Lady Cats look to end postseason soccer drought


By Dave Wagner Sports writer 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 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, 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 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 […]

Cats look to boost defense

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Jordan Holguin, who led Clovis in tackles last year, will be a key cog in the Wildcats’ 4-2-5 defense this season. The Cats open on Aug. 30 against Goddard in Roswell.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Whether the defense is 4-4, 3-4, 4-3 or 4-2-5, they’re all just numbers to the Clovis Wildcats. But then again, so is 391. It’s the points-against total for Clovis last year, breaking the school mark of 367 set in the 2012 campaign. It was, simply put, frustrating. “Some people […]


By Rick White Ronnie Jones believed in the power of athletics to build character and instill life-long lessons. That’s how one kid wore cowboy boots during football practice. And nobody was a bigger fan of the Muleshoe Mules. “He would always talk about how nobody is better than the Muleshoe kids, nobody works harder than […]

Non-football fall sports get going Monday

By Dave Wagner Sports writer After falling short in their bid for a third consecutive District 4-5A title last fall, the Clovis High boys soccer team is looking to start another streak in the new District 4-6A. The Wildcats, as well as all other non-football fall sports teams in New Mexico, begin official fall […]

Brown scores 13 in Lobos’ second Italy win

Staff report PESARO, Italy — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team stayed perfect on its Italy tour Saturday, notching a 70-54 win over the Adriatic Sea Sirens. Junior Brea Mitchell hit four 3-pointers as part of her game-high 16 points in the victory. Clovis native Antiesha Brown poured in 13 points and nine […]

Lobos pull rout in Italy tour opener

Staff report VICENZA, Italy — Clovis native Antiesha Brown earned game MVP honors with 16 points and six steals, and the University of New Mexico got its tour of Italy off to a rousing start with a 74-37 victory over AS Vicenza Thursday night in the NCAA Vicenza Tour exhibition. After the squads were tied […]

Rodeoers take ENMU’s top athlete honors

Hayden Segelke

Staff report A pair of rodeo standouts were named the greatest athletes for the most recent athletic year at Eastern New Mexico. Logan Medlin of Tatum, who was the national champion team roping healer the last two years, was named Greatest Greyhound. Greatest Zia honors went to Hayden Segelke, the 2012 and 2013 all-around national […]

News and Notes: Realignment won’t make many ripples locally

Dave Wagner

As New Mexico has done this year, Texas has added a sixth classification in prep sports, although it probably won’t affect teams in football that much, at least in the area. Essentially, almost everyone simply moved up one class, with the 6-man teams now comprising Division I and Division II in Class 1A. Farwell and […]

N.M. fishing report — Aug. 7

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 fair […]

Cats prepare for year of transition

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Clovis High line coach Chuck Jordan hollers out instructions for his players during Monday’s season-opening practice at the CHS practice field. The Wildcats, who scrimmage Las Cruces High at Ruidoso on Aug. 22, open the regular season on Aug. 30 against Goddard at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer With a year of transition and a tough schedule ahead, the Clovis Wildcats got their first taste of 2014 action on Monday. The team ran a pair of two-hour sessions, the first day New Mexico high school teams were allowed to practice, in preparation for a scrimmage that is […]

Area football teams set to start practice on Monday

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Clovis High’s Eric Roanhaus begins his 42nd year in the program, and 37th as head coach, on Monday looking to fill a lot of skill positions for the Wildcats. “We’re replacing a lot of people at our skill positions,” Roanhaus said. “We’ve got a majority of our linemen back.” […]