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 […]

CHS begins summer baseball schedule

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Next year is about to begin for the Clovis High baseball team. The Wildcats, who did not make the postseason during the regular spring campaign for the first time in coach Shane Shallenberger’s four seasons, begin a 26-game summer schedule Tuesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Hereford at […]

Zias sign eight players

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches Dustin Klafka and Dan Buzard are reshaping the Zias for the 2005-06 season. Klafka, who filled in as acting head coach last season with Buzard sidelined by a cancerous brain tumor, said most of the team’s recruits are in place […]

Clovis High adding boys swimming

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High School swimming program is going co-ed. Four years after the formation of a girls program, the school will start fielding a boys team in 2005. “We’re excited to have a boys program,” said Vince DeMaio, who will be coaching the boys and girls teams. DeMaio and […]

Summer league prepares teams for next season

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Clovis High School sophomore Layne Strebeck drives to the basket during a summer league game against Logan on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Logan on a last-second basket. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long time until November, but area high school basketball teams are starting to […]

CHS alum Seefeld hitting stride with Arizona

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jason Seefeld knew Division I college baseball would be a large jump from the high school level, but he seems to have made the transition. The 2004 Clovis High graduate has stepped into a platoon role as a designated hitter for the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats. He is hitting .347 […]

Kinyon scores hole in one

CNJ staff Bill Kinyon of Clovis recorded a hole in one on the 167-yard, par-3 eighth hole on Thursday at Chaparral Country Club. The shot was witnessed by Kenyon’s wife, Gail.

All-star game slated in Lubbock

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

Hounds looking for help

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan figures next year has to be better for the Greyhounds — almost no matter what happens. After winning Lone Star Conference South Division titles the previous two seasons, what was expected to be another good year in 2004-05 […]

Zia League’s Patton a difference-maker

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Patton jokes with Michael Cordova, 12, about pitching low during their recent game against the Reds at Beachum Field. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Dewey Patton has been a fixture on the bench at Clovis Little League games for 29 years. He’s volunteered his time and money to take teams […]

CHS’ Tweedy named district co-player of year

CNJ staff Senior Annie Tweedy has been chosen the District 4-5A softball co-player of the year for the 2005 season in voting by district coaches on Sunday. Tweedy was a first-team choice at third base and an honorable mention selection as a catcher for the Lady Wildcats, who were 13-13 overall and 3-9 in district […]

ENMU’s Jordan earns academic honor

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior Tracy Jordan has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI College Division softball first team for the second consecutive year. The all-district team is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jordan, a physical education major from Rosamond, […]

Texico chooses Durham

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Keith Durham, a volunteer assistant on Clovis High’s 2004-05 Class 5A girls state championship basketball team, has been hired as the girls basketball coach at Texico. Durham replaces Buddy Little, who guided the Lady Wolverines to a 40-14 mark over the past two seasons. Little is also Texico’s principal […]

Wolverines capture 1A baseball title

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Last year’s 31-1 debacle against Santa Fe Indian School in Texico’s first trip to the baseball postseason is now only a distant and fading memory. This week, it was the Wolverines doing most of the heavy hitting. Junior Zane Anderson went 4-for-4, senior Logan Brown was 3-for-5 and drove […]

Gateway Christian ends Elida’s tourney run

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Class 1A tournament. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to play for the 1A state championship. And it was […]

Texico one win away from championship

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Most Class 1A teams in the state tournament came in with natural concern over what kind of effective pitching they could drum up after day one. If Texico had worries, it wasn’t very evident in the performance of sophomore Theo Marez. Backed by another impressive hitting display, Marez […]

Wolverines roll past Dora into state semifinals

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides under the tag from Dora third baseman Tyler Wilhoit during Monday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal game against Dora at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — In just its fourth year of baseball, Texico has established itself as an early favorite in the […]

Opportunity knocks for 1A schools

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides in safely against Grady earlier in the season. He and the Wolverines face Dora at 10 a.m. today in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Several teams are taking advantage of the new setup for the state baseball […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]