at 107.Cavemen Results"Dallas Dunn beat some really tough kids on his way to picking up this year's tournament title at120," said coach Bach while discussing the efforts of his kids in Las Cruces. "In the championship final he defeated last year's state runner-up at 113, Rio Rancho's Roberto Cordova (11-1), 1-0 in over-time."

Logan Ramirez at 126 and Matt Najera at 138 placed third following losses to last year’s state champions in semifinal round action of the tournament.Romero (10-1) defeated Cleveland's Kyle Davy (9-4) in the tournament's third place match. His only loss came via Las Cruces' Avery Atma(5-0) by a fall at 5:13. Najera (4-1) defeated Cobre's Niko Trujillo (5-2) by a 2-0 decision in the tourney's third place match. His only loss came from Tye Barker (8-1) of Centennial by an 0-1 decision. Trujillo defeated Najera in the final of last year's state tournament.Jesse Rodriguez (12-1) at 160 also finished third. Following a loss in the second round to Albuquerque High's Joel Villela (3-2) on a fall at 5:58, Rodriguez rallied to win his next six matches by pins, including a fall over over Atrisco Heritage Academy's Johnathan Casaus (7-3) in 1:47 of the meet's third place match.In Rodriguez's consolation semi-final, en route to finishing third, he pinned Albuquerque High's Joel Villela in 1:38. The same Joel Villela he lost to in the second round. Also participating but not placing were: 106-Justin Owens (2-2); 120-Alexsander West (3-3); 132-Ethan Powell (6-3); 132-Hunter Harkness (6-4); 145-Luke Waters (6-3); 170-Octavio Ramirez (5-4); and 220-Merced Rubio (4-4).Cavegirl Results"Rosalia Rubio was outstanding on the mat. She defeated last year's defending state champion Heavynne Robles-Wright (8-1) of Las Cruces by an 8-7 decision in the semifinals," said coach Bach. "She then went on to pinChaparral's Karla Garcia (13-5) in the championship match in 4:16."Also placing for the Cavegirls were Mya Cornejo and Danica Medina.Cornejo (5-2) at 120 lbs. placed 3rd by pinning Victoria Moore of Centennial (6-4) at 2:58 in her third place match.Medina (2-5) at 152 lbs.placed 3rd by pinning Rio Rancho's Natalie Orona (1-2) in 2:34 of the tourney’s third place match."Mya lost her semifinal round match to tournament champion Tatum Dain (4-0) of Rio Rancho by fall in 0:50 and Danica lost her quarterfinal match to tournament champion Sophia Fernandez (16-4) on a fall at 1:28. But they both battled back to register two pins each on their way to finishing third. We're all proud of them both for their efforts to bounce back." Also participating but not placing were: 114-Aubrey Owens (3-3) and at 126: Abriana Montoya (2-4).Carlsbad High's wrestlers will next compete in Amarillo, Texas on December 30 & 31. On

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