Volleyball Cross Country
Cavegirl Volleyball at Hobbs Eagles By Don Eskins The Cavegirl volleyball team will close out 2021 regular season play on Tuesday night, Nov. 2, on the road with a conference game against the District 4A leader Hobbs Eagles. It will be the second meeting of the year between the two schools. The Eagles won the first one 3-0.The Cavegirls defeated the Clovis Wildcats 3-2 on Tuesday (Oct. 26) to push their record up to 6-12 on the year and 2-2 in District 4A play. After winning the first two sets 26-24 and 25-19 they dropped the third and fourth, 23-25 and 12-25, before rallying to win the fifth and deciding set 15-5.It was a victory the Cavegirls needed and expected to get. "We've played Clovis well all season long and we expected to get another win up here tonight," said Cavegirl head coach Bill Niemeier. "But the Wildcats did play us tough." "This win was a really big one for our kids though, it's set them up for a shot at finishing second in the conferece," said the Cavegirl coach. "We can do that with a win over Roswell, at home, on Thursday Oct. 28."With the state tournament just around the corner it appears that only this year's district champion can be assured of a berth in the 2021 Big Dance. "It looks as though Hobbs will win this year's district title. For the rest of us, regardless of how the conference race finishes out, getting a berth in this year's state tournament will be difficult," said Niemeier. "We're all sitting below .500, in the win-loss column, which means that it's unlikely that any of us would receive a berth in this year's tournament. But we can hope. "The Cavegirls can finish no worse than third this year. While that might not sound like much think again. "For the past several years our program has finished last in District 4A play," said Niemeier who is serving out his first year at the helm of the Cavegirl program. "Our girls have definitely improved this year and with the exception of senior Kailyn He stand, they'll all be back next year. I think the future of the program looks very bright. "Last year the Cavegirls won just three games.
District 4A StandingsTeamDist.YearHobbs4-013-8Carlsbad2-26-12Clovis1-37-14Roswell1-37-14Thru Tuesday Oct. 26CHS Cross Country Teams at District 4A Meet By Don Eskins Carlsbad High School’s cross country teams are in Roswell to compete in this year’s District 4A championship meet. It’s a big meet for both the Cavemen and Cavegirls as the district’s top three teams, in each category, move on to compete at state. The top ten individuals will also advance. “It’s going to be a great meet this year,” said CHS coach Alisha Young. “Hobbs looks to be the frontrunner, in both boys and girls divisions, but we’re expecting to see a very tight race between us, Roswell and Clovis for second and third place. ”Carlsbad got a final tune up for this week’s district championships on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Lovington Invitational. Coach Young was pleased with the efforts her kids turned in during their final meet of the regular season. “Mikayla Jefferson placed 7th at the meet putting her in third place over all in our district to date,” said the CHS coach. “Rae Ann Carrasco also had a break out race finishing ahead of several other district competitors she’s been chasing down all season. ”“On the boys side Ralph Espinoza was our top placer,” Young said. “The rest of the pack was just a few places behind him. ”According to coach Young, there’s a lot for her kids to be excited about at this year’s district championships. “This is the race we’ve been preparing for all year. Our kids know what’s at stake here, an opportunity to compete at state, and they’re all ready to run,” said the coach. “Now they just need to go out give us their best efforts. ”This year’s Class 5A New Mexico State Cross Country Meet will take place on Saturday, November 6, at ‘The Academy’ in Albuquerque. Cavemen Lineup: 1. Ralph Espinosa, 2. Luke Peters, 3. Isaac Williamson, 4. Liam Nelson, 5. Sawyer Johnson and 6. Jeffrey Lara. Cavegirl Lineup: 1. Mikayla Jefferson 2. Kennedy Johns 3. Elena Reed, 4. Rae Ann Carrasco, 5. Anahi Barrera, 6. Chloe Enloe and 7. Michaleigh DeAnda