Lady Cats ruin Sandia’s homecoming

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Lady Wildcats built a big lead with their leading scorer on the bench, then survived a spirited fourth-quarter comeback and held off Sandia 59-52 on Friday in the District 4-5A opener for both teams. Clovis built its lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Matadors came roaring […]

Hounds fall in overtime

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Reggie Wallace is fouled by Midwest State University junior Jose Nava as he drives to the basket during the first half of their game Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior guard Jay January, who struggled most of the […]

Brown leads Zias to win

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Eastern New Mexico University junior Tia Doss leans into Midwestern State University senior Adrian Fincher as she makes a move to the basket during the second half of their game Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Doss was called for an offensiv By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Sophomore guard Heather Brown scored a […]

Prep scores 1-21

CNJ staff Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 58, Sandia 51 Santa Rosa 40, Texico 39 Fort Sumner 53, Melrose 19 Cibola 50, Hobbs 48 Clayton 69, Tucumcari 39 Dulce 57, Navajo Prep 52 Eldorado 70, Albuquerque Academy 47 Gallup 53, Farmington 35 Jal 57, Lake Arthur 12 Kirtland Central 52, Los Alamos 35 Manzano […]

Boys: Reshuffled 4-5A not any easier

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Clovis’ Tigg Bunton goes for the jam over Alamogordo’s Shaun Porteron. Bunton has a string of good posts he must face during district play, including Cibola’s Kasey Cunningham. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Realignment didn’t make District 4-5A any easier. Out went reigning district and state champion Eldorado and Manzano. In […]

Clovis basketball capsules 1-20

District 4-5A Boys Sandia (10-5) at Clovis (15-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week:Clovis beat Gadsden 37-35 on Friday, lost to Amarillo 51-45 on Saturday in Purple Pepper Shootout. Sandia beat Del Norte 61-47 on Wednesday. Notable: After losing to Amarillo, the Wildcats dropped to No. 2 in the Albuquerque Journal coaches poll, behind new district […]

Late run breaks Eastern

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Junior guard Jermart Miller exploded for five 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half Thursday to lift Texas A&M-Commerce to a hard-fought 97-90 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. Ranked 13th in NCAA Division II, the […]

Zias can’t hold 16-point lead

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Halftime came at just the right time Thursday for the Texas A&M-Commerce women. Down by 16 points in the first half, the Lions roared back behind double-doubles from Althea Byfield, Katedria Mosley and Portia Mitchell and edged the Eastern New Mexico University Zias 71-67 in a Lone Star […]

District 4-5A one tough district

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Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson battle for a rebound during the first half of their game Saturday in the Purple Pepper Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The girls basketball picture in District 4-5A is a bit like a major college basketball conference come […]

Hobbled Hounds making no excuses

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As he looks ahead to tonight’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener against Texas A&M-Commerce, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan wonders just how much of his team would be available. Senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (ankle) and junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) missed last weekend’s […]

Lady Raiders hand Nebraska first home loss

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Chesley Dabbs carried Texas Tech with her offense in the first half. Her defense was stellar all game. Dabbs scored 15 of her 21 points the first 20 minutes and shut down high-scoring Nebraska guard Kiera Hardy for long stretches to lead Texas Tech to its eighth straight win, […]

Spring sports bloom

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Clovis senior Like Gray, left, sophomore Jonathan Sisneros, center, and senior Jared Montoya take part in “mass bat” a dry hack drill Wednesday at Bell Park. Wednesday was the second day of practice for the Wildcats. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The rippling effects of President George W. Bush’s re-election […]

Commerce hottest in LSC South

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University may be the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball champion, but if early-season performances mean anything it’s Texas A&M-Commerce coming in as the team to beat. While everybody else in the South sits between 6-9 and 9-6 heading into Thursday’s first […]

Last year’s leading scorer out for Zias

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — On the eve of the start of the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s race, Eastern New Mexico University acting head coach Dustin Klafka said Monday that senior guard Laci Lee will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Lee, a four-year regular, has missed […]

Texico well represented on all-state team

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Texico senior Braden Vaughan was chosen Class 1A First Team All-State at both quarterback and defensive back. (CNJ file photo) By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — After back-to-back undefeated seasons and a pair of state championships, it would be reasonable to assume that Texico coach Mike Prokop might be inclined to recline a […]

Prep Notes 1/18

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer About 1,400 non-reserved lower bowl tickets for the Clovis-Hobbs boys basketball game on Jan. 25 go on sale today at 9 a.m. in the athletic office at Clovis High School. Usually CHS doesn’t sell tickets to games so early, but it’s making an exception for the rivalry game. “It’s […]

Amarillo overtakes Wildcats

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Clovis’ Elliott Hita battles for a loose ball with Amarillo’s Adam Highes on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Shot after shot mercilessly caromed off the rim in the final two minutes Saturday night for the Clovis Wildcats. And it didn’t matter who was shooting. […]

Lady Cats make it 18 straight

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon rips the rebound from Alamogordo’s Shirece Johnson during the first half of their game Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal and Alamogordo’s Amber Gonzales are in back. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Playing perfect and staying perfect are two different things. Clovis capped off its non-district schedule with […]

Division I schools pursuing Bunton

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Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds through the first 16 games. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton has come through plenty of times for the Wildcats this season. If he can come through on his ACT or SAT, he’ll likely be […]

Greyhounds rebound with win at East Central

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Jamaal Hunnicutt and Edmound Elzy posted double-doubles and Jolen Montoya hit 5 of 7 shots from 3-point range Saturday, helping the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball post an 83-70 Lone Star Conference crossover victory over East Central. Hunnicutt scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Elzy came off […]