Clovis team nabs Custom Classic title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer The Lady Cougars were the lone Clovis team to win a championship in the Clovis Softball Association’s 32nd Custom Classic over the weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, and they had to beat one of their league rivals to do it. The Lady Cougars edged A League of Our Own […]

Cats’ Williams set to play in Oklahoma

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Landon Williams checks on a Hobbs baserunner during a District 4-6A baseball game this spring at Bell Park. The 2015 Clovis High graduate has signed to play next season at NAIA power Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High’s Landon Williams hoped to play baseball in college next year. He just didn’t know where. The Wildcats’ right-handed pitcher/outfielder has signed to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, an NAIA school with a strong baseball tradition. Williams, who went 6-2 with one save, 15 walks, 84 […]

Nine Cats earn District 4-6A honors

Staff report Nine members of the Clovis High baseball team were honored in all-District 4-6A selections for the recently completed season, including six on the first team. Named to the first team were first baseman Antonio Hicks, second baseball Keaton Greenwalt, utilityman Brody Edwards, pitchers Landon Williams and Matt Lanier and outfielder Joseph Ramos. All […]

ENMU women’s hoops adds point guard Hotchkins

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University landed a Division-I transfer Thursday, with point guard Jasmine Hotchkins joining the Greyhounds. The 5-foot-3 Phoenix native will have three years of eligibility left, following a freshman year at East Tennessee State. While at ETSU, she averaged 13.4 minutes per game with 2.9 points per game for the Lady […]

Custom Classic enters 32nd year

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The Custom Classic is entering its 32nd year. It begins Friday evening at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Matthew Asher Correspondent It’s the final weekend in June and, in Clovis, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for the 32nd annual Plateau Custom Classic Softball Tournament. This year’s event features 110 teams that come from all over New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. For those who have never experienced the tournament, beginning […]

ENMU signs Dora’s Dillard


By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Taylor Dillard knew she was going to college after she graduated from Dora, and looked into veterinary science programs at Oklahoma Panhandle State and West Texas A&M. But if she planned to play basketball, Dillard’s only choice was to stay close to home at Eastern New Mexico University. She […]

Lady Cats in flux

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Clovis sophomore Jaci Sievers looks for an open teammate during Monday’s game against Melrose at the Texico summer league. Clovis is in a rebuilding mode after losing four starters from last year’s 30-2 squad.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR TEXICO — There’s a different rhythm for the Clovis girls basketball team, a different cadence for the team that went 86-6 the last three years. And when the Lady Cats figure out exactly what that is, they’ll let you know. “We’re just trying to figure out what everyone is,” […]

ENMU women finish third in CNFR; Dora’s Walker third in tie-down

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR There was a palpable feeling of what could have been with a few more ropes catching and a few less barrels falling. But, a few days after the Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished third in the College National Finals Rodeo, the feeling of what did happen […]

ENMU women finish third at college finals rodeo

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Kortney Cleveland finished sixth in the nation in barrel racing Saturday, and Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s rodeo team finished in third place at the College National Finals Rodeo. Hayden Todd did not compete in Saturday’s short go at the Casper Events Center, but still finished with 265 points in […]

ENMU’s Todd leads field

Staff report CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Hayden Todd is so far having a great third round at the College National Finals Rodeo. With a dozen riders still to compete, according to results posted at the CNFR website, Todd was first in the short go on barrel racing at a time of 13.74 seconds. […]

Junior high rodeoers heading to nationals

Staff report A half-dozen junior high athletes from Curry and Roosevelt counties are one week away from competing for top middle school honors at the Junior High National Finals Rodeo, scheduled June 21-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Shad Mayfield, a two-time national champion and the 2013 all-around boys winner, will go for his third time […]

Greyhounds Pope, Kendrick drafted

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Clyde Kendrick was drafted in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Less than six weeks ago, Cody Pope and Clyde Kendrick were teammates. On Wednesday, they became division rivals. Both Greyhound pitchers were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Kendrick was selected in the 27th round by the Texas Rangers (798th overall), and […]

Bailey, Blind named LSC scholar athletes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s Seth Bailey and Beth Blind were the school’s selections for the Lone Star Conferences annual Scholar Athlete awards, released Tuesday by the conference. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must have at least two years participation in their sport and be a member of this season’s graduating class. All […]

Cats looking to rebuild

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Clovis High senior Luke Bussen pushes the ball up the floor against a Ruidoso defender during a game on Saturday against Ruidoso in the Eastern New Mexico University boys team basketball camp at Greyhound Arena in Portales. The Wildcats have two more camps coming up this month.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer PORTALES — Scott Robinson knew his first season as Clovis High boys basketball coach last year might be tough. He didn’t know just how tough. “I did not anticipate 5-22,” he said of the team’s record, which included losses in 17 of their final 19 games. “It was a […]

Ned Houk set for racing after rains

Staff report A little bit of rain — well, actually a lot — ended up to be no match for maintenance crews at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. But the nearly 11 inches of rain did put up a fight. “It was in the worst shape I’ve ever seen it since I’ve been out there,” […]

Clovis’ Williams honored by Parade

Staff report Danni Williams spent her senior season at Clovis with a parade of honors. Now, the Texas A&M Aggie is being honored by Parade. Williams, who started summer classes Monday at College Station, was named to the publication’s annual All-American team. Williams, the state’s first three-time winner of the Gatorade girls basketball player of […]

Football honor society selects ENMU’s Bailey

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University senior Seth Bailey was announced as a selection for the National Football Foundation Honor Society, which recognizes college football players in all divisions for excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Bailey, who was also selected as a Division-II All-American, was one of 825 players from 280 […]

Jaguars’ Hood to host camp July 1

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle and Amarillo native Evander “Ziggy” Hood will host his fourth annual football camp 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (CST) July 1 at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo. Hood, the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been with the Jaguars for a season after signing as a […]

Pair of area teams claim flag titles

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR A pair of teams with area athletes claimed top honors in this weekend’s Hike It and Spike It 4-on-4 Flag Football Tournament, held at the Cielo Grande Recreation Complex in Roswell. The C Cats won the 17-18 men’s division and the Felons the 19-24 men’s division in the tournament, […]

Q & A: Fort Sumner’s McMath continues to rack up state titles

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Fort Sumner girls track coach Lisa McMath watch action at the Fox-Vixen Relays in April with junior Paris Allred. McMath coached the Vixens to the Class 2A state title earlier this month, setting a record with a ninth state championship in a row.

With Lisa McMath at the helm, the Fort Sumner Vixens have won a state-record nine state track titles in a row. Not bad for somebody who never imagined herself coaching. McMath, a former athlete under Rafael Roybal, ran the 800, mile and some relays for the Vixens, admitting, “There weren’t a lot of people, so […]