Hounds’ defense shows improvement

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Junior fullback Andrew Lopez is tackled by senior Conner Brinton during the Greyhounds’ Wednesday evening scrimmage at 
Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — There were plenty of logistical reasons the Eastern New Mexico University football team opted for a Wednesday night scrimmage. The Greyhounds have seven night games on their schedule, and the nighttime weather is more forgiving than a morning scrimmage with little cloud cover over Greyhound Stadium. […]

Lady Cats dominate Lovington

Staff report LOVINGTON — Ashley Gallagher had a career day, and Clovis High’s girls rolled to an easy 10-0 win over Lovington in Tuesday’s season opener. Gallagher had five goals, including the opener four minutes in and the closing goal in the 72nd minute, as Clovis outshot Lovington 25-0. Clovis coach Traci Sievers said the […]

Cats post season-opening win

Staff report LOVINGTON — The Clovis High boys soccer team was caught a bit off-guard when Lovington, playing its first match in school’s history, jumped in front early. Not to worry, though. The Wildcats regrouped to take the lead just before halftime, and a late penalty-kick goal from senior midfielder Juan Ramos finished off a […]

Hounds out of Top 25, but garner poll votes

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Aaron Johnson gets past corner Quavshaun “Q” Branch during Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds picked up 12 points in the preseason AFCA Division II poll.

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is not officially ranked in Division II, but the Greyhound squad is at least in the picture. The Greyhounds garnered 12 points in the “also receiving votes” category of the preseason American Football Coaches Association’s D-II poll. Eastern, which finished 7-3 and claimed a share of the Lone Star […]

RAMBLIN’ RICK COLUMN: Area in football drought

Now that the drought that clutched the High Plains for several years appears to be lessening, it’s time to talk about another dry spell. It’s been three years since a team in the newspaper’s coverage area has won a state football title. The last time area teams went back-to-back-to-back years without a title, the Vietnam […]

Experienced line anchors Wildcats

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David Griego, left, blocks Derrick Brown during Saturday’s Clovis practice.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Even though they’re the biggest guys on the field, the biggest key to being a Clovis Wildcat lineman is to find a balance. Be aggressive, but don’t overplay. Be physical, but not dirty. Treat it like a fist fight, but don’t get into a fist fight. You know you’ve […]

Wildcats optimistic in spite of attrition

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Juan Ramos lets a shot fly in the half of the boys alumni game on Saturday night at Yucca Middle School. Clovis High’s boys open the 2014 soccer season on Tuesday at Lovington.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis High boys soccer team lost about half of its regulars from last fall, but coach Greg Trujillo thinks the Wildcats have more than an adequate chance to be competitive this season. “I don’t think we’ll be as deep, so we have to stay healthy,” said Trujillo, beginning […]

Lady Cats will rely on defense

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Samantha Meza applies the brakes as she tries to keep the ball from alumni defender Erica Lewis in the second half of their friendly Saturday at Yucca Middle School.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Most of the graduation losses from last year’s Clovis High girls soccer team came in the forward positions. Fourth-year coach Traci Sievers wants to make sure the defense is in place as the Lady Wildcats prepare for Tuesday’s season opener at first-year program Lovington. “We’re looking to have a […]

Greyhounds hold first scrimmage

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Senior running back Jordan Wells tries to turn the corner as defender Tim Foley reaches out during Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s first football scrimmage of the season on Saturday was probably about the way a coach would like it — some good things to talk about, other areas that need work. The Greyhounds, in full pads for the first time, went about 2 […]

CHS grad Crockett signs with Italian league

Staff report During his five years at Texas Tech, Clovis High grad Jaye Crockett had his share of international teammates who were dropped into a foreign country and navigate a new language and customs with teammates who were supportive, but limited in their ability to help. Now it’s Crockett’s turn, as a new signee to […]

