CHS struggles in Las Cruces tourney

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — When starting setter Tarah Sweet went down with a back injury during round robin play, she took the Lady Wildcats chances of winning the Sweet Sixteen tournament with her. “We just didn’t play well without her,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. The Lady Cats went 1-5 in round robin play, […]

ENMU men second in New Mexico State’s Kachina Classic

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — For one day at least, Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Joel McMullen said the Greyhounds had the top men’s collegiate team in the state. Redshirt freshman Felix Boit finished eighth in 24 minutes, nine seconds to lead the Hounds to a second-place finish Saturday behind powerful Texas-El Paso […]

Blocked FG seals Cats’ victory over La Cueva

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LBUQUERQUE — Matt Ulibarri jubilantly ran to the Clovis sideline, Diondre Hunter — with football in tow — ran right to the La Cueva sideline and, with less than 10 seconds to play, one of New Mexico’s longest prep football winning streaks was history. Ulibarri’s blocked field goal sealed a […]

CHS cross country teams host invitational


Clovis High School sophomore cross county runner Bryan Davis, left, leads fellow sophomore runners Marisa Burton, center, and Nicole Johnson, right, during a workout last month at Ned Houk Park in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy has mixed feelings about the relatively small number of teams […]

Hounds take on East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University and East Central football teams may be facing an early crossroads tonight. With both teams standing 1-2, the winner of the 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover matchup at Blackwater Draw will be positioned for respectability. The loser, meantime, faces an uphill battle the […]

Clovis Christian romps to victory over Pine Hill


Clovis Christian’s Dustin Handley runs down the sideline during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Pine Hill at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer A little home cooking can go a long way. Senior Dustin Handley scored six touchdowns as Clovis Christian mercy-ruled Pine Hill 52-0 […]

Denver City blanks Portales


Portales junior Eric Segovia runs off tackle while trying to break free from Denver City defensive back Jeremy Flores in Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Both coaches predicted Friday’s Denver City-Portales game would be a game determined by field position. The first […]

Zias post first volleyball wins of season

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Senior Lindsay Schiely capped a strong performance with a match-clinching kill Friday to give Eastern New Mexico University a 30-16, 23-30, 27-30, 30-26, 18-16 win over Texas Woman’s in the Lone Star Conference’s volleyball crossover tournament on Friday. Earlier, the Zias (2-6) picked up their first win of the sason, […]

Friday prep football capsules, scores

CNJ staff Bovina 15, Friona 14 Records: Bovina 2-1, Friona 2-2 Impact: Mustangs gained revenge from 20-7 loss a year ago. Difference: Josh Guevara ran for a two-point conversion in overtime. Two-timers: Michael Ortiz of Bovina and Eddy Ortiz of Friona each scored two touchdowns. Bovina’s Trent Quintana passed for two touchdowns. Santa Rosa 20, […]

Still-dangerous Bears set to host Wildcats


Clovis High School junior Rishard Matthews gets ready to throw a pass during practice Friday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor No motivational speeches are needed for the Clovis Wildcats this week. Here’s why. La Cueva is the top-ranked team in the state. They haven’t lost […]

La Cueva appears ‘human’

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The two-time defending Class 5A state champions La Cueva Bears still have the talent to add another title, but the graduation of a monsterly talented senior class has left the Bears at least vulnerable, according to a pair of Albuquerque coaches. Eldorado’s David Williams and Manzano’s Aaron Ocampo both used […]

Rush, ENMU line improving


Tyson Rush (left) battles with Devin Pilgrim during Thursday’s ENMU football practice in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tyson Rush is a third-year starter on a veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive line that is expected to be a strength this season. After struggling in the first […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL NOTES: Texico, Estancia building rivalry

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CLASS 2A HEAVYWEIGHTS Texico and Estancia could be starting quite a rivalry. After splitting the first four games, Estancia took the deciding game 15-9 Sept. 6 in Estancia. The loss was Texico’s first of the season. Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said his team learned a lot from the match. […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Elliott making progress

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer THE HEALTH OF FORMER Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott has significantly improvement since being hospitalized last week following a fall at home. Elliott has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Lubbock Heart Hospital. The Sept. 7 fall resulted in two […]

Radio stations making area football games available on web


Webcasts have allowed fans hundreds of miles away from the game be able to follow to their favorite high school and college sports team. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high school and college teams. […]

Artesia exacts revenge


Clovis’ Cassie Belford, left, and Artesia’s Randi Smith chase down the ball during the first half of their game Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Smith scored Artesia’s first goal in the Bulldogs 2-0 win. (staff photo Eric Kluth) Jesse Wolfersberger Clovis’ success may have been their worst enemy on Tuesday night. Artesia avenged an early […]

Inconsistency dooms Clovis at Monterey

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — An inconsistent effort by the Lady Cats lead to a four-game loss at Lubbock Monterey. “We were just kinda off,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. “The consistency wasn’t there. We couldn’t get all of the pieces together at one time.” Monterey beat Clovis 25-27, 26-24, 25-19, 25-0. Clovis won the first […]

Wildcats dominate 2nd half

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Fueled by what Clovis coach Shaun Gill thought was a bad call, Clovis scored three times in the second half and beat Artesia 3-0 Tuesday in a non-district game. Angel Fernandez scored twice for the Wildcats and Luis Miranda added the other goal. In a scoreless game, Clovis was called for […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense stifling for Mules

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS, Muleshoe allowed its first points of the season in Friday’s 35-7 win at Shallowater. Shallowater scored with 6:36 left in the game on a 7-yard pass from Wes Dipprey to Trevor McCurdy. The Mules (3-0) have outscored the opposition 83-7 this season. TEXICO COACH MIKE PROKOP […]

ENMU edges St. Mary’s in men’s soccer

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Despite a slow start to their season, Eastern New Mexico University’s Brian Swan thinks the Greyhounds can make some noise in the men’s Southwest Soccer Conference. Swan assisted on ENMU’s final goal Sunday, and the Hounds held on for a 3-2 victory over St. Mary’s at the […]