TWU takes two from Zias

Staff report DENTON, Texas — Sophomore right-hander Tori Bice came into Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University with a good record but a high whip (walks plus hits per innings pitched), indicating she often pitches into and out of trouble. She improved greatly in both categories against the Zias, allowing […]

Clovis girls finish third, boys fifth at home Relays

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Clovis senior Alejandro Perez fires the discus  during Friday’s preliminaries in the Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium. Perez threw 134-9 1/2 in the finals, good for second place.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com As Tucker Dobbs flew down the straightaway with a huge lead, he was all alone. Well, not quite. With numerous Wildcats teammates running on the sides and cheering Dobbs on, the Clovis junior finished off the 4-by-400 relay with a time of 3:27.61, nearly three seconds better than La […]

Cats take twin bill from Tigers

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Alamogordo sophomore Jacob Gerber slides in safely with a third-inning RBI double as Clovis junior second baseman Keaton Greenwalt fails to convince the umpire he’d tagged Gerber out in the opener of Friday’s District 4-6A baseball doubleheader at Bell Park. Clovis posted an 8-4, 10-4 sweep of the Tigers.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Things are suddenly looking a little better for the Clovis High baseball team. Off to a slow start in District 4-6A play, the Wildcats got back on the winning track Friday with an 8-4, 10-4 sweep of Alamogordo at Bell Park. The Cats (12-8, 3-3 district) erased a 3-1 […]

Hounds’ bats erupt in rout of Kingsville

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats erupted on Friday night, notably Daniel Ward. The sophomore third baseman drove in seven runs with a triple and a pair of homers and the Greyhounds thumped Lone Star Conference-leading Texas A&M-Kingsville 19-9 in the opener of a three-game series at Greyhound […]

Lady Cats earn district split at Alamo

Staff report ALAMOGORDO — A.J. Wright pretty much took matters into her own hands in Friday’s District 4-6A softball opener against Alamogordo. Wright put Clovis High ahead with a second-inning grand slam and pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Lady Wildcats beat Alamo 5-1, ending a seven-game losing streak and giving them their first district […]

Lady Rams post pair of wins

Staff report ROSWELL — As far as Friday went, Portales High’s girls are off to a good start in District 4-4A seeding. The Lady Rams, playing without Hannah Evans, edged out New Mexico Military Institute 5-4 and routed Silver 8-1 in the second match. “I feel really good (about our Friday matches),” Portales coach Ann-Marie […]

Wildcat relays set for today

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s track teams expect to get a good idea where they stand in Class 6A in today’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, their only home appearance of the season. La Cueva, Volcano Vista, Rio Rancho and Rio Rancho Cleveland are among the top 6A schools in the […]

Lady Cats add second qualifier for 6A golf

Staff report LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s girls now have two girls, both freshmen, qualified for next month’s Class 6A state competition. Sydni Hill joined teammate Raquel Anaya on Thursday, posting a score of 45-45 — 90 to lead the Lady Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in the Lovington Invitational. Clovis shot a team score […]

Lady Chaps stay perfect against Zias

Staff report LUBBOCK — Lubbock Christian belted five home runs on Thursday and the Lady Chaps remained unbeaten all-time against Eastern New Mexico University with a 6-5, 9-2 softball sweep of the Zias. LCU (32-11) now has 69 home runs for the season, ranking third in NCAA Division II. The Lady Chaps did all their […]

Zia senior stays optimistic

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com In her four years playing softball at Eastern New Mexico University, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Velasquez has had to deal with a lot of change. She’s done it all with optimism and a smile. “When I came here, I was an infielder for the first two years,” said Velasquez, who is […]

CHS golf girls finish second in Carlsbad

Staff report Hobbs finished well ahead of the pack Wednesday at Lake Carlsbad Golf Course, while Clovis’ girls and boys teams finished second and fifth, respectively. The Clovis girls shot 402 to edge Artesia (403), Portales (405) and Carlsbad (411), but were well behind the Eagles at 374. Salem Ortiz of Hobbs was the medalist […]

