Most CHS sports to begin Monday

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s the second week of fall sports practices, better known as the first week of practice for fall sports that don’t involve first downs. Monday is the first day Clovis High soccer, cross country and volleyball teams can get going, and most teams are looking at two-a-day practices when […]

Hounds start practice Tuesday

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn expects to have the largest turnout for the start of practice in at least a couple of years when the Greyhounds begin drills this week. Around 140 to 150 players are expected to check in on Monday morning, and the team will begin […]

ENMU tabbed for fourth in LSC women’s soccer

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference women’s preseason soccer poll this week, while both ENMU cross country squads have been tabbed for third place in rankings. Angelo State finished with 82 points and eight of 15 first-place votes in the six-team women’s […]

CHS reserved seats include military discount

Clovis High School is offering a military discount on reserved seat season tickets for the 2015 season. Current reserved seat ticket holders have until Aug. 17 to purchase or relinquish their seats for the upcoming season. Any unsold tickets will go on sale to the public after that point. The tickets are $60 per seat, […]

ENMU adds former post to coaching staff

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has hired former post Jasmine Johnson as a graduate assistant. As a senior Johnson played 27 games for the Zias — since renamed the Greyhounds — last season, with six starts. She averaged 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

ENMU eighth of nine in LSC volleyball poll

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was picked for eighth place in the nine-team Lone Star Conference in the league’s preseason poll, released on Tuesday by the conference office. West Texas A&M, which ran through the LSC unbeaten a year ago, is the favorite to win it again this season. […]

ENMU adds transfer for women’s basketball

Staff report PORTALES — Briana White, a 5-foot-9 wing player from Phoenix, has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball this season at Eastern New Mexico University. White transferred from NCAA Division II Dixie State, where she averaged 10 points, 2.8 rebounds and nearly two assists per game in 2013-14, and ranked […]

Cats in conditioning portion of preseason

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Clovis assistant Drew Hatley talks about defensive positioning with senior Tucker Dobbs during Monday’s opening Wildcats football practice. Clovis faces Las Cruces High in the team’s annual preseason scrimmage, to be played on Aug. 21 at Ruidoso.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@dnjonline.com As Wildcats football practice concluded Monday, veteran coach Eric Roanhaus gave his players wisdom on hydration — no caffeine — and pain. The latter: Two-a-day practices are supposed to wear you out. They may wear you out less if you did 7-on-7 camps in the summer, but they still […]

Cats ready to get started

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Senior quarterback Daulton Hatley, talking to coach Eric Roanhaus on the sideline during a game last season at Leon Williams Stadium, is one of four returning starters on offense. Clovis opens its two-a-day practices Monday morning at the high school.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com As of today, the Clovis Wildcats are 19 days away from their scrimmage against Las Cruces, 26 days from their season opener against Goddard and 82 days away from their district opener against Hobbs. More importantly, they’re one day away from starting practice. Two-a-day practices for the Wildcats begin […]

Majors inducted into NMHSCA Hall of Honor

Staff report A Clovis resident and Grady assistant coach was inducted last weekend into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor. Mike Majors, a 1980 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, was inducted along with Allan Lockridge (Pojoaque) and Bill Cawood (Kirtland Central). Majors won eight state volleyball titles and a girls […]

Zias Seniors ousted in regional

Staff report SEGUIN, Texas — Houston-based West University pulled away steadily and eliminated Clovis Zia from the Southwest Regional Senior (15-16) Little League tournament on Saturday with a 12-0 victory in losers bracket play. West University no-hit Zia, although coach Mike Tipton noted his team struck out only three times in the game, called afters […]

Senior LL team falls in opener

Staff report SEGUIN, Texas — The Clovis Zia 15-16 all-star team dropped its first-round game on Friday to San Antonio-based Capital Park 4-3 in the Southwest Region Seniors Little League tournament. Zia will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. (MDT) today in the losers bracket of the double-elimination meet against an opponent to be […]

Ex-ENMU player headed for Spain

Staff report PORTALES — Former Eastern New Mexico University basketball player Phil Henry is going overseas for his second professional season. The 6-foot-7 Henry, who set an ENMU career blocks record with 70 in just two seasons, will join Alza Basket Azuquece of the EBA league in Spain. “We are extremely excited for Phil with […]

Portales’ Ramirez among four Hound softball signings

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Kailee Ramirez, who led Portales in batting (.634), homers (12) and RBIs (50) signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Kailee Ramirez spent the last three years helping lead a winning softball program at Portales High School, with every indication she’d have the opportunity to play at the next level. Now, Ramirez is moving on to that level, where she hopes she can be part of a winning softball […]

CHS football reserved tickets on sale Monday

Reserved seat tickets for the upcoming Clovis High School football season will go on sale Monday. Tickets may be purchased and picked up at either the CHS athletic office or at Tankersley’s, 306 Main. Tickets are $60 per seat and cover five regular-season home games, starting Aug. 28 against Goddard. Reserved seat ticket holders from […]

USSSA Youth World Tournament West

Friday through Sunday At Guy Leeder Complex Double-elimination in bracket play BOYS 20-and-under Pool standings 1. Raw Skillz 2-0; 2. Wrecking Crew 1-1; 3. Pitchslappers 1-1; 4. WTX Rebels 1-1; 5. Got’emm 1-1; 6. Hater Made 1-1; 7. Taylors 0-2. Bracket play Got’emm 12, WTX Rebels 11; Hater Made 15, Pitchslappers 3; Wrecking Crew 13, […]

Local team eyes regionals

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Tomas Gallegos dives for a ground ball during Friday’s Zia Little League Seniors practice at Mike Harris Field. The Clovis team won state competition last weekend at Bayard and is preparing for the Southwest Regional tournament starting on Friday at Seguin, Texas.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Clovis Zia Senior Little League team thought it had a chance to win state competition last week at Bayard. Still, actually winning it came as a bit of a surprise. Zia will be the first team to represent District 3 beyond the state level since 1985 when it […]

Local rodeo athletes compete at nationals

By Betty Williamson Correspondent pepnm@hotmail.com Seven high plains area rodeo athletes participated in national college and junior high championships last month and three more with ties to the area started their quests for national high school titles on Sunday. Dora native Joshua Walker wrapped up his first year on the rodeo team for Western Texas […]

Clovis team nabs Custom Classic title

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com 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 dwagner@cnjonline.com 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 […]