Lady Cats look to end postseason soccer drought


By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High girls soccer team has posted winning records each of the last two seasons, but failed to notch a District 4-5A win in that time. Fourth-year coach Traci Sievers is optimistic the Lady Wildcats, who haven’t been to the postseason since they were a Class 4A program in […]

Zias aim to prove they belong

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Karra Day, who led the Zias in assists last season, sets a ball during Thursday 
afternoon practice at Greyhound Arena. The Zias open the season Sept. 5 at the Lady Buff Classic at West Texas A&M.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Karra Day shouldn’t really be here. That’s not to say the 5-foot-10 setter doesn’t belong on the court at Eastern New Mexico University, where she led the Zias with 494 assists last year. Rather, the native of Escondido, California, wasn’t the target in 2010 when New Mexico Military Institute […]

Lobo women drop final game in Italy

Staff report The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team are leaving Italy with nearly 17 hours of travel ahead of them and a 2-2 record during their 10-day tour. The Netherlands National Team took a 54-41 win Wednesday night to score a sweep in the back-to-back games. The Dutch beat UNM 53-44 Tuesday. “I […]

N.M. fishing report — Aug. 14

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow […]

Hounds have 137 for first day

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Freshman safety Ismael Garrett fields a punt as assistant Kelly Lee watches during practice Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University. The Greyhounds had 137 come out, according to third-year coach Josh Lynn.

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University kicked off football practice on Tuesday with 137 prospects reporting for the opening workout. The Greyhounds are hoping to defend their Lone Star Conference co-championship of a year ago. They were picked for third in the LSC’s preseason poll. Third-year coach Josh Lynn said he hardly feels […]

Jones-Kcholi adds track to cross country duties at ENMU

Danielle Jones-Kcholi

Staff report PORTALES — Just three years after Danielle Jones-Kcholi finished competing for the Eastern New Mexico University track and cross crountry teams, she is now coach for both programs. The university announced the move Tuesday in a release. Jones-Kholi was already the college’s cross country coach, and takes over the track program from Melinda […]

UNM women absorb first loss in Italy

Staff report ROME, Italy — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team suffered its first loss during its tour of Italy on Tuesday, with the Netherlands National Team scoring a 53-44 victory in an exhibition game. The two teams face off again at 6:30 p.m. today (10:30 a.m. MDT), with the Lobos returning home […]

Former Hound signs with Polish pro team

Staff report Former Eastern New Mexico University point guard Rodney Blackmon has agreed to a contract to play professional basketball overseas in Poland’s Tauron Basket Liga. Blackmon, according to Eurobasket.com, is the top point guard on the depth charts for Polpharma Starogard Gdnaski. He is one of three Americans on the team, along with Tony […]

Positions available

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Clovis volleyball coach Gabe Apodaca demonstrates the mechanics he wants to see from players before beginning a serving drill Monday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis, which will play as part of the state’s new Class 6A, opens the season Aug. 26 against Palo Duro.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com In front of about four dozen high school athletes hoping for varsity volleyball spots, coach Gabe Apodaca had four things for them to know. Hitting. Passing. Setting. Serving. “If you can do all four, you’ll be able to play volleyball,” Apodaca told the seated group Monday evening. “If you […]

Douglas Stone Memorial scores

Douglas Stone Memorial Tournament Friday-Sunday Portales Country Club *won on scorecard playoff Championship Flight David Gutierrez-Sid Felan 63-64-65-192* Mark Foster-Jordan Moore 67-61-64-192 Chad Heflin-Matt Hunton 67-66-66-199 Bobby Crane-Wayne Moore 68-69-68-203 Jason Howl-Will Archibeque 65-67-72-204 David Brooks-Ron Harman 70-68-67-205 Rustin Rowley-Andy Reynolds 71-70-68-209 Shawn Scanlan-Mike Majors 71-69-71-211 First Flight Amit Bhakta-Keith Kiser 72-70-65-207* Jerry Wood-Rick White […]