CHS posts tennis wins over Portales

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Clovis High senior Richard Hernandez blasts a return in his No. 3 doubles match with sophomore J.J. Alvarado against Enrique Cabral and Gerardo Calderon of Portales at the CHS courts. Hernandez and Alvarado defeated Cabral and Calderon 6-2, 6-1.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Experience won out over relative youth on Tuesday. Clovis High’s senior-laden boys, despite missing No. 1 player Tristan Pautler, cruised to an 8-1 victory over Portales at the CHS courts while the Lady Wildcats notched a 7-2 dual win over PHS. Pautler is out, probably for at least this […]

Cats split pair with Eagles

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Clovis High senior catcher Derek Kuykendall goes low to prevent a pitch from getting away from him during the first game of Tuesday’s District 4-6A doubleheader against Hobbs at Bell Park.

Staff report Clovis High’s baseball team pulled out the opener of Tuesday’s District 4-6A doubleheder with rival Hobbs at Bell Park, but the Wildcats couldn’t come up with the needed magic to get a sweep. Senior catcher Derik Kuykendall’s slow dribbler to short turned into a bases-loaded RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the […]

Lady Cats drop district games at Hobbs

Staff report HOBBS — The Hobbs Lady Eagles rallied from a 4-1 deficit to hand Clovis High a 14-5 loss and complete a sweep of Tuesday’s District 4-6A softball doubleheader. In the opener, sophomore Zariah Duarte pitched a five-hitter and Hobbs notched a 9-0 victory over the Lady Wildcats. In the second game, senior pitcher […]

Hounds hold off Mustangs late

Staff report PORTALES — Senior first baseman Blake Cooper went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico University turned a game-ending double play to squelch a ninth-inning rally for a 9-7 win over University of the Southwest on Tuesday at Greyhound Field. Freshman Elijah Capello earned a three-inning save, but it […]

Tuesday area prep baseball linescore — April 14

District 4-3A Texico 4, Eunice 3 Eunice    003  000  0 — 3    2    1 Texico    101  020  x — 4    10    3 Bryce Jenkins, Bryce Foltz (6) and Armando Rodriguez; Hayden Spears (7 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) and Brock Thompson. Top hitters — Eunice: Jenkins 1-2, run, BB. […]

Zias’ Velasquez transitions to outfield

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ENMU senior Lizzy Velasquez has made a relatively smooth transition from infield to outfield for the Zias this season, providing leadership for a relatively young team to go with a .294 batting average.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — In her four years playing softball at Eastern New Mexico University, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Velasquez has had to deal with a lot of change. She’s done it all with optimism and a smile. “When I came here, I was an infielder for the first two years,” said Velasquez, […]

ENMU RODEO, TRACK: Zias earn third title in row

Staff report BIG SPRING, Texas — Senior Hayden Segulke-Todd earned all-around cowgirl honors over the weekend in leading the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team to its third consecutive victory in the Howard College rodeo. The Zias finished with 270 points to 165 for Weatherford College and 125 for West Texas A&M. Segulke-Todd was […]

PREP RODEO: Leaders quietly confident

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Haley Kiehne of Magdalena ropes a calf the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association’s Clovis rodeo on Saturday during high school girls breakaway roping competition at Curry County Events Center. Kiehne, a freshman at Magdalena H.S., posted a time of 5.45 seconds, good for 14th place.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Derek Runyan and Saige Bell are in position to capture their first New Mexico High School Rodeo Association all-around cowboy and cowgirl titles after coming close last year, but neither admits to feeling much pressure with only a handful of competitions left in the season. Runyan, a junior at […]

Hounds split with Buffs

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ENMU junior Charles Sandberg Jr. races into second base to beat the throw to West Texas A&M’s Max Brennan during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Sandberg was on first when Kennan Dodd blooped a hit to right field, and he had to scramble to beat the throw. The teams split the twin bill, with WT posting a 10-8 win in the opener and the Greyhounds taking the nightcap 9-2.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — Within one strike of victory in the opener, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team rallied to salvage the finale of a three-game Lone Star Conference series against rival West Texas A&M on Saturday with a 9-2 victory. The Greyhounds (12-23, 8-15 LSC) blew two leads in the […]