Hound doesn’t score at CNFR

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico’s Dusty Higgins did not receive a score in the first go-round of the bull riding competition on Sunday at the College National Finals Rodeo. Only 12 of 35 competitors in the event received a score. ENMU’s James Gililland (team roping) and Brittany Bennett (barrel racing) will have their […]

Black shares PGA experience

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Ronnie Black of Lovington helps Jimmy Joe Robinson of Clovis with his golf game Saturday during a lesson at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Black was at the course to give lessons. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer As he walked to a bench adjacent to the driving range, Ronnie Black […]

North takes All-star series for fifth time in 18 years

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North All-Star Heather Carter of Manzano catches a fly ball in the third game of the North/South All-Star softball series Saturday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. The North won the game 9-7 and series 2-1. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It was just the kind of springboard an […]

Plenty of work to do for tourney

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Clovis’ Annie Tweedy rakes the field between the first and second game of the North/South All-Star softball series on Friday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Now, the offseason can begin. For a handful of people associated with the Clovis High softball program, the […]

Local schools among 93 playing in ENMU camps

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — A total of 93 teams are expected for Eastern New Mexico University’s summer basketball camps, scheduled to begin today at Greyhound Arena. ENMU men’s basketball coach and camp director Shawn Scanlan said the large school boys camp, which goes today through Wednesday, will have 16 teams while […]

Short-handed Cats swept in Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats’ first road venture in summer league baseball wasn’t a pleasant one. Hobbs made quick work of the short-handed Cats, run-ruling them in both ends of the West Texas Baseball League doubleheader 10-0 and 14-4. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said the Cats played without several players who were nursing […]

Eastern trio competing in CNFR

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday . Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales […]

All-stars battle in Clovis

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The South All-Star team huddles up at the end of their practice Thursday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. The South All-Stars will take on the North All-Stars in a three-game series starting today at 6 p.m. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer A series that has held a clear southern […]

Clovis splits with Levelland

CNJ staff Cade Wheeler tossed a three-hit shutout and got plenty of offensive support from his teammates as Clovis rolled to a 16-0 win over Levelland, Texas, in West Texas Baseball League action Thursday night at Bell Park. The visiting Lobos posted an 11-5 win in the opener. The first game ended in six innings […]

Girls battle for state seed at Lil’ Custom Classic

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tony Cordova is in for a busy weekend. Cordova has two teams in the fourth annual Lil’ Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex — one in girls 16-and-under and another in boys 12-and-under — and, he said, they approach it in different ways. For the girls, […]

Marshall coach setting sights on Boston Marathon

CNJ staff Although Marshall Junior High coach and teacher Jason Hennessy has completed only two marathon races, the 24-year-old Albuquerque native is on track in his desire to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon. Hennessy ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Saturday in San Diego, finishing 583rd overall out of 20,410 runners with […]

Former PGA player to be here Saturday

By Dave Wagner After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots. A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s […]

ENMU’s Moore third-team All-American

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Despite a .413 batting average that was just short of the school single-season record, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bryan Moore maintains he wasn’t anticipating a lot in the way of postseason accolades. Despite that, the senior second baseman and leadoff man from Wolfforth, Texas, was a first-team […]

Clovis rallies to post split

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Clovis senior Daniel Casarez blocks a pitch in the dirt during the first game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader against Frenship at Bell Park. Staff photo: Eric Kluth CNJ staff Daniel Casarez hit a game-tying RBI single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth and the winning […]

Clovis High pair sign with Midland College

CNJ staff MIDLAND, Texas — Midland College men’s basketball coach Grant McCasland announced that Clovis High School graduates Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin have signed national letters of intent with the junior college program for the 2005-06 school year. The 6-foot-8 Bunton and the 6-4 Easterlin helped lead the Wildcats to a 22-6 record as […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]

Opinions mixed in 4-5A to move to three teams

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By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In District 4-5A, three will have to do. Clovis will be part of a three-team district starting in the fall with longtime rivals Carlsbad and Hobbs in a move New Mexico Activities Association officials say is designed to decrease travel. The last six years, Clovis was in a travel-intensive, […]

Area barrel rider takes fourth

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Bill Warner of Minden, La., received a no time in the calf roping event during 35th Annual PRCA Rodeo Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Katti Autrey made the hour-long drive worth it. The barrel racer from Fort Sumner finished her run in 16.76 seconds Saturday night to take […]

PRCA rodeo begins weekend run

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Chase Runyan of House looks to get out from under a cow during the Wild Cow Milking Contest in the 35th annual PRCA Rodeo Thursday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler The 35th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo kicked off in grand fashion Thursday […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo begins tonight

By Eric Butler Fifty bull riders, 64 barrel racers and 49 calf ropers. That’s just the beginning of a steady stream of cowboys and cowgirls that will go in and out of the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena over the next three days. The 35th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event, will begin tonight […]